Pumpkinhead.

I’m pretty sure there’s no better reward for a first-ever six mile run than a big bowl of pumpkin vegan overnight oats.

bob’s red mill muesli, bob’s red mill oat bran, flax meal, almond milk, canned pumpkin, nutmeg, stevia,
walnuts, craisins

Six miles was actually a breathtaking run.  I didn’t shoot out of the gate, choosing instead to make my first mile a bit slower than usual.  It ended up being one of the best runs of my life! I’m planning to do a 5 miler along the same route tomorrow.

That night, I managed to make Angela’s Pumpkin Scones!
I was pretty excited about this.  The dough was a little bit dry, but I still had very high hopes.
It did not disappoint.
The next day I slammed down one of these bad boys, smeared with Smart Balance and maple syrup.  I should also note: I took Angela’s advice and added the three tbsps of raw sugar to the mix.
They’re just as good with pumpkin butter on the top.  Over-egging the pudding? Nonsense!
This goes pretty great with a Strawberry Protein Smoothie.
1 c strawberries, 1 c almond milk, spinach, flax, vanilla protein powder, stevia, xantham gum, ice
Another thing I’ve been digging lately? Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream, especially with some Reddi-Whip and Cinnamon Bunnies.
The other day for school, I packed a pretty wonderful creation: Goat Cheese and Blueberry-Pomegranate Jam sandwich on top of a high fiber English Muffin…with extra whole blueberries smooshed in the ‘wich for texture.
can I have this sandwich every day for the rest of my life, please?

Of course, pumpkin and goat cheese sounded too good of a combination to pass up.  Naturally I smeared it on a Bagel Thin.
I also managed to sample a Pranabar for the first time.  I can’t believe my local grocery store is starting to stock these very health-minded bars! They’re also putting a lot more Bob’s Red Mill products on their shelves, and they’ve even put Ezekiel bread in their freezer section!
I was kind of worried that this would taste…well, bad.  You see the words “Raw Enzyme” on a bar and the words “Yum” don’t exactly come to mind.  Well, you can forget that.  Because this might be the best tasting bar I have ever had in my life.  It tasted exactly like a raspberry coconut dessert bar.  The raspberry flavor was spot-on, and it kept me satisfied while I worked at yoga on Wednesday.
Today I was craving a nice egg salad sandwich.  I enjoyed two eggs hardboiled on top of two slices of light flax bread, with avocado and sundried tomato relish spread on the bottom to hold the eggs on top. I also mixed the eggs with a little bit of light mayo.
I don’t have to say NOM, right?

Yoga tonight was incredible.  I absolutely love my Thursday instructor, Sarajean.  While some other yoga teachers are content to talk about simple benefits such as ‘opening the heart’ and ‘breathing through the joints’, Sarajean puts actual medical and Aryuveda techniques into the practice.  You really get the impression that she knows quite more about yoga than you ever will, but she’s not snobby about it.  And she kicks your ass, which is always a good bonus.  The only thing I still can’t quite get the hang of is how to remain in plank when you’re tired as hell from an hour of heavy postures and sweating your nonexistent nards off!

After yoga I wanted something simple, so I stir-fried tofu, broccoli, brussels sprouts, diced onion and minced garlic together in a skillet.  I topped it off with marinara sauce, some vegan ‘cheeze’ shreds, and nutritional yeast, with a small piece of toast with Smart Balance on the side.
I split the marinara down the middle.  1/2 of it was regular Basil Marinara, and the other 1/2 was Fra Diavolo.  I was going to just use the Diavolo but it was waaaay too hot, so that wasn’t happening.
And no day in autumn is complete without…yup.  Pumpkin.  I just ate some protein ice cream with pumpkin mixed in.
protein powder, cocoa powder, cold water, stevia, 2 tbsp pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, reddi-whip, cinnamon bunnies
Oh, and I opened up another can of pumpkin tonight for use in a bowl of oatmeal tomorrow morning.
I have problems.
Pumpkin problems.
This problem will go away in December when I replace my pumpkin craving with peppermint.  I wonder if there’s a way to crush candy canes into my oatmeal?
ally

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