FUEL YOUR RACE
The perfect energy bar after a workout or as a healthy snack, says Gill Cummings-Bell
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.
161 Kcals 14g carbs (9g are sugars) 10g Fat 4g Protein