It’s Darkest Before Dawn

March 14, 2012

I managed to sleep until 5:45 this morning (yay!) but when Matt got up to run, I was wide awake. 7 hours of sleep is sometimes OK, but not ideal. When he returned, he found me lying awake in bed – but of course the lure of a Matt-whipped breakfast got me up!

And that’s when I realized it was still dark out!

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The question became: eat hot oatmeal now or wait until sunrise for pretty photos.

I chose the former. Like I could resist!?

I had a heck of a time getting a good shot. This reminded me of my internship days when I had to leave the house at 6am. Months of dark breakfasts!

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Matt made whipped banana oatmeal with chia, milk and water. I topped it with sunbutter and Nuts Over Granola. Note how small this portion is compared to yesterday’s cottage cheese + strawberry mixins! (And a slightly bigger bowl).

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Plus a side of Oolong tea!

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when I was finished eating, the sun was up! I should have just waited 15 more minutes!

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Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

Have a healthy, real food breakfast!

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1 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

Yay for no 3am wake up!!

Happy RD Day!! Where should gifts be sent? HA!

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2 Cali March 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

Not sure I can remember when the last time was I had 7 hrs of sleep.About 12 years ago I guess.5 hours is my norm.

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3 Alyssa (wholefoodhappy) March 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

Happy Pi day as well!

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4 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 14, 2012 at 7:46 am

Today isn’t only ‘Pi’ Day, but also my dad’s birthday! Maybe I can convince him to have some birthday pie instead of cake! ;-)

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5 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

it seems like i just started getting used to it being lighter earlier in the morning, and then it changed again. although if i had to choose, i would prefer to have more light in the evenings than in the mornings. or summer could just hurry up and come so we could have both! ;)

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6 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe March 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

I enjoyed an oatmeal smoothie this morning for breakfast – banana, strawberries, PB2 powder, chocolate almond milk and rolled oats! Deeeelicious!

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7 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

Happy RD day, Kath – and Pi day, too! I got 7 hours of sleep and it’s the most I’ve had on a weeknight in a while!

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8 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

Happy RD day! Haha breakie looks fab :)

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9 Sarah @BlondeBostonian March 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

Happy RD day to you, Kath! I had yummy banana oatmeal today with almond butter mixed in and granola – very Kath approved!

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10 Cait @ Beyond Bananas March 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

One of my least favorite things about daylight savings is that we return to dark mornings. I suppose it is worth the extra daylight in the evenings though!

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11 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass March 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

Your dark breakfast just keeps it real. :)

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12 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

I like the fact that there are nearly zero “unreal” foods to be found in our house…

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13 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy March 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

Ahhh the time change! I appreciate being able to stay up later/having some energy at night since it’s not pitch black when I leave campus, but as a morning person, getting up at 5am and going by 6 is much much harder, I have to admit!

Happy RD day to you! I hope I’ll be celebrating as an RD by 2015–if things go according to plan my second degree will be done and that gives me a year to do an internship by then! So exciting to think about.

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14 Jenn@slim-shoppin March 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

Happy RD Day. I made a batch of chia seed banana oat muffins that turned out great – I’m posting the recipe tonight. Only 200 calories per muffin (and they have chocolate chips in them!)

It does stink that it’s still dark out in the morning -but I’m not complaining – it’s going to be almost 80 degrees in Chicago today! That’s nuts!

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15 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

Good title – I love that song!

I’m happy it’s staying lighter later so I can get some shots of my dinners. :)

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16 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 14, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’m glad you got a little more sleep, and Happy Registered Dietician day to you! Haha there are so many random holidays that I’m always completely unaware of!

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17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

Happy RD day Kath! I was so happy the sun was out later last night to get some good food shots for dinner. It really is the little things some times. Have a great day!

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18 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

Happy RD Day Kath! I hear ya on the waiting for the light… I’m so happy now that I don’t have to go home during my lunch hour to take photos of dinner because it’s actually still light for a few hours when I get home now! You know you’re a blogger when… ;)

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19 Heather March 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

My breakfast today included the Cville Cluster Granola that I ordered from Open Sky. It is so good. I am working from home today and I had to leave the bag in the kitchen so I don’t eat it all. It is so good. I was going to share 1 of the bags with a coworker but I want to keep it for myself. Thanks to you and Matt for such a wonderful product.

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20 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

So glad you like it!

