Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful moms out there! I’ve read some really beautiful tributes today to a lot of awesome sounding mommas! I hope you all enjoyed the time spent with your families today.

I woke up at 6:15 this morning to get some work done on this paper, which is still moving along at a snail’s pace! Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday’s: Nature’s Path SmartBran, fresh blackberries and almond milk.

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The morning was spent writing and going to church, which worked up an appetite! Lunch was a salad beast inspired by last Friday’s dinner at Candle CafĂ©. I piled lettuce, tomatoes, seitan and guacamole atop a garden vegetable Tumaro’s tortilla to make a simpler version of their “taco salad,” and enjoyed a sliced pear and almonds on the side, plus a small bowl of red grapes.

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This afternoon, my mom and I had plans to run together in a charity 5K in our town. Right before the race, it was announced that a fallen power line would reduce the distance of the race from a 5K (3.25 miles) to 3 miles. I ran with my momma the whole time, and we finished in 33 minutes flat. I’m proud of her!

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My mom and I before the race

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Getting ready to go!

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About to cross the finish line. Please excuse my vegetable face.

Unfortunately, my mom felt sick after the race, so we headed straight home for her to take a nap. For a snack, I had a fruit bowl of champagne mango and fresh strawberries, plus two pecan-date rolls.

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I was hungry for dinner by 5, so I decided to just go with my hunger instead of waiting to eat! The other day I got major food envy when I saw Gracie’s sweet potato in a jar creation, so I decided to make the most blog-influenced creation of all time: maple-chia-sweet-potato-oats-in-an-almond-butter-jar. The ingredients:

-       ½ cup rolled oats
-       1 c almond milk
-       1 medium sweet potato, steamed in the microwave
-       1 T chia seeds
-       almond butter remnants (~2-3 T)
-       drizzle of maple syrup
-       tons of cinnamon

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Holy. Deliciousness. This. Was. Awesome. Major props to Katie for coming up with the SPIAJ idea, and Gracie for the maple syrup idea! I’d planned to have some broccoli with it, but this was SUPER filling, so I stuck with a grapefruit:

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And an almond joy bar a little while later for dessert:

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I’m already craving some coconut butter and millet bread as an evening snack ;) Back to work for me- I’m coming down the home stretch! Hope you all have wonderful Mondays!

What’s your favorite blogworld discovery? Least favorite? I love OIAJ, and humnut sauce, but could do without chia pudding!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

Put some chocolatey drizzle with the cb on millet and your taste buds will die and go to heaven.

I've only had coconut date balls. I've always looked at the pecan ones at WFs but figure I can make my own...and then never do!!

Congrats to you and your Momma for a great race!

Jennifer said...

Aww look at you and your mama stayin' fit together! :) You guys are so cute! Glad you had a good race! xoxo

Maggie said...

I'm impressed at your hard working-ness! That's earlier than I like to get up for anything! Congrats on the 5 (ish) K, too! That looks like a great was to spend Mother's Day. I'm with you on the wonders of humnut sauce! But I haven't been inspired to make any sort of high-protein pancake or bar that involves cottage cheese. Have a great day, girl! Good luck with the paper!

Megan D said...

Congrats on the race!! And I love that you called your dinner "the most blog-influenced creation of all time"! It sounds to die for. I think my fave blogworld discovery would have to be yoatgurt!

Jenna said...

So cool that you and your mom ran together!! Hope you had a great weekend!

seekmyself said...

That's so awesome that you and your mom ran that race together; what a great way to spend some quality time together on mother's day and do something that's good for your health at the same time :)

I love the blog world for helping me get more creative with my oats. I've always loved oatmeal, but it wasn't until I started reading blogs that I discovered just how many things I can throw in it. And I'm totally with you on the chia; those little seedies get stuck in my teeth and just turn me off.

Hope you're having a beautiful Sunday!

Gracie @ Girl Meets Health said...

Shew, I don't think I've ever seen so many fruits and veggies eaten in one day! Girl, you're pretty much the picture of health :)

I'm so glad you tried/liked SPIAJ! Isn't the maple syrup an amazing addition?!

Jessica @ The Process of Healing said...

