Speaking of Valentines Day, I’m kind of obsessed.
Obsessed with strawberries and bananas and coconut, all dipped and dunked in chocolatey things.
Obsessed with eating chocolate for breakfast.
How indulgent. And healthy. Indulgently healthy.
(Those two words, I think, should always coexist.)
A ‘Heart’y Breakfast
Dark chocolate’s antioxidants, walnut’s omega 3 fatty acids, and oatmeal’s cholesterol lowering fiber—all coming together in one deliciously, heart healthy bowl. Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?
I’ve been following the microwave procedures for making oatmeal lately, since busy mornings require it. I also kind of like the way that the overnight sit lets the banana sweeten up the oats. However, you could just as easily make this the morning of, if you prefer. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 Tbsp. crushed flax (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- 5 strawberries, sliced
- 1 very ripe banana, sliced
- toppings: coconut, dark chocolate chips, sliced strawberry, and walnuts
- In a large, microwaveable bowl, combine the oats, flax, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, strawberries and banana. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning, add 1/4 c. of water to the bowl, stir well, remove plastic wrap and microwave for 3-5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Pour into bowl, cover with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
You know how when you’re a kid, running and playing in a new pair of sneakers makes you instantly feel like an athlete?
Yeah. Well. Some things never change.
I swear I ran faster today. Best of all, no knee pain. There is definitely some truth to replacing those running sneakers at least every 500 miles.
Sarah’s “Official” Half Marathon Training Plan
Week 1: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles Week 2: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—5 miles
Week 3: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—2.5 miles
Week 4: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—6.5 miles
Week 5: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—3 miles
Week 6: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—8 miles
Week 7: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—3 miles
Week 8: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—9.5 miles
Week 9: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 10: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—11 miles
Week 11: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 12: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—12.5 miles
Week 13: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 14: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—14 miles
Week 15: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—5 miles
Week 16: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—HALF MARATHON RACE DAY!!
Question: Have you ever trained for a race/walk before? What were some of your toughest obstacles?
If you haven’t yet trained for a race/walk, what do you think would be your toughest obstacles to overcome?