Exciting times #3

Okay, so if you didn’t realise already, I get excited a lot. Over every little thing. I put this constant high down to the sugar intake (DATES, I’m talking to you!), and clearly I get excited very easily- see my other two excitement posts for proof! Smile with tongue out So, seven exciting things for today!!

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Excitement: I am no longer a crunchy virgin.DSC06431

Before this morning, I had never had crunchy peanut butter before. If you think that’s weird, pre-blogging, I had never even had nut-butter before!

Well I gave away my flower in style. (Friends reference #1001!)

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PB+J banana oatmeal

Excitement: COCONUT BUTTER!!

Artisana raw organic coconut butter

 

Amazing reader Angie from the US read my moans about lack of coconut butter in the UK and sent me some! Angie, seriously, we are now BFF’s.

Not only did Angie send me coconut butter, but she also threw in these too:

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Clif all-natural high protein+fibre Crunch chocolate chip granola bars

Granola?! Chocolate Chips?! Seriously girl, you know me so well!! Open-mouthed smile

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Excitement: A ‘gym regular’. I overheard one of the guys at the gym in the weights area (where the good treadmills are!) say “Oh look, it’s crazy runner girl again!”. HA they don’t know the half of it…DSC05971

Excitement: The Best Speed Run Ever! A speed interval run totally kicked my butt today! I was literally dripping sweat, and so red I thought my face might explode. I looked unbelievably attractive still obviously, but I thought I’d save you the sight anyway…

1 min @ 8.6mph
1 min @ 8.7mph
1 min @ 8.8 mph
2 min @ cooldown pace

Repeated for about 40 mins  + a 5 min warm up and cool down. I was totally motivated by Paula!

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(Excuse the blurry picture-running does not make for quality photos!)

Paula Radcliffe is actually my heroine. If you are mad and don’t know who she is, she holds the world record for the fastest women’s marathon time, at 2:15:25!! Surprised smile 

Anyway, I’ve just started reading her autobiography, and it’s so good! Every time I needed a bit of inspiration on the ‘mill, I just looked over and saw her face and was inspired. I know, I know, I’m lame!!

I finished up with a few mins on the elliptical reading the book using Janae’s life-saving hairband trick.DSC06449

Excitement: A free Trek bar. DSC06447

Health store people are just too nice. I love them.

Excitement: A delicious dinner.

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‘Cheezy’ quinoa stuffed mushrooms with tempeh, more ‘cheezy’ quinoa, and cherry toms.

‘Cheeze’ sauce

  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • Spices for flavouring (optional)
  1. Mix the dry ingredients (except spices) together in a small pan. Add the water and cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles.
  2. Cook for a minute more, or until desired thickness is reached.
  3. Remove from the heat and add margarine. Stir until the margarine has melted in. Add spices if desired (I added paprika for some spiciness).

This sauce is great! Makes about 2 cups worth, is high in protein, and leftovers keep well in the fridge. I just made a serving of quinoa too, mixed in 1/2 cup of ‘cheeze’ sauce, put into some destalked large mushrooms, and grilled for 5 mins. Delish! Smile

Excitement: More chocolate pudding.DSC06408

The second time in the last three days that I’ve had Katelyn’s amazing mousse. I love me some raw chocolate mousse…holy yummo.

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Tomorrow I’m going to be having some fun with my coconut butter, and sharing a healthy, five ingredient cookie recipe! Open-mouthed smile

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So, what exciting things happened to you today or this weekend? I gave you seven exciting things from today, so share with me some pretty please!

And do you have a role model/idol you look up to? Paula is totally mine! My dream is to meet her someday…or maybe even run with her! I think I’d be able to keep up for about a minute though before passing out with exhaustion, but I’d appreciate those 60 seconds a lot!!

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Hope you’re having a great week friends!!

P.S. The treats from Angie have inspired me- does anyone want to do an American-Brit foodie swap? It would be fun! I can offer basically anything you’ve seen on here, like Trek/Nakd/9 bars, etc. If you’re interested email me 🙂

 

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Banana-coconut balls

Yesterday, I had two PB+J sandwiches.

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This is possibly the most genius pairing of food. Ever.DSC04336

So today, I replicated this on my oatmeal.DSC06212

Heavens above, this was bliss. And so so filling! I used: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 coconut milk, 1 cup water, ~1 tbsp PB and ~1 tbsp jam. Plus plenty of PB+J fingers! Smile with tongue out

After that delicious brekkie, I was feeling in a nut butter mood! So I created a new snack ball recipe! Open-mouthed smile

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Banana-coconut balls (inspired by Katie’s delicious 3 ingredient peanut butter balls)

Makes 4 balls

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup (26g) oats
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • ~2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
  1. Mash your banana, or do what I did and give it and give it a quick whizz in the blender.
  2. Mix together your mashed banana, oats and nut butter.
  3. Spread out the coconut onto a plate, form the mixture into four balls, and roll each one in the coconut until covered.
  4. Enjoy!!

I made half a batch with smooth peanut butter, and half with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.DSC06239

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Both delish, but surprisingly I think I preferred the normal PB ones…I know, who am I and what have I done with Emma?!

The finished products:

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I love balls. And find that hilarious. Apparently I have the sense of humour of a 10 year old boy. But these are no laughing matter my friends…

SO yummy! And it is perfect pre-run (or post run) fuel! Carbs, protein and healthy fats. Smile

So fuelled by my snack balls, I headed out on my longer slow run of the week, aiming for 6 miles. Sadly, my ankle started playing up again! It wasn’t as bad as it was before, but being super-cautious I took it slow and cut my run short. I ran just under 4.5 miles in an avg 8.29 min/mile pace, and iced as soon as I got home.

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Sweats, a bag of frozen sweecorn, a box of trail mix, and Gilmore Girls is the way to go!

It WILL be fine. I’m going to rest it tomorrow, keep my fingers crossed, pray super-hard and see how it feels

But on the upside, I did make it back alive, and with a few goodies!DSC06221

I took a completely random new route today, and came across an amazing cute little independent health store! It was fantastic! So much better than my usual Holland and Barrett store (which I still love!). It had so much stuff I’ve only seen online before and have never bought/tried, like nutritional yeast flakes and amazing cereals! Unfortunately, I obviously couldn’t fit in all that stuff in my pockets and run home, so I bought what I could!

All new stuff to me!

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I had the Spiru-Tein straight after my run, and loved it! Tastes like a banana milkshake, but has 14g of protein! Smile And I’m definitely looking forward to trying the bar of raspberry dark chocolate!DSC06229

Clearly, stopping to shop when running is what all the cool people do.DSC06219

And I love that the people there just smiled and chatted to me about health and running, as though it was perfectly normal to turn up in a shop all sweaty and in running clothes! Gotta love health food stores! Smile And I am SO going back to get some more goodies!!

Tomorrow I will be announcing my big international giveaway, so stay tuned!! Open-mouthed smile

Have you ever stopped during a run to do something different, or discovered a new place on your run? I can’t believe there was such an amazing place just 2 miles from my house and I didn’t know about it!! And apart from my shopping today, I also have once run to and from church. Never again though- too many weird looks! They weren’t quite as understanding as the health store people! Smile with tongue out 

And tell me, what foods do you think are a match made in heaven? Got any fave unusual combos that you love that I can try? I’m up for anything!

Love you all! Have a great day! Open-mouthed smile