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|November 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Q+A|
I hope you’re all having a good Thanksgiving, or a good Thursday for those of you not celebrating! I am probably busy tucking into some pumpkin pie right now, so I’ve posted ahead this Q&A post as requested!
do you really eat 3000 calories a day?
Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t count calories, and I don’t even have a rough estimate! The sports nutritionist I saw told me that I should be eating 2500-3000 to maintain and perform best, so I’m assuming I’m hitting it since I haven’t lost weight and am full of energy!
how tall are you? =0
I don’t know exactly, but I think around 5”9?
how do you warm up for a race?
The exact same way I warm-up for a workout session on the track! Roughly 10 minutes of slow jogging, then drills (side-skips, butt-kicks, high knees, etc.), and finally strides to get my legs moving fast! I try to keep moving right until the gun goes off.
Banana oatbran with the random toppings of chocolate chunks, raisins, and almond butter
What is your average 5k time? I run mine in 24:57 (I am slow) and was curious on how much faster i can get before next april if i train everyday.. btw- how much should i run every day? I’m sorry for all the questions.
Don’t be sorry, and a 24.57 is NOT slow- it’s actually faster than the average 5k time! You’re in the exact same position as I was in last year. I started training in November/December to run a 5k in April, and although I got injured, I was still much faster come race day! In November last year, I ran a 24.08, and then in the following April, I ran 20.59, and that was after not running for a while following injury! So I can’t tell you how much faster you will get, because that depends on a lot of factors, but with good solid training, you can get a lot faster. I also can’t tell you how much to run, because again that is a very individual thing, but maybe look up some training plans online to help guide you? And to answer your original question, the only time I’ve run a 5k was that one in April, but I’m looking forward to smashing that time soon! I’m hoping to run sub-19
how did you get so much faster?
One word: speedwork. If you want to run faster, you have to train faster! My speed has increased massively since I’ve been doing speedwork, from a 9 or 10 min/mile when I started just over a year ago to now being able to run a sub-6 minute mile. You don’t need to be knocking out 800’s on the track every week to get faster! Speedwork can be informal, and done anywhere! Just doing some pick-ups on your weekly run will make a difference. My favourites are tempo runs, which teach your body to run faster over extended periods, and fartlek, which increases your speed (I have linked those words to articles on what they are). Anyone can get faster- you just have to be willing to put the effort in.
PB&J rice cake sandwiches, with cinnamon-raisin PB and morello cherry conserve
some people says carbohydrates make us hungry while protein can make us slimmer, but my body seems to get most satisfied by fat like almonds! what do you think?:)
I think it is different for every person, but I agree with you! Fat definitely keeps me satiated longer, and that’s part of the reason I try to include it in every meal/snack! Also, I find that whole-grain carbs keep me full for a long time. I get most satisfied by a combination of all three though:)
HEY EMMA, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! ALWAYS BRIGHTENS MY DAY! WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD ANY TIPS FOR YO-YO DIETING? IM A CLASSIC YO-YO DIETER, I LOOSE THE WEIGHT AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, I HAVE PILED IT ALL BACK ON AGAIN. WOULD REALLY LOVE TO KNOW YOUR OPINIONS?
Thank you!! My opinion is that dieting does not work. It certainly didn’t work for me, and I was stuck yo-yo dieting, which played havoc with my metabolism! I believe that if you are carrying extra weight around, it is for a REASON, and no quick-fix diet is going to solve that! Whether it’s portion-sizing issues, overeating at certain meals, not exercising at all, whatever, I believe that making lifestyle changes and addressing whatever issues you have will make the difference. While it may not provide the ‘quick-fix’ that diets can, it will more likely have long-term effect. For example, I had to address my bad snacking habits, where I was consuming around 1000 calories in my afternoon snack fest, whilst leading a totally sedentary lifestyle! So obviously, that had to change. Anyway, that’s just my two cents- I’m no expert!
Apple dipped in The Best Nut Butter In The World (aka Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut)
are you in college and do you pay for your own food?
I am not in college yet, and yes I do pay for my food. I have a budget, and I totally fail at it most months!
is your bmi under 19?
To be frank, I think BMI is useless. It does not measure how much muscle/fat you have, which means that the BMI of many athletes for example is overweight or obese, when clearly they are far from it! It also is not a great indicator for people who are above or below average height, like me. So to answer your question, yes my BMI is below 19, but my body-fat percentage (a much better indicator of health!) is within the healthy range.
