Switching Up My Breakfast (WIAW)

Would you believe me if I told that I haven’t had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast since Saturday?

I know! How crazy is this?

I woke up on Sunday craving my former breakfast obsession of an English muffin with peanut butter and I haven’t looked back since.

Do I miss oatmeal? Um, not really? I am way too happy right now with biting into a toasted English muffin with melty peanut butter on top, especially when I alternate it with sips of coffee.

The tricky part revolves around running though. So far I have been fine with an English muffin and peanut butter when I don’t run or on mornings when I run easy but yesterday I ran a little longer and faster which may have left me hungrier.

Also, the real test would be on Saturday for my long run; that pre and post run oatmeal is fairly key to my routine although perhaps I just think it is because I am a routine kind of person.

Perhaps I am analyzing my English muffin with peanut butter a bit too much but today is What I Ate Wednesday which means I am allowed to ramble on about food.

Let’s take a look at what I ate on Monday.

what I ate Wednesday


Since I always need to eat something before I run, I have been having half of the English muffin with peanut butter before my run and then the other half after I run, both with a cup of coffee. And water, I always drink a ton of water.

I am loving the whole wheat cinnamon raisin English muffins from Trader Joe’s but also have the regular whole wheat English muffins in the house so I will probably alternate both packages.

english muffin with peanut butter

So this combination worked for me on Monday because I ran an easy 5 miles BUT yesterday I ran 7 miles with a harder effort which had me realize two things:

The peanut butter repeated on me ever so slightly. It was more of an aftertaste that I noticed at the end of my run.

Even though I added diced apple with yesterday’s English muffin and peanut butter after my run, I found myself hungrier two hours later whereas Sunday and Monday I was completely satisfied. Don’t get me wrong though – I was satisfied after eating, but not for a prolonged period of time which makes things tricky because I didn’t want to eat anything more when I was actually eating breakfast.

What I may decide to do is alternate my mornings with my usual bowls of oatmeal on harder run days and English muffins on easier run days to see how that works for me. Best of both breakfast worlds, don’t you think?


Since I ran less on Monday, I was absolutely full and satisfied from breakfast for a few hours which was great for working through a busy morning. I made an omelet with roasted sweet potatoes for lunch right before I got on another conference call.

If you have been paying attention, I stopped eating sweet potatoes almost two months ago after that late September stomach bug because they reminded me of butternut squash which I will NEVER eat again. I gave a small sweet potato a try though on Monday. It was okay but the taste still sort of haunts me.

eggs with roasted sweet potatoes


Ah, my favorite weeknight meal! Roasted potato wedges with melted mozzarella cheese plus a side of Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. Oh and some broccoli because I need to remember to eat vegetables sometimes.

If you try my favorite dinner combination, make sure you dip the roasted potato wedges in the tomato soup!

tomato soup with roasted potatoes


My son did his best to take home as much candy from the candy table at the party Saturday night as possible. I went straight for the Hershey’s Bars in his bag since those are my favorite.

I usually prefer dark chocolate but a plain Hershey’s Bar is just so good!


I had several mini Hershey’s bars and then broke a few up with a diced apple.

hershey bar with diced apple

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!

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Are you super routine with what you eat for breakfast?

Do you prefer toast or an English muffin?

Favorite type of potato? How do you like to cook it?


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  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile November 16, 2016, 5:16 am

    I have been stuck in such a routine with breakfasts lately. I make some kind of egg/veggie frittata and a batch of muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow each weekend so I have quick meals ready to go during the week. I feel like its the prefect combo and keeps me full throughout the morning, but I am definitely getting tired of it. I actually ate oatmeal on Saturday after my run and thought of you!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2016, 8:34 am

      I never find myself in a breakfast rut since I do tend to like to eat the same thing but lunch and dinner are another story!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes November 16, 2016, 8:28 am

    I eat oatmeal on weekdays and then vary my breakfast on the weekends – oat pancakes, eggs and toast, etc. I do agree that oatmeal does a great job at satisfying the appetite after a hard or long run!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2016, 8:32 am

      so after I left my comment on your post yesterday, I then remembered running a 5k on new years day in the city a few years ago! it was so freaking cold I wanted throw up when I was finished running! the breathing hurt so bad especially because it was a 5k!

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows November 16, 2016, 8:36 am

    I really do love all potatoes, but roasted red potatoes with rosemary and parm have my heart. I’ve been on a strong sweet potato kick recently. Depending on when I need to be at work in the morning influences my breakfast. Oatmeal to-go for early mornings and smoothies or eggs for when I have more time in the morning!
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  • Suzy November 16, 2016, 10:25 am

    Oh I LOVE english muffins because they have all those little pockets that catch all the melted butter! Meghan from Clean Eats has english muffin BREAD! I haven’t seen that up here but wouldn’t that be divine?
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2016, 8:31 am

      yes! I saw it in the stores! Thomas came out with these English muffin bagel breads!

  • michele @ paleorunningmomma November 16, 2016, 2:18 pm

    I love seeing all those roasted potatoes, they are still my faves 🙂 I could eat them with every meal and never complain!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 16, 2016, 2:52 pm

    I tend to be pretty routine with my breakfast, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I just don’t want to think about what I want to eat that early in the morning, so I just default to the same thing I always have. I love English muffins, though – WAY better than toast.
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  • Patricia @Sweet and Strong November 17, 2016, 7:25 am

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that thinks this much about changing up my breakfast or lunch. I eat something different every night for dinner, but breakfast is usually always a smoothie and some oatmeal, I’m so nervous to change it up. And eggs and sweet potatoes is one of my favorite combos! Glad you are able to start eating them again!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2016, 8:26 am

      I get so nervous about switching breakfast but I am really happy this week going back to my old favorite English muffin and peanut butter