Old Habits Die Hard

September 23, 2010

Early to bed, early to rise, huh?

I feel asleep around 10 last night so my body was ready to be up at 6. (And some REALLY squawky bird thought so too!)

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I stayed in bed half dreaming half thinking for another 30 minutes before hunger overcame me.

Confession: I’m kind of down on oats, peanut butter and coffee right now. They are just not very appealing! I don’t feel as good after eating them as I used to. I think it’s probably the resurgence of summer after we had a few weeks of fall, or the fact that I feel like I’ve eaten a lot of other rich foods lately. But I woke up craving a smoothie and cold cereal and Great Harvest toast!

But for some reason, I just started making oats!!

In a jar. Old habits die hard.

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The Mix

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Half banana
  • Splash vanilla, pinch salt, sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 heaping tbsp grass-fed, part-skim ricotta [which was good (my first time) but not nearly as good as cottage cheese!]
  • Nutty’s residue [the White Chocolate one was SO good!!]
  • ‘Noler on top

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A new flavored coffee that was just meh

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Go Duke!!

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Tomorrow: I will have toast!

Jars –> Bols

I’ve had a few requests for bowl SETS rather than just one. So I worked a combo deal for the Salsabol since it’s more affordable and here is one if you want:

Today + Tomorrow
2 Salsabols for $16 [$10 savings when you get two!]
Coupon: Add two bowls to your cart and enter: Salsabol for $10 Off.

[Calibowl deal in the works too!]

And for a little chuckles this morning: 10 Things I Remember About Middle School Dances

Full speed ahead!!!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet September 23, 2010 at 7:43 am

Many mornings I just don’t want oats either. They make me really full!


2 CMae September 23, 2010 at 7:43 am

I think you’re right about the second round of summer — I just can’t get excited about fall things and warm eats right now, either.


3 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 23, 2010 at 7:44 am

hey, sometimes you just need some oats! in fact, i’m thinking that sounds really good…i was planning on toast and a smoothie as well, but it’s a little to chilly for that today!


4 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 23, 2010 at 7:45 am

I feel the same way lately. I thought it was just that my oats needed to be spruced up and “fall-ized”. So I added maple syrup and brown sugar today. I’ll let you know if that does the trick!


5 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 23, 2010 at 7:45 am

I used to be crazy for oats too, but I haven’t had some for breakfast for about 6months…it’s weird! I’m on a cerealyogurt mess kick atm 😀
Have a good day!


6 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

HAHAHA that ten things is hysterical. I remember going to cotillion in middle school and being the tallest girl there by like a foot (I haven’t grown since I was 11, when I shot up 6 inches in a year. Yeah, awkward).

Funny, I’ve been eating more oats but this morning I woke up craving my summer standby- cereal! Amazing how much the temps affect our appetite!


7 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

I go in and out of food favorites…maybe it’s the weather, maybe I just overdo it. haha


8 Christine September 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

Say it ain’t so!!

I am having a hard time imagining starting a day without oats. I’d rather go heavy on the breakfast and have a suuuper light lunch when I am feeling full of “heavy” foods. That way all that good oaty fiber can get out all the bad stuff. I do tend to ease up or skip out on the nut butter though!

I think you made the right choice. :-)


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 23, 2010 at 7:49 am

Sometimes you just need a change. The oat mix sounds yummy…but definitely go for the toast if that is what you are craving! Have a great day Kath!


10 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 23, 2010 at 7:50 am

I read that line as, “For some reason, I just started making toast. In a jar.”

I thought– Well, that’s interesting!!! Only Kath!!



11 Hands in Namaste September 23, 2010 at 7:50 am

I’ve been cravin ‘colder’ foods too…it’s got to be the weather! Here in Italy it’s still 80!!!


