On The Way

March 30, 2012

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Good oatmeal morning to you all!

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It’s crisp and chilly outside, but I can tell warmth is on the way. So are Larbs and Matt! They’re coming for a visit this weekend.

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So I warmed up for Friday with a bowl of cottage cheese-strawberry whipped banana oats enhanced with a blob of crusty almond butter. Note I updated the overnight oats page to 2012 with lots of photos and links to recipes! [Also note the below are hot oats ;) ]

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And some green tea. Now that the weather is nice, I’m missing my bike. I read in Fit Pregnancy that biking is OK for pregnant women so long as they play it safe, but I’m not sure riding on roads counts as safe, so I’m choosing to abstain. My bike is tucked away in under-porch storage. Can’t wait to get back to it someday!

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Have a great Friday and an even greater weekend!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat March 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

It’s a good thing you live close to the bakery and downtown otherwise you’d have to DRIVE (the horror!) :). Have fun with L + M!

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2 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

That bike mug is so cute! Have a great Friday :)

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3 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

I had similar oats this morning – chia seeds, yogurt, strawberries, & cashew butter. Have a blast this weekend!

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4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

I hope you have a great weekend with your visitors Kath! Will check out the updated page for some recipe variations … and just to gaze at the gorgeous photos too! ;)

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5 Becca March 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

I think you are making a great choice listening to your gut about riding your bike :) I’m sure you will be back out and riding in no time! Also, I love your place mats! Beautiful color.

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6 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

Happy Friday! :) I hope you have fun with your sister! :) Those oats look yummy. I haven’t had oats in so long. Need to change that.

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7 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

I just finished a delicious bowl of overnight oats – so glad I discovered them!

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8 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

I’m curling up with my oatmeal right now too! Now you’ve got me wanting some tea. I’m off!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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9 Ann March 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hi, Kath! Love your bike mug! So cute! Can you tell me where you got it? I am an avid cyclist and spin instructor and would love to get one of those mugs! Enjoy your day! :)

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10 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

It was a gift from a blog reader who lives in NY, so unfortunately I’m not sure. But if you Googled “Bike Mug” I bet there are very similar cute ones!

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11 Anne Weber-Falk March 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

Both my mom and I rode bikes throughout our pregnancies. We didn’t have a car to use because we were one car families at the times. In her time the neighbors were horrified but her doctor said she would be fine. I would think that as long as the paths or roads that you travel on are in good condition you would be safe. Stay off of the gravel roads where you could wipe out or are too jarring.

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12 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

I’ve ridden a few times on paths, but here it’s mostly roads and the unpredictability of other drivers just makes me too nervous

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13 katie @KatieDid March 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

have fun with your family!

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14 Khushboo March 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

Have a great weekend with your sister, Kath :)

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15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

I’m glad you updated the overnight oats page, I need to make some for tomorrow!

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16 mary @ minutespermile March 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

Love oats! But love bikes most. I’ve got a 1987 pink schwinn that I consider my “baby” at the moment! Have a good weekend!

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17 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

Never really thought of biking for pregnant women being any less safe than running or other high intensity workouts…but the road safety makes sense. Precious cargo! :) Off to make my own oats for breakfast. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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18 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

You were (and still are) so active and I’ve heard that active women choose to stay just as active throughout their pregnancy and some DON’t…and you know you best so whatever choice you make IS the right one :

if you get a chance, I’d love to know what you think/your answer to the question I posted on my blog today :)

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19 Elizabeth March 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

I thought about this post re: biking a lot when I was pregnant / thinking about labor. http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/09/cycling-with-contractions-to-hospital.html

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20 faith March 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

Thanks for sharing, that post is awesome!

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21 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

She is a trooper!!

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22 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

Very glad to see cottage cheese in the overnight oats- I thought I was the only one that did that! I just can’t get down with Greek yogurt in mine.
I know it’s not the same at all- but at least you can still do indoor cycle. One of my fellow instructors taught until the week that she delivered- twins! It was so funny to see her on the bike with that huge baby belly – but she was hardcore right up until the end!
Have fun with your guests!

