Awesome AM

August 22, 2009

I”ve had a totally awesome Saturday thus far.

I woke up feeling ready to run! Set the alarm for 6:26 and was out the door by 7.

I ran the fastest I ever have (non-race, that is)!

Mile Splits:

  • 9:17 (uphil –> flatl)
  • 8:53 (flat)
  • 8:35!!! (flat)
  • 8:46 (rolling hills)
  • 8:38 (rolling hills)

I’m kind of stunned by those splits! It’s like I got faster overnight. That run with AnneP must have left something with me 😉 I always run fastest first thing in the morning on an empty stomach too. Wasn’t hungry when I woke up so I went without a snack. Maybe that’s also why?

I came home to the most awesome bowl of oats in a while –

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Navitas Naturals sent me raw cacao nips and chia seeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christmas morning squeals ensued. I love their branding and logos – so clean and modern. I looked for these chia seeds at Whole Foods in Boston and couldn’t find them and almost ordered them online – Navitas shot me an email with a sample offer that very day.

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Banana Chia Chocolatey Oats

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In the pot on medium heat

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 small banana


  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp flax
  • Small blob Cacao Bliss
  • Small blob hazelnut butter

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The chia seeds made the oatmeal nice and gooey – in a pleasant way. Kinda like pudding. LOVE LOVE chia seeds. And the nibs are awesome! They remind me of chocolate espresso beans. But I looked twice at the package and realized they are raw, so I was a bit puzzled with the crunchy, roasted flavor/texture. Maybe mine got roasted in the Carolina summer heat? I love them as they are, but anyone know how they are supposed to taste!?

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I was happy to have a cup of joe today too!!! Er…a cup of Marley!

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I got a sample of Marley Coffee – which was started by Rohan Marley, who is the son of the legendary singer Bob Marley. From their site: “Beyond organic, Marley Coffee stands for all things ITAL- from the biodiversity our our farm, to the ethical treatment of farm workers and sustainable cultivation of coffee trees.” Love it!

I got a 5-pack sample (which is  $16.99 on the site) and chose the one with "buttery caramel" to start

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Kind of appropriate since "Iron, Lion, Zion" came on my iPod this morning (thanks to the SAE guys of college for ingraining that one in my brain!)

It was awesome!

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This breakfast was totally enjoyed on the couch with an episode of Gossip Girl :mrgreen:

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I am heading to the farmer’s market (guf for having to drive there) and then biking to Michelle and Ben’s for moving day, burgers and beer!

Hope your Saturdays are off to an awesome start!

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1 Heather August 22, 2009 at 9:10 am

Yum on the chia seeds and cacao nibs!!! Raw nibs do taste like roasted espresso beans to me, too. I guess it depends on the brand you get and freshness, but as far as I know, that is how cacao tastes in its natural state. That oatmeal looks delicious. Have fun watching GG – I’m slightly (and embarassingly) hooked on it.


2 Susan August 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

Awesome run Kath! I love getting up early and pounding out fast runs 😀

Also love – Bob Marley. Have fun moving/burgering/beering today!


3 VeggieGirl August 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

Holy cacao nib goodness.

Enjoy your Saturday activities!


4 Whitney August 22, 2009 at 9:15 am

I wish I could run that fast. I am a slow and steady runner.

Glad that I could introduce you to GG.

Whitney (hahah)


5 Jenn (www. ) August 22, 2009 at 9:17 am

Love the package your chia seeds came in! I just bought some from a local “natural” store called Mother Earth’s — $14.99/lb! :shocked: I haven’t tried them yet but looking forward to it!



6 Erin August 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

I’ve wanted to try those chia seeds too! I stop and look at them every time I’m in Whole Foods!

Congrats on the splits! Those are awesome!!


7 thepinkpeppercorn August 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

I need to try chia seeds! I also have cacao nibs in the cupboard that have been there for awhile…I better get on that! Thanks for the inspiration :)


8 Adi ( August 22, 2009 at 9:27 am

That DOES sound like an awesome morning! I totally forgot I had chia seeds in the cupboard until I read this… thanks for the reminder. :)


9 Evan Thomas August 22, 2009 at 9:36 am

Awesome splits, and awesome breakfast. i was feeling the chocolate for breakfast too and threw a few chips on some blueberry waffles :-)


10 kay (eating machine) August 22, 2009 at 9:44 am

I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging, those are cute!


11 Emily August 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

Happy Saturday, Kath! Your oats look awesome and congrats on a great run. :)


12 Marisa (Trim The Fat) August 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

Fab oats!!

Total running novice question — what are splits??


13 Erica August 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

I love getting a good workout in on a Saturday morning! I already taught Body Step and I feel great!!! I can really only run on an empty tummy otherwise I get major aches! Glad you had a nice one :) Enjoy the burgers and beers


14 Lori August 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

Dang those are some fast miles! I did an 8 mile run this morning, but nowhere near as fast as that LOL!

I love that blue bowl, too.

I’m scared to try the chia seeds, guess I should bite the bullet, so to speak.


15 Jocelyn August 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

ahhhhhhhhhhhh love Bob marley…and that coffee (buttery caramel) sounds great! Congratz on the great run!


16 Heather August 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

looks like an amazing bowl of oats! I need to buy some chia seeds. How many servings are in that bag??


