Let Them Eat Oats!

November 24, 2009

Marie Antoinette was fabulous!!! I really didn’t know what to expect – I just ordered it on Netflix because I like historical films, but this was one of the coolest ones I’ve seen! It was kind of like the 18th century meets rock ‘n roll. Despite it being not as authentic as other period films, it was perhaps the most authentic in terms of the realistic portrayal of the characters and how they probably interacted. Or at least the most normal interactions. Highly recommended!

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I watched half of the movie last night and finished it this morning. I decided upon rising at the dawn of 7AM that I should have a bowl of oats fit for a queen –

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  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin (the organic kind, which I do not like as much as Libby’s because it’s gordier)
  • MISSING BANANA!!! I forgot it and the oats took way longer to cook and were not as creamy. Banana does so much more than sweeten!
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Cinnamon + vanilla
  • Coconut, toasted in a skillet (see comments below)
  • The last of a Carrot Raisin Walnut muffin
  • BARNEY BUTTER!! Long time no see!

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I bought this unsweet, reduced fat coconut over a year ago at EarthFare and have been using it up little by little. It’s not that great though, but does impart a slight coconut flavor. Recently Caitlin wrote a post about "worth it" foods comparing the unsweet coconut to sweetened and it hit me – why am I eating this flavorless coconut??l!! So I went out a bought a bag of the old fashioned sweetened kind. My gosh was it so much better. Like peanut butter, I eat coconut by the teaspoon, not by the cup, so I’m not concerned with some sugar or preservatives as if I might be if I were going to eat it at every meal.

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1 Leianna November 24, 2009 at 10:01 am

Great queensized bowl of oatmeal, barney butter is the best!
I’ve never seen that movie, soundsgoo though!

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2 Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 24, 2009 at 10:02 am

Love your queenie oats! Never saw Marie Antoinette, but you’ve reminded me that I wanted to! Perhaps when the Mister and I have some extra time over the holiday break!

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3 Jessica @ How SWeet It Is November 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

I also love sweetened coconut! Unsweetened just leaves a grainy texture without much flavor.

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4 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

I would love sweetened coconut for my oats but it’s so hard to find sweetened version that doesn’t have artificial preservatives around here. Why don’t companies think that people want coconut sweetened AND organic?

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5 Kath November 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!

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6 haya November 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm

i keep forgetting to get sweetened coconut!!

i guess you could probably sweeten your own (and skip the artificial stuff and use organic coconut) but i suppose that might be too much work.

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7 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

I’ve found the Whole Foods brand (365) of organic pumpkin to be really comparable to Libby (in color, texture and flavor), so you might want to give that one a try!

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8 Kath November 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

There is no Whole Foods here :(

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9 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Oh! Bummer!

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10 Kara November 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

Coconut sounds like an awesome addition to breakfast — I’ll have to try it next time!

Also, I made overnight oats for the first time this morning and thought of you! Much easier than waking up early and cooking them! ;)

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11 megan November 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

I don’t like coconut at all, but I’m glad you enjoyed the new version so much :) Great reminder on whether something is worth it or not.

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12 brandi November 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

I want to try that peppermint coffee! I’m such a sucker for peppermint and it sounds awesome.

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13 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) November 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

I totally agree — some foods (and drinks) aren’t worth sacrificing the flavor, ingredient quality and texture just to save a few calories. You can compensate in other areas throughout the day/week. :)

Jenn

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14 Jenna November 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

your oats are always amazing! bananas are a must!!!
jenna

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15 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

At my local co-op they have naturally sweetened coconut in the bulk section! Heaven!

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16 Ameena November 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

I am the same way…some foods just aren’t comparable to the real thing. Might as well have a bit of the real stuff than sacrifice the flavor.

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17 Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

Coconut seems like a great topping, but it would def have to be the sweetened kind for me! The banana is definitely a must though :-)

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18 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) November 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

It was a fun movie for sure!!!!

Man, those oats look REALLY yummy! You are the poster girl for oats!

B

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19 Christie @ Honoring Health November 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

I totally agree about the coconut and about the banana in oats!!

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20 Mrs. D November 24, 2009 at 11:06 am

Loving your blog! I agree, the movie was pretty awesome.

