Posts Tagged by Nooch
|April 2, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Admittedly, I only bought this cos the shop were all out of running magazines. And it actually made me realise how truly uncool I am, since I had no idea who half the people were! But hey, pretty pictures!
1 hour elliptical speed intervals
20 mins weights
PB and apple toasted sandwich, and cookie dough overnight oats. I love breakfasts!
A serious taste testing session ensued…
Cool people have the same foods every single day. Like this snackplate of apple and a microwave banana oat cake topped with almond butter. I think I’ve had this every day this week, and I’m still lovin’ it!!
Yes, I made it very uneven, with a thick base and a very thin top bit, but it tasted AMAZING anyway. Heaven…
Indulgent Single-Lady Peanut Butter Cup
So quick, so simple, so heavenly.
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
- Melt the chocolate in 20 second intervals in the microwave.
- Put half into a cupcake liner (or two if you prefer). Layer the nut butter on top, then cover with the remaining chocolate.
- Refrigerate until solid (took mine about 10 mins), and ENJOY!!
Cool people tell themselves it’s perfectly okay and totally normal to eat this much chocolate when you eat nutritious meals.
Lentil and WW couscous tomato stew and a side of spinach sprinkled with nutritional yeast:
Humnut sauce= equal parts hummus (I used red pepper) mixed with nutritional yeast. SOOO good!!
Cool people are expert procrastinators. I had a to-do list today as long as my arm which I decided to try and tackle (and mostly failed!), so everything I said yesterday that I would do today (get my gait re-analysed, post my goals, etc) I will be doing TOMORROW instead.
I am actually seriously excited about getting to run tomorrow, even if it is at 1mph for a few minutes whilst being carefully monitored. Running is running! And I’ve had zero shin pain for the last few days!! Yaay!! Still playing it safe though, but I’ve got my fingers crossed!
Cool people get excited about updating things. I am looking to update my Q+A page, cos I keep forgetting! And I’ve now copied Carrie’s idea (sorry girl!) and gotten a Formspring account. That means you can shoot me questions to answer anonymously, so no need to feel embarrassed or anything!
I’ve also removed my Blogroll, because I felt it was a) seriously outdated, and not a true reflection of the blogs I do read regularly now and b) because I want everyone to be on it if they want to! I agree with Katie that I don’t want anyone to feel left out or hurt because they’re not on it! So if you want to be on it, leave a comment below or email me! Don’t feel shy, and anyway, I may not give you a choice!
In what ways are you cool/uncool? I am so uncool. Most days I don’t brush my hair or wear make-up, I live in sweats, and most of the music I listen to is classical. I am an 80 year-old inside.
What are your favourite magazines? I only read two normally, but they happen to be the most expensive two on the planet: Runner’s World and Women’s Running.
What’s your favourite chocolate percentage thingy? Do you like 99%? I definitely didn’t at first, but it’s really grown on me!! My fave is 85% though at the mo
Enjoy the rest of your weekend friends, and don’t forget to shoot me your questions and to leave a comment saying if you want to be on my blogroll!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
|March 18, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Friday Favourites|
It’s FRIDAY FAVES time people!! SO many people do this now, and it’s such a great way for us to share our happiness with each other!
It is the most delicious thing ever, despite what this picture makes it look like! I’m a talented photographer, dontcha know? And is a perfect topping for oatmeal…
2. QUADRUPLE Chocolate Oats. Remember the Triple Chocolate Oats on my last Friday Faves? Well I amped up the chocolateyness even more. Soon, I’ll be at Dectuplet (is that even a word?) Chocolate Oats. But this was good enough for today!
1/2 cup oat bran and CHOCOLATE milk topped with Dark Chocolate Dreams, Katie’s chocolate fudge and cacao nibs. Oooooh SO good. Went into a slight chocolate-induced coma after this one.
3. Getting started on my rehydration mission! This was one of my March goals, because I know I am lacking in salts because I never replenish them!! So I ordered some Nuun rehydration electrolyte tabs.
Today was my rest day but I’ll test them out tomorrow!
(Yes, you caught me, I am holding a square of chocolate in that picture…Lindt is another Friday Fave I had to subtly sneak in! )
…and then a ton more after that photo was taken!
I get a LOT of questions about this stuff. Basically, it tastes like cheese, and has around 14g of protein per serving, plus tons of B vits. You can’t beat it!
