Glass Half Full

February 9, 2012

I’ll have that milk on the side please!

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Whoever told me to just drink my half cup of milk instead of stirring in into my oats to turn them into soup was brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that?!

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So while milk was being sipped, oats were the perfect porridge consistency!

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I actually woke up to a few beeps at 6 this morning. I knew the oats should not be turning on and immediately knew what was wrong: I forgot to push porridge so the cooker thought it was to make rice! I hopped out of bed and fixed it. Whew – crisis averted.

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I used 1/2 a cup of Holly’s Cranberry Almond oatmeal (chia + flax already mixed in!) plus 1.5 cups of water and a pinch of salt since there’s none in the mix (hmmm I should just add that to the mix myself!). Plus cinnamon + vanilla.

I saved my banana for a topping – fun times!! And loaded on some fresh ground almond butter.

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Incredible texture today!

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This is one of those Thursdays with a million happy possibilities of things to do. The glass day is empty and I’m excited to fill it up!

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1 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

Every time you say porridge on your blog, I instantly think of the goldilocks and the three bears. Haha! I love bananas and peanut butter in oatmeal. It’s so good.

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2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hoping your positive energy can rub off on others today! Have a great Friday eve.

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3 Sandy February 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

Winter has me stumped. Somehow I’m not thinking of any interesting possibilities for my day so I can’t wait to read about what you choose.

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4 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

Go get the day baby! Glad you averted the potential rice/porridge disaster. ;-)

Beautiful placemat!

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5 Khushboo February 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

Love the consistency of that oatmeal- hate watery oats!

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6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas February 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

Glass must always be half full.. I need to remember that because I’ve been awful stressed lately!

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7 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

ahh i love days like that… the open ones with endless possibilities! enjoy the beautiful day ahead!

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8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

What a great attitude to start the day off with! (And a delicious breakfast to go with it!) Happy Thursday Kath. :)

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9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Do you find you have more energy in the morning? My best friend just had a baby and she said while she was pregnant she would bounce out of bed smiling every morning, but would be asleep by 8p every night.

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10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love the positive energy this morning. I’m going to take it with me all day! :)

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11 Becca @ Blueberry Smiles February 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

Love those kind of days- have fun!

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12 Greta @ Staying Lost February 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

The new oatmeal mixes you’re trying sound tasty! Hope you have a productive day.

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13 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

My husband came home the other day with some random tidbit he heard about that saying. Apparently, it depends who filled the glass! If it was you, then it’s half empty, if it was someone else, half full. Unfortunately, I pretty much always fill my own glass so mine is half empty a lot!

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14 kathleen @ the daily crumb February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

love wide open days!

for some reason i am not a straight up milk drinker. must incorporate it into other things (preferably a latte!) to get in my dairy and calcium!

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15 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

That does look like perfect texture to me! Too running and I can’t stand to eat it but this consistency, I love, love, love oatmeal ;) HA!

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16 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte February 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

Looks delicious! What are the little white sprinkly bits on top? Coconut? Glad you’re feeling well this morning :-) Oh, and one more question: what kind of milk do you drink? As in, conventional vs. cows raised on pasture, whole vs. skim? I’d love to know an RD’s perspective on it. Thanks!

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17 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

Coconut!

I’m currently swapping between Horizon Organic 2% with DHA (baby friendly! And what we have at the bakery) and Homestead Creamery 2% which is mostly grass-fed and local.

I really prefer the taste of 1-2%. I’d choose 1% if I have my choice, but neither of these brands come in 1% so I settle on 2. I hate skim milk

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18 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte February 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

Thanks for the reply! I’m with ya on the skim – not even worth drinking – blech.

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19 Lauren February 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

Hey Kath, I have a question about the milk as well-I heard on NPR that whether it’s conventional or organic milk, if there are antibiotics found, it is thrown out, so the guy was saying basically they’re the same in terms of what you’re drinking (not the business practices I’d assume). I was buying organic for awhile, but man, it is SO much cheaper to buy the conventional. Have you heard anything about this? I suppose I could do my own research too! Thanks though! Oh and ironic, I was just saying last night that drinking ice cold milk has definitely been one of my pregnancy “cravings.” Usually I didn’t care to just drink milk, but I’ve been loving it for awhile now. Baby wants her calcium and protein I suppose! :) Hope you feel GREAT today!!

