Energy Bites * Pre OR Post-Workout Snack!

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I love to make these over the weekend so that I can reach for them before my workouts during the week (if no one else gets to them first!). They really hit the spot for a pre-workout boost. I like to enjoy mine with ZICO© Coconut Water. In addition to tasting delicious, the protein in these energy balls boost your muscles ability to consume oxygen during your workout – so you feel solid during your workout!

Pre-workout protein also helps your body to maintain a steady  intake/output of oxygen and CO2 (that stuff you exhale). And to top it all off, this protein is also going to help you to simply feel stronger during your workout (aka your perceived exertion). So no matter how intense of a workout you challenge yourself to – having a little protein beforehand is always a good idea!

OR let’s say you are dedicated to getting your workout in first thing in the morning and you’re not a pre-workout eater  –  having a little boost in protein post-workout is still beneficial. It aids your muscles in repair, helping them to rebuild faster !

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I love this recipe because I make it a little different every time, depending on whatever I have on hand!

Try Adding:

Figs
dried Apricot
dried cherries
sliced or slivered almonds
PB2 (instead of better-than-peanut butter)
Chocolate PB2
Chocolate Zico Coconut Water

Save on Calories By:

Making these with PB2 instead of Better-Than-Peanut Butter (or you can do half PB2 and half Better-Than PB). But don’t forget about the real deal – organic almond or peanut butter are always excellent options too!

For even more variation try adding a splash of Chocolate Zico Coconut Water and using less of whatever you choose as your peanut butter.

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I don’t always add Maca powder either. Sometimes if I’m out of agave and reach for the honey…I think you get the idea, just work with what you’ve got! I make em a little different every time (depends what I got on hand).

Play with the recipe, make it your own, and let me know what combos you like! I’d love to hear from you : )

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Your Trainer,
Engrid
xo

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