Food! Trying New Things!

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I have been trying some new food lately. I knew Whole Foods had a hot food bar, but I did not realize how awesome it was. My friend invited me to meet her there for lunch. I am so glad I went. I loaded up my plate. I had a little bit of everything. I tried roasted plantains with grilled peppers, zucchini noodles with marinara, quinoa with feta, and salmon pasta. Everything was good, but the roasted plantains were my favorite by far.

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Then….I had one of their coffees. I just had coffee with a little skim milk. This is my new favorite place to get coffee. I can’t even describe how amazing their blend is. I am going back tomorrow and everyday for the rest of my life.

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I have also been trying out some new food combinations. I made a recipe from Runner’s World. It was quinoa with craisins and cinnamon. I added just a hint of maple syrup. It was a great substitution for oatmeal.

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This salad idea also came from Runner’s World. It was so simple, but so perfect. It was an apple, spinach, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar. It was the perfect combination of flavors.

Have you tried anything new lately? Have you eaten at Whole Foods?

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Don’t You Just Love Race Photos?

running picI would say this picture and my face pretty much sum up the last 8 miles of last week’s half marathon – The Love Run. I look a little bit like I am dying. I don’t know why I am always excited to look at race photos. I always look like a fool! I should have know that I would look especially lovely in the pouring rain!

pl unidentified FemaleIf you look behind the girl in the orange, you can see me rocking the yellow shirt. Thank goodness I wore yellow! They said due to the rain, they could not read most people’s race bib numbers. So yes, I went through like 3,000 photos to find one where you can see part of my body. Clearly, that was worth the effort. Could’ve been the greatest photo of all time out there. I had to at least check!

pl unidentified FemaleLook closely by the flagpole. You can see my right arm and leg! Woohoo! Like I said, thank goodness I was wearing yellow. I might have missed this amazing shot otherwise. Hah!

phillymarathonIn other news, I registered for a full marathon in November. Only time will tell if this is the greatest or worst decision of my life. Stay tuned.

What do you think? Totally reasonable to spend an hour going through 3,000 photos to find a picture of your right arm?

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Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies!

I am still experimenting with a gluten free diet to see what effect it has on my Crohn’s Disease. I am a work  in progress. It is hard to give up wheat completely! I’m getting there slowly. Rice seems to be taking over my diet and filling the void of wheat. Luckily, I found a recipe for quinoa cookies from Chocolate Covered Katie. If you have never been to her blog, you need to…NOW.

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The recipe calls for quinoa flour, which I just made my putting quinoa in a blender – very simple. I also used unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the milk.

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The first time, I just followed the recipe and added chocolate chips. The next time I added powdered peanut butter. The peanut butter really took it to the next level. These cookies were delicious. I can’t believe they only clock in at about 60-70 calories. I am officially hooked.

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Adding sea salt on top really takes it to the next level. You can taste the quinoa slightly in the original version. With the peanut butter, you can barely taste it, if at all. I plan on making these many times in the future. Yum! For the recipe, click here.

What are your thoughts on quinoa?

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First Time Trying Protein Powder

I’ve been curious for a very long time about protein powder. As my miles increase, I become more and more concerned about nutrition. I’ve done a little research on protein powder, and I wanted to make sure I was getting as natural as I possibly could. For my first ever venture into protein powder, I chose Vegan Smart Plant Based Protein.

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I had a very nice combination of flavors to try – vanilla, chocolate, and chai. I was instantly drawn to the chai flavor. I am obsessed with chai tea. It is delicious. I knew I had to try this flavor first. After much thought, I decided I wanted to go with the classic protein shake.

Chai Protein Shake

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I combined half a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk with one packet of chai protein powder and ten ice cubes. I must admit, it was delicious. The shake definitely has the taste that many artificial sweeteners have. This does not bother me at all. If you are sensitive to this taste, I would recommend adding a banana to your shake. The next day, I made a shake using one banana, half a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, ten ice cubes, and one packet of vanilla protein powder. That was perfect. It was spot on. I really liked what the banana added to the mix – just the right amount of sweetness.

