It’s summer and the warm weather should give you more than an excuse to get outside and get active. And while summers’ sugary treats (ice cream and popsicles) are tempting – they don’t serve us the well when we need the energy over a longer period of time such as on a hike or a bike ride.
I, for one like things that taste great yet still have some nutritional benefit; cooking/baking with supplements can help ensure the food is packed with added nutrients that can be lost in the food preparation process.
You know those pricey energy balls you can buy at a certain large big box healthy supermarket? Well, you can make them on your own and its’ pretty easy (trust me). They are a great pre workout snack. Here is a recipe I modified from Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ . By unlocking key amino acids, the Vegan proteins help to maximize protein and nutrient absorption.
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried whole coconut chips, unsweetened
8 soft dates, pitted
Juice and zest from one lemon
Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Blend until combined and roll into 1-inch balls. Can be in the fridge for a week or the freezer for a month.
My new favourite way to start the day is with a smoothie bowl. More than just a regular smoothie – you can add some toppings like granola, almonds, coconut, pumpkin and chia seeds to add a crunch.
Here is Raspberry Rainbow Smoothie Bowl recipe from Tori Wesszer (@Fraichenutrition)
2 cups fresh raspberries
1 fresh banana
1 cup plain or vanilla coconut yogurt
¼ cup coconut or almond milk
¼ blueberry pomegranate juice (or juice of choice)
½ sliced banana
½ sliced orange
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup sliced strawberries
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
Blend the fresh raspberries, banana, yogurt, non-dairy milk and juice until smooth (It will be quite thick). Top with the remaining sliced fruit and any additional toppings you wish and enjoy immediately.
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