Today was an 8-mile run, and it was quite slow. I woke up a little after 6 so I could start my run before it was supposed to start storming. Yet, here it is at 10am and not having rained at all. Weather.com, why must you lie to me? Looks like I woke up super early for no reason. Oh well. It’s nice to have the workout done so early.
I’d like to think it was the extra earliness that made me so slow, but there seems to be a pattern over the last few weeks of me getting slower. Perhaps this is resulting from me losing interest in the sport? It has definitely been losing it’s luster, and I think it’s because I’m getting to the point where the long runs take so long that I start feeling blah about it all. Maybe I’ll find some new music to help get me through my 14-mile run this week. Yes, that sounds like a good idea.
My New Favorite Snack
I’ve been making a variation of this granola bars recipe for awhile, but this is the first time I’ve made it with chocolate. Unfortunately, they are much more addicting than usual with this addition. If you dare to tempt yourself, try ‘em out! They’re actually pretty healthy too if you can hold yourself back from eating them all. Antioxidants have never tasted so good.
This recipe for addicting Dark Chocolate Granola Bars is super healthy thanks to the nuts and seeds used. Plus, you can't go wrong with dark chocolate!
- 1 c oats
- 1 c shredded coconut
- 1/3 c wheat germ
- 1/4 c sesame seeds
- 1/2 c sunflower seeds, hulled
- 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 c dark chocolate chips, Craisins, or whatever
- 1/4 c ground flax seed
- 1/2 c honey
- 1/4 c peanut butter
- parchment or wax paper
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- Toast oats, coconut, wheat germ, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds in a skillet over medium heat until golden.
- Transfer to a large bowl and stir in chocolate chips and flax seed.
- Cook the honey and peanut butter in a saucepan over medium heat until peanut butter has melted.
- Add mixture to dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined
- Pour contents into the baking dish and firmly pack down with a spoon. Place in the fridge until cool. Cut into segments and enjoy!
I usually wrap the granola bars individually in saran wrap for a quick snack to grab when I’m on the go. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresher, longer. If you want them to be a little chewier, you could always warm them up in the microwave. I bet the chocolate would be especially gooey and amazing.
In the past when I’ve made these, I just used a cup of Craisins, but the chocolate is definitely a winner, hence me presenting the chocolate recipe. My chocolate chip brand of choice is Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips. I’m a bit obsessed with them and love to add them to recipes. I can confidently say that you will be seeing more of these chocolate chips featured in my recipes in the future.
What do you do when you feel burned out on running/working out?
What’s your favorite snack?