Chocolate Chunk Protein Balls

Protein Balls of Heaven

Your stomach is growling, you are rushing off to pick up the kids from school and off to soccer practice. You won’t be home until later tonight, but “hanger” is setting in! What is the first thing you grab or think of? Maybe a drive through on your way to practice? Maybe a handful of nuts because you heard that was healthy? Maybe you ignore the growling and let full on hanger set in because, well just cause!

STOP RIGHT THERE MISSY!

Stop with the hanger pains! Stop with the cranky attitude! Your body is telling you it is hungry so stop ignoring it!

These protein balls I am about to share with you are balls from the gods! (You’re allowed to laugh lol) They have a little bit of all of the thing’s heaven gave us! Yes, there is some sugar, a tad bit of carbs and whole chunk of chocolate, so suck it up and give your body what it wants. I can promise you right now, 2-3 of these balls once a day or once in a while are not going to ruin your gains or make you fat.

This recipe will make about 22-24 balls depending on how big you decide to make them! Separate into baggies 2-3 at a time. Stash them in the fridge (aka hide them from the family) so they are ready to grab and go when you have a day of chaos!

Makes about 20-24 balls, about 12 Grab-N-Go packs

Serving for 1 Ball

CALORIES: 151            PROTEIN: 5g   CARBS: 17g     FAT: 8g

**Protein may be higher or lower depending on protein power

Ingredients:

2 C rolled oats

1 C Skippy Peanut Butter (I like smooth, but do you boo!)

½ C Honey

½ C Dark Chocolate Chips/Chunks

6 T Chia/Hemp/Flax Seed Trio (Bought this in the Baking Section at Walmart)

6 T Protein Powder of your choice

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. I would use an electric mixer because this batter will become thick and tough, BUT, I’m always down for a good arm workout as well soooo! If you are using an electric mixer, add all of the dry ingredients first and add the wet on top so you don’t end up covered in oats. Mix until all ingredients are combined well!
  2. Once fully mixed, cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Take the bowl out of the fridge and with clean hands OR a melon baller, roll mix into golf ball size balls. Put balls into a container and in the fridge until you are ready to eat or grab for a quick snack on the go!

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

When you look in the mirror what do you see?

Do you see the bags under your eyes or the zit on the tip of your nose?

Do you see the cellulite on your butt or the extra skin hanging from the back of your arm?

Are you so concerned about your “bra fat”, that instead of wearing your favorite tank top in the middle of the Arizona summer, you wear a long sleeve shirt?

Do you pay more attention to your “muffin top” or your non-existent, over rated thigh gap than your kids soccer game?

Why?

Take a moment, and really allow yourself to answer that one question.

Has our society made looks and appearances so dam important in our day to day that we have lost who we are and what we have to offer this world?

Instead of owning every single bit of you, you change to fit the mold. You change to fit in with the #fitmom. You change into the wife you “think” your husband likes or the mom you think your kids look up to.

I am a thick, 5’5 spit fire.

I have thicker thighs than Serena Williams.

I have the cutest group of cellulite dimples on each cheek.

I have skin that shines brighter than the oil in the actual bottle.

I have a waist 10x smaller than my thighs, so imagine fun a jean shopping trip can be.

I have more “problems” with my body than I literally care to count and the best part? I DON’T GIVE A RATS BEHIND! Why? Because I am who I am! Short, proud and round!

Physical characteristics are so yesterday. I want you to switch up your focus to who you are as a proud woman. Do you love harder than Cupid? Do you care more than Granny down the road? Do you make a mean PB&J sandwich every day just to see your youngsters smile? Do you make your husbands jaw drop just with that side eye sexy glare across the table?

So why does a little blemish on your forehead send you into a down word spiral?

STOP letting your body control your feelings, your joy and your happiness!

When you look in the mirror, see YOU. SEE you in all your blemished, cellulite, bra fat glory. LOVE all of your imperfections from your forehead to your toes. ENJOY your struggles to get to the top. EMRACE life one long, hard as day as they come.

