Piece Of Cake (And Some Oats)

March 9, 2009

Getting up was a piece of cake this morning – because it was WARM out. We’re already at 60* and expecting a high of 80*! It’s not going to last though :( At least I’m headed to hot Africa next week! Hopefully when I return, so will the spring weather. There weren’t very many people at the gym this morning – guess they all slept in!

Matt got up to go to the gym with me to keep himself on bakery time. I love it when he goes on Mondays because it’s really our only day to workout together these days. And we get to bike there!! (I don’t bike in the dark alone). I didn’t even need a fleece today – just shorts and a long sleeve T. After our bike ride I did 30 minutes on the Stepmill and then upper body weights for my biceps and shoulders. My storeness is mostly recovered from Saturday, but I didn’t do anything strenuous. The bike home was nice!

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Ahhhh – great bowl of oats today!

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  • 1/3 cup half oats, half 9 grain cereal, 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk, half medium banana, pinch salt, splash vanilla
  • ~1/4 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end (today’s bowl was on the soupy side)
  • The last of my Koka Moka ProBar 
  • A few walnuts + peanuts
  • Coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • Spoonful Barney Butter (the end of my jar – so super dry, which I LOVE because it stays on my spoon!)

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A little medicine for my head –

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The Best Of Zest

ZestyCook has been working so hard on this e-book and it’s finally here! Inside you’ll find my Maple Pecan Granola along with recipes by a bunch of other food bloggers: Simply Zesty Recipe E-Book Officially Launched! I can’t wait to give some of them a try!

Off to Winthrop. I see another picnic in the future! I’ve got 2 huge midterms on Wednesday, so I need to be in study mode for the next 48 hours. Then it’s all downhill till Africa with travel preparations.

Happy Monday to you all

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1 zestycook March 9, 2009 at 7:24 am

Kath – Those oats look yummy! Looks like you are in store for a busy first of the week. I am jealous about the weather. Thanks for supporting my e-book launch.



2 WEEKLY BITE March 9, 2009 at 7:37 am

Great looking breakfast! Have a great day!



3 Lisa March 9, 2009 at 7:38 am

Wow, lucky you with the weather. It’s not too cold here, but it’s windy! I nearly got blown away on my way home from the gym.


4 tina March 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

Yay, Zesty!! I’m so excited about his e-cookbook! :)


5 brandi March 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

ooh, so excited about Zesty’s e-cookbook!

Have a great day today and good luck with all the studying this week!


6 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) March 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

hey kath! I am just catching up on your blog now, I was away for the weekend visiting my sister in the city!! If you ever go to NYC, let me know (or philadelphia for that matter!)

Oatties look great, and i have to agree: dried BB is sooo yummy and more convenient 😉


7 VeggieGirl March 9, 2009 at 7:55 am

Holy yum, of course!!


8 JENNA March 9, 2009 at 8:04 am

Good luck studying!!


9 Kailey (SnackFace) March 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

Wow, yummy oats! I’m so glad you’re enjoying some lovely weather! It make everything so much more bearable, right? Good luck with all the studying!


10 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 9, 2009 at 8:07 am

Yummy oats!


11 coco March 9, 2009 at 8:13 am

that’s an amazing ebook!!! I just checked it out! It’s better than I expected! 😉
fabulous breakfast! 😀


12 Nicole March 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

Mmmmmm, I had oats for breakfast earlier and your pictures are making me crave more!


13 K March 9, 2009 at 8:28 am

I love when I can finally go outside without a coat – one of the best signs of spring :)


14 Meaghen March 9, 2009 at 8:41 am

I am very jealous of your nice weather. Friday it was beautiful where I am, but it’s been rainy and barely above freezing since then. I am so ready for spring too!

It’s so exciting about you going to Africa! I have a friend who’s done 2 missions there and he loves it!!! The first time he went when he came back he couldn’t stand to sleep in his bed for like 2 months he felt so privledged! I don’t think you should go that extreme. :)


15 Danielle March 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

I haven’t had oats in over a week, I’m thinking I need to have a bowl tomorrow no matter what, yours just looks so good!


16 Emily March 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

I hear you on the midterms…ick.
I’m so excited about the weather! Anything above 30, and I’m happy.

