Almond, Date, and Coconut Energy Balls

I always roll my eyes a bit when people ask if it’s okay to exercise when ill. And I shouldn’t roll my eyes because there was a time in my life where marathon training would have never gotten pushed aside…for anything. Today, not so much. I have a very balanced, health-oriented take on exercise, and this week I haven’t exercised since Tuesday.

I believe your body will tell you if a workout is smart if you simply listen. My body this week has been very clear: TAKE IS EASY! And, I have happily obliged. Today, I am feeling up for a light workout, probably a walk with Lily and a light walk/jog on the treadmill, as well. I can’t remember the last time I’ve taken 4 days off from working out, but my body is thanking me, ready and rearing to go!

To fuel for a workout, recover from a workout, or just as a healthy treat I recommend trying these Almond, Date, and Coconut Energy Balls. They are a great balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat and don’t sit too heavy while delivering loads of nutritional punch! While my light workout days don’t require much pre or post-workout fueling, they’re in the fridge and ready to go! And if nothing else, available for a quick, low-calorie, healthy snack!

Question: What’s your pre-workout or post-workout snack, if any? Do you exercise when feeling under the weather?

Have a great day, and GO ILLINI!


  1. I love that these are like energy bars, but in a more fun form! :-) Glad you’re feeling a bit better!

  2. When I was training for my first marathon, I exercised no matter what. And, actually, there were definitely a few times (after an 18 mile run, if I remember correctly) where I went in feeling sick and came out feeling better, convinced that I had sweated out the cold. These days, it’s a mixed bag. Some days I do, some days I don’t…it just depends how motivated/excited about the workout I feel.

    I love these little balls of energy! I would love to have them stocked up in my fridge!

  3. So glad to read that you are on the mend. Take care, enjoy your light workout today.

  4. Yum, I’d like a couple before and after working out :)

  5. Those sound amazing!
    The only thing I can eat right before a workout is a banana. Anything else doesnt sit well in my stomach and its . . . well, just not good. :)

    I very much agree with you that your body will tell you if its up for a workout. If Im not feeling well, and my body is telling me to just lay on the couch instead, thats what Im going to do.

  6. Seeing these again makes me wish I still had a stash is my fridge! Glad you liked them :) great idea making a double batch too.

  7. I love that there is only 4 ingredients..and all delicious ingredients I may add! I just love dates!
    I agree that you need to just listen to your body. I am glad you are starting to feel better.


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