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I Hate Mondays

I think the title of this post captures my mood right now 😉

I had overnight oats & coffee for breakfast and opted to not bore you with MORE overnight oats pictures, but if you’re interested in seeing some click here and here.

I found this little baby on youtube:

Who knew you could make oatmeal in a coffee pot when you’re in a crunch at a hotel?  I might have to try this when I go on vacation next week!  The herbal tea addition also sounds like it would be delicious in the oatmeal.  Have you ever tried this before?  Was it as good as it sounds?

I roasted pumpkin seeds this weekend!

I took:

  • 2 cups raw pepitas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

& roasted them at 200 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.

I also used these GU gels on my run yesterday in preparation for my half marathon next Sunday:

I technically only used the Espresso Love but brought the Mint Chocolate to taste as well.

The verdict?  Well Espresso Love was great, had an awesome taste, the caffeine really PERKED me up, and left no awful taste or upset tummy.  Mint Chocolate tasted fine as well and although it has no caffeine, I assume since it has the same ingredients as Espresso Love that it works the same.

I also picked up some of these babies at TJ:

I’ve only had dates in Larabar form so I am very excited to try them, stay posted for a date tasting later this week!

& because I have class until 3 and don’t have time for a proper lunch in between, I snack on larabars and fruit in between classes

Questions:

I’m also interested in trying out some almond butter, are there any recommendations for brands and/or styles?  Raw or roasted?  Salted or unsalted?  I’m lost!

What’s your favorite bar to snack on when you don’t have time for a full lunch? Larabars all the way for me! 

How do you cope with the dreaded Mondays? A strong cup of black coffee (or two) for me 🙂

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Vegan Pumpkin-Banana-Oat-Flax Muffins

That’s a mouthful, eh?

Well regardless, these VEGAN muffins I just made from scratch are DELICIOUS!

  1. Take the following dry ingredients and mix ’em in a bowl
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

2.  Mix in these wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 whole banana mashed
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

3.  Then after that’s been mixed well, add in:

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and mix well

4.  This makes about 10 muffins.  Bake for 20 minutes & enjoy 🙂

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Pumpkin is my favorite ingredient to literally put in EVERYTHING!  What’s yours?????????????????????

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