Summer Eats [On The Run]

I don’t think I’ve been home for more than 15 minutes at a time, which isn’t too unusual… but it means that I haven’t had time to throw together much more than a quick bite.

But it’s summer, and that’s a perfectly acceptable excuse, right? Right. Don’t tell me you have a bunch of time you were trying to waste in the kitchen. If you do, then feel free to come over and cook for me.

In the mean time, here are some great, quick meals that I’ve been munching on!


I decided to switch things up a little this week, and finally try the sample of Coach’s Oats that the company sent me a few weeks ago. I don’t eat oats a lot, but what I liked about these is, they cook really fast!

Coach’s Oats is similar to steel-cut oats in its nutty texture, but instead of 30 minutes, Coach’s Oats cooks in only five minutes! The groats are toasted to bring the natural sugars to the surface of the oat, and then cracked into small pieces. This patented Cracked n’ Toastedβ„’ process means that Coach’s Oats is never mushy, always naturally delicious and cooks in just five minutes.

It had been awhile since I’d had a bowl of oatmeal! These had a slightly different texture than the rolled oats I’m used it, but they tasted great, and I loved how fast they cooked! I’m definitely keeping a pack or two of these at my desk for an emergency lunch. With a spoonful of peanut butter and some cinnamon, it was quite delicious, not to mention filling.


Since I haven’t been cooking much, I haven’t been able to pack leftovers for lunch. Yesterday I just grab some Chobani on my way out the door, mixed in a little protein powder and blueberries.

Holy yum. I seriously will never get sick of this. If I don’t eat this for breakfast, it definitely makes it into another meal. It’s that good. My un-pictured afternoon snack consisted of a mini bag of pretzels and a handful of peanut butter M&Ms. Yeah, it was snack drawer day. No judging.


Keeping with the on-the-go theme here, I grabbed dinner at the Food Truck Court with Kate, Lindsay, and Brett.

I went with the El Presidente from Rooster Cart, since the last time I got it with Lauren, they were out of avocado, and Brian raved about how amazing it was with avocado. It lived up to the hype for sure, even if the photo is a little ugly.


I may have whipped up a batch of peanut butter cups… as a “welcome to the neighborhood” box for some friends that moved near by. And they may be so easy that they will belong in the 5-ingredients-or-less recipe section.

And my roommates and I may have eaten some. All in the name of testing.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 6 sheets graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Smooth Operator from PB & Company)
  • Sea salt

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (about 4 minutes on 50% power) and in a separate bowl, mash up the graham crackers, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. Drop the peanut butter mixture into muffin liners, (about 3 tbsp each) and then cover with chocolate. Sprinkle with sea salt, and pop in the freezer for about an hour. And there you go.

One last little thing… if you didn’t get a chance to check out the brand new I Heart Vegetables Facebook Page… go on over and give it a “Like” πŸ˜‰

What are your on-the-go staples?


  1. Liked πŸ˜‰

    Those homemade PB cups are almost too easy to make. As in any time I get a craving I may want to make them. Oye.

    I eat oatmeal I love it. Can’t get enough of it. I’ve never seen Coach’s oats though…

  2. Peanut M&Ms were my snack today, too! I was so hungry when I walked in the door after work and I needed candy before going to the gym. Counterproductive or motivating? Hmm…

  3. That El Presidente sandwich. Wow. That looks amazing!! I should surprise my husband and make those pb cups. He’d love them!

  4. Can’t wait to try out your homemade peanut butter cups! Baking for your neighborsβ€”what a sweet gesture. Liz, I don’t know where you find the time to do it all! But I’m glad you do πŸ™‚

  5. That’s so nice of you to make PB cups like that, they make the best gift!

  6. those pb cups make me drool…
    my favorite staples to go are: raw balls made from dried fruit, nuts and sunwarrior, pbj sandwiches, healthy elvis (whole wheat bread topped with pb and banana), fruits fruits fruits, yoghurt with more fruits^^, protein pancakes and overnight oats. and for the more savory part: salads in my little salad mixer, stuffed pita bread, thai spring rolls and veggie wraps. I guess its quite obvious that I am a lot “on the go” πŸ˜‰

  7. Great eats! Those homemade pb cups look rad πŸ™‚ Some of my on the go snacks are trail mix, jerky, and fruit!

  8. I like seeing people’s on-the-go eats. I find I’m usually eating from gym to work, at my work desk, or on vacay, so I need all the ideas/inspiration I can get. Right now I’m loving my pasta and kale lunch. It stores easily and re-heats well.

  9. Chobani is the perfect on the go snack! Topped with a bit of muesli and fresh fruit… I totally agree that it is a delicious daily staple πŸ™‚

  10. Those homemade pb cups are great Liz, I am going to recreate them and soon… my brother would adore something like that πŸ™‚
    On-the-go staples include fresh fruit, mostly apples for convenience sake, energy bars, dried cereal/trail mix… greek yogurt, and cut up veggies!

  11. I looooove making homemade pb cups! Especially ones that are dark chocolate and peppermint. YUM.
    On the go snacks for me usually includes pretzels, cut up apples and luna bars!

  12. The box that you have the peanut butter cups in is absolutely adorable! I would like to have those for breakfast. But alas, I am eating boring oatmeal.

  13. Mmmm those peanut butter cups! YUM!

  14. I’ve never heard of Coaches Oats, but they sound really good from the description!

  15. omg homemade peanut butter cups.would you mind bringing me some asap?? πŸ™‚

  16. HOMEMADE peanutbutter cups? I need to remember these to bring to parties. Because if I made them for home, I’d eat them all πŸ™‚ YUM

  17. OH my gosh. I made peanutbutter cups when I was ten. And I haven’t made a batch since. This obviously needs to change.

  18. Love how well you managed eating on the go. It’s totally a skill I need to fine tune, but u seem to have gotten it down perfectly.

  19. Oatmeal is definitely an on-the-go staple for me, especially with a scoop of protein powder and some nuts. Pretty balanced meal, especially if I can grab a salad somewhere later in the day. It’s no soy chorizo+avocado, though…

  20. Thanks for sharing your quick bites. Sometimes it feels like we can’t be healthy when we are busy, but you show that we can! And I just may be whipping up a batch of those pb cups for a gift, too. Cheers!~

  21. Wow, I think you did very well for never being home! My girls will love those peanut butter cups!

  22. Umm thank you so much for that delicious chocolate pb recipe. I love me some of that! I added it to my grocery list for next week πŸ™‚

  23. Wow, what a simple recipe for those peanut butter cups. Peanut Butter cups are the only candy the hubs will eat.. maybe a surprise would be nice?? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing girl!

  24. YES! I thought I was the only one with a snack drawer… πŸ˜‰

    Also, I have made a peanut butter crumble that is basically peanut butter + powdered sugar for this crazy delicious peanut butter banana cream pie that I used to make a bunch. I never thought about mixing in graham crackers, but I am DYING right now thinking about it…

  25. The peanut butter cups look delicious!


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