Chocolate Almond Butter Maca Balls

I’m the type of girl that, when I’m looking for a recipe, I don’t want to go through your whole life story to get there.

So, let’s get right to it, shall we?

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Chocolate Almond Butter Maca Balls

What you need:

  • 1/2c oats
  • 1/2c almond butter (I’m obsessed with Justin’s vanilla)
  • Splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used about 2-3 tbsp.)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2tbsp. chocolate protein (I used Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut) – Use code “yesgirlblog” for 10% off your order!
  • 1tbsp. 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2tbsp. flax meal
  • 1tbsp. maca powder
  • Cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips to your liking
  • Toppings: coconut flakes, cacao powder, chia seeds… the possibilities are endless!

Directions:

  1. Pulse the oats in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until fully combined. They should be a dough-y texture.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls.
  4. Roll the balls in your favorite topping(s) and store in the fridge!

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Tips:

  • If your balls are too dry, then add more almond milk, but don’t overdo it or the mixture will stick to your hands when you try to form them.
  • You could also use honey in place of maple syrup if you don’t have it, but I always recommend maple syrup as a better-for-you sweetener.
  • I’m currently obsessed with the Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut protein I used in these balls. It’s so good, and made with awesome ingredients. Get 10% off your order with code “yesgirlblog” – I wouldn’t recommend unless I loved it myself, so just do it.

If you’re including these in your weekly snack prep, I’d love to hear how you liked them! Tag me on Instagram at @yesgirlblog. Have a great week, babes! 

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5 Tips for the Gal Who Doesn’t Know WTF She’s Doing in the Kitchen

My little sister recently moved into her own place and started her first big girl job (ohh, it brings ya back, doesn’t it?) and she recently asked me about some recipe ideas and tips for cooking at home. So, naturally, my first inclination was to go off on a tangent preparing a whole word doc for her on my fave #BusyGirl tricks for cooking at home, complete with tips, staple items and such, and I thought – why not put this into a blog post? I know I’m not the only one who struggles with cooking for one – and cooking good, healthy meals on a budget, too.

Here are a few tips I’ve found that work for me!

1.Try batch cooking.

Hear me out – some meals are just better cooked fresh. (Soggy salad? No thanks.) But others, think a big pasta dish for example, make for awesome leftovers. Plus, you can make a big batch of something for fairly cheap and it’ll prob feed you for at least a few days. I recently made this amazing Turkey Black Bean Quinoa Bake and literally had lunch and dinner for five days. Just heat up and voila!

2.Always have your staple items on hand. 

Almond butter, oats, black beans, chickpeas, chia seeds & Amy’s organic soups are a few that come to mind when I think of some of the staple items I’ve always got on hand. Your staple items are anything you cook with frequently that will last a really long time, that way you can always have these things in your pantry and whip something up if you’re lacking in groceries. These Black Bean Burgers I made for Danny & I recently were sooo good, and I already had my cans of black beans so I only had to buy like three ingredients.

3.Freeze your produce.

Every week, I grab a bushel (bundle? handful? IDK) of bananas, chop them up into fours and place in a big gallon-sized freezer bag for smoothies that week. Little tip: If you’re not adding nanas to your smoothie, that’s probably why the texture is icy and weird – do it. Living alone, my produce goes bad pretty quickly so I’ll also freeze my spinach or kale for smoothies, and even tried raspberries a couple of weeks back and used the frozen raspberries for mimosas – I mean, it was pretty perfect.

4.Pinterest is your BFF.

As you can see, there’s a theme in this post of a lot of my recipe inspo coming from Pinterest. If you’re in a rut, get to pinning – you’ll feel like a culinary creative genius in no time, promise.

5.When in doubt, it’s okay to go pre-made.

I usually try to stay away from the pre-made aisle of the grocery store, but I will say I’ve gotten some pretty good bake-at-home chicken dishes or salads from the Publix deli when I’m in a real crunch. Other than that, one of my big tips is to buy a rotisserie chicken, cut it up and put it in a tupperware for the week to be used on top of salads, served with veggies or in a wrap.

Happy cooking!

Girl Boss Guide ft. Kelly Boring of Kale Me Kelly

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Full bellies of kale & salmon and a half a bottle of rose’ later (#BALANCE), it was pretty apparent that Kelly (the beauty & brains behind Kale Me Kelly) and I are pretty much the same person. From hearing her perspective on maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle to how to combat insecurities, Kelly is like a big sister you’ve never had – she’s relatable, compassionate and REAL. I’m so excited to bring you this interview with who I consider to be a great blogging mentor and friend (We first met up over a rooftop spin class and some insane BBQ if you were wondering…)

Yes Girl: Tell me about your blog and the inspiration behind it. 

