Turns out, as you age, boundless youthful energy fades.
It’s basically robbery.
So now that I’m a grown up (and I use the term loosely) I recognize that fuelling my body the right way at the right time is key to maximizing my energy level.
A couple of weeks ago I played in a volleyball tournament that lasted the whole day. Being a good little dietitian, I brought lots of healthy fuel for the day. Thing is, there just wasn’t a ton of time to enjoy a leisurely vegetable and hummus platter.
I’ll admit, I got ‘hangry’ (hungry-angry) and as my hunger increased so did my competitive-psycho Erin behaviours. I felt a little like I was starring in one of those Snickers commercials.
And then, my brilliant teammate offered me her own version of a Snickers – a homemade energy bar.
This recipe is a take on the one she made using ingredients you can find at any major supermarket. I’ve never used dates in anything I’ve cooked/baked/made before and I’ll tell you, I’m hooked.
Even the most basic brand comes unsweetened and entirely preservative free. A true ‘whole food’ that has a deep, rich sweetness.
These squares pack the energy in so a small square should do you for snack time. You’ll be getting healthy plant based fats, carbohydrates, protein, fibre and a boost of antioxidant power from the natural cocoa powder.
If you’re looking for something with bang for your buck to tide you over during the afternoon slump, or a quick source of energy and protein post-workout, these are a home run.