I run quite a bit but I'd never call myself "a runner". I'm more of a slow plodder, someone who will keep going but will never ever win anything. I try to get do 10km 4 times a week (children and husband permitting!). Although sometimes if I listen hard enough I can hear my body saying something like "You big fool. You get one hour to yourself, would it not be better to spend the little spare time you have sitting in front of the TV and not be hauling your sorry ass out into the streets in lycra?". It has a point and sometimes I'm tempted to listen to it but I usually but nothing beats the feeling of finishing another run - I'm ready to take on the day.
If I go for a run in the morning, I'm always starving for the rest of the day. These little bites are great for bridging the gap between breakfast and lunch. They're a perfect energy boost for anybody in training for a marathon or charity run or even when you fancy something sweet before dinner. They taste quite chocolatey even though there is only 1 tablespoon of cocoa in them and the dates and honey make them quite sweet.
Energy Bites, adapted from BBC Good Food magazine, April 2012.
100g toasted pecans
75g chopped dates
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp wheatgerm
1 tsp brown linseed (poppy seeds, sesame seeds or any other small seeds would work here)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
50g desiccated coconut
Blitz the pecans in a food processor until they are fine crumbs.
Add all of the other ingredients (except the desiccated coconut) and pulse until it is all combined.
Shape the mixture into golf ball sized balls and roll in the coconut until fully coated.
Place the balls in the fridge for 20 mins. to firm up.