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Recipe and a Round-Up

Sometimes, I love sweets. I mean really love them.  Lately, I’ve been craving cupcakes.  Not a likely craving for me though.  As a self-proclaimed “Cookie Monster”, cake just doesn’t do it for me.  However, after seeing a cupcake “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and watching unlimited episodes of “Cake Boss” and “DC Cupcakes”, my sweet tooth was raging. 

Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, “Eat Live Run”, I was able to put together a delicious, and perfectly portioned way to settle my sweet tooth:

Two Bite Mini Cakes

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (you could use splenda)
  • 1 cup of milk (I used vanilla soy milk and it was great!)
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Combine: sugar, milk, oil and vanilla.  In another bowl, combine: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda.  Add dry ingredients to wet slowly. Use the mini muffin tins!  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. 

Super Simple Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick of room temp butter
  • 1/2 stick of butter flavored Crisco
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Cream the butter, Crisco, and vanilla together.  Add sugar one cup at a time.   Add milk last.

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I don’t have a fancy schmancy cake decorator, so I used a large Ziploc bag, put the icing into it, cut the tip and went to town.  It’s a little more rustic, but its still nicer than just spreading 🙂

 

The Round UP

Here’s some Sunday afternoon reading about some recent issues, fun health info, and recipes I made or want to try:

The Twinkie Diet Helps Professor Lose 27 lbs – CNN.com

Weekend DIYs (I love the pinecone turkeys) – CasaSugar

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites – Oh She Glows

Exercises to Prevent Injury – Runners World

You Want a Toy with That? – NYT

Falling for Warmth – Yoga Journal

How to Cure a Sugar Fiend – Food Renegade (***MUST READ***)

Should You be Running Barefoot? – Runners World

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

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A Happy Vegetarian

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Can you tell who your guest blogger is today???

Here’s a close up:

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Yep it’s Mr. Charlie!  He has a message he would like to share with you:

Yep it’s World Vegetarian Day!  If you’re new to  vegetarianism and aren’t really open to the idea of excluding meat from your diet consider this:

Are humans designed/evolved to eat everything and at risk of malnutrition as vegetarians? Or is vegetarianism the healthy and ethical choice? The most impressive data arises from a study of 1904 vegetarians over 21 years by the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsche Krebsforschungszentrum). The study’s shocking results: vegetarian men reduced their risk of early death by 50%! Women vegetarians benefit from a 30% reduction in mortality.

Research by a team led by Professor Ibrahim Elmadfa at the University of Vienna found a much better than average intake of Vitamin C, Carotinoides, Folic acid, fiber and unsaturated fats. Where shortcomings may arise is for Vitamin B12, calcium und Vitamin D in a vegan diet. Astoundingly, however, study participants did not suffer from diseases, such as osteoporosis, typically related to inadequate intakes of these micro-nutrients.  [source]

So if you want to celebrate this day with me, try going meatless just for today!  Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, cut meat out of your diet for the entire month of October as it’s the first Vegetarian Awareness Month.  I’m not a full convert to the vegetarian diet, but there is still research that shows going meatless a few times during the week can provide similar benefits.

Need ideas for recipes?  Try my recipe page!  I recommend the zucchini pizza since it’s Friday.

or go to my favorite Vegetarian website.

 

Have a wonderful day 🙂

 

PS:  Charlie will be eating his normal diet. . . .But it is all natural!


Self Love – 30 Day Challenge

Remember my initial “Self Love” post?

Well, now I’m calling for an entire:

30 Day “Self Love” Challenge!!! 

There will be 10 posts with small challenges in each of them.  I recommend reading them in the morning and then trying to implement it through the day.  Come back in the evening, and see how you’ve done.  I’m only having 10 so that there will be time for you try the challenge for more than one day.

 

TODAY IS DAY 1

Challenge:  See your body as a gift.

We stand in front of mirrors criticizing our waistlines, our shoulders, our faces, but we never stop to thank our body for everything that it does.

  • Your body gets you out of bed in the morning so that you can enjoy your friends and family.
  • Your body pushes you through countless workouts and still bounces back.
  • Your body has capabilities far beyond what you could ever believe possible.

I always think about how lucky I am to have this body.  I could have been the person born with a major genetic disorder.  I could have been the person who went to war and lost a limb.  But, I am fortunate enough to have this body.

