Coconut Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

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I had been craving two different breakfast foods – quinoa pancakes (which I had never had before but I often find myself craving foods I’ve never tried) and coconut blueberry waffles (alternatively, which I had never had). Luckily, President’s Day gave me a chance to create the breakfast food of my dreams since Saturday and Sunday breakfasts had been oatmeal (since I assumed I was doing a long run on Saturday then truly did a long run on Sunday).

Top these with coconut butter, almond butter, Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries for the full effect.

Coconut Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Coconut Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes | almost getting it together

The quintessential pancake shot.

Coconut Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet on medium heat and spray with coconut oil (or whatever you use as a non-stick spray).
  2. Mix quinoa, coconut milk and egg whites in a bowl.
  3. Add coconut flour, shredded coconut, vanilla and baking powder and mix well. Coconut flour has a habit of sticking together – be sure to mix all of it out.
  4. Fold in blueberries
  5. Pour pancake batter onto heated skittle and let cook 2-3 minutes until bottom browns and is able to flip.
  6. Flip pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Top with whatever makes your heart flutter and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 186 Fat: 3.9 Saturated fat: 1.9 Carbohydrates: 24.4 Sugar: 5.3 Fiber: 5.4 Protein: 10.9

 

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Use the coconut butter. Trust me.

 

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How to Have a Successful Long Run

First off – I’m not a trained running coach, a doctor and my last science class was AP Biology in high school, so the below is what works for me. It might not work for everyone. I’ve been running for 11 years now so I have figured out what works best for me – and I’m still figuring it out every day – but this is what I’ve used to run my past successful four half-marathons in 2013. Also I don’t know what kind of shape you’re in – I have the mentality I can do whatever I put my mind to (aside from being taller than 5’0”) so basically I’ve developed and honed the “crazy runner gene” over the past 11 years.

There was a time in my life where I was terrified to run more than 5 miles. I thought I couldn’t do it. Then one day I had a lot on my mind and went and ran five miles and it was over before I realized what happened. This was in high school – and I still remember it 6-7 8-9 (crap, I’m getting old) years later.

The biggest hurdle of increasing your mileage for the first time is the negative self-talk. I’ve discovered the biggest part of forcing myself to go out and run double-digits in single digit temperatures and piles of snow is telling myself I’m good at what I’m doing, that I’m enjoying it and I’m fully capable of whatever it is I’m trying to do. Once you tell yourself that you’ll leave all the negative self-talk for another time, you’re overcome the hardest (mental) part.

Increasing mileage safely is really important.  I add 1-2 miles to my long run each week when I’m increasing my mileage. It works for me, but I also run 1000+ miles a year (rough estimate, but probably close to accurate) so I have a good base. Be sure you have a good base – you can easily run 3-4 miles – before you try to run 5 or 6.

Okay now to the fun part – fueling! Eat a good breakfast. What works best for me I’ve discovered is oatmeal with nut butter and some banana. Be sure you didn’t get wasted the night before and drink a lot of water the day before and the morning of.

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Nut butter – essential to long runs. Deliciousness courtesy of Angela.

I also take homemade energy bites or Larabars with me – maybe 100-200 calories worth – if I’m doing anything over 10 miles. If you’re starting out – take it with you for 6+ miles. Sometimes I’m more fatigued than others. Eat something when you’re starting to feel tired – I can tell that my legs feel heavy and I eat something and I get a pep back in my step.

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Make my Trail Mix Energy Bites to take with you on your long run.

More important than food is water. I used to never take water with me, which was dumb. When I get dehydrated I start to get really negative. When I start to have negative thoughts, I drink more water – whatever, it might be all in my head but again these are tips that work for me. I have a little 10 oz Amphipod I use. On really hot days and really long runs (think over 12 miles) I either keep more water in my car and make my route stop by there to refill or stop and get water. (One time I stole a little Gatorade out of the machine from Sheetz when I was running near my grandparents house because I was DYING and they didn’t have a water spigot. I didn’t have any money with me. I still feel bad about it… kind of.)

