Today’s Friday Five topic–Friday Favorites–comes at a perfect time, because there are lots of little things I have been loving lately that I want to share with you! Hopefully you’ll forgive me if there are more than five?
Breakfasts I’m Loving Lately
I am still loving these three-ingredient breakfast cookies for pre-workout fuel. I pop one or two in the toaster oven and top with a schmear of peanut butter. They seem to be easy to digest and have enough staying power to get me through a long run or indoor cycling class.
My favorite way to refuel after a long run is to enjoy a slice of leftover pizza with a sunny side up egg. This means we have to have leftover pizza in the house, but that isn’t a problem, since I am so addicted to our favorite pizza place!
I usually have oatmeal for a mid-morning snack at work, and I’ve got a new “recipe” that I’m loving lately. As a Tastemaker for BlueDiamond and Almond Breeze Almondmilk, I was given an opportunity to try Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. As soon as I tasted it, I knew it would be good in oatmeal. And, with only 30 calories per 1 cup serving, it’s also a great base for protein powder smoothies.
To make my oatmeal, I use 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tablespoon Hemp Hearts, and 2 tablespoons of raisins. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk adds great flavor and depth without making the oatmeal too sweet.
Snack Bars I’m Loving Lately
To prepare for our ski trip, I bought a variety of snack bars for easy fuel on the slopes. My favorite was the apple cinnamon Health Warrior Chia Bar (100 cal, 3g protein, 4 g fiber). They are delicious and satisfying. Plus, they provide hours of entertainment as you try to use your tongue to free the stray chia seeds from your teeth.
I also discovered Caramel Almond and Sea Salt Kind bars–I still love that salted caramel flavor!
Books I’m Loving Lately
Two long flights to Utah and back meant time for reading, and I enjoyed both of the books I downloaded to my Kindle.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is #2 on Amazon, so maybe you’ve already read it.
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It’s a murder mystery told from three perspectives: Rachel (the girl on the train) who is an alcoholic, the murder victim, and Anna (Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife and the murder victim’s neighbor). It’s a real page turner as you try to figure out “who done it” and also brace yourself for the train wreck that is Rachel’s personal life.
Speaking, of wrecks, the other book I read was Wreckage by Emily Bleeker. I was able to download this book for free via the Amazon Prime/Kindle First program, which lets Amazon Prime members download two out of four selected books every month. I stumbled across that program while looking for my next book to read and may be hooked!
Wreckage tells the story of Lillian Linden, who has survived a plane crash and two years of living on a deserted island, but the experience and secrets she is keeping with her fellow survivors may be tearing them all apart. It was interesting to see how the characters coped with survivor’s guilt, and to follow their struggles to re-establish family relationships after they were rescued. It might not have been the best choice for airplane reading, but at least I wasn’t flying over the ocean!
Compression Socks I’m Loving Lately
I believe in the benefits of compression socks, and I wear them for hilly runs, races, and post-race recovery. With my history of DVTs (you can read more about that here) I also wear them on long flights, and probably could benefit from wearing them for long days at the office.
A few weeks ago Susan Costa Walston, the founder of Lily Trotters, reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their new line of compression socks. There are so many brands of compression socks out there, but she got my attention because while Lily Trotters have all the compression technology of performance compression socks (they provide a pressure of 15-20 mmHg), they are made with a proprietary 100% micro nylon weave that makes them thin enough to wear with regular shoes. Oh, and they come, in several fashionable designs!
Are these cute or what?!
I wore these to work the day after the Reston 10 Miler, and I definitely noticed the compression. Plus, my legs felt good during my run the next day. Lily Trotters is still in their pre-launch phase, but I’m watching their progress on Kickstarter.
Blogging Things I’m Loving Lately
I am loving the community and camaraderie of the link ups I participate in, including the Friday Five link up, and the Tuesdays on the Run link up. I know every link up has their freeloaders, but I find that most people who participate in these link ups play nice and I am getting to know some great people.
Tomorrow (March 7) is the March edition of The Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up that I co-host with Deb and Lynda. One nice thing about The Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up is that it is not limited to any specific niche or theme. If you haven’t joined before, check out last month’s link-up to see how it works. We’d love to have you join us!
Another fun thing about blogging is blogger giveaways, and I’m hosting one now for MealEnders, which are lozenges designed to help you stop mindless munching. See what I think about them so far and enter the giveaway here.
Have you tried any of the things I’m loving lately?