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I am a lovesick puppy

Not for a boy…oh no, not this time. For almond butter.

After my morning workout (20 mins running, stretching, abs, arm weights), I whipped up the most delicious brekkie I’ve had in a hot long time:

It ain’t very pretty, but it was delicious, let me tell you. Gluten-free rolled oats with a ton of cinnamon, a chopped up cameo apple (my favorite apple), and a giant spoonful of crunchy almond butter. Mmmm 🙂

Now, mind you, I was an almond butter virgin until this morning. I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to try it! So I did.

The goods.

It was amazing. I licked every last bit off of the spoon from the jar. And it was great in the oatmeal! I think I’ll start adding some almond buttah to my morning oaties 🙂 I didn’t completely enjoy the ton of apple in my oats though..I think from now on I’ll stick with big fruit on the side, and tiny chopped or dried fruits in my oats. I like mine creamy, not with giant chunks! So I ended up eating all of the apple pieces first, and then my precious oaties. Delish.

I ate every last bite.

Success 🙂

So for all of you almond buttah lovahs, some food porn:

Hungry yet? I am 😉

Backtracking a little bit, I got to read some of Chi Running before beddie bye last night. It’s different from all of the running books that are super serious and talk about it like it’s a science – which it is, in many senses – but I prefer the style of this book. It’s much more laid-back, conceptual, and tangible to fit everyone’s fitness and skill levels. I guess that’s what puts the Chi in Chi Running 🙂

This guy is also an ultramarathoner who’s crazy good at what he does, training athletes and doing T’ai Chi while he’s at it. No, this guy doesn’t do crazy weight training, cross-training, or Body Pump. He runs and does T’ai Chi. This guy might have the key to the universe.

I’ve begun to really enjoy running, an activity that I used to grind my teeth through and continuously think to myself, One more mile, Katelyn, just one more minute…just 100 more calories and then you can be done. It was all about calories, mileage, and making sure I always ran exactly an hour and 15 minutes.

Now, I run with my body. If my body needs a break, I’ll walk for a minute. If I’m thirsty, I’ll take a sip. If my lungs are working too hard, I slow down a bit. If I wake up one day and feel like I need a day off, I’ll take it.

Because I don’t feel guilty anymore.

It’s a beautiful feeling. I’ve come to just enjoy getting up early when the house is quiet, enjoying some fresh water while I check my email and read blogs, and then enjoying the feeling of waking myself up with some running and the Today show (and I’ll admit, Sesame Street and Arthur some days 🙂 ).

I always leave my run feeling awake, refreshed, energized, and ready for a yummy, hearty brekkie 🙂 There’s no better feeling in the world.

Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on working out, break days, and guilt?

I’m excited to hear your responses 🙂

Off to power vibrant yoga! Have a beautiful morning lovlies 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Busy Bee

Good morning lovlies! Hope everyone had a nice evening 🙂

I had a pretty relaxed one filled with leftover kabocha squash with azuki beans, savory quinoa, and roasted brussels sprouts, my favorite! (halve brussels, preheat to 350F, place cut-side down on EVOO’d baking sheet, drizzle with EVOO and sea salt, roast for 15 minutes) Mmm 🙂

This morning I woke up bright and early – at 6:15 am! – to check email, hydrate, and go for my run. At first I was kind of sluggy and not motivated, but then I turned on the Today show and started my workout. Since I’m training for a 5K (hopefully I’ll be able to do 5K by the race!), I did an endurance workout I saw online last night, but tailored it to make it a bit harder.

I did a 5 minute jogging warmup, stretching before and after, then repeats of 5 minutes running and 1 minute powerwalking, then a 5-minute walking cooldown. Total, I logged 30 minutes and 2.25 miles. Not bad! I felt good, so I’m going to keep up with the running/walking workouts and build up my endurance. Of course I stretched forever and then did my abs!

