EDITORS NOTE:  Peanutbutter Girl Erika this week gives us a delicious snack idea that's great for on the way to school or to stash in the sports bag for after practice. Guys we don't expect you to run home and take over the kitchen, but you can put this in front of your mom or girlfriend and get the Peanutbutter Snacks out on the counter. Check out Erika's Blog here.

Sometimes us humans have busy lives.

So busy that sometimes it’s hard to find time to stuff some good calories into our bodies.

Calories are important.

Excuse me, GOOD calories are important. They’re your FUEL.

Will your car run well with no fuel? ithinknot.

 

 

I often find myself wanting a small, healthy bite to eat before I work out. I don’t like exercising on an empty stomach but I also don’t like to when I’m full. I workout early in the morning, so I prefer to have a large, protein rich breakfast after I get back from the gym.

I usually will eat a small bowl of my fave cereal before I head to the gym, but that takes time. Did I just say eating a bowl of cereal takes too much time? Let me explain. Being a morning worker outer (yes I just said that), I prefer to wake up as late as possible. If I want to be at the gym by 7:30, I’ll wake up at 7 and leave by 7:15. With only 15 minutes to get ready, pouring and eating a bowl of cereal will take up a good 1/3 of that time. I’ve thought about taking my mini bowl of cereal in the car but then I snapped myself out of that thought because trying to manage eating cereal in the car would just be nonsense.

 

Sometimes I’ll have a Larabar because they’re portable and made with real ingredients, but…….Larabars are made of mostly dates, and I want a nice little balance of protein, carbs, and fats to fuel me through a workout.

Today I crafted a solution to my problem, folks. And if you happen to share the same problem as I, well then, ta-da!

 

 

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BALLS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C. old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 C. natural creamy peanut butter (I used Trader Joes brand)
  • 2 Tbs. psyllium husk flakes
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbs. ground flaxseed meal
  • 6 Tbs. PB2 (I used half regular PB2 and half chocolate PB2)
  • 1 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • Carob or chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2-3 Tbs. water

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients together aside from the water.

2. Add the water 1 tsp. at a time, just until the mixture starts to stick together.

3. Roll into 1 inch balls and let them sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so, until they harden a bit.

 

Stats for each ball:

 

Pretty good if you ask me!

Note: They do have to be stored in the refrigerator due to the ground flax.

They’re great for….

  • Those I-don’t-have-enough-time-to-eat-before-I-workout days
  • Snacking between meals
  • Post workout snack
  • Dessert
  • Throwing at your friends

These little balls of goodness are great because they taste like dessert, act like fuel, and best of all……they’re full of PEANUT BUTTER! Can I get a woot woot?!

 

No more I-don’t-have-enough-time-to-eat-before-I-workout excuses! These literally take 10 minutes to make, too. Which means, no more I-don’t-have-time-to-eat-healthy excuses either.

Word.

 

Erika.