Yes, it is very amateurish, and pretty cheesy/lame, but I love it! It has some of my favourite quotations and some pics too
“When your legs get tired, run with your heart” is my favourite quotation, and below it is a fave mantra of mine: “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever”.
Inside back cover:
I LOVE my new journal!! I am SUCH a sucker for quotations, and I have left a page at the front for some more, so I’d love to hear your favourites to write on it!
I have simulated track workouts on the treadmill before, but obviously it’s not the same as the real deal! There isn’t one very near me, which is why I haven’t done one before. But tomorrow morning I’m gonna travel and go hit that track! Can’t wait…400’s methinks…bring it on!!
What are your Friday Favourites? Share with moi pretty please!
Do you have any favourite quotations or mantras? I’d love to hear your favourites and add them to my list!!
Do you have a running journal/exercise log, etc? Do you find it useful? I love having one! I just looked back at my first ever entry: 3 min run, 1 min walk repeated. “It was HARD!”.
Have a great weekend friends!!
P.S. Your comments on yesterday’s post were amazing. You guys are the BEST and such inspirations to me!! You all HAVE to come and visit me and run the London Marathon with me in a couple of years, k? It will be SO MUCH FUN!!
|March 13, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Friday Favourites|
Thanks for all your responses so far to my giveaway post! Keep ‘em coming!! And a couple of you mentioned subscription problemos? Well I have a new plugin thingy (so technical…!) so if you had problems before, HOPEFULLY this one’ll work! Otherwise, I am totally clueless, and I’m sorry!
So yesterday I didn’t get to do my usual Friday Faves post! I’ll make up for that now with my Friday/Saturday Favourites!
1. A delicious breakfast! Kris’ Vanilla Coconut Breakfast pudding, only chocolatified…
I used chocolate soy milk instead, and boy this was gooood!! With a banana on top and PB on toast on the side, cos life just isn’t complete without a ton of carbs!
2. People being nice to the ‘special’ one. Went to a birthday partay last night, and there was a buffet (not so good for vegans generally!), BUT my lovely friend provided some vegan food!! In particular, this bean salad rocked.
Screw plates and hygiene. I’ll just eat it straight from the bowl thank you.
3. Positivity and perspective. I had an easy 8 miler planned today, but experienced a fair amount of side shin and Achilles pain, both of which are new to me!! So I stopped a few times to stretch out, and easy jogged a bit, but it didn’t go away. I decided in the end it was best not to risk it, and cut my run short.
And I thought my average pace of 7.55 min/mile was pretty good, especially in the circumstances! As soon as I got back, I stretched, and watched Friends with a bag of frozen sweetcorn on my shin. It WILL be fine. Positivity cures everything
Smoked tofu and broccoli sprinkled with nooch, and chocolate milk too of course!
They weren’t around for long sadly! So I tried to recreate them today, with a little twist…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crunchy Granola Bars (adapted from this recipe)
Depending on what mix-in you use, these have no added sugar- just sweetened with agave. They are crunchy, delicious, and not overly sweet. These are filling and healthy, and make the perfect on-the-go snack!
(Makes 12 very large bars, or 24 squares)
- 4 cups quick cooking oats (I used half rolled oats)
- Generous 1/3 cup peanut butter, melted
- 2/3 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup, etc)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips/chopped chocolate/cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 180C/350°F. Spread oats on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Allow oats to cool to room temperature.
- Melt the peanut butter in the microwave (may not be necessary, depending on how drippy your nut butter is), and let cool.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spread mixture into a 9×13-inch baking tray that has been greased or lined, pressing down hard to compact it.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars, and ENJOY!!
I wolfed down those two big bars, and then passed out in a food coma.
What are some of your Friday/Saturday Faves? Your turn to share!!
What are your post-run/workout foods of choice? Chocolate milk always! And broccoli is another fave…and PB banana toast!
What is your favourite day of the week? I love Sundays and Fridays the best I think!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovelies!! And don’t forget to keep those affected by the earthquake in Japan in your thoughts and prayers, and to donate if you can!
|March 7, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Reader Request, Special Breakfast Mondays|
Likin’ the new look? I’m still trying to figure out some things, but bear with me, k? I’ll host a big pancake party at my place in return, sound good?
So what made my Monday amazing?
