Ever go through droughts in your training? The motivation is gone, your race is far away, your goals seem too big?
I’m still only a few weeks into marathon training and I’m thirsty for some drive. I have slept through my alarm 4 out of 5 times this week with no excitement to get up and get the miles in. I’ve skipped my usual cross training and strength routines and paid little attention to hydration post runs.
It is way too early to have the training blues, so I knew something had to change. Yesterday, after sleeping through my alarm on the hottest day of the year thus far, I made the decision to take a day off. After wallowing through my morning, my husband suggested swimming some laps at our neighborhood pool. I drug my feet, yet again, but it turned out the water was exactly what I needed to break up the drought (ironic, right?). A few hours of extra sleep, a change in muscles, and a break of routine was just what I needed to get back on track.
I also flexed my creative muscles on that day of rest by creating a new energy ball recipe. It has been many, many months since I last shared my Pecan & Chia Energy Bites. Getting in the kitchen is another cathartic way to get out of your routine and feel fresh and new. Energy bites are the best to experiment because you really can’t mess them up. I may be biased, but I think I got pretty lucky with this new combination!
Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites
Yield: 14 balls
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- Add oats and almonds to a food processor and pulse 4-5 times until almonds are broken down slightly.
- In a medium bowl, add oats, almonds, chia seed, flaxseed, sea salt, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until combined.
- Pour microwave mixture into dry mix and stir until completely combined.
- Roll mixture into tablespoon size balls and store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Information (per 1 ball)
- 134 calories
- 11 g carbohydrates
- 9 g fat
- 4 g protein