12 megan @ whatmegansmaking September 23, 2010 at 7:51 am

isn’t it funny how you start doing things on autopilot? I just started eating oats again a few days ago, but you’re right – the warm weather messes things up :)


13 maria @ Chasing the Now September 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

The thing I remember the most about middle school dances were that during slow dances we made a line of couples across the cafeteria (where our dances were held) and boys were on one side of the line and girls were on the other. Kind of weird, now that I think about it.


14 Ally September 23, 2010 at 7:59 am

It seems like you liked the White Chocolate PB, but i remember you saying you don’t care for white chocolate? I also don’t particularly enjoy white ‘chocolate’ but everyone has been recommending the PB&Co. White Chocolate Peanut Butter and I can’t decide if its worth buying it…


15 Kath September 23, 2010 at 8:04 am

I DON’T really like white chocolate – because it’s all waxy – but this stuff was GOOD with a capital G!


16 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

i don’t like white chocolate either, good to know that you still liked this nut butter!


17 Tina September 23, 2010 at 7:59 am

I tend to make the old standby oats + pb most mornings too. I have to do quick though since I’m feeding my daughter and thats what she always wants too. I did have pumpkin topped waffles this morning though. 😀


18 JenATX September 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

i love getting up early in the morning :) I used to sleep in until 9 last year, but now I go to bed & get up at 7. I just really enjoy that time in the morning that is all to myself


19 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 23, 2010 at 8:11 am

I could never eat oats every morning, it’s definitely good to mix things up once in a while!


20 Bee Goes Bananas September 23, 2010 at 8:11 am

The bols are adorable and would be perfect for what I eat most frequently: oats and cereal. YUM! Thanks for the deal!


21 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 23, 2010 at 8:14 am

Oats haven’t been filling me up much lately either. If I’m really hungry, it seems a big green monster (or other smoothie) is the way to go, but as it gets colder I think I’ll have to find something else! I also tried ricotta cheese for the first time about 2 weeks ago, but like you said, cottage cheese is so much better!!


22 Marina September 23, 2010 at 8:19 am

I can’t get enough of oats, but they don’t do nothing for my hunger!
And I really need fuel in the morning


23 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 23, 2010 at 8:24 am

I’m kind of amazed at my ability to eat oatmeal throughout the summer heat, but it is my breakfast staple, though every now and then I take a break. I attended a conference last week (Pro Walk Pro Bike :) ), and the travel and hotel separated me from my oatmeal for four long days. I was so excited to come back to it.


24 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 23, 2010 at 8:30 am

I’m the same way. I’ll plan some lovely breakfast when I’m still in bed, and then I’ll get to the kitchen and make what I always make: oatmeal or PB toast.

I think my body is just used to those motions in the morning and I kind of work on autopilot when I first get up :)


25 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

I always wondered if you ever got sick of oats!!

I get tired of my breakfasts every week… and usually end up eating something lunch-ish instead :)


26 Hannah September 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

If I had nut butters like that, I wouldn’t be able to let go of OAIJ either… You lucky thing!


27 julia September 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

Oats have been bothering my stomach too! And yet I still make them every morning. I think I’m just afraid to try something new because I know that oats do not dissapoint.


28 Sarah September 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

Hey Kath,
I’m headed to Charlottesville this weekend- my first time there. Can you recommend a good restaurant for Saturday night?? Thanks, love you’re blog


29 Kath September 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

I have a whole page of them – see the Cville tab above!


30 Natalia - a side of simple September 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

Thanks for the bowl duo deal! With a savings like that I just might have to splurge… all in the name of good food, right?


31 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

totally agree on the cottage cheese thing! They MAKE the oats! Never would have thought to try it if it wasn’t for KERF :)


32 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

I go through food phases, particularly with breakfasts. Lately I have been doing lots of smoothies, out of habit, but am thinking I really need to go back to more traditional breakfast foods like cereal to switch it up – fortunately I have lots of buckwheat groats on their way to me, so I plan to make a giant batch of buckwheat cereal soon!