Oh wow, that SPIAJ sounds AMAZING! Girl. Wow.
Congrats on the race! I know that must be so special to do it with your mom!
My favorites are probably OIAJ and yogurt messes and just oats in general. Least favorite, definitely chia pudding. I like chia seeds in oats but the pudding thing.. no thanks.

And thanks for the sweet tweet earlier girl! I really appreciate it, so so very much!
Love you!

katie anne said...

i agree with jessica. i luv all the yougrt messes and oats but chia pudding? eeeeek! and also low carb hi portein pancakes? they taste too dry to me. rather have a real muffin or pancake! congrats on the race and writing ur paper! btw, how did ur mom like ur gift?
katie anne

Susan said...

What a beautiful salad - love those maters!

You and your mom are precious. Great minds think alike, because my mama and I did a 5K today as well (a walk though). It looks like you guys had fun!

Have a happy evening and Monday love!

lisa said...

i have yet to try OIAJ- i dont get it, really. do i cook my oatmeal, and then throw it in the jar? or so i microwave my oats with the water in the jar? hahah, i know im silly, i just dont get it!! (altho i really need/want to try it!!)
i personally love sweet potato fries, and overnight oats, 2 things ive come across bc of bloggie world.
need 2 try humnut sauce too, i also need to buy nutritional yeast! (im so bad!! :( )

Julie said...

Your mom runs!! That's so great. I love to see people doing healthy things. We ate :) Your blackberries on cereal inspired me to buy some today. They are finally in season!

Kailey (SnackFace) said...

Oh my gasms. I don't do the oats in a jar thang, but I would definitely have a sweet-potato concoction in a jar. YUMS!!!

You and momz are adorable. I expected nothing less, of course.

Hmmm fave blog thangs: nut butter with everything AND Greek yogurt. Seriously, I didn't know about Greek yog until the blog world. Least fave is chia pudding, just like you. GOOBERS. YUCK.

Luuuh you, lady! xoxoxox (Luuuuh = me saying "love" in rapper voice, btw.)

peacelovenutrition said...

I love that you did the 5K with you mama! So cute. What a great team--HAppy Mother's Day to her! We are so lucky we have amazing mothers : )

My favorite thing I've learned about the blogs are chia seeds and green mosters...soo good!!

Amanda said...

I love looking at your food pictures!! The presentations are so pretty! :)

ktbwood said...

girl CONGRATS ON THE RACE!! that is awesome!!
YAY FOR STIAJ!! Sooo good, right?
you and your mom are soo adorable!

afreshdille said...

How cute are you and your mama! I am so jealous you have a lil runner mom...not gonna lie. Hope she is feeling better now! I am sure that was a fun race.

Eats look delicious as usual! My fave blog discovery...that is almost too hard. I seriously don't think I had the idea of how creative you can get with oats before reading blogs, even though I liked oatmeal. I also am not a fan of the chia pudding consistency...not for me.

Jean said...

Great job on the race girl - what a terrific way to spend Mother's Day!

Must try this STIAJ idea...I can't even name my fave blog world discovery, there are too many! I'm currently addicted to apple slices with maca and cinnamon, simple but so delicious!

Good luck with your paper writing! xo

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Love the mustard on salad in the last post but mostly, love that you and mama ran a race together!! I hope that one day skylar will think i am cool enough to be seen with, and even better, run with!

Fave blog world discovery..would probably be nooch. I never really knew that much about it til a year ago and in the past year, i have made my own recipes with it and have become a nooch queen :)

Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose said...

you and your mom are adorable! what a great way to spend mother's day.

hmmm i might agree with avery and say nooch--or the many homemade bar recipes.

Ilana said...

we. are. twins. i had sweet potato oats in a peanut butter jar for breakfast this morning. ahmazing.
my fave blog-influenced discovery is over night oats! i made up my own recipe based on reading a whole bunch of people's techniques but man i love it. and also, maybe, discovering that cocoa powder is acceptable for breakfast. ha.
your mom and you are supercute! i love that you ran mom and i are working on a training schedule for races around thanksgiving time :)
have agreat week sweetie!

Molly said...

wow that sweet potato oatmeal looks awesome girl. i loved it when i saw it the first time!

that all looks excellent girl & hey at least you still got in 3 miles with your mom! what a fun mother's day event!

whataboutsummer said...

