Recipe for an “On the Run” Power Bar
Whenever my brother and his wife come for a visit I am reminded of the challenges that many people face when traveling. One of them is trying to maintain good healthy nutrition while traveling.
It can be even tougher if you are an athlete, like my brother is. He runs about 60 miles a week. For years I have seen him stock up on Power Bars to meet his nutritional needs while on the run.
Being an advocate of whole, living and nutrient rich foods I finally approached this subject with him a few weeks ago. While power bars can be “the lesser of all evils”, I have continued to wonder where is the life force in these foods. They taste like chemicals to me, so artificial. They are prepackaged, processed and full of preservatives.
Much of my health research has gone into the damaging long term effects that these factor can have in creating inflammation and aging in our bodies. So I have had great incentive to create a simple, quick and easy recipe for an “On the Run” ,real food, power bar.
Not to worry, they taste great and there is a chocolate version. They are loaded with foods high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to enhance and sustain long term energy…….now that’s powerful.
I make up a batch, cut them in squares and throw them in the fridge or freezer. They travel well and will fit in a purse or carry on bag.
The Natural Health Maven “On the Run” Power Bar
1 cup dried figs
1/2 cup dates
1 cup chia seeds…(yes, Chia, like the Pet) one of the most nutrient dense seeds on the planet!
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 sesame seeds
optional: you can add some raw cacoa powder, and/or cayenne pepper for a little heat and spice….or put a few drops lemon, orange,or peppermint essential oil for all natural flavor variety.
Soak figs and dates in water until softened., about 1 hour. Drain the fruits and process in a food processor. Slowly add the seeds an pulse to incorporate the mixture. You can play with the amounts …if it’s too sticky add more seeds.
Press the mixture into a pan lined with plastic wrapand chill until firm, at least 1hour. I sometimes toss them in the freezer if I’m in a hurry……Okay, most of the time.
Cut into squares and store in the fridge or freezer. these don’t last long in my house so they are usually fine in the fridge.
So simple and so good……superior nutrition for any one on the run.