Posts Tagged by Cereal
|February 13, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Apparently, I’m not so good in the mornings. I love them and all, but apparently my brain can’t function well…but I did learn three very important lessons today when I did my first ever super-early-pre-church workout!
1. Breakfast means getting up earlier. Especially if you want Pancake Sunday! Otherwise you’ll just have to go with the cereal+banana combo, cos that’s all you’ll have time for…
Still yummo of course, but nothing beats pancakes on Pancake Sunday.
2. Pack gym bag the night before. That way you won’t be running around in the dark throwing clothes everywhere because you can’t find the capris you live in normally…and then couldn’t find in the end anyway.
3. Don’t forget to shave your legs. Because you will be forced to wear your Nike Tempos with hairy legs…
Despite all that, I had an AMAZING workout, with the my hardest ever treadmill run! I opted for a 30 min pre-set hill session, and it was so hard that after 10 mins I had to reduce my speed to 8 min/mile!
The incline climbed up to 7% TWICE, which is way more than I’ve ever done before, and held it there for a few minutes! The second time round I almost died. It was SO awesome, and totally kicked my ass! I was dripping sweat, which combined with the Super Hairy Legs must have made for one helluva attractive sight! And I can’t wait to tackle it again next week!
I cooled down on the elliptical for a bit, then sprinted to get changed in time for church. No, I didn’t shower until after the service. So everyone hated me for that, and for *quietly* munching away during the service…
I’m one of those weird cool people that eat all the time. Even when just walking from place to place, I usually have food in my mouth. But next time I think it might be wise for me to swap the CRUNCH bar for a banana or something next time though…funnily enough eating that bar quietly wasn’t very successful…!
In other news, I USED MY FOOD PROCESSOR FOR THE FIRST TIME!! Wahoo! After about half an hour of serious confusion, I managed to work out out how to turn it on. Actually, that’s a lie. I got help, and it was as simple as screwing on the bowl properly. What can I say, I’m a bright kid.
One frozen banana, 2 tsp Dark Chocolate Dreams processed for a few mins. Bliss.
Dinner was also amazing!!
Eazy-Cheezy Scrambled Tofu
- 1/3 block firm silken tofu (I used Mori-Nu)
- A few sprays of EVOO oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1.5-2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tsp paprika, or spices of your choice
- Put the tofu into a small pan, and chop into small pieces. Spray tofu and pan with oil.
- Add everything else, stir, turn up onto a medium heat, and sauté for a few minutes.
This was delicious! I loved adding the paprika to give it a little kick! I also went back for more squash, and ended up eating pretty much the whole thing! And it was a big’un too! Feeling just a little over-fibred now! No regrets though…too darn YUMMY!
Are you good in the mornings? I love mornings, because it’s breakfast time (<—best time of the day!!), but my brain doesn’t actually switch on until about mid morning!
If you’re a runner, do you do hill runs? I’ve only started doing them recently, after reading how beneficial they are for your running! But up until last week I was too chicken! Hills scared me (and still do a bit! ). I now incorporate a hilly run and hill sprints into my schedule.
And what are you looking forward to this week? I’m looking forward to experimenting with my processor! A hummus recipe coming up soon! I’ll also be making my own Dark Chocolate Dreams!
Have a great week friends!!
P.S. I changed my Twitter username a fortnight ago, and forgot to mention it!! It seems to be causing some confusion still! It’s @SweetToothRunnr now for when you wanna chat
|February 6, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Hey friends!! Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
First up today is the winner of my yoga giveaway! Thank y’all for entering by the way!
True Random Number Generator: Result: 4 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
That is…the amazing and lovely Keri over at Blue Eyed Runner!!
Oooh love this giveaway! I love yoga, but should definitely be doing it more, so this would be great! Plus, it would be a fantastic bday present You are already on my blogroll. And I follow you on twitter!
Not only did she win the giveaway, but it is also her birthday, and she got engaged too this weekend!! Congrats Keri and Happy Birthday! I’ll shoot the Yoga Download guys your email address and they’ll contact you, k?
I am a pretty melodramatic person. Everything is either “AMAZING!!” or “THE END OF THE WORLD!!” Today, as with every day, there were a few panic situations…
Panic #1: Unplanned lie-in. This morning I ignored my alarm. I slept in until 8.30, which is super late for me!! So usually I have Pancake Sundays….
