Trail Running, Food, and Brand Love

Hey! How’s everyone on this fine Thursday…wait, it’s Thursday? WOW, this week is flying by!

What have I been doing?

Um…trail running!

What? You don’t? Don’t you know its like the coolest thing ever? If you can’t trail run though, I totally understand.

Actually, I just started getting into it. I’ve always loved it. For example, for my 17th birthday a couple years ago, I asked to go trail running. No presents! But, it’s always been hard to do it consistently so I’ve given up several times.

It’s way easier to go trail running when Alabama Outdoors hosts a trail run for us crazy runners, or that I’ve been able to venture out to Oak Mountain to find some places safe enough for me to run. As I’m starting up on training for my next half marathon, I thought some trail running would be a great addition to my runs…so yep, just having fun!

On another note, I’m also keeping my eats clean and just making dreams happen like any driven individual.

For breakfast yesterday, I wish I had a picture! Wow, it was good! I had 2 scrambled eggs on top of toast and jelly. Like, how can you get better than that? It’s just so good!

I had an interview around 11:30 and got back home about 12:45ish and decided on some yogurt for lunch. Which, I also didn’t take a picture of. So, whyyyy am I sharing this? “Audrey, GOSH, you’re so lame!”

Well, you know what? I’ll do better with dinner!

Dinner included a delicious plate of organic pasta, turkey pasta sauce, pesto, more pesto on toast, and lots of broccoli and squash that was from our garden.

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Dessert was a yummy Paleo Coconut Flour Cupcake (no frosting Sad smile)

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And for breakfast this morning…I had the best overnight oats ever!

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For workouts, I didn’t do much. I was so sore (in the booty) from the crazy trail run at Red Mountain yesterday. So, just pushups and planks and sitting on a yoga ball was totally workout enough for me.

Brainstorming on a cookie recipe…so stay tuned on that. You can always follow me on twitter or instagram to see what I’m up to during the day if you’re up to that sort of thing…maybe…maybe not.

Also, just because it’s Thursday, I’m going to throw out a few of my favorite rising brands because…well, it’s Thursday and I’m up for anything that’s positive! Right-O!

First, I gotta give these girls a huge high five for being so positive, driven, passionate, and creative! The Sweet Note Bagel ladies who have created an amazing brand of gluten free bagels that are healthy and delicious. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these! Crossing my fingers that they come to Alabama soon so I can buy some but for now, I’m good with online shopping! Hello, if you are a Birmingham Foodie, can you get a local store to start carrying these!?

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There’s just something so wonderful and inspiring about seeing others so excited about their work and to see them go after their goals!

Other favorite thing right now, is a local fitness magazine, Fit & Well Birmingham! I got pretty excited when they released this magazine. We definitely needed something like this over here and the wonderful tips and healthy locals contributing to the magazine, is great!

You can check them out right here—> Fit & Well Magazine

Questions:

  • Comment down below with your favorite rising brand or small business!
  • What’s better: Scrambled or Fried eggs?
  • If you had to pick between yoga and hiking, which one would it be?

As always, I love your comments! Thanks for reading, lovelies! Headed to run this beautiful morning!

xx Audrey

P.S. Does anyone else sit on a yoga ball while blogging or working?

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Peanut Butter Protein Energy Balls

Hey friends!

So, it definitely feels like Sunday and not Saturday! Anyone with me here? Also, I hope you all had a great July 4th!

Anyway, before I head out on a run, I wanted to pop in and share with you my protein energy balls recipe that I made on Thursday and you might have saw the picture on instagram

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Even butterflies like them!

Okay, that was super lame. Sorry.

These energy balls are great for post workout recovery

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To take on the go…

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And to share! My sister and I refueled with one yesterday after our 6 mile run/bike ride!

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As soon as she bit into the energy ball, she said they were delicious! HIGH FIVE for having taste testers around!

So, I guess what I’m saying here, is that these might rock your socks off if you like peanut butter and maple syrup. I’m in the process of making more of these today so I won’t run out! I wouldn’t share this with you if I didn’t think it was worth it, but it so is! YUM

Alright, let’s move on to the recipe, shall we?

Vega One Protein Energy Balls Recipe

Directions:

  • First, pulse the pecan halves until its created a pecan flour.
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  • Like the picture down below, once it is all mixed, form balls by taking a tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of the mixture and rolling together until it’s taken its form.
  • You can roll these energy balls in crushed up granola or cereal to add a crunch on the outside, if you wish.
  • If not, go ahead and line them up on aluminum foil (on a plate) and place in the freezer for 20 minutes-30 minutes then take out and leave in the refrigerator overnight or at least 5 hours.

NOTE: My gluten free mixture consisted of: A little ground flax seed, brown rice flour, & oat flour. I always have this mixture on hand. I used 3 TBSP of it for this recipe.

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Because I left these in the refrigerator before I ate one, they didn’t fall apart or anything. I don’t know how they would do if I only left them in the refrigerator for an hour or two.

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Let me know if you try these out! Also, did you check out my Homemade Trail Mix Granola recipe?

Questions:

  • What did you do for the July 4th?
  • Does it feel like Sunday to you?
  • What do you have planned this weekend?
  • I’m starting Half Marathon Training once again, would you like to see my week to week training and fuel?

Homemade Trail Mix Granola Recipe

Hey friends and Happy July 4th!

How about a recipe to kick off the day? Maybe a granola recipe?

YES PLEASE!

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There’s one thing I absolutely love making, and that’s granola.

It’s so much fun since you’re able to mix it up and do whatever you want with it!

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And you can put it on all your cereal and yogurt bowls! Ah, yum!

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Homemade Trail Mix Granola Recipe

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients first.
  • In a small bowl, lightly beat an egg white for 1 minute
  • Add the coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla extract to the beaten egg white and fold the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix well
  • Prepare a tray by spraying oil to keep the granola from sticking
  • Spread out the granola on the tray
  • Bake in the oven on 350F/150C until golden (approx 30 Minutes)
  • Halfway through (15 minutes-20 minutes) flip the granola so it can bake evenly.
  • When its finished baking, drizzle honey all over the top and let it cool completely before eating it.
  • ENJOY!

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This granola recipe took me hardly any time to make, it was the baking that took so long!

Also, because I chose cinnamon and cloves for the spices, it ended up smelling like Christmas in my house. It was AMAZING! So if you’re a little unsure about those spices, don’t give them up quite yet!

My favorite part of this granola recipe was the little chocolate chips. Some of them melted and turned my granola darker than I was expecting. But some of the chocolate chips didn’t melt, not sure why, but oh my goodness it was so good! If you wanted to wait and put the chocolate chips in after the granola is finished baking, you can do that as well (actually, I should have done that but it didn’t cross my mind because I was too excited about eating homemade granola)

Alright, I’m out! Off to run and then it’s time to get out with the fam! I hope all of you have a wonderful July 4th!

P.S. Look out for another ENERGY BALL recipe tomorrow! Starring VEGA ONE!

Linking up with Kierston and Laura for my FIRST recipe LINKUP! (Just found out about this! Check it out, foodies!)

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Questions:

  • Are you doing anything special for July 4th?
  • What’s your favorite thing to find in a granola recipe?