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Breakfast Ideas that go way Beyond Oatmeal

An amazing review from Cool Mom Picks featuring our Ancient Grain Oatmeal.

“Everyone’s always talking about how hard it is to get a good dinner on the table, but I find that breakfast is way more hectic, with less time and no delivery options! There’s always cereal, but unfortunately most cold cereals completely lack what we need to start the day off right. There’s oatmeal too—these oatmeal recipes saved me last winter—but I still need more. These tasty, quick-cook hot cereal brands and recipes are the answer.

Purely Elizabeth has been around for a little while but I just wasn’t so into their products when they first came on the scene. However Ms. Purely Elizabeth and her team have been making serious improvements since I last sampled them. I just tried the latest line of granolas and hot cereal and I admit, I am now hooked.

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All Purely Elizabeth cereals are certified gluten-free, vegan, and made without refined sugar; the four hot cereals are organic, too. My boys agree with me that they’re also incredibly delicious. Most take a while to cook—these are real grains, mamas—but the original cooks up in just two minutes. Oh, and the original: a lifesaver. While other quick-cook cereals can be skimpy on nutrients, this stuff has seven grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and a healthy dose of omega-3’s. Skimpy does not apply here.

I’ve been keeping this hot cereal simple and preparing it the same way that I make the Coconut Chai Oatmeal recipe from my site. What will you make with it?”

Visit the Purely Elizabeth website to purchase their hot cereals and other products.

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What to Eat Before, During and After a Race

Hi everyone! I’m Cassie, the blogger behind Almost Getting it Together. After talking about clothes all day at my job in social media, I wanted an outlet to talk about my passions other than fashion – traveling, running, living a healthy lifestyle and of course, food!

I love sharing my knowledge and encouraging others to be the best that they can be. To do just that, I’m bringing you a three part series to talk about training for races in the height of marathon season. This is the second part in my series – nutrition. Check out my previous post on training tips and be sure to come back next week to learn about race day and recovery.

The most important thing for nutrition while racing is that you need to practice how you will fuel before, during and after your run with your training runs. Make sure you have enough carb stores to get through your run and that you are eating enough protein to recovery properly. Find out what works best for you (everyone is different!) and replicate that on race day to ensure you have a successful run.

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Pre-Run

Depending on when you run, you might need a light snack before you head out the door. I always keep a batch of homemade energy bites in the fridge so I can have one or two if I’m doing a run of 6 miles or more first thing in the morning. I make mine with dates or figs, nuts (typically almonds or cashews), Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal and then fun add-ins like unsweetened coconut, cacao powder or nut butter. These are a great way to get natural sugar, carbs and protein to fuel your workout.

Before a long run (10 miles or more), I always eat oatmeal with fruit and nut butter. You have to do what works best for you, so experiment – maybe sprouted toast with peanut butter and banana is your jam (pun intended) or you can’t stomach anything more than a little bit of granola and almond milk. Be sure you know what works best for you so you can do the same thing on race day!

During Your Run
Many people use energy gels when they run. I do when I am running a race for ease but during training runs I use my homemade energy bites. I try to eat 50 calories or so every 45 minutes. Your carb stores are depleted after 90 minutes (all that yummy oatmeal is gone!) so it’s important to keep fueling your body because if not, you will begin to feel fatigued and your legs will tire.

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If this is your first distancee race, be sure to try out how you are going to fuel for race day during your long training runs. If you don’t want to use energy gels at all, I also suggest dates with nut butter or even honey packets – you need sugar and carbs to keep those legs moving.

Post Run
It’s natural to want to eat everything in site after a long run – or nothing at all if you are so exhausted from all the hard work you just did! You need to replenish all the carbs you just burned as well as eat protein to fix all the tiny tears running puts in your muscles. The magic ratio you are looking for for optimal recovery is a 4:1 carb to protein ratio.

Personally, I want nothing sweet after a run since I had so many sugary things to fuel my way through. I crave salt (see below: hydration). Lately, my go-to post run food as been sauteed kale, mushrooms and onions with eggs and a carb like quinoa or brown rice. You could also add a little Ancient Grain Oatmeal for a savory dish. I’ll usually have a little Greek yogurt with peanut or almond butter as well.

