Fuel: Coffee + Cottage Cheese

November 21, 2008

Anna’s first cycle class went over well!! Her response:

“Great workout. A little long. But a perfect way to start the day.”

And she adds that the cup of coffee she had before she left was what got her through all 55 minutes :mrgreen:

I brainstormed oatmeal combos during cycle and decided on cottage cheese + wheatberry oats since Anna says she loves cottage cheese. I didn’t have any wheatberries on hand, so we filled a glass bowl with water and microwaved them for a quick cook. It worked quite well. The husband was actually in charge and I told him to nuke them for 10 minutes on high and he did 2 minutes on high, 5 times. So they took a bit longer because it wasn’t 10 consecutive minutes (about 15 total) so I think the method could be worked again to produce a recipe.


Each bowl contained:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 2% milk, water
  • Pinch salt, vanilla bean paste
  • 2/3 a small banana (2 small /  3 people)
  • About 2-3 tbsp wheatberries
  • About 2 tbsp cottage cheese each (I put 1/3 a cup in the pot)
  • About 1 tbsp raisins each
  • Topping: Honest Foods Trail Mix Country Square
  • Spoonful nut butter (I had Barney Butter)




Plus delicious coffee!


Anna’s accompanying me to class this morning (although she’s going to hang out in the student union) and then we’re all set to get this weekend started!!

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1 Sarah November 21, 2008 at 8:25 am

I keep saying I’m going to try cottage cheese in oatmeal but for some reason I’m so hesitant. But when I do, I will definitely be trying one of your recipes! Have a great day :)


2 Biz319 November 21, 2008 at 8:30 am

I tried the cottage cheese in oatmeal and reallly liked the texture – give it a try Sarah, you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Friday!


3 Barbara November 21, 2008 at 8:33 am

Nothing better than AM Spin class…gets you going for the day!

Oh my new favorite snack…cottage cheese, fiber one, spoonful nut butter and 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder..YUM!


4 Charlie Hills November 21, 2008 at 8:43 am

I totally agree with the part where you say “delicious coffee” except for the delicious part. I know, I know. I’m in the overwhelming minority on this planet. But gaaah! I’ll just never understand the stuff…

Let the flame war begin… :o)


5 VeggieGirl November 21, 2008 at 8:44 am

SO fabulous about Anna’s first cycling class!!

Have a glorious Friday!!


6 Megan November 21, 2008 at 8:45 am

I am glad she liked the class. Love the oatmeal mix today!


7 seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

Oats look divine as usual…glad you enjoyed your class!!!

Have a wonderful day, Kath! I can’t wait to get my hands on some wheatberries.

Barney Butter is calling my nameeee!


8 Mara November 21, 2008 at 8:48 am

I love that your oatmeal always has like, 8000 things in it… I feel overwhelmed with banana/cinnamon/sweetener!


9 Betsy in Pittsburgh November 21, 2008 at 8:48 am

I agree with you Charlie, I am just not a coffee drinker. The smell of the beans make me gag!


10 ashley (sweet & natural) November 21, 2008 at 8:51 am

Glad she liked the class! Have a great Friday both of you!


11 Jen November 21, 2008 at 8:57 am

Wonderful bowl of oats! Sounds like you guys are having a great time!! Hooray for family!!

Enjoy your day!


12 K November 21, 2008 at 9:00 am

Thanks to you and Tina, I am now officially obsessed with Barney Butter :)

Have a great day both of you!


13 Oh She Glows November 21, 2008 at 9:03 am

Glad the spin class went well!

Happy Friday!


14 Nicole November 21, 2008 at 9:09 am

Spinning really is such a great way to start a morning!


15 Nellie November 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

I don’t blame Anna for not actually wanting to go to class, haha! I’m in college and I don’t even want to go to class!

I need to try Barney Butter, asap!

Happy Friday, I hope you two enjoy the day!


16 Cat November 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

Man what a lucky guest – like she said it really is like going to a weekend at a Spa except for the being allowed to drink pumpkin beer! :)

The oats look awesome, I almost made cottage cheese oats this morning, but then I decided I wanted to save it for some Swiss Chard Pie this weekend (it’s like a feta-cottage cheese & swisschard or spinach souffle over a ww crust).


17 rebecca November 21, 2008 at 9:45 am

Turkey day question for Kath or anyone else –

I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year (yay) and am planning on brining the turkey. A few recipes (Martha Stewart) also suggest dunking a cheesecloth in butter and covering the turkey with it as it cooks. Does this significantly affect how healthy the turkey is? Adding tons of butter to anything never sounds healthy to me, but it is on the outside …

I’m not being crazy healthy with the T-day cooking, but see no need to make something that is pretty healthy unhealthy for no reason, since i’m already brining the thing for juiciness and flavor …


18 Charlie Hills November 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

Well, Betsy in Pittsburgh, I feel odd saying this but I do like the smell of coffee beans. Any time I get into one of those shops with all the big glass jars, I have to take a whiff of each one. But to actually pass the coffee over my tongue… Bleccch!


