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coco-stachio buttery love

Today I was on my cooking game from morning til night.  Before I got to cooking I did a 30min session of Hip Opening yogadownload.  I was really sore and my muscles were tight from my leg workout + climbing yesterday.  Having the resistance fairly high on the stair stepper will leave you feelin’ it the next day for sure!  I haven’t done a full “legs” workout in FORever.  I really enjoyed doing that yesterday, taking a walk and then getting an upper body workout in at the rock gym.

The oats were my best in quite some time.  They were extremely creamy with the perfect texture and just the right amount of toppings.

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The Creamiest Oats You Will Ever Eat

  • rounded 1/3c rolled oats
  • 2/3c vanilla almond milk, 1/3c water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • vanilla [about 1t]
  • 1 egg white [stirred in the last 2-3min]

Topped with

The fig jam is majorly delicious!!  It’s much better than the peach fruit spread I’ve eaten a few times lately.  Man this bowl was tasty.

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More please!!  Ashley food rating = 10/10

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I got some things around the house done this morning and then took off for a swim.  I felt so so much better after morning yoga and really wanted to get back to the pool, after Monday’s awesome swim.  I am starting to enjoy swimming, a LOT. 

Before I headed to the pool I ate half of this Prana Bar.  I LOVE the texture of these.  A little softer than Larabar and more flavorful.  The only thing I didn’t like was that cashews were used as the nut.  I like cashews but it would have been much better with walnuts. 

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At the pool I completed 1400m [~4600ft] in 33min and then did a 200m cool down.  The first 10 laps were the most tiring and then I got in the groove.  Keeping count of laps is hard!  I don’t really get bored and enjoy the time completely by myself.  I not a fan of running with music so it doesn’t bother me that I don’t have any while swimming.  I felt like I could have kept going, but knew I shouldn’t push it too hard with the intense full body workout I did yesterday.

Why don’t I workout with music?

  1. I don’t have an iPod [the horror!!!]
  2. I hate the cord bouncing on my arm
  3. I’m always fidgeting with the ear pieces, which screws up my stride/pace
  4. I never want to hear all the songs on my playlist and hate having to find the “next” button
  5. I do not like making playlists…it takes too long and I end up hating half the songs I picked
  6. It does not make me go any faster or motivate me to work harder

Valid points? It’s just not for me!!

Lunchtime!  I was famished and this was delicious.

I had an awesome orange + kiwi, for some fruit juiciness.  The main attraction did not photograph well as it was covered in guac and portobello mushrooms.  However, it was post workout perfection.

Layered open face samich:

  1. homemade whole wheat flax bread
  2. tomato paste
  3. 2 eggs – pour, poke, spread method
  4. ~1T guacamole [leftover from last night’s chipotle!!]
  5. topped with 1 pan sautéed portobello mushroom

Ashley food rating = 9/10

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Spring has SPrung!! Weeeeee :)  My good friend Sarah came over and I took no photos [fail!].  She just moved from Columbus, OH and we met there at Ohio State.  I’m so excited that she’s here!  We took a walk to Wash Perk, the local coffee shop and both got an Iced Chai.  Delicious.  From there we walked to Wash Park and walked a good 2.5m at a leisurely, chatty pace.  So much fun catching up!

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Tomorrow I get to see Melissa + Jake and I’m so super excited!!! :) 

Another star of the day came from Jessica [click for recipe!].  This time, I played it safe, and followed her recipe almost exactly.  This morning she posted a recipe for pistachio coconut butter.  Um…yes please!  It’s rare that I see a recipe and make it THEE same day, but I knew I had to with this.

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I have never heard or seen anything about pistachio nut butter.  I know 2 things.  I love pistachios and I love coconut, so I was going to love this.

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Process until crumbly.

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Add in unsweetened flaked coconut.

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Add in maple syrup + vanilla.  The only thing I changed was adding a pinch of salt [~1/4t].  I streamed in about 1T coconut oil to get this really smooth.

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GREEN perfection.

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The combination was perfect.  The coconut was not overpowering.  I tried it on a seedy cracker and it was tasty but preferred it right off the spoon ;)  I think it will be really tasty on apples [as Jessica displayed], on my oats in the morning, or as a pancake topper!!  It tasted like frosting.  No joke. 

Ashley food rating = 10/10

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Dinner was on the money as well.  I used the Millet + Black Bean Burger recipe from the Spring section of Clean Food.  We both completely LOVED these and there are a ton of leftovers.  They were one of the easiest veggie burgers I have made and I loved that you didn’t have to food-processor-it all together.  The chunks of veg + beans were tasty!!  What held these bad boys together were cooked millet and a little cornmeal.  They were spiced with paprika, salt, cumin and chili powder. 

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Veggie burger goodness with a little tomato paste, pepper jack cheese, and guacamole with a huge pile of steamed broccoli.

Ashley food rating = 9/10

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It was nice to have some winner eats today.  Chris said these burgs are a keeper!  I loved all of your positive comments about my pancakes and smoothie from yesterday.  I guess they really weren’t fails, but just first trials that can be tweaked to perfection.  Apparently I’m not the only one that likes a dense pancake packed with fiber + protein, or an earthy thick protein smoothie.  :)  Back to the drawing board…

Goodnight lovelies!!


Reader Comments (54)

Those oats do look amazing! Also, love that pic of the tree with the flowers! :)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Haha...did you really drink coffee out of a beaker? That's too funny!

The oats look great!
And that pistachio butter - I have GOT to try that, it sounds FABULOUS!! I also want the Pranabar...but that'll never happen, England hates nice things like that :'(
Have a good day!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya @ Brit Chick Runs

Oh my, you weren't kidding, you really did have a major day of good eats! Let's start with the oats…I have never tried adding egg whites, but I hear that it add so much to the texture of the oats. Maybe I will try that.

