A True Br-unch

October 19, 2008

Wow, my timing is very off today!! We slept until 9:00 this morning!! We debated breakfast or run and decided on both – a mini breakfast plus a 5-mile run.

I had half a piece of High Five bread with AB and PB before we set out around 10 –


We did about 5 miles in the chilly fall air. I was slow but steady today. It wasn’t that tiring at all, but I can feel the run in my legs now that I’m cooled off.

Once home around 11, we showered and started out on breakfast. I decided to have yogurt with a cranberry sauce topping, which I hadn’t made yet. Thinking it would only take 10-15 minutes, I started cooking.

See here for the 2008 version of my Homemade Low-Sugar Cranberry Sauce. I used to make it with Splenda, but this time just switched to brown sugar. Warning though, it’s still very tart!


So as the sauce was simmering I started to assemble my yogurt + granola base. Then I decided it was taking too long and switched to apple + almond butter toppings.



Into the bowl:

  • 1 cup TJ’s Euro yogurt (really liked this a lot. It’s not Greek, but it’s second best :) )
  • Layers of chopped apple, wheatberries, homemade Maple-Pecan Granola (I’m all out now!)
  • Topping of almond butter and pumpkin butter


Plus tea –


But once my cranberry sauce was done I had to have some right away as a breakfast addendum! This put me over the top of fullness (I’m stuffed now!), but since I decided to have all of this for breakfast/lunch, it’s all cool.


See you tonight for dinner! I might have a cup of our potato soup for snunch today. Not sure what my eating schedule will be. Guess it’s a day for intuitive eating! I do want to make some more granola and steel cut oats to have for this week. And I have LOTS of studying to do as well. Guess I’ll be a hermit today.

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1 Christie October 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Looks like a great brunch!

After hearing about TJ’s greek yogurt from you and some other people, I finally made the (LONG) drive to TJ’s to get some but all I found was the European Style. Thinking they must have changed the name, I got it instead. When I got it home, I realized it wasn’t the right thing but it’s still pretty good. :)


2 Justy2003 October 19, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I can’t wait to find some cranberries so I can make that sauce! I’ve missed it!
And your granola is gone so soon?! Time for a new batch! :) I may try that recipe after my current batch (your other granola recipe) is gone. I love how much cheaper/healthier homemade granola is :)
Enjoy your studying…that’s what I should be doing right now :(


3 Beadie October 19, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Enjoy your Sunday!

Thanks (again) for the cranberry sauce recipe!


4 Rasha October 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Hi Kath– Most silently reader but my mom sent this to me! My niece who is going through a tough patch in that ALL she wants to eat is graham crackers, bananas and saltines (strange, but we were all kids) and my mom has been trying to come up with ways to make her eat other things. So we are all big fans of your oatmeals– and it is working!!!! She loves them, and look at what my mom came across: Creme Brulee Oatmeal!


Check it out, everyone!


5 runjess October 19, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Usually when I get up late breakfast turns into pre-run and post-run snacks instead of a real meal.


6 magpie October 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm

That yogurt concoction looks delish :) I love apples in the fall. Weekends are so perfect for practicing intuitive eating.


7 Whitney October 19, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Hey Kath, I’ve been a big fan from the sidelines and decided to finally comment…What’s this “Euro” yogurt?! Is it thick like greek…more importantly….IS IT CHEAPER?!?

And I love your photos…you are talented!


8 Erin October 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I mistook the yogurt and cranberry sauce for a hard boiled egg and cran sauce. :) Oops!
Glad you got to sleep in today.


9 jenner October 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

hmm I thought the European yogurt was super tart, but I might have to give it another try… were the cranberries from your TJ shop the other day?? (they’re in the same photo…) I’m wondering b/c I haven’t really seen them in the grocery stores yet. cranberry sauce = sure sign of fall!!

snunch is my favorite meal of the day after brekkie. :)


10 HangryPants October 19, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Kath, Great Harvest just came to Rhode Islan and I went yesterday. I got a high 5 fiber loaf, too. Fantastic!
I also got the almond creamed honey. Have you tried any of those? It’s sweet, but a little is good on warm bread. Anyway, thanks for the Gpod Harvest intro. Have a great Sunday.


11 Katrina October 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Love the word snunch, haven’t heard that one before! Hope you’re enjoying your day!


12 VeggieGirl October 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Oh my, ALLLLLL of your brunch eats look tantalizing – WOOOOOOWZA!!!

Good luck studying!!!


13 zestycook October 19, 2008 at 3:04 pm

WOW – What a brunch – We had a big brunch today as well!!… Hope you have a great day!



14 Maureen October 19, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Mmmm… cranberries are one of those items that show up infrequently on a typical daily menu but when they do, WOW, they sure pack a punch.


15 Kath October 19, 2008 at 5:12 pm

That’s so awesome that she’s eating better. I’ve had a number of moms say the my oatmeal has brightened their kids’ day.

But you must not have seen my Banana Brulee recipe! It’s a bit healthier than the one you posted (less sugar).


Whitney ,
It IS cheaper! It’s just “Trader Joe’s European Yogurt.” It’s smooth and tangy – not watery at all (which I hate).

jenner ,
yup, they were TJ’s cranberries. And I do think the Euro is much tangier, but I like it (but not as much as greek!)

HangryPants ,
Awesome you liked the bread!! That’s my favorite kind. I saw your blog post and asked the husband about the honey and he said he didn’t think his store sold it.



16 Biz319 October 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

thanks for the recipe Kath! Always looking for lower sugar recipes.


17 Hot Garlic October 19, 2008 at 6:33 pm

I love the way you eat breakfast {actually, I love the way you eat in general}. Even though you are eating healthy, you don’t seem to miss out on any of the flavor or goodness -so my style!


18 thepinkpeppercorn October 19, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Funny! It’s like how many different ways can you eat breakfast in one day! :) hehe, eggs for dinner would seal the deal. Love it!


19 bobbi October 19, 2008 at 6:47 pm

love cranberries will have to try that sauce before Turkey DAY! I love that glass bowl very intersting bowl:)


20 Lida October 19, 2008 at 7:25 pm

love your blog, and i have a question. i’m a 16-year-old swimmer who’s been a vegetarian for almost two years. Starting eating fish a little while ago, and my appetite has always been big, but this year swimming got much more intense and i just HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET FULL! No matter how much i eat for dinner, i’m hungry in hour later and just end up eating a ton of “healthy” stuff, and too much of anything isn’t good. Too much yogurt, fiber, etc. are giving me stomach issues. I see you seem to have a perfect balance between the occasional meat dish and a generally vegetarian diet. Any advice for me? Should i go back to eating meat?


21 Megan October 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I love making cranberry sauce! It is so fun to watch them pop! I put brown sugar in mine too!


22 Kath October 19, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Lida ,
I doubt your fullness has to do with meat, but it could be too little protein/fat and too many vegetables? My first guess is also that you might be really thirsty from the hard workouts and need more water? But I really have no idea. If possible if your insatiable hunger continues, I’d see if you can have an R.D. evaluate your diet.



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