Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Eating for Two

No, not that kind of two. Two hours, you fools. Gotcha

Today’s workout: 1 hour spin, 1 hour yoga.

This makes me very hungry. I don’t talk about food much on this blog because I am just eating three squares a day with snacks thrown in and popcorn with parmesan cheese or cinnamon sugar pita chips at night (if you haven't tried the Stacy’s Cinnamon Chips you are seriously missing out on one of the joys of life).


Stacy’s: if you are reading this because I am sure you are please send me a case or two. I have already done a review (see above).

Here’s the scoop. It is hard to get enough calories when you are working out a bazillion hours a week cross training like a maniac to train for a marathon because you can’t run much. And, then when you do run, you poop so much you lose 20 pounds.

Okay, a bazillion hours of working out is an exaggeration, it’s more like 8 to 10 hours, which I don’t think is very extreme. I mean for marathon training with mostly running, you would probably be putting in those hours. But, if you figure that is probably in the neighborhood of up to 6,000 or so calories burned, there’s a lot of make up eating to be done. This is where it gets fun.

It is 12:30 p.m. Today I have had:

  • 2 cups of coffee with healthy splashes (i.e., tablespoons) of half and half. Can’t drink it any other way
  • 1 English muffin with generous scoop of almond butter and jelly
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Grande extra fat Chaiamys
  • 1 “kitchen sink” salad. I am on a “kitchen sink” extravaganza. Usually it involves eggs where I scramble up two or three eggs with anything in the refrigerator: leftover pinto or black beans, spinach, avocado, cheddar cheese, tomato and pair it with a tortilla.  Today was a salad with lettuces (I love how in Costa Rica they call it “lettuces,” kind of like how in Europe they call it “getting your hairs cut”), spinach, carrots, avocado, blue cheese, craisins, black bean burger all tossed with a healthy does of Annie’s Goddess Dressing. Superb I tell ya.
  • 3 Snickerdoodles. I have been on a baking roll these past two weeks. My daughter told me she needed some snacks while they did their standardized testing last week (called CSAPs in Colorado) and wanted cookies. I do whatever she tells me, so I promptly baked some CSAP Butterfinger cookies. When those ran out I made some CSAP Snickerdoodles. Let me share:

Butterfinger Cookies (also called Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies):

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups (8 oz. package) Heath “Bits ‘O Brickle” Toffee Bits, divided

Heat oven to 375°.

Beat shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Add egg; beat just until blended. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. Stir in 1 cup of bits; reserve remainder for topping.

Drop by heaping teaspoons or by using a 1-inch cookie scoop about 2 inches apart onto ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheet; press the top of each cookie down slightly with a fork and top each with reserved bits.

Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until set. Do not over bake. Cool for two minutes and remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Seriously, incredible cookies and the shortening is so gross and lardish that these things stay soft forever.


Short-Cut Snickerdoodles (to make really fast in a pinch when you have yellow cake mix on hand and are out of Cream of Tarter, because we all forget to stock up on that weird ingredient that we only use for one thing):

1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix and roll into balls and into sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.

Told you they were easy. And super good. Really they are.


Go make some cookies now. My daughter wants you to.

Foods I can’t live without and are staples in our house:

Amy’s Goddess Dressing
Stacy’s Pita Chips
Whole wheat tortillas
Oatmeal (w/brown sugar)
Half and Half
Morningside Black Bean Burgers
Clif Bars
Fresh spinach
Cheese, any kind
Beans, any kind (but favorites are cannelini, kidney and pinto)

I thought my running clinic went well last night. Before I went I told Ken I was a little nervous. He very supportively said, “Do you think you will crap yourself in front of the group? Or just have bad gas?” That made me feel a lot better.

If I do one again I would tweak some things, but I had a good turn out and discussion. Thanks again for your input.

Don’t forget my Twist running shirt giveaway HERE.

Do you eat a ton more when you are training? What’s your go-to recovery lunch or dinner?

Any foods you can’t live without?




  1. I have been searching high and low for a good new take on peanut butter cookies!! So excited to try these!

  2. When I got above 15 hours/week training for Ironman, I'd drop weight fast. To counter that, I was eating a huge bowel of cereal right before bed.

  3. I almost spit coffee all over my laptop reading Ken's comment.

    I am hungry all the time, but I find myself craving egg sandwiches all the time when I am really picking up the training. And peanut butter. I am always looking for new ways to increase my PB intake. Thanks for the cookie recipe.

  4. And this is the injustice right there... While Chad ^^^^ up there is not able to keep the weight on him.... I work out 13 to 15 hours right now as well preparing for a bike race, (but also swim and run and lift weight and whatever else) and I don't loose and ounce of weight... Sometimes it seems like I am putting pounds on... Crap!

