Snow Falling On Oatmeal

January 16, 2009

Apparently were are experiencing the coldest temperature we’ve seen in North Carolina in four years!!


I added a scarf and ski jacket to my gym travel apparel, and all was fine. I can’t believe in the summertime I go to the gym in a tank top and shorts!! I had a great workout this morning and focused on my upper body because my lower is still a little sore from Wednesday’s class. I did the elliptical with arms (which is what I always do, but just pointing out that I used my arms more and used a lower resistance) for 45 minutes and some upper body lifting: biceps, shoulders, deltoids with free weights, push-ups, triceps and more biceps with cables.

I’m wearing a huge white turtleneck cable sweater with my Target Uggs to keep warm. I was actually quite hot after I got out of the shower!

Oatmeal Blizzard

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Today’s Mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats (out of wheatberries!), 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, small banana, pinch salt, Mexican vanilla (just a different kind we have)
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • A few butterscotch pieces, nestled down in the oats
  • Chopped sugared peanuts
  • Spoonful Smucker’s Natural

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Coconut Chai Tea with milk

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I’ve had to eat + blog at the same time (on my laptop), which I hate doing, because I’m running late! My class on Fridays starts at 9 so that bumps everything back. Grrr!

You probably noticed the changes in the pages above – I’m reorganizing! I’m hoping to have the Real Food Page organized by recipe category (and am trying to get ride of the subpages) so it will be easier to find things. Bear with me as I have the time to make progress!

See you for lunch!

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1 Allison K January 16, 2009 at 8:29 am

Mexican Vanilla is the BEST!


2 Faye January 16, 2009 at 8:29 am

It’s just as cold here in NYC! I love to work out in the morning because it warms my body up and when I leave the house for the train, I’m still nice and toasty from my workout and shower. Have a good day and stay warm!


3 Beadie January 16, 2009 at 8:37 am

Brrrr….We are having record temps here in VA as well. Stay warm!


4 Mara January 16, 2009 at 8:42 am

It’s -18 here… i’d take 12* over -18 any day! Those oats are gorgeous, and I love love love the cool bowl!


5 JENNA January 16, 2009 at 8:45 am

Your oats look so warm!

I’ve never had Mexican vanilla…is it different from regular pure vanilla?


6 caitlin (see bride run) January 16, 2009 at 8:46 am

hey kath! im back in blogging action after the honeymoon and i wanted to say HELLO! stay warm on this chilly day – i admire your gym work. when i lived up north, the cold always did me in!


7 Aimee January 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

It is -6 degrees here in pittsburgh, with -20 degrees windchill. I wish work was closed just like the 350 some schools that closed today:)


8 Lee January 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

We southerners are not used to this cold! It was 14 in Atlanta this boring. Brrrrr.


9 Lee January 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

Hahaha, I just realized that I typed “this boring”. I mean morning.


10 ashley (sweet & natural) January 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

It’s freezing here in NY too! The high is only going to be in the teens. Brrrrrr.


11 VeggieGirl January 16, 2009 at 8:59 am



12 rhodeygirl January 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

all of your meals of the last 3 days sound amaazzzzing to me. seriously!

I also love roasted root veggies but they are too hard for me to portion out!


13 Rose January 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

Oh! I love the Oatmeal Blizzard concept – looks just like a blizzard!

Hope you keep warm today! I am starting to get nervous about my Inauguration plans – and being out in the cold that long!


14 Krista January 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

I have recently started reading your sight and it has become one of my daily websites. I also gained weight in college topping out at 152.6. I started weight watchers in August 2008. It has been a really slow process but I am learning how to eat for life no just a DIE-t. I am excited to try your different oatmeal variances. Try to stay warm where you are in NC. I am in Cary, NC so I know how you feel :) Thanks for such an awesome website!


15 Sarah W. January 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

Its way cold here too!!!

Target Uggs = Fuggs as my cousins like to refer to non-authentic “uggs” hahaha.

Fake uggs = Fuggs :) love those boots!!! sooo comfy. esp on really cold days!!


16 Betsy in Pgh January 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

I’m with you Aimee – Pittsburgh is not pleasant today.


17 Hellena January 16, 2009 at 9:14 am

Love the blizzard, it’s good to be warm on the inside when it’s cold outside :) And it is totally cold over here too (Sweden).
The folks at simply stated had some thoguhts on oatmeal this morning – I thought it was interesting:


18 Nicole January 16, 2009 at 9:15 am

I’m loving the seasonal, snowy looking oats. Perfect on this chilly day.

Stay warm!


19 Shelby January 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

Oh my gosh Kath! Your oat combinations just keep getting better and better!!!


20 Audrey January 16, 2009 at 9:22 am

It’s negative 20 here! I would love your tropical 12! hehe.


21 Katie January 16, 2009 at 9:26 am

Oh, this is making me so sad! I brought tea and oatmeal for breakfast this morning and left it in the car! The wind chill is nine below… TOTALLY not worth it. I’d rather go hungry. haha.


22 zestycook January 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

It is -37 degrees here Kath, my head is freezing… nice oatmeal!


23 brandi January 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

I have got to try coconut on my oatmeal soon – it looks so good!

