It’s FRIDAY!! *High kicks*

In college, whenever my Little Sister (I was in a sorority) and I got super pumped about something, we would high kick. No matter what circumstance, no matter how out of place that leg up in the air seemed, it would happen. It seems especially appropriate today because I will see her in less than one month from today! And it’s Friday AND it’s Long Run Day! *double high kick*

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Smiles, Sunshine & Scarves – the three S’s of a stellar Friday πŸ˜‰

In preparation for Long Run Day, I started my day off with an especially fantastic batch of Tropical Overnight Oats (if I could stick an mini umbrella in my bowl of oats this morning, I would have. It was very deserving of one). It had half of a pomegranate (I was driving the struggle bus trying to get those gorge ruby pom seeds out last night, without destroying them – but I did it!), a whole kiwi, a small handful of coconut flakes, two dates, almond butter and of course – because we can’t do anything around here without adding a little spice to jazz it up, from stews to smoothies – cinnamon, cloves and cardamom (I should literally buy stock in McCormick the way I’m going through cinnamon).

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Last night’s maj meal prep struggles. All the best fruits and veggies make you work for it! πŸ˜›

YUM! It was super tasty, and offset the fact that I need to work on my French Press coffee : water ratios to have my coffee not be caffeinated tar (whoops – overzealous scooping this AM).

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Breakfast at my desk! Tropical overnight oats with pomegranate, dates, kiwi, coconut, almond butter and trifecta of spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom). Def worthy of a cocktail umbrella.

For lunch I have a salad (I pack one just about everyday!) this one has baby kale, baby spinach, red onion, grated carrots, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes and avocado. Because it’s Bagel Friday at the office, I brought a packet of Justin’s Honey Almond Butter to put on my bagel instead of cream cheese (which I will save til lunch – those overnight oats stick with ya!), two apples and dessert – a Chocolate Almond vegan protein bar! So many noms. The Greek yogurt (topped with local honey) is my snack to fight of the hangry at 3 pm. Solidddd.

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Carbs to the face! This will power my stems on my long run later, woop woop!

I also just made a new playlist last night in anticipation of my long run! I thought I’d share, since I’m always on the lookout for new running music, maybe you are too. πŸ˜€

L’s Playlist of the Moment

  • Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding) – Calvin Harris
  • Divine Sorrow (feat. Avicii) – Wyclef Jean
  • Dangerous (feat. Sam Martin) – David Guetta
  • Won’t Look Back – Duke Dumont
  • Some Chords (Dillon Francis remix) – deadmau5
  • Exceeder (UMEX & Mike Vale Remix) – Mason
  • Burnin – Calvin Harris & R3hab
  • #SELFIE – Botnek remix
  • Virus (How About Now) – Martin Garrix & MOTi
  • Wicked Games (feat. Anna Naklab) – Parra for Cuva
  • Booty – Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea
  • Cool down/Stretching: Gravity – Sara Bareilles

It’s pretty dance heavy, but I like the intense beats while I’m pounding the pavement. It keeps me moving in the cold! I’m already mentally preparing for the 26Β°F (-3Β°C) degree night run that’s waiting for me this evening. Brrrr! Lots of layering will be happening tonight.

Happy Frid-YAY!! (Too much?? Lol). I hope you all have stellar days, and an even better weekend! Have a great one! πŸ™‚

xoxox

L ❀

Sweat-urday

Lots and lots of fitness happened this weekend. Friday night, I continued my standing long run date with my friend J. My pre-run snack consisted of a gifted fruit leather, and my post-run smoothie was pretty freakin’ amazing. Saturday morning, I kept the fitness momentum rolling by going to a double header of classes at the gym: spin and Body Pump (basically a barbell lifting class). Yeah I know, I’m a psycho.

Friday

One of my coworkers, whose house I would head for if a zombie apocalypse were to happen (he and his wife grow their own food, make amazing, crunchy treats and are overall stellar people) gave me homemade raspberry fruit leather (!!!!!!) to fuel my run. According to him, you juice and de-seed the raspberries, spread them out on parchment paper and stick them in a dehydrator. Once my kitchen is bigger than a thimble, I will definitely be purchasing a dehydrator and making these. Fantastic.

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Um, this homemade raspberry fruit leather was AMAZING.

