There is no quick easy way to the body you want…. commit yourself now to your workout and get started (Tracy Anderson)
As you may have read on Facebook earlier this week, I have created my own “World Cup workout” to coincide with the football! My friend Steven from work designed the programme for me and over the coming weeks, my aim (whilst my husband is watching the tournament) will be to lose weight for the summer by working out and eating healthy home-made food. It is going well and my repertoire has so far included my falafel burgers, bean casserole and Suzy sorbet. All very healthy!
To keep me from snacking during the day on cakes etc, I have made some healthy energy bars. I have tried not to add anything too unhealthy and they still taste great.
Quinoa and Oat Energy Bars
(Makes approximately 24 bars)
250 gr. oats
80 gr. uncooked quinoa, rinsed and left to dry for as long as possible Approx 70 gr. of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. (I use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and goji berries, a mix I bought from Aldi)
140 gr. smooth peanut butter
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
2 tbsp. milled linseed
6 tbsp. honey
25 gr. caster sugar
- Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180C
- In a large frying pan, toast the quinoa on a low to medium heat until you can smell an almost fragrant aroma.
- Place the peanut butter and mashed banana in a saucepan and mix together on a low heat until it has melted and is well incorporated.
- In a large bowl, add the oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, as well as the linseed, honey and caster sugar.
- Once the quinoa has cooled slightly, add to the bowl as well.
- Add the peanut butter mixture and mix all the ingredients together until the oats are well coated.
- Line a tray bake tin with baking paper (the tin is approximately 20x30cm) Place the oat mixture into the tin. Spread the mixture evenly and flatten down as much as you can.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes, until golden on the top.
- Once cooled, cut into approximately 24 bars.
- Add your own combination of nuts, dried fruit and seeds to suit your taste.
- I am currently experimenting with this recipe as I am not the biggest peanut butter fan. However in spite of this, I do really enjoy these bars!