Mid-September marks the start of the cranberry season in British Columbia. Cranberries have long been part of the history of British Columbia and have always been used in a variety of ways. One recipe I recently came across is Cranberry and Almond Vegan Breakfast Bars which make a great healthy and nutritious snack, picnic or “on-the-go” breakfast food.
Healthy Snacks and Fuel Food
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!
Coming across a favourite old recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Muffins from many years ago and adapting it to suit my eating preferences today was an interesting exercise. However it showed me once again how easy it is to recreate most recipes to a plant-based friendly alternative.
As the summer evenings move into fall, try this Tropical Vacation Granola to keep summer at home all year long! Not only does it taste delicious but this light and colourful granola is full of fiber, nutrients, antioxidants and heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
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 versatility of a recipe is a high priority for me when cooking or baking and I tend to gravitate towards dishes that can withstand a degree of creativity and tolerate substitutions to whatever might be at hand. These chewy granola bars fit this bill. I have always preferred chewy […]
I now feast on granola almost every day and, on some days, throughout the day! It is so versatile. The versatility not only relates to what can go into the mixture but also extends to how to eat it. Granola can be served as a cereal, a tasty and crunchy […]