I practice a martial art called Shorinji Kempo. Someday I will write a blog about that. I travel a long distance for training, 38 miles (that’s 58 km) each way and I try to train twice a week. The reason for this is that the nearest club is in Poole and having started practicing Shorinji Kempo while I was at University I don’t want to switch to another martial art. I have tried, there are other clubs which are closer and other martial arts which are amazing, but for me it has to be Shorinji Kempo for its combination of Zen Buddhist ethics and balanced work out for the body and mind.
After training I have a 45 minute drive back home before I can get something to eat. I know that the optimum time to take in protein after an intensive work out is within 30 minutes. If you eat protein within this time window your body can make use of it to efficiently repair muscle damage. If you don’t you are likely to have a longer recovery time and ache more than you should.
I should have realised years ago that I need to eat a high protein snack in the car on the way home if I am to speed up my recovery time. Sadly this obvious fact seems to have passed me by and I have spent the last 10 years aching for days after training and thinking it was just me. Until recently that is when my friend Niamh, a fellow Shorinji Kempo kenshi (that’s a student to non martial arts practitioners), told me about a recipe she found for high protein cookies.
Well I made them, with a few adaptations depending on the ingredients that I had available, and I must say they were delicious. Having put them to the test I can honestly say that eating a couple of these on the way home from training has definitely speeded up my recovery time. This means that when getting in and out of my chair during the course of my clinic the next day I don’t groan. I am sure that this creates an overall better impression with my patients. It certainly feels better!
So you will want to know how to make them:
Ingredients (makes 12 cookies)
- 1/2 banana
- 6 dates, pitted
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond or hazelnut butter
- 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground psyllium husks
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 6 dried apricots, diced
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- desiccated coconut and ground almonds to get the right consistency about 1/2 cup
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with baking paper
- Blend the banana, dates, and eggs. Once the dates are chopped pour into a medium sized bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until mixed, adding enough ground almond and desiccated coconut to get a sticky dough.
- Splodge the cookies onto cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
They don’t look very pretty but they taste great and really do the job. Why not make some for your post training snack?
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