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Date Goji Energy Balls


After last weeks kinda long, kinda deep post, I wanted to make sure this week was quick and fun! So here is a recipe I threw together before we headed up to Northern Arizona on a camping trip and trail run!


This was an AWESOME race. Aravaipa Running knows how to put on a great event. Definitely check it out. We did the 13k and thoroughly enjoyed the course.


Mile 3ish of 8ish out on the course.

My favorite part about this recipe is that NO baking is required; which is perfect for those hot summer months. They are also good to curb your sweet tooth, AND a good boost to eat before or after a workout.


Snapchat! haha


Please note: I’m having trouble with my new recipe plug-in, but I didn’t want that to stop me from posting. When you hit “print” on the recipe, you can see all the amounts perfectly well. I think something with the CSS on my site is clashing with the recipe plug-in. I’m working to fix it, but until then, choose the “print” option to see the full recipe. :) Sorry for the inconvenience! And hey, I’m open to solutions! haha

Date Goji Energy Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: ~16 balls

Date Goji Energy Balls


  • 16 dates
  • 30 almonds
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. raw maca powder
  • 1 TBSP dried goji berries
  • 2 drops vanilla essence (optional, and not to be confused with vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp. raw maca powder
  • 1 tsp. raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp. maple sugar


  1. In the order listed above, put the ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend until a ball forms, and it all sticks together.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop out the desired amount of dough, and roll into bite-sized balls. I made mine about 3/4" around.
  4. To prevent sticking, roll them in the powder mixture. I just mixed it up in a small ramekin, and rolled them around until coated, then rolled in my hands again to get off the excess and press the powder into the ball.
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And as I mentioned last week, I’m really big into Snapchat these days. As I was making this recipe, I was Snapping it. haha Which is why the photos have the text ON them. :)

Do you like recipes like this where you don’t have to use the oven or stove in the summer? Or do you still bake and cook as usual, even when it’s hot outside?

Next week, I will be posting a recipe and How-To video on making your own homemade sourdough loaf, using a sourdough starter! If you don’t know what a sourdough starter is, this is a GREAT video that explains it all.




The Social Media Trap

Wow! Let me first start out by saying, THANK YOU! I have some awesome friends and have met some awesome people through the internet. I’m glad I renewed my blog hosting, because I was a click away from deactivating my account earlier this week. Then after a chat with Mr. Zucchini Runner I decided to give it — and myself — another 12 months. I have more to share, and apparently some people still want to listen! #winning

So, for starters, I think I’m going to share a bit about social media. Specifically why I no longer felt compelled to blog (until now), why I closed my Twitter account, why I stopped stopped using my ZR Facebook page, started using Snapchat and just some overall thoughts about social media that have been on my mind.

Why I felt compelled to quit half my social media accounts

It. Was. Too. Much. 

Simply put; trying to manage too many social media accounts became a CHORE; not something that was a fun pastime or a way to connect.

  • I don’t particularly like Twitter. I just don’t. Its not for me. I’m more of a picture person, less of a reading person. (Yes, I’m 7 years old.)
  • Facebook ALWAYS annoyed the crap out of me with its algorithms and how it would hide my posts unless it was done a particular way — and then always changing what “that way” was.
  • And I stopped blogging because, well, see my comment about Twitter. I don’t REALLY like to read that much. There; I said it. I’m weird. I have a short attention span — which existed LONG before the internet. So WHY would anyone else want to read MY stuff?! That was my logic anyway.

I even got to the point where Instagram, my true love of social media, began to make me cringe. Even though I’ve met SO many amazing individuals (both in real life and just on my iPhone screen), and learned about so many cool products/companies, there was just something about it that no longer seemed relevant to me.


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The allure of Snapchat came about because my nieces “forced” me to get an account in December of 2015. I tried to resist the urge of yet ANOTHER social media platform, but they wore me down… and I’m so glad they did! Social media was suddenly real again. Why? Because photos on Snapchat cannot be staged. Every photo is posted in REAL TIME. You can’t upload an over-edited photo taken a week ago. You have to take the photo right then and post it immediately, or the magical moment is lost in the depths of your brain. In short, low tech, low maintenance and not a time sucker… at least for me anyway.

But really, the #1 bonus? For SOME UNKNOWN REASON, my nieces all communicate with me more than ever, since we’ve connected on Snapchat. (Apparently text messaging is too old school.) So now I have a beautiful, tiny window into what each of them does on a daily basis. LOVE. Not to mention, *I* was able to post whatever I felt like, because I was posting to family.

And let’s not forget about the amazing face filters Snapchat allows, for endless laughter and fun.


So, I guess you could say I swapped my ZR Facebook Page and Twitter account, for Snapchat. 😉


Some thoughts on social media, that keep swirling in my head… 

Thought #1

I was kind of getting sick of being inundated with personal ads and self-marketing.

Let me explain… it seems like every other post is someone trying to sell something; a service, a product, etc. But what do I expect? What does anyone who complains about that expect? We live in a day and age where each and every one of us has the ability — on some level — to have our voice heard, to market ourselves to people around the globe. That really is a remarkable thing and I really just need to unfollow some people and clean up my list. haha


Thought #2

Nobody knows what other people are going through.

You cannot judge a person’s life by what you see in person, let alone by the snippets you see through social media. It’s an OLD saying, but it’s so true, unless you walk a day in someone else’s shoes, you have no idea what their life is. Social media CAN BE like a coffee table photo album. If someone chooses to, they could just be highlighting all the positive aspects of their life. But the bottom line is, don’t assume that just because everything they post is sunshine and rainbows means their life is all sunshine and rainbows. It is their choice to post the way they want; don’t become resentful if all you see is the happy stuff. You have no idea what struggles they have. Never assume.

Hey look! I cleaned my office! Next week I’ll be posting a recipe for quick and easy date energy balls!

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I love knowing WHO is out there! It’s wonderful to ENGAGE, read and “listen” to what readers are doing. Comments on a blog post are GOLD. So please continue to share your thoughts below.

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you have a favorite platform?