Happy Herbivore’s single-serve brownie, topped with PB and chocolate chips
What’s your best tip for motivation when it comes to winter running? I need to start serious marathon training from December again & memories of ice, snow & cold from last year are making wonder how i’m going to get my backside moving.
Get a running buddy maybe, or join a club? I definitely find it so much easier now that I am part of a team to get out there for training, even when it’s freezing! Also if the conditions are bad, you can always turn to the treadmill! I sprained my ankle in the ice last year, and it’s been causing other injuries too, so be careful! Just think about standing on the start line of your marathon, and know that you will feel so much better and run faster with solid training behind you! Oh, and get winter running clothes! Much easier to get out there when you’re layered up to your eyeballs
have you ever considered barefoot running? What do you think of it?
I have considered it (I almost bought some Vibrams when I was in Hawaii in the summer!) and I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. I do run barefoot on the track for a few minutes as a cooldown after training to strengthen my foot/lower leg muscles, and I’m looking into more minimalist shoes…but more on that in a later post!
That’s all for today, so HAPPY THANKSGIVING friends!
I hope you like the turkey hat as much as I do! I wore it almost all day today, and got applauded(!) twice by strangers.
What keeps you full longest: carbs, fat or protein? I find a mix of all three is best, but on it’s own, I find it’s fat!
What are your thoughts on barefoot running? Do you think it’s just a craze, or is it right?
What gets you out of the door in cold weather? I sometimes bribe myself. I tell myself that if I go out and run now, I will buy myself a new pair of Tempo shorts. An expensive way, but it works every time!
|November 22, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
A few hours ago, I sent out a cry for help on Twitter:
(The ‘thingy’ by the way is a ‘girls night in’/chilled home group I am going to tomorrow night!) Chocolate chip cookies won by one vote to brownies. So I got straight to work!
I can’t remember the last time I baked something and didn’t a) burn myself…
The burning happened about 5 seconds after this photo. They should make arm-long oven gloves for klutzes like me
…or b) eat my body weight in cookie dough. I have zero self-control when it comes to cookie dough!
I love it, even if I did feel slightly sick after consuming a ton right before eating dinner!
My day was spent in central London doing a quartet job. This is clearly most interesting outfit-of-the-day you will ever have seen:
Almost as soon as I stepped out of the door, still half asleep, I spotted a Costa Coffee van driving past. I knew this was my moment. This exact moment was what all those punishing speedwork sessions were for. If I ran fast enough, I could hijack the van and take all their coffee.
In the end, I just did the
boring sensible thing and found a cafe and bought one.
I entertained myself on the commute (and I’m guessing my fellow passengers too from the looks I was getting!) with some quality Christmas music.
My Christmas playlist is over an hour long!
And obviously, because I was in the area, I HAD to make a quick Whole Foods trip to stock up on my favourite bars!
Chocolate chip Organic Food Bars and mini Clif bars! I robbed WF of almost all their stock of these bars, and now my bar stash is replenished wahoo!
What would you choose: choc chip cookies, brownies, or cake? I would have a tough call there between cookies and brownies!
Are you a fan of Christmas music? What is your favourite? I love ALL Christmas music so much! Hence the hour long playlist!
Do you have a favourite bar? Those choc chip organic food bars are totally one of my all-time favourites!
Have a great day friends!
P.S. By request, I will be having another Q&A post at some point, so if you have any Qs, you can ask on my Formspring or in the comments below!
|November 20, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I had such a great race today! I can’t wait to recap it properly, but at the moment the results aren’t up yet (I have been refreshing the page every other minute) so I don’t know my time/placing, and neither are the photos, so I’ll save it for a future post!
Let’s just say though that I came home with something…and for once it WASN’T the usual chocolates from training!
Although I’m not sure which I preferred…
This is going to be the shortest post ever, because my leg muscles are aching like crazy (which is why you shouldn’t skip a cool down and then have a 2 hour coach trip) and it’s clearly ice bath time. My favourite…
It’s fine though cos I’ll be thinking of tomorrow’s pancakes to stop me jumping out…I’m thinking gingerbread flavour? Inspired by today’s awesome latte!
I. Love. Pancake. Sunday!
Tell me the best thing about YOUR Saturday! My race! It was the best one I’ve done, and a beautiful day!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Proper post tomorrow! <3
|November 11, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Recipes|
That is pretty much the story of my life right now. My favourite hoody really needs to keep up with the times and add in the word ‘muffin’.
Clearly I need to add ‘hair washing’ to it, cos if it’s not on the hoody, it’s not in my life.
