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Good morning! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! I’m so sore from my run yesterday, details to come.

Flavor

Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for another great WIAW link up! Check out other blogs and their eats and summer staples too!

For What I Ate Wednesday I always share Tuesday’s eats. This is what was on the menu yesterday.

  • Pre-run Fuel: Kashi Blueberry Clusters with Peanut Butter + Half of a Granola Protein Bar (recipe below)
  • After Run Breakfast: Nicaraguan Coffee with Cream + Eggs with Spinach + Greek Yogurt with Blueberries & Muesli
  • Lunch: Spinach & Kale Salad with leftover Stuffed Zucchini Mixture
  • Snack: Fuji Apple
  • Dinner: Thai Red Coconut Curry Chicken + Red Quinoa & Veggies (recipe coming soon!)

Today’s focus on Summer Staples is Fuel for Running. You can find some recipes I have posted over at Connect Race Blog’s post but this new recipe I made is great to fuel your runs.

One thing that my husband and I go through like crazy is Protein Bars. We love to try different kinds and they seem to disappear so fast. However I’m not a big fan of the ones that are low sugar and have that “fake” taste. So after some kitchen experimentation and coming home to find these:

I decided to try and make a no sugar added granola protein bar.

Granola Protein Bars

  • (3) Bananas
  • (2.5) Cups of Rolled Oats
  • (1/2) Cup of Peanuts
  • (1/2) Cup of Sliced Almonds
  • (1/4) Cup of Walnuts- finely chopped
  • (1/2) Cup of Sunflower Seeds
  • (6) Pitted Dates- finely chopped
  • (1/2) Cup of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • (3/4) Cup of Coconut Milk or any milk of your choice
  • (1/2) tsp of Cinnamon
  • (1) tbsp of Vanilla
  • (1/4) tsp of Salt
  • (1/2) Cup of Peanut Butter
  • (4) Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder (substitute for 1/2 cup of Whole Wheat Flour if you have no protein)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the Peanuts, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Dates & Coconut together.

Mix the Protein Powder, Cinnamon & Salt together in a separate bowl.

In another mixing bowl, stir the Bananas, Peanut Butter & Coconut Milk together, mashing the bananas until smooth.

Mix all three bowls together, adding the Rolled Oats & Sliced Almonds together.

Stir up all the ingredients together, mixing thoroughly.

You will want to eat spoonfuls of the mixture, so just go ahead and have a bite!

Grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with a light oil, I used coconut oil, and spread the mixture over the pan evenly.

Bake in the oven at 350 for 18-22 minutes. I checked mine several times and waited until I could see the banana was no longer mushy.

Let the bars cool for at least 10 minutes and then cut into bars.

These bars are delicious and don’t have a “protein” taste.

My husband loved them and has been eating on them all week! I stored half of them in the fridge in ziploc bags for easy transportation and the other half in the freezer. I actually liked mine frozen!


Besides these being great for a snack bar around the house, they are a great fuel for my runs. Yesterday morning before my run I snacked on a couple pieces of Kashi Blueberry Clusters Cereal dipped in Peanut Butter and half of one of these Granola Protein Bars.

Fitness

On my half marathon training calender was 5 miles. After letting my food settle for 30 minutes, I headed out for the run around 8:30am. It felt like 12 in the afternoon from the heat & humidity.

At about the 2 mile mark while my shirt was drenched and I felt weighed down from the humidity, it started raining. I hated it and loved it at the same time. Oh and I had a side stitch that wouldn’t go away for the last mile.

I completed the 5 miles in 45:27 which was a 9:04 pace. Overall not my best time but it was a rough run.

I’m going to work on my speed and sprints on Thursday. Hopefully it won’t rain on me! 🙂

What’s your favorite protein bar? Have you ever ran in the rain? Did you like it or hate it?