Chocolate for Breakfast, Please & Thank You

Well hello there!!

What’s it been? 7 months? Yikes!

The hiatus was definitely necessary. Not because I DON’T enjoy blogging.
But because I DO enjoy being a Mom!!
Time has gone by so, insanely fast it’s hard for me to believe!

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At 10 months old, my sweet little Emma Bear has finally almost fallen into a routine!

HUZZAH!

This means a few things:

  1. With naps a part of the every day I have more me time – for things like exercise and blogging;
  2. Without being latched onto me 24/7, I am finally starting to have the time to experiment with new recipes instead of just making the same old all the time;
  3. Sleeping through the night may not be a thing yet, but we’re getting close! A well rested Mom and Baby are a much happier pair!

There are soooooo many different directions I feel like I could take this post. I could talk about the attempted face-lift I’m giving the blog. (It’s still a work in progress – so please forgive the ever changing layouts as of late. I’ll find something I like soon, I’m sure. You’ll also notice a name change! Twenty-Something & Starving has become Mommy Runs for Food! I’ll explain that later, too!) I could discuss with you adventures in breastfeeding and un-planned bed-sharing. I could talk about my latest workout routine, PiYo, and my conversion to being a team beachbody believer. But for today, I think I will stick with the classic quick and easy recipe!

In a perfect world I would eat chocolate every single day without consequence. (The same goes for peanut butter – but I’ll save that for another day.) There may have even been a time not too long ago when I did, in fact, eat chocolate every day. Ooopsies! Now that I’m really back on board the health train, I limit my chocolate intake to a few days a week and mostly have it in the form of protein, Shakeology, and dark chocolate on occasion. So having chocolate for breakfast is kind of my jam!

Now that it’s finally not freezing outside, overnight oats are a staple breakfast for me. At night, once I put Em down to bed, I usually have some decaf tea and get my hubby’s lunch together for the following day. While my water is coming to a boil, it’s soooo easy to just throw some ingredients into a jar and have breakfast ready and waiting for me in the morning. I’ve been experimenting with a few different recipes for overnight oats – but these ones may be my new favorite. Packed with protein and tons of chocolate flavor for a sweet addict like me – waking up has never tasted so good so fast.

Toasted Almond Chocolate Overnight Oats

In a mason jar or container with a lid, mix the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats (I used steel cut, but rolled would be great, too!)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Set in the refrigerator and breakfast is waiting for you in the morning!

Serve topped with 1/2 of a sliced banana, a few chocolate chips, and some toasted slivered almonds!

 

toasted almond chocolate overnight oats

 

WIAW #30 – Orange You Glad it’s Fall?

Happy October, peeps!

Actually…I guess “ghouls” would be more appropriate for this month, now that I think about it, since peeps are Eastery.

Meh…no bigs.

It’s pretty early by me, and I’ve been up since five with the peanut, so Imma get right to it. Here are my eats from yesterday…and you’ll notice there is lots of orange and fall-y goodness. Twas a good day!

Thanks, as always, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting this What I Ate Wednesday link up!!!

Breakfast: For breakfast I had my usual giant mug of English Breakfast Tea and a “Banana-Oat Energy Bar” which, yes, sounds like just about every other oaty bake or muffin I’ve made in the past, but this was actually a recipe from The Runners World cookbook. It was quite delightful. Emma photobombed.
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Snack: My first orange treat of the day – I mixed a big ol’ spoon of pumpkin into some vanilla greek yogurt and topped it with with cinnamon, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. This is probably going to be my new go-to morning snack. So easy and sooooooo delicious…and fally. Nom.
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Lunch: On Monday I made and enjoyed a mushroom, baby kale, and swiss fritatta. I ate half Monday and ate the other half for lunch yesterday all wrapped up in a warm whole wheat tortilla with half of an orange bell pepper and spicy chipotle hummus on the side. Yum and a half. I’ve also been grilling up chicken for the hubbys lunch during the week and I maaaay have snagged a bite of it while I was slicing it up and putting it away. I couldn’t resist, it was all pesto-y and delicious.
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Snack: So as a former Starbucks barista, I can admit that the Pumpkin Spice Latte and I have a complicated relationship. Delicious? Of course!!! But it’s also fiiilllllled with sugar and a bunch of other crap not even remotely reminiscent of actual pumpkin (I’m sure we’ve all seen the infographic by now). My homemade pumpkin spice latte gives me the same warm happy feeling without making me feel guilty OR like I’ve just consumed a month’s worth of sugar. I simple brew a pumpkin spice k cup (I love me some Green Mountain Coffee) and I warm up some almond milk (or regular skim milk…depends on my mood) for about 30 second in the microwave and I whisk whisk whisk it until it’s frothy and delightful. Pour in coffee. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy.
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I also snacked on an apple drizzled with some melted pb and sprinkled with cinnamon. I sprinkle cinnamon on everything throughout the year…but ESPECIALLY in the fall.I nommed this apple while watching the season 10 premier of Bones on Hulu since I missed out….any other Bones fans out there??? Did you catch the premier?? Well…my heart is broken and I hate everything…thanks season 10 premier…thanks for that. Meeeh…
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Dinner: For dinner I made one of my cozy cold weather favorites. Mini Turkey Veggie Meatloaves…with mashed potatoes and peas…because meatloaf is always best served with mashed potatoes and peas. (Tell me this when I was a kid and I would have lost my mind….ARE THEY TOUCHING ON THE PLATE?! Yes, Lil’ Jen, and one day you’ll love it…I’d tell myself.) I’ll share my recipe for these lil’ loaves later
this week!

