Rainy Day

Thank goodness for the occasional rainy day.  Mind you, I hate continuous downpours and I definitely like to see the sun when I first wake up in the morning.  But the rainy day that manages to sneak in here and there sure turns me into a super productive girl! :mrgreen:

Pumpkin Pie Oats

  • 1/4 c. each of oatmeal and oatbran
  • 1 large banana sliced (1/4 saved for the top)
  • cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  •  1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
  • 1/3 c. canned pumpkin, heated & stirred in towards end of cooking
  • toppings: a bit of Pumpkin Flax granola, and a scoopful each of peanut butter and cranberry sauce

The question is this:  Was it the bowl of Pumpkin Pie Oats or the rainy day that made me so productive? 😉

The rainy day promised to get even more rainy by the afternoon.  Already there were rivers plummeting down the street near my house.  I decided that if I was going to run, it was now or never.  And never wasn’t an option, obviously.

Pre-Run Snack

  • 1/2 whole wheat pumpkin ‘n’ raisin muffin
  • dab of cashew butter

Everyone reacts differently to pre-workout snacks.  Some people eat 1/2 a banana because that’s what works best for their stomach.  Others glob on the nut butter without any negative effects as far as cramping.  Then there are others who can eat whatever and whenever, without feeling any effect–good or bad–at all.  I like to stick to a light carbohydrate snack with just a bit of fat or protein.  Since I usually wait at least 2 hrs. after breakfast before I go out for a run, I like to have that pre-workout snack to prevent feeling “empty” by the end of a run. 

I especially like toast with peanut butter, which is what you see all the time on the blog. :mrgreen: 

Post-workout Snack:

  • milk!

My run was–urm–wet!  Since my running tights were in the wash, I resorted to wearing an old pair of workout pants that I’ve had for forever.  Way back in the closet.  For a reason. 😉  Anyways, I wasn’t planning on looking fashionable, but I also wasn’t planning on getting as soaked as I did either.  Some puddles were well above my ankles, and the wind was blowing the rain in a sideways pattern.  Crazy!!  I actually kind of enjoyed it. :mrgreen:  But I won’t complain if I wake up to a sunny morning tomorrow either. 😉

I didn’t time my 6-mile run, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t set any PR’s!   I focused on enjoying my run, and that’s exactly what happened.


  • Flatbread Sandwich: 1 whole wheat wrap, 2 thick slices of Boar’s Head cajun chicken, lettuce and tomato, a tiny bit of honey mustard
  • carrot sticks
  • Kraft 2% cheesestick

Have you ever felt that you devoted so much creativity to one thing that you had absolutely nothing left to offer in another area?  That’s exactly what happened to me at lunch.  After I ran and showered, I sat on the couch for a good 3 hours, tackling my Nutrition Counseling homework.  I absolutely love this subject, because the idea of helping people meet their nutrition goals and dreams is absolutely exhilerating.  Love it!  But once I was finished, I felt drained of all thoughts and creativity.  I didn’t even realize it was lunch-time until Dad walked in from his office and asked what we were making for lunch. 

So this is what I came up with.  Nothing fancy, but it did the trick!

The “I’m still hungry, there’s no way this small lunch is going to keep me full” snack

  • 1 apple, diced
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt
  • 2 T. flax

Afternoon Snack

  • handful of almonds
  • juiciest of all oranges (seriously, they just keep getting better!)

“Everything But…” Salad

  • mesculin greens
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • red and green bell peppers
  • black olives, sliced
  • green olives
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
  • dressing: 1 tsp each of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, orange juice and a couple dashes of garlic powder and dry mustard

Despite the rainy weather, I wanted a salad for dinner.  I think it was a subconscious feeling of not wanting to tackle extra dishes after a busy homework day.  Or maybe it was the warm and quite unusual 50 degree weather?  Whatever the reason, I really enjoyed the freshness of it all.  I had a serving of kashis plus a big bowl of roasted turnips on the side too.  Perfecto!


This time I subbed 1/2 the raisins for cranberries and used molasses instead of the honey.  I also added some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  I think I still like the honey flavor over the molasses, but these are still really tasty.  I love how firm the bars come out after cutting them.  Perfect for school and/or work.  Usually I’ll wrap them up in plastic wrap for an easy on-the-go snack.

(p.s. They’re especially yummy when served with a cup of tea!)


  • bowl of kashi heart to heart with milk

Like I said, thank goodness for rainy days that cause me to be productive.  But I’m still excited for tomorrow’s sunshine and morning run.  And if it decides to keep raining after all, I’m pulling out my rainboots for walking around campus. 😀

Off to finish up an article that I need to read and then hit the hay…it’s an early morning for me tomorrow!

What time do you get up in the morning?  If you could choose which time you had to get up every morning for work/school, what would it be?  During school mornings, I’ve been trying to get up by 6 o’clock.  When I can choose, my body clock has me up by 6:30.  I know it sounds silly, but that extra half hour seems to make a big difference in how well rested I feel!

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Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a 30 something year old who loves Jesus, nutrition, green tea, my family and my tuxedo cat named Humphrey. I enjoy photography, cooking and working at the local hospital as a Registered Dietitian. Thanks for stopping by!

16 thoughts on “Rainy Day

  1. All first semester, I got up at 6:30, and my earliest class was 10:30. My roommate thought I was crazy. What’s really going to be crazy is getting up at 7 on days I have no class 😀

  2. I’m definitely a morning person, so 6:30 am or 7am is perfect. You’re right though, that extra half hour makes the difference. I struggle with getting up at 6am, as though it’s a world of difference!

  3. I like running in the rain too 😀
    Your granola bars look so good! I love homemade bars over storebought.
    I’m impressed that you get up at 6 in the morning. I get up an hour before I have class (usually 8:30)

  4. Oh my goshhh–i just want everything in this post! I love how well-rounded your meals always are, yet still super delicious and exciting 🙂

    Pb & J oats (with pumpkin!!!!) is always a classic combo, and that yogurt bowl with the chopped apples and flax sounds delish! I just love all your little bowls and spoons! Where are they from??

    • Thanks Jessica! Most of my spoons come from Crate and Barrel, and most of my bowls come from either Kohls or Crate and Barrel. I seriously could go crazy for all their dishes. 😀

  5. sarah! i totally and completely understand you on the place where you feel you have nothing left. lately, i feel the exact same way. my creativity, thought and imagination have seem to have gotten lost!

    however, your eats are totally inspiring, gorgeous and lovely!

    ideally, i would like to be up by 6am during the week and 8am on the weekends. usually, it is more like 7am during the week and 9am on the weekends 🙂

  6. i have read that chocolate milk is a great post workout refuel! you better believe i will be clickign for that homemade bar recipe!

    i get up just an hour before i need to be somewhere.. i am REALLY trying to change it!

    great looking oats 🙂

  7. My alarm is set for 5:55 so I can get up and work out by 6am. I love working out then. It is quiet in the house and totally “me” time! I don’t eat before that because it is so early and I get cramps when I eat that close to working out. Your oats look delicious! Pumpkin oats are my favorite!

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