Thank The Chias

December 8, 2011

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This bowl of oatmeal was soft and fluffy like a huge soft robe. Thank the chia seeds and ripe banana for that one! Whenever Matt is around this is how oatmeal turns out (even if he’s in the shower while I’m making it). Today he was – he slept in a bit and just biked down to the bakery. It’s always fun to wake up together!

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The Mix
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp dried cherries
  • Hail Merry Grawnola [The Orange Cranberry is my favorite]
  • Sunflower butter

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Birthday Tea mixed with Golden Moon Vanilla Mint – a fabulous combo!

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SUN is out. Woot.

Have a great one!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat December 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

That’s the first thing I thought of this morning when I woke up–SUN!!!! Your tea looks like hot chocolate :). My mind is still on those Chocolate Ohs!

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2 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

Ripe bananas … good use. I love to use them for banana nut bread. Never a wasted ripe banana ;)

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3 Roxanne December 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

Always put mine in the freezer, I think about a year ago, I had 18! I made a lot of banana breads with them to use them all up because I needed freezer space! HAHA, I tend to put them in there when fruit flies come a “knockin at my door”!

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4 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

Great minds! What a wonderful feeling to see the sun as we drove to work.

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5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

Fluffy oats sound perfect on a day like today – it is SO cold! Chia makes everything more delicious. :)

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6 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

Our oatmeal bowls are very similar this morning! I’m all about the soft and fluffy! :)

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7 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

so yummy. i’ve just started adding chias to oatmeal… a good decision for sure! mmmm i love a big cozy robe on a cold morning.

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8 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

Oooo those oats do look perfect! Mine did not go well today at all even though they ended up tasting well in the end…

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’ve got to investigate this Golden Moon Vanilla Mint stuff – I love both flavours! Lately I’ve been adding mint extract to my hot chocolates and can’t get enough of them. Happy Thursday Kath!

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10 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

Oatmeal perfection. Who knew 10 years ago chia seeds would become a staple in our diet? Love them!

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11 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

My run was so much more enjoyable this morning with the sun shining down on me! Bananas and oatmeal are the perfect marriage in my opinion…breakfast looks delish!

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12 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

Sun is out, but there is SNOW on the ground here. I’m hoping it melts by the afternoon! I had oats with an underripe banana this morning and they were gross. Hate when I do that. Have a great, sunny day :)

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13 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

SNOW! How fun!

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14 Katie December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

The produce man the other day was commenting about how any people have bananas in their carts. I had about a dozen, if we don’t eat them as is they are great in oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods. Orange cranberry granola is yummy. I use chia seeds everyday in my oats. Kath have you ever heard of or used Linwoods product? I have been using a ground flax, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds & goji berries one and bought 2 others that I haven’t opened yet, one with cocoa.

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15 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

I haven’t heard of those, no

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16 Katie December 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

One of the others is ground flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts & co-enzyme Q10 with health benefits listed of omega 3, fiber, iron, zinc, and vitamin B1 and the other is ground flaxseed, cocoa, strawberries & blueberries with health benefits listed of omega 3, fiber, iron, zinc, vitamin B1, magnesium, and selenium. They give lots of ideas of what to add them to for each meal. So far I’ve used them in oatmeal, banana bread, fruit and yogurt bowls/smoothies, and salads.

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17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

What a great start to a SUNNY day! :)

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18 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

You have sun?! We have….snow.

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19 Khushboo December 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

Chias and ripe bananas are my oatmeal essentials- guaranteed perfection!

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20 Anna December 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

The sun is so exciting! This is the kind of winter I love :)
My oats were extra fluffy this morning even without banana and chia… I think it’s the generic rolled oats from Safeway- they’re perhaps rolled more? Which is sad, because I like to buy the bulk organic oats from Whole Foods, but the oatmeal they make just isn’t as soft… I guess I’ll have to turn to chia seeds and banana for that!

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21 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

Haven’t shared a bowl of oatmeal w my hubby in a year!

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22 Angel7 December 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

The sun is out here, too–YAY!!! We need all the vitamin d from the sun when we can get it during the dreary winter months.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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23 Roxanne December 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am having a hard time cooking steel cut oats, they’re still hard afterwards. Any suggestions? I cook normal oatmeal soft….. I do follow the instructions, stove top and microwave. Didn’t try it in the oven yet!

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24 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 10:25 am

This is why I don’t like steel cut oats! I really don’t have much experience cooking them…but Carrots n Cake did this week

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25 Roxanne December 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

Thanks for the tip, went to her website and found Erin’s idea, will try it tomorrow!

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26 Kim December 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

If you have a crock-pot I would recommend cooking them overnight in one. I make a weekly batch in mine and they come out perfect.. and they’re not too bad reheated either.

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27 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

Yay for a sunny day! Love the bowl you used this morning! I realized this morning that I am almost out of oatmeal! I need to get to the store.

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28 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

I love chia seeds in my oats! Amps up the volume!

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29 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Birthday tea? Sounds like a good way to start the day!

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30 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

I’m so glad the sun is out!! It’s a beautiful day in Washington, DC!

