July 14, 2010

Didn’t know what to make for breakfast….last night! Yes, some of the most fun breakfasts involve a little preplanning. Especially if they involve chia seeds.

Last night I mixed up 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 tbsp chia seeds to set.

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Note how they firmed up like gel. The best way to describe chia seeds is "fluffy." Seriously. They are like balls of fluff in your mouth. And very nutritious! And don’t have to be ground to absorb their goodness!

I requested a coupon code for chia seeds since I’ve been getting a lot of questions about them lately. If you want to try some out from Open Sky, use the coupon code CHIATASTIC for 18% off a one pound bag.

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I didn’t know what I wanted to do with this chia pudding. Then suddenly I remembered how I want to be like Angela. And she makes gorgeous overflowing banana soft serve parfaits!

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Banana soft serve step I. Today I added a blob of peanut butter – amazingness!!

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After 4 minutes of whirling –

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I layered in this order:

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Totally delicious and super duper filling!! Sadly I did not make enough banana soft serve to make my glass overflow like Angela :( But I did love the hidden "ice cream" in there.

I also decided I don’t really care for parfaits in wine glasses. While they are beautiful to photograph, eating isnt’ as fun. And my tongue doesn’t fit in there to lick the bottom!!!

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The usual.

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I dined on Karen’s porch in her green rocking chair. It was too cold to eat in the air conditioning! No distractions, just nature. So pleasant.

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1 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

That breakfast looks AMAZING!!! Beautiful morning pics too :)


2 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love the rocking chair picture!


3 Camille July 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

Breakfast looks delicious. Have a great day!


4 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

I want to be like Angela too 😛 but my overnight oats/soft serve combo never overflow either :( she blates has some kind of magic touch!
Have a good day :)


5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

What a gourmet breakfast!! Yum!


6 Courtney @ Three Months July 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

Very pretty presentation of breakfast – looks delicious!


7 Jessica @ How Sweet July 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

Love soft serve on my oats! It’s a favorite combo!


8 Evan Thomas July 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

I know they’re nutritious, but for some reason the texture of chia seeds always freaks me out. I think I’m gradually getting used to them via nut butter.


9 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love rocking chairs :) I wish I had a beautiful porch to rock myself while eating breakfast … you know since I’m 88 years old? :)


10 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

Ahh – that parfait looks delicious…and I might just have to check out your chiatastic deal. :-)


11 Meg July 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

That parfait looks lovely, even if it’s not overflowing…goal for next time? 😛 Enjoy your day!


12 Simply Life July 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

I love the beautiful parfait!


13 The Wife of a Dairyman July 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

What a nice, peaceful morning and breakfast! What a way to begin the day :)


14 Cortney July 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

I hope it’s ok that I mention this, but I would HIGHLY suggest buying chia seeds in bulk from Whole Foods or Sprouts. Whole foods has them for $5.99 a pound, and I’ve seen Sprouts grocery stores selling them for $3.99 a pound. It’s far cheaper that way and if you bring your own container, no packaging waste. Double win :)


15 Kath July 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

No Whole Foods or Sprouts here in Charlotte! But lucky you if you found them for less :)


16 Cortney July 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

Ah, that stinks.


17 Jenny July 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

Looks like a peaceful area to have breakfast!


18 Marcia July 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

Seriously gonna have to try banana soft serve. Can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet.


19 tanya July 14, 2010 at 9:04 am

Your breakfast looks delicious!~


20 Karla July 14, 2010 at 9:04 am

I had the exact same breakfast! Except I just mashed up a banana instead of banana soft serve! I’m definitely giving banana soft serve a try ASAP!


21 Ann @ Appalachian Appetites July 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

Sounds like you had a very relaxing breakfast…sounds wonderful! I wish I had more breakfasts like that :)


22 [email protected] July 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

I’ve gotta make one of those parfaits some morning SOON! Looks delish :-)


23 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

Your photographs are looking extra fantastic these days. They ways have looked fantastic, bt it’s almost like I can see the happiness shining through with each shot! Love it!


24 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 14, 2010 at 9:15 am

I saw the soft serve on her site the other day and it looked so good! I need to do that after my walks since it is so hot. Have a great day!


25 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

Rocking chairs are so relaxing and your breakfast looks good – very pretty!


26 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

The parfait looks great but I understand about needing a bowl. I would be afraid I would break the glass with my spoon. Have a good trip.


27 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

I have yet to try chia. Or banana soft serve in my oats.

I love to eat stuff out of wine glasses! Or martini glasses! Or Irish coffee glasses! Though, I don’t lick the bottom, so I guess I don’t have to worry about that. 😉


28 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

aren’t the parfaits the best? i am in love with overnight oat banana soft serves in the morning in the summer…super filling and DELISH :)


29 Kelly July 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

I tried Angela’s parfait overnight oats/soft serve combo for the first time just the other day! Yup, just as good as it looks!


30 Lori July 14, 2010 at 9:38 am

Hi Kath! I just made banana soft serve last night with pretzels, naturally more, and a few chocolate chips. A very tastee treat indeed! Your pics are gorgeous! : )


31 Alyssa @ bride to be fit July 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

That porch looks like the perfect breakfast spot! Great way to rise and shine! :)


32 Wei-Wei July 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

I love your green rocking chair! And maybe chia seeds are what’s missing from my OO – unfortunately I don’t think I’d be able to afford them, so would yogurt do the trick, too?



33 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

I grew up near Charlottesvile. Its an absolutely gorgeous little town. I’m jealous :)

Been wanting to try chia seeds myself and boy are they pricey (at least at Whole Foods), so thanks for the coupon code!


