Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 3, 2010

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The changing of the seasons typically coincide with changes in my workout schedules.

As the temperature dropped over the past few weeks, I started to shift my outdoor runs to the lunch hour. By the time midday strikes, the temperature has usually warmed up by 7-10 degrees Celsius which is substantial when you are running outdoors!

For example, when I got up this morning it was –3C (26F) and by noon it had warmed up to 9C (48F). As much as I love getting my workout done with in the morning, during the Fall season, I prefer to run outside after it warms up. I do not like the cold, despite being a former Winter Endurance Athlete. ;)

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My lunchtime workouts have left me with the big ‘before or after’ question regarding the timing of my lunch: Do I eat lunch before my run or do I eat after my run?

I have been experimenting with eating lunch before or after my run and I have found that when I eat my lunch  30-45 minutes before my run, I have much more energy than if I wait to eat until after. Of course, that makes total sense, but I was almost certain I would get running cramps after eating, but that hasn’t been the case. Sometimes I also ‘split up’ my lunch and have half before my workout and half after. This seems to work well too.

After yesterday’s awesome Avocado-Lime Black Bean Salad, I was inspired yet again to mix it up for lunch. I wanted something fairly light, yet still energizing for my run and this Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad was born…

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Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad

A hybrid between raking the leaves in the Fall and sipping a margarita on a tropical beach. Somehow, the flavours of cinnamon and Coconut oil just pair together so wonderfully. Don’t forget the sea salt too; it really makes the flavours pop in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, divided

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick liner. Peel and chop sweet potato. In a large bowl, add the cooked chickpeas, uncooked sweet potato, chopped onion, cinnamon, salt, and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil. Mix well. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and place in the oven at 425F for 36-40 minutes. Remove from oven and place into a large bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and stir well to coat. Add additional sea salt if preferred. Serves 1-2.

I don’t know about you, but 6 ingredient recipes make me happy. Very, very happy.

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[Note the onion is missing and I couldn’t fit all the chickpeas and sweet potato on the board so I just grabbed a handful ‘for show’!]

Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl and spread out onto a baking sheet.

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It smells like love, puppies, and rainbows mixed with a tropical beach.

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Bake for 36-40 minutes at 425F.

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Deeply inhale and fill your lungs with the sweet cinnamon and coconut aroma.

Place salad back into a bowl and mix in more coconut oil as it is a bit dry when it comes out of the oven. Sprinkle with more sea salt and serve immediately!

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When I made this, I assumed it was a two-serving recipe, but I loved it so much I ate the whole damn thing!

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After all, I needed my pre-run fuel. ;)

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And boy did I ever have energy on today’s run. Granted, I had to wear my running jacket + gloves to feel *sorta* warm, but it was refreshing once my body warmed up.

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After about 30 minutes of digesting, I hit the road.

Side note: I haven’t been blogging about all of my exercise lately, but I have been running on average 19-25 miles per week, with 1-2 complete rest days per week. Right now, I consider myself to be in ‘maintenance mode’; I am not presently training for any races, but I am still running consistently to keep up my ‘base’.

Side Note #2: Remember when I broke my second iPod Shuffle by putting it in the washing machine? Well, I am proud to say that I have been running for about 4-5 weeks now with absolutely NO music and I don’t even miss it much anymore! I never thought I could get used to running without music, but here I am. I find that I get more thinking done too.

The run:

  • Distance: 4.16 miles
  • Time: 34:10 mins

 

A delicious snack followed…Healthy Cookie Bites! Aka: Oatmeal in cookie form. ;)

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Now that Fall is here and Winter is quickly approaching, do you change up your workouts with the seasons or the time of day that you workout? Do you move inside, put on workout DVD’s, hit the gym, or just bundle up?

[As I typed this post, a notification popped up on my computer telling me that daylight Saving Time ends this weekend….doh!!]