33 Brenda September 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi Kath,
I never seem to have any bananas on hand, so I was wondering what the method would be for making thick and creamy hot oats without a banana. (I have some canned pumpkin on hand, could that replace the banana?)


34 Kath September 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

Nothing sweetens oats like banana, but check my Tribute to Oatmeal page for a million other good combos


35 Heather September 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

now you have me craving a smoothie!


36 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

It’s good to change things up every so often! I am really trying to listen to my body now and go with what it’s telling me to eat rather than what I think I should eat.

Tomorrow… it’s toast :)


37 Jessica September 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

Hi Kath,

I’m having a hard time finding your email address. Where can I send an email? I’m working on a webinar regarding RD Career stories for students nationwide & we’d love to include your story!



38 Kath September 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

It’s on the Kath,RD page. It’s Katheats at Gmail dot com


39 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

I’ve got my 2010 Natty Champs glass and shot glass!! WOOHOO!!!


40 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

Dang. Middle school was harsh. I pretty much skipped out on all of our dances except for when I was in 8th grade. That year I was on student government and it was part of our JOB to go. I remember a teacher yelling at me for leaving class early with my pass for dance set up. I was thinking, “Look, lady. I would rather sit here in your boring class than go set up for this stupid dance!” But instead I just shrugged, picked up my backpack said I was sorry and left….

Also, I only liked rap/R&B/hip hop for one year…sixth grade (school year ’93-’94). After that I got more into alternative/grunge music…smashing pumpkins (PUMPKIN! :D), green day, weezer, Hole, Nirvana (a little late…oops. RIP Kurt) etc. They NEVER played any music that I would ever even consider listening to. All of my friends would complain and complain, but the teacher’s just said “no one wants to listen to that”. Finally, in 8th grade, they told us, “We’re going to play some of your music today!”

They played The Foo Fighers song, “Big Me” (the one that had a video that was a spoof on mentos commercials). The shortest alternative music song known to mankind. Thanks guys, really.


41 Kathleen September 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

I hate oatmeal! It makes me feel so full and heavy. Can’t wait to see somethin’ new. 😉


42 Katie September 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thanks for the laugh this morning, all SO true!


43 Claire C September 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

Great deal! I wish I hadn’t just ordered a Salsabol yesterday:-( cc


44 Allison K September 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

Hahaha. I loved middle school dances, and now….I host them! Well sometimes. Part of my job is to advise a group of highschool students who put on montly recreational activities for teens. We always have a halloween dance….and it’s just like those pictures. They never change!


45 Heather September 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

Old habits are hard to break!

Sometimes I like to decide what I’m having for breakfast the night before and sometimes I decide as I’m standing in the kitchen.

Middle school dances are so funny – now I work at a college and host college dances. It amazes me every time how much college kids love to dance.


46 melissa @ the delicate place September 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

haha well i eat out of containers because i don’t want to wash any more dishes! but it also tastes pretty great too!


47 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

Ahh I`m going through the same thing where I am just getting kind of sick of hot oats every morning. I`ve been trying to switch it up with overnight oats and such, but I`m in a rough patch in my relationship with oats right now. I still keep making them, of course, but they never sound as good when I`m thinking of what to make!


48 Christina @ ilovefetacheese September 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

WOOT DUKE! I go to Duke has a grad student…I saw you were in Durham not so long ago! I hope you come back sometime soon! :)


49 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

Guess you subconsciously craved oats!! 😛


50 Camille September 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh man! I might have to splurge and get some bowls :)


51 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

Kath, you auto-oated! lol. That’s funny. Brain went on auto pilot. I’m trying to decide what to make for breakfast, but savory oats makes lots of dishes and just not feelin it this morning. I’m thinking toast w.AB and banana? …with a sprinkle of cinn. :)


52 heather j. September 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

Warning, Kath…
Every time I get down on one of my favorite things, it means I’m pregnant…


53 Kath September 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

That would be very very bad!