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21 Melissa November 24, 2009 at 11:10 am

I’m so glad you liked Marie Antoinette. It’s one of my favorite movies! I didn’t get to visit the Petit Trianon when I was at Versailles this past summer, but I did get to see the jail cell in Paris where Marie was held before her execution. Really interesting!

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22 Estela @ weekly bite November 24, 2009 at 11:11 am

I’m with you on the organic pumpkin. It just doesn’t taste as good as the Libby’s.

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23 Reb November 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hey, that’s random! I just posted a bit about Marie Antoinette too as I was just in Versailles learning to make macaroons (http://www.rebstevenson.com/index_files/macarons.html) . Freakin’ awesome movie, I just love Sophia Coppola.

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24 Mandee Lei November 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

I usually do not like period pieces. I would not say I hate them by any means but often I find them boring. I truly loved Marie Antoinette though. I found it visually stunning. Glad you enjoyed it too!

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25 Christin S November 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

Did you catch the purple high top Converse in the scene where Marie Antoinette is getting all those dresses made, and buying wigs and shoes?? It pans to the purple Converse just for a second…awesome! :)

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26 Erin November 24, 2009 at 11:33 am

Bananas definitely make oats better — yum yum yum. I can’t imagine my morning without it! :D

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27 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 24, 2009 at 11:34 am

i don’t usually like period films (my mom made me watch too many of them growing up; i have negative associations) but i remember i really liked “marie antoinette” when i saw it….

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28 Kristi November 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

I should start adding banana to my oats everyone seems to love it!

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29 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2009 at 11:39 am

Ah, Marie Antoinette…I kind of had a love/hate relationship with that movie :-)

I LOVE Sophia Coppola, and I really wanted to love that movie, but while I found it beautiful to watch, the content and acting left something to be desired for me. I’m not a huge Kirsten Dunst fan, so that was part of the problem. In any case, it certainly is a beautiful movie.

I watched the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice the other day…have you seen that one yet? I really enjoyed it!

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30 Reb November 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Hey Anna, I’m with you on that. The Keira Knightley Pride n’ Prejudice is sooo good. I love Keira’s big head.

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31 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) November 24, 2009 at 11:46 am

I loved Marie Antoinette! Great movie.

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32 Jessie November 24, 2009 at 11:47 am

I love Marie Antoinette! The cakes/pies/cookies/champagne in that movie always make me crave sweets. Maybe that’s why those corsets were so necessary…

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33 Jenna November 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

:) i bought the unsweetened kind of coconut one time and I couldn’t even finish the bag. once you have the sweetened coconut you can’t go back to regular!

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34 Katy H. @ These Beautiful Feet November 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

I could eat toasted sweetened coconut all day! That’s a great thing to substitute..it is definitely one of those “worth it” items especially since you’re not going to be eating it all of the time. Mmmm!

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35 Becca November 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

Okay, could you please remind me where you buy your coffee??? Peppermint creme just sounds DELISH!!!

also, can I say you are on quite a roll with the fabulous-ness that are your meals! The pics should be in a recipe book :)

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36 Kath November 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

Click the link :)

And thanks!!!

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37 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

Unsweetened coconut isn’t coconut to me. I need the sweetened stuff.

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38 Taylor Cuff November 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

agrreeeeed! marie antoinette is awesome, and oats without bananas just isnt the same..

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39 Erin November 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Those oats look so good! And love, love the Pacman :) I really want some peppermint creme coffee now!

Definitely adding that movie to my Netlix queue. I keep thinking about it and forgetting it.

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40 Ashley November 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Too funny! I just got back from Ohio last night and I’m out of bananas. I was so excited to have a bowl of rolled oats [ate a lot of quick oats this weekend..SUCH a huge difference] but of course I was out of bananas. I was wondering why it took so long to cook!! And, I’m not as full…the banana is such a great addition! I have gotten the reduced fat coconut stuff too…not much taste…But they have another kind that is not reduced fat and is BIG flakes that I like much more!

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41 Michelle November 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm

If you like historical films, I highly recommend Iron Jawed Angels!!! It’s about the 19th amendment…womens’ right to vote. After I watched it for the first time, I wanted to go out and fight for something!

