Cozefest

September 30, 2009

I was having a cozefest in my bed this morning. Pillows, quilts, sunshine. It was awesome.

I finally dragged myself up and put on my exercise clothes and then immediately vetoed the gym first thing in exchange for breakfast. I was hungry and could not visualize myself on the Stepmill without the proper fuel. When I HAD to be somewhere by 8:30/9AM in times past, going to the gym first thing was always preferred. And while it wasn’t easy to get up and go, I didn’t really think about it. I just did it because I knew I had to. Now that my schedule allows me to go mid-morning, the thought of going first thing is just painful! I feel like I have so much more of a pleasant time when I’m fed and awake :)

Breakfast was delicious!

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Matt brought home this new Great Harvest creation yesterday – Hazelnut Cocoa Bread. It is actually savory – like a brown bread – but it’s got a mild cocoa aroma and was actually really nice!

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I hyped up the hazelnut cocoa flavors with some Almond Haze and Cacao Bliss (which is now no longer frosting consistency with the cooler weather – it’s hard like wax)

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Despite the fact that it was chilly out, a smoothie was on my mind to go with my toast.

But since I’d be sipping coffee, I didn’t want to drink 2 of the 3 parts of my breakfast, so I turned it into a SIAB.

Topped with some Mix My Granola, which I was going to skip due to my side of toast for some carbs, but I couldn’t resist the crunch!

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Made with:

  • 4 strawberries
  • 1 tiny banana
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 packet Vega 
  • Handful ice

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French press bloom

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I am back on skim milk in my coffee. The half and half wasn’t worth the extra purchase.

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We have an abundance of REALLY ripe bananas that Matt picked up for super cheap in the cheap produce bin so I decided to freeze them for easy deposit into oats or smoothies:

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Once the chunks are frozen I’ll put them in a ziplock bag together.

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I am going to the gym shortly then off to EarthFare for test studying and then back-to-back-to-back classes!

Which reminds me, I better go pack up a dinner now!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 30, 2009 at 7:57 am

I was having a total cozefest, too. So chilly out and the bed is so warm! I loooove frozen bananas. Yum.

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2 AnnQ September 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

Hazelnut Cocoa sounds great….and it’d be SO good with a little Nutella! :-)

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3 Alix September 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

I am exactly the same way re: working out first thing- I don’t have to now, so it’s impossible to make myself do it! It’s so much nicer to eat breakfast, drink coffee, and slowly come around to facing the day.

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4 Danielle September 30, 2009 at 8:04 am

I can’t believe how chilly the mornings have gotten already. Getting out of bed is not easy! Love that bread it looks so delicious!

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5 Paige September 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

Ahh I’m SO jealous of your cozefest. I had more like a stumble around looking for my robe in pitch dark-fest, LOL.

Breakfast looks yummy! Have fun at class.

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6 HeatherBakes September 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

That bread sounds amazing- and I second the Nutella suggestion! Yum.

Have a great workout!

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7 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 30, 2009 at 8:07 am

WOW – that bread sounds really unique and amazing!! Have a great day of studying!!

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8 rhodeygirl September 30, 2009 at 8:11 am

WOW that bread sounds DELICIOUS!!!! Does it taste nutty at all?

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9 Jac September 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

the bread sounds good! have a great day kath!

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10 Nicole September 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

That bread looks amazing! Wish I had a slice to go with my yogurt and granola breakfast…mmmm.

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11 Lizzy September 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

i would have never thought to cut up the bananas and put them on a tray to freeze! seriously great idea. i’m going to do that next time! thanks kath!

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12 Maria September 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

I was thinking of nutella too. Love nutella on toasted whole wheat english muffin with slices of strawberries. yum. Ever tried nutella with oatmeal?

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13 Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 30, 2009 at 8:28 am

Maybe that is why it’s hard for me to do a 6 am workout. Because I can usually get 2-3 mid day workouts in the week with my non routine schedule. I always struggle in the morning, it’s not routine for me.

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14 Food Makes Fun Fuel September 30, 2009 at 8:30 am

That bread sounds so artisinal. I really like Rapunzel’s organic chocolate hazelnut spread because it’s sort of like nutella but all natural and with less sugar/more healthy fat. It sounds like it would go great with that bread

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15 Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 30, 2009 at 8:30 am

Oh i wish I could’ve stayed in bed longer this morning!!! That banana trick has saved me many a morning. Have a great day!

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16 Stephanie September 30, 2009 at 8:35 am

what a great idea with the bananas!! i must remember this :)

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17 kay (eating machine) September 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

that bread sounds so good!
your blog makes me wish i were marrying a baker some days :-)

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18 Diana September 30, 2009 at 8:57 am

I’m actually one of those people who prefer going to the gym early. Even if I don’t have anything to do after!

I just think it’s a good way to start my day and I feel so good when I’m done. :)

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19 Heather September 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

I wish I had some extra time for a cozefest in my bed this morning.

I am going to freeze three bananas tonight – I typically break each banana into 3rds and freeze in individual tupperware containers. Perfect for smoothies!

