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Adding Collagen to Oatmeal

As most people know, I’m a Vital Proteins ambassador. In exchange for a couple of products, a month I post about ways to use collagen or the benefits.  For the last few months I’ve included a lot of smoothie recipes.  In the summer, I want nothing more than something cold and refreshing after a run.

Now that it’s getting cooler, I want something warmer.  So I decided to share the oatmeal I’ve had lately after runs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short or long run, easy run, or workout, I have food within 30 minutes.  I do believe it’s one reason I’ve recovered faster from races and runs in general.

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Protein Oats:

1/2 cups Milk.  You can use whatever you want milk wise. I’ve been using almond milk.
1 cup cup oats
1 Serving Banana Cinnamon Whey Protein
1/2 cup pumpkin
Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste

Topping Ideas:
Berries and Fruit.  I’m a fan of warm peaches and pears right now!
Nuts: Almonds, pecans…anything
Nut Butters.
Brown Sugar
Whipped Cream: Did you really think I wouldn’t include this?
Greek Yogurt for the extra protein

Mix the milk, pumpkin, and oats.
Cook the oatmeal according to the directions. I’m not fancy so I just use the microwaveable kind.
Add the collagen after it’s done cooking.
Add toppings and sweeteners if you feel like it.

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As the weather gets cooler I enjoy a lot more warmer foods after a run.

Other Collagen Related Posts:
Why Collagen Post Run?
Differences of Collagen Peptides and Gelatin
Top Benefits of Collagen
Hair and Nail Benefits of Collagen
Skin Benefits from Collagen

Thank you Vital Proteins for allowing me to continue as an ambassador!

Questions for you:
What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?
Do you crave different foods in the winter versus summer? 

Breakfast, Food, Recipe

Oatmeal Waffle

I thought I had shared this before, but looking through my archives apparently not.  Although I’m not an overnight oats, oatmeal all the time kind of girl, oatmeal pancakes I like.  I had always wondered if I put oats into a waffle maker…will I set it on fire?  Will it hold all the way through?  The answer is (clearly from the below photo) it did.  However, I did add two eggs to this recipe (and yes for just me).

Oatmeal waffle:

 1 package cooked oatmeal or ½ cup cooked oatmeal (I used Quaker’s Apple cinnamon because that’s what I like)

¼ cup flour

½ cup milk

2 tsp baking powder

¼ cup sweetener to taste

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

Seasonings I choose to add:  1 chopped up apple (to go along with the apple oatmeal), cinnamon and apple pie spice (I forgot that stuff existed).



Mix all wet ingredients together (including the eggs).

Add the sweetner followed by flour and finally the oatmeal. 

And then prey to the high heavens your waffle makes it through the cook process.  (just kidding).  I then went and topped it with yogurt because I’ve been really feeling that lately.

This is waffle that sits really well with me before I run.  I normally eat this roughly 2-3 hours before running and I feel like a million bucks when I do.  It’s a bit higher in carbohydrates from the apples, milk, flour and oatmeal but it works for me. (maybe for you too!).

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Questions for you:

Favorite flavor of oatmeal? 

I like apple cinnamon but do enjoy the maple cinnamon too.  Basically all the cinnamon ones…

Breakfast, Food, Recipe

Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

I admit that I’ve made oatmeal pancakes before, but the cold weather makes me crave oatmeal sometimes.  That being said, I doubt the one person that followed my blog during my oatmeal pancake phase will remember…That and I’ve come along way in pancake perfection since then so I can always find something to tweak.

I’m not much of a bowl of oats/oatmeal (well actually I’m not at all) girl, but I do enjoy a nice oatmeal pancake now and again.  But seeing as I’m currently in VA Beach and leaving for Texas today…I don’t think cold weather is my issue and I have no problem with that.

I love this pancake recipe for oatmeal pancakes because it’s easy and straightforward.


Oatmeal pancakes Ingredients:
½ cup cooked oatmeal  (you can use instant oats, rolled oats, oat flour)
1 egg
1/4  cup yogurt (I chose greek yogurt) (I’ve also done with this cottage cheese and it’s good as well)
2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking powder
Sweetener to taste (I used ¼ cup stevia and a splash of vanilla extract)
About ½ cup additional milk (you can substitute water, regular milk, almond milk)

Oatmeal Pancakes Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add wet ingredients (including yogurt) together and mix in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Add oatmeal and dry ingredients to the wet oatmeal pancakes ingredients.
  4. Cook oatmeal pancakes on medium high heat until bubbles form.
  5. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown.
  6. Serve with toppings of choice including maple syrup, chocolate chips, or whipped cream.