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Amanda (Eating Up) November 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Mmm that looks delicious! It almost makes me want to lick my computer screen!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Running with no music?! I am so impressed! Don’t think I could do that. Since I don’t workout outside, my workouts don’t change much. I still work out first thing in the early morn because I like how it sets up my day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I didn’t think I could do it either!

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Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

Working out in the am. is the best! Today is day one of me getting back into it, but I know soon ill look forward to it!

I love getting home from work and relaxing with my family knowing ive already sweated it up 9-10 hours ago :)

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Lana November 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

That combinations looks heavenly. Chickpeas and sweet potatoes are something I always have on hand…Thanks for the fabulous idea!!

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Hope November 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Oh wow, Chickpeas AND Sweet Potato….Yum!!
We’re heading into Summer in NZ so I’m the opposite – can’t wait to get outdoors and see some sunlight! In winter I hog the garage outside with my boxing bag, cross-trainer and rowing machine..poor hubby has to keep the car outside! lol

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I usually work out indoors, so the weather change isn’t too big of a deal. But I do prefer to run in the springtime when it is somewhat cool in the morning but with enough sunshine to keep me warm :)

I love this salad that you made — and it looks especially “fall like” with the twig spoon!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) November 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

please send these by the dozen to colorado, STAT! :)

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Lisa November 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Your posts always invoke the seasons. I love it.

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Ali W November 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I stopped running with music too and I totally love it! At first I thought it would be totally impossible, but now I don’t even consider grabbing my Ipod unless I end up going to the gym. Normally when winter comes around I head right for the gym, but now that I am training for a few hilly winter races I really need to work on running outside despite colder temps. So far its been fun but we’ll see how I feel once things really get cold :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm

haha you took the words right out of my mouth regarding the cold. I keep saying to myself ‘oh this isn’t so bad, I can run outside all winter’ and then I realize it is 8C and winter is brutally cold and also icy. I guess I will just run outdoors as long as I safely can!

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kate November 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

First off, that salad is beyond amazing.
Secondly, I’d stab my eyeballs out if I had to run without music. Honestly, not sure I could accomplish it? Clearly why you are the big time runner and I’m a little slogger (slow-jogger);)
Thirdly, the cold and I do not agree. I have been running inside since October 1st. Love my treadmill. Love, love, love it!
Love your blog too

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Estela @ Weekly Bite November 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I used to rely on music during my runs! After my daughter was born that completely changed :)

I still love running to music, but I also enjoy quieting my mind :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I’m a gym-goer year round, so the change of seasons doesn’t change my routines much – apart from the fact that there are just NO outdoor ones at all now. I wish I’d seen this recipe before I made dinner tonight!!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

“running for about 4-5 weeks now with absolutely NO music and I don’t even miss it much anymore! I never thought I could get used to running without music, but here I am. I find that I get more thinking done too.”

OMG THAT IS GREAT!!!!!!
I was the victim of violent crime and part of it, I am convinced, started b/c I was being followed on my runs in a big city but was too tuned out to notice. I ran with my headphones and got so into the music, I forgot about the world. So, I have spent the past nearly 10 years running without any music. I dont do treadmills, so it’s only outdoor running for me and I think it’s GREAT that you’re going without music.

I think you get wayyyyy more thinking done, too :)

And the recipe, looks stellar!

The pics of you as a little girl…that was my childhood: tons of snow! I grew up in Minnesota. Go figure that I am living in San Diego and it’s 95F today! Total indian summer!!!

:)

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Pam November 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

(I was in Balboa Park today Averie and thought of you! Wasn’t the 95 degree day killer?)

This recipe is an awesome variation on the same ol Brendan Brazier yam fries I’ve been stuck on. Can’t wait to try this!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

I do feel more safe without the music…funny you should mention that. And of course I always carry pepper spray b/c I just feel better with it.

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Marisa @ Loser for Life November 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

What an awesome flavor combo, Angela! I could pretty much eat chickpeas with anything! LOVE!