I added a tbsp of cocoa powder, and topped it some shredded coconut and a fudge baby. This is the most delicious and filling thing ever. You can’t beat chocolate for breakfast!
Hours of endless amusement right there.Better than any video game I say! A great finger workout too!
The lovely folks at Meridian Foods offered to send me some of their stuff to try out! They are SO lovely and generous, and clearly know me well: nut butters, jam, and snack bars?!
I will officially taste test tomorrow. Be prepared. And then…a GIVEAWAY!!
5. Monday Reader Request: What I eat for lunches. Well I have a lot of lunches to-go, because eating vegan makes things a little tricky, not to mention EXPENSIVE!! So I batch make something, and then use that for the rest of the week. This week= wholewheat vegetabley couscous (with mushrooms and tomatoes)…
Voila! And THIS is why I don’t post my lunches! Because it’s exactly the same pretty much every weekday!
6. Taking advantage of the sun! I couldn’t resist. It’s been so grey and rainy recently in London that when I saw the blue skies, I knew I had to ignore my plan to take a running day off and cross train instead. So I did a easy run in the sun!
I needed it for my health. My tan was fading. And that’s saying something for someone who is half Indian!
Anyway, it was an amazing run! My legs were tired from the tough 6 mile hill run yesterday, so I took it slow and just chilled and coasted along, enjoying the sun
Easy run: 3.41 miles, 7.48 min/mile pace.
7. Checking out/drooling over a new gym. A Virgin Active one. It is SO POSH.
So I just have to decide whether it’s worth the price! Double the amount of my local gym’s membership…hmmm…
7. Discovering the joys of Google Reader! I’m a bit late to the game I know!!
I can now stalk all your blogs 24/7, mwah ha ha….!
So what things have made your Monday’s amazing?
What are you looking forward to most about the coming months? The weather. End of.
Do you have Google Reader? Do you like it? I keep seeing everyone talk about it, and now I finally know what they are going on about!!
And the Featured Athlete posts begin next Monday, so get excited!! I sure am!
Have a great week friends!!
|February 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Hey friends!! Hope you had a rockin’ Wednesday!! *Edit: This is yesterday’s post! My internet was down last night so I couldn’t publish it!!*
Breakfast this morning involved something totally new: bulgur. Inspired by Katie’s breakfast bulgur, I thought I’d try something different! I’m really trying to experiment with my brekkies this week, and I’m loving it!
Serves 1. Tastes like pudding.
- 1/3 cup prepared bulgur wheat (see Katie’s tutorial for a great how-to)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
- 2 tbsp (soy) yoghurt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Combine the cooked bulgur with the applesauce and milk in a saucepan and heat on low, stirring occasionally like you would oatmeal.
- Once the bulgur has absorbed most/all of the liquid and reached desired texture, remove from heat.
- Stir in yoghurt, transfer to a bowl, add spices and toppings/mix-ins and enjoy!!
Nutritional Info (excluding toppings/mix-ins): Calories 241, Fat 2.2g, Fibre 9.9g, Protein 8.7g
This is amazing!! Tastes like rice pudding and is so filling! All stirred in:
I exercised my inner geek big time today. Well I am a geek, and usually embrace that. But today was geek-overload…
Knowledge is power people, knowledge is power…
iPod for plugging into the tread and watching Toy Story 3 on, then ‘Performance Nutrition for Runners’ book for the elliptical, using the good ol’ hairband trick:
Geek alert. I always get funny looks doing that, but hey, at least I’m not stuck with watching reruns of Bargain Hunters on the gym TVs like everyone else!
Veggies (broccoli+mushrooms): check. Carbs (spelt flakes): check. Protein (‘Cheezy scrambled tofu’ and more nutritional yeast in the spelt flakes): check.
I did a little happy dance at all the goodness there. GEEK.
I then headed off to central London! Being a geek, I went to spend some quality time in Europe’s largest bookstore (Waterstone’s Piccadilly). I almost fainted when I saw the HUGE section of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks!
I couldn’t leave that section empty handed. Especially when I saw Lindsay’s book! I’ve been reading her blog forever, and I was reminded of it after seeing that Freya had bought it in her post yesterday. So I got it too!
It was this recipe that had me:
I then went to check out the running section. And fainted in awe. Hence no photo of that gloriousness! I did take a stack of books though and sat on the floor and read them, because I’d already spent all my money. WHAT a geek. And said geek WILL be returning on Friday to drool over the books some more!
