Feed Me Oats

April 16, 2008

I decided last night I’d put pumpkin in my oats this morning and was excited about it all through my workout. This bowl did not let me down!! It was one of the best bowls of oats I’ve had in a long time.


Oats made with half milk, a splash of hemp (all out!) and half water, 1 small banana, flax, vanilla, 1/2 a cup of pumpkin stirred in, a bit of brown sugar on top and raspberry-chocolate-nut trail mix. Heaven on earth!


With coffee, breakfast was 465 kcal, 13 grams fiber and 19 grams protein. And I’m perfectly full to get me through until noon –


Before my workout I had the last half of a banana muffin top with the last of a jar of almond butter (hence the clay-like texture)


Workout was typical MWF: 30 minutes on the Stairmaster, 12 on the squirrelliptical, and 15 or so of upper body lifting with the husband (pulleys and machines today – the pullup machine was occupied!)

I’m dining in the dining hall today!! I got a little tired of CUPPS since I kept getting the same salad and the dining hall is half the price with a lot of variety. I haven’t been since the beginning of the semester, so it’ll be a fun way to end it. Let’s just hope I can stay away from the all-you-can-eat cakes, cobblers and pies….

I should be able to get my lunch post up at lunch, but if wireless goes haywire again, sorry if I take until after Chem lab (my last one until our exam!)

See you guys then!

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1 VeggieGirl April 16, 2008 at 7:25 am

Mmm, pumkin oats with raspberry-chocolate-nut trail mix – certainly DOES sound heavenly!!

Good luck with your last Chem lab!! And have a terrific Wednesday morning/afternoon!!


2 caitlin (in FL) April 16, 2008 at 7:27 am

kath! i bought the little blue spoon last night and I LOVE IT! Thanks for the recommendation!


3 Ally April 16, 2008 at 7:28 am

Pumpkin oats are certainly one of the best oats you can have.

I love the end of nut butters. The oil seems to be missing and it is sort of ‘cake like’.

Have a great day!


4 JENNA April 16, 2008 at 7:34 am

That oatmeal looks Awesome!! :) yummy! I also bought 2 blue spoons!!!! and so glad i got 2 of them my 3yr old LOVES it too!! lol

Kath when you started eating healthier did you ever consult a RD?


5 lexi April 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

i love your blog SO much! you are a great insperation of a normal healthy eater/person that doesnt berate herself if she doesnt know the exact calorie count. ive been struggling with an eating disorder :( and i wanted to get and personalize a food blog just like you to keep my eating on track! i had a few questions though i was hoping you could answer like where did you get your food blog and do you have to pay a monthly fee to keep it? thanks so much! kepp up the great work and thanks for all your insperation!


6 Jennifer April 16, 2008 at 7:39 am


I’m wondering since you will be taking evening walks now, do you plan on upping your net intake at all?


7 Katie April 16, 2008 at 7:42 am

I need to break open that can of pumpkin in my cabinet. Sounds too good not to have right away. And yay for a good workout. I hate Tuesdays b/c I can’t make it to the gym…but tonight I get to again. YAY!


8 Kath April 16, 2008 at 7:46 am

Yes, I saw an R.D. about halfway through my weight loss. Luckily she said I was doing everything right. She suggested I eat lower GI foods before my workouts (which were in the afternoons then).

lexi ,
There are lots of free blog sites out there – Blogger, Wordpress.com, Typepad. Just pick one and you can get started. They are all free. If you want your own domain though, that does cost extra.

Jennifer ,
Anytime I do walking other than my built-in cross campus treks, I add it in as exercise. So yes, when I walk in the evenings I add 20-30 minutes of walking to my NET just like I do my workouts and my Tuesday/Thursday longer walks with Christy.



9 NCCarter April 16, 2008 at 8:05 am

I had the last of my almond butter this morning, too, and am trying to hold off on spending $8 for a new jar. It’s just so good, though.


10 rachel k April 16, 2008 at 8:15 am
11 Romina April 16, 2008 at 8:16 am

Good luck on your lab!!

mmm, Pumpkin Oats are so delicious! I’m glad I tried them finally.


12 Caryee April 16, 2008 at 8:27 am

Hi Kath! Mm. great-lookin’ bowl of oatmeal this morning! I’m a college student, and wish I had access to a stove, cooking utensils, etc.!

One comment about the “all-you-can-eat cake, cobblers, pies” etc. At the beginning of the year, I really struggled with the college dining atmosphere. I would try to eat healthfully, with salads and fruits, only to be surrounded by people eating pizza, mac and cheese, ice cream, beer and cookies. Now, I’m not saying these foods are BAD or EVIL or anything, but it was really really hard to fight their comments of “GOSH you eat so healthy!!!”. On top of that, I had to fight the temptation to grab a dessert every day like my friends did. Unfortunately, the times I had to go to the cafeteria alone, I would dive into the desserts, leaving with a sense of guilt and “oh man I screwed up”…..

