Banana Coconut Dough Boy and a Much Needed Nap

Another Breakfast!

Another Recipe!


Happy Breakfast Month!


As I type this I am still in my jammies sitting on the couch with Cooper.  Cooper had his neuter surgery this week and it is my job to spend the day resting with him.  I have also added to my job, drinking lots of water and eating some carbs in prep for tomorrow’s long run.




I knew that I needed a carby breakkie before tomorrow’s 20 miler.  And I remembered seeing a steel cut overnight oats recipe on My Whole Food Life.  I didn’t have all of the ingredients, but I used that recipe as inspiration to create this morning’s Dough Boy Smoothie.




I prepared everything last night.




And then had breakfast ready this morning.




I crumbled some graham cracker and drizzled agave over the top of my smoothie for an awesome way to start the day.




Thank you guys so much for all the advice with my running shoe dilemma.  It seems that you all agree I should wear the black shoes and be proactive about blisters, so that is the game plan for tomorrow’s 20 miler.  I will let you know how that goes!




I had full intentions of doing an easy 2 miles today in my new shoes, but instead, I think I need a nap.  I decided to let Cooper sleep with us last night and after two nights at the vet, he was very loving.  He snuggled himself in between the BOY and I, curled up between my feet, and at one point (possibly around 4am), I discovered him over my head on the top of my pillow.  Needless to say, all three of us will be napping today.  Some seem to have already started…


Hope you have a fun and fantastic Friday!





Banana Coconut Dough Boy Smoothie

Inspired by My Whole Food Life



1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup (40 g) steel cut oats

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 banana, sliced

1 tbsp Chai seasoning

1 tsp vanilla

2-3 tbsp shredded coconut

1/2 tbsp maple syrup



Place all ingredients into your blender.

Leave blender in the fridge over night.

In the morning, blend until smooth.

Garnish with your favorite toppings!


I’m loving all of your steel cut oat suggestions, so please keep them coming!

Pumpkin Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie

It has been awhile since I have had a Dough Boy for breakfast, and I am not sure why this is…

#1) They are sooo tasty!

#2) They are sooo filling!

#3) Even when fridge is empty, I always have the ingredients on hand.


Reason #3 is what inspired this morning’s breakfast.  Our kitchen is fairly empty.  We don’t even have bread to make an almond butter sandwich!  Luckily, I was able to thaw out some Pumpkin Quinoa White Bean Chili for lunch or I just might have starved.  Ok, I probably wouldn’t have starved (Jimmy John’s delivers), but needless to say, our shelves are pretty bare. 

Enter the Pumpkin Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie




I pulled everything together last night.


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So that I would have something to eat for breakfast in the morning.




My smoothie turned out fantastic!  I topped it with pumpkin pie spice and swirled in some homemade apple butter.




The tart cranberries complimented the fall pumpkin flavor perfectly!




I used 1/2 a banana to sweeten up my dish (because I don’t typically like super sweet breakfasts), but feel free to add in maple syrup or your favorite sweetener before blending.




Then Dig In and ENJOY!


Did anyone else join Tina’s plank challenge?  There is definitely still time.  I highly recommend checking out this week’s workout!  It’s quick, but TOUGH!




This would be me using my phone to time my workout in front of my computer on the floor before the sun has even thought about rising : )  Today, I held my plank for 2 1/2 minutes…making progress!


If you’ve got some leftover cranberries, the Cranberry Dough Boy is delish!

And for leftover pumpkin, the Pumpkin Dough Boy is the best!


Pumpkin Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie



1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup raw oats

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 cup pumpkin

1/2 cup cranberries

1 tsp vanilla

1-2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Sweeteners to taste



Combine almond milk, oats, chia seeds, banana, pumpkin, cranberries, vanilla, and spice in a blender the night before eating.  Place in refrigerator.  In the morning, add any optional sweeteners and blend on low until thick and smooth.  Top with fruit butters, berries, nuts, or whatever else you like.



Does anyone else run out of food by Friday?

What is your favorite fall breakfast?

Blue Breakfast

One of my favorite summer fruits is the blueberry!




I have always loved this tiny blue fruit, but became an even bigger fan when I got to go blueberry picking in Mississippi.  I ended up with a huge bucket of blueberries for the most amazing price.  I ate fresh blueberries every day for a week and froze the rest.  There were always blueberries in my freezer to thaw out for recipes and snacks.




These days, I buy my blueberries at the store, and I am always thrilled when Costco offers the HUGE container for a reasonable price.  I always say that I should buy a few and freeze them for the winter, but then I forget, and the prices go up, the berries get smaller, and summer has passed.  Maybe this will be the year that I finally remember!  It will be worthwhile to have breakfasts like this all year long!




It is no secret that I am a BIG fan of the Dough Boy smoothie (which I believe was created over at KERF), but I have never tried a blueberry version before this morning.




My breakfast was not as blue as I would have expected, but none the less it was delish!




I love how easy, tasty, and filling this breakfast is!!!  My blender has been working over time!


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I had enough time to catch up on a few games of Words with Friends while I ate breakfast before heading off to meet the trainer at the gym.




