Nuts for Oatmeal

April 14, 2008

Trail Mix :mrgreen:


Went to spinning this morning since I skipped it on Friday. It was quite annoying though. The instructor spent the entire class telling us how hard her class is and how one person told her she was more challenging than than his drill sargent. Well, I hate to be mean, but I found her class very boring and not challenging at all. My calorie burn was the lowest I’ve had all year! I tried to push myself individually, but it’s hard to do on your own to the same level you can with a good instructor. Oh well!

I had half a banana muffin top with some of the runny macadamia butter before I left –


The husband made the oatmeal this morning while I rushed to shower since I got home late from spinning. I am proud to say that I showered, lotioned, make-uped, dressed AND dried my hair 80% in the time it took to make a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee! (About 10-12 minutes). I hate the “getting ready” process so I try to be as quick and efficient as possible.

He didn’t use hemp milk today – I missed it. The oats didn’t seem as creamy. Here’s a 2/3 serving of Nuts for Raspberries with almond butter.


With coffee


Breakfast was about 460 kcal, 10 grams fiber and 20 grams protein.


Check out the Mango Video! I hope my left-handedness isn’t too awkward. And the gnawing isn’t too gross 😉


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1 Ally April 14, 2008 at 7:06 am

Oatmeal looks fantastic, Matt did a great job!

I am very impressed with your ‘getting ready’ time. I don’t shower in the morning and it takes me that long – Kudos to you!

I’m interested in your mango video, I have noo idea if I cut mine ‘correctly’ I’ll have to watch it later because i’m supposed to be typing a paper right now!

Have a great day!


2 Suzanne April 14, 2008 at 7:09 am

hahaha – I love that mango video. especially the surprising ‘gnawing’ shot! :)

That’s exactly how I cut mango too…except I use a paring knife instead of the peeler, because I don’t have one.

I have been meaning to get one – could you tell me what brand yours is?

*My legs are sore from spin class! But it’s not as bad as I thought it would be! although, when I got off the train this morning – I think I was wincing a little. :)


3 Kath April 14, 2008 at 7:13 am

It’s OXO.



4 bikergurl April 14, 2008 at 7:14 am

Thanks for the mango video! I’ve always done the cube method, but don’t worry, I don’t waste. I always take the peel with me to chew off all the left over mango 😀


5 Suzanne April 14, 2008 at 7:21 am

ooh, one of my favorite brands!

Thanks, Kath!


6 Jess April 14, 2008 at 7:34 am

Haha, so cute! I gotta say, I LOVE it when you two call little bits of food “this guy.” lol.


7 VeggieGirl April 14, 2008 at 7:41 am

Ahh, that’s too bad about spinning class :0( But hey, at least you had a lovely breakfast to brighten the morning! :0)

Since I eat mangoes LITERALLY on a daily basis, I can’t thank you enough for that instruction video – THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! :0D

Happy Monday!


8 hk April 14, 2008 at 7:54 am

I am all about gnawing on the pit, gross I know…but, oddly enough, I love sucking on it like a lollipop while I’m preparing lunch/breakfast :) gotta get all of those “last little guys” off there, no wasting for me :) have a great Monday!


9 Ashley April 14, 2008 at 8:03 am

Good morning! This weekend I took the Viking Cooking School’s Three Day Culinary Basics class and it was fabulous. While there, two of the other ladies in the class were constantly referring to the book and cookbook, Skinny Bitch. Have you read this and think it is worth my time? One woman doesn’t eat red meat or drink milk anymore due to the book and the other just said it’s an eye opener. I wanted to get your opinion before I go out and buy it or check it out from the library. Thanks! :)


10 arimcg April 14, 2008 at 8:12 am

The guy instructor at my gym is just like that – always bragging about how hard it is when it’s really not as hard as the regular class I go to. I hate it, and it’s also distracting.


11 Romina April 14, 2008 at 8:21 am

Fantastic video! I used to cut mangoes very differently a few months ago until I learned about it. This is a great help for people who don’t know. =)


12 Katie April 14, 2008 at 8:25 am

YUM! Looks so good oyu made me remember it’s time to eat breakfast! How did I forget my oatmeal and banana is righ tbehind me at my desK??


13 JLynn April 14, 2008 at 8:33 am

I have a question about the nutritional benefit, if any, of eating ground turkey instead of ground beef. I know turkey is naturally more lean than beef, but if say you use 93% lean turkey, instead of 93% lean beef…what is the real difference.


