What's also great about October? Enjoying beautiful runs at dawn.
|Beautiful view of my mornings - if it gets any darker, I'm going to have to wear a headlight|
Nothing beats having the chance to start a run in the dark and end with the sun just peeking out. I like to run either in the dark or early day just because there's so little people around. It's like you have the whole world to yourself, get to have your thoughts to yourself, and just reflect. Much of my reflecting is thinking about what I'm going to eat after the run, but it's still deep thoughts!
My morning runs have been great, but I keep forgetting to prep my tummy and then halfway through I'm low on energy. While there are many options to choose from (gels, dried fruit, nuts, or bars), I've found eating a little peanut butter ball to be helpful prior to a run. But for those days where I'm aiming for long runs, or for packing something along the run, little energy bars go a long way.
Enter these little lovelies...
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 3/4 cup of chopped toasted almonds
- 1 cup of dates soaked
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 6 tbsp of coconut oil
1. Soak dates to get them softened
2. Throw all ingredients (except coconut oil) and blend using a food processor - you want everything to be chopped into very small pieces
3. Top off with coconut oil that will bind all the ingredients together
4. Spread mixture across baking sheet lined with parchment paper
5. Place in freezer for a couple of hours until firm
6. Cut into designated sizes (squares for energy bar size, small balls for popping into your mouth, whatever you like) and place in fridge until ready to eat
I was a bit skeptical about experimenting with the banana, but these dates are soft, not-to-sweet, and pretty healthy. Needless to say, I'm not too worried about having much left by the end of the week - MOH has been "testing" these babies out throughout the day as well.
Hope everyone is having a great Fall season - for people who live where there are seasons, I'm incredibly jealous. Weather here in Southern California is incredibly beautiful, but I miss the leaves changing colors.
Until next time, happy eating all!