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I have a peachy recipe to share this morning! Literally.

peach and blueberry

Mike and I visited the first South Dakota Peach Festival this weekend. Apparently these festivals are pretty popular everywhere outside the midwest, but this was our first experience at the event. They featured the world’s largest peach cobbler, and of course lots of peaches! All the peaches are brought in on trucks from Georgia, and are supposed to be some of the best around.

Georgia peaches

Georgia peaches

I ended up buying a bag for $8 that gives you the option of fitting as many peaches in it as possible. Now I have about 20 peaches that need to be eaten one way or another. Mike had a great idea last night – he told me to create different healthy recipes that feature these sweet fruits and share them! So I bring you the first installment of this peach saga, however long it may last.

I have been craving Quaker Peaches & Cream instant oatmeal for weeks. I loved the instant oatmeal packets growing up, and this was always my favorite flavor.

Peaches & Cream

Peaches & Cream

Since I’ve matured slightly since the age of ten, I decided to make a ‘grown-up’ version of my favorite oat flavor.

Peach & Blueberry Protein Oats:


  • 1/3 cup dry oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe peach, peeled and diced into cubes
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbs chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Cook the oats according to directions. I typically just eye-ball how much water I’m adding to them.
  • Once they’re cooked, stir in egg white, protein powder and cinnamon. Heat for 30 more seconds.
  • Add peaches, blueberries and almond milk. Stir until nice and creamy.
  • Top with chopped pecans or any other nuts!



This breakfast hit the spot. I’d like to try an overnight oats version as well. I feel like some greek yogurt would really add some good creaminess.






Good afternoon!

I hope Monday is moving right along for everyone. I’m off today, and had an 11 mile long run on the agenda this morning. Unfortunately, I wound up putting it off until tomorrow. You’ll never guess why!


Windy Sioux Falls

Windy Sioux Falls

Rain isn’t a problem for me, but the wind most certainly is. I probably would have braved it if the weather tomorrow wasn’t looking so promising; 60s and pretty much no wind.

I know I’m supposed to put myself through any running conditions during training since you never know what weather will be like on race day. However, I’m about 99.9% sure there will not be 25 mph winds in Minneapolis on June 1, because it’s almost never windy there.

After vetoing my run, I made myself a big breakfast of protein oats.

Oats + Whey, PB, Strawberries, Banana, Almond Milk

Oats + Whey, PB, Strawberries, Banana, Almond Milk

All mixed up

All mixed up

Woooow those photos make my food look so appealing…not. I really need to charge my actual camera and stop using my crappy phone.

Anyway, I love protein oats. For this bowl, I heated about 1/2 oats and mixed them with 1 scoop chocolate whey, a pinch of cocoa powder, strawberries, bananas, and PB2.

Shortly after the oats I headed to the gym to complete a chest and triceps workout that looked a little something like this:

Chest & Triceps:

  • wide pushups 3/10
  • incline dumbbell press 3/10
  • cable flyes 3/10
  • decline flyes 3/10
  • bench dips 3/10
  • lying tricep extensions 3/10
  • tricep kickbacks 3/10
  • overhead tricep extensions 3/10
  • tricep pushdown cable extensions 3/10
  • plank core work

After my workout I hit up the grocery store to get my weekly essentials. There is so much good fruit in season right now! I love it! I picked up supplies for fruit salad and tuna salad that I plan on making tonight after my hair appointment. Stay tuned!


It was a gorgeous day in Sioux Falls! That never seems to happen on my days off. It was sunny with barely any wind, perfect for my morning run!

I headed out for a 9 mile run this morning after my typical pre-long run snack of toast with peanut butter and banana.  This was the first run of my half marathon training that I really felt seriously fatigued toward the end.


Not too proud of that time. I’d like to keep my pace right at or below 9 minutes/mile. I think the weekend of partying it up and eating some not so healthy treats did a number on my body.

Despite not being thrilled after the run, I was proud that I made it through. It means I’m one step closer to race day! Can’t wait for the adrenaline!

After my run I dug into my very first overnight oats ever! I prepped the oats last night using 1/2 cup oats, 5 oz plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder. I let the oats soak and thicken overnight before topping them with blueberries, strawberries, cinnamon and PB2 this morning.

overnight oats

overnight oats

Sorry about the crappy phone picture. I’ve been avoiding charging my camera for the past two weeks.

oats up close

oats up close

I am officially a fan of overnight oats, especially after a sweaty run or workout. I think next time I’ll add a little less milk to get them extra chewy. The oats fueled me for a day of searching for a Mother’s Day present before sitting out to enjoy the beautiful day.

65 and sunny

65 and sunny

Call me crazy, but 65 and sunny is good enough for me. I know soon it will be 90 and humid and I won’t be able to take it. I’m taking advantage of the nice mild weather while I can. It was so relaxing I actually fell asleep for about 30 minutes…embarrassing.

Now I’m about have way into Frozen. I needed to see what all the hoopla was about surrounding this movie. So far, so good!

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