Fueling up for Winter

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Winter is coming. As much as we would like to deny the fact that the summer has come to an end, there is no doubt that the mountain tops will soon be covered with fluffy white gold. For an outdoor enthusiast, the winter brings another season of adventure on the mountain. Skiing has become my winter passion over the past 10 years and as the climbing season comes to an end, another season begins.

For years I have chased the mountains in search of fulfilling an inner desire to push myself to the brink of self discovery. Striving ever higher to push the limits of human ability is what initially led me to the discovery of the Power of Food. As a kid from Toronto, it was quite tough at first keeping up in the mountains with so many great athletes from BC surrounding me.

Within two years of entering the mountain life I found myself with the ability to succeed with many of my outdoor pursuits while gaining knowledge on how to fuel my body to achieve maximum performance. One of my key discoveries in those early years had to do with the way I fueled myself during intense exercise. Having come from a background of eating nothing but simple, refined, over-processed foods, it was no wonder taking chocolate bars for long touring days on my skis did nothing but provide me with a quick burst of energy, followed by a big crash. My choices for fuel often left me struggling to keep up as I continuously watched my friends cruise past me in a sea of white powder. I knew my ability to become stronger, faster and increase my endurance had to do with the foods I was choosing to eat.

I began to turn to a number of different power bars found in most grocery stores such as Powerbars and Cliff bars, to help myself perform better. I quickly learned that many of these options were no better than eating a chocolate bar. With so many power bars on the market, it’s very tough to figure out which ones are best. Over the past 10 years we have seen the health bar industry grow from four key choices to now well over 60 varieties to choose from, as well as confuse us. When was the last time you had a look in your grocery store at the number of health bars available? Many of these power bars offer quality ingredients, but with so much choice, how do you know which ones are best? It was through this frustration and confusion that I began playing in my kitchen to come up with my own power bars to take on all my mountain adventures. I was looking for something that was easy to eat, simple to make and offered quality nutrients for sustained energy and tasted great.

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I can’t count how many commercial bars I tried that tasted like cardboard or left an aftertaste worse than the liver and onions I once tried as a kid, only once. Since discovering I could make my own bars that offered me high quality ingredients and endless energy, I have not spent a single dollar fueling myself with the useless health bars found on most grocery store shelves.

This recipe is great for all your mountain adventures, but should not be missed for an afternoon snack while at school, work or just on the go. I call them ‘Adam’s Power Booster Bars’.

ADAM’S NUT FREE Power Booster Bars

* 1 cup chopped pitted dates
* 1/4 cup hemp seeds
* 1/4 cup sesame seeds
* 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
* 1/4 cup shredded coconut
* 1/4 cup lemon juice

This recipe is great for the kids. Get them involved when making these bars and enjoy the art of healthy cooking together.

How To Prepare
Chop with a knife all your pitted dates to ensure there are no pits before placing into your food processor. Place the chopped dates into your food processor. Add in all other ingredients and process until blended together. Place the mixture into a small baking dish. Pat down the ingredients until evenly spread throughout the baking dish. The spread should be about bar size in height. Place in your fridge overnight. In the morning cut the mixture into bar size pieces and place individual potions into the freezer. Pull out a bar as needed.

Recipe Tips

1. Feel free to add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to make chocolate power bars.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter to make peanut butter bars
3. Add your choice of nuts such as crushed almond or pecans into the mix to create different bars.

The high quality protein, essential fatty acids and great complex carbohydrates found in these bars makes this recipe ideal to cure the mid afternoon crashes while at school, at work or on the go. They are also a great energy boost for all your outdoor adventures.

Adam Hart is a speaker, trainer, author and coach. Adam Hart is also the founder of Power of Food. Adam brings awareness of the importance of heal their eating choices to thousands of people through public and private workshops. His Power of Food presentation has become a desired addition to many events, organizations and corporate wellness programs looking to increase energy, improve productivity and overall well-being. Visit http://poweroffood.com/wp to find out more or call 1-877-222-2950

This arti­cle was first pub­lished in SYNCHRONICITY MAGAZINE, JAN. 2009

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About Adam Hart

Adam Hart is the bestselling author of The Power of Food. When not on stage speaking, Adam can be found helping one of his many corporate clients in awakening an abundance of energy through his highly engaging stress management solutions.Contact Adam to book a demo for an enhanced corporate wellness experience.