If I’m meeting up with friends for a late brunch or lunch after my long runs, I’ll make a quick smoothie like my Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie. Cherries help fight inflammation caused by running and are a great recovery food. I add protein powder to help repair my muscles and lots of green leafy vegetables to get a good dosage of vitamins and minerals.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

Hydrate
This goes without saying – drink water! Invest in a water bottle made specifically for running if you are running in hot weather or running long distances. When you begin to feel dehydrated during a run you will feel tired, sore and even begin having negative feelings about your run. When I randomly start to develop a bad mood during a run I drink more water and it always helps me snap out of it! Remember to drink water even when it’s cold out… your body will still get dehydrated!

When running long distances, sometimes water alone isn’t enough. It’s important to get electrolytes as well, especially pre and post run. I use Nuun tablets since they are all natural and don’t have any added sugar and it’s easy to pop them in my water bottle. Coconut water is also an awesome source of electrolytes and potassium. If you find yourself bloated after a run, be sure you’re replenishing electrolytes.

Runners, how do you fuel for your training and races? New runners, do you have any questions?

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Running a Fall Race? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Fall running

Hi everyone! I’m Cassie, the blogger behind Almost Getting it Together. After talking about clothes all day at my job in social media, I wanted an outlet to talk about my passions other than fashion – traveling, running, living a healthy lifestyle and of course, food!

I love sharing my knowledge and encouraging others to be the best that they can be. To do just that, I’m bringing you a three part series to talk about training for races in the height of marathon season. Check back each week for a new installment on nutrition, race day and recovery and today – training tips!

Are you a seasoned runner who is ready to take the next step and running a longer distance race or are you new to the running world? Either way, you’ll have to have time, commitment and a plan to reach your goal. From choosing your race to staying motivated and injury free, here are some of the best tips from an eleven year distance runner!

Choosing a Race

One of the best ways to stay motivated with your running is to have a race on the calendar so you can build your training plan. While there are opportunities for 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons and marathons year round, the main seasons for half and full marathons are in the spring and fall.

  • Determine how much time until your race. If you’re a beginner, you’ll need eight weeks to train for a 5K or 10K, 12 weeks to train for a half-marathon and 16 weeks to train for a marathon. Be sure you take this into account when you are choosing a race!
  • Decide where you are going to run your race. Will it be close to home or would you like to do a destination race like Disney or a Rock n’ Roll race? Each has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s nice to wake up in your own bed on race day but it’s also fun to run somewhere completely new.

Staying Motivated

Training for a race isn’t always easy or fun. There will be days you want to stay in bed instead of going for a run or head out to happy hour instead of spin class. There are a few ways to break up the monotony of running.

  • Join a running group. Don’t worry if you think you’re too slow – there are people who run every pace who will be there! This is also a great way to make new friends and learn more about running from seasoned running veterans.
  • Make a playlist that you use only for running. Save your best pump up music, the newest album from your favorite artist, or old school jams for your runs so you look forward to them even more.
  • Buy new workout gear. Don’t go out for a 10 mile run in brand new shoes, but buy a new top or shorts every now and again to get you excited to go outside.
  • Vary your route. This is important for injury prevention as well. You don’t want to see the same thing day after day and your legs need to run on different types of surfaces – trail, pavement, track – switch it up!

Staying Injury Free

Many people are afraid to begin running because they have lingering injuries or are worried about hurting their joints. Yes, both are possible, but if you take the right precautions, you will be able to get across the finish line injury free on race day.

  • Get fitted for the proper running shoes. Many people will choose shoes based on whatever they like aesthetically – bad move. There are different types of shoes for different types of feet. Go to a specialty running store, tell them what you are training for and they will help you choose the best pair of shoes for your feet. They do this by watching you run, measuring your feet and looking at your old running shoes – don’t forget to bring those if you have them!
  • Foam roll. Ever see people at the gym rolling over a cylindrical piece of foam? Yes, that’s foam rolling. It helps stretch the muscles and release lactic acid for a quicker recovery. It’s not always pleasant… think more, “it hurts so good”.
  • Cross train. Don’t go out and run 7 days a week. Run 3-6 days a week, whatever works best for you, and go to a spin class, swim, do a strength workout or go to yoga the other days. Your legs and joints need a rest and you will become a stronger runner by getting your heart pumping in different ways.

Are you currently training for a race? What other tips do you have for aspiring runners?

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Now Find Us At Sprouts Farmers Markets!

While our Ancient Grain Oatmeals are already available in Sprouts stores, our Ancient Grain Granolas are just hitting shelves this week! Join in on the excitement and swing by today to grab a bag : )  Click here to find a local Sprouts near you.