Now for the fun part: what to wear for my run? It was low 40’s (and dropping) and windy as HELL. Like, you feel like you’re going to get blown away. I felt like I was home in WNY (where the wind in the winter feels like your face may freeze off, and it’s generally coupled with tons of snow. There was no snow but the feeling was generally the same). I suited up in running tights, wool socks, a long sleeve running shirt and a vest. Ear warmers and gloves were a must. Both J and I were kind of driving the struggle bus on Friday, it was a tough run. It was our first one in a few weeks, and my first “real” run back from my half marathon (which was almost a month ago, ooops!). We got our usual stellar views of Boston, this time from the Cambridge side of the river.

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Boston at night. Also, who leaves their boat in the Charles in November?? Doesn’t it need to come out? I am boat-less, so I have no expertise on the matter but that was my feeling.

We cut our run shorter than normal, only about 7ish miles or so. It was tough (and especially obnoxious that it felt like no matter what direction we turned, we were always running into the wind!). Now that it gets dark early (thanks, daylight savings) and it was especially chilly, it was difficult to get motivated. Which is why having a running buddy to go with is prime, because it’s not like you’re going to bail out on your friend. I’m not ashamed to admit that there is noooo way I would have been motivated to go 7 miles by myself – I am eternally grateful to have to J there to motivate me! πŸ˜€

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J has mad photog skills, yo. You can see how windy it was bc my ponytail was going crazy.

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More of J’s photog skills. I love this shot!

When I got home I adapted M’s Spooky Smoothie recipe to create LITERALLY the best post-workout smoothie I’ve ever had. It was simple but packed with some delicious stuff:

L’s New Post-Workout Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • Several shakes of cinnamon and cloves

Directions:

Throw all your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional almond milk to achieve your desired consistency (you may need a bunch more almond milk if you like your smoothies more juice-like). Tip: If you’re using a NutriBullet or Ninja, don’t put your protein powder at the bottom but scoop it on top of your fruit. It mixes better that way and doesn’t get stuck to the walls as easily (this tip comes from personal experience). πŸ˜‰

photo 5This smoothie is STELLAR. Obviously, I stole the basic recipe from my gym buddy M, but added frozen mixed berries in place of bluebs, and skipped the spinach (I had spinach salads almost every day last week for lunch, by Friday I was pretty spinach-ed out). Adding the cinnamon and cloves gives it a little punch and adds a dimension to the flavor. As you can probably tell from my posts, I like smoothies A LOT, and so any minor tweak that pops the flavor up a notch is always great. The flax seeds add a nice dose of omega’s and fiber, and the almond butter gives it a little fat so you stay full longer and your body can scoop up all of those nice fat-soluble vitamins in there. Mmmm! I made the exact same smoothie twice this past weekend, once on Friday and a second time after my Saturday morning workout.

Saturday (/Sweat-urday)

Time for a humble brag. All of my overnight oats lovers out there have been letting me know that all of the fresh berries are slowing disappearing from the grocery store, and I had a Eureka moment to solve their O.O. woes: duh, use tropical fruits! There are a bunch that will be in season over the winter (bananas are always around, plus mango, pomegranates, kiwi, etc…), and my local grocery store had kiwis and pomegranates on sale this past week, so I’ve been watching them ripen all week with big weekend plans for them.

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Tropical Overnight Oat: With Banana, Kiwi, Pomegranate, Coconut flakes and Chia seeds.

The tropical oats had sliced banana (sprinkled with chia seeds), kiwi, pomegranate seeds and coconut flakes. All in all, it was pretty simple but the tropical flavor was bright and fun. It was a welcome change to the berry-centric variations of O.O. that I’ve been making recently, and I highly recommend you guys get in on it. I prepped my fruits for this week by slicing them into bite-sized pieces (/undergoing the painful process of removing pomegranate seeds from the pomegranate) and put them in airtight containers in the refrigerator so that assembling the oats the night before is a breeze.

At the gym, I hit up my spin and body pump classes. It’s not always fun when my alarm goes off early on Saturday morning when I’d rather just laze around and sleep in, but it’s always worth it. It’s not like you ever regret going to the gym to get your sweat on before the rest of the East Coast has their first cup of coffee.

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Zoom, zoom – time for Saturday morning spin!