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20 Courtney September 30, 2009 at 9:14 am

That bread sounds divine! Bread pudding with it maybe?? MMM!
My dogs just want to snuggle away now that it is nice and cold…so fun to be snuggly with a puppy and a big cozy sweatshirt!
Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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21 brandi September 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

that bread sounds so good! what a different flavor.

good luck with the studying!

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22 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers September 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

ooooh this post made me wanna crawl back into bed! :) so, so cozy! that cocoa bread looks tasty too – very creative of the hubby.

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23 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans September 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

I was having a little “cozefest” of my own this morning since I have the day off! It is so nice to not have to leap out of bed into my workout clothes and be out the door in 3 seconds!

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24 christie, honoring health September 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

I buy the old bananas too for the same reason though I do not break them apart before freezing. They break really easily even when frozen, just be sure to peel them!

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25 skinnyrunner September 30, 2009 at 9:50 am

that bread looks delicious. im all for anything with cocoa.

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26 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

i make smoothie in a bowl too – except i call it smoothie soup!

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27 Anne Marie@Her New Weigh September 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

Frozen bananas are so good!

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28 Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 30, 2009 at 10:23 am

great idea on freezing the ripe bananas! I do the same thing, but I don’t pre cut them into chunks- love that!

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29 Karina (Like Some Cat from Japan) September 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

I agree, getting out of bed has been getting more difficult every day.
That bread looks so.. comforting and delicious!
Ahhh..

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30 Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

Hazelnut Cocoa Bread!!!! Matt rocks!

Great tip with the bananas!

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31 natalie September 30, 2009 at 10:53 am

that bread looks so yummy! I have a hard time getting out of bed these days as well. Today I pushed snooze for over an hour. I finally had to go to the bathroom or I’m not sure i would have gotten up!

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32 Jacqueline September 30, 2009 at 10:58 am

I was wondering what your thoughts are on Cream Of Wheat? I am not a fan oatmeal (please don’t hate me;) but I do like Cream Of Wheat. Do you think it’s a adequate substitution? Thank you!

P.S The bread looks amazing!

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33 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

I’m always afraid I won’t eat up the bananas in time so this is a great trick. Now if only I can find space in my stocked freezer for the tray :-)

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34 Ashley September 30, 2009 at 11:11 am

The GHBC store here is super cute. I love how they make their own products in each store. Like this one has these mini loafs that they call “whole grain power loaf thing”…or something close to that, but “thing” was definitely one of the words in the name! hilarious! =)

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35 Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

I did a little lounging in bed this morning too! No better way to start a weekday than to act like it’s the weekend for a minute :O)

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36 Tina September 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

I miss making smoothies not that I’m at school!! I need a blender haha.

That bread looks so hearty and delicious too.

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37 JENNA September 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

your bread and coffee look AMAZING! i need a frech press! good luck on you test studying!!

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38 Mollie September 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

Crazy coincidence! I had a SIAB and toast this morning too – and I though it was a crazy/weird thing that only I did!

I like breaking off the toast crust and actually mixing it in my SIAB. I also highly recommend using frozen mandarin oranges (like the kind you put in school lunches) in SIAB – yum!!!

-http://eatrunread.blogspot.com

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39 Mollie September 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

oh, and fig bread with pine nuts – yummy!!!

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40 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 30, 2009 at 11:39 am

Just did the same with my overripe bananas! That bread looks like a chocolate challah haha

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41 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale September 30, 2009 at 11:48 am

I have a hard time working out first thing too… it’s just not that appealing. Or, rather, eating is just more appealing!

Love the idea of cocoa bread… cocoa is a surprisingly great addition to savory foods… it’s why I love mole sauces so much!

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42 Kath September 30, 2009 at 11:54 am

Jacqueline,
I’m not 100% sure, but I think Cream of Wheat is not a whole grain. I think it is just the starchy part of wheat, so in that sense it would not be as ideal as oatmeal, which is a whole grain. But if I’m wrong and it is, then they are comparable.

Kath

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43 Kristin (Kristins Nibbles) September 30, 2009 at 11:57 am

Love the SIAB idea! I’ve always been a cup girl, sounds like something fun to try!!

xo
K

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44 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope September 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Sounds like such a relaxing morning. I LOVE the sound of that smoothie. Perfect way to perk you up!

What a neat idea with the bananas. I usually break mine in half, put them in a tupperware container, and just freeze them up, but your way is perfect for smoothies!

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45 Sues September 30, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Such a good idea to freeze bananas like that. Definitely going to try it!

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46 Jenna September 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

all of a sudden the weather has gotten wicked chilly!
that bread looks delish!
jenna

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47 lauri Watson September 30, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Thanks again for the hazelnut cocoa bread taste!! It twas yummy and I love the ‘hint’ of cocoa!!

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48 Ilama October 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I’ve seen this floating around the blogosphere and I had to try it today… banana soft serve: http://www.rawfoodnation.org/2009/raw-banana-soft-serve/

It was beyond spectacular, and absolutely easy to make. To the first batch, I added just a touch of agave (the bananas tasted a little bitter), and to the second, I added 1 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder for omg chocolate. I just noticed you froze some bananas so I thought I’d suggest it, since I’m absolutely obsessed and want to do this for every meal.

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