Green Monster Vegan Overnight Oats & Getting Back Into Running

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After a 1 week break from workouts, I finally felt like I had enough energy to get back into exercise yesterday. My body was literally craving a run! It was also a good excuse to take a much needed break from unpacking.

For some pre-run fuel, I tried out a Vega snack bar that I had in my purse since…well, that would be anyone’s guess.

I really enjoyed the Vega Vibrancy Chocolate Bar (top), but I didn’t care much for the chocolate Whole Food Energy bar. Somehow I managed to polish it off over the past week though. 

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This is the Vega Chocolate Vibrancy Bar below. It was quite good with a nice chocolate flavour and sprouted buckwheat groats for crunch. It tasted like dessert which is always a plus in my books.

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I headed over to the beautiful Lakeshore for my run. This was my first official training run in Oakville. The only other time I think I’ve run in Oakville was the Oakville Labour Day 10km race that I ran in 2010.

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It’s such a gorgeous trail, I felt like I was on vacation.

Do I have any readers who run around Lakeshore? I was thinking about starting up a running group at some point. Let me know if that would interest any of you!

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I was quite delighted to see a bunch of long staircases throughout my run. That sounds so sick and twisted, I know.

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Back in 2007-2008 when we lived in a condo in Toronto, I used to walk 28 flights of stairs every day (it took me about 4 minutes if I remember correctly) as a way to sneak in exercise since my job was so sedentary. I’m a big fan of stairs and will walk them whenever I get a chance.

This one just screams run up me!

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I’m seeing some interval stair workouts in my future… :)

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This little guy may seem innocent, but he tried to chase me when I got too close.

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Some speed training ensued…bahah.

With all the craziness that’s been going on with the move, I completely forgot about all the races I have coming up back to back- and two of which are 10k’s:

 

I guess I’m going to have to start getting back into a consistent training mode. I haven’t run over 6km in a dog’s age.

For my post-run breakfast, I had a rather GREEN bowl of vegan overnight oats. Much like Green Monsters, you don’t taste the greens in vegan overnight oats (when made with a banana or other sweetener).

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A couple years ago, a few blog readers told me to try combining a Green Monster and vegan overnight oats. I thought they were crazy (in a good way, obviously) and finally got the nerve to try it…oh, two years later!

All you do is blend a Green Monster before bed and pour it into a bowl of rolled oats and stir it all up. In the morning you will have a Green Monster/vegan overnight oat hybrid waiting for you in the fridge. I’ve made it with spinach and also with kale and both were delicious. I’m telling you, I was kicking myself for waiting so long to try it out!

Just trust me on this one. Did the Green Monster ever steer you wrong?

I rest my case.

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Green Monster Vegan Overnight Oats

Now you can get in a serving of greens (without tasting it!) in your morning bowl of vegan overnight oats. Feel free to add any toppings as you wish: fruit, nut butter, granola, coconut, etc.

Inspired by: lovely blog readers. Also, check out Britt’s and Emilia’s versions too.

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Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 large handful fresh spinach or small handful of kale
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds (necessary for thickening)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup regular, rolled oats

 

1. In a blender, blend together the spinach, banana, chia seeds, and almond milk until smooth.

2. In a cereal bowl, add the oats and then pour the smoothie on top. Stir well until combined.

3. Place in fridge (uncovered is fine) overnight. Give it a good stir in the morning and then enjoy it cold, straight from the fridge. Add desired toppings as you wish such as nut butter, granola, coconut, fruit, etc.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 23, 2012

That first picture is STUNNING! I mean they all are but wow! Gorgeous girlie!

I might get the nerve to try those oats…someday! ;-)

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Angela March 23, 2012

Thanks! it was taken before my 10k race in the September 2010. can’t wait until everything is in bloom.

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Lauren March 23, 2012

I used to run on that trail all the time! I also did intervals on those stairs! Congrats on the move to Oakville, there are so many pretty places to run!

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Eva March 23, 2012

Wow, your new surroundings look lovely – and very work-out-inspiring at that!
With a bit of luck, you’ll be back on track with your running schedule in no-time. Seriously, running in an environment like that sounds like quite the treat! (Even with the evil stairs ;))

As for the green monster oats, I might actually try them coming week. I have been trying some of your other vegan overnight oats past week and they were simply delicious. I guess I could make green oats coming week’s challenge.

