. WIAW … ending the day with ice cream .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 23, 2013

Hey, hey, hey! Happy What I Ate Wednesday! :mrgreen:


I missed you guys yesterday! But after a rather manic Monday followed by a less-than-stellar Monday night (toss, turn, rinse, repeat), I woke up yesterday morning and declared it a very much needed rest day… from blogging, at least. As much as I love blogging, it has a tendency to take up a good chunk of the day, and I needed that chunk to catch up on a few other things.

Because of my wonky night, I ended up sleeping in until the glorious hour of 5:30. And yes — I very much consider that sleeping in. After brewing a cup of my favourite tea, I got to work on breakfast

Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl

Remember how I mentioned wanting to add a little more variety to my diet? I’ve been slacking 😳  BUT! I did manage to whip up something a little different yesterday with this buckwheat breakfast bowl. All I did was take some leftover buckwheat, add a splash of almond milk, slice up a banana, toss on some blueberries, and finish the whole thing off with a glob of almond butter. It wasn’t oatmeal, but it got the job done.

After that, it was time for me to get some work done… but not before heading out for a quick walk/run first. Is anyone else upset over the fact that it takes the sun so long to rise these days? I went out a little after 7 and it was still pitch black… I came home around 8 and it was just starting to get light out. Good thing we’ll be turning the clocks back pretty soon.

I was a little chilly after my walk/run (I’ll go into a little more detail as to what exactly I’m doing in a future post), so I whipped up a homemade latte, buried it with cinnamon, and enjoyed it with the last of my chocolate chip pumpkin oatmeal cookies before settling down to a few hours of work.

Cinnamon Latte

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

We’ll gloss over the work bit because, really, who wants to talk/hear about work? I’ve been able to start doing a lot more work from home over the past year, which has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it lets me pick my own hours, but a curse because sometimes those hours end up being ridiculously early or ridiculously late, depending on how bad I’ve been slacking. But I digress — it’s lunch time!

Veggie Egg Wrap

Two eggs scrambled with veggies and stuffed inside a wrap along with some avocado. No fuss, no muss. And yes, I ran out to the store to restock my kitchen after my eggless baking debacle this weekend; and look what I found while I was there!

Apple Chips

Barefruit apple chips! After three weeks of going without, I basically inhaled the entire bag while I was out running work-related errands in the afternoon. Holy.snap are they ever good. And did you know they’ve introduced a new sea salt caramel flavour? I have a nagging feeling that it’ll be slow to show in Canada, but fingers crossed that it gets here eventually — my American food shopping list is already long enough.

Insert an evening of cleaning, cooking, eating [dinner]

Cheesy Quinoa Bowl

(cheesy quinoa and steamed broccoli)

… blogging, pampering, and Skyping with J, and you pretty much have my Tuesday in a nutshell. Well, I suppose there is one other little thing that’s worth mentioning…

Ice Cream and CTC

… because no day is complete without a little dessert, and this bowl of vanilla bean ice cream topped with Cinnamon Toast Crunch definitely ended things on a good note.

Happy Wednesday, friends! 😀

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What meal/snack did you end the day with yesterday?
What’s your favourite ice 
creme/froyo topping?
Do you run/walk in the dark?

{ 106 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miss Polkadot October 23, 2013 at 5:45 am

You consider – gasp! – 5.30 sleeping in?! Not like I hadn’t known about your early mornings before but I’m still feeling a twinge of guilt thinking about those days when I sleep in …Send me some of your early bird genes, please.
My night ended with one of the last of my homemade caramel bars because, well, chocolate is the best way to end any day, right?!
Er … yes, I run in the dark. Not purely out of choice, though, but because I’m just not good at scheduling my walks/runs and it always somehow happens to be evening before I notice. Can I blame the adaption to daylight savings [after several months still]?
“buried it with cinnamon” <- I like the way you think/act ;).
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2 Fran@BCDC October 23, 2013 at 5:46 am

Everything looks tasty~especially the cookies! 😉
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3 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 23, 2013 at 5:47 am

I hate how dark it is when I get up lately! I wait until the sun starts to rise so at least I am not running in the dark but I am totally missing my 6:00 am sunshine….I originally ended my day yesterday with popcorn and dark chocolate, but, then somehow ended a second time with an apple and peanut butter.
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

The end of your day sounds like the start of mine. I started with my regular bowl of oatmeal, and started again with a banana and almond butter. I have a feeling it’s going to be one of -those- days.


