Muesli in an Orange Bowl

Sundays are for long runs. Or are they for brunch? How about both!?! At least once per marathon season, we like to host a post-long run brunch. It goes something like this: run 2 hours, refuel/rehydrated  for 2 hours, and talk about splits or marathon strategy. Sounds luxurious, right?

Since no one wants to cook after covering 18 miles on the roads, our long run brunch menus are always make ahead meals. And since doing dishes isn't high on anyone's list either, we decided to package one of our classic make ahead breakfasts, Athlete Food Lime, Cardamom, and Coconut Muesli, in compostable orange peel bowls. 

Here's the Game Plan:

Saturday night: juice oranges, reserve juice (hmmm, maybe for mimosas in the morning?), make muesli, and fill orange "bowls"

Sunday: Eat your typical pre-race breakfast, run (focusing on marathon pace), dig into muesli bowls, have a mimosa.  If you're still hungry, dig into one of those gluten free chocolate chip cookies that you made Saturday morning...

--Laurel and Bec

Muesli with Lime, Cardamom, and Coconut

Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 to 8

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

Zest from 1 lime (about 1 teaspoon)

1 1/2 cups plain, unsweetened coconut water 

1/2 teaspoon cardamom 

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups rolled oats 

2 tart and crisp apples (such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith), diced (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, and/or blueberries

Optional Toppings:

maple syrup 

clementine slices

hemp seeds


Stir together the yogurt, zest, coconut water, cardamom and salt in a big bowl. Add the oats, apples, almonds, and dried fruit. Combine well.

Store the muesli overnight in the refrigerator, in orange peel bowls. Serve with little bowls of toppings. 

Meals + Miles: Swim Focus Day


Welcome to Meals + Miles. In these blog posts, we'll tell you about the workouts we do in a day and the exact foods that fuel them. Sometimes we have a plan for what we're going to eat and other times we go for whatever's in the larder. 

Here's how yesterday looked. Keep in mind, I'm training for a half ironman against the leanest, fastest triathletes in the world. If I want to be competitive, three workouts a day is the norm. --Bec

School drop-off

School drop-off

Swim Focus Day

Breakfast #1: Coffee with whole milk

Oats with sliced apples, nuts, cinnamon oil, sea salt, maple syrup


Workout #1: Power walk to school drop off and back (1.5 miles). Easy 2.5 miles on treadmill.


Breakfast #2: 2 rice cakes with almond butter, coconut oil, and honey


1 xrcel


The Crux: 60 minute hard swim (2.8 miles)


Lunch: tomato coconut curry soup, apple


Workout #3: Training session at Fusion (legs day) + 4 mile TM run at 6:45 pace (+ 1.2 mile power walk to gym and back)


Infinit MUD recovery shake

Dinner: Athlete Food Harvest Chopped Salad, lots of dark chocolate


*all day grazing* handfuls of roasted almonds every time I walked by the pantry!


Total miles: 12