Yesterday, as I was going through comments on my blog, I realized that I’ve been neglecting to update my workout log. I most definitely have not stopped exercising in these past two weeks! Moving into the house has left my life a bit unorganized and I’ve had to make some alterations to my workout schedule, but I’ve kept it up at least five days a week. I’ve been going to yoga at least twice a week, and running 2-3 times a week. Occasionally I throw in a Jillian 30 Day Shred workout too.
My biggest new exercise hurdle is that I no longer have access to a treadmill – this has really thrown me for a loop! I know it sounds strange, but I’ve realized that I think I actually prefer running on a treadmill. I’m sure part of this is because it’s easier to run on the treadmill as you have less resistance and there are no hills, but I think another part of it is that I like to have a set route and not think about where I’m going. The treadmill makes it easy to do that. In the few runs I’ve done so far in my new neighborhood, I much prefer making the eight minute walk to the park and running the one mile loop three times than running a somewhat aimless three mile loop around my neighborhood. For whatever reason, the pattern makes it easier for me!
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a good run outside so far. My last 3 mile run took me 34 minutes – I was really struggling. It was also 85 degrees and humid (very hot for New Hampshire!), so I’m hoping that factored into it. Accordingly, I’ve been a bit discouraged with my running lately. My goal for the next couple of weeks is to keep running three times a week and try to build up my stamina for running outside. Cutting my runs short just because it’s harder will only make me lose my running endurance in the end!
Enough about running for today!
Let’s change subjects to my latest snack obsession :).
Double Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars = delicious!
Over the weekend, I wanted to make a new snack for my days at the office. I was thinking about making another batch of my Dark Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars because ever since I found and finished the ones from my freezer I’ve been wanting more. However, I was in a very chocolately mood. I decided to adapt my quinoa bar recipe and make them into chocolate quinoa bars. It was one of those baking experiments that I wasn’t sure was going to work, but I had great success!
The quinoa makes these fairly nutritious and full of protein. They do a great job of quelling my mid-morning hunger – much more so than a regular granola bar. If you’re not a huge chocolate person, you can try my original recipe, but this is my new favorite! Oh and these are gluten-free too!
They come together much like the other recipe, just a couple slight adjustments.
First, cook your quinoa and let it cool. Preheat your oven to 350. Then mix the quinoa with the garbanzo bean flour, brown sugar, ground flax, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, milk and vanilla.
Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir together.
Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and dried cranberries and pour the mixture into your baking pan.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Double Chocolate Cranberry Quinoa Bars
- 1.5 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)
- 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup 1% milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1) Cook your quinoa, unless you already have leftover quinoa. Let it cool.
2) Preheat oven to 350.
3) Mix your quinoa, flour, brown sugar, ground flax, cocoa powder and cinnamon in large bowl.
4) Mix your milk, egg and vanilla.
5) Add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredient mixture and stir to combine.
6) Add the dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries and stir to combine.
7) Pour batter into a baking pan (I used an 8×8) and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.