Daily Archives: September 5, 2010

Brunch: The Mama of all Meals, Inspired by Autumn

As you know from my last post, I ran my first 5K today! It was so fun, challenging, and left me with a monster appetite.

And since it’s Sunday, it had to be a Sunday Brunch – no no, just plain ol’ brekkie would not cut it today (even though my brekkies are never ever plain..it’s the best meal of the day! I like to live it up).

Lately it’s been chilly chilly! I’m talkin’ 60 degrees. I love this weather so much. The crispness of autumn is one of my favorite things – it makes me want to cozy up by the fire with some apple ciderpumpkin pie, and watch Halloween and Thanksgiving movies like Hocus Pocus (which I watched last night! couldn’t help myself) and Halloween Town (I am obsessed with this movie. childhood favorite).

Plus, who doesn’t want to jump around in a pile of leaves?! I would any day :)

So, this was inspired by my absolute love for autumn and the weather change – it was nostalgic and delicious.

Isn’t it amazing how food, its taste, its smell, its textures…can bring back so many memories? That’s one of my favorite parts about food – it’s an experience; a work of art.

So, I came home and made these babies :)

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes :) Mmmmm.

Topped generously with almond buttah, Apple Spread, bluebs, blackburries, and cherries on the side. I love my berries :) And cherries. Very cherry…it all rhymes! I should be a poet..

It was the perfect post-race fuel. My muscles (and my tummy!) were incredibly happy :)

The process:

Battah :) I may have snuck a few tastes..

Ohhh yes. At this point, they smell amazing :) Flippage!

The first few:

…..Aaaaaaand served.

And now, the goods.

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp. NuStevia Baking Blend (or agave, maple syrup, suga, whatever floats your boat! this one’s my fave)
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or mashed sweet potato/any other sweet orange tuber/squash)
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I roll with rice milk)
  • 1 large, or 2 small/medium, apples (cored and chopped tiny)

Directions:

  1. Mix pumpkin, apple pieces, and non-dairy milk in a small bowl. Mix all other ingredients in another, larger bowl.
  2. Combine wet and dry in the largest bowl, then heat a large skillet (whatever one you like for pancakes) over medium-high heat and spray with canola oil (or whatever oil you roll with, it’s cool!).
  3. Pour into pan with a large spoon or ladel, and be sure to spread out these pancakes! The batter will be thick, so spreading by hand is important so they cook all the way through.
  4. Flip once there are lots of bubbles around the edges and on top/in the middle and the edges begin to brown. Be sure to re-spray the pan in between flips – we don’t want any stuck pancakes!
  5. Cook until both sides are well-cooked and browned to your liking, then serve warm :)

Tips on How to Eat a Pancake:

Yes, these tips are fo’ real.

  • With maple syrup, agave nectar, your fave liquid sweetener
  • Topped with Banana Soft Serve!
  • Slathered with almond buttah, various nut butters, Earth Balance
  • With Apple Spread :]
  • Sprinkled (or covered) with raisins, other dried fruit, various fruits including berries, more chopped apples, tropical fruits…go crazy!
  • As a brekkie-style PB&J: spread your fave nut buttah (mine’s almond) and apple spread, or sliced apples/pears, between two pancakes and eat like a sammie! That’s what I like to call: pro. Pancake champ!

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat a pancake?

Mine would definitely have to be the way I rolled today – tons of  almond buttah, apple spread, and fresh fruit :] Alllll the way!

Time for me to go make din din, lovlies! It’s leftovers from last night, about which I have yet to post – expect more food porn and lots of recipes later tonight :)

On the agenda tonight we have:

  • Din din!
  • Watching Alice in Wonderland (the new one! holllla. but defs will not be as good on my tv as it was in the theater – 3D baby!)
  • Blogging
  • Reading Beowulf We’ll see.
  • Going to bed! Sleep is the best :)

See you after dinner!

xoxox,

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CK Runs Her First 5K!

GOOD MORNING! :)

Woah, CK, you’re a little happy this morning…but you know, that’s just me, spreadin’ the sunshine!