Thankfully, I’m in a MUCH MORE BALANCED place now (thanks to your blog and others!!!) and can treat myself when I truly want it, instead of when my mind THINKS i want it. I was just wondering…any college kids out there experiencing similar things???

Thanks and have a great wednesday everyone :)


13 Sonja April 16, 2008 at 8:29 am

I just put pumpkin in my oatmeal as well! Only, I discovered, when I opened the can.. that I had accidentally gotten pumpkin pie mix… but that only made it that much better! hehe.
Have you ever tried making oatmeal with juice instead of water or milk? I’ve done it a few times recently, cause I have some that needs to be used up but I don’t usually drink it straight, and its really pretty good! It adds some nice flavor, and it still seems to turn out fairly creamy, even without any type of milk.


14 arimcg April 16, 2008 at 8:29 am

mmm…all you can eat cake.


15 hk April 16, 2008 at 8:31 am

just had some yummy pumpkin-oat goodness, myself! Happy hump day :)


16 Laura April 16, 2008 at 8:35 am

NC, if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, their almond butter is only $5 and really good!

I’m in the market for a new, healthy cookbook. Does anyone have a favorite to recommend? I currently have Veganomicon, Ellie Krieger’s book, and the Healthy Hedonist. Thanks!


17 CourtneyS April 16, 2008 at 8:38 am

I’ve been cooking from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook a lot lately and really enjoying it. The shrimp and feta bake, the maple mustard chicken, and the steak tacos are all really tasty. I like her philosophy about food. She doesn’t compromise taste or flavor, but shows you how to make meals healthier and lower in calories. I highly recommend it!


18 CourtneyS April 16, 2008 at 8:40 am

Whoops, I misread your post, Laura! I didn’t really you already have Ellie’s book.

Cooking Light is a great source and I recently bought The Complete Cooking Light. It’s a great resource and everything I’ve made so far has been great


19 Cara April 16, 2008 at 8:45 am

Sounds pretty amazing. I miss going to to the dining hall. I always made the best salads.

I hope your day goes well!


20 Betsy April 16, 2008 at 9:16 am

everytime I see that trail mix in your oatmeal and I have to use major willpower to not run out right away over to TJ’s and buy every pack they have.

enjoy your day!!! hopefully you’re having good weather-it’s GORGEOUS here!!


21 nifer (the poster formerly known as NC) April 16, 2008 at 9:21 am

hey Kath! Our baseball team is playing Withrop today at home… and we lost yesterday to Davidson away! I just thought that was pretty neat. :) Have a good one.


22 Laura April 16, 2008 at 9:28 am

Courtney, I’m totally addicted to Cooking Light, too. Every new issue I get immediatly is dogeared with all the recipes I want to try.


23 mel April 16, 2008 at 9:45 am

I have a question about tuna- do you all eat the whole can (the 2.5 servings one) of tuna at one time or is that more than one serving? the cal in the can would be about 150 which isn’t much at all when on a sandwich but I just didn’t know if I was eating too much tuna at one time! thanks guys


24 Amandamoo April 16, 2008 at 9:47 am

Hey Kath,
Totally random question : )

Remember the other day when you got showered and ready to go in like 7 minutes? How in the world did you do that? I needed to shower and get ready in 20 today and barely made it… what in the world are you doing that I’m not?!?

Thank you! You’re amazing!


25 bikergurl April 16, 2008 at 9:48 am

Wow, you really did go all out this morning, looks yummy!

I hope your meal hall is better than mine was when I ate there. I think that’s where some of my worst memories from residence come from!


26 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 16, 2008 at 9:54 am

I love all things Martha Stewart (I think I have all of her cookbooks)… and I mostly love all cookbooks even if they’re not deemed “healthy” because then you have the challenge of trying to mix them up to make them healthy, and that’s the easiest way for me to create my own recipes!

Also, Cooking Light mag is good too, but there’s so much extra stuff in the beginning, I think they’re trying to compete with mags like Shape & Self – just stick to recipes!


27 Kath April 16, 2008 at 10:09 am

Sonja ,
I haven’t tried juice – what kind do you use?

mel ,
Sometimes I eat the whole can (tuna salad) and sometimes I use half. Just depends, but I don’t think it’s too much

Amandamoo ,
I just rush! There’s no secret. And I don’t have a ton of make-up or lotions to put on – just all the basics. And I didn’t shave my legs 😉



28 Nick April 16, 2008 at 10:19 am

I just finished my oatmeal as well! PB&J oatmeal, my fav. I hate those all-you-can-eat desserts. They’re so tempting because there is so much of it. As I recall, the desserts are always “good” but never great, so it’s not even worth it, but there is so much of it, it’s nearly impossible to resist!

The Peanut Butter Boy


29 CourtneyS April 16, 2008 at 10:20 am

I need to work on that…I take FOREVER in the morning.

Betsy, I like all the beginning stuff in Cooking Light, but I love magazines in general and it keeps me occupied at the gym!

