Swept Away

June 30, 2009

Turns out the Sweeper Vac is just what I was looking for!!! A lightweight, cordless crumb machine! I’m excited :)

Today I actually woke up cold with the fans blowing on me, so it was a good day for a bowl of oatmeal.

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I made a caramelized peach + walnut topping

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The Mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • Pinch salt, splash vanilla
  • ~1 tbsp dried raspberries
  • Tbsp flax
  • 1 chopped peach
  • ~1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • Pinch brown sugar
  • Sprinkle coconut
  • Tbsp Artisana walnut butter 

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+ tea

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My friends at Lipton sent over the research reports in their quarterly lit. review:

  1. Individuals consuming three or more cups of tea each day could lower the risk of ischaemic stroke by 21 per cent. These findings relate to black and green tea but not herbal teas or infusions. It is too early to single out a particular constituent of tea – such as theanine, flavonoids or catechins – as causal.
  2. A study conducted by scientists at the Lipton Institute of Tea in the Netherlands investigated the mechanism of action underpinning the cholesterol lowering effects of black tea theaflavins which had previously been poorly understood. These results show that black tea theaflavins can reduce the uptake of cholesterol into micelles in vitro. A typical cup of black tea contains on average ~15-25 milligrams of theaflavins (~75-125 mg/L).
  3. Drinking three cups of tea per day can cut the risk of breast cancer in women under 50 by more than a third. The authors reported an inverse association between tea consumption and breast cancer risk in younger women (defined as those aged under 50). Those reporting three or more cups of tea per day five years prior to the interview had a 37 per cent reduced breast cancer risk when compared with women reporting no tea consumption.
  4. A recent US study by Kevin Maki from the Provident Clinical Research in Bloomington, Indiana examined the effects of green tea consumption and fat loss. After 12 weeks, there was a significant change in total abdominal fat mass and  subcutaneous abdominal fat mass in the green tea group compared with the control group. This was accompanied by a significant decline in the markers of fat in the blood, compared with the control group. The researchers also observed a trend towards greater weight loss in the catechin group.
  5. A research team from the University of Oxford, in the UK, and the University of Oslo, in Norway, have recently reported that a combination of wine, chocolate and tea – all in moderate amounts – enhances cognitive performance in the elderly.

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I’m planning to work on the computer for a while and then do some yoga. I’ve really been slacking in yoga frequency and want to get back into it.

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1 Help Meghan Run June 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

Cool info on tea! I should start drinking it more. And I’m with you on the yoga thing, I’ve been slacking a little, too. But it’s good to just go with the “flow.” 😉



2 Ada June 30, 2009 at 8:09 am

Carmelizing the peaches with the walnuts is such a great idea! I loved your dress last night, by the way :)


3 Amanda (My Summerizations) June 30, 2009 at 8:28 am

wow! so basically tea=very good for health. i should drink more of it, but it’s difficult for me to want hot tea in the summer, you know?


4 Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) June 30, 2009 at 8:28 am

holy yummola on the breakfast! caramelized peaches? yes please!

yeah for yoga – have a fabulous day dear!


5 Meghan@traveleatlove June 30, 2009 at 8:30 am

Gives me even more reason to drink tea on this cool and cloudy day!


6 ashley @ mom of 3 gets healthy June 30, 2009 at 8:31 am

would that work with an apple as well? how exactly did you do it? warm gooey apples are my favorite but i dont know how make them without a tone of butter. :o(


7 Rachel (Rachel's Work Bites) June 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

THat looks like one of your best oatmeal meals yet! I’ve been trying to drink one cup of tea with my meals!


8 Stacey June 30, 2009 at 8:38 am

good idea with the peaches, I would’ve never of thought of something like that! Have fun doing some yoga :)


9 Cara June 30, 2009 at 8:38 am

I just grabbed a cup of green tea after reading this. Thanks for the info!


10 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) June 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

oh wow, caramelized peaches and brown sugar sound amazing. almost like a fruit crisp for breakfast! i have a swiffer sweeper vac and it works pretty well, unfortunately it no longer charges in the electrical outlet :-( maybe i need a new battery….


11 missi June 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

That oatmeal looks delicious! May I ask where you bought that bowl? It looks like the perfect oatmeal trough!


12 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

Great oatmeal topping!

Thanks for the tea info!


13 Katharina June 30, 2009 at 8:49 am

Great minds think a like! I caramelized some peaches for my granola yesterday. I tried the Zoes granola that you’ve had on your blog before. I love how it wasn’t too sweet!!! Less is better because you can always add more if you want.


14 jen June 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

thanks so much for all of the info, i am currently drinking a cup of green tea right now! i’m curious as to your take on the importance of organic tea versus regular lipton (or the standard tea that my office has in the k-cup coffee and tea machine). are teas that are harvested and packaged in bulk in any way more processed/offer fewer health benefits? some of the more expensive teas at whole foods often look or are packaged to appear more natural and healthier, but i’m wondering if that’s really the case. thanks!


15 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

Holy peaches that looks AMAZING!!! YUMMMM.

Have a great day…hope you get your yoga in =)


16 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write June 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

The thing about studies (and perhaps this is me being cynical) is that somebody else always seems to do a second study that counters everything said in the first. Oh well. Enjoy what you love in moderation and you’re cool.

I like your K cup!


17 Recipes for Creativity June 30, 2009 at 9:04 am

You are so fancy, I wish you’d come make that for me! Actually, now I just want some oatmeal, and I haven’t been eating it because it’s been too hot. It looks good, though!


18 Blooming Orchid June 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

The oatmeal and carmelized peaches look amazing. My mouth was totally watering after reading the post. Dang! Can you whip some of that up for me sometime?