Despite waking up super early, I had more than enough energy to power through the challenging intervals and strength work she had me do before heading into work. Although at the end of the day, I am exhausted and beat.  Luckily, it is finally the weekend!  I must say having Fridays off, I think my week flies by quicker, maybe it’s just because the summer is a SUPER CRAZY busy time at work!



Blueberry Dough Boy Smoothie


Place the following ingredients into a blender:

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 –1 banana, sliced

1 cup fresh blueberries

Dash of cinnamon


Cover and place blender in the refrigerator over night. In the morning, BLEND and ENJOY!

Serve topped with fruits or nuts.




Haven’t tried a Dough Boy before?  Start with the basic recipe.  It is refreshing and satisfying…perfect for warm summer mornings and long and active summer days!



Then get creative with more Dough Boy love!  Or create your own recipes!


Cranberry Dough Boy

Sweet Potato Dough Boy

Strawberry Dough Boy

Pumpkin Dough Boy

Peach Dough Boy



Have you ever made a Dough Boy Smoothie? 

What’s your favorite ingredient to add?

Recipe Links Welcome!

Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie {Revisited}

Good Morning!

I did manage to stay up past 8pm last night, but barely.  I was most definitely asleep by 10, and the BOY joined me shortly afterwards.  I guess we were both exhausted after this busy weekend.


For breakfast, I made a Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie.  I know it’s not exactly cranberry season, but this cool, hearty breakfast is perfect for a refreshing morning meal.  I found fresh frozen cranberries at the Jewel (local grocery store) and was eager to add these powerhouses to any breakfast.  Since I hadn’t had a Dough Boy in awhile, I was definitely in the mood for one. 




I made a Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie back in December during cranberry season, but this morning’s breakfast was SO tasty and satisfying, I thought it would be worth revisiting in the spring.




Unfortunately, I grabbed the ONE bowl with a chip, which is not ideal for pictures, but I guess that’s life  ; )  I figured you would be focusing in on the rich smoothie and not the bowl anyways.




I ate my breakfast quickly (man, those cranberries are good and the banana adds just the right amount of sweetness) before getting ready for this mornings yoga class.





I hope you have a great Sunday celebrating Dad!

If you have some leftover cranberries, you should think about making Dad a batch of these incredible muffins!



Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie


Place the following ingredients into a blender:


1 cup Almond milk

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 –1 banana, sliced

1 cup fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries

Dash of cinnamon


Cover and place blender in the refrigerator over night. In the morning, BLEND and ENJOY!

Serve topped with fruits and nuts.

No sweeteners needed, I promise!

Cranky Cranberries

True to my word, I am back into pushup mode.  Although I am not following the plan exactly, I got up this morning, grabbed a bite of Cranberry Walnut Bread, and hit the floor.  There are no pictures necessary to document this event as pushups straight out of bed at 6AM are not so pretty.  I didn’t do anything amazing…4 sets of 20, 15, 10, and 5, but my arms were fatigued by the time I hit the shower.  After my shower, I was ready for breakfast.  Last night I prepped a Cranberry Dough Boy Smoothie before going to bed.




In the blender:

1 cup Almond milk

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Dash of cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender, cover, and refrigerate over night.  In the morning, BLEND and ENJOY!






Although cranberry is not typically my go to flavor…I LOVED this dough boy smoothie!!!  It is a great option for any leftover fresh cranberries you may have and easy to make.

Totally random…but I didn’t sleep too well last night.  Good thing, I had this delicious breakfast to start my day.  I’m thinking I may make another one for tomorrow too!

Interestingly, the kids at work were a bit out of sorts today and many of the parents said that their kids didn’t sleep well either.  I’m blaming the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year.  But it might also be work stress, the BOY’s last final today, the end of the year, or the fact that this is just a busy week.


How’d you sleep last night? 

If you have a case of Winter Solstice Blues, I suggest a Cranberry Dough Boy smoothie!

The Tipping Scale

The bad news after my surprise long weekend (work was closed secondary to power outages), is that there was a lot to do at work this week.  Since I had tipped the work/life balance scale towards life last week by getting in some intense workouts, house cleaning, hot yoga, and baking, it was only natural that the scale would tip towards work this week.  I have put in some long days, including two aquatic sessions and leading a coworker lifting session.  I was happy to be able to maintain my workout schedule this week.  In the past, exercise has been the first thing that gets neglected during a busy and stressful week.  This morning, I was all set for a ~7 mile run.  The perfect remedy for this kind of week!

So last night I prepared breakfast.  Doesn’t that sound crazy?!  I had some left over sweet potatoes and wanted to try a Sweet Potato Dough Boy Smoothie.  Sweet potatoes are great in everything else, why not breakfast????


I began by piling the usual ingredients into the blender…1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup oats, 2 Tbsp chia seeds, and vanilla.

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Then I sliced up the sweet potato and because I was worried about texture, I added 1/2 of a banana.

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I placed the blender in the fridge overnight.  This morning, I woke up, ran my 7 miles and came home ready for breakfast! 


My smoothie was nice and thick and you could really taste the sweet potato (and not the banana which was great).  It was orange and black…the colors reminded me of Halloween!  Now, how can I incorporate the other sweet potato slice into tomorrow’s breakfast?  Yummy!!!

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