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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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Beautiful day to celebrate 38 years and 37 weeks pregnant! Stoked to finally be full-term, and hoping baby sister gives me another week or two to wrap up work and *maybe* even relax! Kicked off the day with a super fun podcast interview on raising and fueling young athletes, followed by an easy 30min on the bike (basically not exercising anymore but really needed to do something today), picnic lunch outside, and an early dinner date with E at Casa Mono to wrap things up!
Happy Monday! Just released Episode 6 of the Eat for Endurance podcast, featuring elite ultrarunner @maggatronruns! Maggie and I connected through @tailwindnutrition, where she works as the Athletes & Events Manager, including managing the Trailblazer group that I joined this year. Had an awesome time chatting with Maggie all about her nutrition, and hope you enjoy it! Listen on iTunes (link in bio) or Buzzsprout (http://www.buzzsprout.com/325751). #eatforendurancepodcast
Always ❤️ getting more goodies in the mail from @tailwindnutrition! I’ve been sharing samples of endurance fuel and rebuild with my nutrition clients right and left - who hasn’t gotten any? Who wants more? Let me me know before @trailrunr_ uses then all up! 😀 I even have the new Colorado cola flavor! #gotailwind #tailwindtrailblazer
Hearty breakfast before heading uptown for a busy last day seeing clients in-person at the @nutritionenergy office! Fried eggs and WW English muffin with thick spread or full fat ricotta and 1/2 avocado + iced coffee. Still have another week and a half of working from home after this, so stay inside 👶🏻 girl!! 🙏🏻🤞🏻🤰🏻
When your parents are runners and you get to cross the finish line together! 👶🏻🏅 Man, that 10k finish feels like soooo long ago. It’s been three months since my last run and I miss it, especially with Fall marathon season upon us. But it’s also funny how normal it now feels for something that usually is a huge part of my life to be completely non-existent. I’m #36weekspregnant today and I’m exhausted, uncomfortable, and completely unmotivated to exercise. That said, baby girl is doing great, and that’s what matters most at this point. Occasionally I hop on the bike and get a mini sweat in, but mostly I’m working a ton and just trying to make it through these remaining weeks! What a different reality from the super active til the end pregnancy I imagined (and actually had last pregnancy), but that’s OK. Instead, I get to live vicariously through @trailrunr_, my podcast guests, and all my 🏃🏻‍♀️ 🏃🏻 nutrition clients. 😀 I may be going on maternity leave soon, but still can’t wait to hear how all your events go!
Good morning! Check out my latest Athlete Nutrition Profile on the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring coach @jasonfitz1 of Strength Running! It’s been a couple years since I was on his podcast (which you should def listen to - so many amazing guests!), and he was kind enough to return the favor. I think you’ll enjoy our discussion! Link in bio.

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