March 20 2018
Do runners need to take a collagen supplement? Registered dietitian Jamie Sheahan advises.
If you’ve ever perused the nutrition aisle at your local running shop, you may have felt overwhelmed by the sea of choices. Between bars, gummies, drinks, and bites, the choices are endless. While we love the various performance boosting snacks on the market, we also enjoy concocting our own unique mix of whole ingredients as a healthy option. We’re excited to share this energizing recipe with you that’s as easy as cherry pie (and tastes like it too!). Try taking two bites 30 minutes before a run to amp up your energy. You can also take advantage of the recovery promoting nutrients found in cherries by eating two bites within 15 minutes post run.
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup slivered raw almonds
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until everything is chopped into tiny pieces. Scoop heaping tablespoon of mixed ingredients in your hand and roll to form ball shape. Repeat until all of the mixture is used. Store bites in a container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 89 calories, 3.1 g fat, 15.1 g carbohydrates, 1.6 g protein, 5 mg sodium, 2 g dietary fiber.