Stick To The Roof

May 31, 2011

You know it’s a running day when it’s 9:30 and I haven’t posted yet!


I was up at 7 and ran a swift 4 miles. I run so much faster in the morning (probably due to an emptier stomach) than when I go mid-morning after a huge bowl of oats – even after a few hours of digestion.

Matt was eating a PB & Banana sandwich when I left and offered me a bite for fuel. Yum!

My run was fast and good. But I burnt myself out on mile 4. Miles 2 & 3 were sub-8:30 though! Finally getting my groove back.


Yesterday at Harris Teeter I picked up Oikos – a great love I haven’t bought as much in lieu of the less expensive Whole Foods Organic Plain non-Greek yogurt – and boy was it good! The Whole Foods is the most Greek-ish of the plain yogurts (I hate them when they’re gelled and watery and WF is thick) but nothing compares to Oikos.

I ALSO picked up Smucker’s Natural! I’ve been craving a good ole “peanuts + salt” peanut butter and Smucker’s Natural is an old favorite. Stick to the roof of your mouth good!


In the bowl:

  • 1 cup Oikos
  • ~8 pitted sliced cherries
  • Half banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • ~1/4 cup raw oats
  • ~2 tbsp Hemp Plus granola
  • Strawberry jam
  • Smuckers!


Iced coffee on the side. Yesterday I got a caffeine headache :( I’ve only been drinking small amounts in the morning and trying not to do consecutive days but I somehow got addicted again!!! Crazy! I imagine when the bakery opens and Matt is drinking coffee there that I won’t make a pot for one at home and might go without again. But while it’s here, I’m drinking it.


My rainbow cup was a former OpenSky product! It’s so fun to sip out of – check out the lip!


My co-boss is G-chatting me that I’m late for work. Gotta run bike!!

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1 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 31, 2011 at 8:38 am

Is your bike fixed?

And breakfast looks yumm-O.


2 Mary Frances May 31, 2011 at 8:43 am

OK, it’s official… there are big celebrities and network powers that be reading your blog. Now remember, the highest compliment is when someone copies you. The first time I saw something I thought, I just saw that on Kath’s blog; the second time I saw Gweneth Paltrow (love her) cooking your exact Cauliflower Crockpot Curry Chickpea recipe shortly after you had posted it; then just this morning the entire cast of the Today Show went on a wine blending excursion in Sonoma with very similar comments, etc. from your recent post of doing the exact same thing. You are a star that should get deserved credit.


3 Mary Frances May 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

Oh, and she really ‘talked up’ the smoked paprika similar to your previous comments.


4 KathEats May 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm
5 Natalia - a side of simple May 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

Stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth-peanut butter = my absolute FAVORITE. Good way to start off your day, for sure!


6 jojo November 3, 2011 at 12:35 am

I have to agree, peanut butter is one of my favorite thing to eat! PB + banana is one of my favorite snack, sprinkle of cinnamon adds special something!


7 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

Man, those co-bosses can be so demanding 😉 Glad to hear you feel like you’re getting your (running) groove back. Hhave a great Tuesday!


8 Cait's Plate May 31, 2011 at 8:48 am

YAY for getting your running groove back! :) I wish I liked bananas because a peanut butter banana sandwich sounds SO delicious.


9 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

Cherries are one seasonal fruit I haven’t purchased yet… I’m curious to combine them with nut butter now!


10 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

Great job getting out there and getting your run done! Sub 8:30 is super speedy!

I love Smucker’s Natural PB — especially with jam. That is the best!


11 Anastasia May 31, 2011 at 8:58 am

I love that hemp granola and I bet it’s super good with cherries and oats! Yum!


12 Paige @Running Around Normal May 31, 2011 at 8:58 am

Co-boss 😛 I love it!
Nice job on the run – it’s way too hot here at 7:00 today!


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 31, 2011 at 8:59 am

Yep– I’m definitely fastest when I run FIRST thing in the morning too– guess all that baggage builds up over the course of the day and slows you down!


14 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 31, 2011 at 9:01 am

Yummmm, now I want to chase pb on the roof of my mouth with iced cold coffee! Hehe


15 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 31, 2011 at 9:03 am

I’m not surprised that you need a little caffeine to get going, you two have been working so hard!

