Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Experimenting With Overnight Oats

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I received an email yesterday notifying me that my blog has been nominated for a Fitness Magazine Fitterati Blog Award!

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This week I’ve been experimenting with a new(ish)-to-me breakfast: overnight oats. I used to make No-Bake Overnight Oats all the time, but I guess I got sick of them because it’s been almost a year since I’ve made a batch. Lately, I’ve been having problems with running behind in the mornings, so I’m trying to prepare breakfast the night before so I can grab it to go and eat it when I get to work. As much as I love spending 20 minutes sitting and enjoying my breakfast every morning while I catch up on blogs – no lie, I used to do this every day no matter what time I had to be at work – I just don’t have time right now if I want to go to the gym in the morning. Hence the return of overnight oats!

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Yesterday’s batch contained the following ingredients that I combined in a Tupperware the night before:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Chobani 
  • cinnamon

In the morning I stirred it all up and added fresh blueberries before tucking it away in my bag and leaving for rotation.

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It was good, but it needed a little something more. I’m not sure what yet, maybe more spices? I still wolfed down every single bite, but this combination definitely needs some tweaking.

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I’m trying another combination today, and I will let you know how it turns out!


After I got home from rotation, I changed into my gym clothes and headed out for the run that I was supposed to do with Brad, but he wasn’t feeling very good so I was on my own.

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I couldn’t complain too much because once again, it was gorgeous outside!

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I tried not to think about the running and just focus on the pretty scenery, but unfortunately that only worked for about five minutes.

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I’ll tell ya what, I really could have used Brad’s encouragement on that run. I originally set out to complete three miles, but I got so tired and thirsty – it was pretty hot out – and it just didn’t happen.

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I was sufficiently exhausted after those two miles, but I cannot tell a lie: it was sort of a “cheater” run. In other words, I took quite a few untimed walking breaks, but I’m working on making those less frequent. Like I’ve said before, getting back into running is not easy! It makes sense though – I was the skinniest I’ve ever been when I was running the most.

 

Off to the clinic for the day and then I have dinner plans with a friend that I haven’t seen in way too long. Happy Wednesday!

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