5 Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day October 23, 2013 at 5:49 am

I totally hear you, I hate how late the sun is rising these days! It seriously delays my mornings, I’m just not a running in the dark kind of girl :) BTW-that quinoa looks amazing!
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6 Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 23, 2013 at 5:51 am

So weirdly I am eating an identical breakfast to yours except with leftover rice instead of buckwheat…the things we do to avoid oatmeal intolerance lol!
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7 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

Gah! Rice is the one grain I still mean to try for breakfast. The only thing is that I -hate- cooking it. If I try to do it the old fashioned way, I usually end up burning it 😡


8 Milly October 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I have a tip- if you cook the rice in milk it dosn’t really matter if its not all absorbed as long as its tender and not too soupy, it’s much harder to burn. It’s a really nice breakfast. :) xo


9 Alysia @ Slim Sanity October 23, 2013 at 5:54 am

Well, I’d say it looks like you have a variety of deliciousness in your oatmeal…. so I think that counts :) Totally feel ya on the break from blogging from time to time! I debated even writing up a WIAW post today, but settled down and pumped it out in 30 minutes before bed last night. My last meal was dinner – spaghetti with tomato, onion and garlic turkey meat sauce. It was pretty fabulous – and the boy cooked it. Can’t really beat that! Have a great day love!
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10 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 23, 2013 at 6:04 am

Starting the day with a workout just sets the tone for the day! I used to run at 4.00am and I use to be TOTALLY bugged out – TOTALLY paranoid – the slightest shadow, noise and I would be picking up my pace – which does make for a good workout :)
But now, I am a run when I can kinda gal!
Trader Joe’s here in the US has this chocolate syrup called “organic chocolate moo” and I am addicted to it! It goes on fro yo, in shakes, in oatmeal!
Last night, I was out of froyo but I was full of these 3 layer bars I made – will post recipe next week. They were gonna be breakfast, but they were just too decadent – even for me! So dessert bars they will be!
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11 Lucie October 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

I know that curse and blessing when working from home. I am allowed to work half a day from home and it always ends up to be the evening because I used the afternoon to do other things, whoops!
Hey, and we both cheated on oatmeal this week, with buckwheat! You’re my buckwheat twin.
Yesterday evening I had half a mug filled with Justin’s AB, cacao powder and honey mixed. It’s like cookie dough or decadent pudding, whatever, it’s just darn delicious.
PS. I LOVE to run in the dark!
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12 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw your buckwheat breakfast 😉 And omg… AB, cocoa, and honey in a mug?! That just sounds ridiculously good.


13 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 23, 2013 at 6:23 am

Cheesy quinoa sound gorgeous! I hate going to work and leaving work in the dark, it is a tad depressing!
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14 Khushboo October 23, 2013 at 6:27 am

Ooh excellent call on the cinnamon toast crunch topping! One of my favorite toppings for ice cream/fro yo is crushed Oreos–> DIY cookies ‘n’ cream! And if you stir in some nut butter? HEAVEN! Your Tuesday sounds very productive- how’s J? Does he read the blog (if so, HELLO to him)! And good job on the walk/run! I am a chicken and try to only go during daylight. I was up at 6 yesterday read to go for a run but ended up waiting around for an hour till the sun came out!
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15 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

J’s good! Busy working, but he still finds time to read my rambles… I’ll direct him to your comment 😉


16 Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate October 23, 2013 at 6:28 am

I love cinnamon toast crunch on froyo! Captain crunch is another one of my favs…
P.S. Cant wait to make those cookies this weekend!