Stay warm in the cold today – it’s only supposed to be in the teens here in VA! And only 4 tonight – bah!


24 Hilary January 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

I know can you believe this cold?? It’s supposed to be 9 degrees here in Raleigh tonight! eek!


25 Tiffany January 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

It’s negative 15 in Indiana!! I was in Baltimore on Monday and with a 30 degree temp it felt like paradise :)


26 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

What a lovely winter wonderland of oatmeal. 9 degrees in Nashville. Brrrr!


27 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

I’ve been snowstorm oating all week, too. Coconut is so versatile because it looks like snow but reminds you of tropical vacations!


28 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

Lovely oats and tea and I can just picture you in your snowy white sweater and uggs. Beautiful! Have a great morning!


29 Steph January 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

awh ‘Oatmeal Blizzard’ – cute name


30 Katelyn January 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

I love the snow on your oatmeal! V. cute! Stay warm (that pretty much goes to everyone out there, too).


31 Marissa January 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

Cute spoon!!


32 Mel January 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

Love the snowy oats! Stay warm, it’s cold everywhere!!!


33 Diana January 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

it’s -28 here in ottawa, ontario! i probably shouldn’t complain after reading the comment from zesty!!!


34 haya (living and learning) January 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

did you still bike to the gym? because that would be awesome!! you are a champ.
i wish i could keep up with winter biking but in addition to the cold and wind (it’s been -20ΒΊF and below this week), the snowpiles have taken over any semblance of a bike lane and the sidewalks are too snowy/icy to think about riding on.


35 Heather January 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

Yikes- that IS cold! Stay warm today (love the Uggs!).


36 K January 16, 2009 at 11:31 am

Can’t wait to see the new and improved recipe section! Brr! Stay warm :)


37 KatieTX January 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

The artic missed was in the 20s last night, but we get to warm up to the 40s today..I guess I am not too jealous of the cold temps!


38 Katie January 16, 2009 at 11:45 am

I hate rushed mornings, too. It’s 12 degrees in Ohio today, too. NEGATIVE 12 degrees! lol

Your blog was recommended to me by a friend on Monday and I’ve been reading all week. Love it! Keep up the fantastic work.


39 kwaze January 16, 2009 at 11:52 am

Yum…yum and yum! I love seeing your different oat concoctions everyday! Kath…what type of coconut do you use…and also……when you say “1/2 cup oats”…is that dry or cooked? Thanks and have a great time in the Charm City!


40 Fancy January 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

Hi Kath!
What’s RDU?


41 Elle January 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Hi Kath! Today’s oatmeal looks even more delicious than usual. You know I’m a tried and true fan, but it bears repeating that I get so many great product ideas from you. I’m now COMPLETELY addicted to vanilla bean PASTE and I just placed by first Barney Butter order. Stop getting me addicted to expensive, amazing foods! πŸ˜‰ Just kidding, I don’t know how I ever ate oatmeal without vanilla bean paste.


42 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Love your oats today! They really match the snow on the ground! So cold in NY! I can’t wait for summer!


43 Sharon January 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hang in there with the cold weather!


44 Carrie H January 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm

This is so strange! It is about 40* here in Wyoming, where we normally get the cold you guys are talking about! I’d like to enjoy the nice weather, but I’m worried about what the weather shifts mean for our environment … :-S


45 Marianne January 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I think I live in the only part of North American not in the deep freeze!

Yummy looking oats.


46 Jasmine January 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

thats such an interesting looking bowl, that coconut sounds delish on oatmeal – never thought about that before. I can’t believe its only 12* in NC, its about 19* here in DC..stay warm!


47 daphna January 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Looks great! Where you get your butterscotch chips? My local grocery store had them, but the second or third ingredient was partially-hydrogenated oil.


48 kathleen January 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Uh-oh. Today it is 53 and sunny in Denver. I left the midwest in August and I have not missed the weather since. Try and stay warm!


49 Marisa January 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm

brrr.. hating this cold weather! Your oats look so good I can almost taste them! mmm…


50 Anna January 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Do you still bike to the gym when it’s that cold?


51 Kath January 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

It’s just a different style of vanilla. I love it.

caitlin (see bride run),
Welcome home!! I loved going with you on your honeymoon :)

Hellena ,
Cool! I left a comment!

Krista + Katie ,

haya (living and learning) + anna,
I did not bike because it was dark, but I would have if the sun had been up!

Elle ,
Sorry!!!! I loved the vanilla bean paste too, but we used all of ours so I’m taking a break :(

kwaze ,
Always, always dry measurements. I’d say “1/2 cup cooked XXX” of it was cooked.

Fancy ,
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina!

daphna ,
Mine have partially hydrogenated too :( I didn’t realize it until after I bought them – doh! But for something that I eat a tsp at a time, I’m not too worried. Trans-fats are mostly dangerous when served by the slice 😳 (And even then if you eat around them 99% of the time, they probably don’t do a think to your body, but still good to avoid most of the time).



52 jenny January 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

i have a question. . . for the yogadownloads, how do they bill you for the free classes?do they send a mail to your house, even if it is free?


53 Kath January 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm

jenny ,
There’s no bill for the free ones – it’s just procedure to check out.



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