Pumpkin Cranberry Energy Bites

I know some of you are still wishing it was summer {okay, I sort of am, too}, but the weather this past week has cooled down and gotten gloomy, so fall food is on the menu! There’s so much running around after Labor Day as we acclimate back to our regular schedules that it’s easy to ignore our body’s signals letting us know it needs some fuel for all the things you make it do everyday!

pumpkin cranberry vegan bites

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market, with whom I will be showcasing this recipe. Ingredients may be purchased at any store to make on your own, and all opinions are mine!

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Satisfying Crunchy Snacks

To keep with my new theme of quick, easy, nourishing meals, I couldn’t skip this month’s Recipe Redux theme to share a crunchy snack!¬†While the crunchy toast below is hardly a recipe, I thought sharing my favorite crunchy portable convenience foods is a helpful way to kick off back to school (and for some back to work).

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Banana Peanut Butter Snack Bites

While April 23 is National Picnic Day, you don’t need a reason to whip up these snack bites any time you have a ripe banana on hand. Unlike my other energy bite recipes, you don’t need a food processor, just a good old mixing bowl and rubber spatula or wooden spoon. They’re perfect for kids and adults, before a workout or as an afternoon work snack, and as a side with or to finish off a picnic meal!

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Holiday Recipes to Support Your Fitness

Fitness nutrition is not just for serious athletes. If your activity level is higher than the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, the extra (helpful) stress that you put on your muscles, joints, cardiovascular and respiratory systems will need a bit more nutrition. While the stress we put on during exercise is beneficial, so that our body wants to adapt and become stronger and better, we put ourselves at higher risk of injury and illness if our diets aren’t adequate to support our recovery needs.

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Pre and Post Workout Holiday Recipes

While the holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry, those who are in training or regularly exercise may be more likely to steer clear of the festive foods. Why? It’s not always so much that those who exercise are more conscious about not allowing themselves treats (though that is unfortunately the case often enough). Many times it’s the fear that that consuming something “different” from their norm may throw off their digestion, energy levels, and performance.

Holiday Recipes for Athletes

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Gingerbread Energy Bites

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that at 26+ weeks pregnant I’m still feeling nauseous. With this in mind, I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t more excited for post-Thanksgiving gingerbread everything for that calming effect ginger has on the stomach. I can only drink so much ginger tea, so I’m thrilled to have so many more ginger-filled recipes to include daily.

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Pistachio Stuffed Dates

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, it’s definitely time to start sharing recipes for the holidays! I’ve been whipping these up and impressing family members on Thanksgiving for at least five years, so it is about time you get to enjoy them, too. Since these aren’t the prettiest of all my recipes, I showed a picture and polled my Instagram followers to see if they were still worth posting on the blog. I had an overwhelming 96% say YES, so lucky you, you get to eat these delicious things, too.

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