Pre-Workout Potato Energy Bites Recipe — A healthy and portable snack made with simple ingredients, and no refined sugars!
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Raise it up if you stayed awake for the whole game last night?!
Sleep > watching the Patriots lose (I actually have no clue since I’m typing this…as they lose)
Either way I hope you’re recovering from whatever hangover/food coma/broken heart you’re mending this morning. And I’m here to help!
With the incredible, the edible, potato?
In a tiny, portable, totally trendy bite.
There’s plenty of energy bars, bites, and the like out there, all claiming to be the best. With the amount of sugar and $$$ some of them pack in, they better take me straight from Planet Fitness to the Olympics I tell ya what.
Why not get some all natural pre-SWOLL fuel with foods you already have living in your pantry?!
The humble little potato provides the carbohydrate, potassium, and energy you need to perform at your best, which makes them perfect pre or post workout fuel.
One of my favorite nutrition myth buster is actually that potatoes have more potassium than bananas who get all the credit.
So I thought hey, why not put them into a portable form that’s a little les awkward to eat on the go than digging into a baked potato on your way to the gym.
The recommendation for pre-workout fuel is actually 68 grams of carbs + 10 grams protein and <10% of calories from fat an hour before exercising.
Each of these bites has about 17 grams of carbs, 3 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fat, so pairing a couple of these with one of those infamous bananas or a piece of fruit will get you close to the recommendation for pre-workout fuel.
I added some dried cherries to the mix too, which are better for post-workout muscle recovery, but hey a little before can’t hurt either right?!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup dried cherries
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- flesh from ½ large russet potato, cooked (about ¾ cup)
- 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, flax, pumpkin seeds, cherries, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, mash together potato, peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup.
- Add potato mixture to oats, and stir until fully combined ( I like to use my hands to mix)
- Roll into 12 balls, and store in fridge or freezer for up to 2 weeks.
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Make it a great day!
What’s your favorite pre-workout snack?
Baked, roasted, or fried potato?