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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!

mom and em

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


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


Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right – National Nutrition Month

G’day Mates!! Happy Tuesday!! I hope you’re all peachy-keen!! Me? I’m swell! I had a fabbbulous breakfast and I’m sippin’ on some tea (decaf earl gray, obvi), and I’ve decided it’s time to get serious with you for a moment!

I feel like some of you may know this already, particularly my fellow healthy living bloggers, but some of you may not.

March is National Nutrition Month!!

Never heard of it? Here’s a quick summary:

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information. (http://www.eatright.org/NNM/#.UxXVVvmwJiI)

I think it’s pretty evident at this point in time that proper nutrition is something that I’m extraordinarily passionate about. I’ve decided to join in on the party again this year and share my two cents with you about this year’s theme:

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, consumer research has proven time and time again that taste trumps nutrition in the majority of consumer food purchases.

This seems like it’s pretty obvious to me.  Take McDonald’s, for example. According to Forbes, McDonald’s ended 2013 with “lackluster earnings” – a measly $7.09 billion, up 2% from their 2012 fourth quarter earnings. What this says to me as a health conscious consumer (not in any way, shape, or form from a business standpoint) is that even posting the nutrition facts on menus hasn’t seemed to deter consumers from eating less McDonald’s. As such, I believe it is imperative that we all realize that healthy, whole, nutrient rich foods are just as capable of being as delicious (even more delicious, actually!) as the processed junk that so many people gravitate towards.

Now please keep in mind that I am nothing if not realistic. I absolutely understand that, sometimes, it’s really hard to make a healthy choice. We’re too busy, or too tired, or too broke, or too anything…these are all factors that impact the choices we make in fueling our bodies.  It’s too often, I think, that we forget that that’s really what food is: fuel! It’s what we need to keep our bodies functioning at their optimal levels. We need food, tasty or not, to live and to thrive – regardless of how busy, tired, and broke we all are! It doesn’t need to be hard to do. If we all take a little time to educate ourselves and fuel our bodies properly with foods that we enjoy, I know that we could all live and thrive with smiles on our faces, happy taste buds, and healthy bodies.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use real, whole ingredients and help me Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!

Barbecue Chicken Tortilla Pizzas


Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Oatmeal


Greek Salad

Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp with Mango Salsa

Honey Walnut Apple Crisp

apple crisp

My Favorite Chili Recipe Ever


Sweet and Spicy Pineapple, Black Bean Quinoa


Tilapia Tacos with Southwest Slaw

tilapia tacos with southwest slaw

I hope you can find inspiration in these recipes!!
How are you celebrating National Nutrition Month??
And how do you Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right??




WIAW #16

Ooopsie Daisy! It looks like I skipped over my WIAW #15 and did two #14s instead. Pregnancy brain. Oh wells. Onto #16!! As per usual (lately, anyway) here are my eats for Monday. I’m actually super pleased with my diet this week, I’ve been eating like a champion and definitely loving my veggies this month! I’m thinking perhaps I’ll share some weekend eats on Wednesday soon, just for funsies. I tend to eat a bit less healthy and more like a real person (like pizza!!) on the weekends. We shall see. Either way, big thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the fab link up!! If you’ve got a healthy recipe you’d like to share make sure to pop by tomorrow for round two of my Real Food Recipe Roundup linkup!!  I’d love to see what some other folks are cooking out there, not just eating!!

Breakfast: I mentioned in my post on Monday that Central PA is in desperate need of a Trader Joes, annnnnnd this Multigrain Triple Berry with Flax and Chia Instant Hot Cereal has a lot to do with it. I snagged this box on Saturday and I don’t know what to do…because it’s amazing and I want to keep eating it… but I don’t want to run out, either!! I had one pack for breakfast on Sunday and it wasn’t enough…(then I proceeded to have a bowl of cantaloupe, 2 slices of leftover Margarita pizza, 4 brownie bites, and a glass of milk. Yeah, I should definitly give you guys a peek into my weekends, haha!)  two packs on Monday did the trick!!! Oh my gosh, it’s so delicious and berry-y. Enjoyed with decaf earl gray – obvi.