17 Nicole @ FruitnFitness October 23, 2013 at 6:47 am

Everything looks so good! Its so nice when your working from home and able to eat when and what you choose. I know you can bring lunches to work, and I always do, but when your home you can make what you want based on what your currently craving. My favorite froyo toppings are fruit but my favorite regular ice cream toppings are cookie crumbs, grahm crackers and nuts.
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18 Carly @ Snack Therapy October 23, 2013 at 6:54 am

You slept in ’til 5:30?! Whoa, way to sleep your day away! Bahahahaha! I suppose it’s all relative though, right?

That cheesy quinoa looks amazing. Lately, I’ve been much more into savory than sweet, so that quinoa looks way better than the ice cream. Also, it’s before 6am, and ice cream doesn’t usually sound good before the sun comes up.
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19 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

I know — I am properly ashamed 😳 And I’ve been more drawn to the savoury lately as well — it’s freakin’ me out.


20 Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food October 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

I hate how dark it is in the mornings, too! It’s so depressing to be awake for 2 hours before it even gets light. I had some froyo yesterday and topped it with oreos and strawberries. Such a good combo!
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21 Parita @ myinnershakti October 23, 2013 at 6:59 am

I have the option to work from home every now and then, and you’re absolutely right, it’s a blessing in most ways but it can be a curse too. I love the flexiblity but sometimes I find that the lack of structure throws me off too much. And really, my office is a five minute walk from our apartment, so I have no excuses to just go in, do my thing, and come home. :)

And recipe for the cheesy quinoa please!!


22 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams October 23, 2013 at 7:15 am

I seriously wish my day of eats could look as amazing as yours! I’m lucky if I get even one “regular” meal that’s not a sweet potato or apple. 😉 First time stopping by, thanks for a great post and Happy Wednesday!
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23 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

Thanks for saying hi, Michelle! And I dunno… sweet potatoes and apples are plenty delicious… I wouldn’t complain about eating them on the reg 😉


24 Christine @ Gotta Eat Green October 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

running in the dark kind of scares me. I mean, when I am running in the dark with my earphones, I feel that everything and everyone around me is frightening. Seriously! Every squirrel and piece of garbage is terrifying when you are out running in the dark. I try to do my outdoor workouts before the sun goes down!
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25 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 23, 2013 at 7:28 am

Because I work in the court system with victims of crime, its made me become kind of paranoid. I don’t run/walk in the dark unless I’m with another person, but generally I prefer doing those activities in the daylight no matter what.

I love your buckwheat breakfast bowl. I’ve actually never tried buckwheat before, but it certainly looks tasty.

My favorite ice cream/froyo topping is definitely rainbow sprinkles!
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26 Faith VanderMolen October 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

I’m an early riser too and I’m pumped about the time change coming up! It will make me not feel so crazy being up while it’s still pitch black outside.
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27 Ksenija @ With An Open Mind October 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

Sounds like a wonderful day! We all need a blogging break sometimes and it helps a lot getting work done. Since I am working on a lot of coding-related stuff recently and do not only write blog posts it tends to feel like a fulltime job from time to time.

And I totally feel your pain about the sun rising so terribly late. I am a morning run person and recently I had to move my runs into the afternoon, since it’s too dark outside at 6/7am. Good thing I have two great friends who like to go for a run with me, otherwise I really couldn’t make me do it in the afternoon – and we all know that we feel a lot better after getting some fresh air and sunrays.
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28 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

Actually, I’m thinking about switching my runs up to the afternoon as well — that’s when the energy slump usually tends to hit, and I always find that some fresh air and movement wakes me right up.


