Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recipe Redux: S'mores Protein Bites

I've been really wanting a s'mores lately. They scream summer to me. Unfortunately two things have gotten in the way:

1. I haven't been camping yet this year. This is a travesty. I'm amending this situation this weekend, but I have no patience and couldn't just hold out for a mere two days. 

2. I love gummy foods (bears, worms, strawberries, cherries, sharks, fish, mallows, you name it), and gelatin makes me sad. Not saying that I've been avoiding the gummies, but I've been thinking more and more about them. 

Solution? Make a s'mores "granola bar" to match this month's Recipe Redux theme. Except add protein, so they aren't just a sugar bomb. And give Dandies Vegan Marshmallows a shot. Problem solved.

S'mores Protein Bites (Vegan)
Makes 24 balls
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate flavor)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (non-dairy)
  • 1/2 cup vegan marshmallows (or omit, or use regular. your choice) 
  • 1/2 cup Annie's Bunny Grahams
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, hand mix all ingredients together.
  2. Using your hands, roll into bite-sized balls. 
  3. Eat as a sweet ending to your day, pre-workout, mid-hike, whenever!
You better believe I'm bringing these bites AND my bag of vegan marshmallows with me this weekend. Guess what--they taste even better than the OG version. Win-Win
Want more bars and bites? Look no further:


Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekly Love List: 8.1.14

I'm not good at writing love letters but I do adore lists. This is what I'm loving this week:

I found a vegan croissant and my day was made. It's the little things people. Thank you Beet Box Bakery for making that happen.
Post-college I've discovered my affinity towards beer. (Yup, I was one of those pain-in-the-butt "vodka soda" girls before).  Still not an IPA fan, but session/stouts/porters/blondes are my jam. Fortunately, we now live in the mecca of beer brewing (and drinking). Trinity Brewery near Colorado Springs blows my mind. Cucumber ale. Seriously. amazing.

When I'm not attempting to become BFFs with everyone at November Project Denver, I've been trying out Core Power Yoga Sculpt. Holy hard yoga class. 5 pound weights never hurt so much.

The two greatest magazines to grace the month: Thrive and Cherrybombe.*
Thrive Magazine is a publication by Brendan Brazier, the formulator of Vega and all-around great guy. He's the humblest founder I've ever met and a huge reason I started working with Vega. The magazine features some names you may know. Just Venus Williams, Flo Master, Cameron Diaz, NBD.

Cherrybombe celebrates women who love food. HELLO! This issue is on Girl Crushes, starting with the one and only Ruth Reichl. If you're a woman who loves food (or love women and food?) order it. 

 My Janji shirt. Not only are their designs great, but every piece of breathable, sweatable, comfortable clothing you buy, gives a person a WHOLE YEAR OF WATER. You're going to buy athletic clothes anyways, make it help someone else.

Two amazing nutritionists redesigned their websites this week and you really need to go check them out:
1. Kara Lydon, the Foodie Dietitian. A dear friend of mine. I put 150% effort into getting her to move to Denver with me. She's got some cool things going on in Boston, so I'll let this failure slide. Her recipes and images will make you straight up drool. If you're looking to improve your relationship with food, hit her up. If you're a food company, looking for a rad RD, also email her.

2. Emma Cutfield, Emmamazing. Emmamazing will some day be the word that replaces "amazing." Not only is Emma an expert in sports nutrition (especially for runners) but her recipes are superb. She's also one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. I feel so lucky to call her a colleague and friend. 

Ok, I know I need to get better at blogging, at my website, at this. One small step at a time. Thank you for hanging in there for this journey.