Split Brain

September 7, 2008

The hardest part of my week is always trying to decide if I want to exercise first or second on Saturdays and Sundays. My brain is always split 50/50. I had hoped to run first, eat second today, but “the urge” didn’t come to run when I got up (my surgery foot was sore from flip flops last night) so I decided to eat instead. I always prefer overall to exercise first, but it is nice on the weekends to have a break and feel lazy eating in my pajamas.

I woke up dreaming that I was shopping at a Whole Foods warehouse! There were rows of granola planks from all different decades, including tons of retired flavors, like peanut butter!! I was so mad when I woke up because I wanted to finish the dream, which was going to end in breakfast from the food court there that had yogurt and granola plank parfaits. So it was only logical that I had some granola plank at breakfast today!

I turned it into a banana split!


I put half a large banana on the bottom and topped it with the usual 1/3 cup prepared oats mixture (with kamut berries and flax), granola plank, PB + J.


I almost always prepare my oatmeal with banana IN it from the start. I’ve noticed the few times I’ve left the banana out that the oats cook totally different. The milk gets all foamy and it boils (and starts to burn on the bottom) MUCH quicker than with banana in it. Interesting food science!

I also had a 2/3 milk, 1/3 coffee. Would this be a Cafe au Lait?



I’ve got a ton to get accomplished today for the upcoming week, which includes:

  • a major Micro test (that I am totally unprepared for)
  • A Micro lab test too – both on Wednesday night.
  • a major meal plan assignment due for Foodservice (I gotta finish this today or I’m screwed)
  • 2 short papers and a set of questions for Nutrition in the Lifespan
  • Homework (20 questions) in Organic
  • A quiz in Organic on Friday
  • Organic lab prep
  • Organic written lab report
  • And all the usual textbook readings
  • Plus we have a benefit auction on Thursday night!


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1 Christie I. September 7, 2008 at 8:23 am

Yes, that would be a cafe au lait!

Your to do list is pretty big, to say the least! Good luck with getting all of your things done!


2 caroline September 7, 2008 at 8:23 am

Im reading this as I eat my boring ol’ cereal, and I’m totally food jealous! You always come up with the best combos:) Anyways, since the kamut berries obviously turned out, would you mind telling me how you prepared them? I have some that i want to use up but last time i tried to prepare them I was not too successful! Thanks a bunch !! Hope you have a great Sunday!!


3 VeggieGirl September 7, 2008 at 8:25 am

Mmm, Banana Split oats!

Wow, you definitely have a busy week ahead of you (I have a lot of schoolwork coming up as well :-( , in addition to extra dance practices :-) ). Good luck!!


4 Jessica September 7, 2008 at 8:30 am

That’s a hilarious dream – it takes a true granola lover to have that one :o)

Hope your list gets accomplished quickly and you can relax some too.

BTW, how do you like the kamut berries compared to spelt, rye, wheat?


5 Megan September 7, 2008 at 8:30 am

A Whole Foods warehouse! What a wonderful dream! Hope your busy week goes well!


6 Jenny September 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

Mmm love some banana oats. I’ve noticed the difference in the way they cook as well, so I started putting half my banana in while cooking, and the other half sliced on top, perfection.

And mais oui! C’est un cafe au lait! :)

Good luck with your to do list today!


7 Cyclist Kate September 7, 2008 at 9:02 am

I can’t believe that workload!!! I’m sure you’ll get it done and pass with flying colors, but still…

I also like to eat breakfast first sometimes for the laziness factor. Lets me make up for being out of the house at 6 on weekdays!

Have a lovely morning!


8 sarah September 7, 2008 at 9:10 am

oh man, is that all going to fit in one day? good luck with all that work! if anyone can time-manage it to fit, it is you!!


9 Shelby September 7, 2008 at 9:10 am

Now I want some Banana Split Oatmeal!! Yours looks fabulous =)


10 Kinder September 7, 2008 at 9:19 am

Your upcoming week sounds crazy. I am finally back to school this week, so I am right there with you!

That is how I have my coffee, only I call it a latte!

Enjoy your day!


11 Rose September 7, 2008 at 9:26 am

Wow… that is quite a busy day! Your oats look great, and that dream seriously cracked me up. You had planks on the brain at one point, that’s for sure :)


12 ttfn300 September 7, 2008 at 9:33 am

I had to smile at your dream :) It sounds familiar, maybe I’ve had that one, too!

Good luck getting all your stuff done!!


13 emmy September 7, 2008 at 9:41 am

Haha, that sounds like my to do list except I could get excited about those tasks while planning group seatings for rambunctious 8th graders is not exactly thrilling me! I’m taking a cue from your usual scheduling though and going to the gym NOW so that it does not get pushed back, back, back until tomorrow.


14 Toni J. September 7, 2008 at 9:48 am

Good luck getting it all done!!!


