Well Heck! Seems like yall really wanted some granola!!!
Now before I announce the winner, I wanted to tell yall that MixMyGranola was SO impressed by the feedback to the dream granola question that they offered EVERY Eat, Live, Run reader a $3.00 discount on their order!!!! All you have to do is, when you order, type in the promotion code “EATLIVERUN”.
Now, the actually winner of the $25 MixMyGranola gift certificate goes to………………comment #352, LISA!!! Lisa wrote: “My dream granola: muesli base, strawberries and cherries, cashews and hemp seeds, and chocolate espresso beans”
Congrats, Lisa! =) Now go and create your granola!!
Now, on with the day’s events!
I’ve actually had a rather hard day today, which I will get into depth at the end of this post. My yummy, fresh and healthy foods though have definitely helped to keep me energized and sane even when I wanted to throw something against the wall (it was just that kind of day!).
To start off, I tried a NEW BAR this morning! Product review at the end of this post!
I also had a fresh fruit cup, which consisted of a kiwi, blackberries and two huge strawberries. Yum!
Later on, at work, I made a big bowl of oat bran with all the fixins’ for breakfast—-
This was SO yummy and full of volume due to the extra water that I added! Here’s the combo today:
It expanded like a balloon in my tummy and kept me full for hours. On my way home from work at 12:30 I dug into THIS beauty, which I had been looking forward to noshing on all morning long!
Review at the end again…but let’s just say this did NOT disappoint!!
Thursday is my biking + bible study combo and I love it. It was a gorgeous day and immediately upon getting home, I leaped onto my bike and pedaled away! See I told ya I had mucho energy today and I am attributing it to my diet of course. I biked the 4 miles to Sarah’s house and then took an hour break while we watched Beth Moore discuss the book of Esther—-
Just kidding, that would be Sarah living up to the Green Vibrance challenge of drinking a serving plain with water. I was very impressed with her mad dirt chugging skills!!! After she succeeded in the challenge we did actually sit down and watch Beth. And I ate an apple and a banana before biking the remaining 4 miles home. I also hammered out 20 man pushups upon arrival.
Dinner was a short time after and I decided upon something different……… breakfast! =)
I haven’t had breakfast for dinner in FOREVER and have missed it so! I made Caitlin’s french toast waffles with evening using 2 HempPlus waffles soaked in a mixture of 1 egg + 1 egg white, splash of vanilla almond milk and tons of cinnamon. Then, I cooked ‘em on the skillet until crispy and golden brown. Served with a morningstar soysage, obviously! It was good but not as filling as I expected it to be. Hmmm…..
Dessert did the trick though—- 2 of Abbie’s raw donut holes! Holy yum!
Oh! and I ordered this book from Amazon and it finally came!—–
Any thoughts?? Has anyone read this? I ADORE nutrition books and cannot wait to sink my teeth into this tonight. I am known for finishing books like this in one sitting….I just really love to read about different ideas about nutrition and food I guess! I will be doing a full review of the book once I have finished reading it.
As for why I have had a crummy day………….
This morning I made the conscious decision to take 3 weeks off of running. GASP. I know. I felt like I was about to burst into tears all morning at work. The reason is this: my physical therapist said that by taking a few weeks off I will achieve the BEST results in getting rid of my shin splints. I need to let my shins heal (by not running) and while they are healing, I need to be constantly working on stretching and strengthening to get in tip-top condition. Luckily, my TNT training does not begin until May 19th, so I do have some time on my hands. This upsets me soooooo much though because I finally feel like my endurance is really great and I am just LOVING it! However, I understand that I do have a chronic problem that will never 100% heal unless I do what the doctor says and rest. If I keep wearing myself into the pavement (literally), my half-marathon training this summer will be very very painful. And I don’t want that. So, as upset as I am, I guess I am willing to take 3 weeks and throw myself into the OTHER portion of my training, i.e. swimming and biking. Three weeks really isn’t THAT long and I hope to return to training stronger, faster and fitter than I have ever been before. I’m going to religiously do my strengthening exercises 3X a week, like my PT advised, and also incorporate some aqua jogging and more yoga in the mix. Hopefully these next couple weeks will fly by and I will be back running better than I ever dreamed! So I am telling you all this with hopes that you will YELL AT ME if, after two weeks, I claim that my shins are healed and “a little 5 miler won’t hurt anything”. No. No. No. Swim, Jenna. Swim, swim, swim. Bike, bike, bike. I WILL return from the break stronger and faster….just in time for my official training to begin!
Raw Revolution Bars are principally raw and free of refined sugars, cholesterol, peanuts, grains, gluten, preservatives and all animal products. They are also produced in a peanut and gluten-free vegan factory!
Raw Revolution Bars boast to be extremely nutrient dense and of superior quality than other bars on the market these days. They are moist and easily digestible. These bars are great for athletes because they are a great mix of protein, healthy fat, carbs and minerals, all with zero sugar spike.
Most of the bars contain about 260-270 calories and around 15-16 grams of fat, making them ideal for a large snack or part of a meal. I was sent one of each flavor variety to taste test so I will just review each variety as I get to it!
This morning for my pre-work snack, I tried the smaller version of Raw Revolution Bar—the chocolate chip cookie dough variety! This bar has 200 calories in it, which makes it ideal for an anytime snack whereas the larger bars are more fit as part of a meal (in my opinion). This bar was dense and chewy with tons of rich chocolate-y flavor. It actually DID taste like cookie dough! However, I got a sort of weird aftertaste from it but that might be because I ate it with kiwi ? Haha Chocolate and kiwi don’t go?? What what?
Anyways, I think the thing that I liked the most about this bar was that it really didn’t cause a sugar crash. A lot of times I will eat a morning snack and be satisfied for about two hours and then suddenly hunger hits me so hard that I feel like someone is punching me in the tummy. I’m not a doctor or an RD but that definitely sounds like a sugar crash to me. I hate it! However, this bar (when combined with fruit) held me over quite nicely all morning long and I didn’t have that “sock-ya-in-the-stomach” sort of attack.
After work, I was very eager to try out another Raw Revolution bar— the chocolate hazelnut!
Being a HUGE lover of anything chocolate and hazelnut (hello nutella!!), this was obviously my first pick to review. The thing that struck me the most about this bar was DANG IT WAS DENSE! When the Raw Revolution people say their products are “nutrient dense” that ain’t no joke. There was a TON of stuff packed into this little bar and I loved every bite. It actually was quite amazing…it tasted like I was eating a dark chocolate bar and I had to constantly remind myself how healthy it was! I would take this over a sugary sweet Clif Bar ANY DAY and highly recommend it. This bar held my appetite for a long time and I feel like I really got a great bang for the buck. There were whole pieces of hazelnuts in it and it was just divine! Well done, Raw Revolution!
Phew! Now THAT was a long post!
Tomorrow is finally Friday (insert happy dance) and I am going out to lunch after work with Amanda, a local blog reader, at one of my favorite places. Can’t wait to meet you Amanda!!!! =)