54 Paige(Running Around Normal) September 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

I woke up craving a cold smoothie and cereal too, today. But wound up making a waffle out of habit – I always make waffles on Thursdays. It was pretty dang good though 😉


55 Exmodel September 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

that middle school dance thing was great, so very true.


56 Kaleigh September 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

It is quite interesting how even though some one is OBSESSED with something, there comes a point when you just need a break from it. Perhaps it is our body’s way of saying that we need variety!


57 Stacy @Student of Healthy Living September 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

Wacky weather! I want to start eating oatmeal instead of my usual yogurt messes, but it’s been hot in the morning! I much prefer a cold breakfast on hot days, and hot breakfast on cold days. Today it is supposed to get up to 90 degrees! Crazy Chicago weather. I miss the cooler temps. We broke down and had to turn our a/c back on. I hate doing that!
I loved how back in the day, boys on one side, girls on the other. Oh and how if you did dance with a boy, you had easily two feet of space between you. At our school it was required to have hands on shoulders at all times, no funny business of hands on hips :)


58 Gina September 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

Sounds so good. I love me some oats! :)
Where do you get that Nutty’s peanut butter from?


59 Kath September 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm

From OpenSky – click the link in the post for more info


60 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

Oats are something I never miss when I don’t have them, but swear that are the greatest thing ever when I do eat them.


61 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

Old habits die hard huh?! Your oats still look good, but it’s a shame it isn’t what you wanted. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. :)


62 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

I went for a while not craving oats either.. but now it’s back in full force!


63 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

LOVE the Salsabol! I too will still start making oats even if I don’t “feel” like them. THen I sit down to eat and wonder why I don’t feel quite as sassified as I thought I would!!! Being a gluten free vegan means my meals are pretty light but bulky, so I look forward to breakfast for oats to really fill me up and keep me going until lunch. Needless to say, I usually stick to them!!


64 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm

i haven’t been feeling the oats lately either. maybe i’ll switch it up and have them for dinner instead these days….


65 Mads September 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

There’s no shame in mixing things up once in awhile.
Speaking of old habits…I tried your kale chips for the first time this weekend. HUGE success!
My manbeast wanted me to make a second batch of them.

Thanks for the veggie motivation!


66 coco September 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I don’t like oats for breakfast anymore either… I’d rather start with toast, eggs, cheese or parfait! :)


67 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I go through phases with some of my favorite foods, so I definitely know what you are talking about. I was on an oatmeal kick there for a while, and now I am more into the banana/nut butter sandwich combos. Your taste for oatmeal will come back soon–you love it too much!


68 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Oats always does it for me whether it is hot or cold outside! Plus you can choose from overnight or regular. So..basically I am always able to satisfy my addiction, lol.


69 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I always go through spurts. Right now I’m on a total bagel kick, with hot oats and/or oat bran thrown in for good measure. I’m sure sometime soon I’ll be all over yogurty messes though. 😀


70 [email protected] September 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Can’t give up oats! I love it during all seasons.


71 Hands in Namaste September 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Have you ever had the peach mango or pinneaple coconut waters? DELISH!

Thanks for the recipe, Kath!


72 Simply Life September 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I definitely go in phases of what I’m craving for breakfast!


73 stacey-healthylife September 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm

It’s probably the weather change that is causing the no so appealing oatmeal feeling.


74 jen September 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

oh man, i just started teaching middle school. i never thought I would. i always said no younger than freshmen, but i can’t wait to chaperone a dance with these tinies! ugh, its so weird to think i was already a year into high school when my 8th graders were born. i. am. so. old! hahaha.


75 Rachael September 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Middle school is the one age group I haven’t taught…I remember feeling so out of place, but at the same time, I thought I was so grown-up. Now I look at kids in that age bracket and feel really, really old :)
New brand of PB?


76 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Well, I guess if “oats on autopilot” had to happen to someone, I’m glad it happened to the lady that brought me a Tribute to Oatmeal… :-p


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