Boo to winter :(

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) November 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

It’s amazing how you throw things together so quickly and they come out so fabulous!
I’m with you on the supposed-to-serve-2-but-I-ate-the-whole-thing ;)

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Kristina @ spabettie November 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I LOVE running with no music. (actually I am a scaredy cat and NEED to be able to HEAR outside…)

:D

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Maddie November 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Yum! Sweet potatoes and chickpeas are both one of my favorite foods :) Congrats on running without music! That’s hard to do. During the winter months it gets dark so early that I have to ride my bike/run earlier or just go to the gym if it gets too cold.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

That chickpea salad looks great! Three times in the past week, I have gotten up to go work out (4:30), have gotten dressed, and then gotten right back in bed because I just couldn’t do it.

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Charlie November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm

That looks delicious! Now I have nice lunch ideas :).

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

What a tasty lunch!!! And you are one speedy runner!!!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

That looks great. Take out the onions (which I hate anyway) and it could almost be dessert!

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Mary Ann November 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm

That salad looks good! But those leprechauns never told me that rainbows smell good….whatever. How do you think this would travel to relative’s for Thanksgiving? We will be in the midst of moving (aaugh!) during Thanksgiving, and I need make-ahead vegan dishes. Thanks for all of your great recipes. Tis the season for sweet potatoes, pumpkin and oatmeal.

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Becky November 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Your sweet potato salad looks wonderful!! I am just started training for a 10k in the summer, so I am very excited. I have been running for almost two years, but now I am taking it to the next level. I was wondering if you also do strength training during the “off” season? I too have started running without an Ipod, on the advice of my trainer, because he wants me to listen to my breathe and if I have a lot of heel slapping which I do do a lot of heel slapping. Also I wanted to ask you if you have ever ran in bare feet? I am going to be getting the 5 finger toed shoes.

Also I run at 5:30am, and I live in the Northeast, and when i ran yesterday morning, my lovely husband woke me up and told me it was 28 degrees out…brrrr! But it was great once I started running!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

I want to start up strength training again…it has been too long!

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Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast November 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I don’t remember why I stopped bringing my ipod with me (probably needed to be charged) but I don’t miss it at all and also feel like I get my best thinking done when I’m running. I love your description of the chickpea salad – sounds delicious! I’m all about a short ingredient list too!

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Jazz November 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Here in SK we had our first snow storm a few weeks ago, so I ordered some icespikes for my shoes.. I’m just not sure I’m brave enough to run in the cold cold ( below -10).

I also never listen to music when I run… I like to know what’s going on around me and it lets me think!

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Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I hit the gym more … AND start downhill skiing! (otherwise known as the Best Thing About Winter)

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Tanya @ Vegan Faith November 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Usually during the winter I take my workouts indoors (despite living in NC where it only gets as cold as it is by you now!) But I am a wimp. However, this year I am training for a marathon in January and am forcing myself to stay outdoors. It has been difficult! I haven’t ran with music in almost 2 years and it is liberating! Great job!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

Wow that is amazing. I live in a rural area where there are lots of trucks on the roads so it really isn’t safe for me to run in the winter. I wished I lived in a more ‘neighbourhood’ type place at times.

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Camille @ La Bella Vita November 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Your wooden spoon is to die for! Thanks for always posting creative alternative recipes.

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa November 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I have been running without my iPod as well lately and I am really loving it! I think I actually run faster without it. I do still have it on me during my longer runs – but rarely turn it on. We’ll see if I end up using it at my marathon in 2 weeks…

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Clare @ Fitting It All In November 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Once again, I wish I liked coconut! Any oil substitution suggestions?

And as much as I’d like to say I’m going to move my workouts indoors, I think I’m going to start training for a marathon! So cold, dark, outdoor runs it is!

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Camille November 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I’m not a huge carrot fan, but switch the carrots for some butternut squash and I’m on board :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

Its sweet potato, hehe :)

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cyndie November 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I always have to have a pre-workout snack. Always. Otherwise, I inevitably hit a WALL during my workout and then have to stop for sustenance anyways :)

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA November 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Mmmmm sweet potatoes and chickpeas are an incredible combination, roasted or in soup.

