Hey Salty friends! For the next recipe in our Salty Running in the Kitchen series, I am going to share with you a delicious recipe for salty, yet sweet, sesame almond bars.
Sesame almond bars make a wonderful post-run snack, as they contain a balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein. It’s important to refuel with carbohydrates, ideally within 30 minutes of finishing up your workout, and to get a meal or snack that combines a protein and healthy fat source within 2 hours after your run. Fats, carbs and protein each play an important role in maximizing muscle glycogen recovery (i.e., rebuilding energy stores) and supporting protein synthesis (i.e., enhancing the speed at which your body repairs micro-tears in the muscles).
I am not usually super hungry right when I finish up a run and I find these bars to be the perfect in-between snack after a run and before my next meal. I also grab these bars when I am on the go during the day. I tend to be a much nicer human being when I keep my brain and body well nourished throughout the day. Snacks are a big part of this for me! If I let myself get too hungry, it is not pretty (I get hangry and my brain gets foggy). I love the ease and convenience of being able to snack on a substantial bar that will hold me over until my next meal.
Without further ado, here are the deets of my salty and sweet sesame treats (I’ve got rhymes today folks):