November 11, 2008

Up and at ’em today. I’ve got a lot of studying to do and my to-do list is still a mile long from my trip. Ahhh!

Despite the freezing house, I managed to get up and out the door, although a little late. At the gym I did 45 minutes on the ET with Health followed by a few stretches. That’s it. Shower, make-up, dressed, and to the oat canister I went.

I’m out of wheatberries and down on cottage cheese at the moment, so I decided to make a half cup serving of oats. Did you know the heart healthy serving is 3/4 a cup!? That’s a LOT of oatmeal! For our Quaker Recipe Competition we have to use the 3/4 a cup portion, which means there’s less wiggle room for toppings. But I’ve got it all taken care of 😉


Today’s mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats, vanilla soy milk, water
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 mini box raisins
  • Vanilla bean paste (all out!), cinnamon (forgot the salt today! I think the salty BB made up for it)
  • About a tbsp sliced toasted almonds
  • About a tbsp ground flax
  • About a tbsp Barney Butter, overflowing on my tiny antique iced tea spoon

Look how the oats are just bulging from their starchy creamy blanket –



+ tea


See you guys for lunch!

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1 ashley (sweet & natural) November 11, 2008 at 8:22 am

I think I’m going to ask for Barney Butter for Christmas. Ooh! Or maybe a peanut butter of the month subscription!

Can’t wait to see what you do for the oats contest. Love me some oats.


2 Kath November 11, 2008 at 8:24 am

ashley (sweet & natural),
I would LOVE that PB of the month club, but are all the nut butters they send trans-fat free? that would be my deal breaker.



3 VeggieGirl November 11, 2008 at 8:25 am

Always love hearty oats :-)

Best of luck today!!!


4 Katie November 11, 2008 at 8:27 am

Wow, that barney butter looks RIDICULOUSLY creamy. :)


5 Biz319 November 11, 2008 at 8:27 am

Love the new header Kath! I want to get the fiery peanut butter from http://www.ilovepeanutbutter.com. It’s spicy! I just found out that they sell it a super Target about 30 minutes from me – definitely worth the trip!


6 anna November 11, 2008 at 8:31 am

kath what kind of tea do you drink? i have tried chai, green and others and all kinds taste like leaves and gross to me :S


7 Madison November 11, 2008 at 8:38 am

omygosh the oats ARE bulging. AND taunting me.


8 coco November 11, 2008 at 8:44 am

another great breakfast!
Kath, do you add flaxmeal when you cook oatmeal or you use it as topping? And what’s the difference between vanilla extract and paste?


9 Erica November 11, 2008 at 8:45 am

Good luck with the to do list ! I always feel overwhelmed when I get home from vaca but you just have to remember that it will ALL get done! oats look fab!


10 Kailz November 11, 2008 at 8:55 am

mmm I can only imagine how good Barney Butter is… Love the new header too, Kath! Yesterday you mentioned you were listening to Christmas Jazz (I ,<3 anything Christmas); what station were you listening to? And what is the classics station you normally listen to?


11 Oh She Glows November 11, 2008 at 8:55 am

wow 3/4 cup of dry oats is alot of oats! I didn’t realize that was the heart healthy serving either.


12 Bridget November 11, 2008 at 8:59 am

Wow that bowl does look particularly good today…maybe its the barney butter that I am DYING to try!!! Have a great day!


13 Tara November 11, 2008 at 9:06 am

I’m always impressed by your morning workouts. I just can’t workout that hard so early. I can do morning yoga class, but I always run after work. I think it’s whatever works for you though. As long as there is physical activity in your day. It’s so funny because 1/2 of the people I work with seem to be the morning workout crew, and then the rest are like me. It’s a divide. :) It’s nice for you to start your day with a churning metabolism!


14 Sarah November 11, 2008 at 9:12 am

Hi Kath,
I enjoy your blog!
I’m glad you had a great time at the Oats Convention, looked like fun…glad you still get to enjoy it with some warm oaties for breakfast!


15 Meghan November 11, 2008 at 9:19 am

we had almost identical oats today!


16 Rose November 11, 2008 at 9:20 am

I need to get my hands on some of that barney butter. It looks so good in your picture this morning!


17 Shelby November 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

Ooo those oats look scrumptious! 3/4 cup is a TON of oatmeal! I can barely finish a 1/2 cup serving.


18 haya November 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

i can’t imagine 3/4 cup either! i usually make a little more than half a cup and package it up to eat over 3-4 days for breakfast at work.


19 Jessica November 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

Love the new look. We haven’t turned our heat on yet either so I know how cold an early morning house is. I keep a room heater in the bathroom – before I step into the shower I crank it up to high. After showering I get to dress in a heated room and then I unplug it to save on energy.


20 Megan November 11, 2008 at 9:52 am

Great oats picture! Can’t wait to see your entry!


21 Stephanie November 11, 2008 at 9:57 am

Kath you’d be so happy – I finally tried pumpkin oatmeal this morning…I know, I know, what took me so long?!?! It was very tasty. I used organic pumpkin from TJ’s and had to add about 2 tsp brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit.


22 rhodeygirl November 11, 2008 at 10:01 am


3/4 of a cup of oats??!?! i make a half serving (1/4 cup old fashioned oats) and it is a HUGE bowl once i add the banana. i could never imagine being able to eat 3 times that!!

hope you have a fabulous day!


