Plain and Simple Protein Bites

Apricots and Almond Butter.  Why didn’t I ever think of this before?  Most often I use dates when I whip up these tasty energizing protein bites, but as I was going through my super food cupboard, I found a surplus of these delicious apricots.  Both dates and apricots are natural sweeteners and they both pair well with almond butter so I decided to play around with my favorite protein bite recipe.

Celebrating New Years in Chicago

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

New Years Fun in Gurnee Illinois with my nieces!

What was your New Years like?  I am pleased to say mine was everything I had hoped for.  I did lots of my favorite things like run, workout, enjoy good food, and most importantly, spend time with family.  My hubby, mom and I packed up my car, headed out on the highway about noon on Friday December 3oth, and almost 7 1/2 hours later we arrived in Gurnee, Illinois.  We were tired, hungry but definitely excited!  

Moustache Run x 3

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Like most runners or exercise enthusiasts, it’s a tradition to start your Turkey day with some kind of activity.  Maybe a local race or in my case, Turkey Day Butts and Guts.  Just like every other year, my friend Sarah, kicks our butt, literally!  Everyone who attends brings a donation for food shelf and hopefully lots of energy to burn!  It’s a great way to start the day!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

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Yeah for pumpkin season right?  I am seriously loving all the different recipes showing up on Pinterest, blogs, in magazines, and Facebook.  YUM!  Have you made these Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites yet?  I am so addicted.  They’re almost as good as my original Nut Butter Bites.  In fact if you add chocolate chips to this recipe, I think they’d be as good.   You could call them Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites!  Yikes, lets move on to my EPIC Pumpkin Spice Smoothie ok!