I made THE BEST muffins, if I say so myself. I do love to toot my own horn. Almost as much as I love eating muffins.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins
These muffins are moist and packed with chocolate chunks, but are healthy, perfect for a yummy snack any time.
Vegan, Makes 10 large muffins or 12 regular
- 1 cup wholewheat spelt flour (or flour of choice)
- 1 cup oat flour (grind 1 cup oats in a food processor until fine)
- 1.5 t baking powder + 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t cinnamon + 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice (or ground mixed spice/more cinnamon)
- 1/8 t salt
- 1/4 cup sugar or substitute
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 T nut butter, or oil of choice (unless you have drippy nut butter, you may need to microwave it)
- ~1/2 cup chocolate chunks
*The 1/2 cup of pumpkin gives a fairly mild pumpkin taste. For a more pronounced flavour,you can try using 3/4 cup pumpkin and reducing the applesauce to 1/4 cup.
- Preheat your oven to 375F/180C. Line a muffin tray with liners or grease lightly.
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder and soda, spices, sugar and salt) together until fully combined.
- Add in all the wet ingredients and stir until almost combined
- Stir in the chocolate chunks until fully mixed in, being careful not to overmix.
- Bake for 19-25 minutes until golden brown, leave to cool on a rack, and ENJOY!
I am seriously addicted to muffins. Does muffin rehab exist? I think Tara and I need to be checked in ASAP.
I even have them as an oatmeal topping! But don’t tell me you wouldn’t want this to start your morning…
Trust me, it makes your day a GREAT one
And fuelled by muffins, I had an amazing run in the evening!
I am not a sprinter (I think there is about one fast-twitch muscle fibre in my entire body), so these workouts are tough for me, but I know they benefit my running!
And now for the sleep part. After that workout, boy do I need it! Did you know people who are “routinely physically active should get between 8.5-9 hours of sleep a night”?
Um, yeah my 6 hours just aren’t cutting it…! So I’m off to get some shut-eye right NOW!
What is your biggest food ‘addiction? Muffins for sure. I can’t remember the last day I didn’t have at least one haha!
If three words summed up YOUR life, what would they be? Eat MUFFINS, run.
Random Q: Do you have any goals you are working on at the moment? My goals for this month include getting over 7 hours of sleep regularly and doing 15 minutes of core work three times a week, because I got a serious telling off from my physio over my not-very-strong core!
Have an amazing day! TGIF now!
P.S. Thank you so much for the wonderful responses to my last post. It means a lot to me!
|November 9, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under What I...Wednesday, WIAW|
Hey friends! Sorry for the blog silence yesterday! Yesterday marked the one year anniversary since my uncle died, so instead of posting I spend time with family <3 Anyway, on to happier things, like Jenn’s WIAW shindig!
What I Ate
Today’s breakfast was a classic…
Banana oatmeal with PB&J
I had a lazy leftover lunch. My fridge is always full of leftover food which is great for lazy meals or snacks!
Lentil stew, brown rice and mixed veggies.
I also rekindled my addiction to PB&J rice cake sandwiches today.
Pure heaven. I may have had five today…
And the love of my life…
Medjool dates stuffed with crunchy PB and microwaved till warm
And my midnight snack was another lazy affair. Cereal straight from the box.
What I Worked
An intense upper body workout:
Tried, and failed to cut that squash. But my muscles were ACHING afterwards, so that counts as a workout in my book!
Today was a rest day, even though I was supposed to go to team training in the evening, because it was my dad’s birthday (his 50th!) So I chose to spend time with my family and eat cake instead
Only thought to take a photo after half of it was eaten!
Yesterday though I had a great cross-training session on the elliptical!
Elliptical Interval Workout
This one is sure to make you sweat! I find it quite hard to get a good workout and get my heart rate up with anything other than running, but this one did the trick!
I kept my resistance low for the warm-up/recoveries, etc but put it high for the intervals! My legs felt like jelly afterwards!
I was a bit crazy high on endorphins afterwards and I think I scared everyone with this face:
I will be doing a solo hill workout tomorrow though to make up for the missed training session, and I’m looking forward to kicking my own butt!
What was the best thing you’ve eaten recently?
What was your last workout?
What is your favourite type of birthday cake? My dad likes fruit ones, so I made him that. Personally, I’d rather have Babycakes Triple Chocolate Fat Pants cake, but each to their own!
Have a great Wednesday friends!!
P.S. Stay tuned for my next Journey to Health post tomorrow!
|October 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
So a lil’ weekend recap for you!
