Decadence, Health Style

May 9, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muesli

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I had to try it some day!! I added about a tsp of Ghirardeli Unsweetened Cocoa powder to my muesli – along with a spoonful of PB stirred in. Decadence, health style.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheatberries (you could just do 1/2 cup oats instead)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 a small banana
  • 1 tbsp PB
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped walnuts

It was quite good! I don’t think I’ll have this all the time, but certainly for a change every now and then. And next time I will NOT be stirring in the PB – it totally got lost in there. What a waste of good PB flavor! Go easy on the unsweet cocoa. I added a little too much to the husband’s and it got a little bitter. He had to add brown sugar to balance it out.

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Still lovin’ those chewy wheatberries :mrgreen:

With coffee

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Spinning

I was up early for spinning this morning. I’ve missed my Friday class! I don’t know how much I’ll get there this summer since Friday will be the one day I don’t have to get up super early, but I’ll make the effort when I can :) Class was good, but a little slow today.

I had some TJ’s High Fiber Fruit and Nut cereal with a bit of PB before I left. I don’t think I’ll ever eat another non-TJ’s cereal again! (Well Kashi H2H maybe :) ) I love all of their kinds, and they all have great nutritional profiles and ingredient lists.

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By Car, By Plane

After some quick packing, I’m driving to my small hometown of Hillsborough (2.5 hours) to have lunch at my favorite hometown restaurant, the Saratoga Grill, with my mom and best friend from high school. The Saratoga has the BEST SCONES on this side of the Atlantic!! I’m hoping to get one with lunch. They are round like biscuits, but perfectly crumbly. I’m going to see if I can get the recipe…

Tonight we’re attending a benefit dinner and auction for the Burwell School, where we had our wedding rehearsal dinner BBQ.

Then tomorrow my mom and I fly to Baltimore! I’ll be flying (and driving) home on Tuesday. Blogging might be a bit sporadic the next few days, but I promise all of my meals will be up eventually.

Until the next meal…

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1 hk May 9, 2008 at 7:23 am

mmm, what a treat for breakfast! Have a fun and safe trip!! Enjoy the weekend :)

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2 Katie May 9, 2008 at 7:26 am

Sounds like a busy day! Hope it all goes smoothly for you! :)

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3 rhodeygirl May 9, 2008 at 7:40 am

Morning Kath! This morning’s breakfast looks especially creamy yum! I hope I catch you before you leave… I have a question!!! My Tanita food scale is acting really strangely. When I put it on the numbers slowly decrease from 0 down and doesn’t stop. If I tare it out the same thing just keeps happening. Does this mean my scale is now broken? Any tips on fixing it? Thanks!

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4 Romina May 9, 2008 at 7:46 am

Mmmm… chocolate is such a good way to start the day!

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5 Kath May 9, 2008 at 8:04 am

rhodeygirl ,
My only suggestion would be new batteries??

Good luck!

Kath

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6 VeggieGirl May 9, 2008 at 8:19 am

Can’t go wrong with a decadent bowl of Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Muesli – yum!

Glad that spinning was fun – it’s nice to go to a class when you haven’t been in a while.

Best of luck with your trip to Hillsborough!! Sounds like you have some great activities planned!!

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7 Melissa (the other one) May 9, 2008 at 8:25 am

Chocolate and Peanut Butter – winning combination!! :)
Have a great trip!!!!

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8 Tina May 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

We’re having at BBQ for our wedding rehearsal dinner too! So fun!

Have a nice time on your trip!

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9 Betsy May 9, 2008 at 8:33 am

whoa-that is some amazing sounding oatmeal. there is nothing like the combo of pb and chocolate. i might (ok-definitely) have to try this one.

enjoy your trip!

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10 Becca May 9, 2008 at 8:51 am

Have a great and safe trip! Nothing like decadent breakfasts, I definitely had one this morning!

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11 Katers May 9, 2008 at 9:10 am

Aw, sorry the mixing-in didn’t work for you Kath! I bet it was still awesome! :)

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12 rhodeygirl May 9, 2008 at 9:10 am

thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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13 rhodeygirl May 9, 2008 at 9:10 am

like an idiot i never considered the batteries i only thought water must have gotten in somewhere haha!

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14 oatmeal May 9, 2008 at 9:24 am

Yeah~I find that PB stirred into oatmeal just doesn’t taste right :( But the mixture still looks very tasty!

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15 Anna in AR May 9, 2008 at 9:27 am

I have a question for anyone regarding sugar. I have been reading “Skinny Bitch” and am going to try to cut out foods with lots of sugar, but it seems like there is sugar in everything! Is there an acceptable amount that you can have everyday?