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Body Pump supplies – I love that the weights are rainbow colored. It’s the little things. πŸ™‚

Real talk: Body pump was HARD. My legs were shaking and I got the cold sweats because my body was getting so tired. But I drank water, focused on my breathing and pushed through. When I got home I rewarded myself with another one of the smoothies I shared above. Ah-freakin-MAZING.

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Another delicious smoothie!!

I hope you guys had a great weekend! I can’t wait for you to try this smoothie recipe out and let me know what you think. πŸ˜€

Happy runs and happy workouts this week! πŸ˜›

L

Happy Halloween!! Spooky Smoothie, Spiced Overnight Oats & More ;)

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“Better than pumpkin spice”-d overnight oats with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, blueberries, blackberries, chopped dates, almond butter, pumpkin seeds and flaked coconut. This will definitely give me energy to dance my butt off all night! πŸ˜€

I love Halloween! Best holiday ever! However, this year I don’t really have my act together so I’m a little all over the place, ANDDD you’ll have to wait all the way until Monday to see my dope-ass (homemade!) Poison Ivy costume. I have a looooong night of dancing and merriment ahead of me so this morning after spin class I started my day off with overnight oats with a twist. I’ve really been craving the “pumpkin spice” scene (#basicb*tchstatus) but I don’t really like the fake tasting crap that comes out of pump at Starbucks and Dunkin’. Instead, I added cinnamon, cloves and cardamom right into my overnight oats last night, gave it a good stir so the spices were evenly distributed and voila: pretty amazing pumpkin spice flavor right there (minus all of the syrupy, gross crap) this morning! For extra sweetness I’ve added my new obsession, chopped dates, and kept it pretty L-style with blueberries, blackberries, almond butter, coconut and pumpkin seeds. It was delicious, I am now ready for life and all the fun that will launch later tonight. (Side note, I really wish that WordPress had emojis, because I would be all over that ghost with its tongue sticking out in this post – amiright?!).

A big thank you and shout out to my gym buddy M, who gave me his recipe for a great pre/post-workout smoothie, which I will be partaking in tomorrow morning for life recovery (after all that, ahem, merriment) before I head to CT and see my sister, bro-in-law and nephew for the 12th Annual Spooktacular Soiree (yippeee!).

Spooky Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Frozen blueberries
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp of flax seeds
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp Almond butter
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions

  • Blend ingredients until smooth. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Thank you, M! I hope everyone enjoys it – I’m really stoked to try it out tomorrow!Β  ALSO. I made an even better smoothie than yesterday’s Chocolate Coconut & Date Smoothie! For last night’s version, I replaced the chocolate protein powder with an additional spoonful of Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder (~1 Tbsp), 3/4 Tbsp almond butter and 3/4 Tbsp Chocolate Hazelnut spread (I used Justin’s brand because I’m obsessed). It was EVEN MORE DELICIOUS (like in a “holy f**k this is amazing” kinda way) than the recipe I posted – I think I’ve found my favorite new treat!

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This version of the Chocolate, Coconut & Date smoothie was sooooo good that I forgot to take a picture before I downed it! πŸ˜›

With that, I leave you with a few of my fave Halloween costumes from years past for Flashback Friday.

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Hermione Granger with Dad’s old tie, an inappropriate skirt from high school, and wand compliments of J&R’s front yard.

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Princess Peach (and yes, that IS my prom dress).

Happy Halloween people!!! Hope you all have a stellar and super fun one.

Boo!,

L

We All Have Issues…

Aka, How to Amp Up Your Overnight Oats Game.

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I kind of feel like I should be crowned the Overnight Oats Prophet because everywhere I go, I bring the wisdom of the O.O. with me (thus far, the oats frenzy has reached friends and family in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, California, Hawaii, Illinois and Colorado). I really can’t overstate how delicious and easy they are, so I won’t bother (if you’re curious, you can just re-live my poetic dissertation on the delicious union of oats and almond milk/original recipe here). The best part is that with so many converts, I’ve started getting some great feedback (for example, this morning my gym buddy R asked how to overcome her texture issues with the oats – this one’s for you, R!). So I’ll take a moment here, and try to enlighten the masses on how to work through your own overnight oat issues. πŸ˜›

Issue: Texture (i.e. they are too mushy)

Solution(s):

1. Adjust your milk to oat ratio. Decrease the amount of milk you add, and play around with it until you get it right. I add a little less than a 1:1 ratio, and that works for me. You may need to change your container, because all of the oats should be at least partially submerged or they won’t uptake any of the milk and they won’t soften at all.

