I have always considered Fig Rolls (UK) and Fig Newtons (North America) as a relatively healthy choice in the world of commercial cookies and biscuits. As easily digestible carbohydrates, they have also been a tasty favourite as “fuel food” for sports. However, they still fall into the category of processed food and so I was pleased to come across a naturally sweetened, gluten free, no-bake alternative to these popular commercial treats.
Of the different elements involved in endurance sports such as sufficient training and proper nutrition, perhaps the most important is mind over matter. This is the ability of the mind to ignore the “suffering” that comes with pushing the body to its limits and quietly and rationally talking oneself through the discomfort to reach the goal. This principle can be applied to almost any challenging endeavour, athletic or otherwise.
Even as little as 10 years ago, the notion of fueling sport on plant-based nutrition alone was largely unheard of and certainly not taken seriously. A lot has changed since then and now it is much more of an accepted practice and some believe it can even be beneficial to performance as well as overall health.
With busy lives, processed foods are deemed “convenient” for a reason. Commercial energy bars are expensive per use, highly portable and are intended to fuel endurance sports. When time permits, try a healthy, plant-based alternative called Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars to serve as a snack, fuel sports, or simply sustain those intense moments!
When involved in endurance sports or extended periods of exertion, the body’s carbohydrate stores need replenishing. There are lots of convenient energy gels and bars on the market today but they are expensive per use and essentially processed foods. If you are looking for more natural alternatives, try these Mango and Date Energy Bites which offer a little fiber, protein, healthy fat and natural sugars for an energy boost during exercise or as mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
The lemon is a delicious, vibrant fruit which is extremely versatile and can add a fresh, tangy flavour to many dishes. On a recent cycling trip to a lemon grove in Italy, an area which claims to be the home of the true lemon, we learnt more about the journey of a lemon long before it reaches the supermarket shelves.
I recently found myself watching an episode of Highway to Heaven, a series originally released in the 1980’s. There were several things that stood out. The first was the fashions of the day, which I recall only too well, including “big hair”, leg warmers and over-sized tops with shoulder pads. […]