Romantic, Beautiful Spring Morning

April 24, 2008

We decided to leave the husband’s car parked at the lightrail last night and since the weather is GORGEOUS today, he walked to the lightrail this morning (about 1.25 miles?) and at the last minute I decided there was no reason I shouldn’t join him on the walk! It was kind of like walking my kid to the school bus :) But it’s the most beautiful spring day - sunshine, GREEN everywhere, good smells in the air from flowers in bloom. Certainly a great way to start the day. I walked for almost an hour, so I might just call walking my workout today and skip the dark gym. I am hoping to go out again with a magazine to enjoy the weather some more!

Muesli, Take II

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I made muesli again – this time overnight! It turned out quite delicious, but I had goosebumps eating it so I might need to wait until it gets warmer to make this a morning staple!

This morning’s combo included wheatberries = the most wonderful addition to yogurt I’ve ever had!!!! Chewy, chewy, chewy.

Here’s what was in my bowl:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of skim milk (if I’d used regular plain yogurt I would have just used 1/2 a cup)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/2 a serving of Nuts over Raspberries trail mix
  • 1/2 a small banana
  • 1 tbsp sprouted wheatberries

Notes and Critiques:

  1. I missed the sweetness of the vanilla hemp milk so I will add that next time for at least half of the milk volume.
  2. I think this was the perfect ratio of solid to liquid – it wasn’t too thick but not too runny either. The oats did a great job absorbing the milk. I do think that plain yogurt rather than the greek would be better though (esp. since the greek is expensive!) because it’s a little runnier and would be creamier since greek yogurt is so thick.
  3. Peanuts are not good in cold things – I think it hinders their flavor somehow. I would have preferred sliced almonds, which I think have an enhanced flavor in yogurt. I didn’t really taste the trail mix at all but enjoyed the crunch it gave. So next time the crunch will be sliced almonds and/or walnuts.
  4. Wheatberries ROCK MY WORLD!!!!! 8) Just a tbsp of them (and I’m still not sure the nutritional info for the sprouted version. I’m going to get them again and simmer them for an hour like the “real” instructions say and will hopefully be able to figure out the nutritional better for that) MADE this bowl of oats. I just loved the chew of them. You guys have to go buy some and give them a try!!

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I’m brainstorming alternate ways to prepare oats ( <3 ) when my 5 weeks of crazy summer school starts. This one will be perfect to take with me in a tupperware or just to avoid dirtying a pot. I have Sports Nutrition starting at 8 a.m. and will need to leave the house by 7:15!

With coffee, this breakfast was about 470 kcal, 10 grams fiber and 28 grams protein.

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The Best News!!!

From my Stats professor:

I have decided to make the practice test the actual test for unit 3. I am doing so because of the delays in reviewing your homework and posting the notes that direct you toward my emphasis in the course. This means I am giving you a take home test. My rules for take home tests are:

  • You most certainly can use any written materials you want.
  • You most certainly can communicate with your classmates.
  • You cannot and will not confer with any individuals who are not enrolled in this section of MAT155/155A. This most emphatically prohibits the use of tutors of any type.
  • Your final copy for submission must be organized, logical, and legible.

HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!! It’s open-note and we can confer with one another on the message boards. Made. My. Day.

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1 Cassie April 24, 2008 at 8:15 am

Wow I hope I get a professor like that this summer! Great news and breakfast looks wonderful. Enjoy the weather today – it is supposed to hit 80 here in NJ!

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2 Kelly L. April 24, 2008 at 8:16 am

Morning Kath- I was curious as to how your workout schedule will change once you class schedule changes? Also, any tips for getting rid of the bitter pumpkin taste in things like oatmeal and pumpkin pie yogurt?

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3 Katie April 24, 2008 at 8:18 am

The meuseli looks amazingly good. I’m going to have to try that! And YAY for just great news so early in the morning. Start to a great day!

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4 Kath April 24, 2008 at 8:19 am

Kelly,
Good question about my workout schedule! I normally would revert back to 5 a.m. workouts everyday but since my class doesn’t get out until 9pm, I’m not sure that would give me enough sleep. My plan as of now is to workout early on Mondays, take either Tues. or Wed. off and do a quick early morning run the other day (which will only take 30 minutes compared to my normal hour), do something in the afternoon on Thursday, and get in longer workouts/weight lifting on the weekends. And of course walk/move whenever I can! It’s going to be a crazy 5 weeks – I’ll be blogging more about how I plan to manage my time as it gets closer.

As for pumpkin, cinnamon and/or a sweetener of choice takes the edge off.

Kath

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5 Nadia April 24, 2008 at 8:43 am

Since I have never made overnight muesli/oats I had a couple of questions for anyone that can steer me in the right direction:

1) Can I use quick cooking oats?
2) When is everything added? for example, for this morning’s Muesli, when would you add the milk, banana etc? Are you supposed to cook the oats in the milk the night before and then put it in teh fridge? how does all of this work exactly? :P

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6 Heather April 24, 2008 at 8:51 am

That’s awesome- take home tests are the BEST!

