Bright + Early?

July 13, 2008


It was very bright out over breakfast in the garden, but not early – we slept until 9:00!!! Considering I finished my book at 11 last night, that’s 10 hours of sleep. Sheesh!

Breakfast choices were cold cereal, oatmeal or pancakes – we decided on oatmeal since we’re planning to go running and it’s the easiest of the 3 to digest (for me).

1/3 cup portion made with banana + hemp milk and topped with granola, berries, walnuts and PB


One fun thing about summertime oatmeal is I do the dishes before I sit down to eat. In the winter, there’s a rush to eat it while it’s hot, but in the summer cooling off is a pro, so I go ahead and clean up the kitchen and wash the pot while it sits out and cools a bit. Then there are no dishes to think about while I’m enjoying the bowl!


Off to run!

Previous post:

Next post:

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda July 13, 2008 at 10:12 am


Glad you had fun last night. Two questions. Since you are queen of volume eating what made you decide to switch from 1/2 cup oatmeal to 1/3 plus granola or wheatberries? Isn’t it less volume? Do you find it as satisfying? 1/3 oats seems so small.

I also noticed your super flat abs. I know you love running and cardio in general, but how often do you actually do ab exercises? What ab exercises do you do?


2 Kath July 13, 2008 at 10:20 am

Amanda ,
I switched because I liked the chew of the toppings more and when my classes ended in the spring I didn’t need breakfast to carry me 5 hours so I lightened it a little bit in favor or more snacks throughout the day.

My abs aren’t that great! I don’t do that many ab exercises because I find them very boring, but I try to get a “burn” a few time a week. But love love the ab roller:

My gym’s actually disappeared so I need to find one on Ebay!



3 Deb July 13, 2008 at 10:45 am

Kath, (tagging onto Amanda’s question…) I would guess that while the volume of oatmeal is less, the volume of the other stuff may make up for it right? Also I bet that the additions are more caloric and with the nuts, there are more fats…guessing that would hold you over at least as well as (if not better than) your previous 1/2 cup. Now I’ll ask a question that you’ve probably answered 4000 times- when you say you use 1/3 cut oatmeal- is that RAW or COOKED?!?! Thx.


4 Em July 13, 2008 at 10:47 am

Haha I always do dishes when my coffee and oatmeal are getting made. And then I do the same thing…let the oatmeal cool… continue doing dishes plus prepare my snacks for the day…and then eat!! Otherwise I am a sweaty mess after eating a hot oaty breakfast!!

Pretty sunlight, pretty breakfast. Happy Sunday Kath!


5 natalie July 13, 2008 at 11:08 am

You sure do make oatmeal look really delicious! Your berries look really good as well.
Where did you get your bowl?


6 sar July 13, 2008 at 11:28 am

hi kath / anyone –
i have a general question. what’s a bar that would be a good substitute for oatmeal?? i love Luna bars but they are more protein and not a lot of natural oats. wondering if anyone knew of any more “natural” oats ones with a little more Fiber than luna. thanks!!!


7 Sidi July 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

I love color orange. It makes a boring, rainy day, like today, look better. Nice bowl and great looking breakfast!


8 Sami July 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I’m so glad you took a trip to the pool! =]
Swimming pools are my haven, year round.
My team just got back from a weekend-long camping trip.
I always feel so good after lap swimming.
I know all about building a workout if you’d want to give it a try and have any questions.

P.S. I made cinnamon granola using your recipe as a base. Thanks for the idea!


9 natalie July 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Kath has a recipe posted for Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars that you could try.


10 TinaR July 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm


It’s 1/3 cup raw oatmeal (before it’s cooked).


11 Giorgia July 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Hi! I had a question regarding peanut butter. I know that you said that you don’t count calories anymore and that you’re happy with your weight, but when you were in the process of losing weight did you still eat peanut butter? I am pretty conscious of what I eat and I am afraid that if I eat peanut butter, it will cause weight gain because of its high amount of fat. Although it is healthy fat, is fat still fat no matter what? Also should you not eat it too often if you are trying to lose weight? Sorry to bombard you with all the questions at once! Thanks!


12 Kath July 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Deb ,
I don’t want to get all technical, but generally my breakfast have been closer to 350-400 calories than the 450-500 I had when I needed it to get me through Chem and Physio this spring. It’s probably a combo of a little less nuts in favor of grain toppings and less oatmeal + milk from the smaller portion. And yes, it’s 1/3 cup raw.

natalie ,

sar ,
Like natalie suggested, the Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars are a good subs. I like LaraBars and Nectar bars, but they are more fruit and nut and not grains. The Honest Foods line ( are made with oats and are delicious!!! I love the apple ginger ones. They would be good paired with fresh fruit for breakfast.

Sami ,
I used to have a swimming routine that I did on a regular basis, but for some reason I haven’t wanted to swim for exercise at all lately. Maybe because I don’t have an appropriate bathing suit or googles that work and don’t want to go buy them. Bad excuse, I know. Glad you like the granola!

Giorgia ,
Yes, I ate PB all throughout my weight loss. Whether or not you eat it all depends on how you want to “spend” your calories. Like chocolate, I really like PB and wouldn’t want to give it up so I use it a little bit at a time. A LEVEL spoonful on a normal eating spoon is about 1 tbsp (it’s very easy to eat more than a tbsp – it’s NOT a lot of PB.) I generally have about 2/3 of a level spoonful (so about 2 measuring tsp), which is the perfect amount for me to get the flavor while not committing to too many calories.



13 Rachel July 13, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Hey! Just wanted to pop in and let you know I’ve been reading your blog. It’s inspiring that you have so much self control.



14 Fit4Life July 13, 2008 at 3:44 pm

im going to have to disagree with you! your abs are absoutly AMAZING, and your crazy if you dont think their “that great” hehe. i LOVE your blog though!


15 Abby White July 16, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Hello Kath:

I love your site and wanted to know what model of Salter Food Scale you have. I am interested in buying one but not sure how many bells and whistles I really need.



16 Kath July 17, 2008 at 8:21 am

Abby White,
Check FAQ #12 :)



Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: