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WIAW and Homemade Energy Bars

Posted May 11 2011 7:26pm

Wednesday workout Run – 15 mins
Bike – 20 mins

Yes, that’s right! I ran a whole 15 minutes on pavement today, with no foot pain . I still have that little “tinge” feeling that reminds me that my foot is not yet 100-percent better, but I am just glad there is no pain.

That means I am going to at least attempt my Half Ironman this Saturday!:) Will the foot hold up for a whole half marathon (after a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike)? I have no idea, but I’m going to try (tri;)!

Today I finally got it together and photographed all of my meals so I could do a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post! (Yes, I know it doesn’t have to be what I ate on Wednesday, next time I’ll photograph an earlier day:).

Today I had my favorite and most eaten breakfast.

Cocoa and banana oatmeal with a couple chocolate chips to make it an extra-good day;).

Lunch was awesome! I am so happy to have a fridge stocked with fresh produce again .

A turkey wrap on a Flat Out with lettuce, cheddar cheese, and mustard, with a side salad of strawberries, feta cheese, chai seeds, and poppy seed dressing. I also had a homemade parfait (sort of). Greek yogurt, vanilla yogurt, strawberries, banana chips, chai seeds, and a little bit of white chocolate peanut butter. Yum!!

My afternoon snack was an apple and a homemade “Lara bar.” Recipe below!:)

For dinner I channeled the summer chef inside of me and busted out the grill and cut up a pear and a pineapple.

Grilled chicken (that I marinaded in teriyaki sauce for about an hour) and grilled pineapple sandwich with honey mustard; and a grilled pear, goat cheese, cranberry, chai seed, and balsamic vinegar salad; and a side of leftover mashed cauliflower.

I haven’t had dessert yet, but I can assure you something sweet will be eaten before the night is over:).

The homemade Lara bars were made based on Chocolate-Covered Katie’s recipe, here .

This was my first time making these, but I can already tell it won’t be my last! They were great, and I’m already dreaming of what kind of yummy stuff I want to put in the next batch!

Homemade Energy Bars
Ingredients 2/3 cup dates, loose, not packed (pitted, no sugar added)
3 tablespoons nuts (I used almonds because that’s what I had:)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup (or a few squares) of chocolate
Handful of chocolate chips
Optional: any extras you want. Next time I want to try some coconut or peanut butter (or both!)

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until very finely chopped (see picture below). I added the dates, almonds, vanilla extract, and a few squares of dark chocolate into the blender, and saved the chocolate chips to add in after blending.

If you want to make bars (you can also roll the mixture into balls), press the mixture into a small pan (smaller than 8×8″). I put wax paper on the bottom and used another piece on the top to press.

I’m told it helps to freeze for 20 minutes before cutting, but I did not:).

Makes 2 to 4 bars, depending on how much ‘extra’ stuff you throw in there and how thick you make the bars.

These were great, and the whole chocolate chips were awesome, but there was still more of a date taste than I think Lara or Cliff bars have. Next time I want to try adding some more stuff in there, and maybe some peanut butter, to add some extra flavor.

What are your favorite granola/energy bar flavors? What should I put in the next batch?

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