Nadine with CookandGlow shares her favorite nutritional way to recover after a yoga practice. These look amazing, and simple to make which is always an important factor for us here at Gather. And ps, Goji berries in just about anything make us happy. Hope you enjoy!
Yoga has been part of my life for over 10 years now, but not so long ago I also started teaching. Woah… little did I know that teaching one single class could be more exhausting than a 2 hour long power yoga practice ! All teachers out there know how much energy it takes to be completely and fully present and attentive for a class, (and often at the same time work your body together with the students) so especially for days when I teach several classes, I really need a good pick-me-up snack to fuel my body and keep my mind alert ! Today I’ll share my ultimate post- exercise power bar that always does the trick for me:)
The first time I tried out these on my husbund he literally made a roar !! ;-) Haha so funny thinking about his enthusiasm, but I admit I also had a hard time not finishing the whole bunch… Now I have a trick to keep me from eating them all at once: I immediately put away the bars in the freezer. That way I always have a bar at hand and perfectly fresh. I take it out before going to yoga, and during my class it has the time to thaw. They are really easy to prepare; you just need a good food processor to mix all the nuts and dried fruits well together. They will keep for ages in the freezer and about one week in the fridge. And besides the fact that they are super delicious, and 100% clean from any nasty additives or refined sugars, making your own energy bars will save you money – a lot.
So why are these the ultimate power bars ? Because they contain a maximum of goodness to nurish yoour body; you’ll get plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins and healthy fats to energize you and keep you satisfied without any blood sugar rushes until your next meal. They are consistent yet easily digested and will never make you feel heavy ( unless you have three in a row!).
You can of course make the bars without any coating or topping; the extra chocolate and goji berries are totally optional but not only does it add an extra dimension of divine chewiness and taste, it also brings you a huge amount of powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and acts rejuvenating. Dark chocolate is stimulating and works as a real mood enhancer – you know how giving in to a bad chocolate craving makes you fly right ? Just make sure it’s a good quality organic chocolate with not less than 70% cacao. The goji berries can of course also be skipped but it will take away a real power dose from the bars… They are packed with antioxidants and considered one of the top superfoods, a true source of youth… They are red little immune- boosters that also acts anti-inflammatory, which is perfect to calm any sore muscles after a workout.
And best of all is these bars just taste sooo good !! With these with you in your gym bag you’ll want your class to be over quicker just to get a bite of your power snack…
Postyoga Power Bars
Makes about 10-12 bars
2 dl walnuts
2 dl almonds
about 1,5 dl dried apricots
3-4 big medjool dates*
3 dl oats (regular or gluten-free)
1 dl flaxseeds
1 dl coconut flakes
1 dl honey
50g coconut oil
100g dark chocolate
goji berries for decoration
*regular dates won’t work because they are not juicy enough, so do make sure you find big, chewy medjool dates!
-Before starting, let the dried fruits soak in pure water for at least 30 minutes, that way the bars will be juicier.
-Preheat the oven to 200°C.
-When the dried fruits have soaked, pour away the water, and remove any excess water with a kitchen towel for example. Remove the pits from the dates.
-Pour the fruits as well as the rest of the ingredients (except the topping), into the food processor and mix well. It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth, but don’t leave to big pieces visible. The dough should stick well together when you take it out.
-Grease a pan with a little coconut oil, then transfer the mixture into the pan, pressing it down evenly with the help of a parchment paper. The mixture should cover the entire pan and be about 1,5- 2cm thick and really compact.
-Heat the bar dough in the oven for 15 minutes, and meanwhile chop the chocolate very finely.
-Take out the hot bar dough and sprinkle the chocolate evenly all over the dough. Top with some goji berries and cut into even bars using a sharp knife. Let the bars cool a little under a kitchen towel, then put them in the fridge to set for at least an hour before serving.
Nadine Andreewitch is a Swedish transplant in Paris. She captures both physical and sensual beauty/pleasures of food in an intelligent, creative way. Her eye comes from having worked in the fashion industry, though her latest influences come from her recent certification as a yoga teacher.
“To create more awareness in regards to how we can eat and pamper ourselves in a healthier and more responsible way. Simply learn to choose better. It’s also about showing you how to prepare delicious, easily prepared meals that are good for your bodies and respectful of the environment, without feeling that you are missing out.” -Nadine
Visit her blog, Cook and Glow: Healthy Food and Natural Beauty.