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Okay, perhaps Granola Sunday isn’t a thing…but I seem to be in some sort of a homemade granola phase! I also am majorly procrastinating writing a paper, and what better way to do that than a nice LONG hot yoga class followed by some baking. Clearly, I’m a very productive procrastinator.

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My ginger coconut granola was so delicious (and sadly now eaten) that I wanted to try a different variation this week. I loved the kick of the ginger, but thought I’d go for something a bit more mellow. I settled on sliced almonds, chopped pecans and dried cranberries, along with vanilla and cinnamon. Like last time, I used maple syrup (only 1/4 cup, since I made a smaller batch), flax seeds, rolled oats and a splash of virgin coconut oil. It turned out great – both crunchy and chewy, lightly sweetened, and delicious with my morning greek yogurt. It’s a great source of fiber, whole grains, unsaturated fats, and calcium (from the almonds). Mixed into my yogurt, it helps to keep me full and sustain my energy levels throughout the morning (which I really need if I am ever going to write this paper…). Enjoy!

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Cranberry Nut Crunch Granola

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
1/8 cup flax seeds
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/8 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven 325 degrees
2. Whisk together maple syrup, salt, vanilla and coconut oil in small bowl
3. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl
4. Pour wet into dry mixture and mix together so that it is evenly distributed
5. Spread mixture onto parchment lined cookie sheet (or use foil brushed lightly w/ oil)
6. Bake for 15 min, stir mixture, then bake for 2-3 10 minute intervals in between stirring until oats are crunchy (total cook time of ~45 minutes)
7. Remove from oven and let cool completely
8. Store in an airtight container

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Hi, I'm Claire! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (MS, RD, CDN) and a Road Runners Club of America certified coach. This is where I share my latest adventures in running, racing, food & travel! If you'd like to work with me, please visit my professional website, Eat for Endurance.

My PRs

Marathon (Chicago): 3:33:18
Boston Marathon: 3:36:14
Half-Marathon: 1:37:21
10M: 1:14:52
10k: 44:52

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Yesterday’s Sunday Funday impromptu ice cream party with friends! Arielle had her first cone (not her first ice cream, don’t worry). Messy and delicious! How are you celebrating summer with friends and family?
Is there anything better than fresh berries in the summer?? Probably, but really loving my breakfast today. Whole Milk European style yogurt (from TJs), cinnamon, berries, and sesame coconut clusters (another tasty TJs find) + iced coffee with whole milk. 🍓 Super quick, tasty meal before starting our weekend family adventures!
Happy Friday, friends! Working through lunch today at home and thankful for the tasty homemade 🌯 in my freezer. Huge time saver! Tofu, roasted veg, spices, cheese & avo + a popsicle to cool off for dessert. Only one week until our much-needed vacation and not long after that until baby #2 arrives - trying to cram it all in while I can! Along those lines, if you’ve been wanting to work with me, get in touch ASAP while I am still accepting new clients. Have a great weekend!
Here’s a quick & balanced dinner I threw together last week - TJs pumpkin ravioli, roasted mushrooms, and chicken sausage over wild arugula. I cooked the mushrooms with olive oil along with the sausages in the oven while the ravioli cooked - super easy. What are you all making for dinner tonight? I’m commuting home from work and likely heating up a tofu veg burrito I meal prepped this morning!
Post workout breakfast bowl - leftover roasted veg (butternut squash, broccoli, and mushrooms) + pesto zoodles + 2 eggs, iced coffee with half & half, and bowl of berries. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!
Confused about hydration guidelines? Check out my latest contributions to the @uamapmyrun blog! https://blog.mapmyrun.com/how-much-more-water-do-runners-need-in-the-heat/

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