Saturday, January 25, 2014

Milo Drama and Homemade Lara Bar Recipe

I was supposed to be running the Rain Run Half Marathon today. But, I'm at work since I couldn't find anyone to cover my shift. Oh well! Probably a good thing that I don't have to deal with the stress surrounding a race this weekend.

What a week! So much drama surrounding my sweet little boy.

On Wednesday I found out he had fleas. Which set my anxiety around a code red. Numerous phone calls, a trip to the vet, a trip to the groomers, back and forth to the laundry mat, a few grey hairs, and $200 later, I think we have the problem under control.

All of my friends who are dog owners didn't think it was a big deal, but none of my dogs growing up ever got fleas. Besides the fact that Milo was suffering, I'm most worried about an infestation in my house. I took up and threw out all my carpeting and have been vacuuming like a fiend. Hopefully those darn fleas don't make a resurgence!

Workouts this week have been few. I took a rest day on Wednesday to deal with all this. Thursday I ended up running about 6 miles, totally Garmin-less. Didn't worry about time or anything, I really just needed to blow off some steam. Thursday I ran again, although I was dragging and really didn't want to. Just a short three miles. Sometimes I wonder where the line is between pushing yourself through when you feel like that and giving yourself a break. Well, I decided to push through Friday. Typically when I feel that way, if I just tell myself to do a mile and then I can turn around, I will end up feeling fine and get in a longer run anyways.

In food news, I finally made some homemade Larabars with my Vitamix!

For the longest time, I held myself back from asking for a Vitamix because I knew I wanted to make Lara bars on my own and didn't know if I could do it in a Vitamix. Most "recipes" call for a food processor. 

After some research, I decided to just go for it. I chopped up the dates as well as I could and didn't even have to soak the cashews! Total success! And they taste just like cookie dough. 

Here's what I did:

Cookie Dough Larabars

1 1/4 cups pitted dates (if using a Vitamix, chop the dates first)
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tablespoons cocoa nibs

Blend the dates, cashews, salt, vanilla and coconut in a Vitamix or food processor until the desired consistency. Remove from machine and mix in cocoa nibs. Make dough into bars or balls and store in the refrigerator. 

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