Quinoa/Tempo Bars

This morning, I started off the day with quinoa and multigrain cereal (oats, barley...some other grains). The quinoa/oat combo was in the eat-clean cookbook. I had to soak the quinoa for 2 hours, so before I went swimming this morning, I soaked it and it was perfect for when I came home. I mixed 1/4 c of the soaked quinoa with 1/4 c of my normal oat/multigrain cereal and it was a great change from my routine! It was tasty! I added in my almond butter, cinnamon and a little agave nectar. Delicious!

Note on almond butter
: I bought raw almonds last time, these are NOT so good for almond butter. It took alot of work out of the food processor and was very chunky/thick like cookie dough. I had to let it sit for a day and then processed it this morning to make it spreadable consistency.

It was my first day back swimming masters in almost a month - I felt pretty good. I feel like I could go faster and push harder. And why do all of the masters teams that I find have 40 and 50 year olds. Where are all of the 20 and 30 year olds, and why are the older people kicking my butt?

I am up to 18 miles this week, and hope to get back up to 30, which I haven't hit in the past 2 weeks. I've been taking it easy. The weather has been horrible so I've been running inside. I can't wait for fall weather!

my newest creation

I took the peanut butter flax granola bars that I made before (granola like bars) and added in a bunch of healthy awesome things to add protein and omega 3s and healthy fats. This is a runner's bar for sure! I have to do the nutrition facts, but these bars are made with kashi go lean, oatmeal, hemp protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseed, almonds, dried berries, Aria Protein Powder, hemp seeds, coconut, almond and peanut butter, brown rice syrup and pure vanilla. They are a great snack pre or post run...most especially after a tempo run!!

What other ingredients would you want in a running power bar?

My fundraising deadline was extended until October, and I have only $196.80 to raise. Is that insane? I am so close to $5000!!! I am selling these awesome Tempo Bars to US residents to try to reach my goal. Totally customizable. No perishable ingredients. One dozen bars is $15. Contact me through email if you are interested.

Thanks for your support!
Have a great weekend.


  1. The bars look good. Good luck reaching your fundraising goals!

  2. Wow, you're quite the skilled chef if you can make your own tempo bars!

    BTW, Norah has a pair of the same ducky pjs as Nic does in your banner pic! I just noticed it.

  3. Those bars look amazing. You're totally the next Lara. :o)

  4. You are getting so awesome with making such cool bars! Very impressed!
    Great job on the swim and the running! And I totally agree, I don't swim, but I pass the pool when I got to the gym and it is a bunch of older ladies in the pool- not young ones! Ha! :)

  5. Way to go on fundrasing! those bars look amazing!

  6. About the bars...how do you store them and how long do they last?

  7. Yep, I bought raw almonds and they are very difficult to make into almond butter.

  8. I'm not sure if I'm buying raw almonds or not. I just buy plain old almonds. Would they say "raw" if they were?

    The bars look great!

  9. I'm so impressed with all of the food you are making. I don't think I've ever even used a food processor.

    Good luck reaching your goal!

  10. You are going to be able to open your own store soon with all that you cook and bake! Nice job in the pool. I really need to join masters it would help me a ton.

  11. I cant wait for fall either! We are getting a taste of it tomorrow and i'm so elated that i dont have to wake up at the crack of dawn to run. Wahoo! I'll send some cooler weather your way. However, its only here tomorrow- back in the 80s next week. I'm not complaining though- its just so much easier to run when i can actually brethe! I run tons better too! Have a great weekend and good luck with the mileage your doing great!

  12. I am totally tempted to buy your bars, but until I am up and running again...such food is NOT allowed in my house.