Monday, 25 March 2013

Sprirulina Protein Bar

I finally got a gym membership at the university gym, but unfortunately I can't exactly make post workout smoothies in our studios after exercising. I need something quick, full of nutrients and will fill me up until lunch- raw snack bars! Since it's a mix of fruit, nuts, seeds and oats, it has protein, carbohydrate and fat to recharge my muscles and give me energy to go through lectures later in the day (and studio too...)

 These bars are made of only the best products of nature- oats, ground flaxseeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, raw pea protein, sacha inchi powder, dates, and of course a splash of ginger and spirulina. None of those sugar, fat and animal product laden "health bars." But of course, when consuming raw goodness like these its still crucial to remember that the very best products of nature and fruits and vegetables. 

It also has a fairly balanced proportion of omega 3s and omega 6s compared to most commercially available food which has mostly omega 6s and almost zero to no omega 3s, thanks to the flaxseeds, walnuts and sacha inchi. If you haven't heard of sacha inchi before, it is a nut native to Peru which happens to have a balanced proportion of omega 3s, 6s and 9s. It is thought that an imbalanced proportion leads to inflammation, allergy, heart and muscle disorders. It is also one of the most highly digestible and high quality proteins nature has to offer. Plus, it tastes pretty damn tasty.

Although there isn't much, the spirulina does have quite a strong flavour in this (hence the name). If you aren't a fan, you're crazy you can omit it or add less to the recipe. 

Spirulina Protein Bar

1C oats
1/2C walnuts
1/2C ground flaxseeds
1/4C pumpkin seeds
1 scoop raw protein powder
1T sacha inchi powder
1t spirulina
1-inch piece ginger, chopped
3/4C dates

Pulse the oats in a food processor until it forms a flour. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until combined. Depending on each batch you may have to adjust the proportions of the dry and 'wet' ingredients (ie dates) to make the mixture bind properly. Press into a pan lined with a baking sheet, and cut into even bars. Keep in the fridge and enjoy as a post exercise snack (or just because you want some).

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