34 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

Banana soft serve makes me all the more wanna get a food processor. 😉

Those photographs are beautiful, what amazing scenery.


35 Joanne July 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

I like the way you used the chia seeds. I have a pack that I got in my goodie bag at a recent race, called “Running Food” and was wondering how I should use it. Thanks Kath!


36 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

Yummy! I haven’t tried add PB to banana soft serve yet. That’s up next for me though!


37 Amber K July 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

The parfait is pretty, but I agree, not very fun to eat! I love Angela and all her blogs though, so it’s ok. =)

I just wish I could digest chia seeds (or flax seeds for that matter), but both totally kill me.


38 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen July 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

Have fun in Charlottesville! I can’t wait to hear all about it :)


39 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

Have fun in Charlottesville!! Love it there! :)


40 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

parfaits in wine glasses are so beautiful, but i agree – not as fun to eat – especially since you have to be so careful not to be so violent with spoon (i like to attack my breakfast)


41 AngelaOSG July 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

hehe you are too cute! Glad you enjoyed it….even if you couldn’t lick the bowl! 😉 Isn’t PB soft serve amazing? It was much better than I thought it would be.


42 Olivia R. July 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

I love playing around with flavors for banana soft serve!! I tried peanut butter chocolate, a blob of PB and a few teaspoons of cocoa powder, and a drizzle of agave. YUM!! Also throwing in a handful of mixed berries & coconut is yummy. I’m jealous of your breakfast!!


43 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) July 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

Wow I had no idea to do that with chia seeds! I always just put them in a smoothie and ate it right away! Thanks for the good advice.

BTW I have three giveaways going on on my blog right now if you were interested!


44 [email protected] July 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

That banana soft serve looks great!


45 Rooby July 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

Your parfait looks amazing! What brand of oatmeal do you use for your overnight oatmeal? Mine always comes out liek overcooked tapioca pudding. And i have tried different measurements. Currently, i am using an organic irish oatmeal… Any suggestions?


46 Kath July 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Quaker Rolled Oats


47 Kori July 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

Your breakfast=AMAZING! I also enjoyed your pictures very much, especially the one with the feathery-type bush. I believe I have that same type at my lake house. :) Have a great one, Kath!


48 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 14, 2010 at 10:39 am

That parfait looks absolutely delicious! I’ve read about this banana soft-serve twice now and I think that means I have to try it now, haha. I did something similar on accident actually when I made my smoothie yesterday. The frozen fruit must not have broken down well so instead of a smoothie consistency it was like frozen yogurt. No complaints here! lol


49 [email protected] July 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

OMG!!!! Its been awhile since I’ve had overnight oats!!! Love the addition of the extra chia seeds, I must try that! The display was beautiful too but so disappointing you couldn’t lick out the remains from the bottom :(


50 Sara July 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

i just tried chia seeds recently! they are so wonderful…such a small addition that can make a BIG difference to a meal!

pretty flowers btw! :)


51 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy July 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

Oh, the pb/banana soft serve in the food processor looks SO good! I seriously wish I wasn’t allergic to bananas! :(


52 Rose-Anne July 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

Ooh, I love the banana soft serve parfait! Yes! This one’s going on my list of things to make.

About the wine glasses: I’ve been thoroughly indoctrinated into the philosophy that wine glasses are for wine only. I would get a thorough scolding if my favorite wine expert caught me putting breakfast into a wine glass! 😉


53 leslie July 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

Is that flower an orange hydrangea (I have no idea how to spell that)? It is gorgeous!

Just got back from vacation and found my first jar of Nutzo! Can’t wait to break it open. I’ve gone from 139 to 121 in the last year and have not had my nut butters during my losing phase. I plan to add them back in soon and am so excited!


54 Sami July 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

Ange is brilliant! You definitely did her parfait recipe justice, too. The bloobs were a nice addition :)


55 Sandra July 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

I just want to say thanks for highlighting Angela’s name. What a great site.




56 Sandy July 14, 2010 at 11:34 am

Hope you find the perfect home in Charlottesville. Can’t wait to hear about it.


57 Laura July 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm

i love your parfaits…they always look so amazing! xx


58 Sami July 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Omg. I just realized it is after 12:26 and no lunch post?! :) Hehe. Have fun in Charlottesville!


59 Kath July 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm



60 Meagan July 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I agree about the wine glass thing, thats why I mini parfait trifle bowl looking glasses at Walmart for only $1 each! They are great for serving some fun parfaits or ice cream to family members.


61 Chelsey July 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Love the breakfast! Don’t we all want to be a little like Angela on the inside? I think yes.


62 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I hate eating out of glasses/mugs too. I way prefer a big, open bowl so that I can scoop up everything!


63 Hannah July 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Peanut butter banana softserves are the BESTEST IN THE WORLD!!! Squee! And now I’m cranky because I’m at the library and my frozen banana and peanut butter are, clearly, at home…


64 Emilyeatsclean July 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I have GOT to try this banana soft serve!! Holy YUM!!!!


65 Laura July 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Wow I underestimated the possibilites with chia seeds. I use them in water when biking for hydration….this looks more like dessert than breakfast….fab!


66 Stephanie July 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

This is the first recipe of yours I’ve tried – YUM. I was skeptical about the overnight oats (am very sqeamish about milky things) but they were great – will definitely be trying more breakfasts! I have a lot of weight to lose, but want to do it the slow and healthy way – diets always provoke that deprivation cycle/rebound into really horrible foods. Your website is very inspiring to me – thanks for taking the time to post everything!


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