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live barefoot action

Before the video, let’s talk food.

I checked a few blogs before making breakfast this morning and discovered something amazing thanks to miss Angela.  She said she has seen this on other blogs, however it is new to me.

And amazing.

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Peanut Butter Banana Topping

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1-2t maple syrup
  • 1T peanut butter
  1. mash.

It was hard to leave this in the bowl while the oats cooked.  It’s sort of like the banana scramble, but less ingredients and you don’t cook it.  Both are completely delicious.  I DEFinitely could have just slapped this on a bagel or english muffin but this morning it was an oat topper.

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Gaaaah!!  I loved adding the banana for the flavor but also it’s spreadability factor + creaminess.  Angela added coconut butter, which would also be amazing.  I can’t wait to try it with my maple cinnamon almond butter, which I’ve been out of for a week!  Ah!

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Blackberry Stuffed Scottish Oats

  • 1/4c Scottish oats
  • 1 1/4c water
  • 1/3c unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1/2c frozen blackberries [they thawed perfectly when stirred in at the end]

Cook as directed in my crazy Oat explanation from the other day.

Top with: cacao nibs + banana deliciousness + jelly

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Oooh…eaten out of my *new* rectangular plate-bowl.  Perfect for my summer plated oats!  The spoon is an older C+B purchase and it’s actually an iced tea spoon ;)  I loves it.

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Gobbled these right UP.

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Lunch started with:

  • locally made whole wheat tortilla
  • local goat cheese [haystack mountain, my fav!]
  • heirloom plum tomato
  • s+p

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It was filled with:

  • sautéed portabella
  • 2 whisked eggs
  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl.
  2. Pour over sautéed veg and cover with foil or lid. [med-low heat]
  3. Do not stir or scramble the eggs.  Just let cook until done ~3-5min.
  4. Slide out of pan, top on tortilla, wrap + cut.


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I love goat cheese!  [but I didn’t always!]

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Today was a good day of EATS. 


Lemony garlic green beans.  YUM.  Picked these up at the market today on S. Pearl St.  I was not impressed at all.  Boo.  There was a wide variety but 90% of the produce was not local and much of it was also not organic.  Ohhh well. 

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Salad in our new amazing salad bowls, that were on sale!  Another C+B purchase yesterday.  They are the PERfect size for salads.  I love that it is really wide, like plate size, but has the rounded bowl-like sides.  Hmmm, also a good cereal bowl :)  I have been out of GREENs for a few days now and have been craving them like craZy!


  • local organic lettuce [purchased from Natural Grocers]
  • avocado
  • croutons [toasted a slice of bread]
  • carrot
  • haystack mountain goat cheese
  • hemp oil/balsamic/apple cider vin

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On the side was a grain mix I got at Trader Joes, while I was home in Cleveland.  It was extremely delicious.  I loved the different textures.  It had a mix of Israeli couscous – red quinoa – baby garbanzo beans – and a few other delicious things. 

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Lemony Garlic Green Beans

  • 3 handfuls of green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1T olive oil
  • s+p
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Saute garlic in the olive oil over medium for about 1min.
  2. Add green beans.
  3. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon and slice the rest of the lemon and add to the pan.
  4. Stir as needed and cook until desired doneness is reached. [~8min for me]

And now it’s time to embarrass myself!  Actually, I was excited to make this video and briefly tell you a few things I’m working on with my barefoot running.  I like having Chris photograph and/or video me because then I can check out my form and see what I might be doing wrong. 

Anyway…here goes!

Running back.

It was a great little 200-250yd run.  My feet felt great!

And my gross foot.  Just dirt though, no blisters or cuts!  Actually, if anything, the ground is making my feet extremely soft!  I’ll talk about preventing blisters when barefoot running soon! 