29 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee October 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

Love your buckwheat idea for breakfast! I am glad you took some time and are feeling more refreshed today. Hope it’s a great one!
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30 Brittany October 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

No dark adventures for me, unless I have a buddy. I’ve watched too many horror movies haha. I am so excited to read about your workouts right now, I get so giddy when others talk about running! That ice cream bowl looks PERFECT!
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31 Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen October 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

That’s an awesome dessert combo. I ended my day last night with some Hershey’s chocolate kisses. :)
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32 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

Eeek! You are an early riser! I thought my 6 AM wake up was “early”. 😉

I’ve really been wanting to try buckwheat. Is it good? Don’t want to buy a bunch and then not like it, you know? But I think it’d be good to help me mix up my breakfasts a bit. I’m stuck on my love for oatmeal!

Love the Cinnamon Toast Crunch on ice cream idea! Yummm. One of my favorite sugary cereals! I just had a mug of cookies ‘n cream ice cream topped with PB last night – delish!
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33 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

I actually like buckwheat quite a bit! It doesn’t have -too- strong of a flavour, so it soaks up whatever you add to it nicely, and it’s a nice change in texture from oatmeal. Can you buy it from bulk bins? That’d probably be a great way to try it out first to see if you like it.


34 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health October 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

I would loooovvveee to work from home but my job doesn’t really work like that. I can see how it has it’s pros and cons though.

Um, all of your food looks amazing! That cheesy quinoa looks really good!
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35 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

Alrighty…let’s just establish the fact that you are a genius! 😉 Using cereal as an ice cream topping is an absolutely amaaaazing idea!
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36 Laura @ RunningJunkie October 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

I LOVE that you topped your ice cream with cinnamon toast crunch. lol. My favorite fro-yo/ice cream topping is most definitely Heath Bar. In fact, I’ve got some pumpkin ice cream in my freezer that I think it’d be AMAZING with.

I used to run in the dark all the time, but I’m not really much for it these days…..I just feel nervous about it. Although, running with the sun rise is pretty spectacular.

Yesterday I ended the day with a coffee yogurt topped with oats and dark chocolate granola. It was basically a dessert it was so good.
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37 AmyC October 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

Just added cheesy quinoa to my list of recipes to try!
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38 Beth October 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

what else, besides eggs and avocado, is in your wrap? Also, how do you make that cheesy quinoa? Everything looks great, as usual! Good for you for taking a day off from blogging. Don’t want burn out!!


39 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

My eggs had spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, and salt. As for the quinoa, I just added some shredded cheese after the quinoa finished cooking (while it was still warm), and stirred it all up.


40 Anita October 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

I haven’t tried buckwheat for breakfast but have added it to my list. I was on an oatmeal kick for some time, love it with coconut oil, berries and agave nectar. Have you thought about picking up an inexpensive rice cooker? You can dump in the water and rice, turn it on and walk away. I cook up a batch, cool and toss into the fridge so it’s there when I crave it.
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41 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

I think I’m going to have to do that because rice is the one grain that gives me the most trouble when it comes to cooking — I almost always burn it!


42 Becky @ Olives n Wine October 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

Apple nachos – totally good for dinner, right? And I’m such a scared-y cat that I refuse to run in the dark. I’m afraid someone or something is going to jump out at me! With the whole winter thing coming though, I’m going to have to start walking to the train station in the dark – eek! Looks like it is time for me to become brave 😉
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43 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

I had a small dinner, so last night I ended my day with a chocolate mug cake with whipped cream and Chicago Mix popcorn sprinkled on top. It was a good idea…but now I think I need to get my hands on some ice cream 😉 And adding Cinnamon Toast Crunch on top? I knew I liked you for a reason :-p Although favourite ice cream of froyo topping has to be either M&M’s or crushed Reese’s peanut butter cups. But preferably both of those things.
I don’t usually walk or run in the dark, because that implies that it’s cold and I’d much rather wait until it warms up a little :-p I’m a bit of a wuss with exercise in cold weather!
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44 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

You and me both! This morning was a cold one, and I’m sitting here 30 minutes later still trying to get the blood flowing to all my muscles. Ohhh Canada. And I can’t do M&M’s OR Reese’s, so I make do with what I have 😛


45 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

There’s always Smarties! 😉
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46 Lauren October 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’m having a hard time not being jealous of your ability to run right now. Oof. You’re so lucky, lady! I definitely used to run at the peak morning hours but it was inside. I’m too afraid to run outside before the sun comes up considering it’s either a.) in the woods b.) on the street where I’ll most likely be hit by a car. No good.

