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  • Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas


    September brings the arrival of so many fall things...apples, pumpkin, crisp mornings, changing leaves and FOOTBALL! I am a Georgia girl and one thing we don't mess around with is our football! I spent every Friday night cheering on the field at home and away with my high school team. When I went off to [...]

  • Southern-Style Tomato Pie


    One of the saddest things about the end of summer is the end of tomatoes that are bursting with flavor. I can hardly bring myself to buy grocery store tomatoes during the off-season because they are so far removed from the real thing. We have enjoyed a great tomato season here in Charlotte and my [...]

  • Armenian Lentil Soup with Eggplant and Apricots


    For the last few weeks I have been making soups to have on hand to eat throughout the week. It's such a treat to enjoy a good homemade soup instead of heating up boxed or canned soups. (Don't get me wrong...I eat my fair share of boxed soups from Trader Joe's.) Given my love for being [...]

  • Pre-Dawn Grocery Shopping and Kitchen Projects


    I woke up at what I thought was the middle of the night. I checked my phone and it was 4:50. My alarm was set for 5:15 and I was wide open so I figured it best to get out of bed while I was half alert rather than sleep for 20 more minutes and [...]

  • Weekend in Photos


    I have a lot to share but it will have to wait until tomorrow! For now here is a quick look into my weekend. We are very dog friendly at Metro Fitness Club. Sullie loved hanging out with our director of operation's cute pup Felix on Friday. Sullie is seriously awesome at the gym. I [...]

  • (Not Trying To) Get Back On Track


    I have a few end of year/new year related posts to share with you in the upcoming days but for today I thought I would actually share some of the things I've been eating lately. It's been a while since I have written a meals-based post and I'm sure most of you could use a [...]

  • Listen Up


    Food has been a little boring. Peanut butter, honey and banana on a gluten-free Trader Joe's frozen waffle. I am loving using these as an alternative to toast in the morning. Thanks to whoever recommended the TJs brand. I like it better than Van's. Leftover Mexican Quinoa. I can't get enough. This stuff is so [...]

  • Shifting Gears


    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words about my post yesterday. I spent a lot longer on the post than I usually do.  I kept going back and editing it and I considered not publishing it at all. When I did publish it, I immediately wanted to take it down. It can [...]

  • A Healthy “Cookie” Fail


    While I was in the throws of domesticity yesterday, I took a breather on the couch and decided to browse my "i love peanut butter" board on Pinterest in search of a baking project. In a moment of weakness, I actually thought it would be a good idea to bake peanut butter cookies with chickpeas. [...]

  • Golden Bowl


    I went to college at the University of Georgia in Athens. It's pretty much the best college town ever. The downtown is walking distance from campus and full of bars, shops and great restaurants. I was first introduced to true vegetarian cuisine in Athens at The Grit. I enjoyed many delicious dinners and hungover brunches [...]

  • Tots And Tabata


    Happy Friday! It's been a great day for me so far. The weather in Charlotte has been so beautiful the past few days. Warm but low humidity and cool nights. Wish I had time to enjoy it poolside but for now runs and eating outside will have to suffice. Breakfast was one of my favorite [...]

  • Girls Gone WOD + Lunch At Fern


    Hey guys! I'm alive...just having to prioritize at the moment and work is currently ranking #1. On Monday night we had a Coach's WOD at our new location. It was our first time working out there and it was awesome! What was NOT awesome, on the other hand, was the workout that our Director of [...]

  • Quinoa For A Cause


    And it's Friday! I have a nice weekend getaway planned. It's my last weekend of freedom before our new location opens and I'm on lockdown in the city of Charlotte so I wanted to take advantage of it. More details on that later. ;) I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey [...]

  • The Forgotten Vegetable


    I so appreciate everyone who took the time to wish me congratulations on my second anniversary of blogging on Peanut Butter Runner. When I ask questions like, "tell me one thing that's changed in your life over the last year," it's not just to illicit responses. I genuinely enjoy reading about the things that you [...]

  • Still Green


    Happy Friday! It's been such a great week at work. Busy but in a very good way with lots of  exciting things in the works. I'm spending my Friday evening working the front desk at Metro for the first time and I'm actually having so much fun with it. While I do get to teach [...]

  • Caffeinating The Green Smoothie


    Happy Wednesday! We're on day 3 of the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and I got a little crazy with my smoothie this morning. I had the genius idea to make my green smoothie hybrid pre-yoga fuel + morning coffee and added a shot of espresso. Leave it to me to figure out how to caffeinate [...]

  • Spinning Again At FlyWheel


    As predicted, it's slightly painful to sit today! This is the culprit. My bottom met a spin bike for the first time in years. I actually own padded shorts that I've never worn (gifted to me when I went through a month long spinning phase when I first moved to Charlotte) but after a quick [...]

