Tangerine Energy Bites

Tangerine Energy Bites | happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s. As always, all thoughts are my own.

I had a big internal debate in my head while I was mixing up this recipe for Tangerine Energy Bites.

What’s the proper term – bites or balls?

And then I immediately started singing AC/DC “Big Balls”.

Yes, I have the maturity of a 13 year old and giggle at all the ball jokes. I mean, who can forget about Schweddy Balls from SNL?

I ultimately decided on bites because I can’t type balls over and over again.


Let’s chat omega-3’s. Are you getting enough?  Probably not. And more than likely, neither is your kid. Well, fear not.

Barlean’s has been in the omega-3 business for quite some time. You may know about Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3 for adults. From the beginning, their omega-3 supplements have been made with no artificial flavors or colors.  Now, your kids can get a beneficial dose of omega-3 thanks to Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega Pals (affiliate link). It delivers 500 mg of Omega-3 EPA/DHA per serving. In addition, it’s non-gmo, gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free.

Made for kids ages 1 year and up, it tastes just like a smoothie that can be eaten by the spoonful or mixed into smoothies, drizzled on oatmeal or into your favorite energy bites recipe (hint, hint). 

I was certain my daughter, who is very particular about what she eats, would not be on board with this. However, she shocked me completely. She actually requests a spoonful of the Barlean’s Omega Pals every single morning. Her favorite flavor is the lemonade and tangerine. And she gave two thumbs up for adding the Omega Pals to my latest batch of energy bites.

Well done, Barlean’s!

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Tangerine Energy Bites
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes to soften, drained
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup Barlean's Superfruit Seed Blend
  • 1-2 tbsp Barlean's Seriously Delicious Omega Pals Hooty Fruity Tangerine
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Place all ingredients in high powered blender or food processor.
  2. Mix until a ball forms.
  3. With wet hands, take 1-2 tbsp of dough and roll into ball shape.
  4. Repeat with remainder of dough.
  5. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes before eating.
  6. Store in fridge or freezer to prevent bites from being crumbly.


What’s your fav thing to add into energy bites?

The Best Gifts for Runners

The best gifts for runners this holiday season or any time of the year! | happyfitmama.com

Confession: I am a last minute holiday shopper.

Every year I say I’m going to start early and be done with it by December.

This year, I really tried. I got a few things in early November and then I got distracted by shopping for myself. Whoops.

Let’s just say I was doing research in finding the best gifts for runners, k?

I’m getting pelted with emails with headlines screaming about ‘Last minute shopping’ deals and baking. Really?  We’ve got plenty of shopping days left. There’s no rush. Besides, if you are like me, you do well under pressure. And you have Amazon Prime. 😉

I’ve been putting together gift guides every since I started this blog. Which btw, it’s turning 8 in a couple of weeks. Most items I include on the guide are things that I already own or that I want for myself. This year, there’s only one thing listed that I don’t have. Maybe someone is reading this and will gift it to me?

So without further ado, happy shopping!

FYI – this post contains affiliate links where I get a very small commission.  Thanks for supporting HFM!

Skida Nordic Hat – This small business based in Vermont makes the best hats and headbands for sweaty activities in the winter. Everything is breathable and moisture-wicking to keep you comfy and dry. It’s not bulky and can even be worn under a helmet for skiing. Plus, the patterns are so cute.

Mini Bands – Every runner should own a set of Mini Bands for home. Seriously. They are so easy to use and are perfect for firing up the muscles runners need to activate and strengthen.  These little bands are awesome for hitting the glutes and hips with endless exercise options like THESE.

Sarah Marie Design Studios Stemless Wine Tumbler – This tumbler always made me smile on the weekends after my long run. I would bring it to the beach or pool with me to enjoy my choice of bevie. It keeps things cold or hot for hours. Plus, it’s so cute. Actually, anything from SMDS is adorable and would make a runner happy to receive.

Noxgear Tracer 360 – Every early morning or evening runner should have some sort of illumination and reflective gear when they head out. Especially this time of year. It’s always dark!  The Noxgear Tracer 360 provides greater visibility to been seen my motorists and to keep you safe. This is the one item that I don’t currently own. Maybe Santa is reading?

Petzel ACTIK Headlamp – Another item that every early morning or evening runner should own. A good headlamp will help you be seen but will also help you avoid tripping over things or stepping into potholes. This Petzel headlamp is super bright and has a wide range to see more than just right ahead of you. I like that it’s rechargeable and a charge holds for quite some time.

CRZ Yoga High Waisted Yoga Pants with Pockets – I know these say YOGA pants but I wear them for running. If you are looking for the fit of the Lululemon Align tight but don’t want to pay the price, these leggings are for you. I’ve become obsessed with tights that have pockets. These leggings don’t fall down (even with my phone in the pocket) and pass the squat test all while being super comfy and cute. Plus, you can’t beat the $26 price tag either.

Kahtoola Microspikes – Once again, the Kahtoola Microspikes make my list. I had my first spike run of the season last week while we were getting bombed with 18 inches of snow. Microspikes are great for hiking in snow but are also perfect for trail running when the snow isn’t too deep or there’s ice. I’ve worn my running across shear ice with great traction.

