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Healthy-ish Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

January 8, 2012

Hey Friends!! I hope you have been enjoying the last month and the holiday season that comes with it! I had a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and friends. Between hubby and I we have a lot of family. We made the rounds Christmas Eve and Christmas day and by the third Christmas meal I was ready to put my stretchy pants footie pajamas on.


Yes…. I got fiesta ware AND footie pajamas for Christmas…. Smile

Another wonderful thing I enjoy about the holiday season is that several of my friends whom live out of state are in town. We did our annual Christmas cookie exchange party, painted cute Christmas pictures at Painting With a Twist, and had fun salsa dancing while ringing in the new year.





While I love the holidays, this weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It’s the first weekend in a long time where there are no plans and no places to be. We get to relax and wind down and get everything back in order. Lord knows my house is screaming for some attention and I slept a near 10 hours last night! It was glorious.

I have a great recipe for you this morning! Healthy banana muffins that contain no oil and no  butter. And you know what that means?

There’s room for chocolate Smile


and of course black bananas are the best for healthy baking. My in-laws think I’m crazy for always wanting to take home their old bananas.



Here what you’ll need:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda


pink_cartoon_bird_or_chick_0515-1003-1906-0318_SMUFitChickBritt Eat Well Tip: For an even healthier muffin simply omit the chocolate chips or substitute with orange zest or walnuts for extra flavor.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line 12 muffin cups. In a medium bowl, mash bananas well. Combine eggs and bananas. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups. Fill about 3/4’s of the muffin cup with mixture. Bake in oven for 11 to 13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.



Hope you are having a relaxing weekend like me. Tell me one thing you did this holiday season!



I met Neil Patrick Harris

December 7, 2011

Oh hi there! Hope you didn’t think I fell off the face of the earth Winking smile I took a little unplanned time off from blogging and it was wonderful. Just what I needed for Namaste November. I spent some quality time with my family for the Thanksgiving Holiday and enjoyed my birthday at the end of the month.

Dinner and drinks with family and friends and Neil Patrick Harris is always fun.

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Ok. Not really, but I swear that it was Barney Stinson.

So what’s going on in my world?

I’m still Marathon training. I had a confidence boosting 18 miler a few weeks ago. So confidence boosting that I went out and ran 20 miles at an 8:50 pace in 20mph winds the next week. It was a little ambitious to say the least and I was feeling it after! This weekend I did an easy 14 miler with Rachael as my company. It felt like the quickest 14 miler I’ve ever ran. I swear we could probably chit chat all day about nothing and everything at the same time.



I’m running a 30k race this weekend. That’s 18.6 mile my friends. IPods are not allowed. I have no idea what I was thinking signing up for this.

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I got a Kindle Fire for my birthday and I love it! You can watch Netflix, download all kinds of apps, play music, browse the web, read books…. it’s awesome! Definitely comparable to an Ipad and way less in price. If you’re wondering what to get a special someone for Christmas it’s a great deal!


With my free time I’ve been cooking a lot more lately. Thanks to Pinterest it’s been pretty easy to keep tabs on recipes I want to try and it’s been an easy place to come back to when I’m trying to meal plan for the week.

I’ve made this.

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and some of this.

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and one of these.

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Oh yes and this. Yum.

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But I especially can’t forget these. These are flourless and they are the bomb.

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I ❤ cooking. and I ❤ pinterest.

So tell me, what have you been up to?


RNR San Antonio 1/2 Marathon Recap

November 16, 2011

What do you want first? The good? or the bad? Let’s start with the bad so we can end on a positive note.

The Bad

  • The trek to San Antonio started with sitting in an hour of traffic before we even made it out of Houston. Fun.
  • I’d been stalking the weather all week and I was not happy about it. 100% humidity and70-degrees at the start of the race with the temperatures rising in the 80’s. It was as  bad as I pictured it being. Maybe worse. Have I told y’all how much I HATE running the humidity? I’d pick the dreadmill over humidity no contest.
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  • Hills- oh the hills. Houston is FLAT. San Antonio- not so much. I have done zero hill training and I was expecting this “flat and fast” course the race site had bragged about. There were steady climbs throughout and a killer overpass at mile 13. That was just mean.
  • I hated every single step of this race except for the one to get back in the car to go home. I went into the race with a less than thrilled attitude. The corrals were crowded and people were very pushy. I felt the way the start and finish were set up was sort of chaotic and kind of not worth all the hassle of “just running the half.”
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  • The course was kind of boring. We went through a bunch of neighborhoods and downtown buildings and in and around some overpasses. However, apparently, according to the race video I was sent, we ran past the Alamo. How did I miss that?