14 JennK. April 14, 2008 at 8:41 am

I am so impressed that you are able to do all of that in 10-12 minutes! Now that you’ve helped me find new ways to eat healthy, you’ve given me something else to work on – thanks :)


15 Betsy April 14, 2008 at 8:41 am

you gnawing at the end was the funniest! i just had a good giggle at my desk. and yay lefties!!!

i would have been really annoyed at that spinning instructor too. she needs live up to her bragging!! ugh.


16 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 14, 2008 at 8:45 am

I’ve never bought a mango… I’m not even sure if I’ve had one… but I am quite intrigued.

I did, however, buy this tea the other day from Whole Foods and it is wonderful!


17 Kris10 April 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

I’m glad to hear you think hemp milk really adds to the creaminess of your oatmeal. I just bought some at the grocery store yesterday and am anxious to try it. I’m usually an almond and rice milk kind of girl, but it’s always fun to try new things! Can’t wait to give it a go in a bowl of oatmeal or granola. :-)


18 SarahH April 14, 2008 at 9:03 am

I live with a husband who doesnt eat breakfast and I would never finish a whole pan of baked oatmeal in a week. So this morning I made a little bowl in a ramekin. It was the perfect size for 1/3 cup of oats with all the fixings and topping. It only took 22 minutes to bake too! I put it in the oven then it cooked while I got ready.


19 tiedtogetherwithasmile April 14, 2008 at 9:19 am

I’m impressed with your getting ready time! I hate taking forever go get ready too; I’m always cutting corners where I can.

Happy Monday!!


20 kay April 14, 2008 at 9:23 am


Thanks for your response about the 6 meals vs bigger meals!! You are awsome :) I just tried the danish pancakes and they taste really good! We will see how long they last me today!

I thought I was quick getting ready but you beat me by a few minutes 😉


21 BethT April 14, 2008 at 9:43 am

I HATE exercise instructors like that! I took a similar class where, ironically, the instructor said she was “SO HARD” and yet never actually instructed while on the bike! She was one of those who chose to walk around the whole time instead of riding. Annoying! At least you can avoid that instructor in the future…


22 Kelly T April 14, 2008 at 9:55 am

Thats why i dont take classes at my gym. No matter who it is, the instructor always finds a way to annoy me.

I eat the mango peel sometimes. is that weird? It has a really unique flavor which I can understand if people dont like, but i happen to like it. everyone always shrieks in horro when i just bite into a mango.


23 caitlin (in FL) April 14, 2008 at 9:57 am

bad spin instructors are THE WORST because you can’t escape the class without looking like you’re bailing! i hate spin instructors who come over and correct your form over and over again — this one instructor kept yelling at me to push my back flat but i can’t because of a hip injury…. grrrrr mind your own business! LOL


24 Kiala April 14, 2008 at 10:13 am

It takes me two hours to get all showered and blow dried and dressed. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.


25 Robin April 14, 2008 at 10:42 am

Oh man- that sucks about the instructor. I try to work really hard in the spin classes I teach (hey, it’s my workout too!) which means I’m really only talking when I’m giving instructions. Other than that I let the music do it’s job. I made the mistake of discussing anaerobic threshold in one class and everyone looked really irritated. So I just shut up now. 😉 Have a great day!


26 Heather April 14, 2008 at 10:46 am

Impressive the mango technique!! I broke down and bought a mango splitter…

I’m trying the Eat Drink & Be Vegan Cocoa-Coconut Chili tonight. Hope it turns out as yummy looking as yours!


27 Nick April 14, 2008 at 10:58 am

I took some advice from you and tried my oatmeal with almond butter. It’s growing on me a little bit, but it’s just not as pleasing to the palette as peanut butter. I even salted the almond butter but still, for 3 times the price its not even 1 times as good.

By the way Kath, I’ve got something fun coming up at Noon today (PST) on my site, I hope you’ll join! =)

The Peanut Butter Boy


28 SarahF April 14, 2008 at 11:01 am

Morning everyone,
I have a couple of questions for Kath (or anyone who wants to answer). I try to always read the comments but if these are repeat questions-sorry!
1) A lot of you take spinning classes-and I’ve never taken one. I don’t like riding a bicycle just around (my legs aren’t very strong and I get tired really quickly). Is spinning really that beneficial vs. going for a run on the treadmill?
2) I’m doing a cleanse for the next 10 days with my boyfriend (he wants to start eating more healthy and I’m really trying to encourage this because he eats terribly so we’re doing it together to “help each other” stay on it). The cleanse is fairly strict, but for breakfast I want to make a smoothy. Problem is, every single recipe I’ve found has either bananas or yogurt, both of which I can’t have (there may have been a couple of tears when I found out I had to go 12 days without bananas). Does anybody have a good vegan smoothy recipe? I can have almost any other fruit, except for tropical ones (coconut, mangos, pineapple) or “melons” (watermelon, honeymelon, cantaloupe).
Any suggestions would be great! Thanks everyone! :)


29 BethT April 14, 2008 at 11:15 am

Sarah F – try silken tofu in place of yogurt in the smoothie. Also, Spinning is a GREAT way to strengthen those legs! It gives all the cardio benefits of a run but also adds a strengthening component. You can go at your own pace and adjust the resistance on the bike to meet your needs.


