Creating Superfood Energy Bites
Keeping all this in mind, I set out to create a pre-workout snack that would cover all my bases, as well as incorporate some additional ingredients that would further boost my workout! It was adapted from a recipe for Direct Energy Bites from The Thrive Diet, an awesome book for anyone looking to incorporate more raw/high-performance foods into their diets.
Included in my bites are dates, coconut oil, cacao powder, matcha, goji berries, maca and spirulina. Here’s why these ingredients combined to make an awesome pre-workout snack (Scroll down for the recipe):
- Easily digestible energy: dates are high in glucose (a simple sugar) and coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Both of these can be used immediately as fuel without being broken down.
- Matcha: has caffeine therefore acts to give you a boost for your workout. Also, there is evidence that matcha can help restore hormonal balance after a workout. It helps restore adrenal gland balance, which aids the body in recovering from stress (and exercise is a stress, albeit a good one!). It is also high in chlorophyll and antioxidants, which is good because you breakdown a lot of oxygen when working out which creates free radicals, or oxidants. Antioxidants will help neutralize these.
- Goji berries: contain polysaccharides called lycium barbarum, which are very effective detoxifiers and reduce inflammation in the body. They help remove lactic acid created by our muscles during exercise and help the body adapt to stress. Goji berries also have sesquiterpenoids, which stimulate production of the Human Growth Hormone, which helps build muscle!
- Maca: provides energy and promotes quick regeneration of fatigued muscle tissue and the adrenal glands, therefore, it will help muscles recover and improve strength!
- Cacao powder: I mainly threw this in for flavor, but it does have a small amount of caffeine that provides energy and is a powerful antioxidant!
- Spirulina: high in chlorophyll and antioxidants, as well as iron, which is needed for oxygen delivery to the muscles. Spirulina may help to increase endurance.
So I bet you all want this recipe now, don’t you? Well here you go…