  5. ah the food topic....it is a doozy for me. calorie intake too low always, when I hit week 6 of the plan and the mileage goes up it is harder. I have major GI issue and my diet is boring and strict. Stacy's pita chip (regular only) is something I CAN eat! I have some every day for lunch.

  6. I pretty much cannot stop eating when I train. In fact, I just opened a Clif builder bar, not 15 minutes after having an apple which followed a burrito for lunch, and a Clif mojo bar, and...it goes on and on and on. Clif is probably the biggest staple of my diet, along with almond butter, eggs, granola and greek yogurt.

  7. What Ken said sounds like something my main squeeze would say to me, they know us quite well...
    Chocolate Milk, Chai, Coffee (beverages, not food I guess), but avacadoes, greens, raisins, turkish apricots and I am with you on the goddess dressing.

  8. i eat a ton when training....and eat TWO tons on rest days for some reason....crazy!!!! right now i am gorging on triple chocolate cake. i really need to throw it out before i eat the ENTIRE thing!!! glad your clinic went well :)

  9. wow, i AM missing out on one of the joys of life. i love the regular pita chips but haven't tried those. oh hello, new chip friend...

  10. I'm like Amy. I pretty much eat nonstop. I love chocolate milk after long runs. I gotta have pb. I love to make oatmeal and stir in a chopped up banana, pb, and a few chocolate chips. Yummy!

  11. So I am eating for two and now I want these cookies as well as the cinnamon pita chips. Looks like someone is stopping at the store on their way home from work tonight.

  12. Chocolate milk and pineapple chobani -- not together. I eat too much. I gained weight marathon training..oops. It has since come off.

  13. I eat all the time, although more while training. I need to eat some PB everyday!! Bananas are my go to in the am.

  14. Just call me HOOVER!

    Peanut butter and chicken (not together) are my two go to recovery foods.

    peanut butter magically fills me up somehow...

    SOOOOO did you fart during your presentation?

    Had to make the blog private for a little bit, email me your email address so I can invite you... thanks! matthew.oravec@gmail.com

  15. I eat a lot all the time, training or not, it's how I stay a Clydesdale.

  16. I am with tahoegirl, love the chobani. Usually I will mix fresh strawberries in. As far as food I can’t live without my tall iced, nonfat decaf latte from Starbucks! Other than that, I go in cycles. Right now I MUST have strawberries, before that was oranges (thanks to my lupus I can’t touch them right now), before that popcorn!

  17. My 3 year old son's Jelly Snakes! Not sure what you call them over in The States - they're a bit like Haribo but really fruity. Can't get enough of them.

  18. I've been eating "kitchen sink salads" every day! LOVE! Today I had "lettuces", lots of chopped veggies, chick peas, avocado, quinoa, hardboiled egg, almonds and sunflower seeds. MMMMMMM!

    Other staples in my house:

    peanut butter
    copious amounts of fruit & veggies
    chickpeas... I eat these like CRAZY
    cereal - SO much cereal
    milk, duhhh
    granola bars - homemade if I'm feeling domestic!
    (here I would say nacho or pita chips but they do not last a SECOND when they are in the house, so I buy as needed [frequently]
    nuts and dried fruit
    tortillas! I love making mini PB&J rollups
    greek yogurt
    frozen fruit

    Watch for my food post on Friday. :)

  19. Oh great now I'm gonna have to try the new flavor of pita chips I wasn't aware of and I'm sure I'll be addicted, thanks! ;-)

  20. Avocados are a favorite. Other than that, I can't live without salsa and hot tamales. Hot tamales are a food, right?

  21. i will eat anything that's not nailed down. seriously. it's so bad. recently the craving has been burgers...

  22. That "kitchen sink" salad sounds yummy and is exactly all the foods I have been eating recently since I gave up meat for Lent.
    Sometimes I tend to eat more when I am working out more...depends on how many calories I have burned...

  23. my boyfriend loves race days. come to the race and cheer me on? no. take me out to cracker barrel to get a sweet tea fix, afterward? yes. btw, even though no on up here knows wtf sweet tea is, cracker barrel still does it right. amen for that!!
    and does chad really eat a BOWEL of cereal before bed. how does that work?? i guess it's just his measure of it being enough to make him take a big ol ba-dook-a-dook in the morning or something?

  24. congrats on the pregnancy!!!!! ;)

    can I fit that bag on to my treadmill.

    Oh and my mom [super famous cook book author-no joke there] has a recipe for "kitchen sink cookies".

    You'd think they'd taste like a$s but they are so freaking good.


