Danger zone

Breakfast this morning was delicious and complex:


But before I get into the details of this multi-layer marvel, I have to fill you in on my morning at the gym 🙂 I did my Self Challenge strength workout last night before I went to bed so that I could focus on cardio this morning and get to work on time! I did 20 minutes on the Stepmill, 12 minutes on the elliptical, and 12 minutes on the treadmill (plus the jog to the gym and back and some stretching).

This was my first time back on the treadmill since the muscle-straining incident (which occurred outside and not on the treadmill, btw). Usually, 5.5 is a very comfortable treadmill pace for me that falls on the lower end of my treadmill speed range. This morning, 4.2 was all I could handle! Anything faster than that forced me into a too-long painful stride. My range of motion is so limited. I’m not a fan of being injured, and this slow recovery makes me nervous for both the 10k I’m running on May 9 and the half marathon I’m running on May 30. I suppose the flip-side is that the injury is seemingly forcing my body to work unusually hard for cardio and I burned something like 560 calories this morning. But I’d rather be burning fewer calories if it meant I were healed :/

Anyway, back to breakfast:


I went Bob’s Red Mill crazy on this combo. Before I went to bed last night, I pulled out the crockpot and filled it it with two cups of whey from Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk, 1/2 cup BRM whole oat groats, 1/2 cup BRM triticale berries (similar to wheat berries), 1/2 cup pumpkin muffin crumbs (from the freezer), 1/2 cup chopped Newman’s Own prunes, and a big pile of cinnamon. I cooked the whole thing on low overnight.


This morning, I cooked 1/4 cup BRM oat bran on the stovetop with 1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk and then immersion blended it with 1/4 cup silken tofu. That became my base layer.

I topped the tofu oat bran base with 1/2 cup of the crockpot prune “groatmeal” and topped that with a tbsp of cashew-almond butter and a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut.


picture-526Exciting, right? It was quite the production! I’m looking forward to doing it again tomorrow, too!

When I got to work this morning, check out what was waiting. Our very own agency Martha Stewart (aka Jessica) was inspired to bake her famous mini-cupcakes by the tray from yesterday’s mini-pumpkin muffins. She just knew it would make the perfect carrying case for her signature goodies.


I milked these two over the first two hours of the day.


They were the perfect morning snack!

However, the entire tray of cupcakes spent the rest of the day on the infamous conference room table. Here’s the view from my desk:


Where is the most dangerous spot to leave treats lying around in your life?

Also, The Professional Vegan did a great review post today of a NYT article about “aspiring vegans” who follow “veganish” lifestyles. This is relevant because the subject of the article, Jeffrey Masson, was interviewed at Angelica Kitchen, a fabulous vegan restaurant in NY where I have eaten!

13 thoughts on “Danger zone

  1. Alison says:

    Wow…love that breakfast! There are lots of dangerous spots for me and snacks. The worst two are probably my work snack drawer and my pantry – if I get hungry before meals and have candy around, I’ll snack.


  2. Ashley says:

    That’s a pretty amazing breakfast. How does the tofu taste in oatbran? I’ll have to try that.

    Dangerous spots to leave treats lying around… in front of me! Or on the kitchen bench. If i can see it, I will eat it.


  3. janeexplained says:

    I thought of your blog today as I was sampling my way around WF and Harris Teeter! Those cupcakes are drool-worthy, by the way.


  4. Krista says:

    WOWZERS! What a great breakfast!!!! And those cupcakes are beautiful!!!

    The worst place for me to leave any sort of trigger food is anywhere in sight! As long as I tuck it away high up on a shelf, I’m fine! 😉


  5. dailydulcie says:

    That breakfast is most definitely “delicious & complex”. I looks extremely tasty! I am always so amazed at your concoctions!

    Mmm the cupcakes look fabulous! I want oneeeee.


  6. Hangry Pants says:

    I am obsessed with your breakfast. I should use my crockpot every once in awhile.

    I am sorry about the running. 😦 You are doing everything right though and I just know you will be ok.

    Love the mini cupcakes! They are so cute. 😀


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