Joggermom marathon, wiaw and toddler carrot “cookies”

I got up bright and early yesterday to finish my last 6 miles for the Joggermom Virtual marathon.  The “marathon” is for women (moms) of all abilities–you have all of May to complete your 26.2 miles, and there are some great prizes (winners chosen randomly- so no pressure for speed).   And registration is open through the 15th, so it’s not too late to sign up!

I totaled 26.6 miles in four runs, and completed it in 3:29:xx.  Since I decided against the Dallas marathon this April, it was nice to feel like I still did a marathon of sorts.  Maybe that can hold me over for awhile?!

On to food… I’m linking up again with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for another What I ate Wednesday:

I came back from my sweaty run and gobbled up the leftover oatmeal and egg that daddy and L had saved for me and had half a Honey Stinger protein bar (new to me, and delicious!).  You can’t beat starting the day with a little chocolate!

We had a whole day with no plans, so L and I took it easy after breakfast and had a picnic with her “friends” on a blanket in the living room. I like getting out of the house in the morning, so we went to the Children’s museum, and she had a blast playing in the police car and ambulance, throwing boats in the “water works” and watched a baby chick trying to hatch out of its egg.  She made me pizza and lasagna for lunch #1:

We headed home for lunch #2 and threw together some quick leftovers: salad with beets and avocado, and the remaining peanut-lime noodles from last night’s dinner.

After she was settled for her nap, I finished my lunch with kashi cereal, raisins, almonds and a few dark chocolate chips.  Later, I finished the other half of the protein bar and snatched a few pretzels. Mmm, I love snacks.

It’s already getting hot here by mid-afternoon, so we opted to stay indoors and L “helped” me get dinner going. (Dinner was ready after two kitchen floor sweepings,  one soaking wet L, and three bead necklace projects.)

I haven’t been doing a great job of menu-planning lately, so at the last minute I decided on a barley risotto, (inspired by Thrifty Veggie Mama). I like her idea of throwing it in the crock pot, but didn’t have time for that, so we made it on the stove top and added sauteed zucchini and peppers to the finished product, and fresh Parmesan cheese.  We also made a simple lentil dish for extra protein.

Finally, here’s another healthy toddler cookie we’ve been loving.  This one is a variation of the banana raisin cookies.  I ate a few spoonfuls of the batter and would consider having a bowlful for breakfast, but I know I’m weird.

Carrot banana “cookies” (printable version)

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. oatbran (or all oats)
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1 c. dried fruit of choice (raisins, chopped dates, chopped apricots)

Mash the bananas well and combine all ingredients.  Let sit for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350, and scoop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Moms at home- do you have to get out of the house every day like me?!

42 thoughts on “Joggermom marathon, wiaw and toddler carrot “cookies”

  1. I am sure I sound like an idiot but what is oat bran? And lets say I wanted to make these tonight and that was all i didn’t have…what could I use to substitute?

  2. How was the Stinger Protein Bar? I love the Stinger gels for long runs and just saw the bars. I’m only home one day a week but I need to leave the house or I get bored!
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  3. If I don’t get out of the house, I go crazy! My mom was a stay at home mom when I was little and she doesn’t have a driver’s license. I seriously don’t know how she didn’t go insane.
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  4. I am only home with my kids 2x/week but we definitely make it a point to get out of the house. I think it’s good for everyone’s sanity! I’ve been horrible about meal planning too. It’s hard to get dinner ready when you’ve got 2 kiddos melting down at the witching hour!
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  5. That sounds like a fun day! I love your lunch number one. I never knew you could eat lasagna like a sandwich. Genius! Also I am totally going to make those cookies. I am always looking for a recipe for oat bars, oat treats and other homemade “nutrition bars”! I can’t wait to try this one!
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  6. Okay, I seriously need to start trying some of these recipes! As for getting out…when I was at home for a short time (after a lay-off), I definitely had to get out everyday. It was either a walk, going to the park, a picnic, library storytime…anything to get out!
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  7. Between last weekend’s half and this weekend’s half, I’ve got Joggermom sewn up! Yes I pretty much need to get out of the house daily, even if it’s just for a jaunt around the neighborhood. Looks like yet another great recipe!
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  8. Yep, we always had to get out of the house for a bit each day or my head would explode! I’ll definitely have to look into the Joggermom marathon next year. I’m not allowing myself to get caught up in mileage right now with my stupid foot.

    And those cookies will get in my belly soon. YuM!
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  9. L’s eyelashes are just beautiful! What a great photo of her! I love the idea of doing a marathon over the course of a month. Great job! My son is doing one at school too. I think that is probably my only hope for ever doing one myself–so I should do it too! Yummy food, as always!

  10. Awesome virtual marathon! Sounds great:) The Honey Stinger bar looks delicious, I have never had one. I would love to try your cookie recipe sometime, healthy and yummy.
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  11. Every time I see your food posts it really inspires me to eat better. I just wish I had all the extra time to prep some of that stuff! I’m sure it’s easy and I just need to make time. lol
    Oh and congrats on your race over the weekend! You really DO run fast, which is also inspiring.
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  12. The Joggermom marathon is such a great idea!! I can’t believe you already got all of your miles in for the month….that is very impressive!! I love L’s eyelashes in that picture of her eating the cookie…absolutely gorgeous!
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