Fueled by Yumbutter: Meet Kassandra Volpentesta
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Fueled by Yumbutter: Meet Kassandra Volpentesta

July 24, 2016 by McKenna Dustman

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Yumbutter is proud to fuel some super rad athletes who not only kick major butt on the field (or road, or mountain, or wherever they may be) but also embody the values that Yumbutter is built on. This week, we’ll be telling their stories and getting the inside scoop on what fuels their passion for what they do.

Kassandra Volpentesta – Runner

A little background please: Kassandra Volpentesta (known by most as Kassi) moved to Wisconsin, the home of Yumbutter, almost two years ago with her husband who is a Wisconsin native. The two met and married in San Diego while they were the service – she was in the Navy, and he was a Marine. Kassi is now getting her degree in Kinesiology and a minor in nutrition at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

On getting her start in running: “I have always been into running, mostly for fitness, but it wasn’t until I moved to Wisconsin that I started getting into racing,” Kassi says. Her first half marathon was the Brewers Mini Marathon in Milwaukee, then 3 weeks later she ran the Madison Half Marathon. “When I first started 2 years ago, I trained myself. This year I have been working with a coach and it has made a huge difference in my performance. I recently PR’d in the Rock N’ Sole Marathon with a 1:45:33.”

On who she runs for: “Mostly myself. Running has made me a better and stronger person. I found more determination, drive and discipline in myself than I ever thought existed. I also have learned to love my body and what it is capable of. Now I am always looking forward to taking on a new challenge.”

“Running has made me a better and stronger person. I found more determination, drive and discipline in myself than I ever thought existed. I also have learned to love my body and what it is capable of.”

Kassi also run for two teams. Her first was Team RWB, an organization for veterans and those looking to help vets find a community and stay active. She also recently just made it on the PRO race team, a team sponsored by local running store Performance Running Outfitters.

Why Yumbutter? “First of all, it tastes amazing! I’m a huge peanut butter lover, so this sponsorship was truly amazing. I am also a big sports nutrition nerd – I read page after page on how to become a better runner by nailing my nutrition. Yumbutter is full of superfoods that are really beneficial to not only athletes but to anyone looking to enhance their diet. Added bonus is that each pouch is made with love, which helps fuel those long run days. Love is also 100% organic and Non GMO.

Kassandra Volpentesta Yumbutter Runner

Another reason I love Yumbutter is that their mission is to improve people’s lives. With the buy one, feed one program, not only do you get to enjoy their delicious potions, but you’re also helping to feed a child with malnutrition in high risk areas in developing countries.

Favorite potion? The Yumbutter Organic Chocolate Espresso peanut spread. “Why? Because coffee that’s why! Coming in second is the Protein + Probiotic Almond butter, which  is great because I try to get most of my protein sources from plants and only eat meat a couple times a week.”

How she uses her Yumbutter in the morning…: “Well, I mostly squeeze into my mouth randomly all day, however my favorite dish is oatmeal in the mornings. I topped my oats with a banana, strawberries, blueberries, Yumbutter Espresso, unsweetened coconut shreds and honey. Try this one morning – trust me it’s the best breakfast you’ll ever eat.”

…And at night: “At night when I am heavily training, I make banana nice cream in my Yonanas machine. I top that with the Protein + Probiotics Almond butter. The protein before bed helps with muscle recovery while you sleep, and the carbs help with my glycogen stores to give me an excellent run in the morning.”

Kassi has lots of races coming up this fall, and you can keep up with her by following her on Instagram @volpy_runs!

 

P.S. Check out our other athletes, Daniel and Nartaya, and stop back tomorrow to learn about sponsored athlete Trace Williams, a biker turned free-diver/yoga instructor/ski instructor/general adventurer.

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