Batter Up!

October 25, 2010

If you’re busy during the week, leftover stovetop oatmeal does re-heat well and is still way better in texture than microwave oats. The only secret is to rehydrate it with a little milk before heating.

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But another idea: blend it up!

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Two summers ago when I was in summer school classes from 8 AM to 9 PM daily with just a 3 hour break, I didn’t have time to exercise AND make breakfast in the mornings. So I’d make a big pot of oatmeal on Sunday and do creative things with it during the week. One of my favorites was to put cooked oatmeal into a smoothie! Example here!

These were the days before the Vita-Mix so the oats didn’t blend all the way. In today’s version they did Smile

I didn’t measure so I don’t know exact proportions, but for TWO servings this was a blend of about:

  • 2 cups cooked whipped banana oatmeal
  • 1/2 a container Siggi’s greek yogurt
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • Half a banana

= OAT BATTER!

It was DA-licious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Topped with half an Alliebar and some chia seeds and a bit more banana

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LOVED the texture. You could probably bake something fun with this!

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I tried to go all PLS on my coffee with a tsp of pumpkin butter

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It was good – nice spice – but I don’t like sweet coffee and of course I didn’t realize the jam would sweeten it! D’oh! Still good though.

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How Do You Eat Your Great Harvest?

Check out my guest post on the GH blog!!

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I am off to YOGA with Andrea and then have the rest of the day to get stuff done. Consider today an intermission to work amongst my birthday celebrations Party smile

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1 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

Do you eat that oat batter hot or cold?

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2 Kath October 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

Cold

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 25, 2010 at 7:34 am

I’ve definitely never blended cooked oats! But it does sound kinda good.

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4 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

Ohhh that’s such a creative idea!! I can’t even imagine the texture…apparently I should try it out for myself :)

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5 sweetersalt October 25, 2010 at 7:37 am

I’ve been known to blend canned pumpkin with milk and spices (and I like a little bit of sweet with stevia!) and then mix it into my coffee. Super yummy – sort of like a pumpkin latte!

Laura

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6 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 25, 2010 at 7:37 am

Oooooh, I bet that would taste delicious!!

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7 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

Omg I never even thought of blending cooked oats! Amazing idea. I always cook up a large pot of oats for the week since I’m usually out the door by 8am so I will definitely be trying this (once I get a working blender…) My roommates will most likely not be happy to wake up to the whir of me blending up an amazing breakfast!

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8 Stacy @ The Girl with the Pug Tattoo October 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

I just finished a book that I think you should check out. One of the inspirations was Kanzi and it made me immediately think of you and Matt. It’s called Ape House by Sara Gruen who also wrote Water for Elephants.

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9 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Oh fun – taking note!

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10 Lindsay October 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I loved Water for Elephants! Need to check this new book out!

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11 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

I have never blended oats before. Not sure I would like it though. I’m picky about textures like you’re picky about your coffee sweetness. ;)

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12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 25, 2010 at 7:39 am

Oat batter is genius!!! Sounds like it could be just as good as cookie batter. Great job on the guest post Kath! :D

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13 stacey-healthylife October 25, 2010 at 7:43 am

What an interesting idea. I just had re heated oats this morning. You way sounds pretty good.

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14 Katie October 25, 2010 at 7:44 am

I have been trying to make your oatmeal for weeks now and it’s been a fail every time (I CANNOT cook at all) and finally did it successfully this morning, peanut butter on top and all! It was awesome!

Also I have worked right across the parking lot from a GREAT HARVEST for a couple of months but haven’t had the courage to go get a loaf of bread from there. (It smells amazing and every time I walk by I want one SO bad but carbs have scared me, but I’m getting a lot better thanks to you and Caitlin) And so on Friday I went in and got a loaf of Dakota- IT IS SO GOOD! I think my fear of bread is finally being tackled!

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15 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Dakota is the best carb in the city!

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16 Simply Life October 25, 2010 at 7:46 am

great idea! thanks!

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17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 25, 2010 at 7:47 am

I love oats any way you can cook them…this looks great! Enjoy yoga!

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18 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 25, 2010 at 7:49 am

This is such a great idea…great for rushed mornings!!

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19 Maria October 25, 2010 at 7:50 am

Fab idea, I never have time to cook stovetop oats in the mornings. I’ll defo give this a try :) xxx

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20 Amanda (Eating Up) October 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

Ooo I’m curious to try that and see how it tastes myself!

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21 Hannah October 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

Teehee, I, too, am not usually into sugar in my coffee, so what a shame about your sweetened PSL! Perhaps you could try with straight pumpkin puree next time?

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22 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 25, 2010 at 7:58 am

I’ve never blended cooked oats — I sometimes add a 1/4-1/2 cup of raw oats to smoothies if I am out of bananas — it gives them a nice texture.

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23 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

what an interesting idea!

