Friday, January 31, 2014

Care for a Date?

Happy Friday Friends!

Have you ever been so hungry that the most unappetizing food sounds absolutely delicious? Let's just say that this has been happening to me quite frequently and for a couple of reasons. First, breast feeding burns an additional 500 calories a day (yay for breast feeding!), second, my cortisol levels are at an all time high because of lack of sleep (this is due to breast feeding in the middle of the night- boohoo breast feeding!) and third, I am exercising every day which burns an additional 300-500 calories a day. Needless to say, the combination of these is making me really tired, hungry and unenergetic. My solution besides a huge cup of cafecito Cubano (Cuban espresso) is food.

This might not be surprising to you because I'm sure you have noticed that you eat more when you're tired or when you're stressed or when you're feeling lethargic. It's quite normal to feel hungry when you're having any of these emotions because it's your body's way of saying, "Hey, I need some energy!" The important thing to remember is that you must choose your foods wisely. I'm not talking about grabbing a bag of chips or a candy bar (although the sugar might be helpful), I'm suggesting healthy and nutritious food filled with ingredients that will give you energy.

Here's a recipe that's loaded with energy and is amazingly delicious: dates wrapped with turkey bacon. Who would have ever thought that a candy-like fruit and meat would taste so good. 

Dates are packed with natural sugars and vitamins, which give you a ton of energy. Just be careful with the amount of dates you eat because they're high in carbs. This is a great snack to have after a workout in order to replenish your glycogen levels while getting some protein in your body as well.

Pitted Dates Wrapped in Turkey Bacon

Ingredients:
1 pack uncooked turkey bacon (I suggest the Applegate brand)
24 pitted dates
24 toothpicks

Directions 
1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Microwave the bacon strips for about 2-3 minutes. 

3. Cut the strips of bacon in half. 

4. Wrap dates in half strips of bacon and secure with a toothpick.

5. Place the dates and the bacon on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. 

6. Let cool for about 5 minutes. 


Enjoy!!!

Workout of the Day:

Circuit Training Routine:
20 pushups
20 chest presses
20 shoulder presses
20 rear lat raises
20 side lat raises
20 bicep curls
20 tricep kickbacks
2 minute jump rope

Rest 1 minute and repeat 2 times

And, 30 minute run


Yesterday's Paleo Dinner:

Kale salad with tomatoes, onions, avocado and olive oil drizzled on top and grilled cod

Breakfast:

 
Protein shake with organic cherries, one banana and 1 tbs almond butter (I used the Sun Warrior protein powder) 

Lunch:

Green juice with tuna smothered in guacamole


Have you ever eaten dates and bacon? Do you like it?


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2 comments:

  1. I have not tried dates and bacon but it does look tempting. I may have to give it a try since I do love bacon!

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    1. It's like candy and meat in one bite! Enjoy :)

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