CBD Thin Mint Energy Bites

CBD Thin Mint Energy Bites | happyfitmama.comThis is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting companies that I love.

Have you heard of this new thing called CBD Oil?

If not, where have you been?

Seriously.

CBD Oil is EVERYWHERE.  It’s quickly become the hottest supplement out there. From lotions, protein powder, drinks and straight up in oil form, you can get your daily dose anyway you like it.

If you know what it is and how it works and are just here for the CBD Thin Mint Energy Bites recipe, feel free to scroll on down to the bottom of this page.

But if you have no idea what it is or how it’s different from marijuana, Barlean’s broke it down for you in this easy to follow guide.

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So what benefits can you get from taking CBD Oil?  There’s not a ton of clinical research on the benefits (Yet, I’m sure it’s coming) but for now, it’s more subjective reports. I have a few friends who have been taking CBD Oil for awhile and swear that it helps with anxiety and sleep.  It can also help with recovery from hard workouts by fighting inflammation.

In all honesty, I didn’t really think much of CBD until Barlean’s contacted me about their oil. It seemed like a fad and there’s so many different products/brands of CBD that it was hard to know what was legit or not. I use Barlean’s products all the time. It’s a company I trust since they’ve been making healthy oils and supplements for nearly 30 years. They know their stuff!

Barlean’s sent me a bottle of their Seriously Delicious CBD Hemp Oil and Extra Strength Ideal CBD Hemp Oil. This was my first “taste” of CBD.  I’ve been taking it for about 2 weeks.

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Do I notice any changes?  Maybe.  I feel like my recovery from my two hard mountain runs were relatively ache free. In the past, my feet would ache when I’d wake up first thing in the morning after a hard run.  That’s gone. Maybe I’m getting stronger. Maybe it’s the CBD.  I don’t know. I’ll report back in a few more weeks if there’s any other changes.

Barlean’s CBD Hemp Oil’s can be taken straight up by itself or mixed into anything else (just as long as it’s not heated above 225 degrees Fahrenheit. When I saw the Seriously Delicious CBD Hemp Oil in Chocolate Mint flavor, I immediately thought of Thin Mints. It’s not my favorite Girl Scout cookie (Tagalong FTW), but a close second. And there’s chocolate so it’s all good.

Enjoy these easy and seriously delicious CBD Thin Mint Energy Bites for a quick after workout snack or any other time during the day.  With only five ingredients, it’s easy to whip up a batch to have on hand every week.

I’ll give you fair warning: once you have one, it’s hard to stop.

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CBD Thin Mint Energy Bites
 
Ingredients
  • 8-10 Medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes before using
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2-3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Barlean's Seriously Delicious Chocolate Mint CBD Hemp Oil
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until a "dough" forms, scraping down sides as needed.
  3. Wet hands and form dough into desired size bites. Repeat with all dough.
  4. Place bites in the fridge for an hour to harden.
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

Disclaimer: Always consult your physician when starting a new dietary supplement.

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Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts brought me another week closer to Mount Washington Road Race.  The thing about running this race for the second time, I know what to expect.  It’s not going to be easy.  It’s going to suck.  Three years ago when I ran it, I remember hitting a low point when the road turns to dirt. I’ve been working on strategies so that I don’t end up as part of the “Walking Dead” on that section again.

Monday

30 minutes Elliptical

Strength training:

Bullet proof legs + upper body circuit

Tuesday

55 minute run, 9:04 avg pace, 485 ft elev gain

I had planned on hitting the gym for a treadmill climb run but when I woke up to an absolutely gorgeous morning, my plans changed.  Max and I headed out for an easy morning run and soaked in the glory.  We’ve waited so long for this weather than I couldn’t pass up the chance.  Max hit a PDR of 6.1 miles. He’s such a good runner!

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Wednesday

30 minutes Stepmill

Strength training:

DB bench press

DB renegade row

Cable fly

Band pull ups

TRX fall out

Bench step ups

Lateral lunge with DB pull/balance

Med ball Russian twist traveling lunges

Med ball slams

Thursday

53 minute run, 9:32 avg pace, 818 ft elev gain

Kyle, Charles and I hit up the big hill in town for repeats this morning.  Usually, when we run it, there is nobody there that early.  Today, it was a par-tay.  I recognized 7 people from the early morning gym crowd running repeats up the hill AND the observation tower.  Good for them but you won’t catch me running up the tower.  My heart rate would be sky high.  Not from running the steps but from the height.  I’m not a fan.

When we first started doing the repeats back in March, running up gave me the feeling of wanting to puke and poop my pants all at the same time.  Now, that feeling is gone (thankfully!!).  It’s by no means easy but it’s more doable now.

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Thankfully, this is NOT a pic from our run today. It’s a throwback pic from a sub zero, dark and early morning run.  Remember those day?!?! They’ll be here before we know it. 

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

I love when the class knows exactly what I need – lots of hip openers. So freakin’ tight!

Friday

A much needed and appreciated rest day! My legs were quite fatigued after Thursday’s run.

Saturday

2:03 trail run, 2,477 ft elev gain, 15:20 avg/pace

I hit up the Rowe, Gunstock and Belknap Mountains for another gorgeous, blue bird trail run.  This week, it was the badass lady gang of Kyle and Andrea. Even though I felt good last week, I felt even better this week.  I felt strong on the climbs and had plenty of gas left in the tank when we finished up.  I wanted to run more!