17 Justy2003 August 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

Great job on the run this morning! And what a fun breakfast with some new items!


18 april August 22, 2009 at 10:27 am

Great job on your run!

Chia seeds are wonderful in oatmeal and in yogurt! It turns them both so thick and pudding like!


19 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

Love cacao nibs. Personally I think they taste kind of earthy and chocolatey at the same time!


20 Brittany August 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hey Kath. I received some Navitas Naturals product samples a while back and that’s how my cacao nibs tasted as well. The website says the cacao beans are processed at a low temp to maximize nutrient retention so that;s probably why they taste roasted. I’ve had other brands and it’s been similar so I think that’s just the way they taste!

Your oatmeal looks fantastic. Have a great weekend!


21 gina (fitnessista) August 22, 2009 at 10:40 am

what an awesome run!
i love those cacao nibs– your bfast looks amazing
enjoy the rest of your weekend <3


22 Voracious Vorilee August 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

Your run times are awesome and inspiring! IAm working on speed
During my runs as of late. Your breakfast is totally making me hungry, too.


23 Michelle R August 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

This post combines three of my favorite things: coffee, awesome oats, and gossip girl!

Your cocoa nibs are definitely the right flavor. Cocoa nibs are delicious in trail mixes and I bet it’s delicious on the oatmeal! My whole foods has a mix in their bulk section: raw cashews, pistachios, goji berries, mulberries, golden raisins, and raw cocoa nibs. Amazing!


24 katey August 22, 2009 at 10:58 am

Yum! I love free delish food :)


25 Kelly August 22, 2009 at 11:07 am

Congrats on the awesome split times! When we were doing the 6 miler in Boston I knew you were fast! :)


26 K August 22, 2009 at 11:10 am

I’m loving the bowl combination today! Chia seeds and cacao nibs sounds like two great additions! Way to go with that run :)


27 Hangry Pants August 22, 2009 at 11:15 am

I;m not surprised because you were trucking it last sunday!


28 Steph August 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

Lovin’ today’s oat combo…. gonna have to try these infamous chia seeds, altough I am sure the boyfriend will come up with some smart aleck remark of how I am goin’ to turn into a chia pet or something though ha!!!


29 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 22, 2009 at 11:22 am

Mmm those sound and look delicious. I wanna try ’em now!


30 Amelia August 22, 2009 at 11:25 am

You are a speed demon! I was very impressed on the run in Boston.

LOVE cacao nibs! The ones that I’ve had were a little crunchy too, so I think that’s how they’re supposed to taste.


31 Shannon August 22, 2009 at 11:28 am

You are fast! I need to work on speed.

I think it’s time for me to jump on the chia bandwagon. Too many yummy chia concoctions out there!

Have a great Saturday!


32 Jac August 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm

How do u ever run on empty?? Wow!
Oatmeal looks good.. i used to hate it cos i always had it plain…. now reading ur blog, i may try it again..


33 Cynthia (It all changes) August 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I actually saw those at my WF. I’m thinking about buying some the next time I go now that I’ve used them and love them. So lucky to get samples!


34 Marcia August 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

GREAT splits on that run. I ran 6 miles in about 61 mins…my route is mostly downhill first half and uphill 2nd half. Not my best time, but I also did it on an empty stomach. I think I do a little better with food in me, but not recent food. Which is why mornings are pretty tough. Anyway, it’s my first long run in three weeks, and I am envious of those splits.

Oatmeal looks awesome!



35 Faith August 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Excellent run, wow! That Marley Coffee sounds great. Enjoy your day! :)


36 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

glad you’re having a wonderful saturday thus far. that breakfast looks absolutely amazing – have got to try chia seeds!!!


37 mikey August 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm

hip, hip, hooray for chia seeds! nice run chica!


38 Lizzy August 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

MMM those coca nibs look awesome! i bet they were amazing in your oats! :)


39 Ashley August 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Did the cacao nibs melt at all? That might be a fun addition to 1 of the varieties. Their packaging IS awesome! Will have to check out their stuff!


40 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Glad you’re having a great day! Have fun at the Farmers Market!


41 Kath August 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Re. Running,
I can’t believe you Summiters thought I was fast last weekend. I have NEVER been fast – Matt always complains about how slow I am. Guess practice helps a lot :)

Whitney ,
Hooked for life!!

Marisa ,
I could be using the term wrong, but I think it’s the mile times. Like where the time “splits”?

Brittany ,
Thanks for the info!

Ashley ,
They did not really melt – I bet they’d be great in ota.bars!



42 Nekeisha August 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I have been eyeing Navitas Naturals products for a while, they have all these great products that I want to try but they are kind of a luxury item for me right now so I have to look but don’t touch. It’s good to hear that they are great though.


43 brandi August 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm

ooh, cacao nibs! I’ve never tried them, but they sound great!


44 Jenna August 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Banana Chia Chocolatey Oats! Looks soo good :)


45 Audrey August 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Yes! The crazy characters are gone!!! :)


46 Navitas Naturals August 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm

So glad you liked the cacao and chia! Your morning bowl looks totally delish! If you want more recipes using these two superfoods, we have a huge collection (with pics too!) on our website. Check em out . . .



Enjoy! :)


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