Need help trying to implement this challenge?  Try these tips:

  • See your body as vehicle to your dreams.  Honor it and Respect it.
  • Don’t measure yourself by a number on a scale or on a piece of clothing.  Measure yourself by how much you love others and the successes you’ve worked hard for.
  • Don’t exercise to lose weight.  Find a workout that you enjoy and do it regularly.  Exercise for health and to become strong.
  • Write a list of 10 positive things about yourself.  Try not to list one that is aesthetic.
  • Think about all the time you waste worrying about your body.  Then think about how you could better use that time 🙂

So take this challenge, and hopefully in a month you will see how much your perspective has shifted.

Need more information about “Self Love”  visit these sites:

Operation Beautiful

Faith, Fitness, Fun.

 

Quote to Leave you With:

“In a mirror is where we find a reflection of our appearances, in our heart is where we find a reflection of our soul.”


L’Oats of Celebration!

Did you ever take an exam but avoid looking at the grade for a little bit???

I do…all the time.  I usually study my bum off, but it still makes me nervous to see the end result.

Today I finally built up enough courage to look at the exam score (ok, my mom was on the phone with me for moral support, thanks mom!). 

I KICKED BUTT!!!!  🙂

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I got this charm from the farmer’s market the Saturday before the exam.  It helps remind me that I shouldn’t stress myself out so much because I wouldn’t be here if this stuff didn’t make me happy.  If it’s not making you happy then why the hell are you doing it?

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The other morning I made the most wonderful pancakes.  I always surf my favorite healthy living blogs and try to combine and alter recipes to make them fit my ingredients or tastes.  Here’s what I came up with:

PB Swirl L’Oats of Oats Pannycakes

  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar (I like the warm sweetness it adds)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • your favorite granola

Mix all ingredients together except for the peanut butter and granola.  Heat up a non stick skillet.  Use a 1/4 measuring cup to measure out pancakes.

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Put peanut butter in a plastic ziploc bag and snip one corner.  Swirl peanut butter onto the uncooked side of the pancake and sprinkle your favorite granola.

Flip pancake with your favorite BIG spatula

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I poured a little honey on top and they were amazing.  You can only eat about two because they are so filling but I love them!  They’re great for leftovers.

Credit to the Blog Posts that created this masterpiece:

Carrots N Cake

Oh She Glows

**Thanks for inspiration ladies 🙂

 

 

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

Quote to Leave you With:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”


Check Us Out

Are you Facebook EatontheRun(nners)? 

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Eat on the Run is on Facebook! If you like reading the daily posts and want information on events, discussions, and just another way to keep in touch, check it out :)  (PS:  recommend your friends, I’m sure they need a Healthy Living Blogger in their life as well)

 

Also, I need your help.  Eat on the Run may be featured on Sweat and the City.  But, I don’t know which recipe to showcase.  Here’s your choices:

– Apple Cobbler Oatmeal

-No Joke Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Let me know!

 

Happy Over the Hump Day Everyone!!!


Apples for Breakfast

I think my cold is making a come back.  Blah

So, I made a wonderful brunch to  help soothe the aches and pains.

Apple Cobbler Oatmeal

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.  Add 1/2 cup oldfashioned oats.  Time for 5 minutes.

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Half way added one cored and diced apple (any kind you like), 2 Tbsp of raisins, cinnamon (I added a lot, but you can choose to add less). Continue to stir until the 5 minutes are up.

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Take oatmeal off of stove and put into your favorite bowl!

Top with brown sugar, walnuts, and milk (I used vanilla soy milk, so I didn’t need as much sugar)

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I made a green monster to go alongside!  This is definitely a powerhouse breakfast.  🙂

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Hope everyone is having  a wonderful Sunday!

If you are looking for some Sunday reading besides the newspaper, here are a few pages that I think you should check out. 

New York Times Fitness and Nutrition

OhSheGlows (one of my favorite food blogs)

My Running Legs (a favorite post)

Have fun!

Time for me to study some more and then gear up for a run.  I’m going to try and get 3 miles in today!


Healthy Living Blogs

Recently I stumbled upon this website (you can click the picture and go straight to the webpage). Writing this blog has helped me become more responsible for what I eat, when I exercise, and my mental health.  I liked the idea that there was a whole community of healthy living bloggers who also provide support.  Here is a tidbit about healthylivingblogs.com

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support.

“Eat on the Run” is now listed on the website!  So go visit, and fall in love with a few more great blogs 🙂

Have a wonderful day!