Three things about this morning’s treadmill run:
1. I always get mad at myself when I forget to charge my wireless headphones and have to use my backup pair of headphones. Whenever I use the headphones with cords my necklace gets all tangled up as I am running. Why don’t I just take off my necklace while I run? Because that would take way too much effort to take it off and put it back on each day.
2. The music video of the day was Centuries by Fall Out Boy. Love that song.
3. Finished with 8 miles at a 8:07 pace but there was also 2 breaks thrown in there. It happens. Sometimes I just need a little breather and to stop and stretch.
On Christmas morning the whole family is coming over to my house for breakfast. One of my favorite things is to have people over and to feed them. It will be the perfect way to start Christmas.
From our group text… I just want to make sure everyone comes over hungry.
I wanted to make sure that we have plenty of healthy options at my breakfast including some yogurt parfaits, loads of fruit and this banana bread. My dad is also allergic to eggs so I am making this bread especially for him:)
-1/2 cup Stonyfield Organic Lowfat Plain Yogurt
-3 extra ripe bananas
-1/8 cup applesauce (or an egg if you want:)
-1.5 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 cup old-fashioned oats
-1 cup whole-wheat flour
-3/4 cup cup all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 (or more if you prefer happiness;) cup milk chocolate chips. You could also use blueberries instead!
Spray a bread pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together Stonyfield Organic Lowfat Plain Yogurt, applesauce, brown sugar, bananas and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add it all together, mix in the chocolate chips and put it in your bread pan. Bake for 50-60ish minutes and enjoy! Try to eat it when it is warm because warm bread is the best type of bread. Also, this will turn out a tiny bit gooey on the inside (that is how I like it:) which is fine because there are no eggs.
Brooke was my taste tester and she approves!!!
This recipe/post is part of my Stonyfield Ambassadorship!
We also got to work on another very intense recipe.
The reindeer need fuel too.
All of that pulling a sled around the world requires some serious carbs.
1. Fill a bowl up with some oats and let the kiddo(s) go to town on adding whatever sprinkles they want.
2. Let them mix it and make as big of a mess as possible.
3. Take a picture in front of the Christmas tree.
From my Instagram:
4. On Christmas eve sprinkle some of the reindeer food on the snow (or grass) outside of your house (or if you live in an apartment like us… sprinkle it on the balcony).
The reindeer will be extremely appreciative.
I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!
Awe this is just way to cute. I remember making reindeer food as a child. We always added chocolate sprinkles and chocolate chips.
I’ve actually never had a problem or issue with the stock iPhone headphones. I don’t mind the cords or anything. I’m glad you are running well Janae and have a happy holidays!
Sarah @ KS Runner
Reindeer food is an awesome idea! I’ll have to make that with my niece and nephews tonight!
I always end up ripping out my hair if I have a necklace on while I’m running. But if I take it off, it is highly likely that I will lose it. Gotta pick your battles.
The reindeer food is adorable!
I probably should have opted for the treadmill today. I had a soggy track workout.
lol, I never knew about reindeer food…..
You are the cutest! We’re making hot chocolate cookies tomorrow night for Santa but maybe I will throw in reindeer food too… great idea!
The reindeer food is an amazing idea, I will have to do that with my nieces!
Love reindeer food idea. As a kid we usually left a carrot but this is so much more fun! Thanks Janae
I wish I lived close so you could feed me! I have a feeling we’d get along! I am going to make that reindeer food tonight.
Kate @ SoCal Runner Gal
I’ve never seen anyone make reindeer food – that is so cute! I love it!
Seriously, I always think Brooke can’t get any cuter and then somehow…she DOES! She is so beautiful like her mama. Merry Christmas, Janae!!!
Isn’t it crazy how fast kids grow.!! My daughter is around the same age as Brooke and it just amazes me.
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner
How adorable!! You are making some amazing memories with Brooke. :)
Ally @ Homespun Runner
That is such a good idea about the reindeer food! Brooke is adorable, she looks so grown up in the tree picture :)
Samantha @ Mama Notes
that food looks yummy! I think I will bake that, thank you for sharing the recipe! :)
Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom
We always put glitter in our reindeer food instead of sprinkles so that the light from Rudolph’s nose would catch in the glitter and show him our house!! Reindeers also got carrots on Santa’s cookie plate
Brenda @ Don't Lose the Trail
For some reason I am always more inclined to take breaks during treadmill runs than I am running outside…mentally for some reason it’s easier to talk myself into a break.
Alisha @ Real Girl Running
Our reindeer food was just carrots … I’m sure the reindeers liked your much better!
I only wear my wedding ring, my sleepers and my gear fit watch when I work out … anything else just gets in the way! Priorities people :P
Linda @ the Fitty
I hardly rest during my treadmill runs–my rest is basically jogging, but I never stop along the sidelines.