  • Primary Series With The Sunrise


    Guess who was up at 5:45 this morning to practice ashtanga for the first time since January? Primary series with the sunrise. I was very surprised to discover that my body fell back into the practice with little resistance. Yes, some of the poses didn't come as easily but overall it felt really good. For [...]

  • Squats, Lunges and Cupcakes


    Remember the workout I posted yesterday? It ended up taking me about 30 minutes total to complete with the running and CrossFit WOD and clearly it was effective because my glutes (we'll be PC here) are sore today. When girls ask me "how do I get rid of this" while pointing to their upper thighs, [...]

  • Figuring It Out


    Happy Friday! I actually can't believe that it is Friday. This was my first full week being at Metro and it flew by. I feel so lucky to be here and definitely know that it was the right decision for me to take this job. Everyone has been so welcoming and I'm so excited about [...]

  • The Soreness Settles In


    The breaking news for today is how freaking sore I am from yesterday's workout. My low back is soooooo sore from the dead lifts. It requires major effort and groans to bend over today. I didn't think the pushups were that bad when I was doing them but my chest is screaming at me now. [...]

  • The Counter Pose To Life


    Recently it's seemed like my yoga practice has really ebbed and flowed. I get in a groove with it for a period of time and then I start skipping out on my practice when I feel busy and other things are demanding my attention. Case in point, I practiced ashtanga 2-3 times a week (in [...]

  • Sunny Sunday


    Happy Oscar evening! I am camped out on the couch watching the red carpet coverage. I'm pretty underwhelmed so far but then again I have only half been paying attention as I've been playing on the computer and cooking dinner. I haven't seen many of the movies that are nominated this year so I'm not [...]

  • End Of The Week Rundown


    I can't believe it's Friday. This week has been an absolute whirlwind of busyness and awesomeness! :D I have been going non-stop from 6 a.m. until after 8 p.m. every day and when I woke up this morning my body was definitely feeling it. I am feeling pretty run down and kind of sore and [...]

  • A Crazy V-Day


    I am a broken record on Tuesdays. I'm exhausted. That's all going to change soon though as I get back on a more normal schedule. Although I love everything that I have done today, I'm definitely looking forward to being a bit more focused and not all over the place all day, every day. The [...]

  • All About The Eggs + Weekend Update


    I hope that it is a beautiful Sunday wherever you are. It is really chilly here but the sun is shining and the cold air is invigorating. It also motivated quite a few yogis to show up for my 9:15 hot class so I'll take that! ;) I needed a little break from blogging this [...]

  • Random Cravings


    Good morning! I was up before the sun this morning to make sure I could fit in a blog update before I tackle my busy day. I love the quietness of early morning hours. It's one of my favorite times to get writing/reading work done. I also love sunrise runs and hope to get back [...]

  • A Productive Streak


    It was fun to read your feelings on cilantro. It really does seem like a "love/hate" food but most of you were in the love camp. One reader, David, even posted a link to a NYT article that explains scientific evidence about why some people hate the taste of it. Pretty crazy! I happened to [...]

  • Playtime + Downtime


    This weekend has been exactly what I needed it to be...relaxing. It's been a nice mix of playtime time with friends versus downtime tackling "operation organize my life." On Friday night I met up with some friends for dinner at 131 Main. I was coerced into ordering a Poma-tini while we waited for a table [...]

  • Sunday Sameness


    Good morning and happy Monday! I hope that your day is off to a positive start. Mine is off to a sore start. I did another ashtanga practice at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday with David Keil. My practice felt really good and I was happy that after a long hiatus from ashtanga that I was [...]

  • A Return To My Favorite Practice


    My Saturday stared out busy and productive but by noon I turned into a blob and hung around the house for the rest of the day. My alarm went off at the very early hour of 5:15 a.m. so that I could make it over to YogaFlex to for the David Keil ashtanga practice. Ashtanga [...]

  • Out With The Old…


    And in with the new... Running shoes! I looked back at an old post and discovered that the last time that I replaced my shoes was early April. That is not good! One of the reasons that I delayed getting new shoes (other than not wanting to drop $100 on them) was that I knew [...]

  • 10 Days Out


    So. We are 10 days out from Christmas and I have done zero shopping. I haven't even considered a list of possible ideas. Holiday cards were a no go this year. Call me Scrooge but I'm kind of just ready to put 2011 in the books and move on to January. Sigh. I should probably [...]

  • An Exercise in Letting Go


    I hope that Monday has been kind to you. I realize that I am in the minority but I love Mondays. I love the start of a new week and the opportunity to take control over setting the tone for the week. That said, my Monday wasn't totally easy breezy...because sometimes they just aren't. I [...]