Snack: I snacked happy Monday. Literalllyyyyyyyy. Oh gosh, look at me, I’m cheesin’ over here…ahhhh I did it again. Food puns for days!!!

smiley snack

Lunch: Lunch was pretty simple on Monday. I had a pita spread with a bit of roasted garlic hummus (obsessed!), a Morning Star Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burger, some feta, romaine, and bell peppers. green lunch

Snack: Snack number two on Monday was is one of my faves! Since it’s been warm enough in my office I’m able to enjoy some cold snacks more often. I had some plain nonfat greek yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of peanut butter…and 1/2 a banana. I, personally, prefer my bananas suuuuuper ripe. This one was perfect … except for the big bruise it had about halfway down. About an hour later I was still a weeeeee bit hungry, so I nommed on two of my banana protein oat bites while I finished up my shopping list/meal plan for the week!

nannergurtmini muffins and meal plan

Dinner:  We had dinner at Wegmans on Monday night, which we often do when we pick up groceries right after work instead of on Sunday. I love that Johnny and I can both get whatever we want!! He had a meatball sub and a Victory IPA. I enjoyed some sesame green beans (my FAVORITE option from the Hot Asian food bar at Wegmans), some broccoli and mushroom stir fry (which is new and was also super tasty!), and a California Summer Roll!! Although I still miss my tuna and salmon rolls, I’ll be pretty darn happy munching on these whenever a sushi craving hits until June.

wegmans dinner Dessert: We’ll call this dessert, because it happened after dinner time, but I’m pretty darn pleased with my whole Monday of eating! My “dessert” was a fancy glass filled with Vanilla Almond Milk (which I only treat myself to when I have a coupon because I’m trying to be more fiscally responsible) and a handful of Blueberry flavored Craisins. Delish!!

almond milk!So folks, what’s new with you?! I had a doctor’s appointment today and little miss Emma’s heart is thump-thump-thumping away while she tumbles around in my belly. Also, the doctor totally buttered me up today and told me I look AMAZING and that if he didn’t see my belly he’d have no idea I was pregnant!! Thanks for making my day, doc.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

Have you been eating like a champion, too, or munching on some less healthy but equally delicious foods?

Let me know in the comments!!



Yoga, Celebrations, and Go-To Breakfasts

Well hey there!

I hope you’re doing well!

You’ll be pleased to hear that I’ve officially started to do yoga EVERY weekday morning – even if it’s just for 10 minutes (which, at this point in time, it usually is). It’s tough for me to drag myself out of bed before 6:00 am but I’ve been managing and I’m super proud of myself! (CELEBRATE!! WOOOOOT!!) I’ve been trying to vary my routine a little bit but it usually starts off with some sun salutations and maybe a quick warrior sequence and extended side angles. I love a good stretch in the morning, and extended side angle is a great one. I’m getting comfortable enough to bind it lately, too. A few months ago I would have been like “heeeeeeeeeeelllllll nooooooo“. For all my non-yogis out there, here’s what they look like (courtesy of fitsugar.com)…

extended side angle

bound side angle

I’ve even been trying to throw in some yoga midday on my lunch breaks at work! (YOGA ALL THE TIME!!! CELEBRATE!! WOOOT!!) Here’s a silly picture Johnny took of me on lunch this week fiddling around with dancer pose. It’s not a pose I do regularly in class, but it’s definitely a pose I’m practicing more at home…and on lunch! 🙂


I spent part of my weekend in New Jersey for my friend Sue’s baby shower and it was a delightful time. (CELEBRATE!!! BABY!!! WOOOOTT!!)

Have you ever played the game at a baby shower where you have to guess which candy bar is melted inside of a diaper before? I hadn’t until this weekend…and I rocked it. Still not sure whether I should be happy or sad about that – haha – but either way I won an adorable little teapot for being the only person at the shower to guess them all right (CELEBRATE TEAPOT VICTORY!!)

Here’s a photo we took of my sister-in-law Melinda, the mommy-to-be, me, and my Mother-in-Law. We’re so adorable.

ladies at the shower

Anywho, besides yoga I’ve been cooking – of course. I’m starting to go through a breakfast rotation every week. I’m cool with it, it makes life easier and I’m not eating the same thing EVERY day. It does make posting new recipes a little tougher, though.  Here are a few no-recipe-recipes for some of my go-tos lately.

Peanut Butter + Frozen Berries Warmed in the Microwave + Wegmans Organic Multigrain Waffles


Oats + Skim Milk + Banana + Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chips


Skim Milk + Frozen Berries + 1/2 Banana + Chocolate Protein Powder + Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal


Of course I’ve already shared with you my peanut butter greek yogurt, but that’s pretty standard in my breakfast rotation, too.

What are your go-to breakfasts? What’s your favorite in particular?! I’d love to hear what other folks eat to energize their mornings!!

My Most Favorite Mornings

Everyone has that certain something special that makes their mornings more enjoyable.

