With everyone posting their graduation pictures lately – it has me reminiscing on college. I had a bit of an unconventional college experience. I went away for a year, but wound up transferring to a college closer to home. When the choice came to live at home or live at school – I opted to stay at home. Some people think this was a crazy thing to do – but I wouldn’t have changed it for anything! In addition to saving myself thousands of dollars in student loans, I was able to enjoy having my own space, and even more importantly – my own kitchen.
For the first year that I was away at school, I dreaded eating in the dining hall. The food was awful, and despite literally only eating Cheerios+ granola bars for breakfast, and grilled chicken on salad for lunch/dinner – I felt gross from all the preservatives that they load up the food with.
My first year of college was really when I started to get in to health and fitness. Tyler was always really interested in working out, eating right, and taking supplements. He inspired me to make a change in my lifestyle when I started to not feel great after eating the dining hall food.
When I went back to living at home and commuting to school, I was happy to be able to make my own snacks/meals and bring them with me instead of eating in the dining hall. Protein powder quickly became a staple in my diet. It was simple to make/bring shakes with me, or make protein bites!
I would make a giant batch of Cookie Dough Protein Bites on Sunday nights – and portion them out for grab and go snacks throughout the week.
Even though I’m not in college anymore, I still love to make these for snacks. They’re great to take to work, or on weekend trips to the beach/hikes. You can swap the protein powder and nut butters for different flavors, and toss in different add-ins. I’ve done vanilla protein with coconut butter and sprinkles for Cake Batter Bites, as well as Chocolate protein and chopped peanuts for Peanut Butter Cup Bites. Naked Nutrition recently sent me their Pea Protein to try. It was great in this recipe.
- ½ c pea protein
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ c + 1 tbsp almond butter
- 3 tbsp chocolate chips
- In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.
- Roll into tablespoon balls, and refrigerate.
- Keep cold
Products I used for this: Naked pea protein, Almond Butter, Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
Do you have a go to DIY on-the-go snack? Let me know! I’m always looking for new recipes!
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