19 Rose November 21, 2008 at 9:49 am

I like that you were brainstorming oatmeal ideas while working out – I do the same thing!


20 Jessica November 21, 2008 at 10:04 am

Hi Kath and friends!!!

I ran into this really interesting article from the NY times this morning regarding the intake of vitamins: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/news-keeps-getting-worse-for-vitamins/?em

I know many of us interested in nutrition and overall health take vitamins as a way to “cover our bases”. But with all the studies showing that they actually don’t really correlate with absence of disease, should we be taking vitamins at all?

What do you guys think??


21 Allison K November 21, 2008 at 10:30 am

I’m with you Sarah…I keep meaning to try cottage cheese and oats, but I just never seem to. I really need to get on that!


22 zestycook November 21, 2008 at 10:32 am

Have great day guys!! Glad to see Anna had a good class



23 Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming) November 21, 2008 at 11:15 am

Yay for spin class and getting in a workout before it even get bright out!
Happy Friday; I hope you all have a great weekend together :)


24 Ange C. November 21, 2008 at 11:16 am

So i have to ask…the Barney Butter looks really great, but what exactly makes it soooo amazing?! I want details!

rebecca- a GREAT turkey recipe (if you’re not set on the one u already have) is Giada’s…it comes out sooo juicy and delicious. It’s her Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus, and u can find the recipe on the food network website. It’s so good! I’m making it again this Christmas (well–making my mom use this recipe and helping her….)


25 Mel November 21, 2008 at 11:20 am

Looks like Anna is having a ton of fun with you guys!

Have a great day!


26 Moran November 21, 2008 at 11:28 am

I tried adding some cottage cheese to my oatmeal a while back but for some reason I wasn’t really tasting this “extra flavour”…


27 Erin November 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I remember one of my 1st spinning classes thinking, “Only 20 more minutes!, then 10 then 5”. After pushing through I was so happy though!

Have a great weekend!


28 bobbi November 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm

GOOD JOB ANNA! Spinning is hard:)


29 Shelby November 21, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Do you usually cook your wheatberries beforehand and keep them for future use? How would you store them? It would make it so much easier than waiting an hour!


30 stacy November 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm


does anyone know how many calories are in pomegranate seeds? all the nutrition info online says 1 pomegranate is 105 calories. i opened up what i think is an average sized one today and came out with about 1.5 cups of the seeds. this seems like it would be more than 105 calories? thanks!! and what about fiber in them? thanks!


31 runjess November 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

When you microwaved the wheatberries, did you measure out a certain amount of water or do you just cover the wheatberries?


32 Tina November 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Sounds like a great way to start the morning! Happy weekend!!!!!!!!!


33 Mariposa November 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm

that looks delish!!! enjoy the class with Anna!


34 Fitness Surfer November 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I loved my spinning class. I just found out that I’m not eating enough protein or fat. Barny Butter might do the trick. Thanks for the great meal ideas. I’m very visual, and I love all the pictures.


35 stacy November 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm

what is steamed milk coffee? is it like a latte with coffee instead of espresso?? is there a difference in taste and price


36 Kath November 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

rebecca ,
I personally would skip the buttered cheesecloth. Don’t you want the skin to get kinda crispy!? And I agree that it’s pretty flavorful without the added butter, but if Martha recommends it….

Jessica ,
This is something we’ve been discussing in our classes recently. Vitamins just aren’t a substitute for whole foods. There are so many things that we can’t (or haven’t figured out how to) measure about eating the whole foods verses the individual nutrients that it’s best to try to get them from food and take a vitamin to cover your bases. However, if you have a good diet and/or eat fortified cereal or bars, you might want to think about skipping the vitamin or cutting back to every other day (I recently did this and take one about every 3 days). Just my opinion!

Ange C.,
It’s the roasted flavor that’s unique!

Shelby ,
I cook them in bulk (2-3 cups at a time) and store them in tupperware in the fridge for a week or two.

stacy ,
I put pom seeds on my food scale a while back and used to know the appx. calories per tablespoon. But I’ve forgotten. I think it’s like 30 a tbsp or something? If you have a scale, you can re-do the experiment and put the grams into CalorieKing to get a volume estimation.

runjess ,
Just covered them with plenty of water.

stacy ,
Steamed milk is milk steamed to make foam. It’s like a cappuccino with coffee on the bottom.



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