…but I woke up just half an hour before I had to leave for church!! So I instead had a lovely cereal bowl.
Panic #2: Getting in a run. I had so much to do today, and fretted about not being able to fit in my tempo run. END OF THE WORLD.
Panic #2 resolved: Thankfully, after church, I managed to get to the gym for a quick tempo run before lunch. (Fast mile in 7 min/mile pace, and warm-up and cool down miles in 8.20ish min/mile). And 20 mins on the elliptical too. Such a runner’s high! I LOVE ENDORPHINS!
Panic #3: Lack of food essentials. I finished off my normal peanut butter on Friday OIAJ style, and had run out of all my other favourite foods!
Serious panic ensued.
Panic #3 resolved: Running straight to the supermarket from the gym to stock up, looking like a schweaty tomato.
Got ma essentials! We can all breathe easily now
Panic #4 resolved: Raw Chocolate Mousse. The gorgeous genius that is Chef Katelyn saved my life (are you getting the whole melodramatic thing yet? ). I topped it with chocolate chips (duh!) and ate the whole thing.
Katelyn, your recipe is amazing. Seriously. Girl, will you marry me? We can feast on this and vegan chocolate chip cookies every day. Sound good?
So are you melodramatic minnie, or a chilled chica? If you didn’t get the message already, I’m a tad melodramatic!
And what ‘little’ things cause you to panic? What foods can’t you do without? Peanut butter, dark chocolate, fruit+veggies and oats. I think if I have all these things I could just about make it through life!
Have a great week lovelies! Some savoury recipes for once coming at ya tomorrow!
|January 26, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
You know I love you all. But you also know that only one person can win the giveaway, much as I would love for you all to get 10 boxes of this amazing stuff!
Okay, so the giveaway winner!!
(I’m afraid I have absolutely no idea how to insert the Random Number Generator I used into this post, despite many attempts, so you’ll just have to trust me!)
It was…NUMBER 22!! Which is…………………..Cosmic!!!
Submitted on 2011/01/24 at 7:33 pm
“You’re giveaway and lovely bloggy infectious presence excites me(thanks lovely Emma:) Ignore any negativity(it’s not real or true:). I’m subscribed to your blog. ”
Aww what a lovely comment Cosmic! YOU are lovely! 10 boxes of Alara Goji Berries and Pineapple muesli will be on their way to you soon!
I have to admit to another food obsession. This one is slightly more normal.
I have it every day for breakfast in some form or another. Every. Single. Day. Don’t believe me?
Even my weekend ‘shakin things up’ breakfasts had oats in them!
But this morning, I threw caution to the wind.
A personal challenge: A day without oats.
“To hell with oats!” I cried, and instead, threw cereal into my bowl.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love cereal, and this was delicious, but usually have it as a snack. Or at least have oatmeal later in the day. But I was determined. Determined to go just one day without oats, just to see if I could.
I’m so glad I gave in to myself. I think it was beneficial to my mental health. And never again will I ever utter or even think the blasphemous words “to hell with oats!”.
So tell me, what is one food you don’t think you could go a day without having? For me, that’s obviously oats. And Dates. And dark choccie. So that’s three really, but I’m allowed to cheat!
And please share with me a recipe or something that you are dying to make! I had wanted to make those oat cakes for ages, and Averie’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls are totally calling out to me too! I also came up with a great idea for how to make a killer vegan chocolate torte, so I’ll have to test that out soon, and hopefully it’ll work!
Have a great rest of the week lovelies!
|January 13, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
The results you get are very noticeable too- I’ve only been going once/twice a week for less than a month and I’m already lifting heavier weights and seeing a real difference! Can’t wait to start my Tone Up challenge on Monday too, and it’s not too late to join me if you like!
I love how oatmeal is so changeable! And I’ve almost finished my huge jar of PB, so I can’t wait for OIAJ!
The Snack Monster seriously attacked me today.
So I fed him! Nothing would satisfy the Snack Monster though…but everything tasted goood! You know, someone said to me today that it was a “good thing I exercised, otherwise I’d be so fat”! Not sure whether that was a compliment or not…!
Lentils are awesome! High in fibre, iron and protein! Perfect post-workout food! As is this…
Seriously, somebody stop me! Or at the very least check me into a Granola rehab! They surely must exist for ‘special’ people like me…!