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Angela March 23, 2012

Goodluck, I hope you like them. Let me know what you think!

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Christina March 23, 2012

I LOVE overnight oats, but sometimes miss the greens! I am going to have to try this :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 23, 2012

OMG Ange if I was there, I’d be ALL over these runs with you!! I love the Lakeshore area, especially the view from the bridge over the river. Maybe we should get out for a run next time I come to visit… as well as the usual other Oakville activities of course! ;) Looks like you’re definitely enjoying your new surroundings!

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Angela March 23, 2012

I wish you were here too! I’d definitely be up for a run when you come to visit…let’s plan a date asap.

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Siri @ The Herbivoress March 23, 2012

Those pictures.. wow! I’m craving a run now! And I can’t wait to try those overnight oats! Can’t believe I haven’t thought of that before!

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Heather March 23, 2012

I dont like the vega whole food bar either. Try the new sport or protein ones they are delicious and have 15g of protein. Lakeshore downtown is my favourite route…especially when green bean is included after :-)

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Leah March 23, 2012

I tried your overnight oats for the first time and I just wanted to thank you!! I made the basic oats and now I’m looking forward to trying different flavors- I see green monster overnight oats in my future:) Thank you for all that you do, Angela! You are inspiring!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

I’m so happy to hear that Leah! Thanks for reading :)

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Andrea March 23, 2012

Gotta watch out for those geese! Cute from afar, vicious from up close, haha! :) Have a great day, Angela!

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Cassie March 23, 2012

Dear Angela,

i have been following your blog for a very long time now..lets say under a year and you have helped me change my eating especially vegan meals tremendously…i am not vegan but i widely enjoy your recipes, i have even some of your recipes with a twist and creativity..
on that note…i have been hooked on kale and spinach..my iron levels have gone up my hair and skin have changed and yes i do have a glow thanks to you..
you are an amazing and inspiring person..i work with sobeys and i have shared your blog with many of my customers who come to our deli…,my friends love the green monsters when i make but they will not make it…

i am gonna try the green monster oatmeal…have you tried the green monster pancake..with almond flour…i made it last weekend..it was so yummy…hope that inpires you to make one..

I love your cat…

Thank you for your inspiration, dedication to your blog and sharing with fellow readers,
Cassie

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

Hey Cassie, That means so much to me to…truly. Thank you not only for reading, but for sharing my blog with others. Take care!

PS- Sketchie says he will accept cat treats or cuddles anytime. heh ;)

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Cassie March 26, 2012

It would be an absolute honour to feed sketchie treats and give him cuddles,,i am a very affectionate and loving person..we would bound very well..love your blog…xo

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Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) March 23, 2012

I love the idea of green overnight oats, I can’t wait to try it!!! I think it should be covered in the fridge because that will slow down the oxidation process and you will get more from the greens that way.

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Angela March 23, 2012

That’s a great point, I hadn’t thought of that!

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Rachel @Balance and Blueberries March 23, 2012

I can’t wait to try the oats. Oh my goodness. They look lovely.

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Willow March 23, 2012

What a beautiful place to run! I’m jealous, for sure. My knee has been giving me problems, so this morning I’m hitting the bike instead… alas.

Wish I had some overnight oats waiting for me upon my return! A green monster might just be doable, though… one banana left! :)

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Melissa March 23, 2012

If you start a running group I’m in! I usually run on the trails in my ‘hood here in Oakville.

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Angela March 23, 2012

Awesome, I will start a list. :)

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Christina March 23, 2012

Oooooo! That bowl of oats looks super fun! I certainly love me some overnight oats….however I am attempting my first ever Green Monster this weekend which I am very excited about… I will have to let you know how my first monster experience goes :)

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Janae March 23, 2012

I love how you share photos from your run. I almost feel like I’m the one who just went for a run–and looking at all those stairs…whew! That will make for some awesome intervals. Nothing like working out in the great out of doors. So much better than a treadmill any day.

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Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 23, 2012

Wow, that first picture is beautiful, and the trail looks amazing! I’m so impressed that you used to walk up 28 flights of stairs every day; I’m pretty sure I would have shown up at work a sweaty mess, haha. Great idea about combining a Green Monster with oats! I think the hardest part will be refraining from drinking the Green Monster right away :)

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Angela March 23, 2012

haha the stairs were actually in my condo building, so I only had to show up to my husband a sweaty mess. ;)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 23, 2012

New places always get me excited to run – so much new scenery to admire/distract me from the fact that I’m running. :)

As I read this I am drinking a green smoothie… I may go dump a handful of oats in it!