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24 Meghann October 25, 2010 at 8:03 am

I think you inspired me to try the Oatmeal Smoothie out sometime this week. I like the idea of making a big batch of oatmeal on Sundays that last through the week. I’m pretty sure I’ll eat more oatmeal if it’s already prepared and ready to go. :)

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25 Halley (Blunder Construction) October 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

That mosaic table is perfect for tea time, something I wish I had when I was 6 years old (but would totally take as a 24 yr old!) How nice of Allie to bring some bars with her when she visited!

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26 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

i would never have thought to blend my oats! making oats ahead of time is definitely a good time saver, i should start doing that for the work week!

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27 Jessica October 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

I made overnight oats for the first time last night. This morning, didn’t like so much, Eeek.
I mixed 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup 1% milk, 1/3 cup greek 2% yogurt, 1/4 cup pumpkin. Topped with heavy tsp of almond butter this morning. Is my mix just not a good combo? Your’s always look so yummy! Maybe I need some sweet-ness to it?

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28 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Maybe some jam? Or a vanilla yogurt?

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29 Ramona October 25, 2010 at 8:17 am

I want to try to blend some oats. Last night, I made steel cut oats on the crockpot for the week. It would help to have them in smoothie form on days that I have class early. Thanks for the tip!
I love that pumpkin butter! I brought a peanut butter & pumpkin butter sandwich for lunch today. Yum!

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30 Mom October 25, 2010 at 8:24 am

Fun about the new novel, Ape House by Sarah Gruen.

Love the Great Harvest blog post!

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31 Krystina (Organically Me) October 25, 2010 at 8:24 am

You always find ways to bring the word “smoothie” to a whole new level.

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32 Emily October 25, 2010 at 8:32 am

Oat batter, yum!! I have never tried make a big batch of oats but that sounds like a good idea for a busy week. Something about the whole process of making the oats each day makes me appreciate the bowl even more :)

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33 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats October 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

I love the idea of oat batter. :) Your guest blog post looks fantastic :)

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34 Nikki October 25, 2010 at 8:40 am

I can’t tell you enough how much I love your blog! I am a post-gastric bypass lady, and your ideas are so perfect and tasty. Not to mention your house is absolutely adorable!

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35 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm
36 Lindsay October 25, 2010 at 8:41 am

I just learned that there is a Great Harvest in Alexandria – not too far from me. I cannot wait to stop by and try some of the breads I read about here!!

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37 Samantha October 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

Happy last day @27!
xo

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38 Samantha October 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

P.S. I made stuffing/dressing last night with rolled oats instead of bread…made me think of you. Really good..with lots of onion ; )

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39 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm

xxxx onion xxxx

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40 Samantha October 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Just like my disdain for bananas..hope we can still be friends ….

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41 skinnyrunner October 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

blended oats?? man it looks good but i dont know…. but you are the oatmeal queen so i should probably just go for it.

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42 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 25, 2010 at 9:02 am

Blended oats sounds fun to eat!

We don’t have a GH in our area. :(

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43 Rachel October 25, 2010 at 9:02 am

Oatmeal in the blender – brilliant! It looks like a breakfast soup! I could totally get into that.

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44 Camille October 25, 2010 at 9:05 am

Cool guest post!

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45 Little Bookworm October 25, 2010 at 9:07 am

Never blended cooked porridge before – sounds interesting though! Great guest post as well. :)

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46 Maria B October 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

Looks delish!

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47 kate October 25, 2010 at 9:11 am

Have a blast a yoga – its the best way to kick off the week!

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48 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

Mmm…I envision that tasting a bit like oatbran. Love the idea of just premaking oatmeal and having it throughout the week. Thanks for the tips! :D

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49 Alina (Duty Free Foodie) October 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

Oat batter sounds pretty genius! Do you think it would blend well with coconut butter?

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50 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Definitely! Like adding a tbsp of peanut butter to a smoothie

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51 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

i spend soooooooo much time making stovetop oats pretty much every morning while runnning out to work… this would be very very helpful. going to try!

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52 Marina October 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

Oat batter is awesome :) I love blending oats, specially making green oats with spinach!

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53 gina (fitnessista) October 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

happy almost birthday to youuuuuuuuuu :)

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54 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 25, 2010 at 9:51 am

wow, pumpkin butter in a cup of coffee sounds amazing! great idea :)

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55 Natalia - a side of simple October 25, 2010 at 9:58 am

Just the thought of the words “oat batter” makes me crave it :)

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56 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

whoa…total yumminess in a bowl!
love,
cathy B. @ brightbakes

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57 Ashley October 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

I can totally imagine how delicious that smoothie oat bowl would taste!! I’ve been making quick at home lattes by microwaving about 1/2c almond milk with 1t pumpkin butter + pumpkin spices, or vanilla extract + cinnamon, then frothing it with my hand immersion blender [a cinch to clean] and then pouring the coffee in. It gets amazingly frothy!! I don’t like sweet coffee either :)

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58 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul October 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

Fabulous idea to blend oatmeal. NEVER would have thought of that. So is it just the oatmeal that’s blended and then you STIR in the yogurt and banana?