And don’t forget to print out a $1 OFF coupon before you head to the store. Our treat!

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Partnering with Edith Sanford

Giving back has always been an integral part of Purely Elizabeth. We believe that supporting those in need is essential to living a healthy, purposeful and fulfilled life. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our most recent partnership with Edith Sanford Breast Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that is pioneering a bold new comprehensive approach to breast cancer, with a mission to unlock each woman’s genetic code, advance today’s prevention and treatment, and end breast cancer for future generations.

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As a female-run company focused on health and wellness the cause is close to us all. We’ve all been impacted in one way or another by breast cancer and we’re passionate about helping to stop it.

Edith Sanford’s approach is not only to advance research, but also to empower women to live a more all-around healthy, preventative lifestyle. Good health begins with what you put in your body, so we feel like the partnership can make a real impact and we’re proud to be a part of TeamEdith!

One of the ways in which we’re partnering with Edith Sanford this year is by supporting Team Edith in the Women’s Running Series. We will be handing out delicious purely samples at the upcoming Women’s Running Races in Nashville, TN and Scottsdale, AZ. So if you’re in the area or running one of the races, make sure to stop by the booth and fill up on our ancient grain fuel! Also, make sure to do you part, get involved and make a donation–every little bit helps!

Pick up the latest issue of Women’s Running Magazine and find out more about our partnership with Edith Sanford! 

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The Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich + A Giveaway

This week we’re running a giveaway for one of our absolute FAVORITE vegan cookbooks, The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. This cookbook features over 100 delicious, healthy recipes, accompanied by stunning photographs. Today’s your last chance to enter, so make sure to click the link below!

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Meet Angela Liddon, author of The Oh She Glows Cookbook.

This is one of my favorite quick and easy summer lunches. Before I became a vegan, I used to prepare canned flaked chicken regularly. This chickpea salad is my alternative to the chicken salad sandwiches of my youth. I must say, this version blows the former out of the park! The mashed chickpeas create a texture very similar to flaked chicken and the sauce gets a boost from a creamy egg-less mayonnaise. I’ve also added a hefty amount of vegetables like celery, green onion, pickles, and bell peppers to give it a great crunch and loads of fiber. Serve this salad in pieces of Boston or Bibb lettuce, in a wrap or sandwich, or on crackers. If you have a picnic or road trip coming up, you’ll be happy to know that it packs well, too.angelaliddonheadshot-185706

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Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Serves 3-4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, soy-free option

1 (15-ounce/425-g) can cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

3 green onions, thinly sliced

1⁄4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped dill pickle

1⁄4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped red bell pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 mL) vegan mayonnaise

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 1⁄2 teaspoons (7 mL) yellow mustard

2 teaspoons (10 mL) minced fresh dill (optional)

1 1⁄2 to 3 teaspoons (7 to 15 mL) fresh lemon juice, to taste

1⁄4 teaspoon (1 mL) fine-grain sea salt, or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

Lettuce leaves or gluten-free bread/wraps, for serving

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher until flaky in texture.

2. Stir in the celery, green onions, pickles, bell peppers, mayonnaise, and garlic until combined.

3. Stir in the mustard and dill (if using) and season with the lemon juice, salt, and black pepper, adjusting the quantities to taste.

4. Serve with toasted bread, on crackers, in a tortilla (use gluten-free if desired) or lettuce wrap, or on top of a basic leafy green salad.
Tip: If you’d like a soy-free version of this salad, be sure to use soy-free vegan mayonnaise.

Giveaway: The Oh She Glows Cookbook


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We’re giving away a copy of the amazing “The Oh She Glows Cookbook“ for one of our lucky foodie fans to win! This vegan cookbook features a collection of over 100 wholesome recipes. These revamped classics will be loved by anyone, including not-so-healthy eaters.

Meet Angela Liddon, author of “The Oh She Glows Cookbook”  

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Angela, a self-trained chef and photographer started the beautiful, drool-worthy blog, Oh She Glows, where we first discovered her. Oh She Glows is a gorgeous food blog–free of meat and dairy and for the most part, gluten, soy and processed foods. Angela takes healthy foods and makes them interesting, decadent and utterly satisfying.

Details: The giveaway will run 8/18-8/22. There are various ways to enter and you can enter everyday to better your chances!

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A sneak peek recipe from the cookbook…

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