Morning breakfast, playground and babycino break with little M, followed by a 90-min steady trail run and then HIIT with this fun crew. A great start to the weekend!
Johnny’s HIIT class was just the thing I needed to spice up my exercise habits since I mostly do endurance runs with one or two speed interval sessions thrown in every week. With our #TopfitMorning 12-week fitness challenge going on, it motivated me to do the class. Two of our challengers Lee and Janice joined in – going beyond their requisite three sessions a week – and it was inspiring to see them so determined to achieve their fitness goals.
Store-bought snacks are notorious for containing nasties like excessive sugars (including high fructose corn syrup) and preservatives. So I decided to make some myself, both for little M’s snackbox and as fuel mid-way through long trail runs or hikes.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups oat flour (old fashioned rolled oats whizzed in a blender)
a handful more rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or raisins
Combine vanilla, egg, brown sugar and melted coconut oil in a bowl. Beat until just combined. Fold in oat flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or till rather firm but not hard. Preheat oven to 180 deg F. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out tightly-packed balls of dough onto a tray lined with baking paper. Gently and slightly flatten with fingers or back of fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes, take out of oven and leave on tray for another 2 minutes, then let cool on wire rack. Makes about 21 medium-sized cookies.
Last year I spent this day alone, so this year I am very thankful to have shared this perfect day with fantastic company.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
To new friends and new beginnings…