23 Beadie November 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

Good luck with your to do list and the oatmeal contest, I think you are a shoe in!


24 ashley (sweet & natural) November 11, 2008 at 10:30 am

Kath – Ooh, good catch. You got me curious, so I did some Googling and found this… http://www.nuttyspeanutbutter.com/update.asp?id=70. All the PBs are natural, so I’m assuming we’d be safe? Maybe I should just make a list of all the PBs I want and get them all at once. Anyone have any favorites?


25 Jennifer November 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

I like the idea of Barney Butter, but to end up paying $10 for a jar with shipping. You people must have A LOT of money floating around.


26 Allison November 11, 2008 at 10:51 am

I really admire this food challenge you are doing. I think we all need to rethink how much we buy and spend more time on using up what we have and planning. That said, you all get a lot of free food, which makes it significantly easier than it would be for most people. If you had to buy the barney butter, the bread, the oats, etc you got for free it would be infinitely more difficult to stay in your budget.


27 thepinkpeppercorn November 11, 2008 at 11:05 am

Funny about the serving size of the oats – sometimes I have tried to convince myself that it is 3/4 cooked instead of raw, since 3/4 raw results in so much! But alas, it is not correct, as that wouldn’t be consistently measurable.


28 runjess November 11, 2008 at 11:17 am

I do not know how you get your oatmeal to look so delicious!


29 Kath November 11, 2008 at 11:20 am

anna ,
I drink too many kinds to count. On the FAQ page there’s a list of my favorites and some readers’ favorites.

Kailz ,
Pandora.com –> Genres –> Holiday –> Christmas Jazz :)

coco ,
I do both, depending on my mood. Today I lacked toppings so I kept it on top.

Tara ,
When you first get out of bed it’s difficult to think you can muster the energy, but 2 minutes into your workout the energy comes!

ashley (sweet & natural),
Going to check it out….

Jennifer ,
If you read the post, you can get free BB shipping for a while with the code I left.

Allison ,
It is true that we get a lot of food between the bakery, EarthFare and the blog, but I could definitely do the challenge with all of that.

1) My husband would bake bread himself for about $.10 a loaf
2) I’d stick to the giant Smucker’s PB jars I got at Costco
3) We wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy the beer with dinner last night or the specialty cheese, but our meal would have been the same.

But I think those are pretty minimal. I’m not going to refuse samples for the sake of the challenge. The point is to save money, not make some kind of social statement. I said from the beginning I am not doing this as a social experiment because there are too many variables in my life.



30 Betsy in Pittsburgh November 11, 2008 at 11:20 am

anna, try herbal teas mixed with the more raw, not-so-good tasting ones. i usually make a double cup, with one bag of a fruity herbal, and one bag of a straight green tea or black tea.


31 Allison K November 11, 2008 at 11:22 am

3/4 of a cup! I didn’t know that…man that would keep a person full ALL day!


32 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 11, 2008 at 11:22 am

Your oats looks sooooo yummy this morning. Which type of flax do you use, Kath?
And what is a “heart healthy serving”? the back of mine says 1 serving is 1/2 c. ?!


33 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 11, 2008 at 11:26 am

Do you suggest creamy barney butter?


34 Kath November 11, 2008 at 11:29 am

seelee live (for the love of peanut butter),
We buy flax in bulk from EarthFare and grind it ourselves.

I like the crunchy BB, but creamy would be good too. They have the same flavor.



35 bobbi November 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

yuumy oats, I didn’t know 3/4 c oats was a a recomended serving…nice to know!


36 Runnergirl November 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm

1 cup of oats is a typical serving for me . . . . a nice big bowl of oats to start a day!!


37 Jennifer November 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Ah I see the code, but 2 jars of a nut butter for $16?! Geez.


38 Heather November 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

A 3/4 cup serving isn’t too much if you don’t add a lot of toppings. I opt for the 3/4 cup and only add a sprinkling of Craisins & a splash of vanilla soymilk. It keeps me full for quite some time which is good as I don’t always get time to stop for lunch.


39 Amy A. November 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Wow, I was just looking at the Quaker website and saw some delicious sounding fall and winter limited edition flavored oatmeal! Did they give you any of that last weekend??


40 Cat November 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

wow 3/4 c.?? On cold winter days before snowboarding I make 1/2 c. with some fruit on the side and I’m stuffed afterwards!! I think I’d need a tummy expander to fit that much oatmeal inside of me comfortably.


41 jenner November 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Jennifer, that is not bad at all. 1 jar of raw almond butter at my whole foods is somewhere in the range of 16.99…

Kath, do you know if the 3/4c has to be consumed all at once?? Like could you do 1/2c at breakfast, and 1/4c later in the day as a snack?


42 Jennifer November 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm

That is why I don’t buy raw almond butter at Whole Foods. My sunflower seed butter (YUMMY) at the local Safeway is 5.99 and I wince every time I pay that.


43 Kath November 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm

jenner ,
Good question. I would guess that the point of the large portion is just to get that many more oats in the diet, so I bet breaking it up would probably give the same benefit.



44 erin November 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

cuz of you– i totally have been experimenting with what i put in my oatmeal. NOw it’s banana, pumpkin butter, almonds/walnuts, craisins. YUM!

and 3/4 cup is a LOT of oatmeal, I do way less than that!


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