Eating Eccentricities

Who’s excited it’s Friday??  I’m excited it’s Friday, for no other reason that it seems appropriate to be happy it’s Friday!

After a week of running with my new  Garmin 205, I can officially say I’m in love.  It provides an extra incentive to get up at 4:30am in the morning to go for my runs.  I especially like the interval feature, which notifies me with a “ding, ding, ding” when an interval starts and stops.  Very helpful!

Thursday was my first “scheduled” interval run on my half-marathon schedule.  I ran 6 X 800m intervals with a 400m recovery jog in between.  I would have run with Shari, but her marathon training schedule conflicted with mine.  Thus, I ran my intervals alone, which probably accounts for the subsequent decreases in pace.  I was losing my mojo! It really helps to run intervals with someone who has a pace comparable to your own.  They challenge you to run faster than what you could probably do alone.  Plus, it simulates racing conditions when you will have others running against you.

Warm up:  1 mile
Interval 1:  800m @ 6:14 pace
Interval 2:  800m @ 6:27 pace
Interval 3:  800m @ 6:38 pace
Interval 4:  800m @ 6:58 pace
Interval 5:  800m @ 6:38 pace
Interval 6:  800m @ 6:56 pace
Cool down:  1 mile

TOTAL Distance:   6.32 miles

 

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I think everyone would agree with me when I say eating is a very fun activity!  I love food – the taste, the smell, the texture, and the art of preparing it.  I would not have a food blog if Twinkies were my fillet minion equivalent.  The art of eating goes beyond the food, though.  My enjoyment of a meal is impacted by the dish I eat off, the silverware I use, and the place-mat I take my pictures on.  There are certain rules I abide by that make my meal 100% more enjoyable…I call these are my eccentricities. 

1.  Always eat AB sandwich with a fork and knife. This makes the sandwich last sooooo mucccchhhhhh looonnnnggggger.

2. Water taste better when consumed out of an old almond butter jar.

3. Use a dessert fork whenever possible. They are cute and force me to eat smaller bites.

4.  Iced tea spoons are the way to go, no matter what you’re eating.


Banogurt Mash

3/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 chilled banana, sliced or mashed
cinnamon
pumpkin pie spice
Option Add-Ins:  Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Toasted Wheat Germ, Blueberries

Mix and Mash.  Serve.  Enjoy.

4. Unusual utensils, such as spoons with holes that say FUEL, only serve to make your food taste better.


[granola, Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares, puffed millet, blueberries, cinnamon, milk]

5.  Food is more attractive and delicious on unusually LONG serving plates!

[This plate is not a joke!]

This was probably not intended to be used as a dinner or lunch plate.  In fact, I can almost guarantee it was not meant for that purpose.  But I like eating off of cool dishes, and this fit that bill.  My mom found it on sale while out shopping the other day (a mom who knows the way into her foodie daugher’s heart).  It served as the perfect platter to plate my lunch!

Lunch features yet another hummus recipe.  Yes, I have a penchant for eating and making hummus!  This recipe had to be made though.  Several years ago while searching for hummus recipe that didn’t require tahini, I found a recipe called “Super Healthy Hummus.”  In place of the tahini, they used yogurt and extra virgin olive oil.  I have made hummus with and without tahini, and must say this is my preferred method.  The flavor is ridiculously good.  The mellow tasting yogurt allows the garlic and chickpeas to dominate.  I added more garlic to give it more bang.



I spread it on a tortilla and added steamed asparagus, spinach, and tomatoes
.  A delicious combination.  I would highly recommend making a wrap with hummus or avocado, and steamed asparagus.   The steamed asparagus adds nice crunch

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Super Healthy Hummus (adapted from a website several years ago)

This is by far my favorite hummus.  I used to default and buy my hummus from the store, but not after trying this variety.  It is a wonderful balance of flavor, texture, and satisfaction!

1 can no-salt-added chickpeas
1/4 cup yogurt (greek or regular)
2-3 t EVOO
3-6 cloves garlic
1/4 t salt
1/4 t paprika
1/8 t pepper

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.  Taste for flavor and adjust as necessary.  Serve.

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Is there a food or product you prefer to home-make as rather than buy at the store? Hummus, soups, and breads always taste better homemade.  Unfortunately, I’m not Martha Stewart and usually resort to buying store bought bread.  I am going to work on making more of my own bread this month.

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About Caitlyn

Hi! I’m Caitlyn. Sister, daughter, runner, student, food lover, and healthy nut. These are the chronicles of my passion for food, running, and simple healthy living. Join me as I weave my way through life one spoonful of a time.
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13 Responses to Eating Eccentricities

  1. So glad you’re loving your Garmin so much! :)

    I totally use teaspoons all the time! They make everything so much better. :)

    I definitely prefer homemade bread too. But sometimes it’s just easier to buy the store-made stuff. I need to be better about this!

  2. Aw, I love this list! I’m gonna steal your idea and start using iced tea spoons for my breakfasts! :D

    I prefer to eat home-made food if possible, so I tend to do that. I don’t want to eat store-bought bread, but I rarely eat bread, so I don’t make it either. However, I do make my own tortillas instead of buying white flour ones. One thing I can think of that I buy out of convenience is ketchup (instead of making my own tomato sauce for pizza). As for the canned stuff, for example I buy a lot of canned tuna, but I cook chickpeas on my own.

  3. i prefer making my own hummus!! and nut butters sometimes– YES tea spoons are SO MUCH more fun!

  4. Laura says:

    I would rather flush my money down the toilet than use it to buy baked goods at the grocery store… anything from bakery muffins to Mr. Christie’s cookies… ick!! I love your long plate… I need to invest in some fun dishware!

  5. I’ve always gone back and forth over whether I want a garmin or not. You’ve convinced me to add one to my wish list. :D

    I love drinking water out of almond jars too! Especially seltzer water with fresh lemons and limes. So cute. :D

  6. That plate is really cool! Where did you get it?

  7. 6 min miles?! Whoa girl, you FLY!! Glad to hear you’re liking your Garmin so much. I might add that to my birthday wish list. :P

  8. Ashley says:

    oh ya garmin’s rock! Just found your blog.. our blog names are so similar love it!

  9. Glad you’re loving your Garmin!!! Any extra motivation is always good!! Love the long plate!!!

  10. bakebooks says:

    Love love love your photos! Stunning.

    I’ve never made homemade hummus – I should though because I’m addicted to it and eat it like a crazy person. But I guess I figure there’s no way I can make it as good?

    Love your #1 !! I should try that sometime…

  11. Nicole says:

    I love eating off of small spoons too! :)

  12. Ashlei says:

    I prefer to make a lot of stuff on my own at home – hummus, applesauce, sprouts, cooking my own beans, and homemade soups and stocks. Still haven’t mastered (or even come close for that matter) making Indian food! Not sure how they get such an amazing taste and texture!

    I love my Garmin also – I wish I could use it indoors without spending a bunch more on the footpod. It’s great in the summer when I take it for a bike ride :)

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