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31 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

Those oats do look really fluffy! Fluffy oats are the best kind in my opinion! :) It’s a beautiful sunny day today!

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32 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

I have to repeat it too- HOORAY for the sun! It’s amazing how my mood did a complete 180 between yesterday and today. And it’s supposed to stick around all week! YES.
(though I have to say- the students were quite upset that we didn’t get that snow that was expected. I wasn’t upset in the least- plenty of time for snow later!)

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33 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach December 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

mmm. I could have killed for a bowl of oats like that this morning. Instead I rushed out the door with a larabar for breakfast (boo). I know you love sunflower butter. Have you heard of Sunsational? It’s a new nondairy milk made from sunflower seeds. I LOVE IT! I’m doing a giveaway and have extra if you want to try it. LMK.

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34 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

Sounds cool!! I’ll keep my eye out for it

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35 Marissa @ Apples of My Eye December 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

hahaha wait the analogy between oatmeal and a huge soft road is slightly ridiculous – love it. looks perfect on a chilly morning :)

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36 Marissa @ Apples of My Eye December 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

*robe – … wow.. typo? or maybe it’s cause I’m staring at a road from inside the coffee shop I’m at.. freudian slip?

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37 Carrie H December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Mmm, I haven’t had a great bowl of oatmeal in awhile. I’ve been on a smoothie-for-breakfast kick, even with snow on the ground. May have to change that.

Kath, I read this today and of course thought of you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/07/143304131/superfood-kale-in-the-limelight. Had you heard of this, either? http://www.npr.org/2011/12/06/143195033/chicken-vs-kale-vt-artist-fights-chick-fil-a-suit (If you’ve already discussed it and I missed it, sorry!)

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38 Carrie H December 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

(I have to add — the last reference in the blog is about sukuma wiki, the Kenyan kale staple. I think you had it when you went to Kenya, and so did I when I visited my Peace Corps volunteer sister there in August!)

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39 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Oh cool, I will check these out. And yes – I had forgotten about sukama wiki!!!

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40 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

soft and fluffy like a huge soft robe = that sounds lovely!

glad the sun is out…Enjoy!

It’s rainy here today but it’s like 88F so no complaints :)

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41 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Boo rain in paradise

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42 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

The sun is out today here too! Woot. Love oats.

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43 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I slept in a bit today so I got to wake up to a non dark sky. It was wonderful! Fluffy oats are the best :)

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44 Molly December 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I just ate the best repurposed roasted veggies over regular salad fixings lunch, thanks to your inspiration! Never thought of putting leftovers on a cold salad like that but the roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli over broccoli was so healthy and hearty. Thanks for the idea!!

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45 Molly December 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

haha ** roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli over salad, rather

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46 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Yay for fluffy oats & yay for sunshine! Enjoy! =)

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47 Heather H December 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Your oatmeal looks so yummy and full of awesome toppings. I have to add more fun stuff to mine!

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48 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I’m telling you~you make everything look delicious, always! :D Although I do love cloudy weather, I can see how it’d be hard to never see the sunlight. We need the viiiitamin!!

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49 Emmy (WIne and Butter) December 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hi Kath! Oh you always make me crave oatmeal.. I just have a problem keeping bananas in the house long enough to let them ripen properly – I always get too impatient and eat them! I also (shameless self plug again) did a post on coffee today which I was wondering if you (as a sometimes coffee fan!) might be interested in.
Jealous of your sun. Its light here for like 2 hours of the day at the moment – still lots of Xmas trees! :)

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50 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Buy them when they’re super ripe – sometimes you can even find them on sale because of this! Or buy two batches – one yellow one green so you’ll have different stages

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51 Dynamics December 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Last time I was at the store the produce man had just pulled the ripe bananas and I chased him down the isle yelling, EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, PRODUCE MAN!!!! He definitely thought I was nuts. Was well worth it. Not sure why he pulled the bananas so fast, they were still edible for another day or two.

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52 TeenyLittleSuperChef December 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

It’s funny how I love looking at pictures of your oatmeal so much. It’s like I can taste and smell it wafting out from the screen. Hmm, maybe I should eat something soon.
Quick question for you: When you cook your oatmeal, do you bring the liquid to a boil and then add the oats or do you add the oats to the liquid before you even turn on the heat? Just curious

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53 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

:)

I don’t bring anything to a boil – check the tribute to oatmeal page for the whipped banana technique!

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54 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Chia seeds and bananas are musts in my oatmeal! Whenever I go home to visit my parents, I’m always disappointed with my chia-seedless oatmeal. I guess I need to start getting my parents on board with chia seeds so that they’ll start keeping them in their pantry. ;)

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55 Dee December 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

this breakfast pair looks so comforting. i don’t know how or why, but it really does. :)

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56 Lindsay December 9, 2011 at 12:48 am

Where oh where is that mug from? My dad is a cyclist and would ADORE waking up with his morning cup o’ joe and that mug:)!!

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57 KathEats December 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

It was a gift from a reader -from Brooklyn I think?

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