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Granola Fuels Good Runs

I enjoyed my run this past Tuesday so much that I decided to go for it again on Thursday.

To refresh your memory, my super creative plan calls for alternating miles with effort and relaxed.  If pressed, I might have to name this workout the "Efflaxed."  Which is a really lame joke.  moving on.

This run went even better than Tuesday's, a run which went so well I had proclaimed it bad-ass.  This one, then, is ultra bad-ass. 

Don't know why I got faster in a matter of two days.  I wonder if it is because of the mental relief of knowing I was stopping at 10 miles instead of 13?

Stats below: Red is Relaxed, Blue is Effort

Mile 1:  8:16
Mile 2   7:07
Mile 3:  7:45

Mile 4:  6:51
Mile 5:  7:47
Mile 6:  6:39
Mile 7:  7:59
Mile 8:  6:36
Mile 9:  8:11
Mile 10: 6:19
0.61 Mile Cooldown: 5:23

The only other time I know of that I have run a 6:19 mile (because you see, I have never raced anything less than a half-marathon) is the first mile of See Jane Run.  So I declare that a solid run!

No running on Friday, ran 14.28 miles this Saturday morning before seeing Harry Potta (loved it, except for one thing, and you MUST know what that one thing is if you've seen it.  Right? I mean clearly one thing was just bunk) and hope to run long and hilly tomorrow morning (16-20 miles). 

FOOD TIME

I never do recipes up in here because I know my role in the blogosphere. 

If you need a good recipe, there are some insanely talented people who share their recipes accompanied by pornographic pictures. 

If you need moral support for eating 96% snack foods from Trader Joe's + other sweets, and 4% going out to restaurants, then you can come to my blog. 

Today, I am sharing a recipe.  Why? Because it would be cruel for each and every person who reads this not to have the opportunity to taste my new favorite snack.

Things of note:
1) I did not make this.  The Gentleman did.
2) Upon watching him make it, I realized it was not quite as simple to make as I assumed.
3) Upon watching him make it, I realized it was not quite as healthy as I assumed.
4) Really, it's probably not that good for you
5) But for Harry Potter's sake, Just run or walk a few miles every here and there and your body will be thankful for the extra sugar and oil.

I Introduce, The Best Granola Recipe Ever (on this blog)


 Put yer two cups of rolled oats in a bowl designated for dry stuff


Add one teaspoon of cinnamon 


Add one teaspoon of salt


Get a bowl for wet stuff.  Add 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil



Add 1/4 cup of honey


Add 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (which is dry...so I lied about the bowls being wet/dry)



 Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract




Mix that stuff UP!



Mix this stuff UP too!



THEN MIX IT ALL TOGETHER!



 Get your hands in there


Spread it all out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Put it an oven pre-heated to 325 degrees for 10 minutes.


After the 10 minutes, flip the granola


After flipping, add slivered almonds and walnut pieces (the original recipe called for hazelnuts, I think that is a bad call.  Add whatever nuts you want). 

Put the granola with the nuts back in the oven for 10 more minutes.


Take out of the oven, let cool a bit and add raisins (or dried cherries, or any dried fruit).


Your house will smell so good you won't know what to do with yourself.  You might daydream about Christmas.


 Glorious Granola.



This is probably technically like 11 servings.  The Gentleman and I ate it over 2.5 days though, so I will consider it 6 servings. 

Please let me know if you ever make this and what you think!  The ingredients may already be in your cupboard, making this a very convenient recipe. 

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tblspn + 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almonds, 1/3 cup hazelnuts (or walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins, 1/3 cup dried cherries (or more raisins).


Are you a pre-packaged/easy to grab food kind of person, like me? (FYI, to me this includes all fruits and some raw vegetables, so not entirely unhealthy)

Do you have Harry Potta hysteria? I have Alan Rickman hysteria.  He's so cool.  If you like Harry Potter movies and don't know this person by name, shame on you.