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21 Elisabeth March 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Happy RD Day! I’m so enjoying the light in the evenings. Light in the morning is nice for most people, but I drive home from work at 7ish (3rd shifter at a hospital) and enjoy it being darker in the morning for less interruption in my sleepiness ;)

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22 Linds @ Linds Eats March 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

The time change this year has really taken a toll on me. I love, love, love having longer lighter days, but I can’t seem to get to sleep if my life depended on it and waking up is a whole other story! And I’m usually a morning person. 5:30am seems, and is daunting to me lately. Hoping this craziness doesn’t last too long, or I’m going to end up with perma bags under my eyes. haha!

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23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

Yay for National RD Day!!! This is especially exciting for me as I’ll be one in a couple of years!

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24 Jody March 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

I’m willing to deal with the dark for the wonderful long evenings, but man it’s hard to get up at 5:30 when its still pitch black!! 7 hours is a lot for me…I wish I could get more, but there is just not enough time in the day. Maybe your body is sleeping less to prepare you for motherhood?! Because when that baby comes 7 hours will be hard to come by. Worth it though of course :)

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25 Anna @ On Anna's Plate March 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

I haven’t been up before the sun in so long– it’s always so strange!! I guess that’s all going to change soon when baby comes, haha.

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26 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

I’d say that your photos still turned out pretty well!
I am loving the extra light- but driving to work in the morning (or even getting UP in the morning) in the dark is really hard. I have felt super tired all week… guess my body just has to adjust. But, it SHOULD start getting lighter earlier, I think? I hope so. :)

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27 valed March 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

Maybe I’m not up with the latest lingo but what does “wide away” mean? I’m soooo jealous of your 7 hours of sleep. You are so lucky!

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28 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

It was a typo

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29 Cait's Plate March 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

Ah I love that there’s a full day dedicated to RDs! Happy Registered Dietitian Day to you!!

And yeah – I leave my house at 5am most mornings so I haven’t had a good naturally lit breakfast picture in FOREVER! It really makes a HUGE difference! Your breakfast still looks incredible!

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30 Khushboo March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

I love waking up to natural light! Happy RD day :)!

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31 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

I ate breakfast in the dark too today and it definitely was a challenge to get a photo!

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32 Hillary March 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

The only bad thing about DST is that it is pitch black when I leave for work at 6:30. The sun doesn’t rise until my kids are arriving for homeroom! Oy. But I do loooove the extra light at the end of the day. Perfect walking weather, too!

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33 Emily G. March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hi Kath – I have a quick question. My go to breakfast is a smoothie with a banana mixed in. I recently found out I’m allergic to bananas (boo!) and now my smoothies are lacking in flavor. I’m having a total brain fart and cannot think of anything to replace the sweetness. Adding sugar isn’t an option I want to consider as this is normally how I get my fruits in. Do you have any suggestions?

Speaking of allergies, I also found out I’m allergic to lettuce (bizarre!!!) would you recommend kale as a substitute? Or is it also in the lettuce family?

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34 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

Bummer!!

What about other fruits? Frozen berries? Mango? Are you allergic to those as well? Avocado and tofu can also impart that creaminess that bananas give.

I am not an allergy specialist, so I’d ask yours about the lettuce vs. kale, but my gut would think that spinach/kale/collards would be different in make up, but I’m really not sure.

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35 Nikki T March 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

Like Kath said, tofu gives the smoothie the creamy texture that the banana does. I sometimes use the little fruit flavoured dessert tofu packs, they are great in smoothies!
Frozen berries definately could replace the sweetness of the banana, but not the creaminess.

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36 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

DATES add a ton of sweetness to smoothies. If you soak them for a bit (like 10 min, but you could just keep a jar of dates in water in the fridge) before adding them to the blender, you’ll get smoother results. The water can go in with the soaked dates if you want. Also, kale is not in the lettuce family. It’s more related to broccoli and cabbage. Arugula and dandelion greens might be other alternative, but I’m not sure. :-)

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37 Emily G. March 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

The only other fruit I’m allergic to is pineapple. I assumed strawberries would be sweeter than any other frozen berries so I tried them first but it just didn’t work. Trial and error is the best way to figure it out, right? lol I’m allergic to avocado but will definitely have to try tofu for creaminess.

Can I just say allergies suck? Barley and brewer’s yeast is also on my no-no list which means no beer.

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38 Tracy March 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

If you can eat mango, it adds a lot of sweetness and creaminess like bananas do.

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39 Karen March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Avocados are wonderful in smoothies! They add creaminess but you can’t detect the avocado flavor. I especially like them combined with spinach (if you can handle that leafy green, that is.)

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40 Jen March 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I just have to jump in and second Kath – mango and avocado are excellent!

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41 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

Yes, the dark in the mornings again is a little tough to get used to but the light in the evening is so worth it! Real food breakfast – CHECK! :D What else could it be??

