Nutrition to go – Mango Vanilla Almond Rice Cakes
Mango Vanilla Almond Rice Cakes and Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Healthy Bites. Don’t worry, I’ll share those recipes!
So why so much kitchen time? Well, I think I mentioned this before, but the Kiwi is in his next phase/block of training. This block is pretty crucial –> more specific and a little higher in volume in order to prepare him for his upcoming races in June/July. That being said, FUEL FUEL FUEL is needed! And this time around, it’s all about TAILORING his (our) training nutrition/fuel in or to MAXIMIZE the bodies output.
I know, I know… more training food and nutrition talk, but it’s my passion and it’s one of the MAIN reasons why blog. My educational background is in sports nutrition and there is nothing more fascinating to me than learning how the body works/trains/recovers/etc. with proper focus and food. This body of ours….it’s an amazing machine that needs lots of care. Listening to what it needs day in and day out is so important, especially for those who are active. Probably why I’m in charge of my husband’s daily nutritional needs too! 😉
Okay, so let’s talk training food and nutrition, once again
The good people at MyMix nutrition were able to help us out with this part. I really enjoy this product and what the company is about. They really do TAILOR to your dietary needs. Basically, you create your own nutrition supplement (pre or post workout).
The kiwi and I created our custom nutrition mix with specific supplements and allergy friendly combos that we need each day.
Our Cotter creation contained grass fed 100% whey protein, a B vitamin complex for energy, a digestive enzyme and L-Glutamine (to help absorb our nutrients more), and another joint Support Blend. The joint support is a combo of chondroitin sulfate, Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane ( MSM) and Potassium Chloride. We try to add more joint support when there are higher volumes of training because research shows it helps with sports injury and injury prevention. All of these ingredients are gluten-free of course.
With myMix, I was able to come up with a great pre workout and post workout snack. Both of these (strange but good) recipes are perfect for active kids and all kinds of athletes. The ingredients contain natural sugars and simple carbs from REAL FOOD. All you need to do is adjust the serving size to TAILOR your nutritional needs.
The Coke Float Smoothie is great for a less sugary treat or protein smoothie.
8oz of Zevia Cola
1 scoop Vanilla Protein (I used MyMix)
1/2 frozen banana
10-12oz Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
Optional add ins: Plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
Tip: Blend everything but the cola first. The slowly add in the cola and blend or stir. Keeps it frothy!
Okay next recipe I made fore the Kiwi’s Long rides. It’s a REAL FOOD fuel option. He will often bring real food on his long rides so that he can keep his glycogen stored properly. I do my best to create a snack/training food that is portable and will be equivalent in nutrients to what he uses come race day. These rice cakes were inspired by the amazing FEED ZONE Portables cookbook. Just slice them up, wrap in foil, and take to go! You can also use these for post workout carb reloading (for strength training, running, cycling, etc.)
- 1 7oz bag of dried mango (can also use Apricots or fig)
- 4-5 cups of white rice (preferably sticky rice)
- 2 scoops (about 60 grams) protein Powder (I used myMix Vanilla mentioned above)
- honey or maple syrup (this can be however much or little you want here)
- 1/4 cup almond butter or Nuttzo
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- butter or coconut to mix into rice after cooking
- Optional – shredded coconut for topping or filling.
First, rinse your rice and let it soak for 20 minutes. Then cook according to directions in a large pot or rice cooker.
Note: Rice cooker works better for stickiness.
Once the rice is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and mix in a few tablespoons of coconut butter or butter and your protein powder. Then add in a fair amount of honey. I think I mixed in at least 1/4 cup. Once that’s done, set aside and let it get sticky.
While your rice is sitting, blend your filling, the mango, almonds, and optional coconut. Set aside.
Next, place foil in a 9×3 casserole dish. Spread half your rice on the dish and press down to make it even. Then add in your filling and spread it out evenly. Drizzle your almond butter on top of the filling. I actually added in a little molasses as well. That’s why the picture below has dark colors. But molasses is not needed in the recipe. Just FYI
Once done with the filling, add the rest of your rice and press down to make even and flat. Bake at 375F for about 35-40 minutes. Just depends on your oven. Let it cool.
Once cooled, you can either remove foil and slice into squares, or cut with foil and wrap them up to go right then.
Makes about 12-16 squares depending on your cutting technique.
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Do you tailor your nutrition for certain training seasons? Do share!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by myMix Nutrition for this review and recipe collection.. My views and opinions are 100% my own. Always!