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Banana Bread Granola Bars

Adapted from Running With Spoons, these Banana Bread Granola Bars will blow. Your. MIND. Seriously. If you love your granola bars soft and sweet, these are the way to go. PLUS they are easy, gluten free, and don’t take any time at all to make.

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1 ½ Cup Oats
1 Banana, mashed
½ Cup Honey
1 Tablespoons Flax Meal or Seeds
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Cup Chopped or Sliced Almonds
½ Cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (these are my favorite, but feel free to use whichever brand you prefer :) )
⅓ Cup Chopped Dates

**Pumpkin or sunflower seeds would also make a great addition if you have them around!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the banana in your mixing bowl, then add remaining ingredients, except dates. Line an 8×8 (ish) baking pan with tinfoil and spray with just a little bit of oil. Press the mixture evenly into the pan, and top with the dates. Press the dates into the top of the mixture so they stick. You are welcome to combine the dates with the rest of the ingredients, but I think make the bars look pretty when they’re spread on top :)

Bake for 12-15 minutes and enjoy!

 Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.

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Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Breakfast, while the most important meal of the day, is often the most neglected meal of the day. Rather than nourishing our bodies and breaking a 6-8 hour sleep-induced fast, we throw down sugary cereals or pastries that can do more harm than good.

We’ve assembled an awesome list of make-ahead breakfasts that you can easily grab on your way out the door in the morning, or throw in your bag the night before.

Yes, this sounds like just one more thing to add to your to-do list, but having something delicious and wholesome for breakfast is so worth it! Not to mention, these recipes are super easy and take (almost) no time at all!

Side note: a few of these are perfect to heat up and enjoy at your your desk first thing in the morning :)

For the Sweet Tooth
Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins
Vegan/Gluten Free Avocado Scones
Easy Pancake Bites
Banana Chia Pudding
DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups

On the Savory Side
Breakfast Burritos
Potato and Omelet Breakfast Bites
Bacon and Egg Cups
Crustless Quiche
Egg in a Jar

Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Having breakfast made and ready to go in the mornings can be crucial to maintaining proper health and nutrition. These burritos are easy to make ahead of time and will happily boost your metabolism in the morning!

Breakfast Burritos

1 Package Lean, Ground Sausage (pork or turkey)
Handful Spinach, Chopped
3 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
Shredded Cheese
1 Cup Cubed Hashbrowns

10 Whole Wheat Tortillas

Tin Foil (to wrap and freeze burritos)

Begin cooking the sausage in a frying pan. While the sausage is browning, mix the spinach, eggs, milk, and cheese. Pour the mixture into a separate pan, and cook like scrambled eggs.

While these are cooking, you can rip sheets of tinfoil to wrap the burritos. Once everything is cooked, just divide the fillings equally between the tortillas, wrap in tinfoil, and freeze! Just heat them up in the microwave in the morning (without the tin foil, of course), and enjoy a delicious, warm breakfast! Yes, you can buy pre-made breakfast burritos in the store; but these are super easy to make, and you know what actually goes into them!

Healthy Sack Lunches

Let’s all take a minute to honestly answer this question: how hard is it to not munch on snacks while sitting at a desk all day?

For most of us, this is a struggle. Not that munching is a bad thing- personally, I prefer snacking and small meals as opposed to eating large meals 2-3 times a day. If we are going to snack at our desks, however, it would be good to pack foods that will keep our energy up throughout the day, and promote overall health.

For this reason, we are providing you with a list of healthy sack lunches that will allow you to snack (if desired), while also actually providing nutrients that should sustain you throughout your work day. No one likes those afternoon hunger pains right before quitting time!

Lunch Option 1:

Edamame (either dried or, well, not dried)

Green Juice

Pretzels & Peanut Butter (for an afternoon snack)

Lunch Option 2:

Ham and Cheese Roll-ups

  • Nitrate-free ham is choice, as is good quality cheese. Just slice the cheese into strips, and roll up into 4 or 5 slices of ham.

Multigrain Crackers

A CiM5k Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffin

Apple Slices

Lunch Option 3:

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  • Can be sliced or mashed- whichever you prefer!

Bell Pepper Slices

Craisins

Tablespoon (or two :) ) of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

Lunch Option 4:

CiM5k Homemade Granola

Salami Slices

Sliced Cheese

Carrot Sticks

Lunch Option 5:

Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

  • Make your own by buying the following items in bulk: almonds, cashews, raisins, blueberries, craisins, dried mango.

Applesauce

Cottage Cheese

Hummus

Pretzels, for dipping.

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Bacon and Egg Cups

A bacon recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Yum!

This bacon recipe is super simple and contains ingredients that are so good for you! Enjoy!

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2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1 Cup Spinach (cut up)
6 Bacon Strips

(Recipe makes 6)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin. Line six of the muffin tin cups with one piece (each) or bacon. combine the remaining ingredients, and divide between the six portions. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from tin, and enjoy! You can mix it up by adding all kinds of spices and sauces for added deliciousness!

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Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good, healthy muffin recipe?

The best thing about these coconut flour muffins is that they can be modified so easily!

Chocolate chips instead of cranberries? Do it! Want to add apples? Go for it! This really is the perfect coconut flour recipe if you are looking for healthy ways to switch things up in the baked goods department.

Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins

¼ Cup Coconut Flour

3 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil

3 Eggs

1 Tsp Vanilla

¼ Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Orange Zest (fresh is best!)