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe November 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Yay for running without music! The same thing happened to me – I used to feel like I literally could not go run without my iPod, but then I lost it (temporarily) and had no choice. I ended up really enjoying the silence!

I used to run outside even in the cold, but this year I started going to the gym right when it go cold, and I haven’t minded it too much. It’s been kind of nice to mix things up!

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Savannah P November 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I haven’t run with music for quite some time and I find it really refreshing – it’s almost a meditative experience!
As for this recipe – bookmarked!!! I almost always have all six ingredients on hand and recipes this simple make my day. Thanks as always for what promises to be a delish dinner in the near future!
xo

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¡Yo Soy Liz! November 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I am also super impressed that you have been running without music. Once my iPod died in the middle of my run and I immediately turned around. I just can’t do it! But maybe I should give it a shot!

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Amanda Davis November 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Due to my schedule I don’t have the flexibility to run unless I wait until night so I’ve been maintaining my 6 am runs and just bundling up. I’m really looking forward to daylight savings this weekend so I might have a little light to keep me company.

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carri z. November 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

yummmmm!!

we are food twinsies today.
i make those
101 cookbook cookies all the TIME!
as well as a
chickpea/sweet potato dish!
i use trade joe’s curry
simmer sause and add
(cooked) chopped frozen spinach
and serve over brown rice.

sooo gooooood.

stay warm!

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Andrea November 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I have just switched running from the am to lunchtime as well! I live in Ontario and had the exact same weather pattern as you today, so when I ran around 2:00 it wasn’t too cold outside. But I still wore a flannel jacket!

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I’ve recently taken up running with no music and I LOVE IT! Who knew! I surely didn’t!

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Ashley Rowell November 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Once, I accidently washed my ipod shuffle. I put it in a bag of rice for a week and it worked when I turned it on. Good as new!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

I tried the rice trick but it didnt work for me. I think my dealbreaker was trying to turn ON the shuffle after washing it (fried it I think) so the rice trick failed!

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I workout inside… so I don’t have to change anything except the motivation to head to the gym in the cold!

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Cara Craves... November 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I have been doing workout dvds, which work great for me.
I come home from work, do some dinner prep and then
start my workout. It’s a nice routine.

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Jenny November 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Gosh, this is such a tender subject for me! I’ve been struggling on finding the perfect time. Mornings are hard because I don’t really live in a convenient place to run(apt complex) and it’s all up hill so I’d have to go somewhere to run, then i work all day so I sometimes run at lunch but then i just get all sweaty but its usually worth it, and by the end of the day I’m so tired. whew, that was exhausting just complaining about! I prefer as early in the day as possible:)

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Tahina November 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

it’s sooo hot in australia right now, yesterday was 45c and it’s barely 10am right now and it’s 32c.. so i definantly stay in the gym and drink bulk water!!
also i found marys crackers here! i saw them and got so excited, they’re delish :) i lovee them with vegemite

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Krystina (Organically Me) November 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm

That looks so heart warming. :)

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Rebecca November 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I am lucky where I live in Australia it doesn’t really get that cold that I have to train indoors, it doesn’t snow where I live, the only thing that I find annoying is the rain. In winter I still train outdoors, I actually prefer training in the cold then in the heat.

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Maria Schade November 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Me toooooo!

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Casey Thomas November 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

How funny! I eat this exact recipe all the time but without the chickpeas and with a pinch of nutmeg! Sweet potato makes me soooooo happy :)

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

This recipe sounds like something I’d for sure make as a week day lunch! …just have to wait for these temps to lower a bit before I think about turning the oven :)

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monicanelsonfitness November 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Great meal…anything with a sweet potato and I am in. :)

I think it is best to eat a little before a workout and then refuel properly after with the bigger meal. that works best for me.

