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Food for Thought: Power Snacks to Fuel the Riding Day

Feb 29, 2012

Author: Taylor Godber

99% of health and fitness articles will tell you that the healthiest eating schedules consist of 5-6 small meals a day, all spaced 2-3 hours apart. A snowboarder’s day tends to make the 5-6 small meals a day very challenging. It is a lifestyle that can involve long days far from a kitchen and at times nowhere to even purchase food. This is why it is so important to have healthy snacks to provide your body with enough energy to make it to the next more substantial meal. To keep your hunger at bay and your energy revved up, here are a few quick throw together snacks and recipes to keep in your pocket for the chairlift or while you wait for the light in the backcountry.

 

Homemade Granola Bars

Shopping List:
3 1/2 tbsp. almond butter
3 tbsp. all natural honey
2 tbsp. molasses OR 3 tbsp. of 100% maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup puffed wheat
1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, cerries, apricots)
2 cups large rolled oats (not quick-cook oats)
1/4 dried coconut
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. cinnamon

How To:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 8 inch square pan with sheet of parchment paper. Ensure that the parchment paper hangs over the pan about 1/2-1 inch.

2. In a small pot, at a medium temperature heat-up almond butter, honey, molasses/maple syrup, vanilla and brown sugar until all ingredients are melted and combined.

3. In a large mixing bowl combine puffed wheat, rolled oats, coconut, almonds, sesame seeds, cashews, and cinnamon.

4. Spread out mixture onto a large cooking sheet. Bake in oven on middle rack for 5-7 minutes, until oats are slightly brown.

5. Transfer back into the large bowl and add dried fruit, chocolate chips, and wet mixture. Mix well until everything is combined.

6. Move mixture onto parchment lined pan and evenly press it down.

7. Back for 20-25 minutes.

8. Cut bars immediately after taking out of oven. Do so by, pressing a sharp knife or butter knife down. Do not slide the knife just press it down into desired sections.

9. Once the bars are completely cooled down, wrap them seperately and place into an air-tight container.

*Below are some suggestions for pre-packaged granola bars. Good options if
you are in a super-rush and cannot make them yourself.


 

 

Fresh Fruit


No explanation needed. Some pocket friendly suggestions; apples, oranges, and small
grapefruits. Steer clear of bananas, pears, and plums. They tend to get mushy and will
leave a less than edible surprise in your pocket, no fun.

 

Dried Fruit, Nuts, and Seeds//Make your own trail mix

Combine all of the following or mix and match the suggestions, balancing out a
combination of fruit and nut. All can be bought in the bulk food section. Reach for raw,
unsalted, no sugar added, instead of seasoned or sugar coated. Making your own trail
mix allows you to avoid the bad stuff and fill your baggie full of healthy little bites of
energy.

Fruit
.Apricots
.Blueberries
.Cheeries
.Blueberries
.Bananas
.Apples
.Cranberries
.Mangos
.Raisins

Nuts and Seeds
.Almonds
.Peanuts
.Un-shelled pistachios
.Brazil nuts
.Sunflower seeds
.Pecans
.Walnuts
.Pumpkin seeds
.Cashews

 

Coconut Chocolate Date Balls

Shopping List:
2 cups of dates, pitted
1 cup of raw walnuts
1/2 cup of raw almonds
1 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of raisins
2 tsp. of lemon zest
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
2 tbls. cocoa powder
3 tbls. of water

How to:
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor except 1/2 of shredded coconut. Mix until the contents are smooth.
2.  Add more water if necessary.
3.  Remove the mixture in 1 large tablespoon full at a time and roll into a ball.
4.  Sprinkle remaining coconut onto a clean counter or plate. Roll the balls on top of the coconut.
5. Keep in refrigerator in an air tight container to ensure freshness.


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