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Danielle March 23, 2012

That is such a smart idea! I like getting greens in, in the morning. Perfect way to do it! Looks like a beautiful run along the lake.

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Cindy March 23, 2012

2 questions about the green monster oats:

1–could I use flax instead of the chia?
2–will quick cooking oats work too?

Thank you! Love your website and recipes. I am gluten-free so I really love those recipes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

Very good questions indeed!

I get asked this a lot, so I think I’m just going to have to try it out myself to see. :)

I *think* I’ve heard some readers make VOO with GROUND flax (not the whole seeds), but you might need to use more since chia seeds soak up a lot more liquid than flax (or just reduce the almond milk).

I’m not sure about instant oats. If I try it, I will def. blog about it. My guess is that they wouldn’t soak up as much milk, but Im not sure.

maybe other readers can add their advice if they have tried out flax/instant oats!

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Courtney March 30, 2012

Kind of along these lines…do steel cut oats work in place of regular oats?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2012

im not sure how it would turn out. Might be worth a shot if you are feeling experimental

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jude July 28, 2013

I tried this with steel cut oats. They stay very chewy the next day. Not bad, just takes a little getting used to. I’ll probably switch to rolled oats though once this container of oats is finished.

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Sonya March 23, 2012

I used to live in Hamilton and loved running the stairs there – such great exercise! I’m in Oakville now and would be interested in joining a running group :)

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Angela March 23, 2012

that’s great, I’m adding you to my list :)

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Jessica @ Chockohlawtay March 23, 2012

That oatmeal looks amazing! My roommate has seen my overnight oats in the fridge before, but I think this would shock her :O

I’m making it :)

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Angela March 23, 2012

haha yea I could see that it might be disturbing to some…I think Eric was too

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Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 23, 2012

I love the idea of overnight oats + green smoothie. I can’t wait to start making more overnight oats now that it’s warm out and I crave a cold and refreshing breakfast.

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Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 23, 2012

your little wooden spoons always warm my heart, Angela :)

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Michelle March 23, 2012

Dang, those oats are green! More photogenic than brown oats :)

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Ashley March 23, 2012

Good luck with the upcoming races!! I have yet to try green monster overnight oats..I’m sure they’re delish!

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Kerry Burns March 23, 2012

That run along the lakeshore looks pretty inviting that’s for sure. I”m running in suburbia right now (Milton) and as much as I enjoy it, a change of scenery may be in order. I would be up for a weekend run with a group in your area if you start one. :)

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Angela March 23, 2012

Hi Kerry, sounds great! I’m making a list and will contact everyone in the next week or so. :)

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suzanne March 23, 2012

What a gorgeous running spot! That right there is worth the move :-)
The green monster oats look lovely – I am reading this while drinking my green monster too – oh it is such an addiction! Thanks for introducing me (at least you inspire healthy addictions :-)

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clare March 23, 2012

Have you tried the new Vega bars? The Chocolate Coconut Recovery Bar is amazing!!

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Angela March 23, 2012

No I haven’t, but I need to get on that :) I hear they are good!

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Maria @ All Things Luxurious March 23, 2012

Wow, that lake is gorgeous! I would feel like I was on vacation, too! ;-)

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 23, 2012

That’s a gorgeous place to run. I think that alone would motivate me to get outside a little more often :)
btw- completely unrelated but I was in Phoenix for work this week and my coworker and I randomly ended up hiking camelback mountain after the conference yesterday and eating at true food kitchen for dinner. When we were in the restaurant I was like “why does this seem so familiar?” couldn’t put my finger on it and then remembered your posts about it this morning! It’s so funny how the internet makes you feel like you “know” something when you totally don’t ;)

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Angela March 23, 2012

How’d you like the hike? I bet you weren’t as terrified as I was! I can’t wait to do it again some day.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 23, 2012

it was totally invigorating! We started late (5:45) after work so we actually only made it about 5-10 minutes from the top when the sun set and we booked it back down afraid of getting stuck up there in the dark but it was still amazing. I would love to do it again or some of the other ones!

