Today I’m doing some storytelling. It’s about this problem I’ve had with shoes lately.
It’s not that I’ve been buying them, or that I own too many of them (like that’s even a problem, let’s be real). It’s that I’ve been breaking them!! Or better said, they’ve been breaking on me. At very inopportune times.
The first time my (nearly brand new!!!!) wedges broke while walking to catch my train to work. I was livid, but thankful I had 1) been going into work early anyway and 2) hadn’t yet made it to work. I had to add 30 minutes onto my morning to hobble around and go home for different shoes. The second time this happened, another pair of wedges broke apart walking out my front door to my car. This time I was less pissed about the shoes in general, since they were five years old. I was really just irked it happened at all. But again, SUPER thankful this had not happened at work.
Well, apparently the third time is a charm.
Last week I was walking around the office, doing normal office-y things… And SNAP! The thong of my sandal broke clear from the sole. Like, WTH is wrong with me and my relationship with shoes? Why are they literally breaking up with me? I don’t get it! Lucky for me, I had a friend at work with an extra pair of sandals only one size too small. Otherwise I’d have looked real fashionable with a sandal made out of duct tape.
I stopped to evaluate my predicament. Like any researcher would know, you need analyze the facts.
The facts were that I buy really cheap shoes.
Perhaps this would be obvious, considering my sandals came from WalMart. But the other ones seemed like legitimate $30 purchases at Kohl’s.
I decided to draw some correlations from other areas of my life to solve this problem. The solution? Spend more money on a pair of shoes so life doesn’t suck.
Ok, so maybe that’s a bit too literal. But we have made similar decisions with our money lately that are just like this. We’ve decided to start buying Shakeology again! …And you were beginning to think this post would never have anything to do with food. 🙂
Kyle and I talked at length about the benefits of Shakeology when we wanted to get back to drinking shakes again. No doubt about it, Shakeology can be expensive. But we’re making it work for us! We actually decreased our ‘spending’ fund which is what we use for weekend activities a.k.a beers at Top Golf. Emphasis on the beers part. Of course we aren’t cutting these activities out completely, but we are allocating some of this money towards other budgets so we can look and feel healthier! And maybe make a little healthier weekend choices in the process. I’m not coaching consistently anymore, but when I was I used any money I made to pay for Shakeology. I’ve talked about the benefits of Shakeology before, and truly believe it’s the most nutritious shake out there! I had noticeable improvements from drinking it. So, we’re buying it from now on.
Moral of the story? It’s totally worth spending a little extra money on quality products for better quality and longevity of life. Like Shakeology. And chia seeds. Wha whaaaat!
And now for a random peppermint protein balls recipe. It has Shakeology in it, so it works!
Peppermint Protein Balls with Chia Seeds
- 2 scoops vanilla Shakeology or other protein powder
- ½ cup oat flour
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (+ ½ for coating on truffles)
- ⅓ cup natural peanut butter or nut butter of choice
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1.5 tablespoons water (more or less depending on consistency of peanut butter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon peppermint liquid stevia drops by NuNaturals (sub peppermint extract if needed)
- Sift together protein powder, oat flour, chia seeds and unsweetened cocoa powder.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and maple syrup together. Microwave for 15-20 seconds to warm it up, then mix so it is slightly liquidy. Microwave few additional seconds if needed. Mix in the vanilla extract and peppermint liquid stevia.
- Slowly stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture, adding water if needed to fully mix in all the dry ingredients.
- Roll out tablespoon sized balls, then roll in remaining unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Serving Size 1 ball
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 33 mg
Total Carbohydrates 8 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.