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Applesauce Love

by Meghann on January 27, 2011

Good Morning!

Here’s what went through my head on my run this morning:

“Four miles. All I need is four miles. No big deal.”

“Heck I’m feeling pretty good. I wonder if I can go for five.”

“Gosh it’s pretty out. I hope the weather is like this for the half marathon on Sunday.”

“Hmmm… if I turn here it will be five, but if I keep going straight I can get six in.”

“I’m going for six. Watch out!”

My little brother started chatting with me last night about the half marathon on Sunday. He’s really, really excited. His training runs are going great and he has gained a good amount of speed since the Space Coast Half Marathon in November.

I know he isn’t going to have any problem breaking two hours. Now, I’m just hoping I can keep up! He has already warned me he plans to sprint the last two miles. Something tells me he isn’t joking either.

My breakfast this morning was a flashback to when I didn’t like yogurt.

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Yes, there was once a time I didn’t like yogurt (it’s an acquired taste for me) and I’ve never been a fan of milk in any form ( <– not sure I can get over that one, I’ve tried!). However, I LOVE cereal and needed a way to moisten it.

I’m not 100% sure how I came up with the idea, but somewhere along the way I started adding applesauce to my morning bowl of cereal.

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Yes, applesauce on cereal and yes, it’s delicious.

Eventually I became a fan of yogurt on cereal and the rest is history, but I still love it every once in a while. Like this morning, with more apple, Kashi GO Lean, granola, and cinnamon.

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Mmmm… delicious. It’s even better when you mix the applesauce with peanut butter and warm it for a bit. Now THAT combination is delicious. πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite ‘out there’ breakfast topping or combination? I’m always up for trying new things!

1 Kara January 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love your brother’s plan of sprinting for the last 2 miles, that’s generally my plan too πŸ™‚
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2 Evan Thomas January 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

I just can’t get in to applesauce in anything. I feel like a toddler again.

3 Sarah @ goingongoals January 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love chocolate and peanut flour in my morning oatmeal. There is something about chocolate in the morning that starts my day off right!
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4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

Yogurt was definitely an acquired taste for me as well. Even now I have to eat it with granola or I don’t like it. I think it’s texture. Regardless, I adore milk and actually have to cut myself off from drinking too much haha. With all the new milk info out (I don’t think adults really need milk, to be honest), I’ve cut back greatly but still have some with my morning cereal, and sometimes with a spoonful of peanut butter πŸ™‚
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5 Mimi January 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

I do like applesauce, but I’m more content with yogurt and milk with my cereal!

I did go through a phase last year, though, where I mixed applesauce and cottage cheese with a little maple syrup. Sounds gross, but it was surprisingly delicious!
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6 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

If you warm up a banana in the microwave and then mush it up and add cereal it has a similar effect. Yum.

7 kristy @ kristyruns.com January 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

Genius! I don’t eat yogurt so this is a perfect idea! Yessss! Especially with warm pb! Mmmmm. πŸ™‚
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8 Tricia January 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

I used to eat my oats all the time with applesauce, blueberries, and cinnamon. Then I got into adding peanut butter to it, nixed the applesauce, and never looked back!

9 Hope January 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

That looks so good! I never know what to add on my oats for breakfast. I really like adding peanut butter. That is one of my favorites. πŸ™‚
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10 Katie January 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Looking at my breakfasts, you might think I was pregnant (but I swear I’m not!) Last week I was trying to “beef” up my oatmeal… So I added some white cannelinni beans in the layer between oats/yogurt. And I ran out of a bit of cereal to throw on top for some crunch… That’s when peanuts entered the mix.
(I know it’s normal to use pecans/walnuts/etc on oatmeal, but for some reason, peanuts had never entered my bowl.)

I don’t know if I just have a highly unsophisticated taste pallete… but I absolutely loved that bowl! So many textures! And the beans were relatively tasteless, but I definitely noticed that it kept me fuller longer than my “normal” (whatever *that* means) bowl. :-p

11 Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun January 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

Congrats on your 4-miler-turned-6-miler! You’ll do awesome at the half marathon! πŸ™‚
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12 Eliz@The Sweet Life January 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

I love almost all bkfst foods–and the more toppings/mix-ins the better!!!
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13 Amanda @ Eating Up January 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

Applesauce is no bueno for me. I prefer plain yogurt all the way now!
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14 Biz January 27, 2011 at 10:26 am
15 Michelle January 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

Brown rice (cooked), apples, chia seeds, PB…..heat up, then add some cinnamon and stir. DELICIOUS!!!! πŸ™‚

16 Paula @ Eat:Watch:Run January 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

I LOVE those runs where you feel like you can do more. They totally make you forget about the ones where you wanted to do 6 miles but you ended up doing 2.
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17 Ali @ Ali Runs January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

Usually when I plan to run I only run the mileage I have set. But there have been a few times when I started out in a really bad mood and just kept running. It can be so therapeutic in times like that. πŸ™‚
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18 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

I couldn’t stand yogurt as a kid but I love it now!! My favourite combo for oats is diced apples and walnuts with cinnamon, but applesauce would probably do a good job too! πŸ™‚
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19 rebecca lustig January 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

i’m not a milk or yogurt fan either unless it’s fully hidden under cereal/granola/etc… yet i LOVE frozen yogurt/ice cream…. not sure how that one worked

20 Brittany January 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

try canned pumpkin with applesauce. or microwave a power bar for it to taste like a hot brownie or cookie. πŸ™‚
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21 michelle January 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

I love yogurt topped with some blueberries and sliced almonds or walnuts. mmmm!
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22 @stampylisa January 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

we used to use Dole’s Pine/Orange/Banana juice in our cereal. this works awesome w/any granola or the Great Grains w/the dates & pecans (if they still make that) Try that for a different taste. Not a ton, just enough to wet it down mmmmm

23 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles January 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

It’s not out of the ordinary, but I could eat honey on anything!