30 babycakes April 14, 2008 at 11:25 am

Very impressive indeed! I take forever to get ready! (and I’m not high maintenance at all, I just love long showers!)

Not sure if you saw this Kath, but I had to chuckle when I checked the WHF website this morning (always check it on Mondays because that’s when they post the food of the week) Well, this week the food of the week is onions! Funny and gross all at the same time! 😉

Hope you’re having a lovely afternoon!


31 Teddy April 14, 2008 at 11:39 am

My friend Cara swears by your oatmeal and trail mix combo. I didn’t realize you had it with Hemp milk though. I LOVE that stuff. It’s my favorite vegan milk thus far.
There was a period of about 4 weeks where I had oatmeal for breakfast everyday, I got SO sick of it I haven’t tried it again since. It’s been awhile, I should give your version a try…
Have a great day!



32 Ange C. April 14, 2008 at 11:47 am

Ha! I am such a spin snob too. That’s what i call it. When I have a bad instructor it’s just not the same….especially when you know what a great instructor is like!


33 Roxy April 14, 2008 at 11:49 am

Question on Hemp Milk? Is this a good source of dairy? I usally drink skim milk and was wondering if it has the same amount of calcium in it? Or is it almost liek Soy Milk? What does it taste like? Is it as sweet as Vanilla Soy Milk?
Just curious. :)


34 Melissa (the other one) April 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm

SarahF – Can I ask what kind of “cleanse” you are doing?? I am very curious because I’ve been wanting to try something like this too, but hope to do it without those pills out there, etc…


35 nicole r. April 14, 2008 at 12:05 pm

hi roxy–

so hemp milk is non-dairy—thats why the lactose intolerant and vegans can drink it. dairy only applies to food or beverages made from/of milk. hemp milk is a good source of calcium, i think 1 cup contains about 45% of the daily value? it also contains a ton of omega-3s amd 6s, as well as all 10 essential amino acids! soy milk does not have that. i’d say its definitely more nutrient dense than soy milk. i dont think they taste alike at all–soy milk is sweeter, while hemp is a bit nuttier with a stronger flavor in general. try googling, im sure you could find a lot of info!


36 Kath April 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Ashley ,
I have Skinny Bitch but haven’t read it yet (it’s in line soon…). But I’d take what you read with a grain of salt. I think In Defense of Food (which I am currently reading) is probably THE book to read for a healthy approach to eating. But I’m only mid-way through!

JLynn ,
Good question. You are right – they are very similar in nutritional profile. Eat what you like!

Kelly T,
Since I’m a skin-eater too, I’ll have to try that! I ate peeling everything!

Nick ,
I go through phases with AB vs. PB. Sometimes PB is just the best! I like that AB is sweeter though – it’s good for mornings. And you’re right about the cost…

babycakes ,
Haha – I still won’t eat them! Interesting though, that my most-hated food is also “used in more recipes than any other ingredient.” UGGGH!

Roxy ,
The Living Harvest Hemp milk (the one I drink) is fortified with calcium and provides 40% of your DV in 1 cup. So you’d be getting your calcium for sure. I think it tastes better than soy milk, but it is pretty similar to vanilla SM. I haven’t tried the plain hemp, but I think I’d just drink regular skim milk before i’d want plain hemp. It’s the vanilla that’s soooo good.



37 Kate(the teenager) April 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

do your breakfast calorie counts include pre workout snack or not??


38 Kath April 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm

No, just what you see in the overall breakfast photo.



39 Suzanne April 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm


I went to my first Spin class yesterday. You can read my account of it in yesterday’s post. Just scroll around.

If you don’t like to ride bikes, I’m not sure you’ll like this. You’re basically pedalling nonstop the whole hour and standing up and sitting down. I have really weak legs as well, and it was very intense. My legs gave out at one point, and they are sore this morning.

You may want to find something that works your legs, but that you enjoy. There is no need to make yourself do something you don’t like….maybe running? or walking?

Hope that helps! :)


40 Roxy April 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for anwering my question Kath and Nicole R. I love learning about new foods and ways to change up my diet. Have to try it now. :)


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