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Overnight Oats–Not for the Faint of Heart

25 Oct
Baby Feet

Two little crossed feet. I just love those tiny toes 🙂

I had an ultrasound today! Nothing terribly exciting, just like my doctor’s appointment yesterday, but I got to see my little guy wiggling around. So fun 🙂 He’s starting to look a little cramped because he’s getting so much bigger. Turns out that he’s still small though. I’m halfway through my 23rd week, but he still looks like he’s almost 21 weeks old. I just keep hoping that he’ll catch up to where he’s supposed to be by February 18.

And I’m not sure if I’ve been reading too much Harry Potter, but… does he look a little like he-who-must-not-be-named? I love looking at his profile in ultrasound pictures, but straight on… yikes.

Babyface

The line across the top is his arm with his little hand on top of his head and his forehead is just to the left of center in this picture. Those big black holes to the right of his forehead? Eye sockets. Yikes. I’m hoping he looks a bit cuter (read: less creepy) when he’s born… Is it bad that my baby’s face creeps me out a little?

Creepy or not, I just love him and can’t wait to meet him! And see his whole face and not just the bones. In the meantime, I’ll just keep looking at those cute little feet.

On to food? Yes, I think that’s always a good choice.

I was so excited to wake up this morning because I made overnight oats last night! I’ve heard that they’re something you either love or hate, so I was a little wary, but they actually turned out pretty well. I think I’m going to keep making these yummy things. Beware: if you don’t like Greek yogurt, this might not be the breakfast for you…

I found this recipe on this blog and just added a lot of chopped up apple and a tablespoon of agave nectar to give it a little more flavor.

Overnight Oats

Okay, let’s get real.
They look pretty freaky.
But trust me, they are worth it. SO good for you!

Overnight Oats
6 oz. Greek yogurt, any flavor (I just used plain)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (have you read Born to Run? I love these gooey little things! More on them later though…)
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup milk

Mix, mix, mix, cover, and let sit overnight in your fridge. In the morning you can add fruit, a little more milk to make it less thick, or pretty much anything else you think would make it better, because there’s no way around it… overnight oats are pretty bland.

Overnight Oats Transformation

See the transformation? Overnight the oats get soft and puffy and the chia seeds really get–there’s no other way to describe them–slimy. It’s in a good way though, I promise. Make sure to try this because it is so yummy!

This recipe made a lot of oats. You could actually have it for breakfast for two mornings. I kept thinking about them throughout the day and kept going back… so… yeah, they’re gone. All eaten. But don’t worry, I’m gonna make them again soon 🙂

I made kale.

21 Oct

Okay, I really hate to say this, but I think kale might just be unsalvageable for me. I might just have to give up on it. I’m a little sad because I had such high hopes for it, but guess what. It’s just gross.

And I say that after trying really hard to find a way to like it. Sorry kids, I will be taking a loosely permanent vacation from kale effective immediately.

Take a look at my fully-documented journey with kale this week:

Steamed Kale

I chopped. I wilted. I steamed.
And then I puked.

To be clear, I think the puking was pregnancy-related, but it still happened. And for that I blame the vegetable. If you’re curious, I used this recipe, which sounded really tasty at the time, but… well, you know the gory details. Bonus? It made my apartment smell disgusting for a full 24 hours.

Aside from my quest to become a lover of all veggies, I might have made a friend! After we met, we started talking about healthy food and turns out that been a 100% organic chick for the past three years. What? I know. She’s so cool. I’m gonna learn all of her ways.

I’ve also been reading like a maniac. Harry Potter? Of course. Well, I’ve been listening to Harry Potter, but I’ve been reading this book:

Run Like a Mother

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Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–And Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

As per the fact that I will be a mother in less than 4 months, I decided that this book was a necessity. And it has gotten me so excited about running after the baby comes!

Meanwhile, my C210K plan managed to get a little off-track (illness, you know). So I just skipped ahead a few weeks and life is now great. All of a sudden I love running again!

When I’m on a run, there are 2 parts that I really hate: the warm-up and the last mile. I realized that the reason I was hating my workouts was because that was all I was getting. Skipping up to the 4 mile runs has been so.much.better. I actually like it again and can remember why I love running so much!

Also, something exciting happened this week.

Official Ballot

I ♥ democracy.

Our official ballots came! Michael and I read through the whole voter’s pamphlet (read: I read through the entire packet and then gave him the condensed version) and then voted. So awesome. The last presidential debate is tomorrow. Can you believe it? Election season is the bomb.

Remember Me?

13 Oct

Hey there.

You might have noticed that I’ve been curiously absent from the blogosphere this week… or maybe you didn’t notice. Either way, I decided to take a break while I was “on the mend.” Just to catch you up on what I would have written about had I posted, here is a list of what I’ve been up to:

Sleeping
Eating soup
Listening to Harry Potter
Coughing
Watching CNN & loving Anderson Cooper from afar
Not running
Sniffling
Getting a little too fired up about the VP debate
Not cleaning
Not doing much that’s productive

So trust me, you haven’t been missing out on any scintillating details over here because there hasn’t been much going on.

During this week of illness, I did manage to make one superfood recipe that was ridiculously tasty. Yep, it was the carrot ginger soup I promised earlier!