2. Add seeds/nuts/”hard stuff” for crunch. I add pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes (at least 1 T or more, each) frequently, but you can add a multitude of different things depending on your taste/personal preference: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, almonds (slices, slivers, pieces, whole!), crunchy peanut butter, any nuts (pecan, cashew, brazil), chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, roasted edamame, pieces of dark chocolate, dried fruit (apples, mangoes, banana chips, coconut, apricot – you name it!). What the hell, you can even throw some trail mix on there!

3. Use thick-cut oats. The thick ones absorb less milk and tend to stay firmer. In my experience, they don’t form that sticky, mushier texture oatmeal, each oat stays separate and definitely gives you a different texture. You can combine this with less milk for an even firmer texture oat. I use Bob’s Red Mill brand, and they are stellar.

Issue: You’re bored.

Solution(s):

1. Don’t feel limited by my suggestions. Berries are going out of season in New England, so I’ve added things like roasted squash, roasted/steamed pumpkin, cranberry compote. Apples and bananas are usually always around in the grocery store, so they are a great staple. Add them fresh, or jazz them up. You can make a batch of sauteed apples on the stove and keep the leftovers in the fridge to add to your oats each day:

Sauteed Apples

Ingredients
  • 1-2 Tbsp soy butter (like Earth Balance)
  • 4 large tart apples – peeled (if you feel like it, I leave them on sometimes), cored and diced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup brown or coconut sugar (you can use less, like 1/4 cup, if you’d like)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, melt soy butter over medium heat; add diced apples. Cook, stirring constantly, until apples are almost tender, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Dissolve cornstarch in water; add to skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve warm.
  3. Leftovers can be placed into an airtight container and used all week.

Live on the wild side, try mixing it up. Add whatever is in your fridge (I added the roasted pumpkin from my Roasted Pumpkin and Beet un-salad recipe that had thyme, salt and pepper on it and it was AMAZING).

2. Try savory oats! Add steamed broccoli, zucchini, tomato, sauteed veggies, tofu – whatever sounds good to you. Don’t forget – you can always microwave it to warm it up if eating cold broccoli in the morning is not really your thing.

3. Do a mini-variation. I alternate using different nut butters and different combinations of fruit everyday, so that I get excited about my version of the day. There are like 3000 kinds of nut butters out there, and I have at least 10 different ones in my pantry (yes, I have issues too). Try a new one! If you don’t like it, who cares – there are plenty other ones out there you can try (You can get rid of unloved nut butters by incorporating into other recipes to mask the taste: adding it to a smoothie, or using it in baked goods. Or just give it to your bestie, maybe they will show it some love). You can also buy small sampler/squeeze packets of some brands of nut butter (like my fave Justin’s Almond Butter) if you want to give it a whirl.

Issue: You’re kind of over the oats part.

Solution(s):

Fear not! Along with the 3000 varieties of nut butters, there are just as many grain variations. Besides oats, you can make overnight quinoa, brown rice, chia seeds, rolled rye, rolled barley, rolled spelt – you can combine them together, eat them separate – whatever. I’ve seen lots of great combos available for purchase like quinoa, hemp and buckwheat at crunchy places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. You can even do overnight granola with your favorite kind! Don’t be afraid to try new things, that’s what life is all about. πŸ˜€

Aaah, issues resolved! That feels better, doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy this new beginning, and the endless possibilities that lay on the horizon for your next Overnight Oats adventure. Let me know your fave combos in the comments! πŸ˜›

Let the Oats be with you,

L.

42 Seconds

Sweat was dripping down my face and my elbows were getting rug burns as I desperately pulled myself forward. Grunting, I thought, “This will all be worth it in 7 days. This will all be worth it in 7 days.” Pain seared down my legs. I squeezed my eyes shut and heaved my body forward one last time.

I was having a special moment with my foam roller.

