iherb give-away

After my recent 1/2 marathon and 15K races, I was feeling a little burned out. I took Monday and Tuesday off from running – I needed the break for both physical and mental reasons. I joined Alma for an easy 5 miles this morning, but the rest of the week will be light on running. I think that scheduling a “down week” of training every so often is very important.

When it comes to packing my breakfast and lunch I seem to go through phases. Maybe it’s residual guilt from my Banana Republic addiction, but lately I’ve been very good about brown-bagging it.

My latest obsession is the breakfast cookie. I always figured I would prefer regular hot oatmeal, but this creation has changed my breakfast routine! I make the “cookie” more filling by adding sliced banana and greek yogurt on top. Amazing.

In my breakfast cookie creation: 1/3 cup oats, 1 Tbs almond butter, 1/2 smashed banana, Tbs ground flax, Tbs raw cacao, sprinkle of truvia, chocolate chips, and 2 Tbs almond milk.

Breakfast cookie

My dark chocolate cravings have been kind of out of control lately. I had about 1/3 of this hazelnut and currant dark chocolate bar for a mid-morning snack.

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Lunch was an interesting creation. Although it’s technically spring, citrus fruits and root vegetables are still the most “in-season” produce options for much of the east coast. As I was rummaging through the fridge last night I came up with a fresh and seasonal salad. I peeled a HUGE grapefruit and combined it with 1 cup sliced fennel. I drizzled  the mixture with olive oil, agave, and fresh black pepper. Sounds odd, but the combo works! Too bad I didn’t have an avocado – I think that would have made a nice addition!

Fennel and grapefruit

Along with my grapefruit-fennel salad, I also packed an open-faced almond butter and pumpkin butter sandwich.

pumpkin and almond butter

I’m not sure what the afternoon will bring, but more snacks will be involved for sure!

The other day I was offered a $50 shopping spree to iherb.com A few months ago I purchased sprouting supplies from this company and was impressed with the reasonable prices and speedy delivery. Of course I was excited to pick out some more goodies! The site interface is kind of low-tech, but don’t let that fool you – this company stocks the most cutting edge supplements, super foods, and baking supplies.

I selected dried tart cherries (a natural anti-inflammatory for runners!), ground flax, white chia seeds, Maca powder (this South American superfood is supposed to be crazy good for the endocrine system), and walnuts.

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Of course I wanted to try out my new goodies right away! The other night I whipped up a batch of cookies. Thank goodness they were so full of nutrition – I gobbled up a dozen of them within 24 hours!

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Cookies

Superfood Cookies

Ingredients:

(note: if you don’t have some of these ingredients -  the recipe will probably work fine with substitutions!)

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup teff flour
  • 1/4 whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs ground flax
  • 2 Tbs maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs white sugar
  • 1/4 cup smart balance (or butter)
  • 1 egg (or to make vegan - whisk 1 Tbs flax with 3 Tbs water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Whisk together all the dry ingredients (oats through salt)
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the earth balance and sugar
  • Add the egg and vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture
  • Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients
  • Stir in the coconut and chocolate chips
  • Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Bake cookies for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees

Guess what?? iherb has offered to give away a $50 shopping spree to one lucky reader (U.S. residents only). To enter, have a look at the iherb website and then leave a comment telling me what you’d pick out. I’ll choose a winner Friday morning (April 2nd). Good luck!

  • http://goanniecatgo.blogspot.com/ Annie Cat

    I am also in love with that flavor of Green & Black’s dark chocolate – find it very hard to keep to my normal portion size with that one.

    Thanks for including these recent teff cookies and for letting us know about teff in the first place! I’m eager to give the teff porridge a try as well. And I like cookies that are nutritionally dense and not so sweet (almost like “real” food) so I am looking forward to trying out those recipes.

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  • Jen

    I’d never heard of iherb before reading your blog, but, wow, they have an incredible selection and really great prices!

    I’ve been making up batches of Jen’s Superfood which includes three different powders: acai powder, maca powder and cacao powder. So if I won the iherb gift certificate, I’d choose some Navitas Naturals cacoa powder. It’s a high premium brand and I really love it.

    (P.S. The recipe for Jen’s Superfood is at http://flashnutrition.blogspot.com if you want to check it out. It’s an ideal source of energy for runners.)