I know I might be in the minority, but I would much rather eat oatmeal pancakes then a bowl of oatmeal!

Question for you: How do you eat your oatmeal?

Breakfast, Food, Recipe

Oatmeal Pancakes

Hello, sunshines.

Today marks the first Monday I’m not up at a bright and early 5:30 am.  Isn’t that nice?  I can spend loving time eating oatmeal pancakes not just running around like a wild chicken with its head cut off, hoping I’m not late for my class about human disease….

I am trying to get MORE carbs in here and there so what better way than oatmeal pancakes.  Week-long carb load?  Necessary.  It all begins with pancakes baby.

Not just any type of pancakes…

Oatmeal pancakes:

I’m not sure if I have posted the exact recipe for oatmeal pancakes (not that it matters too much), but I haven’t had oatmeal pancakes in a solid year, so I’m counting them as new (because that is how I roll). I love a good pancake. I also love this recipe because, as a busy college student. I can have oatmeal pancakes made in a few short minutes.

½ cup wheat flour/oat flour/ pancake mix
½ cup instant oats (cooked) You can use rolled oats too, make them cooked.  I use Quaker oatmeal…because it’s easy and I can do that.
1 egg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 chopped up apple
And also sweetener to taste

splash of vanilla extract

1/4 cup milk (regular milk, almond milk…whatever kind of milk you need)

There are plenty of dry ingredient mix-ins like brown sugar, chocolate chips, or even bananas to make oatmeal banana pancakes.

Mix all the dry ingredients: oats, sugar baking powder (minus the apple).  Then slowly add liquid ingredients.

Cook the oatmeal pancakes on medium-high heat, until bubbles form. Then flip. I added the apple into the oatmeal pancake after it had cooked for about a minute on the griddle.  It added that nice little crunch. 

Benefits of oatmeal pancakes are they are super dense and thick from the oatmeal.  I have a huge appetite and I was struggling to finish (which never happens). 

So on that note-Happy Monday and Happy Fall. If you are enjoying eating oatmeal pancakes, let me know.

I’ll be eating oatmeal pancakes and soaking up some vitamin D in this gorgeous weather that seems to be occurring.  🙂


Question for you:

1.        Oatmeal versus Pancakes.  You can choose oatmeal pancakes too. 

2.       How is the weather near you?

Potsdam has been unseasonably warm lately, but I’m not complaining

Food, Resturants, Running

Prehalf Jitters

I’m ready.
I think.
For my first half marathon. Well if you don’t count my treadmill time.

I have 1 million grams of carbohydrates in my belly.  I also have the support of a few people around these parts.  I have a nice playlist on my ipod full of vulgar rap songs.

Spandex?  Yes.

Leggings? Yes.

100 pairs of socks? Yep.

Straightened hair? Double check.  (I need to run races with straight hair versus afro style hair).

Its not even a webcam photo...Im clearly so skilled.

Too bad it’s supposed to be pouring rain and windy.   It’s about two hours northeast of me (did you know you could be anymore upstate NY?) UH yeah me neither…

Although my milage and base isn’t as strong for this race because of my injury, it’s still decent enough.  I’m not really planning on racing this half marathon but I did sign up for it and really want to participate.  Due to my heel injury that cut my training from 50  to zero, I didn’t get to do any of the runs that would make me feel most comfortable for this race.  Aka runs more than 12 miles.  I signed up, though, for this race months ago so I still want to try it out.

My next half, May 1st is when the ball will be rolling.  This half marathon is for me to simply test out the waters, find what works, what doesn’t and to make sure my heels are still going strong.

My goals is to be between 1:40-1:50 but we will see.  The other time I ran a 13.1 was on a treadmill and I finished in 1:49 and got the bonus of two fractured heels.  YUCK.   Oh and the smell of burnt popcorn.

So the last few days, I have been carb loading like it’s my job. 

I went to my favorite diner obviously
I love how Holiday festive they are. <3
Grapes are my favorite carb ever.
oatmeal pancakes topped with apples=more nom carbs
I knew I had some pasta and marinara somewhere in there too

I bought some powergels and shot blocks depending on my mood and am completely packed.  So think of me tomorrow at 8:00 am.  I’ll miss you blogging BFFS.


Question for you:

  1. How do you prepare for a big race?  Or a new distance race?