Why so sore you ask? Well, as you can see from the countdown on my blog, my first half marathon is in 6 days. I’ve been pushing myself extra hard at the gym and on my training runs, trying to get those legs in tip-top shape so I can run my heart out for those 13.1 miles. Yesterday was a big day for me. I had been getting jittery and nervous last week as I watched those countdown numbers slowly tick down, and I promised myself I would crank out one last “long” (for me) practice run to convince myself I could do it. I set my sights on 10 miles. 10 miles, I could do it, no big deal. I woke up yesterday feeling good, made myself an amazing breakfast, my Autumn-themed overnight oats:

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L’s Autumn Overnight Oats with banana, cranberry compote, blueberries, delicata squash and almond butter; topped with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and a swirl of maple syrup.

You can find my recipe for overnight oats here: Overnight Oats. This time, I topped my oats with blueberries, banana, almond butter, leftover roasted delicata squash, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, a little maple syrup and a quick cranberry compote. I had leftover cranberries from another recipe and whipped this up:

Quick Cranberry Compote
Ingredients

1 cup of fresh cranberries

1 – 2 Tbsp raw coconut sugar

Directions: Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat, and cook about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until berries start to pop but are still whole. Transfer to a bowl to cool; serve.

Optional: A splash of orange juice and zest of a quarter of an orange, but I had neither on hand. You can also increase the sugar to 1/2 cup if you want something sweeter, I really like the tartness of the cranberries with the other fruits in my oats, so I kept the sugar minimal.

The delicata squash I roasted for a snack on Saturday and put the leftover in the fridge. I scooped out about half of my leftover squash for the oats. (All I did was cut the squash in half length-wise, scoop the seeds out and lightly brush some melted soy butter over the inside. Roast at 450F for ~30 minutes for delicious, soft and creamy delicata squash. Easy peasy).

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Roasted Delicata Squash

Anywho, after I chomped that down and did a little tidying up, my “Booyah!” attitude was flagging. The little voice of doubt in my head started up.

– I don’t want to do this.

– You HAVE to do this, it’s the last Sunday before your race.

(etc, etc…I’ll spare you my 20 minute internal monologue – you get the idea)

I laced my sneakers up, picked a good song to start out, and pushed myself out the front door. It was crisp and sunny, and the fall colors were really amping up their game. You got this, I said.

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Dude, my shoelaces match the leaves.

I had one of those runs where you surprise yourself, when the choppy robot-lady voice from the Nike+ app interrupts your song: One mile completed. Average pace: nine minutes and fifteen seconds. As I racked up my miles, my pace did not deviate. I couldn’t believe it. It’s only a matter of time before my pace slows down to “normal,” or so I thought.

Five miles. Average pace: nine minutes and twenty-one seconds. (I then ate my mocha energy gel).

My legs were under protest, but I kept going. One foot in front of the other. Up, down. Up, down. I said all of my mantras to myself. I made up new ones. I hummed along to my music. Don’t slow down, I said.

Ten miles. Average pace: nine minutes and twenty seconds.

Let’s make it 11 miles. One more mile, you can do this, I said.

Robot lady: Eleven miles…I ripped off my headphones. I did it! BOO-freaking-YAH!

In the end, I shaved off 42 seconds from my mile split time. 42 seconds: half a minute, plus 12 seconds. I have not had that much of a jump in my speed since I started running consistently. I am walking like I just got off a horse today, and thinking about foam rolling my legs again tonight makes me cringe, but who the hell cares. 42 seconds!! Hells yeah!

Moral of today’s story: Get out there and do it. You might not want to, but you always have the potential to surprise yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday/Columbus Day!

– L (who today, has no legs).

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Long Run Prep – 8.6 miles with J on the Charles River

My first half marathon is right around the corner. Lucky for me, I have some amazing friends/running buddies. Tonight I’m running 8.6 miles with my friend J. Once upon a time, we were lab partners in Thermodynamics Lab, now we run along the Charles and talk about life – upgrade! It makes the runs go by that much faster when you have someone to chat with and appreciate the scenery with as you are running along.

Having views like this on my run make me fall in love with Boston all over again <3

Having views like this on my run make me fall in love with Boston all over again ❀

To start my day off on the right foot, I made my overnight oats for breakfast (See recipe here). Today I topped them off with hemp hearts, cinnamon, strawberries, banana, blueberries and almond butter. I felt that extra boost of potassium from the banana and strawberries was very necessary given the fun time I had going out with K last night (http://instagram.com/p/t-RkTUgUb7/).