Thanks for the information about the tea. I read some similary studies, so I’ve been working to increase my tea consumption to two 22 ounce cups everyday. The only drawback is, I’m not measuring the honey I douse each cup with. That’s probably a few extra calories I can live without, but I tell myself the honey is good for my sinuses and allergies. :o)

Enjoy your yoga. You deserve it!


19 Emily June 30, 2009 at 9:09 am

In the summer, I’ve been making herbal iced tea. Do you think by cooling it down, it loses any of it’s many benefits?

I too want to get back to yoga. I was in the best shape of my life last summer and I really think yoga was the reason.

Have a great day Kath! :)


20 katherine June 30, 2009 at 9:12 am

your oatmeal toppings sound absolutely divine today! mmm peaches and walnuts and double mmmm for carmelizing the whole lot! :)


21 Aaron @ CrossBorderCravings June 30, 2009 at 9:14 am

Great info on tea! I REALLY should drink more of it! 😛


22 Kodi June 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

Looks like I have a great reason to start another fun habit!! Ummm, that nut butter looks amazing!!


23 brandi June 30, 2009 at 9:18 am

I’ve been wondering about that sweeper vac.

nice oatmeal topping! I love fresh summer peaches + walnuts together.

the indian meal last night looked awesome! Do you remember where you got your dress from?


24 Sara June 30, 2009 at 9:24 am

Yum, those caramelized peaches look great. I’m going to have to try that. :)


25 jess June 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

Kath, thanks for the statistic on tea & breast cancer. My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer, so it hits home with me. I drink at least 3 cups a night at work, so it’s good to know I’m doing something good for my body. (I drink Lipton’s green tea with jasmine, orange and passionfruit without any sweetener – I love it!)


26 Shannon (The Daily Balance) June 30, 2009 at 9:29 am

The carmelized peaches look amazing! What a good idea 😉


27 ellie June 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

those oats look great!

I drink a lot of tea (when in britain…:P ) glad to know it’s so good for me :) (I’ll ignore my diet soda addiction for now…)


28 leslie June 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

caramelized peaches and walnuts? trying this tomorrow!

interesting research about tea. i’ve been a tea lover for a long time, but i never give too much thought to its benefits. isn’t it nice when something you enjoy so much does you good as well?


29 Traci June 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

Great info on the tea. I love all kinds of teas but also have a big weakness for my tall Starbucks non-fat lattes! One a day…a habit I just can’t break. Trying my first Bikram Yogan class this Friday.


30 Christina June 30, 2009 at 9:50 am

Thanks for the facts. I’ve been drinking more tea than usual lately – I guess that’s a good thing!


31 Anne K. June 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

That oatmeal topping looks fabulous! I love the idea of caramelized peaches. Yum!


32 Kailey (SnackFace) June 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

What! Caramelized peaches and walnut topping? Kath, you’re brills. How do you do it? Gahhh! Okay, love that I’ve been drinking more and more tea this summer now that I’ve read that info. Have a fabby afternoon!


33 Marcia June 30, 2009 at 10:13 am

That’s interesting! I drink 2 cups of tea per day, not three. Probably still helping!


34 Cait (Cait's Plate) June 30, 2009 at 11:10 am

YUM! That walnut butter looks A-MAZING!


35 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

That bowl is so pretty, and I love that peach idea.


36 Lynette June 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

If wine, chocolate and tea is what will keep me from getting senile – consume it I must! Wow – I loved reading all that information, it was interesting to me because being from the South I have always been a tea drinker. (Of course it was sweet tea.) I have tried it now using agave nectar and it’s not bad.


37 Jess June 30, 2009 at 11:30 am

Do you know if chamomile tea is considered herbal? I think that’s the main component in my “bedtime” tea.


38 Susan June 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

Oooh, carmelized peaches in oatmeal sounds dreamy! Thanks for the idea! :)


39 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) June 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Ooooooh, like peach cobbler oatmeal. Lovely!



40 Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Good to hear your sweeper vacuum was everything you’ve been hoping for!!!


41 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm

What a great mixture to get back into the oatmeal breakfasts. I LOVE that Artisana walnut butter. SOOO yummy!

Hope you enjoy yoga today! It’s nice to finally have a little down time to do a session or two. :)


42 Kath June 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm

ashley @ mom of 3 gets healthy ,
I bet an apple would be great. I just put it in the pan with some cooking spray and the pinch of sugar. let it cook for about 5 minutes on medium.

missi ,

jen ,
Good question. I’m sure there is a slight difference, but many of these studies are probably done with inexpensive, non-organic teas and still see results. The components of teas that are providing the benefit – likely the ECGC in green, theaflavins, Flavanols, anthocyanins, and Catechins, etc (yes, I had to go look those up!) seem to be present in all kinds of tea.

Emily ,
My guess would be that iced tea is just as good, but I really don’t know the answer to that.

brandi ,
It’s from Macy’s.

Jess ,
Yes, chamomile is herbal. I think herbal teas have their own host of benefits – they just don’t see to be AS protective as the tea plant.



43 Adventures of Alice June 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Your breakfast looks amazing! I wish we could get good peaches in Scotland…nothing beats a good Georgia (or Southern) peach!
Thanks for the tea info! My cousin recently sent me this BBC article, it’s from 2006, but says good things about tea as well http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5281046.stm


44 Faith June 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

These oats look incredible…they look just like peach cobbler. I posted an oats recipe today and I included a link to your site because of all the amazing oatmeal inspiration I get from you!


45 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? July 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for the info on tea, that is really amazing! I usually only have 1 black tea during the day and the rest herbal but I might try to fit in another black.


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