Another important thing for keeping your attention in the run and not giving up and walking home is to have an interesting route. I love trail running because of my cross-country background so usually I do 90% of my runs on a trail. Sometimes if it’s snow covered or I need a change of scenery I go somewhere else.

Have a good playlist to listen to. I recently listened to Madonna’s MDMA Tour Live on Spotify ~1.25 times on a 15 mile run. It actually went by fast in my head because I was jamming out to all of Madonna’s classics. (And let’s be real – she’s great thinspiration fitspiration because she’s in great shape for being in her 50s. Say what you want about her arms being veiny – she’s able to werk it on stage still. You can’t do that without being fit.) I also recently discovered Podcasts and those keep my mind off the insane amount of time I’m spending in the snow, dodging ice and cars. I recommend The Dinner Party.

Finally – have a delicious meal to look forward to. Don’t go eat 1,000 calories in one meal and undo all the hard work you did, but eat something warm (if it’s winter out, duh) and nutritious. I love having a huge salad with some sort of treat – healthy muffin, kabocha, or my 10 Minute Gluten Free Pizza. I also have an almond milk latte after every long run. I don’t know why – it’s just my thing and I look forward to it so it helps me get through it.

Again – these are things that work for me. They may not work for everyone and don’t go trying something new on race day. Rookie mistake.

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Bloody Mary Mussels

My dad could not stop talking about making mussels and more so, these Bloody Mary mussels he had at some brewery near Slippery Rock. On Valentine’s Day I was driving home from work, contemplating what I was going to eat for lunch because of course that was dependent on what I was eating for dinner, and called my dad to suggest we make mussels for dinner and be single together. So that’s what we did.

I had to think about what all types of things go into Bloody Marys to think about what should go into these little guys. My dad swears by Clamato juice but since they were already fishy (I think?) I decided to just use tomato juice. My dad also suggested Worchester sauce and horseradish because I totally would have forgotten about those. I was thinking garlic, Tabasco, celery, sea salt – all of the delicious accompaniments.

A quick Tabasco story because I know you all really want to hear it. When I was in Hong Kong and seriously jonesing for Mexican food, I would throw down approximately $30 USD for a burrito. Yeah, Hong Kong is expensive, but once you’re outside the US, Mexican food is few and far between. I didn’t have a kitchen. I had to go to extreme measures.

Anyway, back to the Tabasco. So we were at whatever the Hong Kong crappy equivalent of Mad Mex was (I seriously think it was Mad Mexican because a waiter gave me a sombrero one night when I was drunk and it said Mad Mexican or something on it. See photo below for reference) and we ordered margs (duh) and they were INSANELY sweet. Like way to sweet. So we poured Tabasco in them because what else are you going to do whenever you need a buzz to forget about the amount of money you’re paying for a burrito.

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Said stolen somber – it says “Mexican with Attitude”

So these mussels were gone in like 5 minutes. They were delicious and super easy. Mussels seem scary to cook but they aren’t. Unless you’re allergic to shellfish and then they are scary because you’ll die.

Bloody Mary Mussels

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Mussels – insanely easy to cook.

Bloody Mary Mussels
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 lb mussels, debearded and rinsed in cold water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1⅔ cups tomato juice (PURE tomato juice, not crap from concentrate with sugar added or something)
  • ⅔ cup chopped celery
  • ⅓ cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp fresh horseradish
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp worchester sauce
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp celery salt
Instructions
  1. Mix everything but mussels, garlic and olive oil together and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven (or large sauté pan – anything large enough so the mussels can all be beside each other without being on top of each other) over medium high heat.
  3. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant, about one minute.
  4. Add mussels to pan. Put lid on top and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Check mussels after 3-4 minutes. If they are mostly closed, continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes, checking every minute to see if they are opened.
  6. Once they are all (or mostly) opened, add in sauce and stir well. Re-cover pan and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. MUSSELS ARE DONE! See, that wasn’t too scary, right? Enjoy your mussels as long as they are open. If they’re closed don’t eat them you’ll die.

 

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These were devoured in less than 5 minutes.

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