Medjool Dates: Recovery Snack

I have a super big sweet tooth and while I give in to it occasionally, I’m always looking for healthier versions of classic favorites to satisfy my cravings while fueling my training and recovery. As a mom, it’s super important to me that I start my boys on a path of making healthy choices. For athletes, Medjool dates are an excellent post workout recovery snack. They have a high amount of potassium which supports muscle fuel and recovery. Did you know Medjool dates have 50% more potassium by weight than bananas? That’s a whole lot of potassium in one small package. Try this recipe using my favorite Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool dates and let me know what you think!

 Ingredients

Instructions

Simply blend the walnuts in a food processor until they form a crumbly mixture, then add the dates and blend again before adding the cacao and honey.

Place the mixture into a baking tray and either refrigerate for 3 hours or freeze for one to allow them to set. Then keep them in the fridge for freshness.

Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bard Valley Natural Delights. As always all opinions are my own.

XO

Christina

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Apple Pie Smoothie

It’s been a warm autumn here in California, so my favorite way to cool down and recover from a workout is still with a smoothie. With the change in seasons, I love to get creative with my smoothie recipes and put a holiday spin on them. If you read my last post you also know I’m trying to lose (not gain) weight during the holidays and one of the ways I plan to accomplish this is by creating healthy alternatives to my favorite holiday treats. I recently tried a spin on a classic favorite, the Apple Pie, and boy is it delicious! Here is the recipe…

  • 2 large red apples (I used fuji), cored
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use Designer Protein, if you want to use it too, use my referral link for 20% off your order)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 cup ice

The ultimate, protein packed, guilt-free alternative to a slice of apple pie! Enjoy!

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Summer Favorites + a Giveaway!

Hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July! Summer is my favorite season (although in Santa Barbara it pretty much feels like summer all year round). There is something about the longer days and warmer nights that I absolutely love. Maybe because more daylight = more time for outside fun?!

The start of summer is a great time to pick up new essentials to supplement all those outdoor activities, so thought I’d put together a list of a few of my summer favorites right now. Continue reading

Hemp Heart Bars

My favorite kind of snacks are healthy, delicious, and easy to eat on the go.  I always have a protein bar of some kind stashed in my car, gym bag, office and of course at home.

The awesome folks at Manitoba Harvest were kind enough to send me two of their new Hemp Heart bars  flavors to try: chocolate and apple cinnamon. Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas.

In all honesty, I have never jumped on the hemp or plant-based protein bandwagon, so I was surprised I liked them so much. They really knocked it out of the park with the apple cinnamon flavor (and this is coming from someone who almost ALWAYS prefers chocolate over anything). I even gave T & C a taste and they wanted more. Needless to say, I will be ordering a box to add to my stash.

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Want to win a box of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars for yourself? Post a photo on Instagram and tag it with @manitobaharvest #hempheartbar #fuelledbyhemp #sweatpink @fitapproach for a chance to win a box of your favorite flavor of Hemp Heart Bars! Photos do not need to include Manitoba Harvest products. Full contest details are here: http://manitobaharvest.com/fuelledbyhemp. This is open to US and Canada residents.

If you’re not feeling lucky, you can use the discount code hhbarlaunch1015 for 15% off! (Expires 4/30/2016)

What are your favorite protein bars? Have you tried Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Bars yet?

Happy snacking!

This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest but as always all opinions are my own!