Recipe: Protein Energy Balls for Pre-WOD Fuel
Nowadays you can find any type of energy bar you want out there on the market, from bars made with nuts and dates to beef jerky based ones and everything in between. But what constitutes a good bar that covers all the bases from pre-workout energy to post WOD recovery? What are the ingredients that you want in your bar and what do you not want?
Sometimes the best path is to just do the research yourself and make your own, it's cost effective and you get exactly what you want and nothing you don't. You know you're body the best, so it seems like the most logical route.
Now, don't get me wrong, we still buy a few energy bars that are on the market and really like the ingredients they incorporate since they are easier to take with you. The main reason for this search was to make something that was perfect for a pre-workout meal without weighing you down. In a nutshell, incorporating everything you need and nothing you don't, mainly for those AM workouts when you're body has been fasting for 8-10 hours and you need fuel for that early WOD.
After some R & D, we came up with an easy recipe incorporating only 5 ingredients while being really simple to make.
The Basic 5 of our Protein Energy Balls
Organic Whole Grain Rolled Oats - Doesn't settle heavy in the stomach and is a great source of long-lasting energy from a complex carb that won't spike your insulin levels
Organic Deglet Noor Dates - Lower fructose content compared to their cousin Medjool Dates. Packed with potassium and slow burning carbs, these will fuel your workouts with sustained energy.
Organic Raw Almond Meal - Packed with protein and healthy fats, it's another weapon that boosts energy. (This is basically almonds grinded up before they become almond butter, the fats have started to release, but it's way easier to work with than actual almond butter.)
Organic Coffee Grinds- Caffeine for a subtle energy boost
Himalayan Salt - Salty complements sweet and it helps with PH balance
1 Tbsp Coffee Grinds
1 Tsp Himalayan Salt
1 1/4 Cup of Pitted Deglet Noor Dates or Medjool (your preference)
1/4 Whole Grain Oats
3/4 Cup Almond Meal
1. In a blender add the pitted dates and blend till they are a workable consistency and no longer resemble the shape of a date.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl so that all the ingredients are evenly mixed in.
3. Form and roll each ball, they should be about the size of half a golf ball.
4. Place in a plastic container and set them in the fridge for 4 hours so they can harden.
5. Keep refrigerated!
There you go, a simple, tasty and fast recipe that's not only cost conscious, but gives you the fuel you need to crush that AM WOD or whatever you have planned.