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Rachel March 23, 2012

looks like you found a fantastic place to run, it’s beautiful :)

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Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe March 23, 2012

Haha, those oats look like guacamole!

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Angela March 23, 2012

why yes they do! Just need some tomato and onion ;)

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Robyn March 23, 2012

Wow what a great area to run in(makes it even easier – I think!). Great pics and those stairs…remind me of the 2 sets of 105 steps each that we have here…When I run outside or bike I go by one run up them 5 times then come back that way and do the other set 5 x too. I love your overnight oats and green monsters so it only makes sense :-)…When I run tho I do an avocado pudding for breakfast,,easier on my innards

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Jan Liptok March 23, 2012

I have been following your blog for the past 3 months. After having my food allergies tested I found out that I wasn’t able to digest animal protein. I thought gluten and dairy were my problem so I had already stopped that…..but it didn’t make a difference in how I felt. Once I stopped meat, fish, eggs and a few other things…..BINGO. I am now a gluten-free vegan and I feel soooooo much better. My diet is now YOUR recipes. I can’t begin to tell you how much you have helped me. I just love your blog! After spending hours researching my new way of eating, it is your recipes that I only look at now. Makes life so easy! I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you do. You are such an inspiration. I can’t wait for your cookbook! What is really funny is that I live in Oakville! I only run a bit because of knee problems. BUT…..your pictures made me smile because your pictures of the water is exactly where I paddle. I have a stand up paddle board (SUP) and instead of spending time running on pavement…..I spend my time on the water. I love it! Great full body workout….and cardio too…..and doesn’t hurt the knees. Anyway…..thanks again!! Maybe one day I will run into you in Whole Foods or Organic Garage. PS…..if you ever need tasters for your recipes….sign me up :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

Thank you Jan, that is so kind of you to say! I’m so happy to read about all the wonderful benefits you’ve experienced from your diet. Glad to hear that you live in Oakville too. Funny you mentioned about the paddle board because Eric and I were just talking about that the other day. Sounds like a killer workout! Do you just enter the water anywhere?

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Jan Liptok March 23, 2012

SUP’n is an amazing workout. I love being out on the water. You can paddle for hours….if you want. When the water is glass it is so peaceful. Then when there are waves….you get to surf. So fun! We put our boards in the water from a dock in 16 mile creek, under the bridge behind the downtown Library. Then we paddle to the lake going past where all the big sailboats are parked. We enter the lake right where Oakville Club is which is in one of your above pictures. I just love it! You and Eric should give it a try. :)

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ella @ lifeologia March 23, 2012

Your morning run is very inspiring.
Are you walking/ running distance to the lake? NICE ;)
have you shopped at Organic Garage yet on Kerr st?

ps. I’m having a Potluck Party – it would be great if you could come by and share one of your fantastic recipes.
http://www.lifeologia.com/potluck-party-nutritious-delicious/

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katie@ KatieDid March 23, 2012

so he banana is key to covering up the taste… made a green monster yesterday with too much spinach and not enough sweetness and could barely choke it down. But I’m not giving up!

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Angela March 23, 2012

Yea, depending on the greens (you need more sweetness to balance out kale for example), just adjust the sweetness to taste until YOU like it. Thats what matters most! Good luck on your next one :)

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Jessica March 23, 2012

Beautiful running trails! Stairs and geese to motivate you to do some
sprints! I went Vegan almost a month ago, I’m so glad one of my friends suggested I try
The recipes from your blog, it’s been making this transition so much easier! Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2012

thank you Jessica, Im glad to hear that!

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Nicole March 23, 2012

It took me a while to get the courage to make green monsters, it may take me some time to wrap my head around a green monster overnight oats creation! But you never disappoint, so I’m sure it’s great!

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Angela March 23, 2012

I can relate…it took me 2 years :)

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Jeremy March 23, 2012

I love the Vibrancy bars. The cheapest place I have been able to find them is in the organic section of Loblaws in Port Credit. They are I think if memory serves 2.89 per bar and most places they are in the 3.30 and up range.

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Rachel March 23, 2012

I’m moving to Oakville in May and would love a group to run with ! :)

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Angela March 23, 2012

Sounds great Rachel…May will be a beautiful time to move. I will add you to the list I started :)

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