I am changing up my workouts now but I don’t think it has anything to do with the weather or Seasons. (Southern California is 80 all year long! Today it was in the 90’s for crying out loud!)

I just always switch it up, with training, keep the body guessing. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

90’s?! ahhhhh

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Wei-Wei November 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I find that when I do HIIT workouts on the treadmill I don’t need music at all! And when I’m on the elliptical I like to read, like I did last night. But heh. I have only just started running and it bothers me when running outside because a) I have tight shins so I’ve taken a break from running on a treadmill for a while and b) it’s cold and I’m a wimp and c) I can’t know how far I’ve run! :(

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Jessica November 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

How do you think olive oil would be instead of coconut? I have all the ingredients except the coconut oil, and I don’t really want to buy any ingredients (being frugal is hard! lol). My shuffle is like my security blanket when I run. I have to have it with me and on, but at the end of a run I couldn’t tell you at all what I listened to! It’s my white noise I guess!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

Yup im sure it would still work! It won’t have that coconut-cinnamon combo that I loved but maybe you can sprinkle on some coconut on top too?

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jodye @ 'scend food November 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I eat roasted sweet potatoes covered in cinnamon and other warming fall spices every night, and I usually have some sort of bean or lentil on the side, as well, but I’ve never thought to roast the two together. This sounds easy and delicious, and your photos are beautiful. I love that spoon, too!

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Mi-An Dela Cruz November 4, 2010 at 12:06 am

OHHHHH love that lunch idea!!! i have some chickpeas and some sweet patatahs right now too! it’s 77 here in california so it was actually really nice to run outside. :) I’m so spoiled bc when i wake up, it’s about 65 and i’m like AHHH it’s cooold. my boyfriend who’s from NY says, this is your fall here?? LOL. i usually go to they gym in the winter, but decided to join a yoga studio this time and run outside. I was worried at first bc it gets to about 45 here and that’s really cold for me to go running. But now after hearing your temp there…guess it’s not that bad. :) May I ask what “winter” gear you wear when you go run outside?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

Right now im wearing a workout sports bra, tank, and running jacket from lululemon. Also Nike running gloves (which dont keep my hands that warm!)
Also wear black workout pants, that are fitted and end just before my ankles. Will have to switch to full length pants soon! I also need ear warmers…

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Red Deception November 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

That recipe looks good, but I only say ‘good’ because I don’t like coconut or sweet potatoes ( I know, I am bizarre). However, I am going to utilize this recipe to create a meal that is similar with ingredients that I can more easily digest and taste great (to me, and I suppose others with similar tastes!).

Thanks for the idea! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

im sure it is quite adaptable too!

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maya @ finding balance in tokyo November 4, 2010 at 1:16 am

I have a hard time timing runs and meals lately. Last year I most ran about an hour or two after breakfast, but over this past summer I got into the habit of having a snack and running right before dinner. I can’t seem to decide which works better, as it varies from run to run!

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

Sadly, we don’t really have “seasons” here in Los Angeles! I know I shouldn’t complain about having sunny weather most of the year– but I wish it weren’t 90-degrees in November!! It totally put a kink in my running plans this afternoon, because it was TOO HOT! I ended up doing my workout inside instead!

For afternoon workouts, I usually eat beforehand as well– leaving at least an hour or two for digestion. I also try to keep my lunch lighter before a workout, such as a big salad and a side of Cherry Choco-cado Pudding (one of my faves!), to prevent any cramping during my runs. Splitting my lunch into two parts works well, too!

Hope you’re staying warm!! (I’m kinda jealous, though– I miss snow!!)

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laurak November 4, 2010 at 5:22 am

Hi Angela! (have been following your lovely blog for a while but never commented until now!)
I used to be a frequent runner, and couldn’t get through a session without my trusty ipod, but then late last year I injured my back training for a marathon, and had to switch to just using my elliptical, and now when I do go for a run, my headphones always slip out of my ears and I find my ipod a nuisance!
Nowdays the only thing that would impede upon my workout would be if whilst using my elliptical my gilmore girls or sex and the city dvds got scratched lol.
Laura :)
ps that cookie from yesterday looks sooo delicious, and a great size too!

