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Recipe: Lemony Fruit Bars

Photo by MYUNIONHOUSE Photography

During exercise lasting over an hour, you need fuel that supplies sodium and quick-digesting carbohydrates. Studies have shown that antioxidants in ginger can help dampen muscle damage caused by exercise.

Serves 9

11/2 cups pitted dates, chopped
1 cup apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup granola
3 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture begins to stick together. Place mixture in a greased or parchment-lined baking pan (8 in. x 8 in.) and press down firmly into an even layer. Freeze for 1 hour, then slice into 9 bars.

Nutritional info: 192 calories, 3g protein, 4g fat (2g saturated), 38g carbs, 4g fiber, 135mg sodium