The muesli recipe looks like a great alternative to oatmeal once our TX heat starts to set in (which it kinda already has…). Thanks :)

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7 Betsy April 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

this is to kath and anyone:

do you think muesli could be made over night with almond milk (or another milk alternative) and NOT adding yogurt in the morning? I really want to try this for the summer and was wondering if anyone has tried it and thinks it will be good without the addition of yogurt. Thanks!!

that is seriously awesome news about your stats exam. I would be sooo psyched!

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8 hk April 24, 2008 at 9:02 am

what a treat! awesome muesli and a take home test, yay!! You’re off to a great start :)

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9 Cara April 24, 2008 at 9:16 am

Oh man I love when my professors used to do that. Woo hoo!!

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10 Kath April 24, 2008 at 9:17 am

Nadia,
You add everything the night before and just let it soak (well, actually I added the banana this morning but you could add it at night too). No cooking – just raw oats. Quick oats would be fine but wouldn’t have as thick of a texture.

Betsy,
Yes, any milk subs would work. Without yogurt it won’t be nearly as thick either – you’ll have to experiment with the ingredient proportions to get the consistency you want without yogurt.

Kath

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11 bikergurl April 24, 2008 at 9:21 am

What good news!

I agree about peanuts on cold things – not good. I love seeing your muesli mix-ins :D

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12 rachel k April 24, 2008 at 9:29 am

agh–lucky with the stats. im taking a biostats class now and the final is going to be brutal. enjoy!

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13 beth April 24, 2008 at 9:29 am

Take home tests are the best!

I have to diagree about the peanut debate:
Peanuts are good in Sesame Cold Noodles.
Peanuts are good in ice cream.
I also like peanuts in salads.
Hmmmm. that is all I got. =)

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14 VeggieGirl April 24, 2008 at 9:43 am

Sounds like your day is off to a lovely, delicious start – that muesli looks sensational (looove wheatberries as well).

Your Stats professor is AMAZING!!! Have him email some of MY professors, please!! Haha ;0)

Happy Thursday!!

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15 Suzanne April 24, 2008 at 9:55 am

AWESOME! AWESOME! congrats, Kath.
Sounds like you are having a wonderful day today. Open-test, beautiful weather, nice walk with the hubby, yummy breakfast….
We are having 80 degree weather here today – so I’m a happy camper. And I think the hubby and I are going bike-riding after dinner. :)
Your breakfast post was chock full of info – I really enjoyed it!

I have a question about heart rate monitors. I know there was a lot of conversing about this topic in earlier posts. I just wanted to know:how accurate are they? (the ones that strap around your chest – I have a Polar) Sometimes when I have an intense work I will be amazed at how many calories I burned. After I tried my first spinning class – it said I burned 850 calories in 1 hour!
Is this right?

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16 Nick April 24, 2008 at 10:06 am

I agree, peanuts are not good cold. I always find it strange which foods are good cold and which aren’t. I think most things have more flavor when they are warm. For example, if you make a cup of hot tea and sweeten it just perfect, it will hardly taste sweet at all if you put it in the fridge for an hour. Warmth brings out the flavor of most things I believe.

The Peanut Butter Boy

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17 JENNA April 24, 2008 at 10:19 am

kath,
using Betsy’s idea you would suggest using 1 cup milk? would this be too soupy?

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18 LolaFunk April 24, 2008 at 10:36 am

oooooo sports nutrition!
Learn a lot so you can help me!
Ima runner :)

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19 Kath April 24, 2008 at 11:17 am

Beth,
You’re right – there are some foods they are good cold in. But I don’t think hidden in yogurt is one of them!

Suzanne ,
Nothing is going to be 100% accurate, but I think a monitor that is programmed for you and measures your own heart rate is about as close as you’ll get without a laboratory.

JENNA ,
I really have no idea – you’ll just have to try it and see. I imagine it will be pretty liquidy though, since mine was with just over a half a cup PLUS yogurt.

Kath

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20 Sidi April 24, 2008 at 11:26 am

I need to read you. You already helped me so much in getting myself more organized… I am a production planner and when my job is over I don’t feel like starting planning again. You know what I mean, so reading you made me change the way of thinking about what to do best for me, cause men’s suits is not everything…

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21 Ally April 24, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I’m jealous of your morning, i’ve been stuck in school all day!

I love the way breakfast looks and it reminds me that I have been meaning to try wheatberry salad for a long time now!

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22 Seti April 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm

oh i love ur site..with all the yummi pics ^^

but i didn’t find the ” banana muffin” recipe, 2 or 3 pages before… :( they look so yummi…

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