I love the feeling I get after I’m done with a hard workout but I hate going.
I will try every excuse to not go. I’m so tired. Or my little boys don’t want to go to the childcare. Or I don’t want to ruin a perfectly good hair day.
Yep, I’ve tried it all. But when it comes down to it, I usually end up going and feeling better for it.
I have a good friend that goes with me to many of my gym classes. She and I sort of make each other go. Okay, fine. She makes me go. Ha! It’s good to have someone to workout with, that will encourage you to do more.
It’s also good to take care of your body when you do workout. You should have protein ideally within 20 minutes post-workout to build and repair the muscles you just worked. I usually make a protein shake when I get home from the gym.
Sometimes I get so sick of the protein shakes, though! I like to switch it out with store-bought protein bars but they’re really quite expensive. And when you look at the ingredients, they’re full of all sorts of weird things I can’t even pronounce. So I give you…homemade protein bars! These bars are great because:
- They’re super easy to make.
- They only have 6 easy ingredients.
- You keep the container of them right in the fridge and grab a piece when you start to feel hungry.
- They’re delicious & chewy and will satisfy a sweet craving along with the need for protein.
- One bar is just under 200 calories with 9.5 grams of protein, so it makes a great in-between meal snack!
- ½ cup peanut or almond butter
- ⅓ cup blue agave or honey
- 1 cup instant rolled oats
- ¼ cup chocolate protein powder (I use CytoSport 100% whey)
- ¼ cup flaxseed
- ½ cup raspberries (or blueberries work too! Also, you can leave them out if you don't like fruit in your protein bars.)
- Mix peanut butter and agave or honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until a consistent, smooth texture.
- Take off heat and pour in oats, protein and flaxseed. Stir until totally combined. Finally, fold in raspberries.
- Spread into a (5x9 inch) loaf pan and press down so it's a flat. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
- After an hour, take out bars from freezer and cut into long bars (or squares). Using wax or parchment paper to separate the bars, place in a plastic air-tight container in the refrigerator. Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.