½ Cup Cranberries (dried or fresh- whichever you prefer!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients except for cranberries and mix until thoroughly. If you are like me and don’t have a citrus zester, just use the finer portion of a cheese grater and it will work wonderfully! Once everything is combined, fold in half of the cranberries.

The batter will be a little thinner, which caused my cranberries to fall to the bottom while baking; to combat this, just add half of the cranberries to the batter, pour into muffin pan, then add the remaining berries as a topping!

Bake for 15-17 minutes and enjoy! They are absolutely divine when eaten warm.

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Banana Breakfast Quinoa

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; quinoa is the miracle grain!

It’s nutritious and delicious, and can be eaten for breakfast lunch and dinner. It’s that good, and it’s that versatile.quinoa

Since everyone loves a good, filling breakfast recipe, we’ve created a Banana Breakfast Quinoa dish that you will devour! You can follow the recipe exactly, or through in any other toppings that you like and make it totally your own.

Banana Breakfast Quinoa

½ Cup Uncooked Quinoa

1 Tsp Cinnamon

¼ Cup Almond Milk (or milk type and flavor of your choice!)

1 Tbsp Honey

½ Banana

Cook the quinoa according to directions. Once cooked you will have about 1 ½ cups and I usually use only about 1/3 cup in one serving. This should give you a quick breakfast for about 3 (ish) days! Once the quinoa is cooked, add the other ingredients while it is still warm, and enjoy! It serves as a simple dish that can be made quickly on those busy mornings.

For more quinoa recipes and nutrition information visit:

Cocoa Quinoa Bars

Top 10 Quinoa Recipes

Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.

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Quick High-Calorie Workout

Who is in favor of a high-calorie workout that doesn’t take a lot of time?

I know I am! Finding ways to push myself to burn a lot of calories in a short time not only helps keep our bodies from plateauing by switching it up, but they are a great time saver, and we all know how important that can be.

If you are seriously concerned about the amount of calories you are burning in your workouts, there are ways to take out the guess work! Rather than plugging your activity into online calculators or trying to somehow trying to calculate it out yourself, I recommend trying out a Polar Fit watch; my husband bought me one a few months ago, and I seriously can’t work out without it. It helps me track my heart rate, and monitors the amount of calories I have burned. This is so helpful when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and making sure the calories you are taking in are being effectively worked off as well.

Here is a great (and quick) workout that is perfect to add into your morning routine, or to finish off a run!

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Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.
 
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4 Ways to Love Yourself

This is the time of year when we set new goals for ourselves. With those new goals can sometimes come disappointment for not entirely achieving them.

During the beginning of this New Year, we challenge you to add to your goals ways to love yourself! Resolve to be happier, confident, and excited about your life.

  1. Set New Goals

We always hear people say that we shouldn’t wait until the new year to work toward our goals- they’re right! Think about the goals you have had in the back of your mind all year long and start working on them! Make YOU a priority.

  1. Get Organized

If getting organized isn’t one of your already-thought-about-goals, make it one! Choose just one aspect of your life that you want to de-clutter; whether it’s your daily schedule or a room in the house, having that renewed control over one more aspect of your life with motivate you to stay prioritized and de-clutter your mind.

  1. Be Mindful of the Good

In 2013 the Third Metric published an article titled The Habits of Supremely Happy People. In the article Dr. Susan Weinschenk stated that “when we take time to notice the things that go right- it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day”. Rather than allowing yourself to become quick to anger, remind yourself of how much better it feels to be happy!

  1. Find a Hobby That’s Yours

Having Hobbies with spouses and family members is wonderful; but at some point we need something that is just ours! Having a hobby that you can enjoy on your own gives you time to think and reevaluate without worrying about impressing anyone or doing a good job. It’s your hobby, do it how you want!

 

Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.
 
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Ways to Stay Hydrated

Not staying properly hydrated, especially during a workout, can shorten our endurance and cause fatigue. Since over half of our body is comprised of water, staying hydrated is a key component of maintaining consistent overall health.

While we are told that we should aim to drink half our body weight in ounces every day (i.e. 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water), water at some point just doesn’t taste good anymore. So before resorting to soda or sugary juices, check out our 5 favorite ways to stay hydrated without just drinking water.

1. Fruits and Vegetables

Some fruits and vegetables are primarily made up of water, but also provide us with other nutrients that aid in the proper functioning of our bodies. Fruits like watermelon, honeydew, and grapefruit and vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, and celery are all made up of about 90% water. They also contain beneficial carbohydrates and when eaten in appropriate portions, they can keep you moving throughout a workout.

2. Coconut Water

When we get our sweat on, we lose electrolytes that are necessary for maintaining fluid balance in our body. Coconut water contains natural electrolytes, without the added sugar and carbohydrates that most sports drinks contain.

3. Dry Mouth?

How often do we sit at our desk and stare at the computer in a daze? When we finally snap out of the fog with a dry mouth and dry eyes, it’s time to hydrate! Grabbing a quick drink of water will, believe it or not, get you re energized and allow you to focus for a little longer.

4. Eat Your Water!

If you’re tired of the taste of water, try oatmeal, yogurt, or a smoothie to get that extra bit of hydration in.

5. Add Lemon!

If you haven’t already heard of the benefits of lemon water, you’re missing out! For one week, try having lemon slices available in your fridge and pop them into your water in the morning. The lemon will boost your immune system and your energy levels, increase potassium, aid digestion, cleanse immune system and clean out your mouth and freshen your breath.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.
 
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