Not that I’m forecasting tomorrows workout,  here is a quick video from CrossFit LA on a good way to tape your hands.  Yep it requires a bit of tape and practice but the wraps are reusable.

As all of us have experienced a torn callus but I think it’s completely avoidable if you take the proper precautions. Perform callus maintenance regularly,  use a pumice stone similiar product to keep your callusus down, high tough calluses are the number one reason hands rip.  Don’t use too much chalk, Labron James’s famous chalk cloud looks good on the basketball floor but has isn’t the most effective means in CrossFit.  Avoid workouts with hundreds of pull-ups (like thats ever gonna happen).  But what do we do when your rip..  Taping your hands is certainly a good option. The problem I see is that most people have no clue on how to tape their hands. The most common “technique” I see employed is simply taking a length of athletic tape and wrapping it around the palm several times. Without a doubt, this is the best way to waste athletic tape and do absolutely nothing to protect your hands. Anyone who has taped with this method can tell you, a few pull-ups is all it takes to turn this shoddy tape job into a rolled up bundle of tape, chalk, and skin.

Most tears occur at the base of either the ring finger or middle finger, so it’s pointless to tape your palm. The best way to protect your hands and to prevent tears is to cover these hot spots.  The video uses a method from a former gymnast and I believe its a great way to tape your hands.  Keep in mind  use only what you need and if you do rip  lets use a couple of the disinfectant wipes to clean the bar and surrounding area.

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Rumor has it that these bars are a bit crumbly but boy are they delicious!

Thanks www.elanaspantry.com

gluten free breakfast bars

These hearty breakfast bars remind me of a granola bar or an omega-3 packed power bar.  They’re filling and tasty.

After I made a batch of these and was waiting for them to cool before cutting and stylizing them for a “photo shoot,” my younger son proudly taunted me that he had picked out all of the raisins from the top of the bars.

Needless to say, I was quite miffed.  Especially since I have a couple of half gallon jars full of raisins at the boys disposal which they freely dip into when they have a “sugar” fix.

Well, I found a corner of the bars that still had the raisins mostly in tact for the photo above.

Gluten Free Breakfast Barsprinter friendly
1 ¼ cup blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup almond slivers
¼ cup raisins

  1. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet
  4. Mix in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins
  5. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with grapeseed oil
  6. Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly
  7. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
  8. Serve
Makes 12-16 bars

None of the nuts and seeds in this low-maintenance bar are toasted.  I wanted to make something quick and easy, that could be whipped up in just a couple of minutes before popping into the oven.

In other news, NPR just ran an interesting story on celiac disease that I think is worth checking out.