I love that as a way to spend time with your mom!!!! (stealing this idea for next year)

*Naomi* said...

aww so cute of you and your mom to run the race together!! what a great mommys day treat for her! :)

i LOVE champagne mango! esp this time of year it is so refreshing!

least favorite bloggie food is tempeh! I tried is SO many wways and jsut cannot get myself to like it!! oh well there are plenty of things i DO like like peanut butter in oatmeal!? before blogging I didnt do this and I cannot BELIEVE I hadn't!! also oat bran! i would have never thought of it as a sub for oatmeal, always just a baking staple, but I love it!

Justine said...

Oh, I am so envious of your eats yesterday! My favourite bloggie discoveries are definitely GMs and overnight oats. I can't hardly live with out them these days! Good luck on your paper.

Chelsea said...

That's so awesome that you ran a race with your mom! Love the picture of you two. :)

My favourite blogworld discovery so far are Green Monsters. But there are still so many things I haven't tried yet!

College: Raw said...

Yay! Congrats for you and your momma for running together! Adorable!

I pretty much "oooed" and "ahhhed" out loud when I saw your salad. The presentation is so artistic!

To answer your question, pb and soy sauce tastes like...pb and soy sauce, haha. It kind of tastes like a peanut dressing, but with far fewer ingredients. Light soy sauce would make it taste waaaay less salty, but I didn't have that, so I just swigged a whole bunch of water after that, haha.

rustique said...

Aww, yay mommies. I hope yours is feeling better--she's beautiful just like her daughter!

While I love many of the things blogging has introduced me to (egg whites in oats, yogurt messes, the fact that basically any crazy mash-up can be a meal), I cannot feel the love for green smoothies. Spinach will always be a salad thing and I enjoy that immensely. Chia pudding is also just straight-up snot. Sorry bloggers, I will never be converted.

peaceluvmunchies said...

Oats in general are my blogworld discovery. haha Love 'em aaaand love that tomato plate!!

melonshots said...

my favorite blogdiscovery is oatbran :)
and pb of course

least favourite. chia... ahh! haha. i cant figure them out.


Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Congrats on the race! Looks like a wonderful thing to do with your mama for Mother's Day!

Those oats look AWESOME.

One Healthy Apple said...

What a special experience to run a race with your mom- you two are adorable!

Bloggies have taught me everything about new food combos- lately I am loving tempeh as well as new wraps.

Karissa @ CardioFoodie said...

This morning I tried your frozen blueberry and cereal combo for breakfast: delicious!

Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind said...

OMG that is the most blogtastic meal EVER! And I love that you have early dinner grandma-style. I definitely do, too!

Kelly said...

That is so sweet that you did a race with your Mom! I need to work on my mom just walking one!

I really like wheat berries and if I had not of seen them on a blog, I would have never tried them! I have been wanting to try coconut butter and what is hummut sauce?!

Have a good Monday

caronae said...

Haha, that is such a great bloggie inspired meal! I'll have to try it when sweet potatoes are back in season. Nut butter in oats and OIAJ and SIABs are my favorite bloggie meals. Least favorite? Kale! I hate kale in all forms, including kale chips and kale green monsters! Hope you're having an awesome, productive day love! And congrats to you and your mom for the great race finish. She looks great :)

Ashlei said...

Awww! Love the pic of you and your mommy!

Favorite bloggie discoveries...hmm...overnight oats and OIAJ! :)

Ana said...

That is so cute you and your momma ran together!! Hope she is feeling better!!

Protein bread, and OIAJ are both awesome... Not a fan of...I can't think of anything right now!!

J said...

My favorite blog world finds are Naturally More PB and Oikos! MY least fave is Kabocha...I wish I liked it!

Kait said...

I'm just now catching up on your posts...but congrats on finishing school and for running the race with you mom, I would love to do something like that with my mom! I hope you're enjoying being back at home for summer!!

Pure2raw twins said...

Congrats on the race!! Your blog inspired meal out of jar looks yummy!! Love both Katie and Gracie!

pursuitofhealthfulness said...

I am obsessed with nut-butter crusted anything, green monsters and various oat creations. What was life before blogs?

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