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Banana ‘Cookies’

Good morning, everyone!  I’m glad you enjoyed hearing about my Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.  Cupcakes are always a good idea, right?

Speaking of sweets, I have a quick and simple recipe to share today.  Actually, it’s barely a recipe with only two ingredients:  Banana “Cookies.”

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I hoard bananas, so I had quite a few that needed to be used before they became too brown.  And when I saw Skinnytaste’s original recipe, I knew I had to give it a shot.

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I stayed true to the basic concept of oats and recipe bananas, but altered it based on the contents of my cupboard.

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Chewy like normal cookies, these banana alternatives taste best eaten straight from the oven—and topped with a drizzle of peanut or almond butter.  They’d also make for tasty pre-workout energy bites.  Just try not to eat five in one sitting like I did!

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Banana Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats

Cinnamon to taste, optional

1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice, optional (I’ve used peanuts and omitted the nuts–both ways taste great!)

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick spray.

3.  Combine mashed bananas and oats in a bowl.

4.  Add chopped nuts and cinnamon.

5.  Place a tablespoon-sized of each on cookie sheet.

6.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until oats become crisp.

(Sort of) Trending

Hey, hey—happy Monday!  And Happy Presidents’ Day!

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Because everything comes back to chocolate, right?

Last night, Jen and I hosted our third #TriChat, and it went really well!  We welcomed ENERGYbits as a sponsor and guest host—which fit perfectly with our theme of pre-/during/post-workout nutrition and fueling strategies—and three lucky participants won samples.  The highpoint of the night occurred toward the end of the Q&A session when I glanced to the left of my newsfeed.

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Trending for the win!  Technically, though, this is in terms of Twitter’s “tailored trend” algorithm. (For those unfamiliar with Twitter, its “tailored trend” shows hot topics based on your location and who you follow; its old system showed hashtags in reference to the wider-world of Twitter.) So even though #TriChat didn’t trend on a global scale (yet!), it still made its mark in triathlon and fitness circles.  Very cool!

Shameless plug:  Feel free to join us Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. EST for the next #TriChat!

Workout #1 – Running

Let week seven begin!  There were only 10 of us at our Full Throttle Endurance practice this morning (a bunch of guys went on a ski trip), which changed the group dynamic, but still lead to a great workout.  Like our previous sessions, we started with technique drills and barefoot running before doing tempo work on the track and tempo/hills on the treadmill.  On paper, this was the most challenging workout to date (our ‘mill incline values increased from 3.0 to 3.5 to 4.0), and it was also the strongest I’ve felt mentally and physically.  As you know, I read Chrissie Wellington’s book yesterday, and one idea that resonated with me was turning your brain on “autopilot,” which I did during this workout.  I’ll definitely talk about this concept more in the book review, but basically, even though it’s important to have a constant stream of assessment and feedback during training and races, it’s also crucial to know when to override your brain, shift into “autopilot,” and somewhat disconnect your head from your body.

Workout #2 – Swimming

Although tempted to call it a day after the running workout, I knew I needed to spend some quality time in the pool.  It was only 40 minutes, and nothing groundbreaking to report—except for the really cute (and obviously legit) guy wearing a TEAM USA swim cap.  Uh, what?!  He definitely wasn’t Vince Vaughn or Michael Phelps … I need to get to the bottom of this!

Breakfast

Breakfast started off with a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich, plus coffee.

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And about an hour later, I also ate an unpictured banana with some PB.  Swimming revs my appetite big time!

Lunch

I ran some errands this morning and heated up a piece of leftover pizza for lunch.

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Yes, I totally impulse-bought whole-wheat pizza dough at Whole Foods yesterday.  They saw me coming!  I also had a peach for dessert.

Later this afternoon, I multitasked–doing laundry and baking.

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Seeing as how I’ve eaten five of these banana “cookies” already, this recipe is a keeper—and coming your way later this week!

Are you guilty of impulse buying while grocery shopping?  What items typically find their way into your cart?