Favorite froyo topping: Sprinkles!
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47 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

Don’t be jealous, lady! I couldn’t run for the longest time either — just be patient and don’t lose faith <3


48 Shel@PeachyPalate October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

So right! Every day needs a dessert! :) Quinoa looks great!


49 Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. October 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

Yesterday, I ended with some yogurt raisins. Exciting, I know.

My favorite topping is…too hard to choose. Please don’t make me. Oreos, candy bars…nothing healthy. LOL

I totally would run in the dark, but I don’t have anything reflective yet since I haven’t been running long enough to have run in the dark before. I need to get out there and buy some stuff like that, but I’d totally be up for it.
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50 Ellie@Fit for the soul October 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

Wahooo! I now can sleep in later than 5:30 am because Selah has been sleeping through the night for about 2 weeks 😀 Yayyy! lol. And omgnesss I really want some of your latte and pumpkin oatmeal cookie, as they look delicious and so comforting. I actually love dark mornings because it makes me feel even more reflective about life than usual, so I can’t complain about the fact that it’s been slightly darker in Socal too lately–but probably nothing like what you experience! 😀
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51 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

That’s what I’ve been loving about the darker evenings, but I just want to get my day started asap and the dark mornings make it harder to do!


52 Karen @ KAMA FITNESS October 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Sadly, I also consider 5:30am sleeping in….& cheesy quinoa looks mighty fine!! Yum!
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53 Cassie October 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Last night I ended the evening with “Thindictive” biscotti thins with a little Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter.

My favorite ice cream/fro yo topping is something chocolatey… and I usually like to have a little fruit.

I like running in the dark sometimes, if it’s through a city. In neighborhoods I’m afraid I’m going to be hit by cars. This morning I started my run in the dark!
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54 Mary October 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Mmmmmmmm, it’s been too long since I had icecream!
5:30 is not a lie-in! Although I would probably let 6:30-6:45 count as lying in…I’m very much a morning person and if I wake up any time past that I get really annoyed with myself for wasting the day.
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55 Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. October 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Where can I find your cheesy quinoa recipe?! It looks amazing!

I ended yesterday with a glass of Savingnon Blanc. Probably not the BEST thing to have before bed when you’re waking up for a 6:30 yoga class, but I had a wine tasting event last night.

My favorite froyo topping is granola and fruit, although I usually leave mine bare because the froyo itself is the most exciting part for me.

And I only run in the dark when I’m being chased!!! Haha :)
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56 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

No recipe since it’s way too easy! All I did was cook up some quinoa and stir in shredded cheese towards the end after all the water had been absorbed.


57 Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. October 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

That is easy! Thanks!
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58 sara @ fitcupcaker October 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I am def making cheesy quinoa this week, how do you always make everything look so amazing! Gosh! I love all your eats, and cinnamon toast crunch on ice cream, you just made my day!
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59 Ashlee@HisnHers October 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Is that cheesy quinoa a teaser or have you shared before?! I HAVE To make that. It looks so good!


60 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Nope, never thought of sharing because it’s just too easy! I just cooked up some quinoa the regular way and stirred in shredded cheese towards the end when all the water had been absorbed.