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42 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

Happy Registered Dietician Day to you! It’s also Pi day! I remember back in the day in school, they would make a big deal about it.

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43 Sam March 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

Yep, my norm is usually 5.5-6.5 hrs/night. 7 for me is fantastic!

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44 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

I couldn’t have waited for the sun either ;) Happy Registered Dietician Day!

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45 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

Love the title. I just said to my husband, now I can take dinner pictures outside, but breakfast will have to be later. The time change effects us all in different ways! :)

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46 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! March 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

Happy RD Day! Thanks for this fun and informative blog, Kath. Inspires the rest of us to eat healthful, fresh, REAL food!

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47 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

Way to go for sleeping in so late…haha, kidding! 545am is mighty early but at least you GOT sleep. Being pregnant, getting any comfortable sleep can be a challenge some nights!

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48 natasha e March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

I would kill for 7 hours of sleep! Your breakfast looks yummy and I always love a good cup of hot tea with my oats too.

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49 Lyn March 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

Enjoy your sleep NOW…. ::evil laugh from a mother of five::

I want a husband who makes me breakfast!!

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50 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family March 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

Good choice on eating breakfast first and not waiting for the sun just for picture purposes. We can surely look at a lower quality picture so you can feed that baby when you need to :). Ah pregnancy eating is great but eating while breastfeeding is even better, you get to eat SO dang much all the time just to keep up!

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51 Tatiana, Lexington MA March 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Your breakfast looks wonderful!
Every time I see pictures of your new porch, I keep admiring it more and more. It looks great even in the dark:) If you do not mind sharing what was the ballpark cost of building it?

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52 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

It was about $20K and we are sooooo glad we did it!!

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53 Lisa March 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I have been a practicing RD for 10 years and had nearly forgotten it was our ‘day’. Happy RD day to you too.

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54 Ellie@Fit for the Soul March 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

whoa I didn’t know today is a special day! :D Even more motivation to eat healthfully? ;)

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55 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’m so jealous of that back yard. Any plans to plant some veggies?!

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56 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

YES! We’re trying to figure this out. I don’t think I’m really in a condition to be digging in dirt or building beds (I think I could learn, but I’m just gonna go ahead and say that I don’t want this task right now). I can maintain a garden, but I can’t build it. And Matt is busy all the time. So we’re just trying to figure out if we’ll wait a year to build one or maybe hire someone or if Matt will just get excited about it when warm weather is here to stay.

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57 Sam March 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Why can’t you dig? I know you’re pregnant, but you worked out before pregnancy and you have no health conditions that would prevent you from shoveling normally. I’m just confused.

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58 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Well I could do some light shoveling, but I just don’t feel comfortable doing back-breaking digging on a big garden

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59 Karen March 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Kath! I noticed that the Eat More Kale guy, Bo, offers infant size onesie’s and thought of your little one…check ‘em out! :)

http://www.eatmorekale.com/

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60 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Awwww!!! I need one :)

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61 Jennifer March 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Happy RD Day to you too! I got an Edible Arrangement today at work for the occasion, so nice of my coworkers! :) And they even got me some chocolate covered pineapples in there, YUM!

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62 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

YAY. I so look forward to reading those posts! I hear you on timing, but I think you guys will have a blast with it and will find that it’s a lot easier than you might expect. I’ve blogged about my adventures in gardening and have learned that it’s never perfect. If a renter in Boston can do it, anyone can! You’re fortunate to have a long growing season and lots of land. :-) Good luck!

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63 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I know what you mean about the photos, but yours still look great, and they actually give some feeling to your pictures. They look super cozy :)

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64 Angel7 March 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I don’t see the trampoline in your backyard anymore–I believe you said that you were going to sell it. However, I see a trampoline in your neighbor’s yard. Did your neighbor’s buy it from you both?

Enjoy the sunshine :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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65 KathEats March 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

We Craigslisted it back in the fall!

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66 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

i definitely love the longer days, but not a fan of the early morning darkness!! a trade off i suppose :)

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67 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles March 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I do NOT do well getting up when it’s still dark out…or eating breakfast when it’s still dark out, for that matter! Give me my sunny mornings!

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68 Madge March 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Just wait girl, once that baby gets here you won’t see 7 straight hours of sleep for a long time.

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69 Madge March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

….but, it’s so worth every waking moment…

Just wanted to add that ;)

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70 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Happy RD day to you!!
I started my day with some Gluten free toast with peanut butter w/ flax and a banana. (plus some coffee with almond milk for good measure) ;)

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71 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

It does take getting used to when the time changes.

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