Chocolate Protein Oatmeal

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For my next creation,  I made chocolate protein oatmeal. I am obsessed with oatmeal. This one really hit the spot.  I made one cup of oatmeal using water and stirred in half a packet of chocolate protein powder. Again, I noticed the sweetness was just not right for me. I drizzled some honey on top. That fixed this completely. I gobbled that breakfast up like it was nobody’s business.

Vanilla Protein Latte

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For an extra little kick one morning, I made a vanilla latte to start the day. I combined half a packet of the vanilla protein powder with 8 oz of coffee and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I really enjoyed the combination of the vanilla with the coffee. I usually prefer my coffee black, but a latte hits the spot every once in awhile, especially one with extra vitamins and minerals!

Chocolate Protein “Ice-Cream”

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For my final treat, I made a healthier version of ice cream. I cut one large banana into bite sized pieces and froze them overnight. The next day, I combined the banana, half a packet of chocolate protein powder, and a fourth a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk in a food processor. Blend until smooth like ice cream. Enjoy!

Here is the breakdown of my opinion of the product:

Pros:

  • More natural than many protein powders
  • Delicious flavors
  • Gave me lasting energy and fullness throughout day
  • Loaded with vitamins and minerals

Cons:

  • The sweetness factor was a little off for me – can be fixed by adding ingredients

Overall, I enjoyed the fullness and energy the protein powder gave me. Like all things though, moderation is key. Still make sure to get plenty of whole foods, too!

What are your thoughts on protein powder? How do you like to enjoy your protein powder? 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbised thoughts. Naturade provided me with the free samples, but did not pay for my review. These opinions are my own and unbiased.

Brownies with Beets?!

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It was a pretty snowy week last week! We had quite the snowstorm, which can definitely change your running routine. Some people in my running club went out during this. I was definitely not one of them.

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Too cold for this girl!

With temperatures like above and snow pelting me in the face, I decided to turn to the treadmill. The apartment gym was packed! I think people were getting stir crazy from having to stay inside so long. I saw some of the regulars I am used to, but also met some new faces!

With all this extra time due to snow days, I felt like baking something delicious! I saw this recipe from Runner’s World and decided to make brownies. You would not believe there are beets in here! You cannot taste them. I think they make the brownies extra moist. I really loved them. I definitely plan on making them again. I did not have unsweetened baking chocolate, so I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, and then didn’t add any extra sugar.

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Please ignore the toothpick holes from checking if it is done!

The brownies also have quinoa flour in them! I just threw some quinoa in the blender and that got the job done. I would definitely recommend giving these brownies a try! Yum!

How do you make desserts healthier?

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Whole Wheat Waffles – Yum!

I am definitely a work in progress when it comes to cooking, but I think I am getting better. To speed me along, I took a great cooking class with my boyfriend last weekend at Sur La Table. It was one of my Christmas gifts from my boyfriend. I have been wanting to go for awhile, but they cost a pretty penny!

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In the class, we made an endive salad (not my favorite, actually most people in the class thought it was too bitter), roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, beef in a cabernet sauce with bleu cheese, and a butterscotch pudding. Everything but the salad was delicious. I even enjoyed the brussel sprouts. I learned a lot about making sauces and had never baked anything in a water bath before. It was a great experience. The class broke up into groups of four, and my boyfriend and I were paired with this really intense couple. They are known as regulars at the place and knew more about cooking that I will probably ever know in my life.

After the class, we were given a coupon to the store. We spotted a waffle iron on clearance and snatched it up. If you ever look at my recipes, you know that I am a big fan of whole wheat. So, why not make whole wheat waffles? (Note: They have a combination of white and whole wheat flour. Let’s not get too crazy here.)

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The recipe is modified from Aggie’s Kitchen.

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 cup Stevia
1/8 cup sugar
3 TB baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups lowfat milk
3 eggs
2 TB butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add milk, eggs, and butter to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour  batter  into the waffle maker and cook according to waffle maker directions. Enjoy! 🙂

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What do you like to top your waffles with? Have you ever taken a cooking class?

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Recovering from the Holidays!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and was able to spend time with loved ones. I am visiting my family in Ohio for the week, all the way from New Jersey. It has been great catching up with family and friends. It was worth the 8 hour drive!

Hopefully all of you had a great holiday. If you are anything like me, you have overindulged in delicious food, particularly sweets. The holidays are full of so many delicious treats! I am trying to stick with my running to balance out the eating. So far, I have been doing pretty well. A special new toy has definitely helped motivate me!

