In recent weeks, Babyface has been on a bit of a workout kick. He’s always exercised somewhat regularly (a few times a week) but a few weeks ago, he asked me to create him a cardio and strength training schedule and he’s been sticking to it. It’s interesting to see him working so hard because now he’s starting to see some of the side effects of a regular hardcore workout routine that I’ve complained about for years. For starters, at the end of the day, he’s totally wiped out. It used to be that you could count on him staying up until 1am every night, but in the past few weeks, he’s been going to bed closer to to 10 or 11 every night.
He’s also a lot hungrier! He’s eating all the time and says he never feels satisfied. I totally get that. When I was hot and heavy in the midst of my half marathon training, I felt like I could eat all day, every day and still never be full. It’s wild what all that activity does to your body. To help him to keep some of that hunger at bay, I decided to create high-energy snack bites that were easy to transport and super delicious. He’s trying to build muscle, so it was important to get a lot of protein in a little package and these little balls fit the bill with five grams of protein per small ball.
The original idea for these comes from my sister-in-law, Kim. Whenever we get together we’re always swapping recipes. She also buys me the absolute best cookbooks for gifts. When we were in Canada for Christmas, after we settled in, she ran up to me with a box of energy balls and said, “You have to try these!” They were awesome. My version is a little more gooey and a lot more coconut-y, but I owe the idea to the beautiful and amazing Kimberley.
Oh, I forgot the most important part of these balls—they taste like peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. They are definitely delicious enough to be dessert-worthy. Babyface’s dedication has totally inspired me to hit the gym hardcore, and I’ve been eating these energy bites like crazy to help me recover after a long session of kettlebell swinging.
What foods do you like to use to refuel?