I am so torn about the early morning runs, I love them but it’s so hard to get up and out, even with the date snack! Hopefully I can get more used to them because it definitely frees up more time in the morning :)

Good luck with all of your work! :)


16 Ashley May 31, 2011 at 9:05 am

Hahaha…too funny about being late for work! 😉 I really want to get back into running again!!


17 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 31, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love your colorful cup!!! I don’t think I was following you yet on Opensky when that was up there.. ebcause I would have seriously considered getting one!

Great job on the run.. and to gettin your groove back!


18 Amanda May 31, 2011 at 9:11 am

while you’re getting it back, i’m struggling to get through my runs!


19 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 31, 2011 at 9:16 am

Ahhh – I *wish* I could run early in the morning – it’s so convenient! Alas, my legs feel like logs when I try and run before 11 or 12. I keep telling myself, maybe someday!


20 Khushboo May 31, 2011 at 9:17 am

Haha hilarious last line! I know what you mean ant the Smuckers craving. Despite all the fancy varieties available, sometimes only the good ol fashioned will do!


21 Melissa May 31, 2011 at 9:18 am

I LOVE running in the morning! I agree that not having a full stomach is key to good runs. Enjoy your Tuesday!


22 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 31, 2011 at 9:19 am

I love Smucker’s natural too (and it’s price!)
Nice job on the run!


23 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) May 31, 2011 at 9:19 am

I definitely prefer running right before breakfast because I hate having food in my system – cramps and slow moving, and like you said – even after digesting!


24 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan May 31, 2011 at 9:20 am

Now I’m craving peanut butter! A peanut butter and banana sandwich sounds good right now. I love your iced coffee mug!


25 carla May 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

Have you tried the Chobani brand of greek yogurt? It’s my favorite, and I find it to also be the least expensive in my supermarket (according to unit price). Although, it is all natural but not organic.


26 KathEats May 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I love Chobani, but it’s not organic so I don’t make it my top choice


27 Karen May 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

I covet that fun coffee cup…each time you feature it, I perk up hoping for an announcement re. its origin. (Hope the contents of today’s mug treat you well.)

Have a nice day, Kath!


28 kaila @ healthy helper! May 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

Love the PB and J oats!!!


29 Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

My favorite kind of PB is Adam’s natural. You do have to stir it up, but to me it’s worth it. Have a great day!


30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 31, 2011 at 9:38 am

That bowl looks heavenly! I love good ol fashioned pb & j flavors. I love natural no sugar added preserves. I love the chunks and that it’s not super artificially sweet. I hope you have a great day Kath!


31 SquatLikeALady May 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

I looove that traditional PB flavor every once in a while! There’s a brand “Kettle” out here that is really, really good 😀 SO thick and salty.


32 Maria May 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

My favorite greek yogurt is Fage! Ñam ñam


33 Hope May 31, 2011 at 9:42 am

Those oats look fabulous! I love the addition of the PB and Jelly!!! Perfect combo in my opinion :)


34 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

Harris Teeter = BLAST from the past. Lived in NC and SC in the early 2000’s and we used to shop at H.T. That, or Piggly Wiggly. Yes, that was the other grocery store we went to. Oh, the memories.

And nothing wrong with a lil Smuckers. Or Jif for me. They both make naturals varieties and I grew up on the un-natural variety and I lived :) And I kinda still love em. Shhh. But TJ’s Sunflower Seed Butter is my #1 :)


35 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

Smucker’s was the frist “natural” PB I never tried. *sniffle*

My “comfort” PB is still the old school (unnatural) JIFF. So bad, but so good. :)


36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

I love Oikos! I don’t think I can go back to plain yogurt. Any kind of Greek is good :)


37 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews May 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

Those cherries look so good in there! I just had some rainier cherries and those are great too.


38 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 31, 2011 at 10:19 am

I’d love to have a bowl that delicious for post-run fuel. Looks great! Love the cup, too. Super cute. :)


39 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

Caffeine will always such you right back in! So I just give in and don’t even consider ever quiting haha. But you probably have much better will power than me 😉


40 lynn @ the actor's diet May 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

i’m so curious about other grocery chains like harris teeter….