Announcement: One of my ‘reader’s requests’ was a FAQ page. Now I feel a little…self-conscious/vain/egotistical(?) about making one, but it was a request, and I do love reading other’s FAQ pages, so please send me your questions! You can leave a comment below or email me your questions. I’ll answer (almost!) anything!
Coming up tomorrow is some baking, which I haven’t done in a few days, and so am getting withdrawal symptoms from (typical signs include constantly reading cookbooks, stockpiling ingredients, stalking food blogs, etc.)! There are some great recipes I have to try out! What is on your To-Make/Bake list? Mine is literally a mile-long and mostly recipes from other bloggers like Mama Pea and Oh She Glows!
TGIF tomorrow! I’m exhausted, don’t know about you! Bring on the weekend!
Goodnight lovely readers, and don’t forget to ask away!
|January 3, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Exercise class reviews|
Today was all about the exercise variety! This is really important to me when it comes to exercise motivation. Yes, I have a routine that I like, but now and again it’s good to keep things fresh, y’know? Gabriela wrote a great post about this today- check it out!
So, I tried out a new group exercise class today! Livin’ up to my 2011 goals so far! Any guesses as to what class?
So what is BodyCombat? Taken from their website:
“BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors, you strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness.” source
A typical class (45 minutes) includes a short warm-up, followed by the main cardio section (lots of kicks, punches and jumping around!), and finally the cooldown which is strength training.
- Very high energy! Great cardio- really worked up a sweat!
- Enjoyable! The cardio section especially is a lot of fun, like dance crossed with martial arts!
- As with the other Les Mills class I have taken (BodyPump), the instructors (there were two) are great. Really passionate and enthusiastic.
- Didn’t like the music very much! Okay, personal taste and a minor thing, but this was the new release, and a lot of the tracks was not new stuff and was a bit cheesy really!
- The strength training section was only legs. It would have been great to get in some arms/abs etc.
- Not long enough? Again, personal preference, but BodyPump is an hour, and I think that’s a better time for this class, as it would allow for more cooldown+strength training.
I did really enjoy the class! Not quite as good as BodyPump in my opinion, but a really great cardio option! I was red, sweaty, and highly unattractive looking when I left the class! But like with all things, you get out as much as you put in. There were people there who were half-heartedly doing the moves, and it didn’t look like they were having fun or getting much out of it! Unlike me of course!
Don’t I look kick-ass! Tried (and failed) a few kick shots too!
Why did I post these again?
Did you know that Ultra Bran cereal has 15g of fibre per 45g serving!! And I usually have way more than that! That’s a lot of fibre!
After BodyCombat, I finished up the hour’s workout with 15mins on the elliptical doing speed intervals, then headed off to Starbucks to meet a friend for lunch. And did you know that Starbucks have a vegan offering now!
You won’t believe this, but I was told by one of the baristas to put my camera away! Cheek! I didn’t argue though, but silently cursed him…
Instead of the usual flow I do that I learned from my class, I did a strength flow from yogadownload.com. After all, today has been all about the exercise variety!
…and so far, it is my all-time favourite recipe book! Yes, it may well have overtaken the Vegan Cupcakes recipe book and Veganomicon! But I obviously have to test out some of the recipes to see if it lives up to its title!
I’m also going to BodyPump tomorrow morning, as well as another new exercise class for me- spinning! Can’t wait!
What are your favourite exercise classes? Have you ever been to any of the ones I’ve mentioned? My favourite has to be BodyPump so far! And what is your all-time favourite recipe book?
|December 24, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
It’s Christmas Eve!! And that means…SANTA’S COMING! Can you tell I’m excited?
They’re in the freezer now, and will be consumed soon!
I didn’t have a humungous breakfast, as I was heading off to a friend’s party. I had planned to make chocolate vegan cupcakes to take along, but I ransacked the kitchen and couldn’t find any cocoa powder! All I could find was ‘light’ instant hot chocolate powder!Thought about using this instead, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t work very well!
There was a huge buffet for lunch at the party, and bless her she provided vegan food (HOUMOUS!) and even told me at the start exactly what foods were and weren’t vegan! I am a Buffet Monster. All food is decimated by me.
Looks alright doesn’t it? Well that was my innocent first plate. Numerous other helpings followed, then the plate was thrown aside, and I dived right in there!