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59 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

No, it was ALL blended.

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60 Kiran October 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

YUMMY!!!!! I am having your version of Pumpkin oats with peanut butter and sunflower seeds :) Delish!!!!!!

btw, i am hosting a Naturally Nutty nut butter giveaway on my blog :)

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61 susanj October 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

Kath,
I just read the GH post and was wondering if you ever posted the recipe for the stuffing y’all did last year for thanksgiving. If so can you tell us where or provide a link?

Thanks

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62 Kath October 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I don’t have one :( I think Matt invented it on the spot and we never posted the recipe. This year we’ll be doing something similar and I will take notes!

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63 Alyssa October 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

For a while I was making a huge batch of oats every weekend to last through the week, but now I’ve been putting dry oats with some water in a container overnight and that works pretty well :-) I think I’ll give my steel cut oats a whirl for the rest of the week, thanks for the motivation!

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64 emily October 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

Ack! That sounds amazing; I need to make this immediately!

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65 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

That sounds REALLY good! I’m all over anything that’s like batter!!

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66 alana fiks October 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

sometimes the things you have on your blog seem like they are too-good-to-be-true…i mean, who would think that blending oats would be tasty? naturally, my brain went to “ewww!”.
then i tried it.
and you are right :)
thanks!

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67 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

I love the idea of oat batter!! That sounds awesome.

I am still in the overnight oats phase right now. I exercise 3x a week in the morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), so the other two days I have enough time for hot oats on the stove!

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68 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 25, 2010 at 11:55 am

oh, vitamix. what can’t you do?! I WANT ONE!!!

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69 lauri (redheadrecipes.com) October 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Oatmeal Batter?!?! Sounds yummY! Thanks for the great weekday breakfast tips! I’m going to start working out in the mornings so I will definitley try making oats on Sunday to eat during the week!!!

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70 Larbs October 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

You weren’t supposed to open the card until tomorrow!

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71 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

That is such a neat idea! I love how there are such endless possibilities when it comes to oats. :D

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72 Jenny October 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I can’t wait to try the oatmeal batter, I love finding new creative ways to eat my oatmeal.
Speaking of Great Harvest bread, I made a point to stop there over the weekend. I have to admit I think I have eaten half of the pumpkin streusel bread myself. mmmm Yum!

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73 Meaghen October 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Oat batter sounds and looks amazing! Must have this soon!

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74 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Ohh I love that idea!!! Like brownie batter for breakfast, only much healthier :P

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75 Melissa October 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

You tease :( I don’t eat Great Harvest because there isn’t a bakery in NYC! Wassupwiththat?? So I stare at your pics and dream about eating it instead! It looks delicious enough to eat without toppings, though, so I would do that!

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76 Allison O'Mara (Girl in her kitchen) October 26, 2010 at 7:20 am

Kath I have a question…When you were in school with that schedule 8-9 everyday with little break, how did you keep up your exercise schedule? That is pretty much my current work schedule (I work 40+ hours a week at a suburb 1.5 hours from my home-blerg) I am trying hard to plan ahead regarding meals but exercising is very difficult to fit it! I’m generally exhausted and then there the laundry, cleaning, and all that stuff to do. :/

I was thinking if you want a PSL sort of taste without the sweetness (I don’t like sweet coffee either), you could sprinkle pumpkin pie spice (like McCormick’s or whatever) on top of the coffee grounds before brewing. I have done that before with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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77 Kath October 26, 2010 at 7:44 am

If you click on one of the links in this post (I think the first one to the smoothie) I gave a tentative workout schedule. It made it happen! I skipped some days and had to do shorter workouts than usual, but I manged to keep up a good routine.

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78 Andrea October 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

Love your ideas for oats! I’m a steel cut fan and make ahead on Sunday as well. It’s so fast on weekday mornings and I can eat in the car on my drive to work – multi tasking is a necessity! I’ll be trying a spoonful of different butters ASAP. Thanks for sharing your beautiful food pictures too! Oatmeal is not a “beautiful” subject, but somehow you make it mouthwatering! What kind of camera do you have? I’m looking for new one and love the quality of your close-ups!

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79 Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) December 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

Ok, Wow, you are very creative. Definitely trying this out this weekend. Thank you!

XO,

Amalfi Girl
http://eatrunhavefun.blogspot.com/
P.S. Pumpkin butter in coffee?? GENIUS!

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80 Hannah August 21, 2011 at 5:44 am

Hey,

Does blending the cooked oatmeal change the gi? Wouldn’t this be just like having instant oatmeal?

This is kind of making me hesitant about trying this…

Thanks, Hannah

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