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20 KR February 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I highly recommend checking out http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html to see how different organic milks rate. I would never drink Horizon after doing more research…and a lot of their milk is ultra pasteurized for longer shelf life. You may as well be drinking sugar water.

Kath, I am also quite surprised that as someone who puts herself out there as eating “whole food”, you would drink anything other than whole milk. You can buy cream top whole milk that is pasteurized (for safety during your pregnancy)…everything else is a processed food.

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21 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Thanks so much for this list!! I’ve always wondered how store brands like Harris Teeter and Whole Foods compared. Lovely to see WF in the Excellent category. I’ve heard bad things about Horizon. That’s the only organic at Sam’s Club for Matt to get. I assumed it would be better than conventional with the pasture laws, but would you disagree?

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22 Sandi February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I’m also curious about the whole milk thing. I’m not a milk drinker but I do eat yogurt and I feel like whole milk yogurt is much more of a “real food” than low fat. The fact that it’s so rich makes it hard to eat in large quantities, but I feel like that’s more like what nature intended–rich foods, like dairy and nuts, should just be eaten unprocessed, in small quantities. However, I usually end up eating low fat yogurt because I’m scared of calories. I suppose it all comes down to preference and Kath, I’m not trying to make you justify your preferences, just curious as to whether you had any thoughts.

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23 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

It may be more natural, but it’s pretty high in fat. I eat milk/yogurt as an everyday staple so it would be a ton of saturated fat for the protein. Skimming down to 1-2% is a huge fat savings with the name nutrient density, so to me this process is justifiable. I’m not all that sure HOW this is done, but I don’t see the milk as being altered that much. If anyone has a link to share on the process, I’d love to read it.

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24 cathy b. February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

just chiming in from dairy country! Many members of my family own small dairies and as far as the low fat/full fat equation, I wouldn’t worry about full fat being more “natural”!!! Actually the opposite, as far as culture goes…my husband grew up on a dairy where milk was brought in from the barn each morning and allowed to rest in the fridge…the small amount of cream naturally rises to the top and was skimmed(hence the term “skim milk”) off for things like butter, whipped cream, etc. My grandparents and great-grandparents did the same thing on their dairies…so I would say as a culture, we have been taught to use the milk that has been skimmed of cream for times when we consume it in greater quantities such as drinking and making yogurt…….just my two cents :)
cathy b.

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25 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Cathy. That was my understanding. We may use machinery to do that simple process now, but it’s still just skimming off the excess and using it to make more fat-concentrated things.

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26 Mollie February 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi Lauren–just thought I’d chirp in. Organic milk is actually different than anitibiotic-free. The main difference between organic and conventional is that the cows are fed organic grain versus a non-organic (non-certified, at least). Hope that helps!

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27 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

There is more to organic than just antibiotic free, such as non-GMO grains, pesticide-free grains, no hormones, and as of a year ago, cows must spend at least 4 months of the year in a pasture [this article shared the news: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/13/business/la-fi-dairy13-2010feb13

And the list KR shared is excellent!

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28 Renee February 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

So cheery – I hope it means you are feeling better this morning:) Also, your tablecloth/napkin/tea towel is fantastic – where did you find it?

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29 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

Oh Little Rabbit’s store

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30 Renee February 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thank you! Definitely see some kitchen + table splurges in my near future!

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31 Dawn February 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

“Whoever told me to just drink my half cup of milk instead of stirring in into my oats to turn them into soup was brilliant.” I’m SO glad that I’m not the only one who sometimes overlooks the obvious. Hilarious. :) Glad you’re having so much fun with the rice cooker – it’s one kitchen appliance I wouldn’t want to be without.

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32 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal February 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

That rice cooker is a life saver innit? I need one myself.

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33 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

Lots to fill your days with. That’s great and a great way to look at it!

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34 Anna February 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yay cheerful morning post! Possibilities! :)
I also like pouring milk on top of oatmeal. It kind of combines the worlds of soupy and texture.