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23 Sierra March 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

For the anti-slip mat under the rug, I would suggest getting a thinner one. I know you already spent money on the one you have, but for all the rugs in our house we use something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/Flooring-Area-Rugs-Mats-Rug-Padding-Grippers/h_d1/N-5yc1vZb8e0/R-100648257/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051
they’re very thin and might solve your problem!

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24 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The rug without the pad still won’t fit :(

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25 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

Beautiful morning here also…hoping it will warm up as the sun is out in all it’s glory! I love biking…my husband and I love to go biking in Niagara-on-the-lake (Ontario). Lots of trails and wineries to visit along the way! Plenty of B&B’s and great restaurants too…very romantic…we happened to get married there so we have great memories that we are building upon. Thinking about biking around the Finger Lakes…anyone familiar with that area for biking?

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26 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 30, 2012 at 9:11 am

I LOVE that bowl! Happy Friday Kath!

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27 Lizzie March 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

Hey Kath,

I use the Quakers Original oatmeal packets. Not the flavored kind. Is that just as good/healthy for you?? I am in college and just empty the packet into a bowl and add some water before putting it in the microwave..

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28 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Yup! Plain oats are plain oats!

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29 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

{You might want to add some protein or fat though!}

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30 Ann Marie March 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

I hear a lot about chia seeds and flax seeds. What is the difference and/or the reason people choose one or the other??

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31 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

It’s really just personal preference or taste. Both are a good source of fiber and fat and have omega-3s. Chias don’t have to be ground and I like their texture a little better. They are also more neutral in flavor.

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32 Susan March 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

I’m enjoying a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries right now myself! I switched to your 1/3 oats 2/3 water/milk because 1/2c oats was just too much and I always found myself choking down the last few bites. Never going back! Thanks :) will have to try overnight oats next.

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33 Angie March 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

I didn’t cycle during my last pregnancy even though some said it would be OK (and I really missed it). I felt like I was clutzier during pregnancy, and clutziness combined with change in center of gravity and crazy drivers concerned me enough to keep me off my bike. Good call for you, too, it sounds like.

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34 Angel7 March 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

That bowl is so pretty!

Have a fun weekend as well!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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35 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

Those oats look so good! I never think to put strawberries in oats for some reason!

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36 jojo March 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

it’s hard to abstain from so many things!! I still rode my bike, but not that often, and it was only an easy going route & path on the beach :)
Happy Friday~

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37 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

I remember feeling the need to abstain from certain things while pregnant like certain types of yoga. Sorry about the biking situation.

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38 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming March 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

Such pretty serve-ware. I love the cheery colors.

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39 Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo March 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading for a few weeks but this is my first comment :) I have to ask because I just bought some cottage cheese this past week (I used to HATE it but with all the protein I decided to give it another try!) and I am really intrigued by your oat combo! It looks delicious. What exactly went into that bowl?!? I must recreate it :D

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40 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Here’s what it was:

1/3 cup oats
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 banana
5 strawberries
1/3 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end
Splash vanilla extract, stirred in at end

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41 Bridget March 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

have a great weekend, too!

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42 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

WAHOO it is Friday!!

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43 Kristina March 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

I miss my bike too :( I had purchased a beautiful road bike for my 30th birthday right before my decision to move to Africa. These roads are not really ideal for a bike like that though so I left it at home for the interim. Nothing beats a good bike ride!

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44 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

have fun with larbs + matt!

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45 Michelle (Better with Berries) March 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

I haven’t gone biking in so long. I got my current bike when I was in third grade… I may need to update that :-)

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46 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

Sounds like you have a great weekend planned! Enjoy your sister time Kath!

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47 Laura @ She Eats Well March 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

Cutest dishes ever. Happy Friday to you!

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48 Kirst March 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

I love your bike mug! Very cool.

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49 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

Those dishes are to cute! Have a great day :)

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50 Cait's Plate March 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

I ALMOST went with hot strawberry oats this morning but changed to hot apple oats at the last second because it’s so cold out! Strawberries feel like they need to be a summer fruit for me :)

And yay for a family visit!! When I read “On the Way” I frantically started doing some quick math thinking “there’s NO WAY she’s having the baby already!!” haha

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51 Sarah @ Fresh Living March 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I love your placemats, bowls and cups. So cute!

