The Thrive Diet

Brendan Brazier was recently named one of the "25 most fascinating vegetarians" last year. He's an Ironman triathlete, an ultra marathon champion, and a vegan! The latter makes him one of the few professional athletes whose diet is 100 percent plant based. Brendan stopped by the show to make his favorite energy bar and to talk about his book "The Thrive Diet."

 

Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bars

By Brendan Brazier

High in antioxidants and flavanoids, these bars help reduce free radical damage in the body and improve cellular recovery.

·                     1 cup fresh or soaked dried dates

·                     ¼ cup almonds

·                     ¼ cup blueberries

·                     ¼ cup roasted carob powder (or cacao to make 100% raw)

·                     ¼ cup ground flaxseed

·                     ¼ cup hemp protein

·                     ¼ cup unhulled sesame seeds

·                     1 tsp fresh lemon juice

·                     ½ tsp lemon zest

·                     Sea salt to taste

·                     ½ cup sprouted or cooked buckwheat (optional)

·                     ½ cup frozen blueberries

In a food processor, process all ingredients except the buckwheat and fresh blueberries. Knead buckwheat and berries into mixture by hand. Roll out with a rolling pin (put wax paper on top to prevent mixture from sticking to rolling pin) to desired bar thickness and cut into individual bars. As the bars dry they become easier to handle. Makes approximately 12 1¾ ounce bars.

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