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker November 4, 2010 at 6:09 am

I bundle up and run outside as long as possible. There’s this January Freeze 10K series that we always do, and the average temps at the races is like -5 F. But sometimes colder! Now that I’m injured, I have started going to the gym in the mornings (5:30 AM, which is 12 hours earlier than I NORMALLY work out) to do pool running. Generally, though, I do a lot more cross-training in the winter just because marathon training season is over and I need to rest my joints. It can be frustrating with working full-time, though. Because with the time change, I feel like when I’m not working, I’m living in a deep, dark cave. Boo!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:09 am

u inspire me to do a winter run!! There is one called the re-frigee-eighter in feb that I bailed on last year haha

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 4, 2010 at 6:46 am

Mmm that salad looks delicious! I’m gonna try making that this weekend I think :)
In previous years, I exercised indoors in the gym, but this is gonna be my first winter running outside, so any advice on winter running gear would be greatly appreciated!
I had a bit of a scary running incident recently, made worse by the fact that I had my iPod on, so I might try running without it soon…I do always feel much more unsafe when I have it, but love running to music, so I’m stuck! :S

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

Good point, I do feel safer and more aware without music!

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 4, 2010 at 7:15 am

You have gotten so speedy! I don’t know if I could ever make the transition to running without an ipod, so props to you!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

I have to start doing all of my runs indoors once the cold weather hits. I’m way too much of a baby to face running in the cold! :P

If I don’t have coconut oil, do you think I would get the same flavours if I roasted the veggies with olive oil and then just mixed in a bit of coconut butter once they come out of the oven?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

Hmm I’m not sure, I wonder if the coconut butter might be too thick/stronger in flavour? I’m sure it would still taste good, although perhaps not quite the same!

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Caitlin (EatFeats) November 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

Last winter, I started using the gym (first time ever!!!). I think this time I might do the 30 Day Shred Challenge because I want to be toned! Plus, it’s only like 25 minutes.

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Caitlin (EatFeats) November 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

Oh or swimming. That’s the only outdoor exercise I can handle in cold weather!

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Miranda November 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

Looks yummy, I still need to get some coconut oil, I have had it sitting in my cart at Amazon.com for quite awhile, just can’t commit to buying it. I did the same thing with chia seeds and then when I finally got them I could have kicked myself for not getting them sooner.

I rarely ever run with music, I do usually have friends I run with though, so that makes the time go quickly! We have been bundling up in the mornings, but I am not looking forward to the colder temps headed our way.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

This sald looks perfect for the cold months ahead.

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Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) November 4, 2010 at 9:12 am

Hi Angela!! I’ve recently switched from running in the evening to running in the mornings! Its not quite as cold here in SC (~50-60 degrees F in the mornings) and I find that I feel MUCH better throughout the day if I get moving in the mornigns! It feels SO good to not have to ‘squeeze’ in a workout after work and before making dinner! I am a little worried about waht I’m gonna do when it get super cold outside…

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faith @ gracefulfitness November 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

I am always just a little under the weather this time of year. I haven’t been sick, but just run down. As a result I have shifted my workout focus to a home yoga practice for the month of November. Running and weight lifting are still part of my regime but it’s great to have my primary activity be yoga, especially as the holidays approach and things get hectic.

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Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

I re-joined the gym now that we are around -2 in Alberta (yesterday when I left work it was 8 degrees… but windy… BRRR!). I find that running outside, I prefer having no music but at the gym I like music to zone out everyone else :)

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Desi @ The Palate Peacemaker November 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

Angela!

This looks so, so yummy! I might make it today for lunch if I can run out and buy the ingredients in time! I made your “chickpea bites” two nights ago and both my boyfriend and I OBSESSED over them. :)

<3

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Melissa November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

“It smells like love, puppies, and rainbows mixed with a tropical beach.” You are too funny, Angela!
I just started running in March of this year, so I have yet to experience running in the Winter, but I can tell you that I am not excited about it. I’ve got a Bowflex Treadclimber of which I expect to get a lot of use.