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Dessert: Easy peasy one here, just two squares of Wegmans dark chocolate with almonds while the fam sat down together and watched a few episodes of Once Upon a Time. Emma wanted some chocolate, but I told her she’s gotta wait till she’s older. Mammas gotta lay down the hammer sometimes…amiright?
Emms and chocolate

What’s your favorite orange treat?
Did you ever have a time in your life where NOTHING on your plate could be touching?
Favorite fall TV show??

WIAW #29 – Finding my Groove

Good morning, ladies (and gentlemen? I don’t really know who reads this, after all, but I do know that it’s typically only ladies that comment…so thereladies it is) How are we all doing?? We’re spectacular! And by we, I mean me. And I guess technically my little honey bear who is chatting up a storm in her lil’ sleeper next to me as I type this. EmGosh she’s adorable.

Anywho, I’m so pleased to be participating in What I Ate Wednesday, this week, brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons!! Emma and I are really starting to get in a groove, which is making finding time to take pictures of my food (heck – make and consume my food, too) much easier to do! Though everyday is still a little different, we’re really starting to get in a nice routine. At 15 weeks (3 months…baby age is so weird), I couldn’t be happier!! Here is how my yesterday went.

I woke up when the hubby was up yesterday, right around 5:00am. I woke up Emma, who had been snoozing since about 10:00pm and my milk makers were ready for her breakfast. She ate from one side for about an hour, then I pumped the other and had a banana. You all know what a banana looks like, yes? Because I did not snap a photo of it. Oopsies!

Emma usually falls back asleep for an hour or two after her breakfast, and since my MIL didn’t have to go in to work until 9:30am, I took advantage, strapped on my running shoes, and headed out into the cool autumn air!! I find there is no time I enjoy running more than on a nice fall morning. I love the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet and the scent of fires burning in nearby fireplaces in the air. Ah, bliss. Two and a half miles of it yesterday. Not bad, considering I ran three miles (farthest post-baby) on Saturday and was still pretty sore from it. Once I got home I even had time for an AM shower and to make myself a nice post-run breakfast!

Breakfast: Eggs and potatoesssssssss. Whenever I make baked potatoes, I always always always make extras.It requires minimal effort, since I’m already baking potatoes,  AND it means I can make breakfast potatoes in no time at all the next morning. This here is my favorite combination: 1/2 of a potato with some diced bell peppers, lots of granulated garlic, and even more Franks Red Hot! I saute the potatoes and peppers in just a tiny bit of olive oil until the potatoes start to get crispy and the peppers soften over medium heat. Then, I sprinkle (it’s actually more like a downpour) in the hot sauce. I  crack two eggs on top, pop a lid on it, and let it cook until the eggs are set. If I’m feeling really crazy I sometimes add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese on top, too. Yesterday I was feeling super crazy and topped it with some scallions and even more Franks Red Hot. Ugh. Once I get going on a Franks Red Hot kick…it’s hard for me to stop.

breakfast potatoes and eggs I also had my giant mug of English Breakfast Tea while Kelly and Michael was on since Emma was still snoozing.

tea for meSnack: By around 11, the hubby comes home for lunch, and I needed a snack. While I heated up his lunch for him (because I am the best wife, ever) I munched on a little pumpkin chocolate chip cookie I made Monday night. I’m still working on the recipe, but I hope to share it soon!

punkin cookieLunch: I always try and get a bit of laundry done midday, and yesterday I succeeded! Then it was time for more food. I had some leftover pulled pork from dinner Monday night, so when in doubt….I just make a quesadilla! Pulled pork, some shredded cheddar, and green onions. Plus leftover frozen veggies from the night before…I mixed in extra edamame for good measure. I love leftovers, man. Who’s with me?

