Run, Read and Eat Happy

Oh rainbow shoes how I loved you.


Lesson learned. Do not judge a book by it’s cover.

Although on a side note, I always seem to gravitate towards the novels with the pretty covers that have a picture of a cupcake, brownie or ice cream cone and they usually come through for me as great reads.

jo barrett

I have read a ton of books in my time and couldn’t even recall them all, not to mention their titles. Even for the ones  I loved.

However, This is How It Happened (Not a Love Story) by Jo Barrett still stands out in my mind as one of my all time favorites.

Hysterical yet touching novel.

A must read. Especially if you have ever wanted revenge on an ex. 

Anyway, back to my sneakers. Lesson learned.

As pretty as they were, there was something just “not right” to the point where I gave up yesterday.

Those pretty little sneakers, the third in my series of Gel Nimbus 14, were hurting my feet, especially my left one, and it was not improving no matter how I tried to fix it or ignore it.

I tried to run yesterday and stopped. It just wasn’t worth it. My foot hurt which was affecting my lower legs, knee and ankle and I really didn’t feel like pushing myself through pain and risking an injury.

Instead, I walked (I hate walking!) and strolled into my gym for a few minutes on the elliptical before taking myself to Runner’s Edge.


After explaining my dilemma and testing out a few pairs of sneakers, I made the decision to go with Brooks Glycerin.


Brooks, I sure hope you truly Run Happy.

brooks run happy

Probably not the best time to be changing up the shoes with another half marathon scheduled for a week from Sunday.

li half

Did I mention the race next week? I registered at the last minute for the Long Island Half Marathon. Better late than never, yes?

With another taper week about to begin, it is time to restock the bananas.

Yesterday I noticed I had one or two bananas about to become too over ripe.

I thought about making a banana bread. Isn’t that what everyone does when the bananas are about to go bad?

The boy was in major protest. He wanted me to take him for a milk shake.

While he continued to rant and rave about his mother being a health nut and not wanting whatever “health nut” item I was baking, I decided not to make a bread but to make cookies.

I thought cookies were a good compromise.

I quickly threw together a random cookie batter with what I had on hand.

I am so bad at giving recipes because I haven’t a clue as to my exact amounts. I usually start with the bananas and dump in ingredients as I go.

This time I really wanted to try baking with chia seeds in place of using egg. Chia seeds pack amazing nutritional value in just one table spoon including fiber, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. They have overtaken the flax seed as the seed of choice.


I must know this because I am a health nut.

If you don’ t have chia seeds, don’t worry. Sub with an egg or an egg white. I have even made a variation of this cookie without egg completely.

The beauty of my cookies is that anything really goes. There is no right or wrong, just work with what you have and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Truth: Any cookie that involves chocolate chips and peanut butter automatically will taste great.




  • 1 1/2 bananas (mashed)*
  • 1/2 cup natural applesauce
  • 1 to 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 
  • 1/2 cup oat bran (if you do not have oat bran, you  can sub with flour – preferably whole wheat)
  • 1/2  cup Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola (or any granola/cereal you have on hand)
  • Semi-sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips (add as much or as little as you want)
  • Giant Spoonful(s) of peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds plus 3 tablespoons of water (or  sub chia seeds with egg/ or egg white)

*If you have more bananas to use, that’s fine. Just add in extra oats and/or oat bran to balance it out a bit.
**Feel free to add in raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, or any other mix-ins you like



I mashed the banana first.


Add in applesauce and then chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. The chia seeds with expand and  thicken the batter.

I think it is suggested you mix the chia seeds with the water in a separate bowl and then add to your batter.

I hate cleaning an extra bowl therefore I tend to dump everything in one bowl. And it works just fine.

Add in oats, oat bran, granola, peanut butter, pinch of cinnamon and salt.


Fact: Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola is amazing and is the same granola used at the Red Mango toppings bar. If you don’t have this box in your house, go out and buy it. ASAP. 

Feel free to sub any other granola or other cereal in this cookie recipe in the meantime. If you do not have a cereal for the recipe, just add in more oats/oat bran.


Stir in chocolate chips.

If mixture seems way too wet, add a little bit more oats. There is no exact ratio here at all.

You really can’t add too much or too little.


Spoon onto cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Ours did not last in the oven that long since the boy has no patience.


He devoured 3 cookies and couldn’t stop saying how amazing they were.

I was pleased with how these cookies came out. You would never know there were chia seeds in place of the egg and they tasted delicious, had amazing texture and best part – HEALTHY.

No added sugars, butter, flour. Not even an egg or milk.

I wonder when this little boy will learn to trust me. Especially when it comes to dessert.

Can I say HA I TOLD YOU SO to my own child? Is that acceptable?

I need to know:

Do you wear Brooks? Do you run happy?

What is the next race on your calendar?

Do you eat chia seeds? Have you made chia pudding yet?

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  1. says

    I’m a big chia seed fan. The pudding is delicious. It reminds me of Tapicoa or rice pudding (which I like). I’m digging your rainbow shoes! Also I’m a health nut too and love making healthy desserts, like your cookies. Ps- I made your sweet potato pizza for lunch today! It was delish! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    • says

      I’m so glad you liked them! I may make them for dinner- perfect for last minute decisions…I loved my rainbow shoes too, miss them already but something just wasn’t right, really hurt my foot.

      Meredith Sent from my iPhone

  2. EZTWINS says

    I know how hard it must have been to part with those fabulous (looking) shoes. Enjoy the brooks- hope they are a winning pair. Let us know! Thanks for another delicious sounding recipe…. will definitely be trying it.

  3. says

    I haven’t made chia pudding yet, but I want to! I was thinking of trying to make it with the almond milk I bought. I don’t wear Brooks but have heard of many people who love them. I personally love my asics 🙂 Hope your new shoes do the trick!

    • says

      Which Asics do you wear? I feel like you once told me but I forget. The Brooks so far feel amazing, the foot pain is gone…let me know how the pudding comes out. I see a lot of people make it with the almond milk, I may try it with skim milk.