Silence Is Golden

June 13, 2011

I have turned into quite the morning running!! I’m enjoying my 4 milers so much.

However I can honestly say it it were winter and dark and/or cold outside, I would NOT be doing them. Morning runs are definitely a summer thing for me! Midway through my music died, so it was just me and my lungs out for a jog. I managed to keep all 4 miles in the 8:30s, so I was breathing hard! I prefer music on my runs, but sometimes silence is golden.

Once home I decided it had been way too long since I’d had oats!


I made a fabbbbbulous bowl of Blackberry Cheesecake oats – complete with cottage cheese + graham cracker crust (actually a Carr’s cracker!)


This was a recipe I featured in O Magazine!


Blackberry Cheesecake Oats

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 small super ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup Organic Valley cottage cheese ( <—my favorite!) stirred in at end
  • 10 blackberries, stirred in at end
  • 1 Carr’s Whole Wheat Cracker, crumbled
  • Smucker’s PB
  • Coconut sprinkle

If you really want it to taste like cheesecake, mix some maple syrup or sugar with some whipped cream cheese (which I actually have but didn’t think to do!) and put it on top in place of the peanut butter!



All you NUT BUTTER LOVERS: Justin’s is back with 4 smashing flavors for $26 (<—how appropriate!). There are only about 200 available, and last time they sold out in a few hours, so check your inbox any minute!


Have a fabulous Monday!!

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1 Khushboo June 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

Nice job on the run! 4-milers have become my favorite distance too lately- long enough to feel like I’ve gotten in a good run but short enough so that I can maintain the momentum! I swear by Monday morning runs!


2 Stacy @ Every Little Thing June 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

I can get behind any breakfast with cheesecake in the title! And that’s a great deal for the nut butters. I absolutely adore that I can get single packets by them!


3 Miranda June 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

I’m gonna have to try the whipped cream cheese topper! Delicious!!


4 Cait's Plate June 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

Morning runs (before I got injured) used to be my absolute favorite. There’s nothing better than heading out when the whole day is still in front of you and everything is just still and quiet. It just starts the day off on the best foot (literally! ;) )!


5 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) June 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

I agree with khushboo – 4miles is almost the perfect distance :)
I’m definitely a morning runner too – I just don’t run well with a breakfast and a lunch in my belly! I don’t know how people do it sometimes :/


6 Molly @ RDexposed June 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

Now that I’m a big girl (read: not a college student or intern) I have decided to start doing morning runs before work. Today was day one. I love (always have) running when the world is calm and quiet-but with music blasting in my ears.


7 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

Yum, love your different version of cheesecake oats:-) Summer morning runs are wonderful, I need to do more running outside while I have the chance!


8 Natalia - a side of simple June 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

Nut butter love and a oats: a pretty good start to a Monday!


9 Lisa Fine June 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

Yum! That recipe looks delicious, and I love that your oatmeal was featured in O Magazine. So fun.

4 miles sounds like a great way to start the day. I have been meaning to get up and run 3 miles a few mornings a week, but need to force it. It hasn’t happened yet, mostly because I’ve been waking up really hungry.

Anyone have a solution to this?


10 KathEats June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

Eat something!?!? And drink too. Often my morning hunger is thirst. Try dates before your run.


11 Tessa @ Amazing Asset June 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

I love starting out with a great run! It is truly my favorite way to get the day going, and your elated good mood continues for the rest of the day.
I remember reading that recipe in O magazine, I will be sure to try this soon :)


12 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 13, 2011 at 8:02 am

I’m only bummed to see that choc hazelnut butter isn’t included — that is the best!


13 Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

What a great deal onthose nut butters! I may have to get them!

I lvoe morning runs also – but last week I went out too early. It was scary. I felt like someone could grab me off the street an no one would know because the streets were pretty deserted. No more5am runs. I will haev to wait til 6 at the earliest!!


14 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

That looks like way more than 1/3 cup of oats – very voluminous!


15 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

I so agree that silence while running is golden! So glad you’re enjoying your morning runs!

Hope you have a great day! :)


16 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

Sometimes the silence is great. Other times it makes me focus on how hard I”m breathing and makes me feel more tired than I think I actually am.


17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

Nice job on the run!! It’s amazing how workouts can be so dependent on music (well, if you’re used to listening, that is). Luckily my ipod has only died on me once mid-run and it was hard to keep my mind occupied with other things for the remainder since I was on the treadmill. Have a great day Kath!


18 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

I think I can only run without music for at most three miles. After that, I need some beats to get me moving!!

Check out that coconut dusting…!


19 Diana June 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

oh my o magazine,fabulous!! and where did you get that bowl ??? i love it! i do 2 miles a morning but on the treadmill. it feels so good to exercise:)
diana from oklahoma


20 KathEats June 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

It’s called a Buddha bowl – from OpenSky!