Friday night was party time. And I party hard…
Yup, monkeys like to shake their butts on the dance floor just as much as anyone. Although they do get tired and end up crashing on the couch in the early hours of the morning.
And then I had to get up at 7am for rehearsals, after four hours sleep. I wasn’t a pretty sight, I can tell you that!
Ok, so I mainly bought them for warmth rather than compression purposes, but has anyone used compression stuff before? Thoughts?
Crumbled muffin in caramel pudding warmed up is sooo good!
On Sunday we had a big family get-together, and I was in charge of dessert, so I made Oh She Glows’ Chilled Chocolate Torte. It was amazing!!
The meal itself was delicious too:
Nut roast, roast potatoes, carrots and green beans all swimming in (vegan) gravy. I went back for seconds of everything. And thirds of the roasties
This coming week I am really excited about, because I am working in a hospital, shadowing doctors. And at the beginning of next year, I’ve got a placement in the biggest sports medicine clinic in the UK, and I can’t wait for that too!! So I’d better get to bed, because if I have another night like Friday I think my appearance will scare all the patients!
What was the best bit of your weekend? Monkey dancing.
Runners, have you tried compression gear? Thoughts?
What are you excited for this week? Working in the hopsital, and then I’ve got the world’s hilliest race on Saturday!!
Have a GREAT week friends! <3
|October 23, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Running Talk|
Happy Weekend guys! Hope you’re all having a good one so far! Mine has been craaaazy! I had an awesome party last night, and ended up crashing on my friend’s sofa until this morning…in a monkey oneise of course hehe! Anyway, I’ll catch y’all up on everything tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s this weeks Running Chat Sat(urday)!
Common running myths
1. Running ruins your knees. Wrong. I’m sure many runners can relate to being told this by someone the minute you tell them you run. At least, I sure get told it a lot! There has NEVER been a well-designed study that proves this, and in fact many studies have proven that running actually strengthens your bones and joints.
2. Running on a treadmill isn’t as effective as running outside. Wrong. Well obviously this COULD be true if you leave your treadmill on 0% incline and plug along slowly, but treadmills can give you just as good, or even BETTER workouts that running outside! Putting up the incline makes a huge difference, and is especially useful hillwork for people who live in flatter areas.
3. Static stretch before you run to avoid injury. Wrong. Stretching cold muscles can cause you to pull a muscle. The optimal pre-run routine is a short warm-up followed by dynamic stretching. Save the static stretches till afterwards!
4. Higher mileage is always better than lower mileage. Wrong. In some cases and conditions, yes this is true, but many sports scientists believe and have shown through studies that different people have different ‘mileage limits’. So while some people may be able to happily run 70+ mile weeks, others may have to stick to lower mileage to avoid injury. Also, studies have shown that running close to 70 mile weeks reaps the best rewards running-wise, but more than that isn’t always better, and is often detrimental.
The book Run Less, Run Faster has become very popular recently, and shows how you can run faster and stronger on lower mileage, by focusing on quality miles over quantity, and subbing in cross training. I read the book and was pretty impressed!
5. Running/exercising on an empty stomach burns more fat. Wrong. This is the myth that probably annoys me the most! The theory behind this myth is that, because of the lack of glycogen, your body turns to fat as the primary energy source. However, muscle is more energy dense, so more often than not that becomes the source of energy, especially if your workout is longer than 20 minutes. Also, eating first means you kick-start your metabolism earlier, it regulates your blood sugar levels, and also you have more energy so you get more out of your workout, and therefore burn MORE calories! I know some people have their own reasons for working out on an empty stomch, but I’m just saying don’t go hungry just because you think you’re burning more fat!
I know for sure that a good breakfast makes me run better
That’s all for today! I’ll be back soon with life updates!
Have you heard any of these myths before, or do you have any other running myths to share? There’s lots of myths surrounding running and strength training, but I’ll save that for another post!
|October 10, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Races|
HEY friends!! Thanks for the good luck messages and advice about my race! It was SO GREAT!!
Banana oatmeal with chopped dates.
I then got dressed in my race stuff and ready to go! My race didn’t actually start until 1.20pm but the other age groups started from 11am so we went to cheer them on, and we needed to walk the course beforehand anyway. Race outfit:
My running team provided the top and shorts. These were the shortest shorts I have ever worn in my life!! Comfy yes, but too short for my liking!!
AND they rode up when I was running! Running buns are not my friend. Yet.
I also broke every rule in the book by wearing all NEW clothes. New team vest, new buns, and new shoes! I knew it wouldn’t matter much though for a short race, so I just rolled with it.
