FUEL FOR RUNNING

I’m a great fan of Kate Percy and her Go Faster Food cookbook.   She does a Friday mailing and her recipes are always well balanced, loaded with energy boosting goodness and straightforward to make.

Why not have a go at these delicious chia seed energy balls.  They are packed with essential minerals, carbs, protein, plus simple sugars to revitalise the body – perfect to transport on bike rides and long walks.   Those of you that find it difficult to eat breakfast before an early morning run or gym class might find that a couple of these could see you through.

you can play around with the ingredients – a suggested nomination of dried cranberries, figs and walnuts work just as well

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http://www.gofasterfood.com/

Chia Seed Balls – Nutrition per serving

  • Energy (kcal) 51
  • Carbohydrate (g) 6.4
    • Of which sugars (g) 4.3
  • Fat (g) 2.5
    • Of which saturates (g) 0
  • Protein (g) 1.4
  • Salt (g) 0.25
  • Fibre (g) 1.4

Ingredients

  • 50g soft, pitted dates, chopped
  • 60g soft dried apricots
  • 80g sultanas
  • 1 tbsp milled chia seeds
  • 40g pumpkin seeds
  • 20g sunflower seeds
  • 1 dessertspoon runny honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, or dessicated coconut

Method

  1. Place the chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped.
  2. Add the dried fruit and whizz again until the mixture starts to stick together.
  3. Add the honey and combine.
  4. Roll into small balls in the palm of your hands, about 1½ cm in diameter.
  5. Pour the seame seeds into a small bowl and then roll each ball in the sesame seeds to cover completely. (Use dessicated coconut if you prefer).
  6. Keep in a plastic bag or airtight container for up to two weeks.

Happy Running!

Clare Molyneux
Run Coach

If you want to find out more about all things Running at New Energy Fitness, mail Clare at clare@newenergyfitness.co.uk

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