In an effort to not only save some money, but also eat healthier, I started experimenting with making my own pre and post workout foods. I make my own ELECTROLYTE MIX (recipe posted below) but I also make my own ENERGY BALLS. These are MUCH tastier than protein bars and I dare say, healthier.
There are no exact measurements and no set ingredients; it’s up to you and whatever you want to put into them. That’s the pure beauty of these….what they do have are protein, carbohydrates and fat, all of the healthy varieties. You can make it gluten free, vegan…it’s entirely up to your personal preference.
Use any of the following:
Nut Butter – I like peanut or almond butter, but choose whatever type you like. I DO like using the salted kind as it’s good to get salts back into one’s body after working out.
Rolled Oats – Can use 100% oats or a mix of different grains
Honey or other sweetener since as Malted Barley Syrup or Maple Syrup. It is good to use something thicker. Molasses could work as well, although the taste would be much stronger.
The above three are all you need. You can add in any of the below additions if you like. Go wild and add in a lot or just one.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, protein powder
The amounts of each ingredients will determine the consistency of the mixture. Start out with 1/2 cup of each peanut butter and oats and 1/4th cup sweetener. If it’s too dry, add more nut butter. If too moist, add more oats. When it seems right, roll into small balls. Store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. I usually only make a small amount as they are very tasty and easy to eat too many. But, if you have more self control than myself, make a lot and keep for many days, use as needed.
Remember, you only need one or two per serving; there’s a wallop of energy in each one! Enjoy!
Here’s my homemade Electrolyte Mix, which is cheaper, healthier and tastier than Gatorade, promise!
For every 10-ounce water:
1/2 cup fruit juice – your choice: something that won’t upset your stomach on a run. I like apple or cherry juice, but it’s your choice
1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice
1/8th teaspoon salt
10 oz Water
Mix everything together. Chill overnight.
* This also works well when replacing part of the water with coconut water.