And lunch!!! Wow, that egg sammy sounds out of this world but I wish I could see it better in the picture.

And pistachio nut butter??! What a brilliant idea! :)

Have a wonderful day girl!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

So glad you liked it! Your oats always look so awesome, I wish you could make me breakfast every morning!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Those oats look SO good, and I love the pistachio nut butter idea :-)

Oh man, fig jam makes everything better.

hurray for good food and seeing good friends!!! also, i need to make that nut butter soon...i told jessica yesterday, but just didn't get the ingredients!

I have got to find myself some fig jam. I just tried figs for the first time last weekend and am in love! I'm with you on the music while exercising. I like taking in the sights/sounds of my surrounds and the ipod is just too much trouble.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah R

I think I'm going to have to try this whole pistachio butter thing. I liked it on Jess's blog, and now i like it on yours... and i think someone else in my house would like it too!

I love your Ashley ratings. haha. I can't wait to make those burgers!

I don't use my iPod often when I work out because I'm usually teaching a class or running with friends. But sometimes I love listening to podcasts on long runs. NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" is great entertainment. However, I no longer have headphones or an arm band so it's been a while!

I am with you on reasons 2-6 for running without music. I have an i-pod but never update it! Per usual, I have a question for you :) What kind of camera do you use?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg @ Be Fit Be Full

It's a mug that looks like a beaker!! There is no beaker spout..but if there was I would still use it, haha.. I love it :)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's crazy how many things you guys don't have in England!!! Booooo!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It really didn't look very appetizing...the fruit was much prettier :)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They were awesome this AM with pistachio coconut butter!!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I had everything except the pistachios!! mmmm

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Totally agree about the sights/sounds!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, you must try it.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ashley seal of approval baby!!! hahaha Podcasts do sound fun!! I would probably like that

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Canon Rebel XTi - there is more info on the camera + lenses on my FAQ page :) I always love your questions!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I totally agree with you about the ipod problems, I'm always having to fiddle with the headphones (although I used Nike Sport ones--so much better than the ipod ones!) and it messes up my stride. However, I definitely need music unfortunately.

All your food looks SO good, particularly those burgers, I guess I'll have to get that cookbook ;)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

So I think I would like to eat everything in this post lol your oats look so so so good! There's not many things better than super creamy oats. And fig jam is the best!
I was thinking of making that recipe by Jessica too but I don't have any coconut :( Pistachios are so yummy!

I am so happy to have found someone else that hates running with music! I also do not like it - mostly because of the reasons you state, but also because running is my 'me' time and I just like to listen to my surroundings. same with swimming, which I love even more! I'm so happy you are loving it too!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Woohoo!! :)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No, i-pod, wow! Where do you get the prana bars? I haven't tried them and would like to.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrunnerforever

How do you get your husband to eat so healthy and try all of your food recipes? My boyfriend LOVES meat, potatoes, and anything that is greasy/fatty. He doesn't like veggies at all. It drives me crazy.

i just saw jessica's post and got excited about the nut butter, and then saw it here! awesome. this post got some stellar AFRs.. i will have to try that oat combo STAT.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanetha

oats + fig jam = genius!!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

The only time I run with an ipod and music is during a race. I'm just not a huge fan of music, and it gets kinda boring while I'm running. But for some reason, during a race it doesn't bother me. Plus, the ear phones don't stay in my ears and I have to keep sticking them back in which is annoying. So, you're not alone! :-)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Ooooh, pretty trees in Wash Park! I'm not sure I've had pistachios before (weird right?) so I can't imagine what it would taste like... probably delicious if you gave it 10/10!

Yum! Everything looks amazing! I really need to try adding some egg whites to my oats.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Oh yum! MUST try this stachio-butter!

Feed it to him! ha. My man will reach for take out, but if I've prepared him something he'll eat it. I made him a green monster the other day post-run and told him after he commented on how good it was how much spinach, chia and WHOLE FOOD POWDER there was in it! ha.

The oats were THEE BEST EVER!!! :)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whaaaaaaat!!! They taste like no other nut and are so so amazing. We used to eat them all the time when I was younger. My mom and I would chow down on them!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Egg whites in oats are perfection!! For awhile I would add 2, but I think 1 is the best!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

DEFinitely. It's like frosting!!!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The cookbook is a must have! I've heard good things about the Nike sport ear plugs..It's not a bad thing when people like to listen to music!! It's just funny how everyone is very particular 1 way or the other!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Come over and I will make you some oats!!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely loving the swimming! The music just seems to mess up my flow...I have a hard time picking the right songs to keep me at the speed I want to be at..but if I'm not running with music my tempo is fine!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whole foods and a few other health food stores here. I'm sure you can order them cheaper online!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

HAhaa!! So funny...We have become adventurous together about food. He was definitely a meat + potatoes guy and still is to an extent but has such a wider variety that he likes now. Ever since we have transitioned away from greasy/fatty foods he doesn't go back. It starts to make you feel sick once you've been away for so long. That doesn't mean we don't indulge in fries sometimes and if he wants a burger, he gets one when we're out and he is particular about his meat choices. There are great options around here for places with grass-fed beef or bison burgers, which are rasied + fed much better than cows. Anyway..maybe I'll post about our food journey sometime! :)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I asked Chris the other day..."do you ever just want a burger at mcdonalds??" And he was like "no, absolutely not." Once you start eating delicious healthier food it's so hard to resort back to the grease!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] oats and sweet apple butter [...]

look very creamy!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjenna

OMG! I just made the oatmeal, and it was by far the best oatmeal I ever had! I topped it with homemade honey nut butter, granola and blueberries. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I think I died and gone to heaven!!

July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Drummond

You're so welcome...glad you enjoyed!!

July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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