A Little of This…a Little of That

One of my other passions, besides running, is cooking (or baking).  I used to be big on following recipes and, of course, there are still several things I make that I still follow the recipe.  Why mess with delicious?  If I’m baking, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m following a recipe!  These days, though, when I’m cooking dinner I often find myself adding a little of this and a little of that.  I have also found myself doing it with a lot of my smoothies and some tasty breakfasts have come out of me just throwing some stuff together.  Do things always work out well with this method?  No.  Rarely have I thrown something out because it’s been too awful to get down though…I don’t like to throw food away!

I wanted to share some of my recipes with you.  Smoothies are a good breakfast or lunch (or a snack if you don’t make them too big).  The rest are all breakfast ideas but that’s when I’m most willing to make myself something mostly healthy and filling because it’s usually after a run and I’m hungry and want to refuel well.  I try to eat healthy throughout the day but breakfast is really important for me and gets me started off right 🙂

Now, keep in mind, “a little of this…a little of that”.  I don’t always measure everything but I will give you a guide and you can play around with things.  I may like things sweeter than you or I might be more keen on a certain fruit or vegetable so I add more than maybe you would like.  Experiment.  You’ll learn what works for you 🙂

Apple Pie Smoothie

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  • 1 c almond-coconut milk (Almond Breeze makes this combo and it’s really good…you can use regular milk or milk of choice)
  • 1/3 c Friendship no salt added cottage cheese – This is important!  Even reduced sodium cottage cheese is on the salty side
  • 1 T organic pure maple syrup
  • A few big dashes cinnamon
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract (I make my own)
  • 1/3 c old fashioned oats
  • Handful of kale (or baby spinach)
  • One small apple

Blend it up in your blender (I use a NutriBullet).

 

Banana Berry Oat Smoothie

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  • 1 c almond-coconut milk
  • 1/3 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 c Friendship no salt added cottage cheese
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c frozen raspberries
  • small frozen banana (or half med. – large)
  • 1 T (give or take) agave

I tend to use cottage cheese as my protein source in a lot of my smoothies these days.  If I have had a particularly hard workout or long run, though, I will use a scoop of protein powder.

 

Multigrain Waffle with Cottage Cheese and Berries (this isn’t really a recipe…just a yummy breakfast)

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  • 1 or 2 multigrain waffles
  • some heaping spoonfuls of cottage cheese
  • fruit of choice
  • some granola if you’d like
  • drizzle of pure maple syrup

 

Overnight Refrigerator Oats

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  • 1/4 c old-fashioned oats (not quick)
  • 1/3 c milk of choice (I use Almond Breeze almond-coconut)
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 – 1 T agave or pure maple syrup
  • mix-ins

In a resealable jar or other container, mix together the oats and chia seeds. I like to stir these two ingredients before adding others because I find that the chia seeds clump together a lot if I don’t.  At this point, I add in dried goji berries. If you are going to add fresh fruit, wait until you are ready to eat the refrigerator oats before adding (some good ones would be blueberries, banana, strawberries, etc.).  Add in agave or pure maple syrup, milk of choice and stir.  Put the lid on (I like to give it a little shake at this point, too) and place in the fridge overnight…breakfast is ready for you in the morning 🙂  I stir in a big spoonful of almond butter before eating, too.  You may also need to add a little bit of your milk before eating.  There are many recipes for overnight refrigerator oats on Pinterest but I have found that this works best for me.

This is a handful of my faves!  What are some of your favorite healthy recipes?

 

 

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Cravings Running Amuck

When I first started running and the running app I was using said, “You’ve burned xxx calories” I would think, “Awesome!  That’s a greasy breakfast sandwich!” or “Oh yeah, heaping bowl of ice cream for dessert, here I come!”  This kind of thinking went on for awhile.  I’ve always been thin, and now that I was burning so many calories running I figured, “I need all these calories!  It’s o.k.”

Once I became a more serious runner and started reading up on running and nutrition, it became apparent to me that I needed to change my thinking!  I started searching the internet and reading blogs, looking on Pinterest, and reading a bunch of articles in Runner’s World magazine and on their website.  Protein smoothies, green smoothies, quinoa, chia seeds, refrigerator oatmeal, dinners with a lean protein source and healthy sides became the norm.  Granted, a new addiction popped up…frozen yogurt with tons of candy toppings…but I’m trying to be better about how often I have that…trying 😉

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I started experimenting with what I would eat before runs, during long runs, and after runs.  I found that eating better, properly fueling, and decreasing my sugar intake was making me feel more energized, feel better during runs and recover better.  Even better, eating healthier allowed me to not feel so guilty when I did have that big bowl of frozen yogurt 😉

I’m not perfect by any means, though!  I have my days when cravings run amuck and all I want is every bad-for-you thing in the house.  It’s hard when you have 3 little ones in the house and they’re asking you for snacks all day so you’re constantly faced with the pantry.  With my sore foot, it has become so much worse because I think, “I don’t have to watch what I eat because I’m not running tomorrow!”  I often look to food for comfort, and I’m not reaching for that apple, I’m reaching for that chocolate in the top of the pantry or that bag of chips.  I want to get back to running very soon though and I need to put a stop to this haphazard eating and these cravings (except maybe frozen yogurt with tons of candy toppings)!

What are some things that you just can’t stay away from?