 

pulled pork quesadilla I had just a few errands to run yesterday afternoon so the little lady and I went out for a few. I made a pit stop at Barnes and Noble to pick up the latest issues of Runners World. Once we got home, I plopped Emma on my lap and we enjoyed our magazine together while I sipped my first Pumpkin Spice coffee of the season!! Yummmers!! I also wound up snagging a handful of trail mix before dinner. Wegmans had a “Trail Mix Bar” and my recent obsession is a combination of dry roasted almonds, honey roasted peanuts, pumpkin seeds, annnnnnnd dark chocolate chunks. Love it!

pspice and magtrail mixDinner: Have you ever just had one of those nights where you knew no matter what you made for dinner you just wouldn’t be happy with it? That was me last night. I wound up throwing together a quick pasta with chicken, white beans, spinach, garlic, and lemon. I’ve made it before and loved it. I really just wasn’t feeling it last night, though. I guess that’s kind of a good thing when I think about it though…it stopped me from going back for more!

pastaAnd that, my friends, is all she wrote! After dinner the hubs and I sat down to watch some Once Upon A Time on Netflix (My latest obsession. I can’t wait for the new season to start!) and Emma snooze/ate from 7:30 until 9:30…then she just snoozed. I decided to join at about 10:00!

 

So…what is your favorite time of the year to run outside??

Do you have a favorite pre and post run routine?

Lastest TV obsession??

Chipotle Chicken Chili

First of all…the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to post TWO DAYS IN A ROW…is madness. Complete and utter MADNESS!! I love my baby girl, but boooooooooy do I love nap time. Muhuhahahaha.

Not only am I sharing another NEW recipe today, but this is another super simple crock pot recipe! Just in time for fall, amiright? I have never loved my crock pot as much as I do now that I am a mom. The faster I can get something done, the more likely I am to eat it without having a baby on my boob! Though, I can’t lie, I’ve gotten pretty great at doing things with one hand because I have a baby in the other…or balancing her perfectly on the Boppy while I eat OVER her. I prefer to avoid that if I can, though, heh.

Anywho, the Falcons were playing last night (What a game! I’m not sure I’d really even call that a game…poor Bucs.), so I wanted to make something appropriate for football viewing. Chili was the obvious choice. But without having any beef on hand I decided to go for a chicken version.

BEST. CHOICE. EVER.

I posted a photo of the finished product on Instagram last night and had a few requests for the recipe. So here it is, my friends.

Words cannot describe how easy this chili is to make. You literally just stir everything together in the crock pot, add the chicken breasts, pop on the lid and BAM. You are a mere 5 hours from delicious!

Chipotle Chicken Chili

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced
    (add more or less … depending on your spice tolerance. 1 gives it a nice kick, but you won’t be sweating)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • salt to taste

In the base of your crock pot, add the can of tomatoes. Fill the empty can halfway with water and add it to the crock pot. Add the beans, peppers, onions, and spices. Stir well to combine. Nestle the chicken breasts into the tomato mixture. Cover and cook on high 4-6 hours or until the chicken shreds easily with two forks. Shred up the chicken and serve your chili with cheese, avocado, and whatever else you fancy…just make sure you have plenty of tortilla chips for scooping!chipotle chicken chili

Also, because I can’t keep this cuteness all to myself…check out my little happy bear!! EEEEEEEEEEEE. I just can’t.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

It’s amazing how much some things can change in such a small period of time. It’s been just about two months since my last post, time has been FLLLLLYYYYYYYYYING by, and I figured it was about time I made my presence known once more!

Well, motherhood is spectacular! Ya know, in an “I-got-peed-on-twice-today” kind of way. Heh.

But in all seriousness, with every passing day I fall more and more in love with my little peanut. How could I not? Look at this face!!10632603_10101143251686512_3805612007292182472_n She is the silliest, sweetest little thing and I can’t get enough of her!! We’re still nursing successfully and I still spend the bulk of my time during the day with her in my arms either eating or playing. She’s sleeping in much bigger chunks, now, sometimes even 7 hours at night! She’s napping a bit more regularly throughout the day, too, which gives me more time to do things…like write this post!!

So it is a big time for change in the Yoder family! Aside from having a new baby, I’ve decided to stay home with her until I find a job that suits me, ANDDDDD a few weeks ago, the hubby started a new job!! I wanted to make sure that, since he was going to be getting up to hit the gym before work around 5:00am, that had an easy, healthy, and tasty breakfast.

Enter: crock pot.

Johnny and I both really enjoy oatmeal – I pretty much have it for breakfast everyday! I’ve read a ton about making steel cut oats in the crock pot and I decided it was time to give it a whirl, since you just put them in before bed and when you wake up you’ve got breakfast waiting!!

When you’re making steel cut oats, the only thing that’s really important to remember is the 4:1 ratio of liquid to oats – for every cup of oats you’ll need four cups of liquid. With that in mind, I decided to make some apple cinnamon oats – because they are the hubs fave.  Here is my recipe:

 Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

  • 2 cups steel cuts oats
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Spray the base of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover. Set on low and cook for 8 to 10 hours or until a desired consistency is reached.

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BAM! How easy is that?! It keeps wonderfully in the refrigerator, too. I just reheated mine all week, adding about 1/4 cup of skim milk when I heated it just to return that creamy oat consistency. I also served mine with an extra teaspoon of brown sugar, almonds, and pumpkin seeds on top…with some adorable on the side.

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