    3/4 c. butter or margarine, room temp.
    1/2 c. sugar
    1/2 c. brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 c. flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
    1-1/2 c. pureed LEFTOVERS,

    {yep . . . Cooked cereal, stew, cooked vegetables, leftover tossed green salad, canned or fresh fruit, cooked macaroni or other pasta, cottage cheese, leftover pancakes, waffles or muffins. You may prefer to avoid strong-flavored foods such as cauliflower, broccoli or onion. Puree with suggested liquid below to make 1-1/2 cups. Consistency of puree should be like thick whipped cream]

    3/4 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
    3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
    3/4 c. raisins, if desired
    3/4 c. flaked coconut, if desired
    Vanilla Buttercream Icing, see below
    Pecan or walnut halves, garnish

    Vanilla Buttercream Icing:
    1/2 c. butter, room temp.
    2 c. powdered sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla
    Pinch of salt
    About 2 tsp. milk

    Yep, you can hide ANYTHING with buttercream icing.

  25. You are in a groove now, awesome! I love Annie's Goddess dressing, so good! And Stacy's pita chips....I have to hide them from my son:)

  26. I'm always hungry so I'm going to go use your recipe now...thanks!

  27. How come I don't lose weight when I poop?

  28. I am so glad I read this... it made me remember that it's lunchtime! lol I had better go eat.

    I wish I could drink coffee... then I'd probably not have a constipation problem. But coffee makes me as chatty and effervescent as a blonde, teen coke-whore. And then the total opposite when I crash. The opposite part lasts longer :(

  29. Those cookies look amazing. Oh how I wish I could! :) I made gluten free cookies last night for "the kid" yeah sure, for the kid . . . except I really AM eating for two! HA

  30. I have an EMT obsession NOW. Those guys were awesome. I want to be friends with all of them and cook them dinner and introduce them to my single friends.

  31. I wish I could get toffee bits over here. It'd add a whole new dimension to my biscuit making. My favourites for the last year have been triple choc - chunks of dark chocolate, white chocolate and M&Ms. Imagine if I could add toffee bits to them - yum!

  32. You have beans twice on your "i can't live with out" list. No wonder you talk about farting and poop so much. You gotta love those beans. My favorite food i can't live without... apples. Beacause they make me poop!

  33. :) lately ive been SO hungry too! i cant STOP the eating!!! ahhh

  34. Off to buy me some goddess dressing ... be back soon.

  35. Dude I've been eating like a pig lately. Like 3500 calories a day! I'm training for a marathon, but I'm also breastfeeding and my babe drinks a lot of milk I think! I can't live w/o avocados, bananas, mixed nuts, peanut butter, and dried pineapple. Oh I also love hummus with corn chips or pita bread or carrots. Then there's grapes and apples too. I eat a lot...

  36. I am always hungry when I run.

    I might have to try those cookie recipes.

  37. Right now I find that I take on weight by merely thinking about food. My doc suspects the 'change' is imminent but I choose to remain in full denial. I am totally into monster salads these days, eggs, and of course the trusty protein shake.
    man those cookies look good!

  38. I want to poop and lose 20 pounds. What is your secret, without all of the annoying training and stuff.

  39. I CAN NOT have Stacys in the house. I love the sea salt but once the bag is open it is gone!

  40. wowzer, congrats on hitting 1300 followers!! See you in 25 days!

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  42. Dang, I need to stop reading blogs at night. I'm starving and those pita chips look TDF. Maybe I'll just have a bowl of cinnamon sugar...

    Your salad sounds like mine! Anything goes. Spinach and eggs I can't live without for sure! I eat a lot more when I'm training. I just eat a lot in general I guess.

    You have a lucky kid, my kids are so deprived!

  43. Peanut butter and honey is my all time fave. Good all seasons, all moods. Peanut butter and Nutella is right up there, and with a banana is my fave recovery food.

    Otherwise I just eat what my wife puts in front of me, and she knows not to put brussels sprouts there.

    There's been a few times I wish I had a scale in the house so I could weigh myself before and after pooping.

  44. I love how avocados are first on your list! Me too!

  45. I train about the same time per week and eat like a maniac too. I swear at points my jaw gets tired from chewing! It is so much fun though!

  46. Do I eat a ton when I am training? Does a SUAR crap in the woods?

    I cannot cannot live without some sort of nut butter in the house, and homemade preferably. I also cannot have a house void of tempeh, nor all things vegetables.

    And last but not least there must always be dark chocolate chips in the house for additions to nut butter and jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, energy bards or just a Tablespoon while watching TV.

  47. Over here in the UK I definitely go to get may hair cut (hairs cut????), and what's 'half and half' and 'craisins'?? Definitely gonna make some of those cookies!

  48. Mmm, thouse cookies look amazing! Somehow I have NO problem at all replacing my 12-15 hours worth of exercise calories every week. In fact, you might say I excell at overcoming the calorie defecit...

  49. Apparently I will now not be able to live without those cookies. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

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