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Rainy Running And Fruity Cereal Squares

 

I am trying to understand how I enjoyed running 13.1 miles in the pouring rain early Saturday morning but dreaded walking three steps from my car to the restaurant Saturday night.

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If you follow me on instagram, you already saw that I was high on soaking wet endorphins after my long run. It was raining the entire time but not windy at all so I didn’t mind. In fact, in some sick way I want to say I enjoyed it.

I kept to an easy pace that hovered right around 9:00 min/mile (a little under and a little over at times) and felt great despite the weather situation.

By Saturday night though, asking me to walk three steps from the car into Nisen through the flooding rain was pushing it.

Had fabulous sushi not been waiting for me (not to mention the fact that I was ravenous), I don’t know that I would have gotten out of the car.

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The more I think about it, I will run multiple miles in any weather condition,  but if you ask me to walk a large shopping center even in warm weather with glowing sunshine, I will circle for the closest parking spot and complain that my feet hurt as we shop.

Anyway, throughout my rainy run and really most of the time lately when I am not even running, my mind is busy focusing on a multitude of things I can’t explain. Important things, not important things and the stuff in between.

And while I try to make sense of the unexplainable, I have been finding myself circling the what-if’s in life along with the would’ves, could’ves and should’ves.

Do you get caught up in playing the what-if game with yourself? Are you like me in that once you start questioning some of your decisions as well as certain things that have happened in your life, you attempt to immediately discontinue the thought process because there’s no point of going down that road?

Or is there a point? Is it beneficial for us to look back on decisions and times in our lives that even though we may not be able to change how we handled things, even though we can’t change what has happened to us and around us, that perhaps just in reflection we may learn something that benefits our future decision-making processes?

Hmm.

And once again, I don’t have a clear-cut answer. And when I don’t have the answer but need an answer I do the only thing I know how to do.

I bake.

Baking won’t solve anything but if you focus on combining your ingredients just so, you mentally distract yourself and hopefully end up with something tasty.

You had to know I was going to play around with the Fruity-O’s.

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First of all, the Fruity-O’s cereal straight from the box is quite delectable.  Just like a Fruity Pebble in flavor with amazing fruit-loopish crunch.

I really don’t crave mindless cereal munching but this cereal may have reversed that. Not sure this is a good thing but I presume there are worse things in life, such as mindless munching of foods containing Red #40 and Yellow #5.

I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do but knew the end result should be some sort of fruity cereal square.

I started by crushing up the cereal into crumbs but not to the point where they were totally pulverized because I have no patience for such a task and really felt as though the crumbs should be crumbly but not too crumbly.

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More like a chunky crumb.

I then added in some oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, raisins and then the best part to complete the fruitiness flavor, strawberry yogurt.

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So simple. I like simple. More things in life should be this simple.

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In case you are doubting my taste buds, my son adored these Fruity Cereal Squares. I am lucky he left me one to photograph.

Just picture one of those perfect family commercials where the mom bakes cookies or heats up the Tyson Anytizers (which my son will never see me do) and then the kids rush on into the kitchen and grab the treats before she can ever finish smiling and place the tray on the table.

Fruity Cereal Squares:

 

Ingredients:

  • Four cups crushed Fruity-O’s
  • Two cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Two Tablespoons Chia Seeds mixed with six tablespoons of warm water*
  • One cup (Eight Ounces) Fruit-Flavored Yogurt of choice**
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup or more Raisins
  • One teaspoon of baking powder

*If you don’t have chia seeds, sub with a combination of an egg and two egg whites or four egg whites. I didn’t try this version yet can’t imagine it would be anything but good.

**For more protein, use greek yogurt.

***This recipe can easily be halved.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix chia seeds with water and set aside. Crush cereal either in a bag or bowl. I crushed my cereal in a bowl using a potato masher.

Add in oats, yogurt, peanut butter, raisins, baking powder and chia seed mixture. Mix well to combine. Pour batter into a loaf pan, brownie pan (or muffin pan) and bake for 20-25 minutes until firm to touch or even slightly crispy on top.

Let squares cool in the pan prior to cutting.

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You can totally vary the cereals and mix-in’s to create another type of cereal square.

So I am currently monitoring the weather forecast for this Sunday’s Long Island Half Marathon. I haven’t registered yet, I think I will run it but have yet to totally decide because it may rain and I am not sure I want to run the race in the rain.

Why can I run 13.1 miles in the rain and enjoy it but now question running the same distance this Sunday in the rain for the race? Just another thing on my list that I can’t explain.

