Because this was me yesterday: faint and exhausted after a hot 5 mile run with the double stroller, I thought I'd offer my words of wisdom to those of you who run with a stroller or are about to (um, congrats?) I know what you're thinking: load the babies in and run, what's the issue? But sometimes, a little reminder for us exhausted mom can make a huge difference in our fitness routines. (Oh, you're not an exhausted mom? Well congrats, skip on down to the recipe. I'm insanely jealous of you and your boundless energy).
1. Check the air in the tires (or for you couple of blog readers across the pond, tyres). Yes, it's obvious but easily overlooked: the air in your tires is the most important thing for an easier run. Thinking "Oh well, I'm sure it won't be that bad" when your tires look flatter than usual and your stroller feels heavier will only multiple by mile 3, when you're far enough from home that you're outta luck when a tire comes off or the stroller becomes wobbly or just insanely heavy, causing your wrists to ache and your upper body to work waaay harder than usual. We get enough weightlifting with toddlers, am I right? I prefer to run without working my arms and chest to the max, thankyouverymuch.
You can also carry a portable one with you, but I prefer this easy to use tire air pump we keep in the garage. (Also don't be fooled into thinking you have to buy your stroller brand one; almost any bike pump works fine. As do trash bags in your diaper pail. #MomHacks)
2. DON'T RUN WITHOUT WATER. Many a run I have realized part way that I managed to feed and dress the twins and get them cozy in the stroller with their sippy cups or snacks and then realize I'm running on a few sips of tea with an empty tummy and I would die for one sip of water. I then have to resort to shaking each sippy cup to see which girl has the most amount of water to determine which cup I can steal a mouthful of baby water from--you know baby water, that water that will immediately give you a snotty nose. Do I want to quench my thirst and possibly get a minor cold, or become faint and dizzy six miles from home with dehydration? Pack an extra bottle for you, my friend. Trust me. This "coldest" bottle ever (it really DOES keep your water nice and brisk) made of stainless steel is a fantastic choice since it is also super super easy to clean (another momma must).
3. Have a treat ready for you when you're home! If you make one of my easy recipes ahead of time, you can come home from a run sweaty and tired and get the babies down for a nap, then you'll get to cool off with a cold glass of water and a healthy donut or other Running Girl recipe like these chocolatey gingersnap cookies that tastes decadent but won't cancel out those calories you just burned. Alternately if you get home and your twins decide to throw a fit, you can distract them with the tasty morsels of gluten-free deliciousness for all of you, thereby saving the day and avoiding a total meltdown
There ya go--three easy tips to have a great run with the little(s) AND enjoy an easy yum yum for your tum tum.
This donut pan is legit: it takes up a tiny bit of storage space and is super easy to clean (notice a trend here? Easy to clean=lifesaver) and the little donuts pop right out. Oh, and it's dishwasher-friendly.
1 cup gluten-free flour (I like this GF Paleo Flour or a mix of Tigernut flour and arrowroot powder, but any gluten-free blend will be fine!)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp organic cinnamon (this brand rocks and is sustainably harvested)
1-1/2 tsp baking powder (no aluminum or corn in this one-> a MUST)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup almond milk (homemade or unsweetened organic)
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 tsp pure almond extract
Optional: crumbled Bakeology Snickerdoodles (Gluten-Free, No refined sugar, Vegan)
1. Turn oven to 350F and grease a baking donut pan with coconut oil.
2. Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix the chia seeds in the water and set aside to gel.
3. In a small saucepan, melt the nondairy milk, ACV, coconut oil and almond extract. Add in the now-thickened chia mixture and then mix the wet ingredients into the dry.
4. Spoon the batter into the donut pan filling each halfway and bake for 10 min. Let cool 5-10 minutes then enjoy!
5. Optional yumminess: Add in crumbled gluten-free Bakeology snickerdoodle cookies into the donut pan before pouring the batter over. My girls LOVE this easy recipe and I like to reduce the coconut sugar even more when making it for them, or omitting it and serving with applesauce. Any way you do it, enjoy these healthier donuts for a sweet treat suitable for vegans and those enjoying eating allergen-free!