Asics Hyper-Rocketgirl XC spikes. I originally bought Nike Waffles (purely because of the name ) but they were too wide for my feet. Don’t tell anyone but I wore my spikes a bit around the house and made one huge scratch in the laminate flooring…oops!
It was the PERFECT running conditions, and a beautiful course!
I walked the course twice before the start to make sure I knew the route:
It was two laps of the course (the red loop), plus a bit extra on the second lap (the blue wooded loop on the left hand side), and I decided I officially hate two lap courses! Going past the finish line knowing you’re less than halfway is tough!!
So I had two hours to kill before my race started, which I used to munch on my pre-race snack…
…and to cheer on the other age groups. I caught our youngest age group going off:
Our team did did AMAZING in this age group, finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th!! Now that is TEAM running!!
Aaaand then my camera died. Guess which idiot left the spare batteries at home? So instead of a photo of me finishing (definitely a good thing- I looked like I was dying), here is a visual representation:
I can see I have a future in graphic design for sure That person apparently squat-jogging up the hill is yours truly, closing down on a rival who I had been shadowing the whole race. I was closing the gap in the last 200m up that hill mountain and I could feel myself pulling a Mo Farah face with the effort:
And I BEAT HER by an inch!! I then almost passed out and had to be held up by the race marshals- trust me to be the drama queen! I recovered quickly (I had just pushed myself too hard-nothing major!) and did a little cooldown jog and stretching.
I didn’t wear my Garmin in the race (decided just to run by feel, which I later regretted!) and there was no race clock annoyingly, so I had no idea of my time until I saw the results come up on the website later! I came 12th out of the 98 runners in my age group with a time of 14.59 for approx 3600m (which I am very happy with considering the hills and that it’s the first race of the season!). I also broke my team’s record for the highest placing debut runner in this race! WIN!
1 frozen banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk, 3 dates.
I think you can guess where I stood munching away for 5 minutes
Some of the highlights of my haul:
An new-to-me crunchy PB, refried black beans (which were buy one, get one free and they are TOTALLY addictive!), canned pumpkin x 10000 cans, my fave granola, a spicy pinto bean dip, and some vegan sea salt dark chocolate! I cried when I found out my fave chocolate- Lindt Sea Salt- wasn’t vegan, so I was unbelievably happy when I found this!!
The photo does it no justice. It was beyond words. I am DEFINITELY going to recreate this!!
And today, despite the race, I had NO aches or pains, which was a first! Shows what good recovery (i.e. stretching, hot/cold showers, post-race nutrition, shopping, and cream tarts) can do for you!
This post is long enough already, so my Sunday shenanigans (we’re talking PANCAKES here obviously) are coming at you tomorrow!
What was the toughest race you’ve ever run? This one was tough- I think I’m more suited to slightly longer distances! And cross country was a bit of a shock since it is SO much tougher than running on roads!! But much more fun
Are you a pumpkin fan? I LOVE IT!! Major obsession!!
What is your opinion on shorts length? Do you mind short shorts or not? I’ll get used to them I guess!! According to my coach, our race outfit for track season is crop tops and bikini-bottom style buns. I’m not sure if he was joking seeing my reaction to these shorts but I think he was serious…!
Hope you’ve all had a great weekend! <3
|October 3, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I was a very lucky monkey today.
I slept in my monkey onesie (it is the most warm and comfy thing on the PLANET!), so when the postman rang early in the morning to drop off two packages for me, he got a nice surprise
The BEST package was from my running buddy Tara at XC Foodie! I swear she’s my sister from another mister, and some day we will meet up and be real life running buddies. Anyway, our birthdays are exactly one month apart, so we sent each other (belated!) birthday packages! She sent me SO MANY AMAZING THINGS!!
Homemade Chocolate Walnut Butter(!!), Kashi chocolate coconut bar, cinnamon roast almonds, chocolate PB Odowalla bar, Organic Food Bar in chocolatey choc chip flavour, Kashi Heart to Heart, Food Should Taste Good multigrain snacks, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, trail mix, Annie’s Bunny Grahams in chocolate and chocolate chip, Bear Naked granola, and Clif bars in Carrot Cake and Peanut Toffee Buzz flavours!!
There were immediately some casualties whilst I was waiting for my breakfast:
My latest addiction.
Her awesome idea is that we share the love by passing this book around to other bloggers! So I’ll read it, then write my name in the cover under hers, and send it off to somebody! So expect this book SOON runner friends!
