Quick Oats

January 22, 2008

Not really! They were steel cut, but they were leftover so they were super fast to re-heat and eat!

Mini Pancake

Had the first of the 5 I made yesterday – I don’t think these are as good frozen as fresh off the stove. But it’s still fun to have them on hand.



Did 30 minutes Stairmaster, 5 minutes rowing machine, 12 minutes Stat bike, 5 minutes abs. 426 kcal burned!  

To Twinks who asked me about rowing a few days ago: I did the rowing machine for 5 minutes at resistance 8 with about 26 rpm and my heart rate averaged 130-132 bpm. I burned almost exactly 30 kcal, which would be 100 every 15 minutes or so, depending on intensity. Hope that helps give you a ballpark!


With PB, sliced almonds, banana, cinnamon, flax and soy milk.



Plus hot tea, – splenda + soy milk


Breakfast kcal ~463 + 107 from pancake = 570 kcal total.


Off to two classes!

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1 Natalie January 22, 2008 at 8:24 am

It’s like you know that everyone is going to ask you how you make it, and then we get a video!!! Yay.

I love that candle holder. You leave it burning all night?


2 Kath January 22, 2008 at 8:26 am

Haha, no we just light it at every meal! It bothered me that one of our candles is burnt out and I didn’t replace it for the video!!



3 Sarah January 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

I have a question…first off I love your blog!

This morning I decided to try and work out early so I went to a class at 615 am. I ate about 150 kcal before I left, and at the class I got sick (if you know what I mean…) I’m an avid exerciser (and a spin instructor) so I don’t think it was the exercise, but maybe the fact that I’m not used to working out so early. When you first started working out first thing, did you have any issues with it?


4 Caitlin January 22, 2008 at 9:13 am

Sarah – A couple weeks ago, I tried getting up early (5:30am) for a run and abs work (6am-7am) – and while I didn’t “get sick,” I felt terrible all day! Just sort of tired and “run down” – definitely not how great I usually feel after a workout. My thought is that everyone has a certain time of day that works for them for exercise…and mine is definitely not before sunrise :) I do much better either at lunchtime or right after work.


5 MLT January 22, 2008 at 9:31 am

Hey Kath,

Just wanted to say that your brilliant honey-balsamic dressing combo inspired me to make a new salad last night and it was delicious! I really wanted to try honey and balsamic so i tried to think of what would go good with it.
I ended up using spinach leaves, raw broccoli chopped up small, carmelized onions (i know you hate these, but they really made the salad!), steamed warm sweet potatos and feta cheese. I mixed up the balsamic and honey in a cup and added some lemon juice then drizzled over the whole salad. Oh my goodness, it was great!

Thanks for the inspiration!


6 Lisa January 22, 2008 at 9:38 am

Caitlin is right, everybody has certain times of the day that works best for them re. exercise. I work out, like Kath, from 6-7am before work, only due to the fact that I work government 9-5 hours and am just too tired to do it after work. In the morning I have MUCH more energy vs. at the end of the day when I’m just run off my feet and tired. The weekends I find I get the best workouts in when I hit the gym at 9 or 10 am, since I’m usually up at 6am anyways, had a light breakfast, and thus have that good food energy to fuel the workout. I will admit that by the end of the week I am EXHAUSTED from the 5am wake-up calls and hectic work days, but I know I have that little bit extra energy to utilize in the morning towards my workouts. Like Kath, I go to bed between 9-10pm on worknights (not always OK with my boyfriend!) as I am a morning person and completely useless after 7pm anyways.
Sorry for the long post, I just suggest finding the time of day that you can best utilize your energy sources towards your workout and ensure that you keep replenishing your body in order not too get too tired.


7 eliza January 22, 2008 at 9:54 am

hi Kath, I just ran out of natural peanut butter and my mom bought me two large containers of regular Skippy brand…do you think this is also beneficial to my diet or should I give it away?


8 Amy January 22, 2008 at 10:11 am

Adorable video, I loved the little pop-up where it said the amounts of food.

What is fancy shredded cheese vs shredded cheese-do you have a brand that you recommend?

Also, I remember you having difficulty getting enough volume out of steel cuts-have you solved the problem or will it always be less volume. If so, please share, “oh oatmeal expert”


9 Maran January 22, 2008 at 10:36 am

In regards to getting sick from working out… I try to work out in the AM’s but if I am too sleepy then I just go in the PM. I never eat in the AM before a work out. Well this morning I went and had to cut my workout short after 40 mins because I thought I was going to throw up. I have NEVER had this happen before. I’m wondering if it was due to fatigue and I should have eaten something or if I’m getting sick…… Anyways just thought I’d post since I’m not alone in this!


