Overnight oats parfait

Last summer I ran outside almost everyday at different parks and trails. When I started college in the fall, I stopped running frequently and went to the gym more instead. I decided its time to start running outside again! Haley and I went to Lake Johnson this morning and eased into running outside with a pace of 2 minutes of fast running, and 2 minutes of walking. Although I often run at a fairly even pace the entire run, interval training is a nice way to keep your runs interesting, and burn more calories too! I’ve  found the best way to get start running again is to ease yourself into it. If you try to run the entire time when you haven’t run in a while, you will begin to think you actually hate running. Running is difficult to start when you haven’t for a while because its hard to build up the endurance, but its one of the most rewarding ways to workout. I’m excited to start running again because the atmosphere is so much more enjoyable than a gym, and I really miss it! I hope once get into running regularly again I’ll start running more at school.

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Haley and I came back after our run and enjoyed our over-night oats parfait from the “Oh She Glows” cookbook (clearly one of our favorites). The preparation the night before was super quick! You combine smashed banana, almond milk, oats, and chia seeds in a bowl and leave it in the fridge to thicken overnight. I love that smashed bananas are included because they naturally sweeten the oatmeal. You can eat it cold or warm, but we kept it cool after our hot run! In the morning all you need to add is little maple syrup, cinnamon, and toppings.  You can add whatever toppings you prefer including nuts, shredded coconut, cocoa, or fruit. We used fresh mangos, strawberries, and kiwis that we layered alternating with oats. It turned out so vibrant and pretty, and it didn’t take long to make! We also sprinkled hemp seeds on the top, which adds a nutty flavor and adds protein too. I’ve never tried over-night oats before and I was pleasantly surprised, it almost seemed like we were eating dessert! I am a huge fan of fruit, so we incorporated a bunch of different fruits, which also sweetened the oats so we didn’t need to add much maple syrup.

What a happy way to start the day!

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