FUEL YOUR RACE

The per­fect en­ergy bar af­ter a work­out or as a healthy snack, says Gill Cum­mings-Bell

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De­li­cious high pro­tein nut and goji bars are on the menu this is­sue.

THIS IS an amaz­ing en­ergy bar, full of good­ness with all the high-en­ergy food groups that a train­ing ath­lete should eat for en­ergy re­place­ment, pro­tein re­pair and high func­tion­ing im­mune re­cov­ery. It’s high in calo­ries mainly due to the high sugar and fat con­tent. You def­i­nitely need to be work­ing this one off.

Fu­elling your train­ing de­pends on a good car­bo­hy­drate in­take and re­plen­ish­ment. This bar is a good sources of carbs, which come from the nuts, and al­though the sugar con­tent is high, this comes from the honey. The bet­ter the source of honey you use, the bet­ter this bar will be for you.

Most nuts are rel­a­tively the same in calo­rie con­tent al­though have dif­fer­ent nu­tri­ent cre­den­tials with added ben­e­fits. Over­all, nuts are full of pro­tein, polyun­sat­u­rated fats, car­bo­hy­drates and fi­bre. Make sure you use raw nuts in this recipe not roasted or salted. The al­monds are rich in cal­cium, which is good for bone growth, re­pair and de­vel­op­ment, and vi­ta­min E which is an an­tiox­i­dant vi­ta­min that helps pro­tect you from that ox­ida­tive dam­age that train­ing causes and also aids re­cov­ery. Hazel­nuts are a good source of fo­late, which helps keep the amino acid ho­mo­cys­teine lev­els nor­mal to pro­tect you against strokes and heart dis­ease. Wal­nuts also have a high an­tiox­i­dant value and can help lower choles­terol as they are rich in omega 3 and omega 6.

Goji berries are a great ad­di­tion to this recipe. It is said to be one of the most nu­tri­tious fruits you can eat. They con­tain vi­ta­min C, vi­ta­min B2, vi­ta­min A, iron, se­le­nium and lots of other phy­to­chem­i­cals that aid an­tiox­i­dant boost­ing prop­er­ties. Train­ing can se­ri­ously de­plete the body over­time, low­er­ing the im­mune sys­tem. Goji berries help com­bat that stress along­side boost­ing iron lev­els and aid­ing re­cov­ery.

The in­gre­di­ents in this bar shout out as a must for your im­mune sys­tem, re­cov­ery as well as keep your carb stores topped up.

PER BAR

161 Kcals 14g carbs (9g are sug­ars) 10g Fat 4g Pro­tein

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