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35 Angel7 February 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

The oats look like a great texture! That is the way that I like oats–a little soupy is okay, though :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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36 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hope you have a fun day!!

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37 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

Glad you averted the rice cooker crisis :)

And what a great attitude to start the day with….get get ‘em, tiger!

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38 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

Every day should be a day with endless possibilities…I must remember that…a positive attitude goes a long way! Have a great day!

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39 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

I like to alternate between bites of oatmeal and sips of almond milk. :)
My rice cooker sucks. I should have looked for a better model. It was the best that Target had (but only $30 still) and totally messed up rice last night. And it only has settings for brown rice and white rice. I wonder if I can return it even though it’s been used?

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40 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

I bet you can. Most stores will take back products that you aren’t happy with.

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41 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

[PS. this is why I bit the bullet and got the more expensive blogger-approved model - I didn't want to risk getting something I might not like. The timer + porridge setting is worth it alone for me]

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42 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

I love the color of those oats! They look so delicious! and good idea whoever said just to drink the milk, haha so simple yet so thoughtful at the same time. Reminds me of how we weren’t allowed to leave the dinner table when I was little until we finished our glass of milk. I hated drinking plain milk!

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43 Tracy February 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I think this is why I don’t like drinking milk to this day. We had the same rule in our house and it seems like it was always warm by the end of dinner! Yuck! Don’t you think?

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44 Christine @ BookishlyB February 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love that one of your first thoughts when you wake up is “There’s something wrong with the oatmeal!” I wake a few minutes before six and my thoughts are generally laden with profanity and hatred for my alarm.

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45 katie @KatieDid February 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

about to reach into the fridge to pour a cold glass of almond milk after reading this. It looks so satisfying right now!

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46 Emilia February 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

I just started reading your blog and I’ve got to say, every meal you post looks divine! I want to eat a bowl of oats right now after reading this post. I need to start adding cinnamon to my oats…

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47 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thank you and welcome!

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48 Johanna B February 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thanks to the last weeks posts I have decided I need a rice cooker. I love brown rice but I hate waiting for it to cook in the evening when I get home from work. I know I could cook some on the weekends and reheat (speaking of the obvious) but I never seem to do that.

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49 dee February 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

yum! this bowl of oats looks so cheerful! ;)

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50 Mindy - Clueless Nut February 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

After a few months of using almond milk as my milk base, I bought a gallon of 1% cow’s milk and have been sippin’ a half cup for breakfast nearly every day. You can’t go wrong!!

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51 Cat @Breakfast to Bed February 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

I am on a bruleed banana in oats kick. They’re so sweet!!

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52 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

I had banana’s on my oats this morning too! Delish :)

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53 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

What a way to think of the day! go you!!

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54 Cait's Plate February 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

That looks like one heck of a bowl of oats! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday – I love when a day with lots of possibilities is ahead of me! :)

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55 Allison February 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

Your breakfast looks delicious, and it’s almost exactly what mine looked like this morning!
I’m not sure if anyone else has mentioned this to you, but it has helped me: to keep nausea at bay, eat foods either piping hot or ice cold. Foods at room temperature seem to be a major turn off to many pregnant women, and can induce nausea. This has been true for me. Possibly why the popsicle was so tasty last night! Hope today is great.

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56 gretchen February 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

I saw the posts yesterday about morning sickness and just wanted to tell you that:
1) I bet you’re having a girl! There’s a link between nausea and having a girl baby. It’s scientifically documented!
2) Eat, eat, eat. Like you, I was constantly nauseated and the only thing that helped was eating carbs, in small doses, all the time. The fact that you can even do whole grains is great – the texture of grains made me nauseated. Pregnancy was the first time in my life that I haven’t wanted to eat, but not eating just makes it worse. I also couldn’t tolerate green vegetables (or coffee, for that matter), but starchy vegetables were okay. You might try squash or root vegetables.

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57 Jessica February 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

1.) I heard this too, but my sister was sick for the six months of her pregnancy and had a son :)

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58 Kavi February 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

That oatmeal looks delicious! I prefer thick over soupy any day ;)

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59 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

Have a wonderful Thursday Kath!!

