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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

I had every intention last night of waking up this morning and doing my speed work before church, but when my alarm went off this morning at 7 I just wasn’t feeling it.  It’s pretty dreary outside, and I was super tired.  I had already slept for nine hours, but my body still wasn’t feeling up for exercising.  I laid in bed for another half hour without really falling back to sleep, and decided to take advantage of a lazy Sunday morning to make a yummy breakfast and read a good book.  Soon it’ll be too hot to run any other time but the mornings, so I greatly enjoyed my morning off.  I was out of bananas, so I experimented with a new oatmeal combo…

My Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal contained:

  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • ~1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet Truvia
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • LOTS of strawberries, hulled and sliced

Make the base a little runnier than you would normally make your oatmeal.  That’s where the “cream” part comes in!  This was super tasty!

After church, I inhaled my last chocolate, fig, and almond bite, then headed out the door to the local high school track.  I intended to do 8 x 400 m at 5k pace, but I ended up doing them a little faster than I intended:

  • Distance (including .25 mile warm-up): 2.26 mi
  • Elapsed time: 18:51
  • Avg Pace: 8:20/mi
  • Calories: 218 cal
  • Avg Heart: 159 bpm

After I got home I made a new protein shake recipe that I found in this month’s Oxygen.

Green Tea Protein Shake

  • 1 large cup green tea, steeped from two bags
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder (I used vanilla Designer Whey)
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Ice cubes (I used a lot because I didn’t want a warm protein shake!)

This was alright.  It packs a great nutritional punch, but the taste was kind of blah.  Maybe it would have been better with a banana?

Ok, I need to go grocery shopping.  Ta-ta for now!


Vanilla Spice Oatmeal, Traded Up

This morning I really wanted oatmeal, but was out of bananas (except for frozen ones, which I don’t think work that well in oatmeal… prove me wrong?).  So I decided to give Ellie Krieger’s Vanilla Spice Oatmeal another try.  I gave this recipe a whirl back in February and wasn’t a fan, so I decided to give it some Suz-inspired tweaks to make it more palatable and even more nutrient dense.

Serves 1.


  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 7 oz water
  • Dash fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • Small pinch ground nutmeg
  • Drop vanilla extract
  • Dash cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses (or to taste.  Agave nectar would be nice, too)
  1. Toast pecans in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until fragrant.  This should only take a couple minutes.  Be aware- nuts burn quickly.
  2. Bring water and salt to a boil in a small sauce pot.  Add oats and raisins and reduce to a simmer.  Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  3. Turn off heat.  Add milk, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, flax, and molasses.  Stir to incorporate.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with pecans.

Voila!  Read about the benefits of molasses here.  The original recipe called for brown sugar, which is made with molasses, so it was an easy substitute.  If you like your oatmeal a little sweeter, you may want to add a little more, or do a combination of brown sugar/molasses.

I have a big day ahead of me!  I need to hurry up and pack and get to Richmond.  Will be back later tonight!