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It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated my main page and have officially decided to start blogging again! I’ve been updating my daily update log, however stay in tune for an update on About me and some terrific recipes!

This morning I am returning to school by Boston, with my mom. Today is the last day of Spring break.

Early this morning after packing, I made us both Strawberry-banana smoothies

These smoothies takes five minutes to make and are an easy, delicious, and nutritious meal, which are my three favorite adjectives to create a quick, satisfying to-go meal!












Strawberry Banana Smoothies

Serves 2.

  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 frozen banana
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder
  • vanilla extract
  • sweeter  to taste such as agave, honey, nunaturals, or sugar

Some optional food to add to this recipe includes coconut butter or shreds, another fruit such as mangos and peaches, and fruit-juice such as orange juice

I would definitely recommend adding some delicious toppings to the smoothie such as a scoop of non-dairy (or regular) ice cream, whipped cream, and your favorite sprinkles, all topped with Marcello cherries!

Directions: Blend everything, then add toppings.

Enjoy at work, in car rides, and watching TV!

Have a great day

-Michelle AKA Chocolate-Coated Runner


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This week

Easter Sunday: do you celebrate Easter? What did you do?

I hung out with no one my boyfriend Rob. We watched movies, went to a few destinations, and relaxed together.

What have you learned about yourself this week? I learn something new everyday.

This week I learned quite a few things about myself-

1) I love focusing and concentrating on something that I enjoy, such as running or paying attention to a particular subject in class, such as technology and how it affects us deeply

2) I enjoy running in the mornings and then a short one in the evening. My boyfriend gave me this idea as it was a beautiful day outside and he insisted that I should go on another run

3) I love working. The best part is that you are making money while it can be fun at times and therefore feel great

4) I’ve come to the decision that I definitely want to be a lawyer and attend law school after I graduate undergraduate school

5) I like peppers in salads

6) I like mixed-nuts in oatmeal and yogurt

As you can see, some of these points are WAY more important than others, such as becoming a lawyer v.s. peppers in salads! However, each one serves an importance in my life because it is something new that I learned that I like which leads to a better life!

Anyway, let us go on a date with:

PB-Banana-Date Oatmeal

So simple yet delicious.

Delicious Oats 'n Fruit 'n Nuts!


1 or 2 servings oatmeal

1 banana, sliced

A handful of dates or 1/4 cup

1 T agave nectar or maple syrup (I used maple syrup)

2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can try subbing almond or sunflower butter)


Directions: Prepare oatmeal, add mix-ins, enjoy!

Nutritional Information about this healthy dish:

-Banana and dates add potassium which keeps the organs healthy and is associated with sodium

-Peanut butter has omega-3 which are great for your skin tone

-Oatmeal has fiber which aids in digestion

-Dates contain iron and are even nourishment for muscle development

Some great benefits of potassium found in this dish include:

  • “Heart and Kidney Disorders: The health benefits of potassium ensure good health for heart as well as kidneys. It plays an irreplaceable role in regulating the functions of potassium. Apart from this, this mineral assists kidneys to remove waste by the process of excretion. However, it is strictly advisable to consult your doctor to get recommendations about dosage.
  • Water Balance: Potassium has another significant role to play in maintaining the desirable water balance in human body. There are different types of cells, which require having proper water balance for proper functioning and potassium aids these cells in regulating this balance.
  • Electrolyte: Potassium plays the significant role as an electrolyte in human body. It helps in regulating the level of fluids in human body and thus performs a number of critical body functions.Nervous System: Potassium helps in boosting the spirit of nerve reflexes to transmit message from one body part to another. This in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities every day.”


Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend (starting today!)


Chocolate-Coated Runner aka Michelle Alexandra

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Did you press the snooze button today??

I didn’t! In fact, I woke up 1 minute before my alarm went off.

Today included waking up bright and early to run 5 miles. You can see the rest of the workout here.

It was pretty cold outside so I wore pink gloves (It was 30 degrees farenheit). I listened to my ipod half the time and the rest of the time was silent, but my thoughts were not quiet at all (I’m always thinkin‘).

Some of my thoughts are that: I’m glad that I received the dorm room that I requested for my senior year in undergraduate school this September 🙂

After my run, I quickly showered, and attended class all day. Tonight, I have to complete different homework assignments.

I previously posted that I would post a healthy chocolate cupcake recipe for ya.

Here it is:

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes












Moist: Check!

Sweet: Check!

Delicious: Check!


  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used white whole wheat however you can also use all purpose)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond nut-milk)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (you can try subbing agave if you wish)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used milk but dark would be just fine)

Simple Instructions.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, and stir until combined.
  3. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers and fill them with the batter.
  4. Bake 16 minutes or until done.

You can top them with:

  • coconut butter for a chocolate-coconut flavor
  • peanut butter for a chocolate-peanut-butter flavor
  • coconut shreds
  • marshmellow spread
  • banana for a chocolate-banana flavor
  • raspberry jam for chocolate-raspberry cupcakes

Enjoy making these 🙂 Have a nice Tuesday evening!

-Michelle Alexandra

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