When Runners Can’t Run

Sometimes not running can be a good thing {I can’t believe I just wrote that down!}. But seriously, it can be good for your body and even sometimes your mind.

You may have noticed I’ve been doing a little reading around here with Dr. Jordan Metzl’s and Meb for Mortals book reviews. I’ve also been reading “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” and am really enjoying it. It’s chalk full of running tips, stories, training plans for 5k – full marathons and soundtracks of music!!! Interesting, eh!!!

Well, last night I think this mother runner hit the all time high of what to do when you can’t run. I decided to bake. I had planned to make these amazing cookies: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies. If you’ve never made them, it’s a must. Anyway….

I figured since I was turning on the oven I’d make some muffins as well. Again, I didn’t just make one kind. In the end I made a batch of carrot cake oatmeal cookies, blueberry muffin’s and banana muffins.

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The banana muffins were supposed to be “chocolate chip banana muffins” as requested by the girls but I kinda forgot about the chocolate chips as they were hiding under the cooling racks, dang! Guess I’ll just have to bake again in a few days 😉 Oh and, none of these are vegan!!!! My poor husband will come home to all this – or half of it – and realise he can’t eat any of it.

Let me just say, I could eat it all right now and may have tested all three last night and for breakfast this morning.

What’s a girl do to?

What do you do when you can’t run (or workout)?

If you bake, do you bake more than one thing at a time?

Ever forget a key ingredient in a recipe before?

PS – I’m hoping to run tonight…..can’t eat all the muffin’s and cookies and not run 😉

Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review & Giveaway (US & CAN)

For the last month or so I’ve been adding these little hemp hearts to almost everything I eat! Manitoba Hemp Hearts to be exact!

I add them to smoothies, yogurt and granola, salads, you name it and I usually add them into the meal! I’m not going to lie, I was a little unsure before I tried them as I thought they would be really grainy.

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After trying them the first time, I actually really liked them. They are soft and taste good. Not grainy or hard like I thought they might be. I liked them so much that I went and bought a big bag from our local grocery store.

I plan on using them in some other foods I make: banana bread, no bake energy bites (I’ve altered my recipe and will share soon) and in the Oh She Glow’s granola bars I make. These are definitely a daily eat for me now.

What are hemp hearts?

Hemp Hearts are shelled hemp seeds.

Fun facts:

  • At the ‘heart’ of all our hemp foods is the Hemp Heart (aka raw shelled hemp seed).
  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving
  • Hemp Hearts are a complete vegetarian protein
  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of protein per 30 grams servings
  • Hemp Hearts are hypoallergenic
  • Hemp Hearts are Non-GMO Project Verified

You can check out their website at Manitoba Hemp Hearts and find recipes there too!

To enter the contest please…

  1. Followed @ManitobaHarvest on Instagram 
  2. Followed @ManitobaHarvest on Twitter 

BONUS entries:

  1. Followed @Piper’s Run on Instagram 
  2. Followed @Piper’s Run on Twitter 

LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY. Contest is open to those in the US and CANADA! Contest is open Wednesday March 4th until Monday March 9th, Atlantic Standard Time. 

 I was provided Manitoba Hemp Hearts as part of a review with FitApproach. 

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan}

Since we are having a SNOW DAY in Nova Scotia today (yes, even Government offices are closed!) I thought I would make a nice breakfast for our family. I’ve wanted to make this Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal (From Two Peas & Their Pod) dish for a long time. I figured today was going to be the perfect opportunity. Of course, I had to make it vegan for my husband to enjoy with us.

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Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan} 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups skim milk {Coconut OR Almond milk}
  • 1 large egg {1 large banana OR 1/4 cup of maple syrup}
  • 3 tbsp spoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease 8 x 8 baking pan.
  2. Mix oats, coconut flakes, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Mix together milk, egg {banana}, melted coconut oil and vanilla.
  4. Place 2/3 of the blueberries on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour over the oat mixture evenly over blueberries.
  6. Next, pour the milk mixture over the oats – covering all of them.
  7. Sprinkle remaining blueberries on top.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden and oats are set.

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ENJOY!!!

Oh, and we made bacon; normal yummy delicious bacon and….vegan bacon. Now we are off to enjoy the day together, stuck in our house and hopefully outside later to enjoy the snow.

Do you make special breakfast on snow days?

Are you getting this crazy blizzard?

What are your go-to activities when stuck inside with your family?

Rungry: What I’ve Been Eating Lately {WIAW}

Rungry has been in full effect lately…well, more soccer-hungry than RUNgry but it’s all the same thing, ya know! Last night I managed a little 4k run on the treadmill when all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and relax. Seeing that I should be starting my 1/2 Marathon training now, I thought I should attempt another easy run. And that I did. I’ve started it but nothing concrete or set in stone.

What I’ve been eating lately? Well, LOTS!

 Post Soccer Eats: Blueberry / Pomegranate Smoothie, DQ Skor Ice Cream Cake/Pie, Salad and Watermelon. I seriously can’t get enough watermelon in my body. I eat it almost every day and sometimes twice a day, it’s a good thing my girls love it too!

PR Soccer Gunn Food

I’ve been on the road with work a little bit and we stopped at the coolest little cafe in Bear River, Nova Scotia. I would 100% make the drive down there (1.5 hours) just to go back to “Mrytle’s & Rosie’s Cafe”. We all order a burger; from left to right: Bacon, cheese and onion ring burger (mine); Philly Cheese burger and crap, I can’t remember the name of this burger. I know it had “a thousand salad dressing” on it, Melissa had it.

PR Mrytles & Rosie's Cafe WIAW

I’ve also been drinking lots and loving salads lately too:

PR Salads and drinks WIAW

Well, this wouldn’t be a good post without sharing what the girls eat sometimes. This is on soccer night, when I rush home from work, pick up the girls, make PB & J sandwiches and usually veggies or fruit and then we rush out the door to soccer.

PR Lilly Food WIAW

AND…..now I’m rungry all over again!

 Thanks Jen @ PeasandCrayons for continually hosting WIAW 🙂

What have you been eating lately? 

What’s your favourite summer treat?

Watermelon or Ice Cream?