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comSunday

41 minute run, 8:55 avg/pace

It’s finally beginning to feel like summer…I mean spring.  Whatever season it is, I’ll take it!  Temps were already in the 60s by the time Max and I took off for our easy, recovery run.  We stopped mid run for a dip in the river, for him, not me. Summer running is here!

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How was your week in workouts?

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Rise and Run – How to Wake Up Early to Run

Rise and Run: How to wake up early to run and enjoy it! | happyfitmama.com

Rise and run is how my body naturally functions.

I’m one of those super annoying people that can jump out of bed and be ready for a run no matter how early it is and what season. I think it’s in my genetic make up. Growing up, my dad would say the day was half over if you slept past 7 a.m. And no, I did not grow up on a farm. My son is following in my annoying early bird footsteps. He likes to wake up before the chickens every.single.day.  Even on the weekends.

Like I said – annoying.

When I went to college, I always chose the early morning classes. That was great for me but not so great for my roommate who thought an 11 a.m. class was early. Looking back, I think it was living with her that made me loathe the snooze alarm so much. I’ve never once touched the snooze button and never will. She would always vow that she was going to wake up early to workout, study or some other go-getter morning activity but then would proceed to hit the snooze alarm over and over and over and over again.

I had visions of throwing the alarm clock out the window of our 4th story dorm room.

But I understand that not everyone is like me. I mean if you asked me to run anytime after 6 p.m., I’d think you were nuts. My pajamas are most likely on at 6 p.m., especially during the winter. So the odds of a run happening in the evening for me? Slim to none. And when it does happen, I hate it.

Side note – I actually saw a guy running down my street one summer night at 10 p.m. He was legit going for a run – blinky lights on and everything – so I knew he wasn’t running from the cops or anything.

If you are a night owl, making the switch to early morning runs is going to be rough. I’m not going to lie – you’ll probably hate it. BUT if you make a gradual switch, you may find you will actually enjoy it. Maybe. 🙂

If you’ve been thinking about trying to make the switch to morning runs, now is the time. Sunrise is super early so it’s light out even at 5 a.m. And with summer running sneaking up on us soon (I hope!), the heat and humidity can really suck the life out of your run. (Find tips HERE on how to survive). When you run first thing in the morning, you can at least get a little bit of relief.

I’ve written about this many times over the years but it continues to be one of the things I get asked about most. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years:

Plan, plan and plan some more. Set out everything you’ll need for your run the night before. That means all your clothing, GPS watch, hydration, shoes, something to hold carry your phone, etc. Know the distance, pace and route of which you’ll run. To take it a step further, I’ve even slept in my running clothes just so I can get out the door quicker.

Go to bed early. Make sure you are in bed by 10 p.m. at the latest. Having a nightly routine will also help your body wind down and know that it’s time for sleep. I’m usually in bed by 9 p.m. where I’ll read for a bit.  Ron will usually stay up later watching TV but that does not bother me at all.  I can sleep through anything (thankfully!).

Do NOT hit snooze.  Let me say that louder for those in the back – DO NOT HIT SNOOZE!!!  That button should have never been invented in my opinion. Besides being the most annoying sound ever, laying in bed an extra 5 or 10 minutes won’t do anything for you. Seriously. Get rid of the snooze alarm.

Get dressed in the bathroom. Or at least away from sleeping family members so you don’t have any grumpy spouses or early bird kiddos who will throw a wrench in your plans. This is also good if you have a dog who really, really wants to go running with you (ahem, Max).

Find a fellow crazy awesome morning runner. If you know you are meeting someone, you are less likely to bail on the run. Also, having company on your morning run may make you feel more safe.  Even though it’s light out, there’s still not a ton of people out and about in the early morning. I’m so very fortunate to have found amazing early morning runner friends though the years. If you are looking for a company, ask around, put a plea out on Facebook or ask in your local running store.  That’s how I found all of my running buddies.

Enjoy the view. In the early morning, especially during the summer months, there is so much to soak in – birds singing, dew on the grass, the sunrise. If you run later, you’ll most likely be paying more attention to all the busyness of the day rather than the beauty. A perfect sunrise is always worth it.

Remember how you feel afterwards. I kind of get a kick of knowing that I started my day doing more than most people do their whole day. Yeah, I ran 10 miles before 6:30 a.m., what did you do?!?! Missing a workout or run in the morning makes me feel so blah the rest of the day. Getting a sweat session in first thing, sets the tone for the day. I’m more relaxed, yet energized. And I don’t have to stress about how I’m going to squeeze in a workout in between meetings, appointments and family obligations later in the day.

Be persistent. On average it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you don’t fully commit to making this new habit, it won’t stick. The good news is that if you stick with it, you’ll see that it will get easier and easier. Since I’ve been waking up early for runs (and gym sessions) for years, it has become a part of my daily routine.  It’s normal to me.

Know your WHY.  I know for me, I run in the early morning so I don’t have to worry about squeezing it in at any other time in the day.  I feel more energized if it’s done so I can go about my business and get more stuff done. Your why could be different than mine but finding your reason will give you that extra push to rise and run.

And soon you’ll be another annoying morning runner. Welcome to the club!

What is your favorite time to run?

Are you a morning runner?  What gets you out the door?

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