By the way, I do not have any fancy workout gear. I don’t like spending money on much other than a good pair of sneakers and running shorts, so this is my daily attire 🙂

Watch I got at Target in the 3rd grade. No joke

With a "new" band 🙂 2 dolla velcro!

My sneaks 🙂 Asics alll the way, baby!

The usual

On the Today show this morning, I was shocked by one of the stories – a girl named Phoebe Prince who had recently moved to a new town was being harassed by a group of kids in her high school, and couldn’t take it anymore, so she committed suicide. Sad, right? I felt awful for this girl, and couldn’t believe that kids could be so cruel. Normal emotions, right?

Well, a reporter came onto the show and talked about how a giant story had emerged that Phoebe had been a giant bully/harasser at her previous private school in Ireland, and had been on antidepressants for a long time, somehow making the harassment not as bad since she “already had problems”.

Now, where do people get off talking about a poor girl who just killed herself like that? Phoebe’s friends and family are probably completely distraught, and in all this madness, the people harassing her are looking for a way out with use of this story. It’s terrible.

What do you think of the way they’re handling this story?

I’m honestly pretty disgusted that people would try to compensate what they did by “victimizing the victim”. Read more about Phoebe’s story here.

Okay, enough with the sad. Onto happier things! 🙂 My brekkie this morning was so yummy, filled with 1/2 a grapefruit, oatmeal, and tons of berries since I love them so much 🙂

Of course, no morning is complete without some Yogi tea.

Time for me to go get ready for the day! I have a long list of things to do (yes, I make a list for myself every night before bed 🙂 )

Have a good day everyone!! Try not to be too busy 🙂

Question of the Day: What’s your morning routine like? How do you make it more efficient?

I look forward to hearing your tips 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Simplicity at its Finest

I love the farmer’s market. We picked up enough produce to sink a ship (aka, the usual 🙂 ), and got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes! I’ll put up a picture tomorrow, they are so photogenic. They sold them in a variety pint, so we have lots of fun shapes and patterns to choose from. I can hardly bring myself to eat them! I wonder if I could do that thing where they freeze people and keep them forever, but with heirlooms…? Wait, stop, that’s totally weird and creepy. Rewind!

After the farmer’s market, I went to the gym and logged in 2 miles on the tread, 30 minutes on the elliptical, then stretching, abs, and arm weights. I love running 🙂 Training for the 5K is going a bit slowly BUT I WILL NOT GIVE UP! That race ain’t got nothing on this girl.

And, of course, my after-workout snack was a yummy-ummy PB & J Larabar. I honestly think Larabars came from the work of a genius, or someone who was awfully hungry and messed up on a recipe, ending up with a sticky, delicious mess. Oh, how I love my Larabars. I always keep Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, and Peanut Butter and Jelly in my house. Don’t waste your money on Clif bars; always go for the raw energy bars! They almost always have 3-5 ingredients that are totally organic and unrefined. Nothing better than that.

Once I got home, I whipped up a ton of hummus. Probably enough to last a week or more. Did I mention I love hummus?

My quick recipe:

Hummus

(Adapted from 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas, or 2 (15.5-oz.) cans
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, minced (I roll with eight)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup water (may or may not be necessary)
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice (I like more)
  • 4 tbsp. EVOO

Directions:

  1. Put everything in a food processor and puree until smooth. Enjoy! 🙂

So, why did I need to make so much hummus? I’ll tell you. Tonight we had 2 giant eggplants sitting, beckoning for me to cook them, so we made an almost-raw, super simple lasagna. But be warned, this is totally untraditional and can barely be called lasagna, but it was SO good!

My dinner:

Kale salad with avocado, leftover millet salad with cooked mushrooms, leftover roasted green beans, and the eggplant lasagna 🙂

For dessert, we had the Ooey Gooey Brownie Muffies from last night, nuked in the microwave for about 1 minute for ultimate gooeyness. They were so perfect and melty, and of course we had to have some vanilla nice cream with them. Mmm 🙂

But first, dinner!