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42 Kath November 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I think we watched that in one of my women’s history classes!! going to put it in Netflix :)

K

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43 OrganicAshley November 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Marie Antoinette and Mona Lisa Smile are my two favorite movies of all time! So fabulous.

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44 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life November 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Never saw that movie, but it looks great!

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45 Pam November 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Let’s Do Organics Coconut is the only kind I buy and I love it!

Congrats to the winners!

Enjoy!

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46 rhodeygirl November 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I just skip the coconut all together these days. The sweetened tastes too sweet to me and the unsweetened tastes like cardboard. We need something in the middle!

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47 Kristen November 24, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I forgot my banana this morning, too! I missed it greatly, so I just ate half of one AFTER my oat bowl with some walnut butter. ;-)

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48 Sarah November 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I loved Marie Antoinette! Glad you did too :)

I’m not a huge fan of coconut but I would imagine the sweetened to be better and worth it since you only use a little bit. Have a great day!

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49 Lu November 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I’ve always wondered about that movie. The chicken you made looks really wonderful.

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50 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 24, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I haven’t seen that movie before, but I’ll definitely put in on my “to-rent” list! Love your oats mixture this morning. So many fun flavors and add-ins!

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51 Cindy November 24, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I have a bag of that flavorless sawdust I mean coconut and I felt guilty about ditching if tor sweetened coconut flakes …so glad you posted that.

I should rent that movie…haven’t seen it!

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52 Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I have been wanting to see that movie for a while now. i should totally rent it, thanks for the reminder :)

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53 cocoNUTbutter November 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Hi Kath,
Your pictures always look like they are from a professional food magazine. Nice.
A question about squash varieties. Is it a starch or a fruit or a vegetable? If I have it in a meal, should there be more veggies involved also, I always get confused on what this food is. Thanks.

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54 Kath November 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Thanks!

Squash are counted as a vegetable. MyPyramid has a new “look up a food” feature that is awesome. You can look anything up to find the food group and calorie amount and change the servings. Check it out here:
http://www.myfoodapedia.gov/

Kath

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55 Megan November 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Kirsten Dunst always strikes me as such an awk actress. I find myself really cringing when I watch her movies…I’m surprised to hear the movie was entertaining! Maybe I’ll try it.

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56 Sarah (OC2Seattle) November 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Love that movie. When I went to Paris earlier this year, I saw her “cottage” and the faux english village she had built at Versailles – unbelievable.

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57 laura dishes November 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I totally agree about the unsweetened coconut… I bought a bag one time, hoping that I’d be convinced that it was just like the real thing and well, it wasn’t!

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58 Krissy (Single Serving) November 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I feel the same way about peanut butter as you do about coconut. I don’t eat too too much of it (I do eat it every day though!) My RD was the one who pointed that out to me. She told me to eat what I like as long as I wasn’t going overboard. It sounds so simple but it’s really the best advice I ever got!

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59 eliza November 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm

love coconut, i never use the sweetened kind, i have seen that reduced fat kind and have wondered if it was good, but i use just organic unsweetened raw coconut flakes…love it, but i should get the sweetened, never can have too many coconut options: coconut milk, coconut ice cream, coconut butter haha the list goes on and on ;)

xx
Eliza

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60 Pat November 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for saying that about peanut butter. As I was grudgingly spreading Adams natural on my toast, my husband said “why don’t you just buy the kind you like?” and I realized that I don’t eat more than a TBSP or sometimes 2 a day, that’s not enough sugar, etc. to worry about in the grand scheme of things. A jar of Jif cruncy resides in my cupboards again. :) And I’m happy.

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61 Steph November 25, 2009 at 12:35 am

Aw! I love that coconut! I just recently bought that exact kind, and added to the oatmeal and little pear butter.. its great!

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62 Darien Elaine November 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm

did you see the bit during the ‘i want candy’ song when she’s got all those shoes in the movie? there’s a pair of blue converse tossed in the mix. it was sofia coppola’s way of reitterating marie antoinette’s youth. i didn’t notice the first time i saw it, but i went back just to check!

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