Protein Puppy Chow

The official countdown to my first Spartan Super has begun! I only have 8 weeks to get my butt in shape to run a race consisting of 8-10 miles and 24-29 obstacles. Competitors don’t know how far or how many obstacles are in the race until standing at the start line ready to take off. For my sake, I am hoping for 8 miles with 29 obstacles. The more obstacles means less running! I will be heading down to Austin Texas for the race and I have no idea what to expect. I only have the Minnesota Sprint and Philadelphia Stadium race to compare it to. I am ready to hit the ground running with my next 8 weeks of training and see what I can bring to the trail on race day!

I’m a competitive person, no doubt about it. But, I have come to be competitive with myself instead of comparing and competing against others. Every day I strive to be better than I was yesterday, to push harder in my workout than I did the day before, to be a better person than I was yesterday. My mentality of moving forward with my training and dealing with the lows of life has shifted and I can “deal” a lot better. If you are competing to beat or out perform someone other than yourself, you aren’t competing for the right reason.

I’m not saying that wanting to be first or place a certain way can’t be important to you, of course it can. If your positivity turns into negativity, you are putting others down to lift yourself up or you judge people for their accomplishments instead of cheer for them, well, your priorities might be a little off.  We are all capable of doing amazing things and reaching our goals. The path of how you get to success is what speaks volumes and shows your true character.

This puppy chow is addicting! I’ve always loved puppy chow and never have it around because it will be gone. When I taste tested this recipe, I was pissed that it tasted so.damn.good. I had to leave the house for a meeting so I told Nick to hide it while I was gone so I didn’t eat it all! Enjoy!

Protein Puppy Chow


  • 5 cups gluten free rice checks
  • 1 cup enjoy life chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Vanilla protein powder


  • Add the melted chocolate chips, peanut butter and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix well. Add the rice checks and gently stir until the rice checks are fully coated.
  • The rice check mixture to a gallon bag, add the vanilla protein powder and shake until rice checks are coated in the protein powder.
  • Eat up buttercup!



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