Paleo Mango Coconut Almond Protein Bars! These no bake bars are balanced with flavor, easy to digest, made with natural sugars, healthy fats, and complete protein. Great for travel, pre/post workout fuel, breakfast, and healthy snacking!
We all have a few things that just works well with us. Whether that be in our training, our way of eating/nutritional needs, or even our work/life balance. We find what works, what makes us feel good, and we stick with it, well for the most part.
For the past 5 months we’ve been trying to figure out what’s working. I think I mentioned in beginning of this post that our life looks a little different these days. And that’s okay! Transitions happen. They keep us on our toes and working through rough spots. That being said, working more (job wise) and working out less can be one of the hardest transitions when you’re used to being a full time athlete (ahem, my husband, the Kiwi). I think a majority of us have been there. When life gets unintentionally busy or FULL, we do What WE Can (physically) When We Can. A walk, a quick 10 minute Circuit, yoga on our lunch break, taking the stairs, etc. In fact, the other day my husband did 150 body weight squats while getting ready for work. It’s all he had time for between coaching and his other job. The next day he was sore. I find this a wee bit comical coming from a guy who used to train 4-5 hrs a day. But hey, it’s WHAT WORKED and I feel his pain. Haha!
Food is another thing we are trying to figure out. What we need to fuel us, now that there is less intense training but still a lot of activity. If that makes sense. And you know what? It all comes down to balance. Yet again!
So here we are on a Monday talking about Balance and Bars. Not to be confused with Balance Bars. Nope, because these balanced (protein) bars are the real deal. They are what’s working for us. They are balanced with flavor, they are easy to digest, they are made with natural sugars, healthy fats, and a complete protein.
We all know protein is super important for us. Proteins contain amino acids, which are used in the body to repair cells, to make enzymes, hormones, and antibodies. There are 20 different amino acids that are contained in a protein, and nine that the body cannot make on it’s own. These are the essential amino acids, and if you have all 9 of these essential amino acids in a protein, then it’s called a complete protein. Make sense?
The best sources of complete protein comes from animal meats, dairy, and egg whites. And for vegans, complete proteins can be found in quinoa, tempeh, chia, and a few other seeds/legumes.
Have I bored you yet? Okay, my point here. The reason why you need to make these bars is because they will sustain you for whatever you day may entail. They are a COMPLETE balance of nutrition, nutrition you NEED. They great for travel, for a pre or post workout snack, for breakfast on the go, for just getting in extra macro/micro nutrients. You see, they just WORK!
Oh, and they taste pretty darn good. I told you I had a point here.
Protein Bars, Balance Bars, Fruit and Nut Bars, whatever name “works” for you. And the best part… you don’t have to turn on the oven. No baking required. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a blender/food processor.
And just so you know, I made these bars 3 times until I found the best recipe that WORKED. Did I emphasize that enough already? The, um… what’s working part? Ha, I’m kidding. Sort of.
What’s working Food or Fitness wise with you these days?