The great thing about being a trainer is you get tons of recipes to try. Often times, the recipes do not taste well or they are not really that much healthier than store bought. Christina E. gave me this one to try when I have an extra hour or so in the kitchen. While my Raw Advocare bars are my quick go-to most of the time, yet I love all the ingredients in this one.
Date-Berry Energy Bar 1/3 c dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 ½ c pitted dates 1/3 c ground flax seed 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ c unsalted almonds ½ c unsalted walnuts 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ c goji berries, cherries 1-2 tablespoon coconut oil Put your pitted dates in the food processor and puree until they’re smooth. Add coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, flax seed, and vanilla. Pulse a few times until they’re combined. Add almonds and walnuts and pulse again. Depending on how fine you want the texture of the nuts, be careful not to pulse too many times. Stir in dried berries. Transfer the date mixture to a pan lined with wax paper. Press the mixture down with a large wooden spoon until they’re about half an inch thick. Cover with Saran wrap and chill in refrigerator until they’re hard (at least an hour or so). Cut into squares.
Stuck at home on a snow day and planning on cleaning the house? Or maybe your planning on sitting on the couch in front of the tube? Here’s a quick workout that will get you off the couch for a few minutes and help you with motivation to clean your house!
Laundry Stair Climbers – For each trip down or up the stairs while doing laundry, carry the full laundry basket and make 10 extra passes up and down the stairs. Finish with a few arm curls ups while holding the basket. NO STAIRS? Do 10 Sit back squats, with heals remaining on the floor, keeping belly pulled in and basket touching your chest. Finish with basket arm curls. Throw in the box of soap for more of a challenge.
Plank Pickups – Drop and hold a plank on hands and toes or knees for 5-10 seconds each time you bend down to pick something off the floor. Keep belly from sagging by pulling belly button up towards spine, hips in line with shoulders.
Vacuum Cleaner Lunges – Step forward into a lunge, each leg, keeping front heal on floor each time you finish a few passes across the floor. 20 in each room.
Counter top Pushups – Cleaning the kitchen or bathroom? Pause and perform 25 incline pushups using counter top. With hands shoulder width apart, Chest in line with counter, bend arms half way down and pushup all the way back up, keeping belly tight, tailbone tucked under . Challenge by placing your hands on the side of the tub – planking your core.
Towel Rows – folding towels can be fun with towel row. 20 times. Grab body towel by the ends wider than shoulders, and with a little sag in the towel Begin with arms in front in of chest and pull towel back, bending elbows to pull slack out of towel and draw towel towards chest. Challenge – grab a partner, and take turns pulling until elbows are against rib cage and partners arms are straight (Sit facing your partner, feet braced against each others, back upright )
Wallah! Workout done, chores done!
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