10 Maria January 22, 2008 at 10:37 am

I was wondering where you get your spoons (random, I know)…

Love your blog by the way!


11 Lisa January 22, 2008 at 10:42 am

Maran, it is probably because when you get up in the morning you have gone since the night before without eating, and I know myself that if I dont have something in my stomach I get nausious as well. I have a piece of toast or a few crackers about 45min-1hour before I go to the gym, I wake up that 15 minutes earlier just so that I can have that extra fuel. Hope this helps!


12 Susan January 22, 2008 at 10:43 am

I agree with the above poster, love the blog!

Kath and anyone with cooking experience, you seem to add spices to all your foods. I bought a whole bottle of dried tarragon only to find I don’t like the taste! How do you all recommend trying spices without having to spend a lot of money!


13 Tina January 22, 2008 at 10:46 am

I have a question for anyone,
I bought a heart monitor watch yesterday, it doesn’t have the chest strap, it works like and EKG. Anyway, I was on the treadmill this morning for 30 minutes, I did the calorie burn setting which keeps changing the incline. I had the calorie setting on the watch on and I had input my weight into the treadmill. Now I know that the treadmill won’t be totally accurate since I swing my arms the whole time and it wouldn’t know that. But my question is this, the watch said I burned 488 calories (is that even possible, I was only going 3.8 mph) and the treamill said I burned like 233. That’s a huge difference, how do I know which is right?? Thanks for the help!


14 Concerned Reader January 22, 2008 at 11:02 am


I have been reading this blog for months.
I added up your kcal consumption for yesterday, from your own posted data, and it came to ~1650. You also said ~450 kcal was burned through purposeful exercise. This puts you at a net of ~1200 kcal for the day. This doesn’t even count other physical movement (walking, dressing, carrying bags, showering) of daily life. I am not an RD by any means, but I calculated your BMR (5’2″, 120lbs.) to be ~1350… just to keep your body alive. It is my humble opinion that netting <1200 kcal/day is detrimental to your health. I understand you have a method of gaining a little, losing a little, but it seems like you come up short more frequently than in excess. I fear being berated, but this is not an attack, just a caring comment. Think about this, and take care.


15 Meg January 22, 2008 at 11:03 am

Hi Kath!
I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it! I too have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and am in the process of pursuing a master’s in nutrition so I can become an RD. Keep up the great work!

My question is about Calorie King. I believe you mentioned that this is the software you use to track your food intake. I was wondering if there is a free version that I am not seeing, or if you paid for yours. If you paid, is it worth the money, or would another free site be as effective, in your opinion? I am just trying to decide which software to use. Thanks!


16 Andrea January 22, 2008 at 11:12 am

Hi all I too, workout in the am. Between 6am-7am. I work 9am-6pm so I would much rather get my workout done and over with it early. I am just too tired by 6PM. I eat a banana in the car on the way to the gym. This works for me!


17 Kath January 22, 2008 at 11:18 am

Could what you ate have been too heavy for you or the wrong type of food? I’ve give it another go, but if it happens a few more times, I’d agree with Caitlin that maybe your body needs to wake up more first? Some people do seem to do better with afternoon/evening exercise. But first I would try having a different kind of snack – if you had dairy, switch to grains, if you have something high in fiber, switch to something light like a banana. Like Lisa said, I get nauseous if I don’t eat.

Glad you liked it!! THat salad sounds great!

If it were me, I’d give it away. Check the third ingredient:
Roasted Peanuts , Sugar , Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil to Prevent Separation , Cottonseed Oil to Prevent Separation , Soybean Oil to Prevent Separation , Rapeseed Oil to Prevent Separation , Salt

Fancy shredded is just a finer shred and melts quicker and spreads further as a result (so the volume eaters agree!)

I think steel cut just have less volume, but I did find that by fluffing them with milk and adding banana they are close enough for me to enjoy.

Pottery Barn Luna setting. Wedding gifts :)

Health food stores often have spices in bulk so you can only buy a little bit. Otherwise I guess it’s trial and error! Spice racks are pretty inexpensive ($20 or so) and come with a huge variety try to, and if you went and bought all those spices individually you might spend LOTS per jar (Dill, for example, was $5.49 per jar at our grocery store yesterday) so I spice rack might be a smart purchase to try a lot of diff. kinds.

That does sound like a really high estimate, and the treadmill seems to have a more accurate reading. Generally the heart rate monitors without a chest strap are not as accurate. I wonder if you have it programmed correctly? Give it another try and see what happens the second time. Or perhaps it’s broken since it’s new??

