I’m actually snacking on one of these Vanilla Fig Energy Bites as I type out this post. I woke up way too early for a lazy Sunday due to complete panic over the lack of things I wanted to accomplish yesterday but didn’t because my long run completely wiped me and I ended up spending most of the afternoon laying in bed. Maybe we could also contribute my exhaustion to the fact that I flew across the country last week and basically only took an extended nap for sleep on Tuesday night.
Anyway, I woke up at 7 a.m. starved (the runger is real) and craving pancakes (same craving that I went to sleep with last night… and had lived with for the past week). I had some Purely Elizabeth Gluten Free Pancake Mix that I had yet to use (I don’t f-with pancake mixes, typically), so I whipped them up with some strawberries and figs. This isn’t about pancakes though, this is about these vanilla fig bites and running.
When I’m making energy bites (aka throwing a bunch of things in the food processor), I usually forget about protein powder. I’m doing this new thing where I’m trying to recover/fuel better from/for running and I know protein is an important part of that. Since I’ve started using the Vega Performance Protein in my smoothies, mixed in yogurt and in energy bites (like these ones!), I have noticed that I am definitely feeling better after workouts… today after a 14-miler yesterday I wasn’t sore at all (but stretching at yoga DID feel amazing… and I foam rolled… but still!).
I’ve been experimenting with a few protein powders because I’m trying to find one that a) keeps me full b) tastes good and c) is super clean (i.e. not full of junk, including fake sugars). The Vega Performance Protein definitely fills all three requirements. I needed a second opinion to be sure, so I gave some to Emily and she told me she liked it as well!
Also, I’m on a fig bender… so expect to see some more fig recipes. I hope you’re ready.
- 1 cup figs
- ½ cup cashews
- 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder (but any will work!)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- Put figs, cashews and protein powder in food processor and process until it becomes flour-like.
- Add peanut butter and honey and continue processing until a ball forms.
- Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
- Roll dough into 1" balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Other recipes to use Vega Performance Protein:
*I was compensated to write about Vega’s #fuelyourbetter campaign but all opinions are my own.
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