Hi there! I hope everyone had a great weekend
Yesterday we were blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather, and took full advantage.
First, I headed out on a 5 miler (which is long for me anymore.) It was my first time using my MotoActv GPS and mp3 player, which the company sent me.
I really like this new toy. But more on it in a different post when I can give it a full review.
I knew I should have something in my stomach before my run (this says so!) so I nibbled on some dried mango pre-run. Then post-run, I cooked up some breakfast for Shane and me:
Eggs, cheese, and broccoli with a side of buttered Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast. With a cocktail of vitamins. Standard.
After about an hour of digesting, we headed back outside to some nearby trails for some hiking.
(doesn’t Niko look SO happy in that picture? lol, silly pup)
We’ve only got 2 weeks until we leave for the Rocky Mountains, so we figured some hiking might help up prepare.
Too bad hiking in Illinois = walking on grass/rocks. No mountains or hills to climb up here! I think hiking in Colorado will offer a slightly different experience
Regardless, we still had a lot of fun and enjoyed the weather. I can’t believe we’ve lived near these hiking trails for years and this was our first time trying them out! I see a lot more hiking in our future
During the hike, we talked nonstop about how excited we are for Colorado – from different adventures to food.
When we got back, I was still in the hiking frame of mind, and also in the baking frame of mind. Thus, trail mix cookies were born:
I almost just put together a trail mix batch, until I realized the only thing better than actual trail mix is a trail mix cookie!
Healthy Trail Mix Cookies
Total time: 15 minutes
Makes about 15 small cookies
1 c. old fashioned oats
3/4 c. almond meal
1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
dash of sea salt
2 tbsp. shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/3 c. dried, unsweetened cherries
1/4 c. chocolate chips
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. almond butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first eight (dry) ingredients together. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon out the batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
Of course, in addition to eating batter along the way, I sampled one fresh from the oven:
And promptly burnt the roof of my mouth. Worth it It’s always worth it. Come on.
Today I’ve got some exciting plans to go shopping all day in Chicago with a friend. It’s always an all day affair when we go on our biannual Chicago shopping trips, so it’s going to be a long (fun!) one.
And since I don’t like to cancel on clients, I woke up extra early this morning, to train three clients before we take off. I have a feeling I’m going to need a nice bath tonight
Since it’s going to be go-go-go today, I packed a smoothie to sip on in between clients.
I made the watermelon-basil protein smoothie but this time I added spinach and about a tbsp. of amino acids my doctor gave to me.
Have a good Monday, everyone, ok? I’m off to train some clients!
Do you have any nearby trails?
What’s your favorite cookie to bake?