Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Ok, question for all you readers: what type of recovery food/liquids do you like to consume? INSANITY/p90X sells a recovery formula but it's way too expensive for our budget. And I kinda do want something for those mornings that I can't eat my specially-made, nutrition-packed breakfast bars (recipe to come). And Damm still won't give up his sugary, really-bad-for-you oatmeal that has no protein in it nor essential vitamins and minerals. I've heard chocolate milk does wonders ... that combined with a banana? I've never really liked to use supplements but INSANITY is kicking my butt and I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to facilitate recovery and results.

Today was Pure Cardio again. I did better-not as many breaks-but the pushups are still hard. I just cannot go at the pace everyone-including the women-are going at. It'll come. I really hope. They have some awesome arm muscles. And I'm beginning to feels my abs participate in the workout. I'm not sure what this means-were there no muscles there before? Or the muscles were there but I wasn't doing the workouts properly? Or I've managed to increase my core strength and they're helping me push it farther? And Damm's opinion on today's workout: "I was almost able to make it through the warmup without taking a break."

Ok, recipe for super-awesome breakfast bars.

Oven @ 375
3 cups Oats (not instant)
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts but of course one could use a different variety)
And varying amounts of the following spices: Cinnamon, cloves, Nutmeg, Allspice. I don't measure these. I put in what smells right that day.
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
2 cups Milk
2 eggs
2 green apples, chopped. You can also use bananas and I'm sure other fruits should you wish.

Mix everything together, pour into 11x13" pan, bake anywhere from 40-60 minutes. Use your nose. I sometimes sprinkle a bit of sugar and cinnamon mix on top before baking. You can up the sugar-my mother-in-law first came up with this recipe and she avoids sugar. I usually heat my bars up, pour Organic Whole Milk on them, and savor for as long as I can.

No idea calorie/fat/etc. content. It makes 12 bars the way I cut them and I eat 2 every morning.


scott said...

Chocolate Milk, or Beer. A lot of chocolate milk has sugar or corn syrup in it though.

Jem Baker said...

hemp powder smoothies.

Cap'n John said...

"Damm still won't give up his sugary, really-bad-for-you oatmeal..."

I thought oatmeal was good for you, or is Damm eating the imitation oatmeal that comes in boxes of 8-10 individual packets?

I had also read that chocolate milk is very good as a recovery food but Scott is right; look out for the bonus sugar and corn syrup that you really don't need.

I drink Soy Milk myself and have done so for a couple of years. Silk Light is good. The Fresh & Easy brand of Soy Milk is also very tasty. I'm not working out and so I haven't lost any weight, but I haven't gained any either. At 40 years old that's always a plus :)

If you can stand the switch from Dairy to Soy you might want to consider a banana-soy shake. You can even throw an egg in there for good measure. As long as it's mixed thoroughly you won't even notice the egg, except for the taste, but as egg tastes pretty much the same whether cooked or raw that's kind of irrelevant. And yes, I speak from personal experience. Get past the consistency and raw egg tastes exactly like cooked egg :}

Beowulfa said...

Damm is eating the imitation oatmeal that comes in boxes of 8-10 packets:) He's willing to add healthier stuff but it's like my morning coffee-it's now essential for happiness:)

ElCapo said...

Smoothies are the bomb. Jamba Juice is awesome, or you can make your own - I've found a couple pretty sweet recipes.

SoftwareEngineer said...

I use Metamucil. Works great. :D

Beowulfa said...

Thanks all for the suggestions:)