This post is sponsored by ViSalus
While I thought training for a 50 miler would make me hungry, training for a triathlon, even an itty bitty sprint one is making me HUNGRY! I guess my energy burning for running has become quite efficient. I’ve gotten used to running twice a day, often straight after work before dinner.
Swimming on the other hand… well first let me explain where I stand. I have swum probably less than 10 times in my life and most of that was doggy paddling. My speed at swimming is equivalent of a stroll in the park speed at a 5k. I’m slow, very slow. At this very slow speed, I swim for about 20-30 minutes after work in the evenings. (I can’t swim in the morning, the showering process is too overwhelming for me). As slow as I am, for me its a HUGE effort and makes me starving before and after.
However, you can’t swim on a full stomach. Once you eat, you need to wait and wait. Some people have to do similar for running, but I’ve become a pro at running 10 miles straight after wolfing down several tacos. Iron stomach I thought. However, sadly these “skills” are not transferring over to swimming. So instead I had to come up with a snack, that was filling but not FILLING in the stomach so I could swim at my slower than grandma speed, and then stuff my face with dinner.
These sunflower butter oatmeal energy balls are perfect! They’re tasty, filling, and give me the energy I need to get through the evening workout but still leave room for dinner afterwards.
1/2 Cup Vi-Shape Sweet Cream Nutritional Shake Mix
2/3 Cup Old Fashion Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup sunflower butter
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
Cinnamon to taste & make pretty
1/4 Cup water
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. I usually mix the dry ingredients first, then wet ones and afterwards combine
2. Batter into 1″ balls and place on wax paper so that they don’t touch.
3. Refrigerate uncovered for about 30 minutes or so until harden
4. Eat and enjoy but refrigerate those you don’t eat, because they’re not pretty after sitting on the counter for 2 days 😉
If sunflower butter or peanut butter isn’t your thing, you should try Running Hutch‘s coconut oatmeal bites instead!
Because you guys are so awesome, ViSalus has offered to let one of my readers experience ViSalus for themselves with a balance kit which contains the shake mix and a few more goodies.
Do you ever cook/bake with protein powder?