It was a lovely small group of us (only 13!) in a little room with comfy chairs. Oh, and they provided food.
Like I would want to miss anything important! I learned SO much (I NEED MORE SALT), and was totally inspired by the speaker! He did make one mistake though: he gave me his email address. Guess who I’m going to be bombarding with questions daily?
Okay, so some recipes coming up tomorrow! Think hummus people, think hummus. The Geek tried 5 batches to get it right, and grew many, many grey hairs. Worth it though
Are you a geek? Are you proud of your inner geek or do you hide it away? I’m proud to be a geek. I think it’s cool (<—GEEK!)
And did you notice a change to the recipe I posted? I posted the nutritional stats after an email I got requesting the calorie counts for my recipes. What do you think- stats or no stats? I’m not a calorie counter, but I appreciate that some people might want to know, and I do like knowing the protein and stuff…so I’m mixed!!
Sorry for the ridiculously long post! The Geek needed to express herself eloquently! Have a great week friends!!
|February 8, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Okay, so if you didn’t realise already, I get excited a lot. Over every little thing. I put this constant high down to the sugar intake (DATES, I’m talking to you!), and clearly I get excited very easily- see my other two excitement posts for proof! So, seven exciting things for today!!
Before this morning, I had never had crunchy peanut butter before. If you think that’s weird, pre-blogging, I had never even had nut-butter before!
Well I gave away my flower in style. (Friends reference #1001!)
Excitement: COCONUT BUTTER!!
Amazing reader Angie from the US read my moans about lack of coconut butter in the UK and sent me some! Angie, seriously, we are now BFF’s.
Not only did Angie send me coconut butter, but she also threw in these too:
Granola?! Chocolate Chips?! Seriously girl, you know me so well!!
Excitement: A ‘gym regular’. I overheard one of the guys at the gym in the weights area (where the good treadmills are!) say “Oh look, it’s crazy runner girl again!”. HA they don’t know the half of it…
Excitement: The Best Speed Run Ever! A speed interval run totally kicked my butt today! I was literally dripping sweat, and so red I thought my face might explode. I looked unbelievably attractive still obviously, but I thought I’d save you the sight anyway…
1 min @ 8.6mph
1 min @ 8.7mph
1 min @ 8.8 mph
2 min @ cooldown pace
Repeated for about 40 mins + a 5 min warm up and cool down. I was totally motivated by Paula!
Paula Radcliffe is actually my heroine. If you are mad and don’t know who she is, she holds the world record for the fastest women’s marathon time, at 2:15:25!!
Anyway, I’ve just started reading her autobiography, and it’s so good! Every time I needed a bit of inspiration on the ‘mill, I just looked over and saw her face and was inspired. I know, I know, I’m lame!!
I finished up with a few mins on the elliptical reading the book using Janae’s life-saving hairband trick.
Health store people are just too nice. I love them.
Excitement: A delicious dinner.
‘Cheezy’ quinoa stuffed mushrooms with tempeh, more ‘cheezy’ quinoa, and cherry toms.
- 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes
- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch (optional)
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegan margarine
- Spices for flavouring (optional)
- Mix the dry ingredients (except spices) together in a small pan. Add the water and cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles.
- Cook for a minute more, or until desired thickness is reached.
- Remove from the heat and add margarine. Stir until the margarine has melted in. Add spices if desired (I added paprika for some spiciness).
This sauce is great! Makes about 2 cups worth, is high in protein, and leftovers keep well in the fridge. I just made a serving of quinoa too, mixed in 1/2 cup of ‘cheeze’ sauce, put into some destalked large mushrooms, and grilled for 5 mins. Delish!
Tomorrow I’m going to be having some fun with my coconut butter, and sharing a healthy, five ingredient cookie recipe!
So, what exciting things happened to you today or this weekend? I gave you seven exciting things from today, so share with me some pretty please!
And do you have a role model/idol you look up to? Paula is totally mine! My dream is to meet her someday…or maybe even run with her! I think I’d be able to keep up for about a minute though before passing out with exhaustion, but I’d appreciate those 60 seconds a lot!!
Hope you’re having a great week friends!!
P.S. The treats from Angie have inspired me- does anyone want to do an American-Brit foodie swap? It would be fun! I can offer basically anything you’ve seen on here, like Trek/Nakd/9 bars, etc. If you’re interested email me