STOP letting the mirror win.

Mirror, mirror on the Wall, who’s the prettiest of them all?

I AM. YOU ARE. WE ARE!

Struggles, Trials and Daily Challenges

The other day I was waiting for my morning client to stroll into the gym when I caught myself in a semi awkward silence with one of Jerame’s older clients. I’ve never really gotten more than a “Hey how are ya?” or a small joke that most likely went right over my head from him, not because I didn’t like him, just because he is a quieter man with a dry sense of humor.

That day however, he became a mild Chatty Cathy with me in the lobby of the gym. All it started with was, “Hey how are you doing?” I didn’t give him much, a simple “Well I woke up this morning, so so far, so good!” I returned the question and got back an answer that surprised me? Yes. Simple question, loaded answer.

Have you ever looked at someone, how they dress, the car they drive or the home they live in and think, wow, they have it made? If you said no, you’re a liar, but we’ll move on. We’ve all done it. Judged someone from the outside without knowing their true story. Without meeting them or getting to know them. They talk as if they live day to day with no care in the world other than the shopping spree or amazing vacation they are about to take this coming weekend, but deep down, they are struggling just as much as you may be financially, socially or personally.

Struggles, trials and challenges in life come in all shapes and sizes. No matter who you are, wealthy or poor, white or black, small business or CEO of a multi-million dollar company, we all have different struggles that affect our moods and how we live our day to day life. Now you may have just read that and laughed, “Seriously Caitie? A small business struggles vs. a multi million dollar company? Bye Felicia!” NO WAIT! Hear me out!

A small business is trying to survive on a daily basis. Hopefully having surpassed their 2 year anniversary, they open up shop every day praying for at least one sale, especially those in a small niche. Every day, trying to make sales that will increase revenue to pay employees, pay the water bill, pay rent and maybe get to take home a small amount for themselves to pay their own bills. Now yes, their bills may be smaller, but does that mean their stress and anxiety of not making a payment is any less?

A multi-million dollar business may seem like it is doing amazing on the outside, but can you for one second put yourself in the shoes of the CEO who has to write the checks to make sure his company is running? To really open your eyes, I will bring it back round to Jerame’s client who sparked this conversation. In the 2 minutes that we were talking, he told me over night he had added $1M to his payroll from taking on employees from a company that had folded. Did you just shit your pants because I sure did! Here I am worrying about my $700 rent check to the gym and here he is adding over $1M to his freaking payroll! Lord pray for me!

A stay at home mom does loads upon loads of laundry, grocery shops and cooks, cleans the house spotless while picking up toys for the 5th time today all while trying to keep all 4 kids alive. Her husband, on the other hand, is in his office sorting through piles of paperwork, dealing with clients or fellow colleagues and taking early morning conference calls because his main office is in New York all while he is worried about not bringing in enough money to feed and clothe all 6 humans that he is in charge of. Daily struggles, just different version.

Can you see that although the amount of money or social roles may be different, how the same type of struggle is still very much alive?

My business mentor told me on the weekly, “No matter how big your company gets, no matter how much money you make, you will always have worries and headaches, they just become bigger as you grow.”

Judging someone from what you see on the outside will always come back to bite you in the ass. You don’t know their story, you don’t live their life, you don’t understand what makes them happy or drives them bat shit crazy. My struggles and daily stressors may be polar opposite of Jerame’s clients, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel my pain of running a business.

We all live different versions of LIFE. We all judge. We all want more but don’t want the responsibility of what may come of “more”. We all seek to be the richest, most famous, CEO of a big business, best trainer in town because we think that more = less. Let me be the bearer of bad news when I you that is so not the case, MORE = MORE.

Struggles will come and go, welcome to reality. Don’t wish you had someone else life until you truly understand what they go through on a daily basis.

Happy Day Fam! Smile and make today great!