No Bake Recipe: Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

I sort of meal prepped this weekend. And by sort of I mean I hard boiled some eggs... more on that this week, AND I made protein balls. I know, that's not a lot, but it certainly helps me with snacks when I'm on the go, and it's healthy food for me to grab in between teaching 100384025x a week. I kid I kid, it's not that many classes, but sometimes it feels like it. 

Anyways, if you're anything like me, you're a busy person, and you need snacks that are nutritious, and delicious. I'm a huge fan of protein shakes and protein balls... because I know I'm getting in my protein, and healthy fats, even my servings of fruits and veggies. 

I found a recipe on one of the groups I'm in the other night, so I decided to give it a shot. It only had a few ingredients, so after running to the store for more honey because we were all out, I immediately made the no bake protein balls. I was all ready to create a post last night, but after tasting one, I felt like something was missing. 

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Maybe you're one of those people that can eat almond butter, and peanut butter right out of the container, but I can't do that. I feel like it's too sweet, too sticky, and just not good. Throw it on some oats, a banana, or toast, and I'm good to go though. So this morning, after letting my protein bites hang out in the fridge all night, I decided to add some oats. It would cut out the sticky consistency, and make them more solid. I then sprinkled ground flaxseed on top, and they came out PERFECT. They also look 1000x better too. 

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No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS: 
- 1 1/2 cups almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 scoop YL Pure Protein Complete - Chocolate
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup oats
- sprinkle of ground flax seed on top

Directions: 
1. Mix all ingredients, adding in chocolate chips last. 
2. Roll into balls and place on parchment paper. 
3. Sprinkle ground flax seed on top. 
4. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours. 
5. Take them out & enjoy 1 or 2 at a time! 


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I use Young Living's Pure Protein Complete now after searching for the perfect protein for me, my stomach, and my daily needs. I used to use Perfect Fit Protein, About Time, and Vega, but they were all so chalky to me, and while I loved that they were Brown Rice or Vegan, because they didn't bother my stomach, I couldn't stand the consistency, even when I mixed it with fruits, vegetables, and milk. I have tried whey protein, and it cramps my stomach up, so I stopped that real quick. 

The Pure Protein Complete is a comprehensive protein powder that combines a proprietary 5 protein blend (cow and goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, and organic hemp seed protein), a powerful B-vitamin blend, full range of amino acids (D-aspartic acid, Threonine, L-serine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, Cystine, Tryptophan, and Cysteine), ancient peat, and apple extract. Along with a proprietary enzyme blend, these amino acids support overall protein utilization in the body. Together they support ATP production, the energy currency of the body. 

It has 25 grams of protein per serving which is incredible, and great for someone like me that works out almost every day and also trains a ton of clients and members at the gym 5 days a week. I always have protein after my workout, within 30 minutes, which is the prime time to help our muscles recover, and grow. This protein helps support the muscular system, energy levels, and our body's ability to build lean muscle mass, while also providing the body with amino acids, and aiding in muscle recovery. 



Let me know if you're interested in learning how to grab your own bag.

And if you use your own protein and try these, let me know! 

Fitness Friday: KettleBell Hell

I keep a notebook by my bed, because it's in those times right before I drift off to sleep that ideas come to me... whether it's for a recipe, a workout, something I need to do the next day, or a blog post. The other night this happened. I was about to go to sleep when suddenly I had an idea for a workout. Kettlebell Hell. That name actually didn't just come to me until I was writing this post, but it seems fitting. This quick, and effective workout combines both upper and lower body moves to give you a total body workout in a short amount of time. 

I, for one, understand how tough it is for most people to get in a workout, but we all have 15, 20, even 30 minutes to devote to our healthier selves. It's so important to squeeze a workout in every day, even if it's a walk or a simple yoga flow before bed. Every second you take care of your body counts. 

I'll be posting a video on my Get Fit with Kristyn Instagram page, for anyone that needs help with the moves. 


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The only equipment you need are three kettle bells, two lighter ones of the same weight, and one heavy one. Stop giving excuses, and start giving it your all. When your workout is over, you'll be so glad you dedicated the time to yourself. 

Let me know below when you complete this workout! 

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Banana Pineapple Protein Shake

Yesterday I ran out of bananas. Okay it wasn't really yesterday.. I've been out for a few days now, but haven't needed them, so I figured I'd get them at the store whenever I could. 

Well, yesterday I needed them. I was trying to make a protein shake with some fruit. I usually add a banana to every shake I make, because the health benefits are insane (http://www.foodmatters.com/article/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas) and they just make shakes taste that much better, giving it the right consistency too. 

I quickly searched my freezer, and found chocolate covered banana slices from Trader Joe's, now I know I'm sure the added sugar from the chocolate doesn't help, BUT it tasted AMAZING. I snacked on one as I threw some ingredients into the blender. I chose to combine the banana slices with pineapple, and coconut chunks, using a base of milk and chocolate protein powder. 

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It turned out so smooth and rich, I knew I needed to write down the recipe before I forgot it. I might just forget to buy fresh bananas more often now. It pushed me to complete my workout, and then got me through teaching two classes at the end of the night. 

Have you ever made a shake with chocolate covered banana slices? If not, do it. DO IT RIGHT NOW. 

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5 Minute Ab Workout

I'm sure that I'm not the only one that is so busy, even in the summer, who barely has 5 minutes to workout. Now I know having no time is no excuse, but sometimes we're extremely short on time, and we don't have a spare minute to drive to the gym. So I've come up with a quick 5 minute ab workout you can do right before bed, or you can get done right when you wake up. Now I KNOW we all have at least 5 minutes, and if you don't even have 5 minutes to change your body - to feel better, be stronger, and get fit, then you need to reprioritize. This workout can be done with actual equipment, but if you're on vacation, use what you have - water bottles, a beach ball, ANYTHING similar to dumbbells and a medicine ball. You don't even have to use weights if you can't find anything. 

I've literally whipped out all the excuses you can throw at me. So do this workout every night, and let me know how you feel by the end of the week! 

Memorial Day Workout

I know most of you are completing or have completed the Murph WOD today in honor of our fallen soldiers, but if you're not and your gym is closed, I've got the perfect workout you can do with no equipment! 

We live in the land of the free, because of the brave. Our soldiers give their lives, and everything they have to protect us. They sign up, knowing that they are sacrificing their lives, whether that means they are deployed away from their families in foreign countries not knowing how long they'll be away, or they don't get the chance to come home at all. So I'm betting that you'd be willing to sacrifice 10 - 15 minutes to finish this workout, and complete the exercise that you may not want to do, in honor of our soldiers. 

BURPEES. 

Not everyone likes them... okay, most people hate them. So what better way to honor our soldiers than by completing this workout. It may not be on the same level as the Murph, but it'll get your mind focused on what matters in life and why we have this day off, your heart rate up, and your workout in and done. 

Let freedom ring, and let that sweat drip! 

Happy Memorial Day! Just remember.