Johnny loves his coffee and oatmeal… and I know most everyone in my office cannot function until after their second cup of coffee. I can respect that, being that I don’t usually even talk to anyone until I finish my tea. Whether that’s really “enjoyment” or not …ehh…

My most favorite mornings are my weekend mornings. I guess that’s kind of a no brainer, but ya never know, some people may really love drowning in office coffee and desk breakfasts. Hats off to you folks.

Me? Not so much.


I absolutely love those times when it’s just me and my little family and my three most favorite things:

1. A tasty breakfast.

2. A steaming cup of English Breakfast Tea with some honey and skim milk.

3. A good read.

Lately, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy my most favorite three indulgences almost EVERY weekend.

(Editor’s Note: For all of you other word nerds out there, you’ll notice my choice of literature in some of my photos. I recently finished the Harry Potter series, as well as the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’m currently reading some silly novels I checked out of the library, and Slaughterhouse Five. Any book suggestions would be welcome, I’m always looking for something new to read!)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared a new recipes, but to make up for it I have not one, not two, but THREE recipes to share with you!! All of which are some of my favorite more recent breakfast creations.

(Editor’s Note: I know I’ve expressed how I feel about excuses a gagillion times, but this time around I’ve been getting ready for school. That is, MY CULINARY CLASSES!!!!! SOOOOOO EFFING EXCITED!!!!  Here’s me, excited, in my new uniform 😀


For the record, I do have hands and feet. My jacket is an extra small and is still HUGEEE on me. heh. And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post.)

All of these recipes are enough for just a single serving (being that Johnny isn’t much of a breakfast guy, I usually just make enough for me), but you could easily multiply any of them to feed 2, 4, or a whole crowd!

Banana Oatmeal

Chocolate ChipPancake

*This one is fantastic! It’s made kind of like a Dutch Baby, that is, it starts on the stove top and finishes in the oven and gets all melty and puffy. If you decided to use peanut butter instead of syrup, which I highly recommend, spread it on as fast as you can and it gets perfectly melty and gooey on top!*

  • 1/4 baking mix
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter of your choice (PB&CO Mighty Maple is my go to for this recipe, but use whatever ya fancy!), 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, Pancake Syrup
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the baking mix and the oats. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk and egg white.
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Spray a small, oven safe skillet with nonstick spray.
Add the batter and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the bottom is brown and crusty. (The top will still be raw.)
Place banana slices on top of your pancake and sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
Place the skillet in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the pancake is cooked through.
To serve, carefully flip pancake out onto a plate, spread with peanut butter and sprinkle on the cocoa powder!
(Or use syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, or whatever you have on hand!)

















This One Has No Name, but it’s Noms aka Garlic Toast, Steamed Asparagus & Hard Boiled Eggs

*This one would be equally delicious with over easy eggs or anything with a runny yolk! To be honest, I was aiming for soft boiled eggs, but I wound up with hard boiled. C’est la vie. It was tasty, regardless!*

  • 1 whole wheat ciabatta roll, slice in half
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 spears asparagus
  • 2 eggs
For eggs, place the eggs in a pot of cold water and bring the pot to a boil. Let it boil for five minutes then remove the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice water.
For asparagus, place in a steamer basket in a pot of boiling water (you could easily steam the asparagus in the same pot while the eggs are boiling) Cover for 5 minutes. Remove asparagus and place in a bowl of ice water. When you remove them, blot them dry with paper towels.
For the garlic toast, heat olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Add the roll, cut side down, and let cook for about 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from skillet.
Top garlic toast with  asparagus, and sliced eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

*Seriously, this one doesn’t need syrup or anything. The chocolate chips and cream cheese melt together and and the strawberries sweeten it up perfectly. This one you may want to use to impress some guests, because it seems so fancy but is SO easy to make!*

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Optional: 1/4 cup cinnamon cereal, crushed ( I used Special K’s Cinnamon Pecan Crunch), Syrup, Honey
Place the cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 15 seconds, or until cream cheese is soft.
Mix well, and add the sliced strawberries and chocolate chips. Set aside
In a small, wide bowl (I actually like to use a pie dish) add the milk, egg white, cinnamon and remaining vanilla and whisk to combine.
To construct, spread cream cheese mixture on one slice of bread. Top with second slice. Dip sandwich into the egg mixture on both sides to saturate.
If using, dip into the crushed cereal, pressing down firmly so the cereal sticks.
Cook in a nonstick skillet (or one sprayed with nonstick spray) over medium high heat until crunchy and golden, about 6 minutes per side.
Serve topped with syrup, or a drizzle of honey!

So there you have it!!! THREE deliciously fantastical new breakfast recipes for you to share and enjoy. I’d love to hear from you if you decided to make them for yourself!!