61 Christine@munchkinmumbles October 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

It really is sad how long it stays dark in the mornings now isn’t it! I think I am kind of looking forward to the time change. I know when it comes I will mess the daylight in the evenings though. A case of the grass is always greener? For the last month or so I have been ending my day with a nice bowl of cereal and milk. So satisfying!
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62 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves October 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

That cheesy quinoa looks fantastic! Topping your ice cream with cinnamon toast crunch sounds amazing. I absolutely love having blueberries or bananas with some good ol’ vanilla ice cream. Crunchy cereals are also fabulous!
I ended my day with dried apricots yesterday–a light, but sweet snack. :)
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63 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables October 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I just tried those bare fruit chips! I had them at the airport yesterday. I really liked them and I was surprised that there really weren’t other ingredients in there!
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64 Allison @ Life's a Bowl October 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I bought vanilla ice cream yesterday and enjoyed a hearty helping (on top of warm homemade applesauce) for dessert last night — ’twas divine!
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65 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Ice cream on applesauce?! That sounds divine… I’m definitely going to have to give that a try.


66 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl October 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I’m pretty much a wimp when it comes to running or walking in the dark. I’ve been waiting to run until the sun comes up, which is about 7:30 here and it’s really annoying. By the time I got back from my long run the other day it was practically lunch time. Ice cream is one of my favorite ways to end the night. I like to top mine with granola, cereal, fruit or nuts.
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67 Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Rest days are so needed! I sort of took one yesterday but mainly because of a killer migraine that kept me from doing much of anything all afternoon. Blah!
I love those apple chips! I buy the big bag from Costco for my son 😉 Who am I kidding, I eat them all! So good and love that they are just apples!
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68 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite October 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

The cheesy quinoa looks delicious! And I can never go that long without eggs- no bueno. And can I just say I WISH I couldn’t sleep past 530! I would probably get way more blogging stuff done. How long do you sleep per night? Less than 8 hours?
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69 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Usually around 6. I’ve tried going to sleep earlier to try and get more, but then I just end up waking up even earlier.


70 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite October 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hmmm are you a “super sleeper” maybe?? I totally wish I was- if I get less than 7 I literally can’t keep my eyes open all day long!
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71 Alexis @ Hummusapien October 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Gahhhhh I die for Bare Snacks apple chips!! Two servings MY ARSE. I’m so pumped about the caramel apple flavor eeeeek!
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72 Floey October 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Do they have frozen yogurt shops where you are?


73 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I do, but my allergies usually keep me from enjoying any :(


74 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen October 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Ugh I hate how dark the mornings are now too. Most mornings I have to leave the house to drive to the hospital while it’s still dark out – it’s brutal!!

Last night before bed I had Oikos Greek yogurt with pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Your ice cream looks like a much better idea though. 😉 My favourite toppings are chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, butterscotch sauce, and Oreo bits!
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75 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I’m sorry you had a rough Monday! I pray the rest of your week is awesome! xoxo
I can’t run or walk in the dark… I’m a CHICKEN!
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76 Arman @ thebigmansworld October 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I hear you on working from home- the flexibility is great but makes it easier to put off! Last night I literally put the spoon in the almond butter and called it a night.

Vanilla ice cream is by far the most underrated flavour- even though I love some of the random flavours Australia has (lamington, Anzac biscuit, pavlova) nothing beats a classic vanilla. And the fact that you mixed cinnamon toast crunch in it- genius.

I haven’t run for ages, but the last fun run I did was during the day…so no night running.
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77 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Vanilla will always be my favourite flavour — mostly because it’s the best base for whatever you want to toss on it. But I have to admit that mint-chocolate comes in a close second. And I saw your late night AB — impressive 😉


78 Alex @ therunwithin October 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I totally support the sleeping in even though that is still crazy early, I don’t know how your body does it especially because you go to bed so late! crazy stuff
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79 Jo @ Living Mint Green October 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

GD you and all your delicious meals. I want that bowl of ice cream right now!!! I can’t remember if I already commented on your post today.

