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Friday, March 20, 2015

half marathon recap // pb energy bites

Happy Friday! Today I am recapping the half marathon from last weekend and also sharing the perfect, healthy snack -- whether you are running a race or not! Unfortunately, we don't have many pictures from this year's race. Actually, we only have 2! With the terrible rain, the opportunity for pictures was just not happening. But, overall, it was a great race and I really feel accomplished for running that distance in a torrential downpour! It was a fitting end to the weeks of training that consisted of only a few outdoor runs due to the snow and freezing temperatures and a 10 mile run on the treadmill. Yes, it was awful. 



A rainy start line!
Now that the training and race have come to a conclusion, I am looking forward to a little more free time and more energy during the week; those 5 miles on the weekdays were a killer! Whether I am training for a race or not, I am always starving in the middle of the day. And having a healthy and nutritious snack while away at work all day is difficult to achieve. The answer: pb (peanut butter) energy bites. I love ANYTHING with peanut butter so that's typically the first ingredient I look for in a healthy snack. Although oats and peanut butter are the base to this recipe, the rest is up to you! I opted for pretty basic ingredients, but you could also add chia seeds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds or even flax seeds. Another option would be to substitute the chocolate chips for raisins or cranberries {I probably would have done that but didn't feel like going to the store! Plus, the chocolate chips can help those of us with an uncontrollable sweet tooth ;) } 

I'm very much looking forward to experimenting with different ingredients to enhance these energy bites -- I will keep you posted on future ingredients :) What are your favorite snacks that help to get you through the day? I would love to hear your ideas; I'm always looking for new foods to incorporate into my weekly snack schedule ;) 


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PB Energy Bites

1 cup oats {I used old fashioned oats}
1/2 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips {I used mini}
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; chill for 20-30 minutes. Roll into balls {mine are about a tablespoon} and place in a storage container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and having a fabulous weekend!  

18 comments:

  1. congratulations on your accomplishment! What a big deal, so proud of you! I've only done 10K's and want to do a half, but don't have the time to train. I am loving your energy bites and can't wait to try them, I eat so much peanutbutter!

    xoxo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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    1. Thanks so much! These energy bites are so addicting! I'm the same way, I cannot get enough peanut butter! xo

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  2. congrats on your race!! I could never run that far haha!! OMG those PB bites!! I need to make them! Yum!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  3. Happy Friday, love! Congrats on such an amazing achievement! You're so inspiring!
    Happy Weekend!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.net

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xo

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  4. Congrats on your run! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I plan on trying it very soon. :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge1.wordpress.com

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  5. Congratulations on your run! You are real champ!
    Great recipe, must try it))
    Happy weekend!

    Tanya
    www.stripesnvibes.com
    BlogLovin

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  6. Congrats on running a half marathon!! I'm a runner myself so I definitely know the amount of time and dedication to train! These energy bites look delicious! I might need to try it!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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    1. Thanks, Rach! The energy bites are so good -- of course, I like anything that has peanut butter :) xo

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  7. These look absolutely amazing plus my kiddos would love them! Thanks for sharing!

    Heidi
    www.wishesandreality.com

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! Let me know if you try them! I'm obsessed with them! xo

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  8. That's awesome you ran a half marathon! I could never do that. That snack looks so yummy

    Mel
    http://www.girlandthepolkadot.com/

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  9. mmm looks so yummy...would you like to follow each other on GFC, i'll follow back ??
    aprilbasi.blogspot.com

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