Tough Mudder Buffalo – Team DeVAtion from the Mean Monster Truck

A victory for twentysomethings everywhere! Particularly twentysomethings who emerge from stagnant sedentary lifestyles on couches with Kraft Easy Mac and Gummy Fruit Snacks and soar with full force towards Paleo (it’s a life style not a diet) and physical activity! Not only have I survived the Tough Mudder but I. Kicked. Ass.
Without going into too much detail, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I climbed, and swung, I got shocked, I ran (a lot), I slid (a lot) and I got really really really dirty. I mean, the dirtiest I think I’ve every been in my life. (And the Minimus sneakers not only prevailed but survived the mud and still keep me running to this day).

This is one small step for personal fitness, and one billion steps for wounded warrior project.

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Blue Cocoa 4 PM Protein Bars: (6 bars @ 150 cal/ea)

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I don’t know about you but 4pm is when my will is at its weakest. Running on a morning-people circadian rhythm makes afternoons rough. Once i start working out after work I’m good to go but I definitely need to start incorporating a protein power boost. Larabars have been rocking my world but its time to go home made. Blue cocoa protein bars are a lovely start.

1/3 cup seeds (pumpkin/pepitas, sunflower, sesame)
1/6 cup raw coconut shreds (unsweetened)
2 tbsp nut butter (I use Justin’s chocolate hazelnut)
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp 100% cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop Hemp protein powder
1 egg white
¼ cup dried blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F.

Toast seeds on a cookie sheet until golden brown (shaking the tray periodically).

Dump in blender/food processor and pulse until slightly larger than the consistency of bread crumbs.

Melt coconut oil and nut butter together in the microwave (aprox 30 seconds on high).

Stir in vanilla extract and a dash of salt if you’re the salt type.

Stir in seed mix, almond flour, cocoa powder, and protein powder until well blended.

Stir in egg white and blueberries last.

Press into a muffin tin or an 8×8 pan/baking dish.

Sprinkle extra blueberries or coconut on top if you’d like.

Bake for another 10-15 minutes until coconut starts browning.

Let cool and slice it up!

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