  • The State of the Blog


    Dear amazing readers, have I told you lately how much I appreciate you? Seriously. No matter how crazy or how busy my days get, one of my favorite daily rituals is updating my blog. Take today, for example. It's after 11 p.m., I taught three classes and two privates and didn't get home until 10:30 [...]

  • Easy Pantry Dinner


    Tuesdays are my long teaching days. My day started in the dark Uptown at 6 a.m. for a yoga private... ...and ended Uptown in the dark at 7 p.m. after teaching BodyPump. In between I taught three yoga classes. I did have a couple breaks throughout the day to get some things done and most [...]

  • Happy Friday Updates


    Hello, hello! Long time, no update (well...2 days feels like a long time these days!). I wasn't able to post last night so I planned on getting something up at lunch but the day got busy. Here it is 10 p.m. and I'm just sitting down to blog. I had a great morning. I set [...]

  • I Caved for Mmm…


    Those of you who follow multiple healthy living blogs have probably noticed that trends circulate through the blog world. If it weren’t for these trends I may have never discovered my love for green smoothies, quinoa, chia seeds and overnight oats. It’s funny…I usually ignore the trends for as long as possible, refusing to jump [...]

  • A Hawaiian Special – Musubi


    Hi everyone, my name is Stef and I write a blog called Living HI about healthy living in Hawaii. My interests include running, hiking, kayaking, and cooking with whole ingredients. Jen is having a crazy busy week, so she gave me the opportunity to do a guest post over here on Peanut Butter Runner, thanks [...]

  • Thanks, This and That


    To say that I am overwhelmed by the comments on my "Born to Run" post would be an understatement. Seriously. I read each and every one of the comments and will be responding to many of them! I appreciate your advice, suggestions and honesty. One immediate takeaway is that I will be looking into minimalist [...]

  • Surprise Party


    Thank you, thank you for the wonderful book suggestions yesterday! I am going to compile a summer reading post and list your favorites so that we can all have a go to resource! Sound good? I've been up since 5:30 this morning working on PBR. I'm trying to get posts lined up so that you'll [...]

  • Housewife Just For A Day


    We have some catching up to do! After my long, photo heavy Charleston recaps I didn't have it in me to blog much more than the giveaway winner last night. I had MLK day off from work. Our office was open but we have the option to take MLK or President's Day as a holiday. [...]

  • BodyPump: What It Is and Why I Love It


    I covered a BodyPump class tonight for a fellow instructor who has the plague that's going around. I was prepared for a full class and was so excited to arrive to find the gym already filling up. We ended up with around 45 participants tonight. I was surprised to see a LOT of familiar faces. [...]

  • Five Meatless Lunch Ideas


    You may have noticed that I generally do not eat meat with breakfast or lunch and only a couple of times a week with dinner. Although I usually have overnight oats or oatmeal for breakfast, I try to vary my lunches. I used to be a habitual peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and [...]

  • Richmond and The Shirt


    Well, we're officially en route to the Marine Corps Marathon! I worked a half day today and then we hit the road for Richmond, Virginia. We're spending the night here and then driving into DC tomorrow morning. I started the day with my VERY last training run of marathon training. Sullie accompanied me on an [...]

  • Mexican Quinoa


    You request, I listen! Here is the recipe for the Mexican Quinoa. I think it's apparent that quinoa is one of my new favorites. I discovered it during my 68 Days of Gourmet project on Bakin' and Eggs. This recipe is responsible for the start of my obsession. I touched on the health benefits in [...]

  • Great Grilled Cheese


    I need to make this one quick. I am drinking chamomile tea and just finished eating a pumpkin chocolate chip bar. I need to be in bed very soon. I have big plans in the morning that involve making a big decision. I need to be at my prime. Full report tomorrow. So here’s how [...]

  • Back on the Mat


    I set my alarm for 5:30 this morning with plans to go to a yoga class before work. When the alarm went off I decided to sleep until 6:15 and test out my hamstring with an easy run instead.  I set out with Sullie for an easy, slow three-miler...and I'm sad to report that I [...]

  • Fun with Shaksuka


    I am lucky that my husband is totally willing to try crazy ethnic vegetarian recipes that I put on our weekly menu plan. We may struggle about my desire to go 100% vegetarian but at least we've come to a good compromise and only cook meat/seafood at home a few nights a week. This week's [...]

  • Lulu Love


    And I'm watching the Rachel Zoe Project again. This is seriously a problem - I'm obsessed. She's trying to cook in this episode and she's clueless. I'm loving it! It makes me feel less bad about having no fashion sense! ;) I went to ashtanga this morning for all of 20 minutes...and then I rolled [...]