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52 Molly @ RDexposed March 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’m trying to picture a ver pregnant last riding a bike. I wonder if there’s be any balance shifts?

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53 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Your oats look tasty!

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54 Janice March 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Can you add plain greek yogurt to hot oats? After you pour it in the bowl of course. I’ve been wondering how it would taste like but im too scared… lol

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55 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I have never tried…I’d be afraid of curdling!

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56 lindsey March 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

that bowl is gorgeous! where is it from!?

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57 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Homegoods, I think!

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58 Eva @thehealthyparty March 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I’ve never tried cottage cheese in oats! looks good

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59 Melissa March 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Not a Dr. but this is my fourth pregnancy and thought you weren’t supposed to bike only during early stages of pregnancy. I’m currently biking as I couldn’t run past 20th week in 1st pregnancy and have swam through-out them all, but have a bad shoulder so biking is the most intense excersise I’ve had access too and have biked through out all three others. Just mentioning incase you really have the urge, but sounds like you have other great options! Love the visulal of your pregnancy tastes, it affirms (gives credit) to my taste changes and just a neat thing to see. :)

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60 Erin March 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

You should obviously listen to your instincts and do what is best, so please don’t think I’m trying to “convince” you to ride your bike while pregnant. Definitely make your own choices!

Nonetheless–your post reminded of another blog I thought you might enjoy checking out. The author is a young woman who loves to bike (hence the name) and biked throughout her pregnancy. Since you’re another super-fit pregnant lady, I thought you’d enjoy it!

http://simplybikeblog.com/

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61 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Pretty bike photos. I’m not against biking at all – just biking on the roads here makes me nervous

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62 Erin March 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Totally get that! Like I said–I wasn’t prompted to send the link your way to convince you to bike while pregnant. It’s just that the discussion reminded me of another blog I thought you’d like! :) I can only imagine how annoying all the “Oh, really, Kath! Biking is so SAFE! Why don’t you BIKE! EVERYWHERE!” comments could get–people mean well, but your body and pregnancy are yours and yours (and Matt’s!) alone.

Anyway. Hope you enjoy the blog–always nice to find fellow bikers, I find. :)

(And BIG thanks for BERF! Reading it every day and loving it! We’re planning to start trying at the end of the summer, so it’s exciting and fun to read about your experiences. Thanks for putting it out there.)

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63 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

:) And you know if I were biking, I’d probably get a lot of “I can’t believe you are biking!” comments. Thanks for sharing – and glad you like BERF!

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64 Erin March 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

That got a literal laugh-out-loud! Indeed–that is very true. Ahhh…the life of a blogger. “Are you sure you should be eating so many greens?” “Are you sure you’re eating enough greens?” :)

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65 Jen March 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Haha YES! You can’t please everyone so just be you :)

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66 Mamato3 March 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Its been awhile since I’ve visited your blog, but from the looks it this post, it sounds like you’re expecting. First off…CONGRATS!

Second, I would worry more about drinking green tea while pregnant than biking. Green tea is actually very unsafe to drink during your first trimester and can cause miscarriage. I am an avid green tea drinker and had to stop with all 3 of my pregnancies. But was able to continue, in moderation, after the middle of my second trimester.

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67 KathEats March 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Hey Mamato, I’m in my second tri and only have it every now and then. I’m not actually a huge fan of green tea in general! Thanks for the warning though!

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68 CJ - Food Stories Blog March 31, 2012 at 12:45 am

Thanks for sharing about the updated oatmeal page … Will check it out. Have a great weekend.

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69 Cortney March 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Thank you for being safety conscious re: bikes and pregnancy. There is a prominent blogger who bikes around her city without a helmet, very pregnant, with her toddler strapped in the back (with a helmet). Anytime people comment out of concern they are shushed with “it’s not dangerous!” so I thought I was just an overly nervous person. Your caution makes me feel better and less crazy/uptight.

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