21 Hope June 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’ve never had cottage cheese in oats before. I’ve recently fell in love with cottage cheese. So I am curious to see what it tastes like in oats! Love the sprinkled coconut on top! :)


22 Nikki T June 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

Open Sky doesn’t ship to Canada, right?? :(
Boooo…cause either does Justin’s Nutbutter and I neeeeeed some Maple Almond and I’m almost out of Chocolate Hazelnut…


23 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee June 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

Mmmmm, cheesecake oats! I think I’ll try it with strawberries. I have trouble running with music because I’m in marching band so I can’t not step with the beat, and I lose my rhythm when the song changes :/


24 Nikki T June 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Just double checked…and no shipping to Canada…


25 Karen June 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

Oh, my favorite blue buddha bowl!

Love early summertime workouts too!

Can’t wait to hear re. your bakery shenanigans this week…


26 Ann @ Day by Day June 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

Wow awesome deal on the Justin’s. I hope I can get to it before they sell out, but I’m about to leave for yoga. I definitely agree about the morning runs. Whenever I can get in a work out in the morning, the whole day is brighter!


27 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

Thanks for the great nut butter deal!


28 Amy Pea June 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

Wow, Carr’s Whole Wheat crackers on oats…I did that very thing this Saturday! As my toppers, I used Peanut Flour to make peanut butter, crumbled up 2 Carr’s and then put a few vegan chocolate chips on top…was amazing. Those crackers are addicting!


29 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

4 miles is my favorite distance! Just long enough to feel hard, but short enough to not feel intimidating :)


30 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

Best thing about morning workouts is getting them done before the day has really even started. Loved that!


31 Elizabeth @ Eat Clean Fun June 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

Yay for the Open Sky promo! I can’t wait to purchase :)


32 Layla @ fitness food laughter June 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

Blueberry cheesecake oats looks yummy!


33 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

Blackberries are so good right now – I got the biggest ones I’ve ever seen at the farmer’s market this weekend! This morning I rolled with zucchini oats. Sounds weird, but you HAVE to try it. It’s like zucchini bread!

Plus, green oats are cool. :)


34 Morgan June 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

Summer runs are THE BEST! While I don’t know how to send the image, I had to let you know that I just saw your ad on Weather!


35 Lauren June 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

I don’t run often ( more of a biker) but I love the silence while I bike! Maybe it’s different when you run :)


36 victoria June 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

That oatmeal looks delicious! Must try it. Also wanted to commend you on keeping up with frequent posts despite your busy schedule! Your blog is such a sanity-saver when the bus is late!


37 lynn @ the actor's diet June 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

those whole wheat crackers are calling my name. i usually only eat them at parties!


38 Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

yes I love working out outdoors in the summer, especially in the morning … don’t you find that the air smells so good in the morning :)


39 Ashley June 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

Cream cheese in oats?? Oh good heavens…I have that in the fridge right now too! A few people suggested ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese for the cheesecake oats, which sounds insanely delicious as well! I’ve been craving a run lately, but really need to start working at it slowly with the vibrams again! Have a great week!


40 Marissa June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

I did that whipped cream cheese frosting thing a couple weeks ago on top of some peachy oats. Yumm, peaches ‘n cream!


41 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

4 miles is definitely one of my favorite lengths. That, or 6. They’re quick and the perfect amount the get that runner’s high!


42 Kristen June 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

This is totally off topic, but I was in Clackamas Oregon this weekend and we visited a Great Harvest for the first time! I have fallen head of heels for the Dakota bread! I was so impressed with everthing that I have started looking into the buisness more. I now see why you guys are so passionate about what you do.


43 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

so true, running in the a.m. is for the SUmmer!!


44 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

What a yummy breakfast! What you ever changed up the berries?


45 Summer @ Well-rounded Hippie June 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Congrats on your contributions. Very exciting!


46 Paula June 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Your nut butters always look so nice on top of the oatmeal creasions. Do you heat the peanut butter or other nut butter before putting on your oatmeal? Sometimes my nut butter just lands like a big lump in the center (but still just as tasty of course)!


47 KathEats June 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Nope! they just kind of melt in!


48 Angel7 June 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Being that we have never tried almond butter before in our household, and I read about how good for you and yummy it is, I had to get some. I just bought our first jar of almond butter the other day, and it is so good!


49 Amanda @ THere Are Two Sides June 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I ordered 2, I LOVE me some Justin’s Nut Butter!!!


50 Ashley June 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Silence is Golden…my favorite Garbage song!


51 KaraHadley June 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’ve only run once without music, but I always bike in silence. It’s pretty nice (and much safer!)


52 Katie June 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I love your bowl! Do you know where you bought it from? x


53 KathEats June 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

It’s a Buddha BOwl and I got it through OpenSky a while back. You can get them from the website too.


54 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Running outdoors is definitely a summer thing for me too. I miss it so much during our super long winters!


55 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

LOVE these photos!!


56 Hannah June 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I still sometimes wish you and Matt had opened an oatmeal restaurant instead of a bakery :P


57 s June 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

woo i so pounced on that opensky deal. (i was out from last time’s.) haha so exciting!


58 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love all your dishes… it’s something I notice in every post! And I’m jealous of your motivation to get running so early. Morning runs are something I gave up on a looong time go :P


59 Célèste June 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

Mmmmm… I love Justin’s nut butters. I had his chocolate hazelnut on an apple yesterday and it’s spread on a slice of multigrain toast in my brown bag for lunch today! :)


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