The Good

  • I carb loaded the night before with Rachael and our Hubby’s. We went to a place that Hubby had seen on man vs. food that had crazy-huge 42’ pizzas. We all split a 20” and couldn’t finish it.

  • Despite the fact that my mind wasn’t in the right place I was actually able to convince myself to push it. It is strange how I view a half marathon as more of a “go all out” race and feel like I can try to push my pace pretty hard. Thanks to marathon training 13 miles doesn’t seem all that far anymore Smile 
  • I originally signed up to run the full marathon but a month or two ago I decided I would just run the half because I didn’t want to run two marathons that close together and I want to do really well at Houston. I spent the entire race congratulating myself for making the best decision by not running the full marathon in those weather conditions. (Sorry Tara)
  • The crowd support was great. The people of San Antonio really came out to support the runners. The funniest spectator sign of the day I saw said, “Try not to suck.”

  • The finish line was very organized. Plenty of volunteers, getting in an out of the food lines was quick and easy, and we were given glorious cold towels.
  • I left the race with a shiny new PR by 5-minutes. PR’s are always good Smile I beat my primary goal of finishing in under 1:50. My official time was 1:49:32.



Banana Orange Bread

November 7, 2011

Happy Monday my friends. I know those two words don’t really go together, but we are focusing on the positive this month.

3 good things this week has to offer:

1. Monday is already over

2. It’s a short week (I’ve got Friday off- woohoo!)

3. I’m running the San Antonio half marathon at the end of the week

Here’s a great quote I heard at yoga yesterday to start your week off with:

I hope you had a nice weekend. I had a great 16 mile long run with Rachael. It’s so nice to have someone to do a long run with; the time just flies by and before you know it the long run is over. Hopefully we can do one of those brutal 20 mile runs together Smile.

On Saturday I was in the mood to bake and considering we were pretty low on groceries it took some thought. I had some left over orange juice from my homemade sports drink and some pretty sad looking black bananas.


pink_cartoon_bird_or_chick_0515-1003-1906-0318_SMUFit Chick Britt Eat Well Tip: Near-black bananas are one of the best baking mediums. Ripe bananas become sweeter over time and can be used as a sweetener in recipes. I even find I can reduce the amount of sugar in a recipe when I’m using ripe bananas.



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 very ripe mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • orange zest from 1/2 orange

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients starting with the wet. Top mixture with orange zest. Bake in greased loaf pan (mine is 8 1/2 in. x 4 in. X 2 in.) for 50 minutes. Enjoy!

As an afterthought, I thought the glaze from this bread would make a perfect topping for the banana orange bread.

Yesterday I got my haircut and so I don’t get reprimanded here is a picture of the new do.

I went from this…


to this…



I love it! Not a huge change, but I needed some shape and color. It had been over a year since I last colored my hair. I had myself convinced I was going to grow my natural color out, but I couldn’t stand it anymore. I mean who wants “dirty dishwater blonde” hair?

I actually haaaate getting my hair done because it takes too long. I was there for 5 hours! I’m never putting off doing my hair that long again.

Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday.

Anyone else running any races this weekend?


Monster Mash 15K Recap

November 6, 2011

I’ve been waiting a whole week for photos to post an epic race recap, but it looks like those photos are never going to get posted. #wherearethey?!

I figured I better share some type of recap before I forget all the details.

The day  before the race was a gorgeous day and typical Saturday. I went for a short run, went to yoga, and was played golf with Hubby…. errr played caddy.


Kombucha tastes even better from the green.


While we were golfing I got an email about a local Halloween themed race “The Monster Mash” that desperately needed volunteers the next day. I had actually been eyeing this race; I liked that they had a 5k, 10k, and 15k, but I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t sign up for anymore races between t he 10 for TX and my November half marathon.

I half-jokingly replied back to the email asking if we could volunteer for a free spot in the race and to my surprise I got a “Yes” response. After much debating, I showed up at 11 am to help volunteer and to run the 15k at 3:45.

Volunteering was fun. I spent most of the morning hanging Halloween decorations and the rest of the afternoon pointing participants in the direction of packet pickup and showing them how to use their D-tags.

As for the race part, I’ve decided I don’t like writing race recaps. It’s boring to me to run through mile by mile and try to recap the race that way and after re writing my recap 90 times here’s the basic run down:


I wasn’t sure what my race strategy was. I was kind of tired from running around all day already and I’d hardly eaten, and I just wasn’t in the mood to “race”.

