Key Lime Coconut Energy Balls & Upping my Photography Game

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Monday, ready or not here it is! Let me try to distract you from your to-do list a bit…

I took a photography class in high school. I lasted about one day before we had to start measuring things and doing math and I said, “whoa whoa whoa…nope”. I swapped the class out for ceramics (math, measuring, science and I were not friends at the time).

I deeply regret that swap.

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Cocoa-dusted Mint Chocolate Energy Balls

cocoa-dusted Mint Chocolate Energy BallsWhen I got home from the beach Sunday night I thought about checking the millions of emails that were crowding my inbox, but I changed my mind. I didn’t want to rob Monday of its responsibility to torture. Instead, I decided to keep my mental health in check and do some food prep.

When I travel, I end up eating more protein bars, protein shakes, and processed food in general than I’d prefer. So some damage control was necessary. The result was these minty little gems with very few ingredients…

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Cocoa-dusted Mint Chocolate Energy Balls 

Makes: 12-15 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Place dates in a food processor, blend until smooth
  2. Add almonds to food processor, blend leaving some larger pieces intact for texture
  3. Scoop mixture into a bowl and add the almond milk, cocoa powder, salt, and peppermint extract, stir until mixed
  4. Round mixture into balls about an inch thick (12-15)
  5. Add cocoa powder to a small bowl and dip balls to coat
  6. Place balls in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool
  7. enjoy

Nutrition:

1 ball: 78 calories, 11g carbs, 4g fat, 2g protein and 4 g fiber


 

Chocolate partnered with mint does magic to Mondays.  Don’t you guys worry about me, I’ll be just fine!

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WIAW: All About the Food

Well hello, mid-week madness.  Today I’m going to skip the fluff and get right to the food because this week has been super busy, but a girl’s gotta eat!

Breakfast: Green smoothie bowl (it may actually be a shade of brown but don’t judge a smoothie by its color). It is a mix of whey protein powder, frozen strawberries, spinach, vanilla soy milk, and vanilla extract.  Topped with multi-grain Cheerios, strawberries, dates, cinnamon, and honey :)

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Lunch: I would say lunch was nothing special, BUT that smashed looking half a peanut butter sandwich is made on homemade raisin bread my dad made me  so actually it was very special :) The apple, cucumber and “hommus” were special in their own way too!

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Snack attacks: I may have had a couple welcome snack attacks throughout the day. These included two apples, sugary almonds, and a handful of dates. I love dates :)

 

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Dinner: Dinner was a post boxing (yes boxing…to be explained in a  later post) bowl of veggies…peppers, asparagus, kale, spinach, and avocado topped with feta and a side of cucumbers and humus because I clearly did not get enough cucumbers and humus at lunch 😉

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Oh and of course I have some mid-week wisdom to get you to Friday…proud of

 

Don’t ever stop trying to be a person you are proud of. Every breath you take provides you with a moment and a moment is all you need to change your direction. Happy Wednesday!

Pumpkin-Spice Protein Smoothie

It took three cups of coffee and an obnoxious alarm to rip me out of bed at 4:40am yesterday. I needed time to wake up before my 6am personal training appointment. I both dreaded and anticipated the session but the trainer stood me up. Not the best way to start a rainy Tuesday morning. I had two choices, get angry and raise hell with the poor front desk girl or shrug it off and try for a decent workout on my own. I went with the latter. I mean I still made it to the gym at 6am right? Plus, the front desk girl was nice and works at 6am.

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When I got home after a poor excuse for a an arm workout I decided to think happy thoughts like this Pumpkin-Spice Protein Smoothie…

Pumpkin-Spice Protein Smoothie

Ingreidents: 

  • 3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk

Directions: Blend, drink, smile. Oh and top with Pumpkin-Spice Granola 

How do you deal with a let down? Better question, How do you deal with a let down at 6am?