‘Tis the season for a busy schedule and when I had my first chance to rest all week yesterday afternoon the last thing I wanted to do was blog…no really, 4 hours at the mall yesterday afternoon = exhausted.
Anyways, at least the 4 hours were productive! I’m 93% done shopping, but still need a few things. I also realized I wish I had more kids to buy for!! Kids stuff is WAY more fun. Like this thing I saw at the Learning Express…almost just bought it for myself ;)
How cool is that!? Ok that’s my geeky side coming out, but I’m an engineer I can’t help it.
I’m grateful I had yesterday afternoon to basically just rest because we had to get up for a CHILLY 5k this morning!!
All December people around here have been amazed at the mild weather, and I get the urge to punch someone when they “complain” that it “doesn't feel like December”…seriously? Enjoy it! Because it will come back to bite you, like today! Easily the coldest day we’ve had this season, and me and hundreds of my closest friends had to fun a 5k!
Actually there were two 5K’s this morning. The jingle bell run in Davis Square, and the Yulefest 5K in Harvard Sq!
It was just hovering over 20 degrees at 10AM when the race began, and this very well might have been my coldest run ever! Brrr. You know it’s bad when the water at the water station was frozen!
Regardless, we ran slow had fun and saw some great costumes…like the guy dressed at Santa riding an ostrich!! Hahaa.
(took that from the Cambridge5k facebook page)
How do you run in that?!
Anyways, after have a beer, thawing our tight and frozen muscles in the car, grocery shopping (yes I wore the tights…got lots of weird looks…and think little kids thought I was really an elf), we made it home to relax all afternoon…heaven!
Even had time to make a nice dinner AND bake!!
For some reason I was in the mood for gingerbread, but also a healthy version I could enjoy for breakfast this week.
Whole Wheat Gingerbread with Yogurt Glaze
- 2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup unrefined sugar of choice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 egg + 1 egg white
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/4 non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup skim milk
Preheat oven to 350, and spray a loaf pan with canola oil spray
In a medium/large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients (flours through to all spice). Whisk to combine.
Beat egg and egg white in a small mixing bowl. Add in applesauce, yogurt, molasses, canola oil, and skim milk. (TIP: spray your measuring cup with canola oil spray before measuring out molasses. It will easily slide into the bowl instead of sticking to the measuring cup).
Add wet ingredients to dry, and gently mix with a spatula or wooden spoon just until combined.
Fill pan about 2/3 to the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Let cool for 10min, then remove from pan and continue to cool for another 30min or so. Then glaze the bread! The glaze is definitely optional…it’s great without it too.
- 1/3 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp skim milk
- 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
Whisk all ingredients until smooth. Keep refrigerated until bread has cooled slightly (it can still be a little warm). Drizzle over loaf!
Lemon option: replace milk and vanilla with 2-3T fresh lemon juice.
It’s also REALLY good with the Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (aka their version of Biscoff spread).
I love love love having a delicious yet healthy baked good with my morning coffee. Much less sweet and heavy than anything you pick up at a bakery.
Last week before Christmas!! What do you need to get done this week?? I’m going to see the Nutcracker one night, getting to Crossfit at least 2x this week, and finishing my shopping somewhere in between all that and work.