I texted Rachael and told her I was gonna just take an easy pace for the race and she said “NO. and that’d I’d be really disappointed if I didn’t actually race. She basically told me I train really hard and I deserved a good race.”

When the gun went off I still wasn’t convinced I wanted to “race” and I spent the first half mile trying to at least weave past the walkers and the people dressed in costume. Why do I always get stuck in the back?!

I quickly realized I did feel like running fast and somewhere in the first mile I took off.

My garmin is broken so I had no idea how fast or slow I was running throughout the whole race.

I finally came up to the first loop (it was 3 loops of 5k) and I saw the clock said 25 minutes. I thought, “Dang, if I can keep this up I can run a 1:15 15k” and I knew that was an 8:00 pace.

I started thinking about this post and how I admitted I’d been having a bad race season and I’d been having trouble finishing a race strong and giving into the mental games.

I kept my pace going and I passed the 2nd loop at the 10k mark at 48 minutes. “Who am I?!” I thought. That was 3 minutes faster than my current 10k PR!

At this point I was super pumped and I just went for it. My legs were flying. I was tired and I could have easily slowed the pace but my mind was so in this race that I just kept running- and fast!

I came up to the end of the last loop, I dug deep and sprinted to the finish line. I’m pretty sure I had the  biggest smile on my face when I saw he clock read 1:13. 1:13 something?!? That’s a sub 8:00 minute pace for 9.3 miles. I have never ever ran that far that fast. EVER.

Official time was 1:13:32. Pace: 7:47/mile


I took 2nd place overall female in the 15k and I left feeling like I’d raced the best race I’d ever run.

Namaste November: Thankful for Friends

November 3, 2011

I’m loving this trend going on on Facebook and twitter of “30 days of thanks.” If you haven’t heard of it, for the month of November people all around the world are focusing on one thing each day for the next 30 days they are thankful for. It can be anything big or small. I love how this goes in line with my plan for Namaste November. In focusing on one thing we are thankful for at the start of the day it can put our priorities and worries throughout the day into perspective.

So in light of Namaste November, thankful Thursday, and 30 days of thanks (dang this post covers everything, huh?) I’d like to express my gratitude I have for my friends.

My friends are so important to me. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. I have such a variety of friends:

friends from elementary age…


friends from high school…


friends that live near… and friends that live far…


blog friends… and blog friends turned real life friends.


Having a support system of friends who are always there to lift you up when you’re having a bad day or be proud of you when you accomplish a big goal is AWESOME.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized just how valuable friends are to me and how important  it is to surround yourself with friends that only lift you up and help you to achieve the best you you can be.

Tell me about a friend you are thankful for.


October Goals Recap

November 2, 2011

I already talked a little bit last night about the goals I’m setting for myself in November which are a little bit different than concrete and traceable goals. I’m taking some time out for myself this month called “Namaste November” to really reflect on the things most important in my life and to stop stressing. Read about it here if you’d like.

I’d set myself some goals for October and I wouldn’t be accountable for them if I didn’t check in and let you guys know how I did. The basic consensus for me is you win some you lose some.

Goal #1: Run the 10 for TX and have fun. I did run this race and I did have a good time. I left feeling like I could have given the race a little more effort, but all in all it was enjoyable. Read about it here.


Goal #2: Cook 2 new recipes per week. This was a big fail. I think I made one thing- Jenna’s No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were delicious. I haven’t been grocery shopping in ages and when I go I usually pick up just enough things to make something to take with me for lunch and some snacks. Cooking more in a roundabout way is a goal I have for November. I love cooking and trying new recipes, but with a busy schedule whipping up a lavish meal is the first thing to go.


Goal #3: Chew Less Gum. I actually fared pretty well on this challenge. I probably in total had about 3 packs of gum the whole month. And, yes, this is an improvement from the 3 packs a week I was chewing. I find that if I don’t buy gum to hang around my desk then I won’t (and can’t) chew it all day.

Goal #4: Do 2 cross training videos per week. I kind of stuck with this goal. Some weeks I did 2 videos and some of the weeks I think I only got in one (mostly yoga though). I wrote this post the other day though that Rachael and I are keeping each other accountable for getting those strength sessions in during marathon training.

Goal #5: Blog More. I didn’t get to stick with this goal as much as I wanted, but life gets in the way sometimes. Here are some of my favorite posts from the month:

I tried something new and got my eyebrows threaded

I made a homemade sports drink

I exposed my most horrible race photos

I admitted I wasn’t having the best race season

Did you make any goals for October? Did you stick with them? Share with me your favorite post from October!