15 Tracy September 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

Kath, after reading your to do list, I have a hard time believing the HARDEST part of your week is deciding when to exercise on Sat/Sun!!!!!:)

Jenny, I always put have my banana in early and the other half a little later as chunks. I can never decide if I want the “whipped” effect or “marshmallows”!! So I have both!!!



16 Christie September 7, 2008 at 9:55 am

Ohh man I totally know how you feel that is why i def start my day with exercise to help relieve some of the tension and helpo me deal with the rest of the day. Hope you get through everything. I have taken a lot of those classes so let me kno if you need anything I can try to help!


17 Jo September 7, 2008 at 10:38 am

I’m a total coffee addict and know FAR too much about it! Cafe au lait is just French for a white coffee, i.e a coffee with milk – so if you ordered that in France you would get a normal filter coffee with a jug of milk. If you ordered un cafe, you would get an espresso. And if you want to be anal (excuse my French), a latte is 1/3 espresso and 2/3 heated milk. Apologies for the coffee lesson – I’m sure you all knew that anyway and now just think I’m annoying.


18 hk September 7, 2008 at 10:57 am

wow what a day!! love the “split” :) happy sunday!


19 polly September 7, 2008 at 10:59 am

your banana split was yummy looking!

I too, have a super busy packed week… we can do it! As long as we fuel well… go oats!


20 Elizabeth S. September 7, 2008 at 11:05 am

Cafe au Lait is 1/2 coffee, 1/2 milk. But close!


21 caitlin (see bride run) September 7, 2008 at 11:07 am

ewww organic sounds horrendous! good luck with the studying!


22 ModelBehavior September 7, 2008 at 11:32 am

hahaha, your dream made me laugh, don’t you love those completely random dreams, it’s like “where does my brain come up with this stuff!!!”



23 Laura September 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

I worked at Starbucks in college and we called the 1/2 brewed coffee, 1/2 steamed milk drinks a “misto,” same as a Cafe au Lait.

I just wanted to say that I am truly amazed by your organizational skills. Sounds like you have a busy week ahead!


24 Biz319 September 7, 2008 at 11:51 am

I am actually making the 30 minute drive to Whole Foods today to find wheatberries and buy more granola planks for me and my friend.

I love football season! My husband watches it all day and my daughter and I have the best Sundays together. . . she’s asked for taco soup so that’s on the plan for today!

Perfect fall day! Hope everyone has a good one!


25 madison (follow my weigh) September 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm

wow you do have a lot on your plate… good luck with everything!!


26 April September 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm


I’ve been looking for granola planks at Whole Foods, but haven’t been able to find them. Are they on the same aisle with the other bars, like Larabars, or somewhere else?



27 Grounded Fitness September 7, 2008 at 12:45 pm

and you still manage to blog three times a day.

With no drugs.

I wish I had your stamina.

Good Luck!



28 Ashley September 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Man, I hate not being able to finish dreams! It really made me want a fruit/granola parfait too :-)

I wasn’t in Self magazine, but I was on their website for the reader rave: http://www.self.com/livingwell/blogs/photos
(I’m the 3rd story down- “I believed I could do it”)
They got most things right, but added some things I wouldn’t say and made it sound like it was my boyfriend’s fault for me gaining the weight (at least that’s how he took it) which sort of reminds me of how they skewed your aunt’s comment. Either way, we both had success and are healthier now, so that’s good for me!


29 JOY September 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Hi Kath! Love your blog!

I am actually planning on doing the same thing, going back to school to be a registered dietician. My degree is in Television and I’ve been doing that for the past 5 years but it is definitely not my passion anymore. I can’t wait to be a registered dietician so I can help people and learn about my new passion! Are you working while you’re in school? My biggest challenge right now is making money while taking classes. I’m not sure how I’m going to do that. Looking back to when you started, do you have any advice? how did you pick the program you’re in?

Thanks Kath!


30 Erica September 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Good luck with your exams, and the rest of your to-do list! School always complicates things, huh?!

Take one thing at a time…you can do it!


31 Kath September 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm

caroline ,
Have you read the “A Wheatberry Lesson” page on the sidebar? Basically cooking berries is much easier than even rice. It’s more like pasta. Just cover them with water, bring to a boil and simmer until they are your desired consistency. I like them chewier, so I simmer for about 30-40 minutes. Some recommend soaking first, but I think they have a better texture without soaking (more chew).

Jessica ,
Like ’em just fine. They are a lighter color and a bit more oblong. The flavor is slightly different, but nothing I could even describe. All the berries just have a little different essence to them.

April ,
I wouldn’t know – we have no Whole Foods here. I have to order them from Honest-Foods.com.

Ashley ,
Awesome!! Your story sounded great to me :)

Email me ([email protected]) and I can forward you an email I send to readers who are researching RD programs.



32 caroline September 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Kath!

In my WH’s they are on the cereal aisle with the granola :) hope that helps!


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