Carrot Ginger Soup + French Peasant Bread

Carrot Ginger Soup + French Peasant Bread

I got both of these recipes from Lynne, who is pretty much a healthy food guru. Someday I plan on having a giant library of healthy recipes stored away for daily use, but until then, I’ll just have to rely on the brains of others…

Carrot Ginger Soup
(ps: I should point out that ginger is a great ingredient to use in cooking for women in their first trimester because it works wonders for nausea–curing it, not causing it :))

Makes 4 servings

4 Tbsp butter
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups chicken stock (I used unsalted vegetable stock and used 4 cups instead of 3 because mine turned out a little too thick)
2 lbs. carrots
3 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp nutmeg
Pepper
Fresh chives for garnish (I left these guys out)

1. Melt butter in saucepan.
2. Add onion and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add stock, carrots, ginger, nutmeg, and garlic salt and bring to a boil.
4. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
5. Let cool a little and puree in a blender or food processor (or a submersion blender. I realized right before I made this that I actually have a submersion blender. It was a wedding present that I never got around to using until now.)
6. Season with pepper and chives.

I really loved this soup. It was so good! Perfect for a Fall day. And? Packed with some serious nutrition.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Note the Vitamin A… pretty impressive!
Ps: This uses regular old chicken stock rather than unsalted vegetable stock.

And now I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite commercial of all time before I head off to enjoy some serious college football. Enjoy!

What’s Up, Doc?

9 Oct
Carrot & Bunny

Isn’t this little guy adorable?
The bunny, not the carrot…
Though, to be fair, the carrot is fairly attractive as well.

Even though I’m a little late, I’ve risen from my sickbed to announce my superfood of the week: carrots!

Not only are they great for your eyes, they’re also great to eat during pregnancy because they are packed with nutrients.

Specifically, carrots contain about 700% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A that comes from the high levels of beta carotene. Because these nutrients come from plants rather than animals, you are good to eat carrots and not worry about potential harm to your unborn child.

Everyone knows carrots help with your eyesight (because of the high levels of vitamin A), but it’s also good for your baby’s eyes as they develop. Not bad, right?

So add carrots to your grocery list and get excited about some of the yummy carrot recipes that are coming this week 🙂 Here’s a teaser…

Carrot Ginger Soup

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Carrot Ginger Soup is definitely coming your way.

And. Just in case you’re curious, I’m still sick 😦 After talking to my mom today, I think it’s just chest and head cold season. So fun, right?

If you’ve had the misfortune of contracting an annoying virus, here’s my
Sick Kid Survival Kit to get you through the seriously sucky week:

Colds Suck.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup (duh.)
2. Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Relief
3. Vicks VapoRub
4. Eucerin Aquaphor (To keep lips and nose moisturized)
5. Harry Potter (Because I love him so)

What’s in your Sick Kid Survival Kit? Am I missing anything crucial?

This Time Next Year…

4 Oct

A year from today, I plan on being in awesome shape and finishing up my last few 20-mile runs to get ready for my first marathon as a mom. Third marathon overall, first marathon as a mom. Bah! Is it just me or does that sound way.more.terrifying?

Despite my trepidation, I think I’ve found next year’s fall marathon! I have set my sights on this gorgeous locale:

Leavenworth

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Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth is this cute town in the Cascade mountains that looks like a little Bavarian village and just so happens to be the prospective location of my next major running conquest.

The Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon is going on this weekend and I am a little bit dying to go watch… I’m a sucker for these things. Is anyone else out there crazy for spectating at running events? You know, runners in their natural element, going and going until they puke.

Yep, I eat that crap up.

In the meantime, I’ll be doing my little C210K plan and loving the fact that I am very much out of marathon shape, getting fatter by the day, and loving the little kicks on my (usually very full) bladder.

[Speaking of bladders… I was talking to Michael the other day and mentioned that running is way different now that I’m pregnant because it’s like little man gets super bounced on his own personal trampoline with every step I take. He just responded by saying “fun,” but then he got this distant look in his eyes and lost himself in what I can only imagine was a fantasy about getting super bounced on a trampoline all his own. He was out of it for awhile after that… I think he’s been jealous of our unborn son ever since.]

Which brings me to my second point. Examine these pictures from my first two marathons and tell me what they have in common:

Mesa Falls Marathon

At the start of the Mesa Falls Marathon in 2010

Mesa Falls with Michael

Toward the end of the Mesa Falls Marathon

Ogden Marathon with Jill

At mile 8 in the Ogden Marathon

Ogden Marathon Finish

My favorite moment of the Ogden Marathon: the finish
(we got chocolate milk and bread, so obviously I was pretty happy)

The answer: I’m with a running partner.

Michael ran the Mesa Falls Marathon with me (on a whim… he finished an olympic triathlon the weekend before and the night before the race he was like… yeah, why not? and then signed up. Ridiculous.) and my sister Jill trained for and ran the Ogden Marathon with me. Have I mentioned that we had a total blast together? Nothing brings two people together quite like self-inflicted suffering. True story.

But having moved to Seattle just a few months ago, I have yet to find a running buddy, nevermind a running buddy who I can keep up with (have you noticed my growing belly? Yeah, turns out that it’s been slowing me down these days).

Harry Potter and the Oder of the Phoenix

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Who doesn’t love the Boy Who Lived?
That’s a rhetorical question.
If you don’t love him, we can’t be friends.
Don’t take it personally.

I’ve been listening to Harry Potter on audiobook lately, but I’m in the 5th book (you know, the one where Harry gets a little too emo for everybody’s tastes…), and having Johnny Raincloud in my ear doesn’t make running any more fun, unfortunately.

If anyone out there has any suggestions about how to pick up a new running buddy, PLEASE tell me. I’m dying a little over here.

Well geez, now that you’ve gotten me on the topic of my friendlessness I’m starting to sound like Harry in his Order of the Phoenix days. Maybe Hermione would make a good running buddy… she seems friendly enough, if not a little annoying.

Ps: An author of one of the blogs that I read, Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point, wrote a post about how she is having the exact same problem. Crazy, huh? It seems that a scarcity of running partners is going around. Sad day.