Into breakfast On-the-Run!
I tend to get a little grumpy when I have to go into work on Mondays. And since I am in class this upcoming Friday-Monday, this morning it was off to work. But first, I got up nice and early and headed to the gym for a run. Mondays are a day that I count on for a BIG calorie burn, and I didn’t want to miss it just because I had to work. I ran 5 miles on the treadmill alternating between 7:30 and 8:00 minute miles. I am hoping to increase my race pace to close to 8:00 minute miles for my half-marathon in May. On gym days, I usually shower, change, scrunch up my hair, and try to get back on the road in ~20 minutes. This leaves little time for water breaks and no time for breakfast. Because I am me, there is no way that I can survive the 30 minute car trip to work after a workout without eating, so I end up eating breakfast in my car. I have tried a variety of on-the-go breakfasts. Two handed foods requiring a spoon, like overnight oats are tough, but peanut butter and banana sandwiches work well, leaving me a hand free for the steering wheel. This morning’s breakfast was a combination of the two:
Peanut Butter and Banana Oats On-the-Run.
One batch of this baked oatmeal creates 4 servings (almost a week’s worth), and is easy to eat as a finger food while speeding down the highway or commuting on the train. It is super healthy (no sugar added) and can easily be vegan by replacing the egg with a flax egg.
This breakfast was so filling that I wasn’t starving at 10AM, like I usually am, and I was able to make it to lunch without a snack. It might have helped that a
coworker friend brought me a morning HAPPY (a soy cinnamon dolce latte…yummy!) since she knew that I would be here on my day off and that the two of us were beginning 12 straight days at work (the class we are taking is at our clinic this weekend).
Can you feel the love??? If not, you just have to look at all of my coworkers’ socks!
Valentine’s Day is in the air…Oh the joys of working pediatrics! I have enough pairs of Valentine’s socks that I actually started wearing them last week. To make things more exciting, we also do a Secret Valentine at work where we leave each other little gifts throughout the week leading up to a celebration tomorrow, complete with decadent desserts. I have the BEST V-buddy ever, who along with the adorable finger puppets and perfume spray, bought me this body wash!
It is perfect timing because I just noticed this morning that the body wash in my gym bag is running low, and I feel very strongly that a woman should have a NICE body wash and lotion if she has to bathe in the gym showers before work!
What is your grab-and-go breakfast on a busy mornings?
Peanut Butter and Banana Oats On-the-Run
Adapted from Peanut Butter & Banana Baked Oatmeal
Makes 4 servings
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp flax
2 Tbsp (32g) natural peanut butter
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanillas
3 overripe mashed bananas
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
-Combine dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, and flax) in a small bowl.
-Using a mixer, beat the egg, peanut butter, milk, water, and vanilla until smooth. Add in the mashed banana and stir until combined.
-Stir in the oat mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes until edges begin to brown and the middle is set.
-Makes 4 servings for a weeks worth of breakfasts!
-Store in air tight container or freeze individually.
Vegan Option: replace egg with flax egg, omitting the flax from the dry ingredients
Add Ins: walnuts, almond butter, cacao powder, dried fruit or whatever else you think might taste good!