Trail Cookie Recipe [Guest Post: The Sophisticated Caveman]
If you follow me on social media, you're probably aware that I'm currently dealing with a rotator cuff injury. A little over a week ago I was out on a run and I completely bit it (meaning, it was an epic fall that I not-so-secretly wish had been caught on film so I could laugh at it.) Anyway, in order to protect my face/head I decided to use the side of my right hand, my left knee and the top of my right shoulder as a landing pad. As a future reference, I wouldn't recommend you do this. For starters, its a really awkward position to get your body to land that way. Also, it can REALLY mess up your shoulder. After a week of being super stubborn, I woke up last Saturday in such discomfort that I couldn't even focus. A trip to the doc was in order. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be a severe, permanent injury (I don't need surgery!) and is "only" a strain. This still means that I can't currently go for runs and I won't be able to go to my SWEAT Chicago classes for a few weeks, but it's better than the alternative. Needless to say, with my arm in a sling, it's a bit difficult and a big pain in the butt to try and get any real typing done.
Lucky for me, a few weeks ago I connected with this guy right over here, Brian Kavanagh of The Sophisticated Caveman. In fact, you may have seen the interview he shared on his blog recently! Brian is a chill guy with a love of food and the outdoors, which I insanely appreciate. I too share a love of outdoor activities, so when we discussed a guest post, it seemed perfect to throw some knowledge at you about hiking. Not only are you getting information on why you should give hiking a go, but Brian's also sharing a delicious recipe for some cookies to take on the trail.
4 Reasons to Take a Hike
There was a time when exercise was a four letter word for me. I would break out into a profuse sweat at just the thought of going to the gym. I usually counted this as my workout.
Around the same time I was discovering what paleo living was all about, I also rediscovered the beauty of hiking. Something about sweating through mile after mile of trail surrounded by natural beauty just connected with my soul. I strapped up my boots, loaded up my pack, and haven't looked backed since. Hiking is still my favorite form of exercise, and something that I just can't live without.
It is amazing how your feelings about exercise change once you find an activity that you actually enjoy.
So here are four reasons why I enjoy hiking so much, and why I think you should give it a try too.
1. Hiking is a great form of physical exercise - Hiking can be an amazing cardiovascular workout, especially when you trek at a good pace up some decent inclines. Also, all the ups, downs, and various terrains that you encounter on a hike work a variety of different muscle groups. It is a much more complete workout than you would ever get on a treadmill.
2. Hiking improves the mind - New studies continue to show the mental benefits of exercising outdoors. It has proven to improve mood, boost self-esteem, and reduce stress. At the very least, hiking is a good excuse to unplug for a while and get away from the crowded noise of daily life.
3. Hiking puts things in perspective - The world looks different when you are seeing it from the top of a mountain. It is a pleasant reminder that a big, beautiful world exists outside of your home or office. The day to day problems and challenges of "real life" just seem a little bit smaller when you’re seeing them from a higher altitude.
4. Hiking is affordable. - Like any activity, there is always an opportunity to go crazy and buy thousands of dollars’ worth of gear. But at its core, hiking requires very little aside from a decent pair of trail shoes. I suppose you don't even need shoes at all if you want to be a truly hardcore caveperson (not recommended though).
Whether it's an obscure nature path at your neighborhood park, or a 30 mile trek through some high mountain pass, a trail somewhere awaits you. So go take a hike! Plus, here's a recipe for a sweet treat to enjoy on or off the trail:
Caveman Trail Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 cookies Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 egg, beaten
½ cup cashew butter
2 tbs coconut oil
3 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
¼ cup unsweeted shredded coconut
¼ cup cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl before adding in the egg, cashew butter, coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Mix well.
- Stir in coconut flour, baking soda and salt.
- Fold in chia seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut and cacao nibs.
- Divide mixture into six even sized cookies and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Then remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.