Almond Joy Bites

By: Hannah Segur

Try out these energy bites that a perfect for someone on the go. Whether your playing a sport or just running around all day, these bites are a quick and easy way to get all the nutrients that are in a granola bar.

Almond Joy Bites - Photo Credit:  Samantha N Moon Photography

Almond Joy Bites - Photo Credit: Samantha N Moon Photography

Almond Joy Bites

Makes 16-18 bites

Ingredients:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 packet chocolate protein powder (e.g. Klean Athlete or similar protein Powder)
1/2 cup coconut shavings

Directions:

1. Add almond butter, vanilla, honey, and chocolate protein powder to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stir until the mixture starts to bubble. Heat for one more minute once it starts to bubble. Make sure to keep stirring at this point so the mixture doesn't burn. Remove mixture from heat.

2. Add in vanilla and sea salt. Stir until it combines with the mixture. Add in oats and sunflower seeds, mix until everything is combined. (Optional: if you don't want your chocolate chips to melt, refrigerate the granola for 15 minutes, or until it reaches room temperature).

3. Add in chocolate chips and coconut shavings and stir until they're mixed with the granola.

4. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once your sheet is lined, use a spoon to scoop out some of the granola. Roll the granola around until it makes a ball. Place the ball onto the baking sheet and repeat this step until there is no more granola left.

6. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 1 hour. Once that hour is up, transfer the granola bites to a container and store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per bite): 160 calories, 9 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 15 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar, 5 grams protein

Peanut Butter Cranberry Bites

By: Hannah Segur

Try out these Peanut Butter Cranberry Energy bites - perfect for someone on the go. Whether your playing a sport or just running around all day, these bites are a quick and easy way to get all the nutrients that are in a granola bar. They deliver a mix of healthy fats and quality carbs to keep your energy levels up! Each bite has about 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbs - plus 4 grams of protein!

Peanut Butter Cranberry Bites
Makes 16 - 18 bites (about 1 oz each)

Ingredients:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 packet vanilla protein powder (e.g. Klean Athlete Isolate Vanilla Protein Powder)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Add peanut butter, vanilla, honey, and vanilla protein powder to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stir until the mixture starts to bubble. Heat for one more minute once it starts to bubble. Make sure to keep stirring at this point so the mixture doesn't burn. Remove mixture from heat.

2. Add in vanilla and sea salt. Stir until it combines with the mixture. Add in oats and sunflower seeds, mix until everything is combined. (Optional: if you don't want your chocolate chips to melt, refrigerate the granola for 15 minutes, or wait to add the chocolate until the oat mixture reaches room temperature and is cooled.)

3. Add in chocolate chips and cranberries and stir until they're mixed with the granola.

4. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5. Once your sheet is lined, use a spoon to scoop out some of the granola. Roll the granola around until it makes a ball. Place the ball onto the baking sheet and repeat this step until there is no more granola left.

6. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 1 hour. Once that hour is up, transfer the granola bites to the refrigerator and keep refrigerated until you are ready to enjoy them!

Nutrition Facts (per bite): 150 calories, 8 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 110 milligrams sodium, 20 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 14 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

Recipe: PB Chip Energy Bites

These peanut butter chip energy bites are absolutely delicious and they are whole grain based! They are perfect to keep on hand to fuel your athlete.

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PB CHIP ENERGY BITES
Serves 24 (Bites about 1" - 1.5" each)

Ingredients:
¼ cup honey
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
1.    In a mixing bowl combine the honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
2.    Then add-in the rolled oats and chia seeds. Stir to mix together. 
3.    Finish with chocolate chips.
4.    Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
5.    Then remove from the refrigerator and form into bites, about 1-inch each. 
6.    Place in a storage container or freeze!

Nutrition facts per serving: 180 calories, 11 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 50 milligrams sodium, 18 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 9 grams sugar, 4 grams protein
 

Tips: Moving the Scale

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When it comes to meeting weight goals, Fuel2Win founder and sports dietitian, Molly Morgan finds herself spending a lot of time helping athletes, especially early in their career gain weight. 

"In working with pro athletes, the demands that their training puts on their calorie needs for their body is incredible", explains Morgan. Getting enough calories in each day is like a balancing act. Here are tips that Molly shares with her pro athletes:

1. Have a Plan - "Most athletes I work with need between 3000 - 4000+ calories per day and it can be done but when an athlete doesn't have a plan, it almost a certainty that the player will struggle with keeping their weight where they want it", states Morgan.