Hope the Africa prep is going well!

I’m also giving away a mini meal planner on my blog this week!


17 Biz March 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

Can’t wait to check out the e-book! Sorry about your sunburn – as a mother I would have reminded you to put some sunscreen on before you left the house! 😀


18 Moran March 9, 2009 at 9:08 am

ARGH so warm!!! FABULOUS!
Enjoy the rest of the day!


19 Kara March 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

I think Monday morning + warm weather = bad combo for people going to the gym or anything that requires motivation!


20 RouletteOnlineGames March 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

Yummy!!!! Have a nice day


21 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

I way overslept this morning :( I don’t usually need an alarm but I guess I do for a while.

We are also having beautiful weather here today. Enjoy it while you can!


22 Heather March 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

That’s exciting about the e-book! I’m going to go check it out…

Enjoy your pretty weather :)


23 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) March 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

good luck with your studying and the trip prep!


24 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

Delicious oats! Have a great day!


25 Leslie March 9, 2009 at 10:04 am

I’ve been in the process of moving/unpacking so I haven’t been online as much, but I see you are going to Africa! Where are you traveling? My husbands whole side of the family lives over there. That is way exciting. I can’t wait to make our way over there one day!


26 Diana March 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

for some reason your oats and pictures look extra good today! i’m excited about the cookbook! yay zesty!


27 Jess March 9, 2009 at 10:21 am

I’m out in CA and there were way less people than usual at my gym this morning, too! I was thinking maybe it’s the time change – losing an hour of sleep plus it was dark when I left my house, and usually it’s getting light by then…

The oats look yummy as usual!


28 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

I kept looking for CAKE on your oats. Shoot.

Don’t forget the sunscreen today!


29 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

SO JEALOUS of the weather!!!!!


30 Meg March 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

Love the oats! Good luck with all the studying!


31 Jess March 9, 2009 at 10:34 am

Are your legs killing you from that sunburn?


32 Katie March 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

Enjoy the beautiful day!


33 Sharon March 9, 2009 at 10:41 am

Definitely loving your bowl of oats!


34 Mara March 9, 2009 at 11:02 am

Question – did I miss something, or when did you start to decrease your milk to water ratio in your oats? I thought you usually did a half milk, half water ratio? Do you even taste the milk, with that small of an amount?



35 Lisa D March 9, 2009 at 11:12 am

Is the white stuff on top of your oatmeal the coconut butter?? I’ve never actually seen it..I actually first thought it was feta cheese which would be an interesting choice. Also, I know it has made appearances before but that orange candle is so cute!! I love it, hope the weather stays nice down there-Lisa D.


36 Marianne March 9, 2009 at 11:45 am

It’s funny to hear about your warm spring weather while I’m sitting in my office watching the snow fall here.


37 Runeatrepeat March 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Ouch! That sunburn does not look fun. Do you hurt today?


38 Kath March 9, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Sunburn isn’t bad at all today! It’s probably turned into a tan by now..

Mara ,
The hot cereal I’ve been mixing in calls for 2:1 ratio of liquid to grain, so I doubled the water – didn’t decrease the milk at all. Yes, you can still taste it.

Lisa D,
Yes, that’s the coconut butter. It’s kind of chalky, but melts in and gives a coconutty flavor. I don’t think I’d buy another jar (I’m still only about 1/3 through mine from November!) but it’s been fun to have.



39 Shelby March 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Do you ever make a bad bowl of oats?! Seriously.


40 Marie March 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Question for you regarding coconut butter & coconut oil. If someone (like me) is watching their weight and cholesterol level, is it bad to eat these foods? I checked the nutritional content online and it showed they were high in saturated fat, which I heard raises cholesterol level. But it confuses me because I thought these were two healthy foods…I figured I ask you because you eat so healthy and I trust your judgment! Thanks!


41 Kath March 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Marie ,
A tsp of coconut butter on oats probably isn’t going to have much impact, but if I were watching cholesterol, I probably would be putting coconut on everything. If you don’t already own coconut butter, I wouldn’t go out and buy some, but coconut in moderation is probably fine within the context of an otherwise low in sat. fat diet.



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