The Young Athlete's Guide to Maximizing Athletic Performance Through Proper Nutrition and Exercise
Healthy Holiday Treats

Healthy Holiday Treats

The holidays are here and with holidays comes sugary snacks. Listed below are some recipes I found that let you enjoy some alternatives that are also good for you. They taste great so you don't have to watch everyone drink eggnog while you sip water. Eating or drinking these holiday treats before your workout, game or event will give you all the energy you need. Since they have slow release carbohydrates, you get a constant energy level without the sugar crash from regular candy or sugary drinks. After a workout or game it'll also replenish the glycogen stored in your muscles!

Dairy-free Holiday Eggnog, it's delicious and nutritious!

This creamy, sweet festive drink is pure holiday comfort. You won’t believe it’s dairy-free and actually good for you! Ingredients 2 cups Almond Cream*, unsweetened ½ cup date paste (dates blended with a little water) 2 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 2 frozen bananas (freezing bananas then blending them into a shake or drink will make it creamier) 2 tsp flax seed oil (optional) 2 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp nutmeg plus additional for sprinkling ¼ tsp cinnamon Directions Blend all ingredients except bananas. Add bananas and blend. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional sprinkle of nutmeg. *To make Almond Cream, soak 1½ cups of almonds in water for 8 hours, drain, and rinse. Then, blend the almonds with 3 cups of water and strain (a small wire strainer works well). Serves 4

Superfood Chocolate Candy (Raw), it's chocolate!

Chocolate Heart Photo by Ella Noir
Gives you plenty of energy, and did I mention that it's chocolate? Ingredients: 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil ¼ cup organic raw almond butter ¼ cup almond meal 4 tbsp agave nectar ¼ cup organic unsweetened coconut ¼ cup hemp seed protein ½ tsp liquid Stevia or 3 tsp powdered Stevia (6 packets) 1 tbsp organic vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon ¾ cup raw chocolate cacao powder (may substitute with Chatfield's roasted carob powder) ⅓ cup goji berries (optional) Method:
  1. Spray an ice cube tray with nonstick spray and set aside or use mini cup cake tins and papers. (You can also use candy molds, they work great, and they are easy to use)
  2. Melt coconut oil under hot water or spoon into saucepan and melt over low flame. When coconut oil turns to a liquid, pour oil into medium bowl.
  3. Slowly whisk in almond butter, cinnamon, Stevia, and agave nectar one at a time.
  4. Next, whisk in vanilla.
  5. Then slowly stir in cacao (or carob), almond meal, coconut, and hemp seed protein one at a time, sprinkling evenly as you go.
  6. Batter should run off of spoon. Spoon into ice cube tray, or cup cake papers and chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle goji berries on the top. (optional)
These can also be molded into heart shapes for a healthy Valentine's Day candy or into egg shapes for healthy Easter Eggs. I found both of these recipes at http://organicauthority.com, you will be crazy about these, there are more recipes there to make you healthier, more energetic, and stronger for workouts or games during the holidays. Enjoy! Eggnog Photo by izik