As soon as I got back from that party, I went out for a dinner with old friends! We’ve known each other since we were kids, but don’t see each other as much any more sadly, so it was great to catch up today!
It gave me an excuse to get a bit dressed up too!
We ate at Pizza Express, which is a lovely Italian restaurant if you’ve never heard of it.
We ordered doughballs to share for our appetizer, and since there weren’t any vegan mains on the menu, I just ordered the huge ‘Bosco’ salad without the mozzarella:
It was so big, I couldn’t finish! Trust me, that’s a rare occurrence!
There weren’t any vegan desserts either, but they did have an almost vegan ‘dolcetti’ (small dessert), which I ordered without the mascarpone. However, the waitress forgot that part, so I just ate around it:
The baby figs were lovely! I’ve never had a whole fig before, but they were delicious! The whole meal was great, and I successfully proved to my sceptical friends that vegans can eat out at ‘normal’ restaurants!
This morning, I’m off to the gym to get in a quick workout before starting the busy Christmas preparations! There’s my dish (Festive Squash Jalousie) to veganise+bake ahead and freeze:
And of course, tons of presents to wrap and cards to write! Since this is technically Thursday’s (late) post, I might do another one later tonight for you lovelies…
So what are you hoping Santa will bring you tomorrow? I know one of the things he’s bringing me (he left his receipt lying around! ) and can’t wait to show you tomorrow!! And how are you spending your Christmas tomorrow? With family, friends, or both? We’re having our usual of all the family round! And our family from New York our flying in today to spend Christmas with us, so I can’t wait to see them again!
|December 23, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Today was the big Whole Foods trip! Before I set out on my quest, I managed to squeeze in a quick 45 min gym workout: 5 min elliptical warm-up, 20 min speed intervals (1 min 8mph-1 min 12mph repeated) on the treadmill and 20 mins speed intervals on the elliptical. The gym was practically empty today, which was weird because it has been teeming with people recently! So let’s play Where’s Wally! But with Emma instead…
The shelf label was there, but there was just loads of crunchy and smooth nut butter! PANIC! So of course, I did what all sane people do in this situation. I sat down in the aisle and took out the jars one by one to see if there was one behind them. Anything to find my Dark Chocolate Dreams!
There was one! Just one! Success! Although the people around me clearly thought I was insane, not only for wreaking havoc with the nut butter but for then squealing (yes, I squealed with joy about finding nut butter!) and proceeding to photograph it!
I’m sure Whole Foods will have learnt their lesson about not leaving free food lying around when I visit for next time!
I have never seen nutritional yeast listed in sandwich ingredients before! Or quinoa and flax seed oil for that matter!
The busy day continued after the WF trip with the annual Christmas food shop with my mum, where the bill came to over £160! So since I got back late from that (3 days before Christmas=supermarket madness!), I threw together a quick meal: wholewheat noodles in soy sauce with basil tofu and a side of baby carrots:
Tomorrow morning I’m going to be making the vegan chocolate cupcakes I mentioned yesterday to take to a friend’s party! Can’t wait to get my bake on again! So stay tuned to see those!
And my Amazon package finally arrived! So happy! Now I have all my presents and cards, and just need to wrap! Whoop!
So what about you? How ready are you for Christmas Day? Only 2 and a bit days to go now!!! And what is the best sandwich filler combo you’ve ever had? Obviously sundried tomato+nut cheese is the winner in my book!
Merry Christmas to you!
|December 11, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I am very happy, wonderful readers, because I have a camera again! Borrowed one from my parents, and celebrated this event by having pumpkin pancakes for breakfast! And who doesn’t love a cute little stack of pancakes to brighten up their morning?
- 1/2 cup wholegrain spelt flour
- 1/4 cup milk (I used coconut)
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or mixed spice)
- 1 tsp baking powder
Spray a pan with EVOO spray (or just use oil) and heat it on medium/low. Mix dry ingredients together. Then stir together the wet separately (pumpkin+milk), and add to dry. Stir until a batter is formed. Then spoon (I used a tablespoon) onto the pan and cook for a couple of minutes until lightly browned, then flip and do the same for the other side. Makes 5 mini pancakes (serves 1). Add toppings and enjoy!
The batter is really quite thick, which results in quite thick, fluffy pancakes. Just how I like ‘em! I simply topped mine with agave nectar, but you can get really creative with your toppings. The possibilities are endless!
