Posts Tagged by Pumpkin
|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!
|October 13, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I am officially so confused!! Basically, yesterday someone left a comment for me on Formspring to let me know they had found a website with my race result from Saturday, and it’s COMPLETELY different from what I had heard! Time, placing, EVERYTHING was different!! Has anyone ever had this with races before with different sets of results? I’m going to ask my coach when I see him next week (he wasn’t at practice today), but I don’t understand at all!! It really upset me at first, cos these results are much worse!! But I’ll wait to see what Coach says about it all (P.S. If the person who Formspringed me reading this, thank you for letting me know!)
Looking good post-run
I went back to see the sports doctor about my tibial bone stress.
He said that it is healing, and that I definitely should not do any more than I am doing (I’m only running twice a week during team training) and he said that I should not really be racing. I explained to him that if possible I need to run the next few races to be in with a chance of qualifying for Nationals and stuff, so he said that it should be fine as long as I treat them more like tempo runs than actual races, and hopefully it should be totally healed within the next two months! I’ll take it!
Now onto slightly more trivial updates…
I have been LOVING autumnal (yes ‘autumn’ not ‘fall’ cos I’m a Brit thank you anonymous commenter! ) oatmeal lately…
Apple-cinnamon oatmeal, with cashew butter stirred in
Caramel-Pumpkin oatmeal! Pumpkin oatmeal with caramel pudding and a pumpkin scuffin. Baked goods as an oatmeal topping is the best thing ever!!
The scuffins by the way are from Oh She Glows (recipe found here), and I make a few minor changes (e.g. no chia seeds) but they are my all-time FAVOURITE pumpkin recipe, and one of my general favourites too!!
I am having the best time training with my team! I’m so glad that for the time being at least, I can still run with them twice a week! And NEWS FLASH I am no longer the slowest person yaay!
3 miles of warm-up/cooldown+drills, and then repeats and stuff! I was pretty frustrated by my 5.01 min/mile split! I was trying so hard to break 5 min/mile!!
NEXT TIME I will for sure!
I refuelled afterwards by crumbling a pumpkin scuffin (obsessed!) into a half empty soy yoghurt pot:
Keeping it cool and classy as always
I have early morning spin class tomorrow, with my fave instructor (super-hardcore ex-military, ultra-marathoner man- he ‘mentions’ that every time haha!). And if I’m going to be able to crawl out of bed at some crazy hour, I need to get some sleep! I am NOT a super-early morning person normally!
So I’m off to get some shut-eye! And yes I will be wearing my workout clothes to bed…always classy
Help me out here runners: have you ever had any confusion over race times? I’ve never had this before! Obviously your Garmin always says something different to the actual results, but I’ve never seen two completely different sets of official results before!
What is one thing you are aiming for in your next few workouts/runs? To break the 5 min/mile in my next set of repeats! Although next session is hills…hmmm!
How much sleep do you get on average? Ok, I’ll admit it now…currently about 6 hours. I know I know, it’s bad!! I’m working on it haha!
Have a great end to the week friends! <3
|January 4, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Exercise class reviews|
Today was my last day of freedom before getting back to the routine tomorrow. So I made it a good one! I’m also going to try to get in a early speedwork run tomorrow mornin’, but I’ve never been good at early starts…
Confession #2: When the instructor asked if anyone was new, I didn’t raise my hand. I just went along with it! (I know I should have done, and if you are taking a new class, you should let the instructor know if it is your first time!)
Such a great workout! This class gave me the toughest cardio workout I think out of all the classes I’ve been to!
Love the mix of high-impact and low-impact stuff. The class is mixed up with sprint sections, slow high-resistance sections, etc.
Great use of music (Black Eyed Peas ‘Pump It’ for sprints= pure genius) and instructor was great.
My legs were dead afterwards. This class is obviously great for the leg muscles! Spin instructors (*cough Janae cough*) must have leg muscles of steel!
I actually don’t have any negatives at all for this class! I will defo be going back when I can!
Confession #3: I had to dash straight after class to make it to my dentists appointment, so didn’t have time to shower. Sorry Dr. Lincoln.
Then it was time to get ma bake on! First up was raspberry scones, from this god-send of a recipe book (Babycakes) that I have been raving about non-stop since I got it. And it did not disappoint.
I love all that stuff so much, that once I had finished those, it was on to the next thing. Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream. (From the same book). I’m going to a get-together thing tomorrow evening, and there’s going to be a buffet. (Alert the Buffet Monster!) So this is my offering!
My trick that I learned from the last time I baked cupcakes, was to make the buttercream first. That way, you can chill it so it’ll be ready to pipe once the cakes are done!