Pre-run overnight oats

Pre-run overnight oats

I skipped the gym this morning to save my legs for tonight, and I always get extra hungry on non-gym days. I’ve packed myself a bunch of healthy snacks and a multiple choice lunch (I pack a little extra so I have plenty of options):

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Leftover vegan pizza, Best Baked Tofu Ever, Macoun & Honeycrisp apples, plain Greek yog and a banana

It’s a good feeling to be excited about what you have for lunch. πŸ™‚

Every Friday when I go on these long runs, it’s always a bummer to get home at around 8 pm and have nothing fun to eat. I’ve typically been making smoothies and eating toast after these evening runs – nutritious, but not very exciting. This week, that is going to change. I’ll be whipping up some Crock-Pot Vegan Pumpkin Chili tonight. (Spoiler alert: it has black and red kidney beans, peppers, onion, carrots, jalapeno, tomatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, lime and TONS of spices). After work, I’ll prep my chili in the crock-pot and put it on low to simmer for a few hours while I go for my run. By the time I come in the door, it will be ready to be housed! I’m really excited about this idea, and I look forward to sharing the recipe tonight. I’ll be putting my farm-stand bought pumpkin and butternut squash to good use, and have something warm and delicious to eat after my run. Score! The thought of a bowl of chili waiting for me is enough to help me power through those last few miles.

I hope you all have a great Friday today.

– L

L’s Overnight Oats (aka My Breakfast Erryday)

Good Morning All!

Every morning, I get out of the gym, sling my overstuffed gym bag into my trunk and start thinking about what lies ahead for my day. After all those burpees, planks, squats, spin class, whatever my morning workout consists of, my mind is (usually) laser-focused on my to-do list. Except first: breakfast. Getting up at 5 am everyday, by the time I’m walking to my car in the parking garage at 7:15, my stomach is in revolt: “Food. Now. Like, right now. Or ten minutes ago. Feed meeeeee.” I know I’m not alone, because as the ladies’ locker room fills up after morning class, everyone has the same thought: after that workout, we are all freakin’ starving. Daaamn!

After attempting distraction by filling my stomach with coffee on my commute to work, I allow myself to start getting *a little* excited about my impending breakfast. As soon as my rear is parked at my desk, I wrench the lid off my mason jar filled with delicious goodness, dump it into a bowl and do not speak, think, or answer my phone until it is all in my belly. Mmmmm! Don’t judge me, but the moment that first bite is swallowed is the best part of my morning. For reals. Yum.

I’ve made overnight oats my (weekday) breakfast every day for the past several months (and never been tired of it, either!). I’ve gotten my sister, brother-in-law and three of my closest friends totally hooked on it. It’s always filling, it’s always delicious, and it’s always exciting. You can literally put anything on top. Anything. The best part? It takes less than five minutes to make it the night before. Seriously people, this is legit.

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L’s Overnight Oats

L’s Overnight Oats

Let me tell you how I make it. All you’ll need is:

  • 16 oz mason jar/any container approximately that size
  • your favorite nut butter
  • rolled oats
  • milk of some variety (almond, soy, dairy – you name it)
  • cinnamon
  • toppings
Step 1: Take a big ol’scoop (~1 tbsp) of nut butter and put it in the bottom of your jar. I use Justin’s Maple Almond Butter because it is literally the best.
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Noms. Almond butter.

Step 2: Put 1/2 cup of rolled oats and (a little less than) 1/2 cup of almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk here) on top of your nut butter.
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Add oats and almond milk

Step 3: Dump some cinnamon on top (the amount is up to you, but I really like cinnamon). Stir the cinnamon in.
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Sprinkle on some cinnamon for flavor

Step 4: Time for toppings: throw some fruit in there. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are my current favorites.
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Add your fave berries
Step 5: Top it off with nuts, seeds, whatever. I use pumpkin seeds and flaked coconut for some crunchy texture in there.
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Top it all off with nuts, seeds, coconut flakes – whatever!

Step 6: You’re done! Put it in the fridge and go relax. In the morning you’ll have a delicious breakfast πŸ™‚

I’m not kidding when I say it’s that easy. And it’s sooooooooo good for you! You’ve got a very nutritious and filling breakfast to start your day off. The possibilities are endless as well, so you can put whatever is in your pantry/fridge as toppings and make it your very own.

I hope you all enjoy it! And have a great day today. It’s hump day! Woohoo!

– L.