When you think of oranges and lemons, what comes to mind? More than likely it is a vision of a couple of citrus fruits characterized by their leathery rind, white pith and juicy segments! Not at all surprising as these fruits are a common ingredient in baking and cooking and can have many uses for both sweet and savoury dishes. However, when I think of oranges and lemons something quite different comes to mind.
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Although these treats are definitely unlike any flapjack I have ever tasted, the appeal of this healthy treat is that you can be creative with the ingredients and mix up the fruits and nuts as long you keep approximately the same volume of ingredients. I modified the original recipe replacing some of the walnuts with pistachio nuts and adding sunflower seeds in place of some of the pumpkin seeds to add colour and texture.
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.
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.