Confession #4: There was a lot of leftover buttercream. Any guesses where most of it ended up?
Man I wanted to eat one of those cupcakes so bad! I just had to content myself with consuming the leftover buttercream. Not a bad trade-off really! Buttercream > Cake to me. But you all know who’s gonna be first to the buffet table tomorrow to nab one of those bad boys!
So are you more of a buttercream/frosting person or a cake person? If you didn’t get the oh-so-subtle message from this post, I’m a buttercream+frosting gal! And have you ever tried spin? Thoughts?
|January 1, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe it’s 2011?! I sure can’t!
Firstly, I want to thank you for your lovely comments, emails, and great suggestions for my blog. So, coming up soon:
- More vegan recipes
- Reviews of exercise classes
- Strength training workouts
- Yoga (exercises, stretches, etc.)
- An FAQ page
- Running tips and posts
I’m so excited about these! I have some great ideas lined up, and if you have any more suggestions, keep ‘em coming and I’ll add them to the list!
Emma. Loves. Twiglets. And so does Buddy apparently! Great minds think alike…
I woke up today, feeling a little queasy. Late night + (WAY) too much food is not the best of combinations! Nevertheless, I laced up my new running shoes (I had to test them out! )…
…and headed out on a run!
Haha this was a pretty eventful run!
- My stomach did not feel good at all from the outset, and I was almost sick! I felt better though as I went along.
- I did my usual 5 mile route, in which I run through a posh private estate. As I was leaving the estate, I saw the exit was blocked by five, yes FIVE, police cars! Two policemen stopped me, and asked me a number of questions, like who was I, and how old I was. Then they just said “Go”, and I went on my way! Weird, right! I wonder what had happened…!
- It also started raining pretty heavily on the last half a mile, so I sprinted my way home, and died.
My average pace for the last mile was 7.40! Haha!
I made mine with pumpkin, raisins, vanilla extract, cinnamon and mixed spice. Delicious! I had 3/4 of the pizzert (not just that measly slice!) and the rest later as a snack.
I also did my annual Start-Of-The-Year detox. This is not a detox in the traditional sense (diet related), but an organisation one! I cleared my desk and wardrobe, and filled three sacks full of unwanted things to take to charity!
Do you do a detox (in my sense or in the traditional sense!) after the holiday period? Personally, I don’t do a food detox- I just return to my normal eating habits, but I do think the concept of detoxing is great! And to runners out there, what is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you on a run?
Happy 2011 everyone!
|December 13, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
My throat was really sore, and I wasn’t at all hungry this morning, but I knew I should eat, and would feel better after doing so. And this pumpkin oatmeal really did help!
Recognise that dog anyone? I was given that mug for my 7th birthday- and I still love it!
Oh, and today was Secret Santa day! Which meant…I got to open more presents! My Secret Santa got me two recipe books (she knows me so well!).
‘Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World’!! 75 recipes for vegan cupcakes! Can’t argue with that! First to catch my eye was the gingerbread cupcakes (because it’s Xmas, and I love gingerbread!) and peanut butter cupcakes!!
So stay tuned over the next couple of days for a vegan cupcake post!
What are your favourite cold-remedies? And have you ever tried making a vegan cupcake? I haven’t…yet!
Have a great week!
|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.
This is less than half the bags I ended up with: height="184">
…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 9, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I can’t believe I was ever a person who always skipped breakfast. It is my favourite meal of the day now! Can’t live without a good breakfast!
I was going to go to a step class today, but seeing as I ran yesterday, I decided to play it safe with my ankle! But I might try another short treadmill run tomorrow, and am praying that it’s fine then!
Funny about the avocado, because I’ve seen it all over blog posts today! Julie also had avocado in her lunch, and Angela’s chocolate tart that she posted the recipe for today has lots of avocado in it! Small world!
I wasn’t sure quite what I wanted to do with it, but decided on simply frying it in EVOO spray then tossing in soy sauce, as this is what I usually do with tofu when I’m in a hurry. The pack says it serves two. Really?
Huh, one serving of tempeh! Hmm, not quite sure about tempeh to be honest. It grew on me the more I ate of it, but not sure whether I really like it or not! I prefer tofu at the moment, but I think I’ll try doing other things with tempeh and see if I like it better in a different way. Have you tried tempeh? Do you like it?
In my book, there is no such thing as a bad day when dark chocolate is involved!
This Saturday will involve some serious Christmas shopping. I am swapping presents with some friends on Monday, so I am slightly worried that I have no presents yet! Can you imagine how busy the shops are going to be this weekend? I actually like the mad Christmas shopping crush, but most people I know hate it! Do you love or hate Christmas shopping madness?
