I haven’t posted in a couple of months because, as I say, “life got in the way”! As you know, my son had a bar mitzvah in March, had a wedding, 3 graduations, trips to Puerto Rico & Maryland, and life was simply busy from then on. We moved this summer to a new home, in a near by town (only 3 miles away), so to say I’ve been busy is quite the understatement. Now that life is settling, I’m happy to be back writing & back to my routine.
As this blog is called Healthy Running Mom, let me tell you about about that piece! Hmmm. Healthy, not as much as usual. Running, not as much as usual. As much as I do my best to eat healthy & avoid the “poison”, it’s been difficult for me throught all of life’s events. I can’t even tell you all of the things that I’ve eaten that I hadn’t in such a long time. My husband often says, I don’t even know who you are anymore. He’s found me eating potato chips, licorice, pizza, I was indulging in bread products, which I have avoided for so long. Well, it was a fun run, but I must tell you that it has truly affected my “everything”. I was more sluggish & dired often. My skin was also showing signs of this disruption in my regular routine. Well, I’m happy to say that those are no longer daily occurrences for me. I feel so much better when I have food prepared & eat my “typical” healthy foods. I simply wasn’t going to the produce store every few days & preparing foods, so I’d grab whatever was nearby. Well, that is changing people!
I think all of this change started because I’ve been so frustrated about running. My feet are the culprit! I”ll spare you from pictures of my feet! But, I have some rather large & unsightly bunions which have been causing much discomfort over the past few months making runs a bit difficult. I’ve been going to see my podiatrist for “fixes” every 3 weeks & at each visit, he asks, “have you made an appointment with a surgeon?”. The model of the Brooks running shoes I was wearing for years changed. I HATE THAT! So, I tried 4 different pairs of running shoes. I finally found a pair that are “alright”! Not great, but they work. It’s really not the shoes, it’s my feet! So, I run when it feels good, walk when running doesn’t work & have found that as long as I’m getting in some movement, it’s better than nothing at all! It is sad for me b/c I’m a hot girl runner & love running in the heat! Well, this summer has certainly not yet been hot & I have not been piling on the miles either. So, I’ll take it as it comes. Will find a convenient time to have the surgery & then hopefully that’ll cure my future running issues. But, until then, I’ll take it day by day & be happy for the good days that I have running!
As far as recipes, which I’ve been so remiss to share, here are an awesome one for you! I was sent Heart Healthy Honey Bunches of Oats cereal to try with the following recipe & I have to tell you that it’s worth making! They are delicious!
Crunchy Sweet Potato Fries with Harissa Aioli
1 cup crushed Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted cereal
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 large egg whites
4 small sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), scrubbed and sliced lengthwise – about 1 inch wide
1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon red harissa (or to taste)
Garnish: chopped cilantro
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and then set aside.
In a food processor crush cereal until it measures 1 cup. Combine ground cereal with cumin and place is a shallow bowl.
In another shallow bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and pepper.
In a third shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg whites with 2 tablespoons of water until combined.
Dip the sweet potato first in the flour mixture, shaking off excess. Then dip each wedge into the egg white mixture until coated. Finally, dip the sweet potato in the cereal mixture, pressing the exposed surface of the potato into the cereal. Transfer potato wedges onto the prepared baking sheet as you go.
Bake potatoes until tender and crisp, about 25 minutes, turning once.
While the potatoes are in the oven, combine the mayonnaise and harissa for the dip. Add additional harissa if you prefer your aioli spicy.
When the potatoes are done, sprinkle with additional salt, if desired. Serve warm with harissa aioli and sprinkled with chopped fresh cilantro.
Here is another recipe for you to try with your Honey Bunches of Oats. I enjoyed this as well, but adored the sweet potato fries.
Sweet and Savory Mango Spears
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4, 4 pieces each
1/3 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted cereal
2 limes, zest and juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
In a food processor, ground cereal into a fine powder. Set aside.
Slice each mango lengthwise into 4 equal size pieces and remove outer skin. Insert a wooden stick into one end of each mango piece.
In a small bowl, zest the limes. Add chili powder, salt and prepared ground cereal. Stir to combine.
Slice limes and squeeze juice over the mango pieces. Sprinkle each mango piece with the chili and cereal blend. Serve immediately.