Ahhh, Fair Week. You have lost your appeal to me. Last week you came to town, lighting up the night and providing the perfect hangout for anybody and everybody.
I used to look forward to you all year long. To my own elephant ear and Norm’s fries.
To every Wednesday, when Grandma would go to the bingo tent and let my cousin and me ride all day and get to play one game each.
To riding The Zipper nonstop, never getting sick of spinning round and round and feeling like I’m going crashing to the ground.
Even to the animal buildings, that smelled so bad but had the cutest little pigs and ponies.
Those were the days.
But now I dread fair week. Fair food makes my belly hurt, and I can’t go on rides anymore without wanting to throw up. But not even those reasons are why I can’t wait for the week to be over.
Fair week is always the start of cross country practice. My team works in the grandstand when there is concerts. We usher people to their seats, and when the concert is over, we have to Clean Up.
YUCK. People’s empty beer cups, popcorn bags, pretzel cheese all over my (gloved) hands. Is it that hard to clean up after yourself?!
So how does Fair Week relate to these? Well, I don’t get home from cleaning the stands until late —–> get to bed late —–> not wake up in time for a real breakfast before practice —–> pop a few of these babies before my run.
They were a lifesaver! I hate running on a totally empty stomach so these were the perfect fix. I’m not an expert, but I think they have an ideal ratio of carbs/protein/fat. (I totally made that up.)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup ground flax
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter (I used PB&Co)
- 1/3 cup regular peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- Add all ingredients to a medium to large bowl. Stir until everything is distributed evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Using your hands, form the mixture into ping pong sized balls and place on a plate. Refrigerate until firm for about 2 hours then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.