Ah Monday, good thing it’s over! And after an emotionally draining weekend, it was nice to come home after work and
annoy relax with some furry friends.
But I’m still feeling the stress of the last few weeks being tired, tense, and a little achy. The physical effects of stress are amazing, and annoying. Even though I was feeling tired, I was determined to get in a run tonight. I just needed a little energy pick-me-up first. Mint Chocolate Gu Energy Gels are one of my favorite energy flavors during half marathon training. But they’re pricey and contain an odd list of ingredients that I’m not 100% comfortable with. As I train for another half-marathon, I’m really going to experiment with adding more chia seeds to my diet since many runners claim they increase energy, hydration, and recovery. So why not a raw chia mint chocolate energy treat?
Mint Chocolate Energy Balls
- 2 cups shelled hemp seeds
- 1 cup chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates
- 20 fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Place hemp seeds, chia seeds, mint leaves, cacao powder, and salt into a food processor. Process until blended to a chocolaty powder. While food processor is running, add pitted dates and process until well blended. Roll into smallish balls and chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Enjoy! Makes about 20 balls that you can also store in the freezer.
The dough is a little messy to roll with to the chia seeds, but oh so worth it.
The balls solidify and become more moist after being chilled in the fridge with the chia seeds absorbing the moisture.
Let’s just say my favorite pre-run/workout snack yet! The mint flavor is fresh and crisp with the chocolate and the texture is satisfyingly hearty. Now I’m not saying these are miracle balls, but I had three an hour before my run and I bested my usual time by 40 seconds per mile for my usual 3.2 mile weeknight run – not lying! It could have been the combination of these guys, a new playlist, and just blowing off stress, but I felt much better after too.
If you’re a runner or just looking for pre-workout energy, try these!