I finally got around to making these protein balls last week, but never got around to sharing the awesome recipe.
Note: You will want to make a double batch of this recipe because it is awesome but the servings are NOT plentiful enough!
Saturday morning, I was up again early and at the gym. I had another kick butt workout, making it my 5th of the week (way to go on that March goal!). Then it was a quick change and off to my last yoga class of the session. The kids were really energetic and fun and dove right into all of the partner work and poses.
I stayed a little after to fill in our life size bracket hanging on the wall in the gym. From there, it was back home where the BOY scooped me up for lunch and shopping. Believe me when I say that I was MORE surprised when the BOY wanted to go to the mall for updated work clothes than I was last weekend when he wanted to clean : )
We had a successful trip to Nordstrom and arrived back home minutes after the Indiana/Kentucky game started. We watched on the edge of our seats as Indiana pulled away to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Saturday night, we had dinner with my bestie, her hubs, and two amazing kids! I dove right into the play dough while the BOY initiated a pre-bed time sword fight.
Sunday morning was a unique treat! We set no alarm and I didn’t have anything on my schedule until 2:30pm!! I woke up around 8:30am feeling refreshed. I ate a bite of breakfast (with my espresso) and drove off in the sunshine to the yoga studio for a hot flow class.
On the way, I realized I forgot my water bottle. Luckily, there is a Walgreens in the parking lot of the studio, so I was able to quickly grab a Smartwater. When I arrived, the room was PACKED! I was able to find a small piece of real estate in the front row (not my favorite). It occurred to me as I transitioned to my mat that this was a PERFECT example of finding peace in the present moment. The front row is tough because it is up against the wall. I find it harder to balance that close to the wall, and I am more self conscious about my movement with other bodies close by.
But the benefit of being that close to the wall is easily transitioning from standing splits to handstand with the support and confidence boost of the wall, which is exactly what I did a few times this morning. Slowly working off the wall as I practiced my strength and balance on two hands. Our teacher continued to remind us to embrace the awakening of spring as we moved through tough transitions in the hot room. The morning class was a sweaty one and no one (including me) moved quickly out of savasana, like we usually do, taking the time to cool down before arising from our mats and refilling our water bottles.
I changed out of my wet clothes for a lunch time trip to Whole Foods. The BOY requested a sandwich and I ended up with a Whole Foods Hodge Podge (basically what happens at the whole foods salad bar when you are starving after hot yoga!). I had big plans to glue my side view mirror on, but realized that it was going to take an hour, which I didn’t have. Instead, I drove my car into the city, carefully merging at all times, to hang out with a friend/old coworker of mine. We walked throughout the city, making a special stop at the Family Matters house, which she just discovered was in her neighborhood (and I just learned was in Chicago).
We had coffee and walked some more, swinging by Athleta to scope our the scale items. On our walk, we caught up on life while appreciating the sunshine on this first day of spring! I left the city a little before 6pm with plans to swing by the grocery store to pick up my dinner (which I forgot that morning at WF) since the BOY had dinner plans with a friend. I was also hoping to be home before dark since along with a busted mirror, I also seem to have a head light out on my car. Ugh! I will definitely be doing some car maintenance tomorrow!
I made salmon and brussel sprouts for dinner with a glass of crisp white wine, while watching tonight’s March Madness games. I was feeling torn between cheering on the Big Ten (out of support for the conference) and Xavier, out of support for my ailing bracket and loved all the close games and over times!
And that’s a wrap for my weekend (and start to spring), which means that I really should tell you more about these protein balls. The original recipe calls for cranberries, so feel free to go that route. I actually had cherries in the house, so decided to use those along with a scoop of protein powder for some added flavor and muscle building goodness.
Like I mentioned way back at the start of this post, these energy balls are fantastic and well worth doubling the recipe. They make the perfect afternoon pick me up and even the BOY has enjoyed taking these energy balls as a snack to the office.
How did you start spring?
Any famous TV landmarks in your town?
Cherry Vanilla Protein Bites
Adapted From Recipe Runner (makes 9 large energy balls***)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped medjool dates, about 6-7 dates
- 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt (optional)
***I would recommend doubling if you have the room in your food processor!
- In a high speed blender or food processor add the cashews and almonds and pulse until they are finely ground, careful not to turn them into nut butter.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and blend or pulse until everything starts to come together.
- Scrape down the sides several times and add up to 2 tablespoons of water.
- Form into balls, rolling between your hands.
- Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.