24 Stephanie January 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

Overnight oats but with applesauce is also good. Especially if you use a natural chunky applesauce (1c) and oats (1/2c) just mix and put int he fridge overnight. top with anything. goodness.

25 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

Looks great! I love applesauce with…well almost anything! πŸ˜€
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26 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

YAY! I finally found another milk hater, hahahaha.

I can only drink chocolate milk, and i think it’s gross to put milk in cereal. I basically only use it for sauces.
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27 Callie January 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

I am so glad you clued me in to this wonderful combination. I especially love granola in my applesauce now!
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28 sarah (sarah learns) January 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

apple sauce with cereal – genius! i don’t do anything too crazy with my breakfast toppings. but really, nutella on anything is delicious.
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29 Lisa @ Healthy Diaries January 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’ll have to keep applesauce in mind whenever I run out of milk!
Thanks! =)
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30 Whitney @ Mylife.Myheart.MyJourney. January 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

I love applesauce!! Never thought to mix it with Peanut Butter!

31 Kacy January 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

I love when runs are that easy that you just have to keep going!
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32 Cynthia January 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I have never tried applesauce with cereal before, but that looks really good! I have tried yogurt a handful of times and I don’t really care for it. I am going to buy some Greek yogurt again so I can learn to love it.

33 Ashley January 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

unsweetened yogurt was an acquired taste for me but i never had difficulties eating the brightly color sugar filled kind πŸ™‚ I can’t think of anything odd that I eat, but most people would probably disagree to that.

34 Kelly January 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I really love coconut butter on smoothies.
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35 Khushboo January 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I live in Mumbai which means I read your morning posts right before I go to bed. They always get me so pumped for my pre-work run/gym session the next morning. I currently have some overnight oats sitting in the fridge and waiting to be topped with granola, strawberries, peanut butter and almonds. That’s as ‘crazy ‘ as I get πŸ™‚

36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I love applesauce in place of milk too! I don’t like milk either. I don’t know why, it just grosses me out!
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37 Natalia@ The Health Script January 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This exact same thing happened to me a few days ago. I was only planning on doing 4 but I was having so much fun I kept telling myself just one more mile. I ended up doing 7! πŸ™‚
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38 Kiran January 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love love love raspberry sauce. It’s so flavorful and delicious on oats or cereals πŸ™‚
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39 Sara (Miles and Manhattan) January 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

can’t WAIT until it’s nice enough to run outside again (well for me, i’m a weenie)…until then, i will ‘run’ vicariously through you πŸ™‚
xoxo
s
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40 emily January 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

That’s so funny! I marked applesauce on my grocery list (to eat with cereal during a vegan month challenge) right before I read this post! Great minds and all…. πŸ™‚
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41 Lauren @Hungry Dancer January 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I would have never thought to mix cereal with applesauce!! Great idea, I need to try it!
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42 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’ve never liked milk either, so I looove almond milk! It’s my favorite!

43 Emily @ Savory and Savage January 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I really enjoy all your posts about your training runs – it makes me want to start back to running. Hmmm the Big Sur Half Marathon is in a mere 10 months – if I start training now… πŸ™‚
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44 Fallon January 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Recently I took ricotta cheese and mixed it with applesauce, then I topped it with cereals, almond butter drizzle and shredded coconut. It was divine! I’m thinking some chocolate chips or raisins would of been a good topper too.
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45 Lish January 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

My cousin had a dairy allergy and never liked any alternatives for his cereal except applesauce. I tried it once and couldn’t believe how good it was with most cereals. I love my cereal and yogurt combo because it adds more bulk to my breakfast to keep me fuller longer.

Now warm peanut butter? That’s something I can’t do. I love peanut butter (all nut butters, really) but warm it up and I find it disgusting.

46 Christin@purplebirdblog January 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I like baking with applesauce, but not eating it so much. Peanut butter on cereal is a necessity for me though!
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47 Alaina January 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I do love adding a splash of almond milk with regular yogurt onto my cereal. Then add raisins and almonds.
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48 briana January 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I mash a whole ripe banana and add pumpkin and plain greek yogurt and top with cereal raisins apples and pb…not weird but it’s a mess of stuff!

49 Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Have you ever tried Nutritional Yeast in your oats? I actually like it. πŸ™‚
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50 Sana January 28, 2011 at 12:52 am

Mummm! Does syrup count? Lol I just love it too much!
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51 Katie G (http://justrollwithitblog.blogspot.com) January 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I also made myself like yogurt, and oatmeal (things I never had growing up as a kid). I’m not a milk fan, so anything dairy is tough for me to Learn to Like…I am still working on Greek Yogurt…it tastes so bitter and I’m not a fan of the texture, but I know I’ll get there one day! Applesauce on cereal is a great idea! I put applesauce in my oatmeal and it really adds a lot.!
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