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16 Meg May 9, 2008 at 9:56 am

I know you and your husband love Good Eats…so here is the link to the transcripts of all his shows. If you click on the link, then go to Episode Guide, Title on the left, the show called The Dough Also Rises is about biscuits and scones. Good luck!

http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/GEFP/index.htm

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17 Justy2003 May 9, 2008 at 10:15 am

rhodegirl-
My Salter scale wasn’t staying “zeroed” anymore and wouldn’t stay on a certain number so I sent it in and they sent me a brand new one for free! I didn’t like being without it for a couple weeks, but you can see if you can send yours in if changing the batteries doesn’t help!

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18 Heather May 9, 2008 at 10:30 am

Chocolate and peanut butter- that’s a great way to kick off the weekend!

Have fun in Baltimore! Are you an Ace of Cakes fan? Charm City Cakes would be my first B-more stop :)

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19 Carrie H May 9, 2008 at 10:36 am

Have a safe and fun trip, Kath. Enjoy your time with your grandparents. I miss mine a lot!

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20 Kelly T May 9, 2008 at 10:45 am

i mix in my peanut butter in my oatmeal and you do have to use a lot to taste it, but i htink its worth it. Im a bit of a PB junkie.

anna in AR- did you finish the book? I find it weird they would write a book and tell you to cut back on sugar but not tell you the dietary recommendation for it-

it depends on your daily calorie needs, but you want to hover right around 45 grams a day.

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21 Sidi May 9, 2008 at 11:05 am

Have a great flight!

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22 angelcubbie May 9, 2008 at 11:15 am

Hey everyone! So I’m going out for sushi tonight, and I’m going here:

rasushi.com

and I’d love to know what roll everyone would order! We’ll prolly get three rolls, I’m thinking If I want I’ll splurge and get one fried but try and keep the other two healthy.

What roll would you get?

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23 rhodeygirl May 9, 2008 at 11:28 am

thanks justy2003!!

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24 Katharine May 9, 2008 at 11:38 am

This may be a dumb question but, what is the difference between muesli and oatmeal? Do you cook muesli like you do oatmeal? Thanks!

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25 Katie May 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Angelcubbie–
The Zonie and Lobster Shrimp rolls sound fantastic. And, I’ve had something like the Tsunami Salmon roll before–such a good combination! Have fun, whatever you choose!

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26 SarahF May 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Katharine,
The difference between muesli and oatmeal is oatmeal you cook either in the microwave or stove and serve it hot, where’s muesli you soak overnight in milk (and sometimes yogurt though I like to add that and other toppings in the mornings) and serve it cold. Don’t feel bad about not knowing-I didn’t either until Kath started making it.

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27 Emily W. May 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Hey! If anyone didnt see nightline last night, you should definitely check out this link/video clip of it! http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4757669&page=1

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28 Katharine May 9, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Awesome–I’ll definitely have to try that! Thanks, SarahF :)

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29 Kiala May 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I am afraid the muesli will be mushy.

I am AFEARED of it.

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30 Katharine May 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm

One last question…when Kath posts the ingredients for her muesli, is she posting what she uses to make muesli for both her and her husband or just herself?

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31 Amandamoo May 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Katharine,
Just her portion is what she lists… if she cut that in half, it would be waaaaay too tiny for a volume eater like Kath!!!

Kiala,
It IS mushy. That’s why it’s so delicious! : )

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32 Katers May 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I have been muesli CRAZY these days. Check out my blog to see what types I’ve come up with.

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33 Justy2003 May 9, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I LOVE oatmeal…it’s my breakfast every day and I feel lost without it! However, it’s getting warmer (especially here in Houston) so I wouldn’t mind giving some cold oatmeal a try! I’ve always just eaten it in the summers, too but I’m willing to try something new!
So I’ve heard of “Swiss” oatmeal where you make it and let it sit overnight. Is this the same as muesli? Does the muesli sit overnight or you just eat it right away? And if you eat it right away, doesn’t that make the oats really chewy since they haven’t soaked any moisture up really?
Obviously I only eat hot oats… :)

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34 Ally May 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I LOVE cereal with peanut butter on the top (or in the spoon). TJ cereal is pretty good! I am trying to find a favorite but I have to finish up the box I have now.

I am very interested in muesli, perhaps i’ll make a vegan version tonight and actually blog for once!

Enjoy the scones this afternoon!

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35 Amandamoo May 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Justy2003,
Yup, the oats would be chewier (is that a word?) if you didn’t let them sit. Swiss oatmeal is the same as muesli. I, personally, this it’s best when it’s sat overnight!

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