She suggests athletes work with a sports dietitian to establish their energy need goals and this number will change and should change depending on training demands. A sports dietitian can develop a custom meal plan and meal suggestions that can help get an athlete to their desired weight. 

2. Fuel Routinely - To get enough calories in Molly explains, athletes must have at least 5 - 6 meals and snacks per day. This helps to split up the calories and fuel and refuel the body. She finds that when athletes are trying to rely on just 3 meals, it is nearly impossible to get enough energy in to meet their energy/calorie goals.

3. Focus on Nutrient-Rich calories - Molly notes that she often sees athletes just adding in calories from anything from milk shakes to butter or Alfredo sauce. Although those will all help to increase calorie intake overall, it is best to meet calorie needs with nutrient-rich foods like: avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butter, olive oil, whole grains, yogurt, kefir, etc. These foods will also deliver important healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, etc. 

Checkout these quick calorie boost snacks and additions to add to your intake:

- Add 1/2 an avocado to a meal or mash with salsa for a quick guacamole: Adds approximately 150 calories

- Have a handful (about 1 oz/28 g) of dried fruit and nut trail mix for snack: Adds approximately 130 - 160 calories

- Snack on a banana (large banana) + 2 tbsp (30 ml) peanut butter: Adds 310 calories

- Snack on cottage cheese (1 cup/240 ml) + cubed fresh pineapple (1 cup/240 ml): Adds about 300 calories

- Drizzle 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil on foods at meals: Adds about 120 calories

Download the latest Moving the Scale handout for more tips and snack ideas! 

Q: Are energy drinks recommended for teens?

Energy drinks are not recommended for teens.

Energy drinks are not recommended for teens.

A. No. Energy drinks are not recommended for teens or children. Energy drinks are those drinks that combine a caffeine plus a variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs (ginseng, guarana, etc.). The combination of the caffeine plus the additives, along with a potentially large volume of consumption is a recipe for disaster.

Sports dietitian Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD recommends all athletes, including teens, regardless of health and fitness level, should avoid energy drinks before, during, and after strenuous activities. There have been alleged deaths due to energy drink consumption when consumed before and/or during strenuous activity. 

Caffeine is not recommended for children and recommended in amount less than what energy drinks have for teens. While caffeine a primary concern, it is also the additional added vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs that have not been tested in combination for safety or for their safety in children and teens.

How much caffeine is safe? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under 12 years of age should not consume caffeine and healthy teens (up to age 19) are recommended to limit caffeine intake to 100 mg per day or less. As for healthy adults, the daily max is recommended to be 400 mg per day. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are recommended to limit caffeine to 200 mg per day or less. 

For teens looking to boost energy for workouts, try these tips:

  • Arrive to games and practices hydrated, See the hydration 101 handout for tips and guidelines
  • Have routine meals and snacks to provide a solid foundation of fuel that will provide the nutrients your body needs to perform at its peak, See the eating routine and snack ideas handouts for tips
  • Get adequate sleep each night

References:

Higgins, et al. Energy Drinks: A Contemporary Issues Paper. Current Sports Medicine Reports. February 2018. 

American College of Sports Medicine, News Release, May 2018
https://www.newswise.com/articles/acsm-announces-new-recommendations-and-warnings-regarding-safety-of-energy-drinks

Recipe: Maple Sea Salt Energy Bites

Energy bites are great to make ahead and have ready for a on the go breakfast or snack! This energy bite recipe pairs the sweetness of maple syrup with the crunch of pecans and sea salt - plus with a base of whole grains.  Each bite will deliver: 130 calories, 2 grams of fiber, plus 3 grams of protein! 

Maple Pecan Energy Bites

Makes 12 - 16 bites per recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup (240 mL) old fashioned oats
1/2 cup (120 mL) almond butter
1/2 cup (120 mL) flax seed meal
1/2 cup (120 mL) chopped pecans
1/3 cup (80 mL) maple syrup 1 tablespoon
(30 mL) chia seeds sea salt

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
2. Form into 1” blocks and transfer to parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt.
3. Place in a freezer bag or container and store in freezer or refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per bite) : 130 calories, 9 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 35 milligrams sodium, 12 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar, 3 grams protein

Q & A with Erik Burgdoerfer

Check out these great tips from Ottawa Senators defenseman, Erik Burgdoerfer. Here's one quick tip from Erik: when it comes to performing at your best and making the progress you are looking for on and off the ice, nutrition is key.