Farm to Feet Merino Wool Socks – Over the summer, I started wearing these socks on my trail runs. I know what you are thinking – wool in summer?  Yes!  Wool isn’t just for cold weather. It’s great for keeping you dry even in the heat. I wore these socks for my 50k in September with zero blisters or other issues. Now that it’s cold, I’m still wearing these cute socks.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta – This is my second UD hydration vest. Compared to my first vest, I love the updated comfort cinch feature and the stretch mesh. The bottles are improved and my bladder from my previous vest fits just as well. Plenty of pockets as always for all the extra gear and fuel to take along on your running adventures.

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What’s on your gift wish list this year?

My Week in Workouts

My week in workouts | happyfitmama.com

The first week of December brought one thing to my week in workouts – SNOW!

Monday and Tuesday brought us about 18 inches of snow followed by 1-2 inches on Friday night. It was nice to see all the brown covered with white stuff. And with snow means more play time. I had SNOW much fun!


30 minutes Stepmill intervals (I did this Stepmill workout)

Strength training: AEC Synergy Stack

The snow that came overnight caused the kids to not have school and for me to have a delayed start at work. I wasn’t mad at being able to sleep in a little bit. I debated about doing a basement workout or hitting the gym. I opted for the gym and I’m glad I did. It was so quiet even for being there later than I usually am. Snow days do that!

Later on, I got an even better surprise – I got called off from work because all our patients cancelled for the afternoon. I didn’t get to do a snow run but the kids and I met up with friends to sled. It truly was a snow day for all!


30 minute microspike snow run with Jen

16 minute microspike snow run with Max

The snow continued to fall overnight and into Tuesday. It was another snow day for the kids. I did squeeze in a snowy trail run with Jen and Max in the morning. It was super fun but ridiculously hard thanks to the snow up to our shins and having to break trail the whole time. Even though I only got a little over 4 miles total for the day, it felt like at least 8 with the effort that goes into breaking trail. But again…snow much fun!

I didn’t officially track it but I definitely think my hill repeats from sledding were part of my week in workouts. Phew…talk about feeling the burn!


20 minute Stepmill intervals

20 minute treadmill hills:

5 mins @ 5%, 5 mins @ 7% 2 mins @ 2%, 4 mins @ 8%, 2 mins @ 9%, 2 mins @ 2%

Strength training:

Squat to SA press

Reverse lunge w/ KB low row

Lateral lunge w/ SA shoulder press

SL deadlift

DB Renegade rows

Eccentric pull ups

Lat pull downs

SA pulley rows

Plank matrix


5.63 mile run

There wasn’t any new snow but the roads were still sloppy and icy from the storm that ended on Tuesday evening. I wore my trail shoes just to have a little extra traction while hitting the streets in the dark and early morning with Kyle. We chatted and caught up and before we knew it, it was time for us to part ways and get the day started. If only we didn’t have to go to work!


Rest day!


3.3 mile microspike trail run

After attending a holiday party on Friday night, I ended up sleeping in longer than I anticipated. I really wanted to hit the trails with Max to enjoy the snow before it was all gone (the forecast for the week is calling for rain and warm temps) but I had a limited time thanks to the first day of Saturday basketball for Lukas.

On a normal day, I’d be able to get at least 4-5 miles on the trails. BUT with snow, that’s all different. The trail conditions were great near the trail head. Enough people had gone through with snowshoes or cross country skis to break trail. I opted for wearing microspikes rather than my running snowshoes. That was fine up until I got down by the river where less people venture. From then on, things slowed WAY down. I was working HARD but having such a great time. It was SO gorgeous in the woods with the fresh snow that had fallen overnight and the sunlight coming through the trees.

It made me so happy to be out there. And so was Max.


5.3 mile snowshoe run

I had a major running dilemma – do I run long on the roads or do I hit the trails for a snowshoe run before it all melts this week?

You may be like Ron and say, “Why not do a long snowshoe run?” To which I answered, “Uhhh, no way. Ten miles snowshoe running sounds like pure hell to me”. If you’ve ever been snowshoe running, you know what I mean.

I dumped the long run idea and settled for 5+ miles on the trails. It was a sufferest per usual. The first snowshoe run is a mix of happiness filled with constant thoughts of “WHY?!?!” The conditions were actually really great the first mile but then I had to start breaking trail again and promptly slowed WAY down. I lost count how many times I banged my ankles with the side of the snowshoes. I had snot flying everywhere. My heart rate was through the rough. My lungs and legs burned. But then I got back on a packed trail and things calmed down and I liked snowshoe running again.

That was the sequence for the first 4 miles of the run. Once I was close to the trail head and on packed snow, I decided it would be much better to run without the snowshoes. I must have really looked like a crazy person to everyone I passed after that. Snowshoes under one arm, the other hand holding Max’s leash and me running. Totally normal, right? I will tell you one thing…it still was easier running like that than with the snowshoe on.  😉

I dumped my snowshoes at my car, slipped on my microspikes and headed back out for another 1+ miles. Hahahaha…I felt so light and free!

How was your week in workouts?

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