41 Susan (Oliepants) May 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

Okay I’m all about the sticking-to-the-roof peanut butter with a nice cold glass of milk.


42 Sarah May 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

I like running in the morning as well. Plus it is always cooler so I feel like I can go faster!

I have never eaten oats raw like that before. Looks good, think I will give it a try.


43 Sandy May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

I’m so sorry I can’t be there for opening weekend but I’m sure I will make a special trip sometime this fall. My son and daughter-in-law are going to be in town for their 5 year UVA reunion next weekend and I am counting on them to stop in. Hope they will introduce themselves as Veronica reads your blog too. My second son was accepted into the PhD program at UVA but he chose an offer from Notre Dame instead :( so I won’t be visiting Charlottesville regularly as I had hoped.

Good luck with your opening, everything is looking great.


44 KathEats May 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Hope to see you soon!


45 Kate @ NaturaStride May 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

So psyched that cherries are back in season! Definitely stopping on the way home and picking some up – thanks for the idea!


46 Emily @ Savory and Savage May 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

Grats on the great run. I love running in the early mornings.


47 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

Yum yum!! Congrats on the run this morning Kath! I haven’t heard of that Smuckers PB but I’m going to keep an eye out for it because it certainly sounds delicious!


48 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

I wish I could run first thing in the morning, but I get hunger pains if I don’t eat breakfast first! 😛


49 Meg May 31, 2011 at 11:33 am

Nice run! And I know you’re super stoked to be BIKING to work 😀

Enjoy your morning, Kath!!!


50 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

I run best in the morning too with jsut a little bit of fuel. Or mid morning does the trick – the afternoon runs are HARD!

I love salt + peanuts. While I love crazy PB flavors, sometimes I crave simplicity!


51 Jennifer May 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

Love the coffee cup! Have you ever tried Chobani greek yogurt? I love it! Good luck today. Only a couple of more days until you open. :)


52 KathEats May 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Yes, I love Chobani, but it’s not organic so it’s not the household staple


53 Kiran @ May 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

Oikos has the best yogurt texture for smoothies. Or a pretend ice-cream 😉


54 Lauren May 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

Oikos still remains my favorite of the plain greek yogurts. Great job on the run today! I bet it was hot even before 9am!


55 Alexa @ Simple Eats May 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I love stick to the roof of your mouth PB! So good with strawberry jam!


56 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn May 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I really could just eat granola for the rest of my life and be satisfied. Oikos is my faaaavorite Greek yog! Mainly because I’m from New Hampshire, so Stonyfield is in my roots:)


57 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I love Greek Yogurt, but have yet to try Oikos. After eating only Greek yogurt for the past year, I can’t go back to regular! The texture is SO different!


58 [email protected] May 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

that cup is soo adorable Kath~and I didn’t even know there was smucker’s pb until this past weekend. I was at a hotel in San Fran and they had it–I thought that was the best hotel breakfast especially b/c they thought of offering pb haha.


59 Abby May 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I need to get my hands on some cherries! :) I can’t wait until I see some of the Ranier variety around. Those are awesome!


60 Baking N Books May 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Is it the oats or all the extras you add that you think “weighs” you down in terms of digestion? Sometimes I wonder if that contributes to my sluggishness, etc.


61 Katherine May 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I can’t wait till I can take photos like you! On a different note, you are amazing for getting blogs up in the morning. I don’t have time till night lol


62 [email protected] May 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

another wonderful bowl of oats on Kath Eats….:-) looks awesome!


63 Molly @ RDexposed May 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I’m making myself crazy by not making more granola in the past month. I love putting it on everything!


64 Angel7 May 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm
65 Elisabeth May 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I LOVE Smucker’s PB! It’s definitely my favorite PB – all you can taste is good old peanuts & salt :)


66 Lindsay June 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

So excited for you guys! So cool that your open house was the same day as your anniversary! And this may sound silly. But does matt make his iced coffee sweet? with cream or milk? I would like to make some too?!


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