I love anything crunchy as ice cream toppings – pretzels, cereal, chocolate chips.
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80 Kaitlin October 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Wow. All I have to say 😉 First, love how the sad face turns colors at the top. Also that’s a great idea for quinoa! I’m a big fan of adding something crunchy to my froyo – sometimes a crumble or graham cracker. Yesterday I ended with a big glob of sunflower seed butter and a swig of almond milk. So tasty!
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81 Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body October 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I was starting to notice how dark it was in the mornings, but once I started my new job I started working out AFTER work rather than before work so I don’t pay as much attention to it anymore. I’ve been working out in the am for so long, it is taking a while to get used to…but I think my body is liking the change. I have had savoury buckwheat but haven’t tried it in a sweet breakfast bowl, that is definitely something I think I would enjoy. I look forward to reading about why you are doing the whole walk/run thing.
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82 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I’m thinking about switching my workouts to the afternoon as well, mostly because that’s the time the energy slump hits, so a little movement and fresh air would probably help wake me up. That and it would probably be warmer — I was literally defrosting for 45 minutes this morning.


83 kris October 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

mmm ice cream is the best way to end the day! :) I typically eat my ice cream sans toppings, but with froyo I always get mini chocolate chips. Mini chocolate chips > regular sized chocolate chips 😉

As for running/walking outside, I’m too paranoid to do it in the dark. I keep looking over my shoulder or think someone is going to pop out and scare me. Obvi I’ve watched too many scary movies or something…haha
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84 Emily October 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

My knees are decked from running- so frustrating. I competed as a teenager and little kid but my knees can’t take it anymore :( I love vanilla I’ve cream with wafers or sour lollies or gummy bears ( sounds weird but it’s so good)


85 Diane @ Life of Di. October 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

What a great way to end the day :) I haven’t allowed myself to have ice cream in the house for a little over a year now (I’ve been known to eat almost an entire GALLON in a night – hello binge!) I’m getting a bit better with that now so maybe I can start trusting myself again :) Ice cream is one of my all time favorite foods and life really is too short to deprive oneself!
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86 Kathy @ Olives & Garlic October 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli – genius!!!! What a great spin. Cant wait to try it


87 Angela October 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Just wondering – do you not get lonely working from home? I can imagine the convenience of being at home would be nice but I’m curious if you ever miss seeing your coworkers.


88 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Nope! I actually hardly notice it. I usually have to run in to the office every day, so I always see them for an hour or two, and if I feel like I need to get out of my place then I go work in a coffee shop. I actually go to Bux so often that I know a lot of the other regulars there, so it feels like going to see friends.


89 Julie October 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I’ve JUST ran out of the staples of oatmeal and pumpkin, or else I would make this!


90 Albizia October 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I want your wrap for lunch! *sobs* I have some strange soba and rice mix instead…

Last snack yesterday… I was naughty and took the bag of almonds to bed. Playing with my phone and eating almonds before sleep – kinda liked it.
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91 Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run October 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Were you sick Monday (getting this from the rinse)?
And I am so jealous of your eats!
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92 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Nope, not sick… just couldn’t sleep.


93 Hayley October 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

A girl after my own heart! Pre-baby I was known to get up at the ungodly hour of 4am to have a leisurely breakfast and read before work. I worked at 7-3:30 which worked well for my early bird life style. My friends and husband thought I was nuts! Post baby I’m sleeping in a little more 5am, sadly I’m going to bed later with all of the stuff I need to get done now that I’m back at work. . . it’s still a work in progress. . . .
I’m envious of your ability to work from home but I can totally see how sometimes it would be hard to kick your butt into gear.
Your eats look delicious!!
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94 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie October 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I haven’t noticed how late the sun’s been rising since I’m up around 7 and it doesn’t seem too dark, but what I hate is how dark it’s been getting. It feels like 9 pm when it’s really only 6:30! That’s one of the many reasons I love summer–longer daylight hours.

