Back at it again with the high-carb, low-fat endurance snacks.
That dumb Daaaaaamn Daniel, back at it again with the white vans meme has been stuck in my head all week. Along with everyone else, apparently. WHY internet, why??
I can't speak too harshly about it though, because Greek yogurt and dumb memes about food/training are basically what fuel my week. Anyone else? No? Okay, moving on...
Soooo Scott has basically been kicking butt and taking names with his hours on hourssss of Half-Ironman training. And I'm all like wahh I was at the gym for an hour squatting sets of 4x10 and I'm hangry.
In case you didn't know, training for a lot of swimming, biking, and running requires a lot of calories, and somewhere along that billion hour bike ride, a snack is necessary. (But really - if your training extends upwards of 1.5 hours, you should probs look into fueling with some carbohydrate and maybe a little baby bit of protein. And sodium if you sweat a lot).
Although we like Clif bars as much as the next guy, relying on packaged foods for snacky snacks can 1) get expensive and 2) get boring. That's why we prefer to make our own most of the time. Not only do I LOVE making food and coming up with new recipes, but we can also control the macronutrient content, and basically tailor our snacks to our needs! Boom.
Scott's particular needs for cycling snacks are:
Portable and pliable (gotta fit into that pouch under the seat or in a pocket)
Easy to ingest (not crumbly and ready to be aspirated when out of breath...lol for reals though)
Low in fat (no one should really be slamming fat around workout time - it's slow to digest, therefore slowing down digestion & absorption of other food & often causing stomach upset because of that)
High in carbs (carbs = fuel, people)
Some protein (helps with satiety & decreases likelihood of protein breakdown during long rides)
SO THIS WEEK I CAME UP WITH SOMETHING AWESOME. No Bake Cocoa Date Bites. Most of the no bake balls/bites recipes out there are nut-based and therefore suuuuuuper high in fat AKA no bueno for mid-exercise. But I wanted a similar texture so I just started blending things together....and voila! Delicious Cocoa Date Bites.
You need next to nothing for this recipe, just a blender or food processor, some dates, oats, cocoa powder, and water (and protein powder if you want). You can also make these as dessert and not share them with all the people who scoff at "healthier" desserts.
No Bake Cocoa Date Bites
15-18 Medjool dates
2 scoops vanilla or unflavored whey protein powder (optional)
1 cup rolled or quick oats
3 tbsp cocoa powder
Water, as needed
In a food processor or blender, add dates, protein powder (if using), oats, and cocoa powder. Blend until the mixture has an even consistency. If you have juicy dates, the mixture might already start to clump, but if not, remove from blender/processor and mix in water 1 tbsp at a time until dough begins to form.
Form into one large ball then divide into 24 and roll into balls or bites or whatever shape you please.
Nutritional Information (1 ball): 70 calories, 0.4g fat, 15.7g carbs, 2.6g protein