Tara Gidus

Runner Recipes: Peanut Butter Pistachio Energy Bites

Many runners think that as we increase our mileage, we will start to lose weight. However that's not always the case and many are shocked that we actually gain weight during training. As you are training you are building more muscle, which is great, but it may increase the number on the scale. At the same time, appetites increase and runners reward ourselves at the dinner table for our high mileage and end up over-consuming.

It's important to realize that it doesn't take that many extra calories, especially when you consider that proper fueling occurs before, during, and after a long run. Those three eating episodes can really add up fast and sometimes even make up for all of the calories burned in running--not leaving more to make up for later in the day.

Pistachio Power

Pistachios can help to keep you in running shape. They have been coined "the skinny nut" for good reason. Pistachios are one of the lowest fat, lowest calorie, and highest fiber of any nut. There are 49 pistachios in one ounce serving! Can you believe it?

Thus the tasty Peanut Butter Pistachio Energy Bites were born!

Peanut Butter Pistachio Energy Bites

These energy bites are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber to give you that "stick to your ribs" feeling of fullness. Each bite is naturally sweetened with figs, honey, and coconut. It's a perfect combo of protein and fiber rich carbohydrates that will give you sustained and slow releasing energy to carry you through your training and help to keep your weight in check. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pistachio Energy Bites

Makes 12

½ cup dried figs, stems removed
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup shelled pistachios, roasted and salted
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

In bowl of food processor, mix figs, peanut butter, honey, coconut, and chia seeds until pureed. Add pistachios and oats and process just until combined.

With a cookie scoop, or spoon, roll mixture into 12 uniform balls. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

NUTRITION FACTS: 125 calories, 7.2g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 32.6mg sodium, 176mg potassium, 12.6g carbohydrates, 2.9g fiber, 3.8g protein

Give them a try and tell me what you think at @DietDivaTara

Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.