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

I love running without music!! I used to think running would be so boring without it but I actually really enjoy going outside with no distractions…just some quiet time with my breathing and my thoughts :).

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Amber K November 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

Even if I’m not even really paying attention to my music, I really need it! I want to quit after about one minute without it.

I work out in the gym 98% of the time specifically because of the weather! If it is “too hot” or “too cold” I don’t want to work out at all.

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Rebekah @ Rebeltarian November 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

I must try this. It combines so many of my favorite things. If only mine would end up looking so pretty!

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Ashley November 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

I am not a fan of working out with music…that lunch sounds freaking deeelicious!!! :) <3 <3

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Sami November 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

another wonderful recipe by ohsheglows :) looks yummy!

i can’t stand being in the gym without music. and the cold air is already hurting my lungs! i stepped out of the gym for one lap around the outdoor field, and i felt frostbitten! haha.
xo.

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Kelly November 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I recently got into cycling (August) and absolutely fell in love. It was fine when the weather was warm but now that it’s about 35 degrees in the mornings it puts a damper on those cycling workouts. I have toyed with the idea of moving my workouts to the afternoon so I can still ride but honestly it would be a HUGE interruption in my day. I may give it a shot this Sunday since the temps in the afternoon are supposed to be near 60. WOO HOO!! Normally I have a schedule and nothing breaks that. I’m trying to get out of that habit and stop being so ridgid.

When I workout at home (DVDs or stationary bike) I don’t use my iPod. But when I’m out on the trail riding my bike I love to have music going (very low). I find that it helps me push through tough spots. the few times I have forgotten it at home I have had too much thinking time and sometimes that’s not good for my husband. ;)

Your recipes are amazing! I am going to try the healthy bites this weekend. Your truffles are Paul (my husband) approved. I made those this weekend and he had to take them to work for the guys to try too. They are now on my Christmas platter list. Thanks for always having easy and super yummy recipes!

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Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Congrats on going music-less. I find I am much much much more in-tune with my body when I’m not in-tune with the tunes!!!

Your salad looks delicious!!! Yum!!!

Lastly, I generally just bundle up and continue on with my training outdoors. However, this season I’m broken, so forsee a lot of pool time and spin classes once my surgeon gives me the all-clear!

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Crepes of Wrath November 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Gorgeous photos! The chickpeas look absolutely mouth watering, as do the granola bites! Great job!

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Emily November 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Ange, this recipe speaks to all my loves: sweet, salty and simple :) I looove this one, defnitely going to be trying it this week :) As for my fall/winter workouts: I started to get on a routine again in the gym. I get back to my treadmill workouts and use group fitness classes to mix things up and get me excited. Also, HOT YOGA! Who doesn’t like to be toasty warm on those cold winter days?

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss November 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Beautiful recipe! I like to mix things up and do more home workouts in between studio yoga sessions. I’m actually about to buy a bunch of different DVD’s to try!

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Jen November 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I just made the sweet potato chickpea salad. Soooo good! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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Heather November 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm

This recipe was delicious! I made it last night, but added in some fresh green beans, butternut squash, and lentils. I also sauteed it instead of baking it in the oven. Yum!! So simple yet so good.

Quick question – is coconut oil supposed to taste like coconut? The one I have doesn’t – I could have used any other oil and it would have tasted the same. I was kinda looking forward to that tropical taste :-/ But was still very good!

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Caz November 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I definitely need to switch up my workouts with the seasons. In spring, winter and fall I tend to stick to running outside for the majority of my exercise. But come summer in Australia and its 40*C days it’s far too hot even at 4am to run outside. So I purchase a gym membership for summer and enjoy spin classes, swimming, and some light running on a treadmill in air conditioning.