Kelly Boring: Kale me Kelly came about because of my love and passion for food. I originally thought it would just be a food blog, but I realized how much I loved working out and going to different classes and since I’m such a foodie, that has really helped me keep a healthy balance in my life. Now, I’ve transitioned into more of a lifestyle blog and I’m really happy with it – I think your blog should be a representation of who you are.

YG: What does a day in the life of a blogger look like?

KB: I try to plan and curate blog posts whenever I have the time or the inspiration. In the evenings, sometimes I’m going to an event, working on planning an event of my own or getting together with other bloggers.

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YG: You always seem to eat super healthy meals. What does a typical day of eating look like for you?

KB: I try to stick to a “normal” eating plan Monday – Friday. Usually if I’ve done an intense workout in the morning, I’ll have two pieces of Ezekiel toast, a little avocado and an egg or Greek yogurt, fruit & Purely Elizabeth granola – I’m addicted. Then I’ll have an apple with peanut butter, hummus and veggies, nuts or half of a protein bar for a snack and try to get a lunch workout in. I love my Buddha Bowls for lunch! I’m experimenting with more vegetarian meals. Dinner is usually some sort of protein paired with a veggie.

YG: What does your workout routine look like?

KB: Right now, I love going to Pink Barre classes in the morning – the lower weights and high-reps are doing wonders for me! It totally lengthens you out. If I can, I’ll try to fit in another type of workout during the middle of the day to give myself a mental break.  I also like to incorporate spin or some other sort of cardio class. I like to mix it up and do what I’m in the mood for.

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YG: Let’s talk about balance. How do you manage a healthy lifestyle while still giving in to your cravings?

KB: Well, we’re conducting this interview over a bottle of rose’ sooo… obviously I appreciate balance! I used to be really hardcore with my eating, and I realized that just wasn’t the way to live. For me, it’s all about balancing out healthier meals with my indulgences. If you know you’re going to Happy Hour later that night, eat healthier during the day to balance it out. If you want a glass of wine on a Tuesday, go for it. If you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right & working out, one day or one meal is not going to make or break you.

YG: What advice do you have for people trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle?

KB: I’m learning that when you eat is very important. I also think it’s crucial to mix up your workouts – your body needs confusion.

YG: When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite healthy spots in ATL?

KB: I love True Food’s Quinoa Burger, or any of their fish or bowls. Juicy Jenny is my jam, too. It’s all healthy, vegan and you really get your bang for your buck. I also love getting a bunless burger at Zinburger with zucchini or sweet potato fries!

YG: Favorite indulgence?

KB: Mexican – hands down!

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YG: How do you deal with any insecurities and keep a positive body image?

KB: Anyone that says they don’t have body image concerns – I think that they’re lying. There is a lot of pressure to have the perfect body and there’s not a single girl who doesn’t feel that pressure at times. Ultimately, we’re all just normal girls trying to have careers and work out and maintain a social life – the last thing we need is this pressure to be perfect! For years, I was totally consumed with the idea of perfection and it’s something I continue to struggle with today. A lot of us are constantly thinking about attaining something else… we want this car, we want that handbag, we want to get down to this weight. There’s always something else we want to attain, and we can’t keep that up – it’s important to just try to be content with where you are in your journey.

YG: You’ve recently launched Girl Talk Series which is super exciting! What’s the story behind GTS? 

KB: Girl Talk Series actually started on my living room floor with two other bloggers who, at that point, we had maybe known each other a couple of months – but I knew we were like-minded women with similar interests who wanted to do something to benefit similar women in the community. The idea behind it was getting women together to network and build authentic friendships with one another. It’s really difficult to make girlfriends when you become an adult and maybe move to a new city, so we want to help women do that with these events. This year, we’re hosting mixers, brunches and other events that incorporate guest speakers who are all different in their experience levels and backgrounds. Toward the end of the year, we’re hosting our first retreat which I am so excited about! Our goal is to create a community of like-minded women that like to do things together.

YG: What advice do you have for other female entrepreneurs? 

KB: The three tips I would give someone who wants to get out there and be a #GirlBoss are to keep every door open – you never know who you’re going to meet. Going to networking/young professional events is also great – it helps you cast a larger net and again, you never know who you might meet. Last, use every opportunity to discover or pursue your passion.

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Thanks to Kelly for being an awesome interviewee & for her friendship and mentorship – check her out at http://www.kalemekelly.com.