Tara also made me a RUNNER’S SHIRT!! How cool is THAT?!
I am never taking it off. Ever. I love it too much. LOVE YOU TARA!!
The other package was some essentials I ordered from iHerb. And by essentials, I obviously mean this:
My fave nut butter. I almost cried when I finished my last jar!
Basically, this morning was just the best ever! Packages and my favourite breakfast…OIAJ!!
Vanilla Protein Oatmeal (1/2 cup oats, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup soy milk, 1 cup water) in a PB&Co jar topped with raspberry jam
After breakfast, I headed out to enjoy the last of the sunshine (apparently regular October weather starts tomorrow here haha!)…
…and then hit the gym for a quick strength training and plyometric workout. My coach recommended plyometrics to help with running economy (you can read about it and see the workout I did here) and they are sure not easy, but they are FUN! I refuelled with some banana milk:
They were all out of chocolate milk at the health store. I would have thrown a tantrum normally but I like banana milk too and the lady promised to give me a free choc one to make up for it next time because she knows it’s my fave! WIN!
Oh, and guess what lunch was?
Happy *belated* Pancake Sunday! Banana pancakes with extra banana and maple syrup. Definitely glad I made it a Pancake Monday!! And thanks guys for the get well wishes- I was feeling 100% yesterday night and today wahoo!!
Do you have a book that has inspired you a lot? I’m only a few pages into Going Long, and it is already!
What are your foodie ‘essentials’? Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut, dark chocolate chips, and snack bars!
What is your favourite breakfast? OIAJ! To be specific, pudding oats in a Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter jar. No I do not work for Justin’s, I just love them!
Love you all! <3
|September 27, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Recipes, What I...Wednesday|
What I Ate
For the first time in TOO LONG, my day featured pudding oats! Oatmeal, peanut butter (buried under the pudding!) and caramel and dark choc puddings:
(P.S. I got a comment from someone who was overweight and trying to lose a few pounds, about my pudding oats. For those of you who are interested, they CAN have as little as 250 calories, with 1/2 cup oats+water+pudding, but I personally need more than this, so I add milk and nut butter )
And for the first time in a looong time, I was craving oats again for lunch! So I had banana oatbran pudding with nut butter and bloobs:
With a side of…
Mushrooms stuffed with Sabra hummus and tofu and grilled
PB&J rice cake sandwich, but with homemade cinnamon raisin PB!
The thing is, I love PB&Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB…
…but I DON’T love the price, and all the sugar it contains! So once I ran out, I decided to make my OWN version. And I LOVE it!!
Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter
You would never guess this delicious, drippy peanut butter was sugar free, and that would take less than 10 minutes to make! Quick, simple, and totally addictive.
- 1.5 cups roasted peanuts (I used lightly salted, but unsalted would probably work best)
- ~2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8-1/4 tsp salt, if using unsalted peanuts
- Stevia, to taste*
- 1/4 cup raisins
*Everyone’s taste buds are different, so adjust to taste! I used quite a lot of stevia to balance out my salty peanuts, so I used 2 packets of NuNaturals stevia and about 15 drops of vanilla stevia, and this made it perfectly sweet
- Grind peanuts into peanut butter in a food processor. This should only take around 5 minutes or less to make a smooth, shiny PB.
- Add in cinnamon, salt (if using), and Stevia, and process until fully combined. Taste-test to see if more stevia is needed, and add more if desired.
- Stir in raisins, or give them a quick whizz in the processer until incorporated. Can be stored at room temperature.
This is my favourite nut butter I’ve ever made! It’s so drippy and DELICIOUS!
Of course, it’s AWESOME stuffed in dates too!
I ran out of dates yesterday night, so I dashed out to the supermarket at 10pm to get more. Desperate times call for desperate measures!
What I Worked
I GOT TO RUN/WALK TODAY!! And there was NO PAIN!! (From my Dailymile account):
I love running so much and I felt SO HAPPY to be back out there doing what I love!
I get to do it all over again on Thursday hopefully, and I can’t WAIT already!!
Best thing you’ve eaten recently? Cinnamon Raisin PB!
What was your last workout? Tomorrow I’m lifting! I love feeling strong!
Tell me one thing you LOVE and couldn’t live without! Running and the people I love. Ok, so that’s two haha!
HUGS and LOVE! <3
P.S. Thank y’all so much for the amazing comments on yesterday’s post! Honestly, I was expecting some negative comments/emails about having an eating disorder or something, but I got so much support and positive feedback!! THANK you friends, it means a lot!