Nine Little Indians

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Where "Indians" equals MILES!  Yes, I woke up and ran my obligatory Turkey Trot – all 9.0 miles of it.  When my alarm went off at 6:30, the last thing I wanted to do was go for a run, but all I had to do was think of stuffing, green bean casserole, and gravy and I was OUT THE DOOR!


It took me 1 hour and 30 minutes and I burned approximately 750 calories.  Pecan pie, here I come!


Before I left, I had two slices of French bread with some PB and a coffee.


Around mile 6.0, I had two Clif Shot Bloks.  I think these are yummy and I understand the benefits of replacing sodium, but I still think jelly beans or gummi bears work just fine (and its cheaper)!


I came home and made a hearty bowl of oatmeal to last me through my 2 hour drive to Thanksgiving lunch (we do lunch, not dinner… weird, huh?).


My oatmeal contained:


  • 2/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: sprinkle of Grape Nuts and about 7 almonds
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      After showering, I prepped the green bean casserole (my "signature dish" at Thanksgiving)…


    I pretty much follow the traditional recipe, but I use fresh (cooked) green beans instead of canned; I add sliced bella mushrooms; and I add about 3 cups of Italian cheese.  I baked the green bean casserole for 30 minutes and pulled it out.  I’ll finish baking it at my aunt’s and add the fried onions.


    Being "Healthy" at Thanksgiving


    In my opinion, there are TWO ways to be "healthy" at Thanksgiving:


    • Watch your portions and don’t over indulge.  Skip the appetizers, don’t get back for seconds, and only have 1 slice of pie.
    • Eat what you want — after all, it’s only ONE DAY!  Consciously choose to indulge in certain things.  If you make it a conscious decision to eat three slices of pie, you won’t feel guilty afterwards.


    The only way to be "unhealthy" at Thanksgiving is to mindlessly BINGE and then feel GUILTY about it later.


    So no matter how you choose to a navigate the Thanksgiving spread, I wish you a HAPPY and HEALTHY holiday!





    • VeggieGirl November 27, 2008, 7:58 am

      Great Turkey Trot, oats, and tips!!


    • amy. November 27, 2008, 8:00 am

      Awesome run Caitlin! Yay. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your holiday! Have a safe trip, too 🙂

    • Halie November 27, 2008, 8:05 am

      Sounds like a great run! Lovely oats 🙂

    • ksgoodeats November 27, 2008, 8:21 am

      Green bean casserole is my ultimate FAV Thanksgiving food!

      Great job on the run. Have a safe trip and a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch!

    • Meghann November 27, 2008, 8:24 am

      Drive safe!

      I’m Thankful for you too!!!!!

    • Justine November 27, 2008, 8:30 am

      Yay for a long run!
      Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!

    • Lyss November 27, 2008, 8:46 am

      Good for you on the run!!

      We do Thanksgiving lunch, too. But we still call it dinner. It’s a midwest farm thing.

    • Oh She Glows November 27, 2008, 8:47 am

      Wow your signatuire dish looks delicious!!!

      Have a GREAT day and great job on the run!!!


    • November 27, 2008, 8:47 am

      great kick butt workout!

      enjoy your thanksgiving!

    • imadedinner November 27, 2008, 8:50 am

      Congrats on the run, thats a fantastic time!!

      I love that the sun is shining on your breakfast too… how pretty!

    • Sammie November 27, 2008, 8:59 am

      Happy Thanksgiving!!! Enjoy your day.

    • bitesoflife November 27, 2008, 9:27 am

      Glad you had a good start to your morning!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mica November 27, 2008, 10:00 am

      Happy Thanksgiving, Caitlin! Your green bean casserole looks amazing. You are invited to my Thanksgiving dinner ANYTIME!

      Great job on your 9-miler. That’s awesome!

    • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 27, 2008, 10:06 am

      Congrats on your race Caitlin!! 😀

      I’m totally watching portions today and sneaking in extra veggies while the turkey roasts!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Sharney November 27, 2008, 11:16 am

      Happy Thanksgiving, Caitlin!!

      Awesome job on the 9.0 miler! We are headed to the in-laws and I also made a green bean casserole. I like your idea of adding cheese. Next Thanksgiving I will try that 🙂
      Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself- you earned it!

    • Claire November 27, 2008, 11:43 am

      We do lunch as well! To me it would be strange to wait until supper time. Thanks for reminding me about green beans…I was supposed to make some with mushrooms but we forgot. I guess I’ll add something fresh to the leftovers later!

    • magpie November 27, 2008, 12:02 pm

      My fam does lunch too – I’m not there this year so I’m doing dinner with friends, but the lunch thing isn’t weird to me 🙂

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • just me November 27, 2008, 12:14 pm

      greatrun and what a meal afterwards! have a great lunch and a great day!!!!

    • Lindsay November 27, 2008, 8:04 pm

      If you don’t have pie, can you go back for seconds? 🙂

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