The summer night is like a perfection of thought—Wallace Stevens
Some mornings I wake up hungry.
And some mornings I wake up hungry. That was today.
Rather then running on an empty stomach, I decided to eat breakfast directly before running. Cramping up was possible, but there was no way that a dry toast with a pat of pb could hold me over this morning!!
Breakfast Challenge: Day 1 was…urm…challenging! I couldn’t decide upon any one breakfast. I considered starting with my wild card–aka, oatmeal–but decided that should be saved for now, until I truly need it…ha! Although with all of you lovely blog readers joining in with me, I might not even need the wild card. So many options, so little time! 😀
Anyways, on to this morning! I decided to go with a Midnight Swirl French Toast. It needed a name, after all. 😀 I whisked together in a medium sized bowl:
- 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
- 8 dashes of cinnamon and 3 dashes of nutmeg
- splash of vanilla
- splash of milk
- 1 T. crushed flax
- 1 T. raisins
Trust me on the cinnamon and nutmeg. It was absolutely lovely. Into the mix, I dunked two slices of whole wheat bread, and threw onto a sprayed and hot frying pan. I then poured the rest of the mix over the bread, and let it cook! Once it was nicely browned, cooked, and no longer soft, I topped them with:
- 2 T. almond butter
- 2 tsp homemade blueberry jam
It was so delicious! It was crunchy from the flax, creamy and gooey with the almond butter, sweet from the jam, and full of flavor from the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Day 1: SUCCESS! 😀
As I finished eating, I felt nice and full, but also felt a little nervous about now having a full stomach before my run! I decided to use 1/2 an hour to let my stomach digest a little, while cleaning and organizing my room to stretch out while being productive. 😀 By 7:30, I was out the door and into a warm morning run.
The run was kept at a nice even pace, and I felt good and comfortable. Even though I was running solo, I tried to run so that I could have carried on a conversation if I wanted to. I know one of my very first problems when I began running was that I always started out too fast, thinking that if my heart rate wasn’t really high, I wasn’t truly running. This always left me burnt out and frustrated. No more! 😀 I keep most of my runs at a not-too-fast but not-too-slow pace, and save the speedy runs for special days when I can follow them immediately with a rest day. 😀
Once I was home from a sweaty 3-mile run, I immediately iced the shins and became a two fisted drinker–iced coffee in one hand, iced water in the other. 😀 I’m becoming a fan of unsweetened iced coffees. This one was just 1 c. coffee + 1/2 c. milk, and tasted much stronger without the sugar, which I liked.
+ an apple. It tasted exactly like a Panera apple…only it was much larger. 😀
I was planning on a late lunch for today so that I could finalize my paper. Around 10 I started feeling a bit hungry and put together a veggie platter, made up of carrots, tomatoes, and celery. For dipping, there was a bowl of hummus and salsa. I love munching on veggies when I’m busy with homework. 😀
At around 1:30, it was time to break for lunch!
I could not, for the life of me, decide what to eat today. I wasn’t in the mood for anything but felt hungry. This salad with white beans, olives, red bell pepper slices, carrots, cucumbers, and balsamic hit the spot and was totally normal. But wait…what’s that sitting there in the left corner?
My not so normal accompaniment of course. 😉 But it was actually quite tasty. I mashed a can of sardines in olive oil with a bit of fresh pepper, plopped it on top of some wheat crackers, and added a dollop of yellow mustard. Any other sardine lovers out there? 😀
Dessert was also unusual, but I highly recommend it for when you have a sweet craving. 😉
What is it?
1 T. of peanut butter, 2 T. Natures Path Pumpkin granola, and 1 T. swirled chocolate chips. I was hoping it would form a firm cookie that could be eaten with my hands, but it didn’t really hold together. It was, however, intensely sweet, salty, and crunchy. And I rather enjoyed eating it with a spoon. 😀
All through the afternoon, I was just never hungry. And then around 3 o’clock, my stomach started feeling topsy-turvy. Ick! I wasn’t even hungry by 5, when everyone was eating dinner. I was planning on a veggie pasta for dinner, but it turned into a quick ‘n’ easy veggie burger dinner that I could quickly throw together for everyone.
But somehow spicy chipotle black bean burgers didn’t sound quite right for an upset stomach, so I turned my dinner into a 2-step process.
Plain yogurt with 1 T. flax and a banana…
…and topped with 1 c. of Barbara’s Shredded Oats. 😀 It was just enough to calm my stomach down. I figured I could eat more later if my stomach felt like tolerating it.
I knew I needed something more to eat, and started feeling hungry…but I still just didn’t feel in the mood for anything. What’s with me today?? I decided to just go with what I was in the mood for, which was a hot bowl of oatbran (surprise, surprise! ha)
- 1/4 c. oatbran
- 1 c. milk
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- handful of raisins
- 2 T. natures path pumpkin granola
- 1 T. peanut butter
My stomach finally felt settled and comfortably full. 😀
On further news, I have finally finished my summer class!! With two weeks left of summer vacation, I’ll be spending my time researching different internships, filling out applications, and creating a portfolio. 😀
Tomorrow I’ll be grocery shopping, and need to get the list started. I spent my entire day writing a paper, which means not much else got done! But at least tomorrow is my running rest day, which gives me plenty of free morning time…which might hopefully include some yoga. 😀
For everyone who’s in on the Breakfast Challenge, how’s it going so far? Any thoughts or fun new discoveries? 😀 After this morning, I’m really excited to see what else is out there. Thanks for the suggestions too! I can’t wait to try out the veggie omelet suggestion. 😀
Exercise: 3-mile run + 4-mile walk