Eggplant Hummus Lasagna

(Adapted from Opera Singer in the Kitchen’s Vegetable Lasagna)

Makes a casserole-dish sized lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 cup hummus

Directions:

  1. Slice each eggplant lengthwise into about 1/2-inch thick slices. Rub both sides of each with sea salt and let sit in a colander for about 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse slices and pat dry, then rub both sides of each with some olive oil.
  3. Grill slices until softened (grill pans and indoor grills work just as well), flipping after checking the underside and seeing grill marks.
  4. Arrange one layer of grilled eggplant on the bottom of the pan, then coat with the cup of hummus, spreading evenly. Lay the rest of the slices in another layer on top, then serve warm or cold.
  5. So simple but so yummy! Enjoy 🙂

Did I mention that we don’t have a grill? Well, not a real one anyways. The only one we have is an electric indoor one that’s completely old school, but I love it!

Kickin' it old school

Assembly: not so pretty, but so yummy 🙂

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite simple recipe?

I’m excited to hear your responses 🙂 One of mine definitely has to be almond butter and apple spread on Ezekiel bread. So quick, easy, yummy, and healthy! Whole grains, nuts, and fruit with no added sugar. Holla at that!

Time for me to go to sleep! I am so tired from my busy busy day today, and tomorrow I get to go to church and really unwind. It’s like yoga without a mat! Stretching out my spiritual muscles.

I’ve been working on a post about disordered eating, guilt, and other weight- and health-related matters, so keep an eye out for that 🙂

Also, one of my favorite bloggers, Chocolate Covered Katie, is having a recipe book giveaway, so this is me linking back to her blog and telling you to go check it out! Her posts are always so fun and always make my day a little more spectacular. Check her out!

Goodnight lovlies 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast

Okay, not real pumpkin pie, but pumpkin pie vegan overnight oats! I’m a follower of the blog http://www.ohsheglows.com, and she has VOO every morning for breakfast, always adding in interesting things, so I thought I would give it a try. I usually just have fruit for breakfast (and don’t eat until my stomach grumbles), but since I’m trying out the Kind Diet “Superhero” style, I thought I would give grains at breakfast a try.

Night-before prep:

pumpkin! yum yum 🙂

not very pretty 🙂 but tastes delicious!

How did I prepare my Vegan Overnight Oats? I’ll tell you! (ps I was so excited last night for my overnight oats that I could nearly sleep..no joke. I wanted to go check on them! and I was brainstorming for future overnight oats 🙂 )

Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • a lot of cinnamon sprinkled in 🙂
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)

Directions:

  1. Mix it all together and then cover and refrigerate overnight. However, I checked on these after about an hour and they were almost ready!! Yum 🙂 I may have tried an eensy bit, too…
  2. In the morning, add whatever you want!

I added more raisins and a pinch of stevia, which was perfect. Angela (from Oh She Glows) usually adds nut butter, cacao nibs, maple syrup, fruit, etc. but today I thought I would go sans a ton of toppings so I could taste the pumpkin.

good mowning 🙂

Tomorrow I’m thinking I’m gonna make an Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin Muffie Overnight Oats, as kind of an adaptation from my Muffie recipe. Yum 🙂

These were super filling (I couldn’t finish it! the rest is in my fridge), so next time I might do less almond milk but more of the pureed/smashed fruits. But, I do feel super energized! My tummy just hurts a little from not being used to anything but fruits and vegetables before 6pm (usually I just have a salad at lunch).

Also, next time I’m gonna try to work out before having any grains for breakfast! My plan for today was to have breakfast and then work out around 11 or noon, but I am so. full. This would be a great post-workout breakfast though, or if you don’t do much vigorous exercise within a few hours of eating.

Question of the morning: What’s your favorite breakfast? Have you tried Vegan Overnight Oats? What’s your favorite VOO recipe?

That’s all for now lovlies! Have an energizing day 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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