I love Martha Stewart, too, and my favorite cooks are Nigella Lawson and Ina Garten. Not the lighest recipes (!!!) but they are easy to adapt if you want. I’ve definitely changed how I cook since I’ve been losing weight but it’s always fun to go back to my old favorites, especially for a special meal.


30 Comrade GoGo April 16, 2008 at 10:30 am

Mmm, banana muffin with almond butter sounds wonderful!

I’ve been having Kashi Flax Waffles with peanut butter and spiced peach butter on them in the mornings lately and they are sooooo good.


31 Kate(the teenager) April 16, 2008 at 10:33 am

Hi, just want you guy’s opinions….Do you think that being 5’2 and weighing 103 is too thin???


32 short April 16, 2008 at 10:36 am

Kate, I am 5’2 and I think it really depends on your body type. I have only been that thin twice in my life (once i had mono) and I can say that I was definitely too thin – people were concerned that i had developed an eating disorder etc. At first I thought I looked great but soon realized that i just looked emaciated and not healthy. I also was not at all fit at the time as I had not been working out so i was probably what you would consider skinny fat! But really it depends on what it healthy for you. For me, somewhere between 110 and 117 looks healthy and slim.


33 Teddy April 16, 2008 at 10:59 am

what kind of pumpkin was it? pumpkin pie filler? or just plain pumpkin?



34 Kiala April 16, 2008 at 11:09 am


I end up eating almost a whole can I think but I eat it as a salad with yogurt and veggies and maybe a few crackers. With bread that may be too much food for me.

Well, actually, there is no such thing as too much food for me.


35 rachel k April 16, 2008 at 11:20 am

kath–which domain host do you use? thanks!


36 Leng April 16, 2008 at 11:25 am

haha at first I couldn’t tell the banana muffin top and almond butter apart.

Your oats look delicious and Yay for less Chem labs!!


37 Becca April 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

Your post just reminded me I forgot pumpkin AGAIN at the grocery store. I’ve been craving pumpkin oatmeal. It sounds weird, but sometimes I mix raspberries in with it too. Inspired by a pumpkin raspberry ice cream I had at a local restaurant 😉


38 BC April 16, 2008 at 11:49 am

Kate – it really depends on your body type. I am 5’3 and have a large frame and weigh 128ish and wear a size 4/6. My doctor told me I am at a perfect weight for my frame/height. I think if I had a tiny frame I would want to weigh less, though.


39 Heather April 16, 2008 at 11:51 am

That oatmeal makes me wish we had a Trader Joe’s in TX!!!

Do you stir the pumpkin into the oatmeal during or after cooking?


40 Melissa (the other one) April 16, 2008 at 11:51 am

If anyone has some free time, can you please check out this menu for The Bar? We’re going there for an event this Saturday and wanted other peoples’ advice on what the healthiest option would probably be… Bar food is SO hard! And I’m not picky, I like pretty much anything but want to go with the healthiest choice.



41 BethT April 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Hey Melissa, I love looking at menus :0 The stir fry looks decently healthy!


42 Leah April 16, 2008 at 12:07 pm

On the subject of pumpkin, I have a fun recommendation. This morning I experimented and made a pumpkin smoothie post-workout. I used a cup of almond milk, ice, and pumpkin puree, adding a little bit of cinnamon and splenda. It was unreal–tasted like frozen pumpkin pie–and under 100 calories. I think it would also be great made with vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast, or maybe even the chocolate variety. You’d think it was October with all this pumpkin talk.


43 barbra brusk April 16, 2008 at 12:13 pm

about trader joe’s, i also wish we had one in Brazil.



44 Katers April 16, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Teddy – Kath uses regular pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix.


45 mel April 16, 2008 at 12:18 pm

thanks Kiala and Kath. After mixing veggies, mustard an egg white and some mayo into the tuna, half was plenty in a wrap and I had an apple, grapes and carrots to go with it. yumm


46 Katers April 16, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Melissa (the other one) – Maybe the Turkey Cucumber Sandwich without ranch (or ranch on the side for dipping), and if it comes with fries, switch out the fries for a salad.

PS – Was anyone else blown away by the prices??? Crazy cheap!! Man, you forget how expensive NYC is!! Paying $13 for a sandwich is normal!!


47 Kath April 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm

rachel k,
Blue Host.

Heather ,
I would stir it in towards the end but the husband doesn’t like it so I usually heat it in my bowl, dump in my portion of oats, then stir at very end. I heat it so it doesn’t cool the oats.



48 Melissa (the other one) April 16, 2008 at 1:23 pm

thanks Beth T and Katers! Katers – true, things are cheap here but keep in mind we also make a LOT less for a living :)


49 Melissa (the other one) April 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

P.S. I’m in Wisconsin


50 Sonja April 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

I used a generous 1/2 c of orange, and then filled it the rest of the way to one cup with cranberry. Kinda gives it a little bit of a tart(ish) kick!


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