Why am I so happy, you’re wondering?

I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K TODAY! In exactly 30:15. I’m still in shock.

Have you ever been surprised by how strong your body truly is?

I definitely feel that I could’ve run much harder and faster, but my goal for today was just to run the whole thing. And I did! It feels so good to reach your goals :)

By the way, it was cold! 60 degrees F..and to most of you runnahs, that probably seems absolutely lovely (which it ended up being). But for my little lungs that were mostly unexposed to the elements, it was cuhhrazay. I had to run the first mile with a jacket on!

Most importantly though, I ran this race with my papa by my side :) He was such a great motivator and really helped me to keep with my form (major love and thanks to Chi Running! absolute geniuses).

Oh dang, picture FAIL! At least you can see the family love :)

CK Dad is a seasoned runner - he’s completed our local marathon more times than I can count, the Boston Marathon twice, and will be running the New York City Marathon come November. He’s such an incredible inspiration to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve done as well today if he wasn’t there to truly just be there. I love my papa with all my heart, he is such an incredible father :)

After today’s race, I decided it was time to start running outside. I thought that going from treadmill running to an outdoor race would absolutelykill me, but instead it was easy, peaceful, and nicer. I was in my own happy running place, oblivious to other runners – I used to be so conscious of the people around me and never be able to keep my own pace, but today that was completely different. My pace was mine, I was listening to my body, and most importantly I was conscious of everything within myself. The only problem was that my lungs really were not used to the coolness of the outdoors, so when it was time to bring out the big guns, my lungs started to feel the brunt of the cold and it made me nauseus.

Question: Do you have any solutions for this? Tricks that help your breathing? Ways to avoid feeling nauseus?

Please let me know! I would love any of your tips and advice :)

As for you lovely people, here’s a list of Things I would recommend before your first 5K or race:

  • Sleep in your running clothes the night before. Seriously! I do this on nights when I’m feeling unmotivated or tired, but it makes waking up (and getting out to run!) much quicker, simpler, and easier. Plus, it’s motivation since you’re already wearing your gear!
  • Wake up within the hour of your race. If I wait more than an hour to run after I wake up, I get hungry – and any food in my belly before I run gives me major crampage. Plus, it gives you ample time to….
  • Hydrate! I cannot stress this enough. Before any race, workout, or run, hydration is key. It wakes you up, gets your gears running, and keeps your muscles and cells happy while you work out. Water is the the fuel of life, my friends :)
  • Warm up. Take 5 to 10 minutes to jog around, stretch, and get your muscles warm. You’ll be glad you did when your muscles carry you effortlessly (and cramp-lessly!) through your race/workout. Jogging gets your muscles loose, and stretching releases lactic acid and other soreness-inducing chemicals from your muscles, allowing you to run your hardest with as little muscle strain as possible. This is also important before any workout – train well and race well :)
  • Cool down. After your race (or workout) take time to let your muscles cool down by jogging or walking, and hydrate! Hydrating post-workout is just as important as hydrating before you workout. Remember the water your drank before your run? Your body used it during your workout, sweated it out, and needs to be replenished. So for the sake of your muscles, your body, and your training, take time to treat your muscles and your body well – water and a gradual cool-down.
  • Eat well. I think this speaks for itself! Eat nutritious, good-for-you foods – especially, within 20 minutes or so after your race/workout (your muscles need replenished glucose, protein, and fuel in general!). For more on this, you can read my philosophy.

Last night, about to go to bed in my race clothes :)

First 5K shirt! :)

Post-race brunch pictures and recipe will be up later, as well as yesterday’s yums! (and recipes, ahhhbviously :) )

See you later lovlies, hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday! Time to go work on my summer reading :] Fall semester starts Tuesday.. (ahh!). Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Here I come, Beowulf! You ain’t got nothin’ on me ;)

xoxox,

p.s. I’m planning on signing up for another 5K race! (oh, man, crazy CK…) It’s September 25th, and proceeds benefit a children’s charity – this time, I’ll be ready for anythang :)

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