Cardio today was a five hour crazy shopping trip. Trust me, this was one hell of a workout! I succeeded in getting most presents and in severely depleting the savings in my bank account. But it was worth it! Lunch was had at Pret, and was a chunky houmous salad wrap.
…and have been perusing it for quite a while now! I can’t help it- I love recipe books!
I love Saturday nights! Partly because it is X Factor time, and partly because Saturday nights are Ready-Meal Night. Tonight I chose Innocent’s Indian Daal veg pot. Not only does this have 3 portions of veg in it, but it was suitable for vegetarians+vegans and has a whopping 34.6g of protein in it! Win!
How is your Christmas shopping going? I’ve got all the presents I need for my friends (thank goodness!), and am ordering the family’s online! And do you have certain food ‘nights’? As well as Ready-Meal Saturday, I have Quick-From-The-Freezer Friday, so two lazy nights in a row!
Hope you’re having a great weekend! Enjoy your Sunday
|December 4, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
After mentioning yesterday my ankle pain, I was all ready to try and do a light run today. I fuelled up this morning with cereal+coconut milk+a banana:
I hadn’t had cereal+milk in ages! Missed it! Anyway, during walking around the house this morning, the ankle wasn’t feeling 100%, or even 70% sadly, so I decided it would be better to be safe than sorry, and try again tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s fully recovered by then!
Today we are having a big family get-together with my mum’s side of the family, who we only really see a couple of times a year. So today is the big present swapping time! I put myself in charge of Christmas music at our intense wrapping session:
Oh yes. Not sure if my family would agree though! If I didn’t convey it clearly enough yesterday, I love Elf!
Yay! I can’t wait to see the look of excitement on my little cousins’ faces! They get so excited about presents! Well so do I, but I don’t run around screaming “prezzie time” as they did last year!
Back to Thursday quickly! I was really in a baking mood, and in a cinnamony mood. What a surprise! So I decided to bake a cinnamon cake! (Cake based on this recipe and the buttercream based on Angela’s recipe.)
Cinnamon Cake with Spiced Buttercream
- 250g flour (I used half wholemeal spelt and half plain/all-purpose)
- 200g sugar
- 1 heaped tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon (I would recommend using more, but then I am a cinnamon addict! )
- 1 tsp salt
- 225ml buttermilk*
- 4 tablespoons oil (I used melted vegan spread)
- 2 normal or flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax+6 tbsp warm water, whisked and left for 5 mins)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 105g icing sugar
- 110g butter/vegan spread, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp milk (I used coconut milk)
- 0.5 tbsp cinnamon
- 0.5 tbsp mixed spice
*I made my own (vegan) buttermilk. I took 1 tablespoon vinegar (or lemon juice) and poured into a cup. I added in (soy) milk to equal 1 cup. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes, then measured out 225ml and used that.
- Make the buttermilk and flax eggs if you need. . Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Grease/line a 9x5in loaf tin.
- Place all ingredients (except the buttercream ingredients) into large mixing bowl. Beat 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Pour into prepared loaf tin and smooth the top.
- Bake for approx 50 mins, then once ready remove cake from tin and leave to cool on a wire cooling rack.
- To make the buttercream, whip the butter with a mixer until smooth. Add about half of the icing sugar mix again until smooth. Then add in the vanilla, spices, and milk (if needed). Mix well. Add in the remaining icing sugar and blend for several minutes, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Once the cake has fully cooled (and make sure it is, or the buttercream will melt!), spread on the icing using a wet spatula.< /b>
In my opinion, a perfectly frosted cake is highly overrated! The cake was delicious, and the frosting was soo good! Licking the frosting bowl was possibly the best bit of my Thursday! If anything, I would add more cinnamon next time to the cake, but my official tasters (my family) thought it was fine as it was. Guess it’s down to personal taste, but in my opinion, you can never have enough cinnamon!
Anyway, off now to the family Christmas get-together in London, and when I get back, I’ll hopefully have my first Christmas presents to put under my currently non-existent Christmas tree! It’s okay, we’re putting ours up tomorrow! Have you already got your tree up? If, like me, you haven’t, when is yours going up? Do you have a specific date when you put your tree up? We always put ours up on the first weekend in December, and I can’t wait!
Have a great weekend! And don’t forget the best way to spread Christmas cheer…!