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Now I am not the only member of my running club that does not have a GPS watch! Santa was nice enough to bring me a beautiful Garmin Forerunner 220. It does everything I could possibly dream of and more! I took it for an inaugural run on Christmas. I think a Christmas morning run might have to become a tradition. There was hardly anyone out at all. I loved the peace and solitude!

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I also got this amazing running sweatshirt from my mother. It kept me warm in 20 degree temperatures on Christmas. I actually was a little warm! The hood is the best part. It keeps your neck and head very warm. It even has a little hole for your ponytail. I have a feeling that I am going to want to wear it every time I go running! It is from Lululemon and was quite the splurge, but I definitely think it was worth it. It is my only item of clothing from Lululemon. Everyone is allowed one splurge every now and again!

Was Santa good to you? Did you get any new running gear?

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Pumpkin Butter Stuffed Whole Wheat Muffins

Miss Adventures in Running - Pumpkin Butter Stuffed Whole Wheat MuffinsAs you have probably already figured out by now, I am obsessed with pumpkin food. I also really love substituting whole wheat flour in my baked goods. These two loves combined led to…Pumpkin Butter Stuffed Whole Wheat Muffins! Warning: These are hearty whole wheat muffins, which in my opinion, makes them perfect! Even better, no oil or butter, and just one egg white!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons Pumpkin Butter (I made my own in the crockpot!)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine the whole wheat flour, agave, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. (dry ingredients)

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  • In a medium bowl combine the Greek yogurt, egg white, milk, and vanilla. (wet ingredients)

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  • Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients and stir until combined.

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  • Fill each muffin cup 1/3 way full with batter. Then spoon 1 teaspoon of pumpkin butter into the center of the batter. Then cover the pumpkin butter with more batter, covering the pumpkin butter the best you can, and fill the muffin cups 2/3 of the way full. Repeat for each muffin cup.

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Miss Adventures in Running - Pumpkin Butter Stuffed Whole Wheat Muffins

  • Bake the muffins for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Click here for a printable recipe!

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Scones

Miss Adventures in Running - Whole Wheat Pumpkin SconesI absolutely love fall! I love sweaters and boots, but more importantly I love fall food! I practically love anything apple or pumpkin flavored! While all these treats are delicious, I also like to try and keep things at least slightly healthy! With this recipe, I tried to lighten up a personal favorite…pumpkins scones!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Stevia
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • Mix whole wheat flour, sugar, Stevia, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in one bowl.

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  • Mix pumpkin, almond milk, and egg in another bowl.

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  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Then stir in softened butter.

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  • Roll dough into a ball.

Miss Adventures in Running - Whole Wheat Pumpkin Scones

  • Flatten dough out into a long rectangle on a floured or lined baking sheet.
  • Cut the dough into triangles. I ended up with 8 scones, but you can make yours as big or small as you would like.

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  • Bake in oven for approximately 14 minutes.
  • If desired, cover with cinnamon sugar glaze while still warm.

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Cinnamon Sugar Glaze:

  • Combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon. Stir until smooth.

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Now, don’t go crazy and call these scones healthy, but they are definitely healthier than your standard scone! Click here for printable recipe!

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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Applesauce

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I am always a fan of quick, healthy breakfasts. These “cookies” are great for a fast, satisfying breakfast. They taste great in my opinion, but don’t expect them to taste like a standard, guilty pleasure cookie. The applesauce, raisins, and brown sugar give the cookie some sweetness, and the Greek yogurt gives them a nice, chewy texture. Hopefully they help get my days off to a good start this week!

Ingredients:

•     1/3 cup light brown sugar

•     1/4 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt

•     1/2 tsp. vanilla

•     1/2 cup applesauce

•     2 cups quick-cooking oats

•     1/4 cup raisins

Directions:

•     Preheat oven to 375 F.

•     Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

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•     Using hands, form dough into small balls and put on greased cookie sheet.

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•     Bake the cookies until they turn a light golden brown.

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•     Allow cookies to cool and set before eating.

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Click here for a printable version of the recipe. These cookies are a light, satisfying breakfast, that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Enjoy!

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What do you like to have for breakfast? 

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