Friday, October 28, 2016

Peanut Butter Oat and Honey Energy Bars

It has been a very busy couple of weeks.  My husband was out of town, and I was recovering from running my first full marathon!!!  
Yes, it rained, but I did not care.  I finished.
I finished running and my husband flew out the next day.  That left me focused on managing the house, kids, work, and getting some much needed rest.  Now that my husband is back I am happy to be blogging again!

Something I had to learn with marathon training was how to fuel my body during long runs.  I learned about goos and chomps and various candy that runners use.  I found myself really wanting to make my own fuel and I returned to an old recipe that I enjoy, and just tweaked it a bit.  I present to you what I call my energy bars!

These are great snacks as well as running fuel!  My daughter loves them in her lunch.  For running, I would place a couple in a ziploc, place the ziplock in my pouch, and periodically grab a piece and munch it while running.  It got me through 26.2 miles and many training runs leading up to the big day!

They are also super easy to make.  There are only 3 ingredients, and no baking is required.  

Ingredients:
1 cup organic peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Instructions:
1. Spray a 9 X 9 pan lightly with non-stick spray.
2. Melt peanut butter and honey together until smooth (I use the microwave for this).
3. Combine mixture with oats.
4. Press the mixture into the pan.  
5. Place in fridge to cool.
6. For storage, you can leave in the fridge to keep them set.  If you like them gooey, leave them out.

Nutrition Information (16 bars, info per bar):
Calories: 190
Fat: 9.1 g
Carbs: 26.8 g
Protein: 6.1 g


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Light Healthy 70 Calories Turkey Meatballs


Turkey meatballs are becoming a big favorite in our family.  They are super easy to make too!

I sometimes will make them the day before so that we have an easy grab and go dinner.  Usually it is served with a side of sauce and pasta noodles, or with spaghetti squash.

Ingredients:
16 oz. ground turkey, 93% lean
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 egg
0.5 cup wheat flour

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Whisk egg in a bowl
3. In another bowl, combine turkey and flour. 
4. Add in the egg, garlic, and oil.  Mix well.  Your hands are the best tools.
5. Form into balls - I get 16 out of my forming.
6. Place meatball on a foil lined baking sheet (coated with spray).
7. Bake for 20 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 70
Fat: 2.3 g
Carbs: 3.1 g
Protein: 6.1 g