Ice cream is definitely the best way to end any day! I’ve been eating my banana softserve as a nighttime snack a lot lately and while it might not be exactly like regular ice cream, it works just as well 😀
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95 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I always blend my buckwheat when I am using in it my breakfasts, but yours looks so good I may try leaving it whole!
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96 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 24, 2013 at 2:05 am

Umm, I think I need a few more details on that cheesy broccoli and quinoa bowl! That sounds amazing! Yay for finding the apple chips again! And what tha-WHAT?! Sea salt caramel?! Be still my beating heart!! I’ll have to be on the lookout for those…you know so I can stash them away with the two GINORMO bags of plain ones I have but refuse to open just yet! I’m savvvvvvvvving (read: hoarding) them…my precious! Lol

I ended my day yesterday with a peanut butter and jelly and cold roasted veggies…all eaten while standing in the middle of the kitchen about 3.1732 minutes before faceplanting after work! And I’m actually kinda liking the dark in the mornings…but only because it helps this zombie fall asleep easier! :)

Favorite fro-yo topping: Fruitty Pebbles aka CEREAL SPRINKLES!! 😀
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97 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 24, 2013 at 5:56 am

Giant bags?! Did you get them at Costco? ‘Cause I’ve been hearing about them showing up there, but I have yet to go in search of them myself. And the cheesy quinoa is reaaaally simple — all I did was stir in some shredded cheese towards the end of cooking, when all the water had been absorbed.


98 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

I haven’t seen them at Costco (according to {Smart Kitchen} Sarah, the south doesn’t really have the selection that the Northern states have), but I actually found mine at TJ Maxx…on SALE at that! Normally $9.99 marked down to $6.99…and they’re the cinnamon ones! 😀

Hmm, can’t believe I’ve never thought of that with the cheesy quinoa…especially since I’ve done the EXACT same thing with savory oats! See? Not so weird! 😉
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99 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 24, 2013 at 2:33 am

5:30 is totally sleeping in for me too haha! People think it’s crazy, but it works for me!

Love all the food – some days just require ice cream :)
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100 Laura October 24, 2013 at 4:10 am

I resorted to greek yogurt with granola last night, due to our lack of ice cream. I love ice cream, especially at night. There is just something about that cool, creamy texture that is perfect for ending a day. Greek yogurt isn’t the same..
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101 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

Shamelessly, we ended our night LATE with dinner. Matt worked a long night shift + we needed groceries in a bad way. We ended up making a ‘homemade’ pizza with some Brussels sprouts. My favorite toppings are the little fruity boba beads at froyo spots.
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102 Eating 4 Balance October 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Blogging certainly does take up a big chunk of your day! That’s why I’ve fallen so far behind when my day is being filled with other things like school. Bah. Who needs it 😉

Hot cinnamon spice tea? I think if I tried that it would be my favorite too!

Favorite ice cream topping? Cookie dough.

Do I walk in the dark? On Sundays, yes, when I am walking back from the school parking lot. But I always call my parents and stay on the phone with them until I’m back in my dorm. This past week I had to park a super far ways away and it look something like 20 minutes… I am NOT looking forward to that walk back tomorrow to get my car :(
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103 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

I like any day that ends in ice cream, although I wouldn’t turn down your bowl of cheesy quinoa goodness either.
Blogging, as much as I love it, does take an incredible amount of time. I actually skipped WIAW last week because I needed a night off. Work has been incredibly busy and pressure filled and I haven’t been working out, which means less restful sleep, which translates to increased fatigue and loss of creativity. Not ideal when you’re trying to write. The good news is I gave myself a break and much like you, took a needed rest day. High five for listening to our bodies cues. We’re pretty sweet.


104 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I went through a bit of a hectic funk as well, which definitely saw a decrease in creativity — hence the sparser posting last week. Hope you’re doing better, Meghan <3


105 Tammy November 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hello beautiful girl! I have never commented but now after coming here to look at how to make cheesy quinoa I am fascinated- what do you do? As in work lol- it sounds great and flexible how awesome is that! Xo hope you get to Skype J heaps these days


106 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hi Tammy! The cheesy quinoa is REALLY simple. All I do is cook up a batch of quinoa like normal and toss in some shredded cheese after it’s absorbed all the water. When the cheese gets all melty, I just stir it up, and voila! Cheesy quinoa 😀


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