With Halloween right around the corner, then non stop food feasts until January, it’s super important to find the right kinds of fuel this time of year. I’ve always been an advocate of keeping your blood sugar steady and having a healthy snack in between breakfast and lunch as well as lunch and dinner. Prepackaged protein bars are ok in a pinch (depending on which bar you buy); but wholesome, home cooked meals and snacks, are always the best way to go. Healthy, delicious homemade protein bars are the perfect combination of good fats, protein and slow digesting carbs. Homemade protein bars are also sweet treats that taste amazing and keep us from raiding the kid’s candy!
Power Hungry by Camilla Saulsbury is the best gift you can give yourself this season. Learn to make your own nutritious power bars, eliminate junky additives and save a ton of money. Camilla shows us how to stock our pantry with all-natural, high-quality proteins, whole grains, nuts and fruits so we have everything on hand to do it ourself. Recipes from protein bars to endurance training bars and gels, granola bars, raw bars and more are included in this easy to follow cookbook. Each recipe offers variations, tips and storage solutions. A really cool chapter on how to recreate your favorite store bought bar for half the price is also included.
As a new mom, I need to keep my energy up and have something to easily grab when my blood sugar starts to dip. I personally love the Flax Your Muscles Bars made with flaxseed, oats, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, cacao nibs, nut butter, vanilla extract and a little pure maple syrup. Oats and flax are supposedly great for breastfeeding moms and help support milk production. I haven’t had a ton of time to experiment with any other recipes so far; but next up I’m going to make the Cherry Pie Lucy Bars (knock off Larabar). Cherries, almonds, cinnamon, soft dates and warm water is all I need to make the bars and I love all of the ingredients. Before Power Hungry, I would have been too intimidated to make my own power bar; but Camilla makes it so easy and fun. I figure it I can make up a batch every Sunday while my husband entertains Timothy Grayson, I’m good to go for the week!
The recipes in Power Hungry are 100% soy free and can be adapted for gluten free and vegan diets. All the bars are customizable and great for endurance athletes, busy moms, office workers and even kids. The Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies would be the perfect Halloween healthy treat to pass out instead of candy bars. The 5 Minute Truffles would make the best homemade Christmas gift for your health conscious athlete friends and family members. Every recipe has the nutrient value listed so you now exactly how many carbs, protein, fat and fiber are in each serving.
Camilla is giving away 3 of her Power Hungry Cookbooks to my awesome readers. If you want to win a book, let me know if the comments below why. You can also let me know on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to let Camilla know as well! You can find more on Camilla and her Power Hungry Cookbook here. You have until the end of the month, GOOD LUCK!!!
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!