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60 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

I think you found your oat-mojo again! They look amazing!!!

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61 Jaima February 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

Really enjoying all your posts since you let the little secret out! You seem so much happier and back to your normal positive self! You’ve also inspired me to try to figure out my rice cooker settings to make my oats in the morning. I’m embarassed to admit that oatmeal is the one thing I still use my microwave for as I like voluminous, fluffy oats and the stove top just never cuts it for me. But your oats look great.

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62 Mary February 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

Oatmeal is so yummy and especially with banana. Great start for the day!

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63 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

I wanted oatmeal this morning, but not in a bowl, so, I made Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Protein Pancakes. Your cranberry almond has me thinking I will give that a try tomorrow. I hope you are feeling better.

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64 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

You had me at fresh ground almond butter :)

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65 Katy February 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

congrats on the babe kath! i suspected you were preggo the morning you made the announcement for some reason…

i had a question, why do you add salt to your oats while cooking?

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66 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

It brings out the flavor! Kind of like chocolate with sea salt?

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67 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

How exciting–have a great Thursday then!

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68 Sheila February 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I am a little late, but congrats!! I’m so happy for you guys.

Maybe you could try adding some ginger to your oats and a la gingersnap cookie, since ginger helps with nausea. Or maybe try some ginger tea?

Take care!

Sheila

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69 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Gingersnaps sound good, but ginger in general is off my list :(

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70 Daina February 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

That looks good – can you use Holly’s Cranberry Almond oatmeal to make overnight oats?

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71 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yes! I did yesterday

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72 Ellie@Fit for the Soul February 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

awww loved the cheery spirit in this post!! hehe, I can tell you’re so excited just from carrying another life in your tummy :)

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73 Molly@RDexposed February 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Is “baby brain” starting?! Uh oh. :)

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74 Raney February 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

A cold glass of milk is one of the best things! Being lactose intolerant kind of ruins that a bit for me, but I’ll drink vicariously through you!

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75 Mp February 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I wish you the best of luck and a healthy baby!
However, with yet another post like this, I will be unsubscribing.

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76 Laura February 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Have you tried just making the oats with milk instead of water? That’s how I always had it growing up in NZ, so I think I’m predisposed to think oats made with water are gross now. :) (Same thing with hot chocolate made with water!)

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77 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yes, but not in the rice cooker. Milk can’t sit overnight.

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78 Taryn February 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

How do you feel about eating Luna and Think Thin Bars? Are they just junk food in disguise or are they okay for you?

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79 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I don’t think they are real food enough for me to buy, but I would eat one if given one when hungry and out and about. I don’t like the hydrolysed soy protein in the Luna bars.

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80 Theresa February 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

After seeing all your oatmeal pictures, I’m thinking about buying a rice cooker, any recommendations? Size? Do you only make enough for that day or a couple days? Thanks for all advice! I have only ever made quick oats in the microwave….I need to expand my horizons!

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81 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I got this one that Emily recommended (although it was only $150 at the time?) http://astore.amazon.com/thefrontburnerblog-20/detail/B000MAERM0

I love it because it has a porridge setting for oats and a timer so I can set breakfast or dinner to be ready at a certain time and not have to be home to attend. I love the size and 5.5 cups is great.

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82 Nine February 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I know there are a billion and one things out there on the interwebs that are supposedly “UNSAFE!!!!!” to eat while pregnant, but flaxseed was one that my doc actually warned me off (after I proudly told him I was eating it on my oats, expecting a gold star for being so nutritious and healthy. Which I needed, given my main craving was, inexplicably, for McDonald’s cheeseburgers). Apparently it may have oestrogenic effects, which could potentially be harmful to a pregnancy. Just an FYI in case you hadn’t heard that debate so you can make up your own mind :-)

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83 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

That’s the first I’ve heard of that warning. I would think if it’s a serious problem with strong research behind it all doctors would be giving warnings like they do with listeria or raw cheeses. I might be weary of gobloads of flax, soy products or other phytoestrogens, but I don’t think a sprinkling here and there will have much effect. [But I'm not saying you shouldn't listen to your doctor!]

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84 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

wooo way to milk breakfast for every bite of goodness ;)

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