TGIF tomorrow! Have a good Friday!
|November 27, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Made Kath-style! 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup oat milk, 1/2 cup water and some banana:
But I guess on the weekends that’s fine! Would love to try an apple+cinnamon version of this! Maybe tomorrow…
Anyway, in the afternoon, I visited the London Running Show!
There were also seminars, and I attended one on ‘Yoga for Runners’ which was really interesting and informative. The speaker talked about the best postures and types of yoga for runners, and how yoga benefits runners. There many other seminars too- the one on running injuries was especially popular. A photo of one of the ‘seminar theatres’:
Water, Powerade Zero, Energy Gel, two ‘NRG’ energy bars and an Eat Natural bar. I also got a free gait analysis, which was great!
I then took advantage of the direct Underground link to the Whole Foods Market Kensington stop. This is the biggest Whole Foods in the UK and it is amazing. What made it even better was that it was all Christmasy!
Nut butters! I loved how it was almost make-it-yourself style! I really wanted to try the pecan, but it wasn’t cheap. Maybe next time though!
And the taster table was unmanned! So guess where I spent a good few minutes hovering? The chilli flavour was the best. I was tempted to buy some, but I knew it would be a bit of a waste of money, as I’d finish them in no time at all! Budget restraints in the run up to Christmas suck! For this reason, I also put these into my basket, then put back:
Smoked tofu, tempeh, Nakd banana bread bar, Bodymatter organic no-added sugar granola and dark chocolate with cocoa nibs!
I’m going to see Harry Potter 7 tomorrow!! I can’t wait!! Have you seen the new Harry Potter yet? If so, what did you think?
|November 25, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Wholewheat noodles in soy sauce, with tofu and courgette (zucchini), which made a great, filling dinner that took less than 10 minutes to throw together!
Apple and cinnamon complemented this season perfectly! Thanks for all your comments on Tuesday’s post by the way- it seems as though the majority agree with me in thinking that autumn/fall is the best food season!
Breakfast today was pumpkin oatmeal with the last remainders of my open can of pumpkin. I have many more cans, but am trying not to go through them too fast as I am very miserly (they aren’t cheap!), so sadly it may be a while before it returns! Well actually, it probably won’t be that long- self control was never one of my strong points!
That miniscule blob was all that was left in the tin! Still made it lovely and pumpkiny though! All stirred in and topped with a crumbled pumpkin cookie:
Today sadly was my uncle Raj’s funeral. If you didn’t know, my fit+healthy uncle Raj died suddenly of a heart attack two weeks ago aged just 48. The funeral was very sad, but it was great talking to everyone at the reception and hearing all their funny stories about him! He was such a joker! The funeral programme:
He shared my love of running, and was actually running when he had his first heart attack a few days before the second one that killed him. He also shared my love of food, so they made sure that the funeral reception had lots of his favourite foods. The buffet included these cute mini quiches:
I had a ton of savoury food (quiches galore!), so by the time they brought out the cupcakes, I was too stuffed to eat them! But my brother made up for me by eaing three, and I did enjoy quite a bit of my delicious pumpkin gingerbread a few hours later when I got back home!
Soya protein? I thought I ordered pea protein?
Nope, looks as though I accidently ordered soya protein instead! As I had had some stomach issues with soya milk, I had decided to go for the pea protein, but as I can’t really be bothered to send it back and get the right one, I think I’ll just try this and see how I feel! So it called for a quick Protein Green Monster:
Wasn’t quite sweet enough for me- had to add some agave. The stomach’s feeling fine at the moment, but we’ll see later! Hopefully there’ll be no problem
So what are you thankful for today? I’m thankful that Raj’s life was one filled with happiness and joy, and that his wife and children know how very much he loved them. Better to live a short but happy life than a long and unfulfilling one, right?
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” <—— So make sure you do!
|November 23, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
I microwaved my oats+oat milk for 2 mins, then added the pumpkin and mixed in. After heating for another 40 seconds, I topped it with a crumbled pumpkin cookie (which by the way, was super moist and cakey today- I loved it!):
This was honestly the best bowl of oatmeal I have ever had. It was the perfect texture+flavour, and so filling! I was only hungry again at about 1pm, and seeing as I ate this at half seven, I think that’s pretty impressive!
I also enjoyed three slices of Pumpkin Gingerbread with spiced buttercream today. Yes, three!
This too was so much nicer the next day! It was delicious yesterday of course, but it was at a whole new level today!
I also did a tempo run today, and got a new PB for the mile in my warm-up mile! I think this was because it was freezing and had started to rain, and so I wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible!
So all very season-appropriate foods! I think autumn is my favourite season food-wise. Do you have a favourite food season? I have to say though, the summer berries are pretty good…!
Have a great evening!