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Do you like running the rain? Ever run a race in the rain?

Do you often play the what-if game?

What cereal do you like with milk and what cereal do you prefer straight from the box?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Arman @ thebigmansworld April 28, 2014, 6:43 am

    Oh Geebuz the ‘what if’ game. Worst game ever. But guilty of it.

    Cereal and milk- growing up, it was any which left the milk any colour but white. Actually, I swear in NYC somewhere I tried a cereal milk flavoured ice cream. It was amazing. AMAZING. I’m intrigued by how you used yogurt in those cereal squares- I’ve only ever done it with honey or brown rice syrup! Cheers for the idea!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:24 pm

      I often bake with yogurt – try it, it adds great texture and flavor. I have never had the cereal milk flavored ice cream but have definitely heard about it somewhere!

  • Tina Muir April 28, 2014, 6:56 am

    I am right there with you, in so many ways! I ran 20 miles in the pouring rain a few weeks ago (not the geese/superstorm incident either!!), and I loved every second, even giggling to myself at points, but yes, a few hours later I did not want to set a foot in it.

    I am also there with you in the what ifs, especially right now as I have no idea what is coming next in my life, and I hate that i cannot control it.

    I love those bars, baking helps me relax too. I find it very therapeutic…and of course the sugar rush helps 😛 Your bars turned out great!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:21 pm

      I hate what-if’s but I guess we all do it…I still think about that epic rain running incident of yours!

  • Marina @ Lazy for Diet April 28, 2014, 7:36 am

    I have difficult relations with run in the rain. I enjoy it when I feel super motivated or when I need to run a little. But when the wind blows, or is too cold or I was already tired… I will begin to hate a rain!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 28, 2014, 8:42 am

    I don’t care for running in the rain because I really don’t like rain against my face (obviously, I can wear a hat, but there are other reasons). If it is a mist or whatever, then sure, fine, but I’m not a rain runner. Then again, there are always those perfect runs in the weirdest of conditions, so maybe one day I will be.
    And you know that I am all over those bars. Love simplicity in cooking, always.
    I’m pretty even on what I like with milk and what I don’t–I think the ones that I don’t care for in milk are the ones that get supper soggy–no thank you. Also, if it lots of tiny pieces, likely better with milk for the spoon aspect.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:19 pm

      Is it weird that I always liked my cereal to get soggy? Especially Life cereal – the best!

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 28, 2014, 10:02 am

    Cereal is one of my biggest foodie weaknesses… you know this. Actually, just last night I was cozying up to a box of Kashi’s Cinnamon Harvest, which I have absolutely no self control with. Same goes for Puffins, Raisin Bran, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I was never a huge fan of the fruity cereals, but then again all we had up here were Fruit Loops, and those aren’t very fantastical…

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:18 pm

      I was never a huge fruity cereal fan but somehow I am enjoying this one…I always loved Raisin Bran and I often forget how much I enjoyed the simple Multigrain Cheerios.

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 28, 2014, 10:05 am

    I am a cereal addict! It doesn’t last long in my house 🙂 These little fruity squares sound yummy!!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven April 28, 2014, 10:35 am

    Nooooo my comment deleted!!! It’s too bad cause I left you a hilarious fruity pebbles story 😉 I’ll save it for another day since I’m off to a meeting right now! I’m starved. Please send me some of these via carrier pigeon!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:17 pm

      Ugh! Isn’t that the worst when you type up something and somehow it deletes?! I hate that. I will remind you to tell me the fruity pebbles story, I want to hear it!

  • Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom.com April 28, 2014, 10:38 am

    I really really don’t like running in the rain. I have a phobia of wet clothes touching my body!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:16 pm

      Makes sense, I wouldn’t want wet clothes touching me either. I have a feeling the sweat-wicking clothes I wear keep me dry enough to keep on going.

  • Hilary April 28, 2014, 11:08 am

    I love running in the rain! In fact my last race was in the rain it was amazing!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:15 pm

      Hmm. Maybe you just convinced me to run this Sunday even if it going to rain!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 28, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Annnd…I officially need to go back to TJ’s even though I was just there this weekend 😉

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:15 pm

      Lol – I swear it is worth the trip if you feel like a new cereal. It’s really good and totally reminds me of the fruity pebbles.

  • jill conyers April 28, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I love to run in the rain! Some of my most fun training runs have been with my husband in the rain. I feel the same way about cooking and creating recipes. It’s a mental break.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 28, 2014, 6:25 pm

      Isn’t it strange how we like running in the rain? I don’t get it considering I hate to be all wet!