Homemade Energy Bars: Energy Foods to Fuel Your Fitness Routine

Pictured Recipe: EatingWell Energy Bars

Find out which energy foods will help power your fitness goals and get the recipe for easy energy bars.

Instead of buying pricy energy bars or gels, fuel your fitness routine with these great-tasting homemade energy bars full of energy foods like peanuts, oats and chocolate chips. Whether you use these healthy energy bars as a pre-workout snack or to refuel and recover post-workout, they’ll give your body what it needs. Find out how these energy food ingredients will help power your fitness goals and get the recipe for our healthy energy bars.

—Joyce Hendley, Contributing Writer

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Peanuts

Peanuts

Pre-workout: The most protein-rich nut, peanuts can help stave off hunger without overtaxing digestion

Post-workout: Protein helps repair and rebuild muscles—especially when eaten within a 1/2 hour after exercising.


Brown Rice / Oats

Brown Rice Cereal / Oats

Pre-workout: The quickly absorbed carbs in brown rice cereal provide a shot of “use-it now” fuel, while fiber-rich oats supply lasting energy.

Post-workout: The carbs replenish depleted glycogen stores.


Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Chips

Pre-workout: Antioxidants in dark chocolate help prevent muscle soreness later on.

Post-workout: Dark chocolate provides flavonols, compounds that can help improve blood flow, which brings more oxygen to replenish your hardworking muscles.


Easy Energy Bars

Pictured Recipe: EatingWell Energy Bars

Easy Energy Bars

Instead of buying pricy energy bars, fuel your fitness routine with this great-tasting homemade energy bar recipe. Whether you use these energy bars as a pre-workout snack or to refuel and recover post-workout, they’ll give your body what it needs. Best of all, you can make this energy bar recipe in minutes.

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