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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Super Food Saturday- Chocolate Energy Bars

I like bars for breakfast. I start work between 6 am- 6:30 am. I leave the house at about 5 am so I am not really hungry and really don't want to get up any earlier to make breakfast. Since I eat at my desk while I work I really like bars for breakfast. Most of the commercial ones are full of additives and sugar. I've been making my changes to include more energy dense foods each week, so here is this weeks contribution to healthy eating.  
These would be great right before working out. Sometimes when I get home from work I'm hungry for a snack especially something sweet.  These are really good with a nice chocolate flavor and the only sugar in them comes from the dates. So if you love chocolate, try this healthy chocolate bar.

3 cups pitted dates, finely chopped
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw cashews
½ cup cacao powder
6 tablespoons cacao nibs
6 tablespoons hemp hearts
2 tablespoons chia seeds
4 tablespoons maca powder
½ cup dried tart cherries
½ cup very hot water
½ cup sunflower seeds

Chop the almonds and cashews into course pieces.
Put all the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. I use a Kitchen-Aid
Add the water and mix until well blended. Add the hot water and mix to make a soft mixture.

Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan coated with coconut oil. Place into a 250 F oven for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the bars in the oven until cool. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour and then cut into bars.  You can also put into the freezer before cutting if you want a really clean edge when the bar is cut.  Wrap in plastic and store in the freezer.
Makes 16 bars.

Featured Super Foods
Cocoa Nibs- rich in anti-oxidants, even higher than blueberries.  Also has magnesium, iron and calcium,

Chia Seeds- A good source of essential fatty acid omega-3.  Also rich in anti-oxidants and fiber. Has the minerals calcium and iron.

Hemp Hearts- The oil in hemp contains essential fatty acids.  It is a plant based complete protein.  Contains the minerals iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium.

Dates- more potassium per ounce then bananas. They are naturally sweet.  They have fiber, iron, vitamin A and B, and magnesium

Cherries, and nuts are also superfoods.

Chris Wodke representing Team USA at PATCO Dallas 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 152 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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