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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Featured in Essential Sports Nutrition Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free Yield: ~30 balls [1 ball = 1 serving] / Prep Time: ~ 20 minutes
These no-bake peanut butter energy bites make for a perfect energy-boosting treat when you are exercising, traveling, at the office or in school - they are easy to wrap and bring with you. Super easy to assemble, they offer a satiating combination of protein, carbs and fat, which is the perfect fuel during low intensity exercise or when you need to re-charge during a busy work day. Although most kids don’t need to supplement with protein powder, parents shouldn’t be worried about making these protein balls for young athletes/kids as they are a great fuel source to maintain energy levels during training and games, and a much healthier alternative to heavily sweetened, processed snacks.

Ingredients
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, dry (gluten free if needed)¼ cup chia seeds 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 10 dried pitted dates ½ cup cr…

Should you go plant-based?

Question: 
There is a lot of talk right now about going Vegan and Plant Based - and how this can improve athletes performances. Obviously with the Game Changer Documentary being a big influence on this. As a sports dietitian and vegetarian, what are your thoughts about a plant based diet for athletes? If an athlete decides to go down this route, what are some of the biggest things they should be aware of in terms of macronutrients, in particular protein?

My response:
As a 27.5 year lacto-ovo vegetarian, you'd think that I may be a strong advocate of vegetarianism/veganism and would encourage everyone to rid the diet of animal protein.

When I was around the age of 10, I returned home from school and told my parents that I had become a vegetarian. I have always loved animals/creatures and this was my way of respecting the lives of animals. I can't exactly remember the root of this decision but every since that day, I have not consumed any type of meat or fish for the past (almo…

Athlete to Triathlete is now available!

Thank you to everyone who has helped to get the word out about my new book Athlete to Triathlete. I was so shocked to hear that my book received an endorsement by Gerry Rodrigues of Tower 26. Here's the link to the podcast (episode #70, ~18:15 into the episode).

If you pre-ordered the print copy, it should be on its way to you very shortly! I can't wait for you to get it in your hands. I feel like it's an easy-read but packed with a lot of useful, practical and helpful information, tips and guidelines. After you have had a chance to read through the book, if you could take a few minutes to write a review and post it online at on Amazon, I'd greatly appreciate it. Even just a few sentences can make a big difference in the success of the book.

And when you receive your copy, I'd love to see a picture of you with the book (or just the book if you are camera shy). Be sure to tag Trimarni and #AthletetoTriathlete with your picture.

Also, if you live in or around the Cha…

Safe cycling with Garmin Varia RTL510

Recently we received the Garmin Varia RTL510. I've always felt safe riding my bike on our country roads in and around Greenville as we live in a very bike friendly community where the cars respect the cyclists. But now cycling has become much safer for us. While the roads haven't changed, we can now ride more attentive and aware to the cars around us. 
Sold online at a reasonable price of $199 (check out your local run/bike/tri store to shop locally), here are some of the specs:  Provides visual and audible alerts to warn of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away.Tail light offers daylight visibility up to a mile away and is visible within a 220-degree range, so drivers can see you well before the radar sees the vehicle.Sleek vertical design easily mounts to most road-use bicycles, including racing, touring and commuter styles.Requires a dedicated radar display unit or wirelessly integrates with compatible Garmin devices (sold separately).Battery li…