What athletes eat: Snowboarder Maddie Mastro's peanut butter energy bites

Earlier this month, 2018 Olympian Maddie Mastro earned a bronze medal behind teammate Chloe Kim's gold in the halfpipe at the 2019 world championship in Park City, Utah. It was a breakthrough performance for Mastro, who finished sixth at worlds in 2017 and 12th at the Olympics.

This week, she's competing at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, Colorado. "It's by far one of my favorite contests of the year, and all my friends are there," she said. "We just get to go snowboard, which is what we're all there to do, and have fun. It's one of the only contests I don't get nervous for because it's such a lighthearted and fun atmosphere."

Mastro started on skis at age 2 and got her first pink snowboard at age 6, when her family transitioned to snowboarding. "I was hooked," she said. "Snowboarding took over my life."

Years of competition and snowboarding at the pro level haven't sapped any of her joy of the sport. "I feel like snowboarding is where I'm able to be myself, do what I want to do and be challenged at the same time," Mastro said. "It's definitely what's fueling me and getting me super excited."

What's literally fueling her? The energy-packed peanut butter chocolate chip bites her mom makes for an on-the-go breakfast or snack. She shared the recipe:

Courtesy of Maddie Mastro

Day and time: As a snack anytime or as breakfast on the go -- three or four of them will fill you up quickly

Place: At home in Wrightwood, California, or wherever competitions take me

What I'm eating: I call them POWer Balls

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Why I'm eating it: When I feel like I can't eat breakfast for the day for whatever reason -- I'm nervous or I've got to get out the door fast -- I grab a bag of them. They're healthy, but they taste like little bites of cookie dessert heaven. Everywhere I take them, everyone loves them.

Whose recipe: My mom got it from my coach's wife and made her own variation based on what we had in the house.

The recipe:

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons honey

Mix all the ingredients together, and cool in the fridge. Roll into bite-sized balls (about 1-inch each), and store in a sealed container.

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