When it’s too hot to breath, don’t expect me to run ;-)

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Maria Schade November 4, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I am so jealous of your cold weather! It’s 90 degrees in the shade on Guam and I miss seeing my breath =)

Can’t wait to try the chickpea, sweet potato salad. I am so addicted to other things you post. (VOO, salt and vinegar chickpeas, etc!)

Happy Holidays!
Maria

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Jess November 5, 2010 at 8:01 am

So delicious! Thanks for the healthy inspiration. I’ve been great about cooking healthy meals this year, but have fallen off of the exercise wagon :( I belong to an awesome gym, and I’ll go to classes once a week or so, but I’m just not as motivated as I used to be. I’d love to get back into running!

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samantha November 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

Angela,
I just happened to stumble upon your website and I want to say it’s making me see that the way I have been going about looking at food and exercise has been so wrong. I have always had such a love/hate relationship with food, I never listen to what my body needs I just gave it what I think I “should” be eating. I have restricted so much in the past and binged other times, I cannot remember a time where I have just said I like my body. Never have I been comfortable in my body, and I want to be so desperatly. Im just not sure the steps I need to make to get to that place. I know I need to let go of these complusive feelings but it is so hard to change this way of thinking. You have proved that it is possible but what do you think would be the first step I need to take to being at peace within my skin? Thank you so very much.
-samantha

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Lisa November 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

This recipe was delicious! I made it last night for dinner for my family and they loved it. I used a butternut squash instead of sweet potato and it was perfect!

Thank you! You are such an inspiration and I enjoy reading your blog.

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Jen November 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

Great recipe – can’t wait to try it. I’m not a fan of coconut though. Is there something you suggest substituting for that?

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Becca November 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I made this recipe tonight. Excellent. I love recipes with minimal ingredients, but ones that compliment each other so well.

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Ashley November 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

You always display that interesting branch sort of spoon/fork in your final picture. Where did you get it from and what is it made out of?

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Liz November 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

OMG, OSG!! So good. I’m calling it the best healthy meal I’ve ever made, not to mention this is this first time I’ve ever come home from work excited about leftovers! You rock, Ange!

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meghan November 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Hi Angela!

I want to make this recipe for our “Friends Thanksgiving” coming up but I have a question. I don’t normally cook with coconut oil, does this harden after a while. I wanted to serve this as a room temp salad and was just wondering if I made this the night before, if the coconut oil will harden up on me. Maybe I should use olive oil instead? Let me know what your experience is with the oils. Thanks!

P.s – friends thanksgiving isn’t for a week and a half, so no rush on an answer!

Meghan. P.s – your recipes are great!

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Jen April 30, 2012 at 3:58 am

I just made your AH-mazing cinnamon sweet potato chickpea salad and b/c I didn’t have all the ingredients you mentioned I improvised, to say the least! I didn’t have onions but everything else so I was looking around my kitchen and found a red bell pepper, chopped dates and carrots! Which bumped up the flavor train that much more! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Lisa May 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

I calculated the calories in the recipe at 786 for what you call a 1 service salad…don’t you think that is a lot of calories for one meal???

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

Well, that’s up for the individual to decide of course. You can make as many servings as you wish!

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Megan April 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Oh. My. GOSH. I made this yesterday for lunch and it was so easy and SO DELICIOUS!! I’ll be having it again tomorrow :)!!

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Molly August 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Hi, just wanted to say that cooking with coconut oil over 350 F will denature it, therefore you will not obtain all of the nutritional benefits from the oil. It’s best to add to the food afterwards, and let it melt on its own!

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Howard February 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

This was AMAZING and delicious.

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Tara December 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Ingredients are on hand and I needed something simple for a wintery rainy California night!! I have it in the oven as I write this and I must say it looks and smells delicious!!

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Cassidy April 5, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Okay this is so good!!!!!

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Rachel January 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

I just came across this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner. Holy moly, it’s so delicious!! The flavors all work so well together. This will be my new go-to dinner. Love it! Thank you!

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