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If you ever get a bad blister, these band-aids will be your lifesaver.  They are padded and protect your raw blistered part.  Plus they kind of melt into your skin, sealing out any bacteria that might infect your healing wound.  They’re also waterproof which makes them ideal for showering and also means multi-day use.


So thanks to these, I’m finally hitting the road running again.  I’m planning for 6 warm miles (it says it’s 93 degrees right now.  But who knows, I am indoors!) and Body Pump after work.  Yesterday I was confined to the elliptical, but the 30 minutes seemed to fly by– I got hooked on a new show, Criminal Minds on A&E (I just love fictional investigative TV).  I’ll just be happy to get running again.

Now onto the balls.  I have the best new pre-run fuel which also doubles as a sweet treat! These are by far the best balls. ever.  I think I’ll call them Lara Balls because they’re reminiscent of the bars.  They’re also sweet, but not sickening sweet (plus they’re paleo, raw and vegan).  I was able to stomach one of these before a couple morning runs last week.  Don’t just trust me, try them for yourself!


Lara Balls
Inspired by {never} homemaker

½ cup medjool dates, pitted
½ cup unsulfured apricots
1 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup almond butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2.5 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

  1. Soak medjool dates for 15 minutes.  Take out of water and remove the pits.
  2. Place dates, apricots, and cashews in the food processor.  Pulse to fine bits.
  3. Since my food processor isn’t large enough, I transferred these contents to my Kitchenaid mixer and then added the shredded coconut, almond butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
  4. Mix until well incorporated.
  5. Roll into 1 Tbsp. balls.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes and up.