Looking for a pre workout, Energy bar recipe to chew instead of drink?
Then check out my Fit n Healthy Energy Bar Recipe.
Great for those looking to burn excess body fat and build lean muscle tissue.
It also has the added benefit of turning your brain ON to improve mental performance, and get more done!
A healthy and tasty alternative to store-bought, sugar-laden energy bars, the Fit n Healthy Energy Bar Recipe contains 15 grams of protein with no added sugar.
Remember, protein is what rebuilds and repairs, but also provides the building blocks for your metabolic engine – your sexy muscles!
Additionally, this energy bar recipe calls for coconut oil as the fat source, which has demonstrated to be the preferred fat to lose weight and drop the belly fat.
Aside from all the body sculpting benefits, my personal experience enjoying the Fit n Healthy Energy Bar Recipe ‘pre workout’ has proven, to hold true in 3 MAIN hormone balancing areas:
- Mood Boosting. Turns my brain on to get me excited for the day.
- Energizing. Digests easy so I can exercise within 30 minutes.
- Satisfying. Tastes incredibly delicious and something I look forward to.
I am happy to say, that not only does it keep me at my perfect body composition, it is also loaded with nutrient rich polyphenols, antioxidants, and naturally occurring anti-microbials that have dramatic anti aging affects.
For those that like to ‘geek out’ on the science and how things work, here it is….
The 4 KEY ingredients that contribute to the energizing effects and health benefits to the Fit n Healthy Energy Bar Recipe
Cocoa is a known aphrodisiac. This may be due to the naturally occurring theobromine, a gentle stimulant (which is why cocoa is best consumed before 2 pm to ensure your best sleep).
Overall, cocoa creates a powerhouse effect on your body’s sensations. When you consume cocoa, your body releases endorphins, also known as the ‘runners high’. No wonder you feel like ‘taking on the world’ when you consume it!
Dr David Permutter, MD, one of the top experts in brain health, is a big fan of cocoa. In his book, Brain Maker, The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life“, he reports, “…those who consumed the highest level of flavonoids from cocoa and chocolate improved their insulin sensitivity and blood pressure significantly. They also showed less free radical damage and heightened cognitive function“.
Having good insulin sensitivity has a direct correlation to being able to burn fat for fuel and stay fit n healthy.
Dave Asprey, professional biohacker has done an extensive amount of research on coffee and it’s benefits to the brain. According to his research, ‘Coffee’s effectiveness as high-performance brain fuel makes it liquid gold. When caffeine hits the brain it suppresses a neurotransmitter called adenosine. Adenosine influences attention, alertness, and sleep. It builds up in your brain as the day goes on. When caffeine blocks adenosine, stimulating brain chemicals like glutamate and dopamine join the party and flow more freely — giving you a surge of energy, improving mental performance, and slowing age-related mental decline. Caffeine also increases serotonin, a major mood influencer. The boost makes you feel more positive, and it’s strong enough to measurably affect depression. Studies also show that caffeine improves learning by up to 10%‘.
Of course, as with any food, quality matters. Consume only organic coffee ideally from a single-family farm. Also, more is not better. Most do best with 1 to 2 cups per day before 12 noon.
#3 High Quality Protein Powder
Let’s face it, we are busier than ever before. We know consuming protein is important to rebuild and repair, however, what’s also important is being able to assimilate it from food. Eating eggs or bacon is just not a good idea when you’re busy running around or about to hit a yoga class or HIIT workout!
This is where a high-quality protein powder comes in. Choosing the right type for your body basically escorts the amino acids right into where you need it – and fast with literally no digestion required!
My preferred protein powder is Whey Protein Isolate, Collagen Protein, and Pea Protein (plant-based). These have been shown in the literature to be beneficial to increasing muscle strength, decreasing unwanted body fat, and reducing stress. All of which help improve our day to day energy levels.
Again, quality is king. Look for protein powder made from pasture-raised, hormone-free cows or clean-sourced plant protein free of chemicals. Also, make sure there are no added sugars or artificial sweeteners by ALWAYS checking the ingredient listing.
#4 Coconut oil
To quote Dr Mercola from his book, ‘Fat for Fuel, A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy‘, ‘Coconut oil has been a dietary and beauty staple for millennia. It fights all kinds of microbes, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, many of which can be harmful, and is a fabulous source of high-quality fat’. He recommends it for a quick energy boost.
Coconut oil is also touted as the ultimate fat burning fat. This is because it is assimilated differently in the body and goes directly to provide you energy instead of being stored on your belly or hips.
Now that I’ve outlined the 4 key ingredients that give this recipe a big thumbs up for your pre workout, post workout snack or even to give your body a little boost to help your morning be more productive….its time for the Fit n Healthy Energy Bar Recipe!
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