Erik Burgdoerfer, Ottawa Senators Defender  

Erik Burgdoerfer, Ottawa Senators Defender  

Q1: If you could tell a youth athlete one thing that they should focus on as it relates to their eating and nutrition patterns, what would it be?

I would tell them it really does matter. When it comes to performing at your best and making the progress you are looking for on and off the ice, nutrition is key. When you start to take what you eat as serious as your training the results will surprise you. 

Q2: What is your favorite refueling meal or snack? 

Let’s go with snack. This is what I typically eat after my pregame nap approx. 3 hours before game time. For those that eat a huge pregame meal this may be a big snack but I prefer to space out my calories on game day. 

Steel cut oatmeal topped with berries and cinnamon 

3 cage free organic eggs or 6oz of high quality meat (organic chicken, bison or grass fed beef, wild salmon)

1/4 of an avocado 

Q3: What is a favorite meal you like to cook? Can you share a simple recipe for it? 

Stir fry! It’s is a life saver when it comes to getting proper nutrition without a ton of work. Easy clean up and short cook time. It’s a very flexible dish. For those that try and stay away from soy in their diet try out coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, great similar tasting alternative! Another change I make in the summer to limit my carb intake is substituting brown rice, with cauliflower rice.

Q4: Staying hydrated is important for athletes, what do you do to help ensure you arrive to games and practices hydrated? 

This is always a challenge for me as I lose a ton of fluids during games and practices. The easiest thing I’ve found is to constantly hydrate. Always have a bottle of water with you. Drink when you are not thirsty! If your body is telling you that you need water it’s to late, you are already dehydrated. 

Q5: What are three nutritious foods you always keep on hand and why?

1- COOKED Organic chicken thighs or breasts

2- Organic fruit

3 - Mixed nuts, not peanuts ( Almonds, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts and walnuts)

Let’s face it we all get lazy and want an easy option when hunger hits. I capitalized cooked Chicken because if it’s there and ready to eat you will make the healthy choice. Having fruit around is a great way to take in naturally occurring vitamins and boost energy. Nuts are my go to snack. Lots of healthy fats, help to maintain body weight in season and make you feel full!

PB + Coconut Energy Bites

These energy bites are quick and easy to make and only require a mixing bowl! They are made with a base of whole grains, plus they have added healthy fats from peanut butter, ground flax meal, and chia seeds. 

Make up a batch of these to take with you during your travels to keep your body fueled - each bite delivers 160 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein. 

PB Chip Energy Bites

PB Chip Energy Bites

PB Chip Energy Bites

Ingredients:
1 cup (240 mL) old fashioned oats
1/2 cup (120 mL) dried coconut flakes
1/2 cup (120 mL) natural peanut butter
1/2 cup (120 mL) flax seed meal
1/3 cup (80 mL) chocolate chips
1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
1 tablespoon (30 mL) chia seeds

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
2. Form into 1” blocks or balls and transfer to parchment paper.
3. Place in a freezer bag or container and store in freezer or refrigerator. 

Nutrition Facts (per bite) : 160 calories, 9 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 15 milligrams sodium, 17 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

 

Energy Bites

Energy bites are quick and easy to make plus a perfect nutrient-packed snack to addition to a meal. Plus there are endless combinations you can make, stay tuned for more energy bite recipes! 

Energy bites... a perfect on the go snack! 

Energy bites... a perfect on the go snack! 

ENERGY BITES
Serves 16 (1 bite each)

Ingredients
1 cup (~220 g) dates, pitted
¼ cup all natural peanut or almond butter*
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds (or flax or hemp seeds)
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
2/3 cup rolled oats
Dash of sea salt

*For a nut-free option try: Sunflower seed butter, if needed increase the rolled oats to firm up the mixture.

Directions:

1. Pulse dates in a food processor or blender until they are in small pieces or the mixture forms a ball.

2. Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds, maple syrup, and peanut butter. Then pulse or mix until combined.

3. Refrigerate mixture for 20 – 30 minutes (to help it firm up).

4. Roll into 1-inch bite-size cubes (about 28 grams per bite).

5. To set, place in a storage container and cover. Refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes or eat as is!

Nutrition Facts (per bite): 100 calories, 4 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 17 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar, 3 grams protein

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