Thanks for your concern!! Yesterday’s calories totaled 1738 (not sure where the discretion is) and the most official BMR reading I have gotten is by a professional BOD POD test that put my BMR at 1150, so 1226 is a bit generous. (I think the online calculators, including MyPyramid, are very generous – perhaps because I have gained and lost and they are designed for people who have been the same weight their whole lives?) I burned 450 kcal during my workout yesterday and 50 on a walk. I was otherwise pretty sedentary. Yesterday’s net was 1238, kcal OVER. Does that seem a little more reasonable?

CK costs $55 I year, I believe, and I think it’s worth every penny. (they might even have a special promotion going on right now for a discount). I think there are plenty of good free food diaries out there, but if you’re really going to use it everyday, you want something that’s fast, easy and user-friend. CK’s is all of these, and I have yet to find a comparable one, free or otherwise.



18 Lisa January 22, 2008 at 11:19 am

I hear you on that one Andrea! (Can you tell I’m at work right now? aha) The end of the day I am wiped, and I really beleive its due to sitting and staring at the computer screen all day. I used to be a personal trainer while in university, and even though I was running around all day I had energy to burn from just keeping active! Plus I’d rather avoid the meat-market that my gym turns into in the evenings!


19 Amy January 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Ok, I for one know that i function better when I work out in the morning, BUT, I’ve developed a serious habit of staying up way too late and barely being able to wake up for work. I wait too long to eat at night (try to go to the gym after work, before going home for dinner), which leads me to overeat and eat late into the night. This leads me to stay up way too late, and then I wake up exhausted and with a full, aching tummy. I have every intention of changing my daily schedule…but breaking out of this late night habit is not working. What gives? Does anyone know the magic answer to making my intentions a reality?? Or may just some advice on how to move towards a more sensible, healthy daily routine?? My inability to break this cycle boggles my mind. I just keep swimming though :)


20 Karen L. January 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm

To piggyback on several of the previous posters re: optimal workout times – I concur!! I probably would perform a bit better in the late afternoon due to higher energy but the emotional payoff for me working out in the morning is huge. Also, I am a Type A, so love knowing that I got that item checked off my “to do” list! Later in the day/early evening, I may take advantage of my energy peak by going for a walk brisk/but not strenuous walk. Or, I may not! Nice to be pressure free in the evening.

Re: pre-workout food intake – I have discovered I do best with little to nothing prior to working out. My stomach always seems to be diverted to digestion when I am trying to get my heart pumping. However, I do eat a very ample dinner the evening before and replenish with a hearty breakfast immediately post workout. I also drink a lot of water, so I am well hydrated. Again, I probably would perform more optimally if I had a meal one – two hour prior, but given my preference for first-thing workout and my sensitive stomach, I typically opt for nothing or barely nothing prior to my approximatly workout.


21 Serena January 22, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Ha, I also received Pottery Barn Luna collection utensils for my wedding, and I love how they look and feel!

Meg, I agree that Calorie King is worth the money! There are free sites that are good, but I personally think the fact that I am paying for it makes me use CK more, and that perhaps I wouldn’t be as diligent about using the free sites. CK tells you what your net calories should be, so you know how much you have left after each meal/snack, and it also gives you a great breakdown of what nutrients you’re taking in, as well as your fat/carb/protein percentages for the day. I think the promotion might be over, but you can pay to join and you have 7 days to get a complete refund if you’re not satisfied. Wow, now I sound like an advertisement for CK, but I just wanted to let you know that I was on the fence about a paid vs free site and I joined and I love it.


22 texasfoodie January 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I have to chime in on the flatware compliments as well… I love that style, and I remember it being on my list of faves when we were registering. Unfortunately, the hubby was leaning towards more traditional so I had to compromise a little. I can’t complain too much- that and the dishware seemed to be the only thing he had an opinion on, so I got to pick everything else. And he washes a lot of dishes, so it all works out :)
have a great afternoon everyone!


23 rhodeygirl January 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm


I was wondering how you make your oatmeal pancakes so fluffy and pancake-y. when i made mine basically they looked and tasted just like oatmeal… and even had oatmeal’s runny consistency. so instead of a pancake-y tasty thing i just had oatmeal in a different form.


24 Kath January 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Thanks for the CK description – I may have to borrow that sometime! I’m glad you like it too :)

Did you leave out the baking powder? That’s what makes them fluffy. Watch the video again and see if you did something different!



25 Anouare January 22, 2008 at 7:08 pm

I rarely post comments even though I am addicted to the blog. I just wanted to add that when I work out vigorously in the morning, I feel worn down for the rest of the day, even when I eat properly. I just feel it in my whole body. Its way better for me to work out in the afternoons. I just think everybody is different but you should listen to your body when it sends you signals.


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