Lauren @ The Foodie Runner
My cousins always used to make reindeer food growing up, and we would always leave them carrots! So true that they need fuel too ;)
I always get my necklace tangled, too, especially if I am wearing a V-neck.
I love the reindeer food idea. But do you go outside and clean it up to make sure it looks like the reindeer ate it, or do the birds come by? Brooke is adorable and so grown up looking by the tree.
Tedi @ Running With Infertility
Have you ever tried egg replacer? They sell it at the health food store and at Harmon’s. That’s what i usually use in recipes, applesauce seems to be a healthier option. :)
I don’t ever remember making reindeer food. We did do cookies for a while for Santa.
Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan
The reindeer food is really cute! We used to leave carrots for the reindeer and cookies for Santa.
That picture of Brooke with the tree is SO cute!
Liv @ Healthy Liv
Whoa, Brooke looks way too grown up all of a sudden :) Love the reindeer food idea!
I don’t regularly take breaks during runs, but it’s definitely necessary at times. I was super tight today, so I stopped once to stretch which helped a lot.
Fruit, yogurt parfaits, and banana bread sound like a delicious Christmas breakfast. We’re having pumpkin bread, omelets, and fruit– 3 things I love!
I was thinking the same thing! Its like she aged 5 years!!
That is adorable. Love the reindeer food!
Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
awwww I’ve never heard of the reindeer food but I love that idea!!! I remember setting out carrots for the reindeer (with santa’s cookies, obvi) but this is just so cute!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I forgot to charge my Jaybirds a few weeks ago and had to use my regular headphones. It was terrible dealing with the cords strangling me and the sound quality wasn’t nearly as good either. The reindeer sprinkles are adorable! I never saw that before. So cute. By the way, I can’t believe how big Brooke is looking.
Can I just say that Brooke looks like a mini teenager?? So gorgeous! :)
Reindeer food: genius! Happy to add another project to keep kids busy tomorrow evening :)
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I feel like Brooke just grew a few years in the last month.
So grown up! She is so adorable.
Holy cow! Brooke looks so old in that last picture. I’m glad you enjoy her so much and do such nice activities together.
There is something endearing about not wanting to go through the “effort” to take off and put on a necklace, but you’ll put in the effort to run 8 miles.
Brooke could not look any cuter in that apron! Merry Christmas to you both!!
Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes
Reindeer food is such a cute idea! I love that!
Awww, reindeer food! I’m sure they will love it (especially Rudolph). Merry Christmas!
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out
My necklace ALWAYS used to get tangled in my headphone! I just don’t wear one anymore :/
Jessica @ SweatIsMySanity
Awe, a girl after my own heart. Christmas brunch is the best! I can’t even tell you how much I love that last picture of Brooke by the tree. Such a beautiful face. Merry Christmas!!! xo, Jessica
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
The reindeer food is such a cute idea. I bet Brooke had a blast making it.
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
I love all your traditions! I wish I had had so many when I was a kid.
I like having people over but always seem to get overwhelmed by making sure everyone is having a good time. I think I need to chill a little bit.
I also have the same problem w my necklace and have the same thought process about taking it off. That’s why I always wear the same necklace and earrings all the time.
Brooke is so gorgeous! She doesn’t look like a toddler anymore!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
That reindeer food is such a good idea and so cute!! This is random, but if you really like watching music vids while running, you have to check out One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” music vid…the beat will make you extra speedy (I speak from personal experience haha)!
I always have that same problem with my necklace getting tangled in my headphones! Then I started to wear my headphones coming from my back. I put my phone in my arm band, and then up under my shirt and bra strap and then over my shoulders to my ears. All excess cord is wrapped around the phone in the case.
Hope you have a great Christmas!
we always leave out carrot for the reindeer
making reindeer food is one of my favorite childhood traditions! True story – once upon a time my best friend at the time (we were probably around 10 yrs. old) and I ate some reindeer food, glitter and all, and started jumping off the bed in hopes of flying. Yup, we totally believed we would fly…
Holy cow, Brooke looks exactly like you!
lately I have taken some breaks during my runs. maybe because I am not in any kind of training right now?
I drop my ipod down my shirt so that my cord is under my shirt and I can put it in my pocket or on the shelf on the treadmill or hold it. that way the cord does not flop all around.
Becky @ TheBexFactor.
The reindeer food is a cute idea. I always left carrots and that’s what my son did this year, but not without taking a bite first.
Also, Brooke looks 10 in that photo!! She’s so beautiful!
Aww, the reindeer food is too cute!
My step-mom gives all the kids reindeer food, but it is oats mixed with glitter and sequins and sparkly things like that. I didn’t want it in the yard, so we put it in a bowl outside, then the reindeer ate all the oats, leaving some of the sparkly things. So fun! Harlow loved it, even at her young age!