Workout motivation of a different nature

I’ve posted on workout motivation before… But this is a whole different kind of motivation. In order to eat these tasty treats, I feel the need to workout first.

Today, I was lazy enough to skip the gym all together and just search delish food blogs, instead.

Please vote in the poll for one of these recipes and I’ll make the winner this month! That especially means my friends that read this blog!

Enjoy.

Oreo Cheesecake Cake from Erin’s Food Files

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes c/o Food Snots

Strawberry Shortcake Sushi created by Take a Megabite

Pizza Bites from Annie’s Eats

 

Banana Bread Scones w/ Brown Sugar Glaze via The Kitchn

Hot Corn Dip created by Gina Marie’s Kitchen

Chicken, Bacon, and Cream Cheese Taquitos from Mommy I’m Hungry

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Marathon Training: Rest days

This morning I woke up and made one dang delicious breakfast of cinnamon french toast with strawberries:

Cinnamon French Toast for One

  • 2 pieces of bread (I used Aunt Millie’s 35 cal)
  • 1 egg white
  • splash almond milk
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • cooking spray

Heat skillet to medium heat and cook on both sides until brown. Top with strawberries and your choice of syrup (I used low-calorie cinnamon – mmm!).

Following this breakfast I read up on some scripture, drank some coffee with a mud mask on my face, and then did some fantastic spring cleaning! It feels so nice to have everything so clean!

Tomorrow is my first race since the tough mudder and my first half marathon since the Indianapolis one I did in October where I PR’d. It’s just a local race put on by the Ohio River Road Runners Club (ORRRC). It’ll be an interesting one since it’s local and probably pretty small.

So, two things:

1. Use other races to train for your marathon. When you use races to train you are training in the atmosphere that is most-like the atmosphere you will be in on race day. When you are training regularly there’s nothing like actually getting in a race, surrounded by people, aid stations handy and being timed. It’s great practice for the real deal – plus it’s fun!

2. Rest. I am so bad at resting – I tend to feel guilty if I skip more than one day a week. I know this is a bad way to look at things. It really is. It is so important, however. I did TRX again two days ago for the first time in probably a month and my whole body was sore. I needed some time off to let my muscles rest before trying to push out a great run on Sunday. Taking the time off gives your body the chance to repair and also prepare.

Read up on the importance of rest for runners and athletes, here:

source

Rest up, friends!

Oatmeal Banana Bread

After a late night with friends last night (where we watched Rum Diaries…lame…), I was not too eager to get up this morning to go to the gym. I hung out in bed for awhile and then moved my booty out and decided to make some banana bread and do some kind of workout at home.

I decided on doing Jillian Michael’s “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” 2 times and make this banana bread:

Oatmeal Banana Bread [my original recipe]

  • 1 C sugar (or Splenda)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 C applesauce
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 C flour (I used wheat)
  • 1 C oats
  • 1/2 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C flax meal
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 C almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 C walnuts (optional)

Do this: preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour one bread pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, wheat bran, flax meal, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; set aside. In food processor (you can use a stand or hand mixer or blender) beat eggs and sugar together; add vanilla, applesauce, coconut oil and combine well. Add bananas. Pour wet ingredients into dry and add milk and nuts. Stir only until combined.

Bake for 50 minutes; let cool.

this post is bananas!

I have been on a banana KICK! lately.

Tonight, I made some sweet potato fries and breaded eggplant for dinner. And then some banana bread and banana oat cookies.

eggplant

banana bread

Phew.

And I’m doing dishes and laundry.

Oh, and I just took my last final for the quarter. 1 full year of grad school – D-O-N-E!

Now, I’m sitting watching the Reds play some ball.

I went to a Reds game last week and my friend asked me why Drew Stubbs was my favorite player. I told him to just look at him. You can also take a look:

Photo from Bleacherreport.com

Anywho. On to more important things. Like baking. And bananas.

I used my own Banana Bread recipe, but once I put the batter into pans, I realized I forgot all the sugar. [And, by the way, I left in the middle of my making the bread to go to the store just to get the sugar!!!] I made it anyway, and I think it turned out just fine. Phew. Safe.

But these Banana Oat Cookies are something else. You should probably try to make them. I also messed up and used 1 full cup of mashed banana… I don’t know what was wrong with me. But once I realized I did that, I had to add more flour and oats, but I have no idea how much more I added. Oh brother.

School’s out and I’m losing my mind.

Banana Oat Cookies [original recipe from Kate @ Cookie+Kate]

  • 1 C wheat flour
  • 1/2 C flaxmeal
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 T Applesauce
  • 1/4 C Splenda baking blend
  • 1/4 C Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C mashed banana (or in my case, 1 C + extra flour and oats)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 C chocolate chips
Do this: Preheat oven to 325. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, mashed banana and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir well. Mix in oats and chocolate chips. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, removing from baking sheet onto wire rack immediately.
I’m tired.

But before I go… I turn 25 a month from Saturday. I’d like to do/try 25 new things before then.
Any suggestions, friends?

banana bread, nuff said.

Another wonderful Sunday. Are there ever any bad Sundays?

After a fun night of corn hole and ladder ball (I think that’s what they called it), a.k.a. “hillbilly horseshoes,” I woke up to some failed french toast (I burnt it) and a bowl of cereal before church.

Church was phenomenal. Ran into a friend there, so we met up a bit later to lay by the pool.

It was just a bit hot. We didn’t last long.

I went to the gym and attempted the elliptical. Bad idea. That also didn’t last long. My broken bone wasn’t havin’ it… Funny, I can’t understand why.

Oh yea. Between church and the pool I ran to the store and bout 9 bananas for $1. Sure, they were a bit ripe… But without them, I couldn’t have made this

Of course I made some with chocolate chips, too. I can’t, however, try it yet because I gave up chocolate.

That’s some dang good banana oat bread. I’ll share the recipe with you.

Banana Oat Bread [adapted from Joy the Baker.]

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 t applesauce
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 c oats
  • 1/8 c flax meal
  • 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 3/4 c wheat flour
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c Splenda brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • *I also added ~1/2 scoop protein powder! Always love extra protein!
Do this: Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Mash or puree the bananas. Add whole egg and applesauce.
In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry, mixing well.
In a small bowl, beat egg whites until medium peak forms, and slowly fold these into the rest of the batter.
Pour into pans and bake for about 45 min.
Yum!