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Sorry to leave you with a photo of my gross foot.  I’ll try not to do it frequently…but I know you’re all concerned for my toes! hehe

I guess I can also tell you the rest of my workout today:

  • walked in my VFF’s for 3 miles around the park and back home
  • walked Dakota about 1mile? [Chris walked Kenna]
  • little barefoot run

strength training:  everything below x3

  • bicep curls [20lbs]
  • tricep extensions [20lbs]
  • lateral shoulder raise [10lbs]
  • front shoulder raise [10lbs]
  • standing shoulder press [10lbs]
  • lunges [10lbs]
  • a few different types of crunches

Then I foam rolled it out and did a few yoga stretches and it felt sooo gooood!  Goooooodnight!


Reader Comments (56)

Your food photography is so lovely and I love the banana concoction- something I'm sure I will love and eat for the rest of my life!

My husband has the vibram shoes and loves wearing them hiking. I tried them on and just couldn't get into them- I've got goofy feet- but I love that you are enjoying barefoot running so much!

P.S. this is my first time commenting ;)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOne Healthy Apple

Thanks so much and thanks for saying hi! Yes, the vff's are great but not made for all types of!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love your new plate/bowl.

It was fun to watch a video of you/hear your voice ; )

Now I know why your arms are so toned - awesome weight sesh.

LOVE the videos!!! And I definitely could use some tips on preventing blisters whilst barefoot running. The skin on my feet is still healing up from a barefoot (mini)run I did several weeks ago. For now, I'm sticking with my VFFs:)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy H

Cute videos! It's always odd to hear a blogger's voice (in a nice way!).
That topping - I was JUST about to mix that combo up before I read this post! Weird :P

How about I SAW a guy running in Vibrams this weekend, and I watched him take them off and run barefoot! I was SHOCKED!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

mmm...that banana stuff looks great!!! I LOVE goat cheese- I like what you did with it!! I always eat mine on apple slices! The sweet/creamy/savory...AHHH. lol...and you're brave running barefoot- I would be sorta scared I think. :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteenagehealthfreak

Cool video, Ashley! I definitely want to get a pair of VFFs soon!

So, I tried barefoot running this weekend (inspired by you). I jogged very slowly about 2 miles. I can't believe how different my stride is when I barefoot run. I definitely feel lighter on my feet and I don't strike the ground nearly as hard. I'm going to try barefoot running at least once a week on my "off" days.

You are so cute. Your video made my day! Loved actually getting to hear your voice. I hear a little midwestern accent in there! :)

It's official. I'm asking for Vibrams for my birthday. In two months. Yes, I plan way ahead for my bday. :)

Oh WOW that looks like an incredible oat topping. Yum, yum, yum!

I need to try that egg method for the wrap, as well- great idea!

Thanks for this video! I'm looking to get some Vibrams for my birthday to start my own "bare"foot running! Maybe one day I'll get to actual bare foot running :D


I bought VFF's yesterday! Im addicted. I walked around the house in them all evening. Im in the process of training for a 1/2 that is in Mid August, but I think I may have inspired my other training partners to get VFF's too.

Thanks for your hard work and exercise knowledge!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna Basnett

Your video makes me miss you even more! You are so cute. :) 1 month!
So glad you liked the banana mash up...isn't it crazy good!?

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaOSG

i love your word "spreadability" hehhe.
gorgeous food <3

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I made "banana butter" from Chocolate-Covered Katie using a whole banana, 1 tbsp of nut butter (I used almond) and 1/2 tsp of maple syrup. Give it a try in a food processor or a blender and it turns really liquidy and easy to use as a sauce or a dip! I love how versatile and delicious it turns out. :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I read Angela's blog daily but I guess I missed this topping! Looks so good, I will definitely be trying it :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I love that banana mash on oats too! When I don't bake them in I love to simply mash it with some nut butter and maple a splash of maple...delicious right!

The video is hearing about barefoot running!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

nice video! you are so cute!!! awesome workout too, strong chica you are :)

the banana mash topping looks SO good! so simple and delicious, gonna do that asap!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

OMG! ASHLEY You're awesome! Great video -- I love it and can't wait to show Stephen. Plus, you're adorable. I saw you and Ashley twittering about G-chat. Do you do video chat? B/c I've never done that before -- but I have everything I need. I'd love to chat with you sometime!

That is so cool!!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Heddleston

thanks for sharing your barefoot chronicles :) answers a lot of ?s for me!!

Also, love that Angela. She's always got some great recipes. And your frickin blackberry stuffed oats sound AMAZING right about now.

I just love the video, you are too cute!! I have been seeing more and more barefoot runners on my route, I can't wait to get back into it!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonja @ ActiveFoodie

Such. delicious. dishes!
Holy YUM!
Thanks for all the recipes, girl!
I never thought wrapping could be so easy :D
Wish you a lovely week!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Oats, nut butter and goats cheese pretty much sounds like a perfect day of eat! Great vids by the way, you are so cute and sound different to how I'd imagined (in a good way!)

Your food photography is beautiful! So crisp and bright. And the banana mash looks great. And I think your barefoot tips are even great general running tips. Like center of gravity, landing under you, standing straight, small strides. Good things to remember.

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarci

Love your video - you're so darn cute!

And I also love your new stuff - wide flat bowls are so great for eating out of. God help me, I'm going to the only Crate and Barrel in this side of Canada tomorrow with my mom - I need to set a strict budget before I go!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNienke at Revel

I make a huge batch of green monsters at once and freeze them in seperate containers. Then in the morning I cook one w/ my oats. Final product: cooler than usual oats and green monster in one! Perfecto!!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTea Bag

YUM! This entire post was delicious!

I love your videos! You're giving me more courage to do my own.

I can really tell how light your steps are!! I also like the idea of thinking of your feet coming off the ground instead of hitting the ground... awesome insight!

And I already have the inside scoop on preventing blisters ;)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Are you an NPR nerd? Does your local NPR station air The Diane Rehm Show? Her guests today included Christopher McDougall and a couple of other more traditional running experts. You can find the audio here

There was some interesting commentary even if I only caught the last 20 minutes or so. They talked a lot about Vibrams and barefoot running. Not sure if the show has a podcast or not. Just thought I'd share. Happy running!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBobbie

I used to be. I really need to put in on the AM!! Not sure why I don't...thanks SO much for sending the link!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

YAaay!! =) And do...luckeeee

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great idea! I was thinking of making green monster popsicles :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hehehe...Yes, I am loving the wide bowls! Have fun tomorrow!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much...for ALL of your compliments!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley's always funny seeing someone on video!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great!! Glad it helped. Yes, Ang is amazing :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Dude. We can chat WHENeverrrrrr

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yah, I'm thinking that mixing in cereal to it would be awesome!!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, CRAZyyyy good!! Haahha...yes 1 month!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aww are just as cute! Yes, I suppose I have some Ohio accent in me ;)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

2 miles??? Wow..that is far!! Be careful girl!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley it

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

What yummy yummy eats!!! :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Oooooohhhhh those oats!! MOAN!!

Your voice is different than I remember!!

And I think you are absolutely crazy to run barefoot on a sidewalk in a city! I can barely walk BF in my house without stepping on sharp things!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

That's so funny - I found that on Angela's blog and tried it on my oatmeal this morning too! (though I just did the coconut butter+maple syrup+banana) I also found steel cut oats today and can't wait to try them with your directions.
I found it fun to watch+hear you, too!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichal

OMG! YUM! at the peanut butter banana topping!

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Hey Ashley! My names Ashley too heheh anyways your eats make me drool! Banana peanut butter topping is first on my list! Your delicious recipes and balance eats make me strive for a healthier lifestyle! Your knowledge of pay helps me out so much I always come on your blog for ideas! Keep at it and your blog is one of my favorites!
so Ashley

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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