Up again today for an early workout because I’ve got a lunch out and things to do this morning. I was so productive yesterday I decided it would be worth it to have my day wide open again. My mother in law and I are traveling uptown via lightrail to meet the husband for lunch at a cool place we’ve never been: Feast. The place is part club, part restaurant, part bar, so I hope the restaurant isn’t too dark. But the menu looks fantastic!! I never order paninis and am thinking about one of them for lunch today..
So back to this morning. I had another small piece of focaccia with PB & J before my workout –
All cardio workout today: 45 minutes ET followed by stretching.
This inspiration for today’s oatmeal was Banana Cream Yogurt (Harris Teeter light store brand).
The husband and I discussed the method on the way back from the gym – we didn’t want cold muesli (and didn’t have time for it to soak more than 10-15 minutes, which we didn’t think was enough) so we settled on hot yogurt oatmeal with wheatberries.
Here’s the combo (serves 2)
- 2/3 cup oats
- 2/3 cup skim milk
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 smallish banana, sliced
- Pinch salt
- 1 container Banana Cream yogurt, tempered (heated slightly) in the microwave
- Splash vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cooked wheatberries (or just use 1 full cup oats from the beginning)
Add first 5 ingredients (through salt) to a pot over medium heat and cook until liquid is mostly absorbed. Meanwhile, temper the yogurt by heating it slightly in the microwave (you might want to put it in a glass dish for this). When oats are done, stir in yogurt, vanilla and wheatberries. Add toppings as desired.
One problem: Despite heating the yogurt, it still wasn’t very hot, so if you like your oats steaming, I’d add the yogurt just a little earlier and let it warm through longer.
Topped with toasted almonds and a bit of PB. My bowl almost overflowed!
I ate off a Duke University spoon from my grandmother’s collection of little spoons –
The husband used a Statue of Liberty one. It was funny to watch a grown man eat with such a tiny spoon since he usually uses the giant Pottery Barn ones, but he said he likes using tiny ones!
Oats with coffee –
YUM! What a creamy looking bowl of oats this morning! Talk about banana goodness, YUM! have a fun lunch out 🙂
Sounds like you had dessert for breakfast!
That’s awesome! EVERY morning I put yogurt into my oatmeal with fruit (usually banana, of course) and the oatmeal/yogurt combo is SOOOO freaking filling it almost makes me feel sick when I eat the whole thing. Love it. Great breakfast!
Melissa (the other one) says
okay so that DOES look yummy, but you never really mentioned if it was a “winner” or not 🙂 Was it tasty adding the yogurt in??
P.S. LOVE the spoons 🙂
I ate at Feast Sunday morning after going to the bar the night before, my brother lives in a condo literally right next door! I highly recommend the chicken veggie panini, I actually got the portobello and it wasn’t as good as my brother’s, so he shared.
I also here the Chicken mango is great, but I’m not big on mango.
Love the spoons!
Thanks for the wine link! That site is GREAT!
That leaf bowl is absolutely gorgeous!
This looks so good! I’ve said it before, but your food is really inspiring and it’s fantastic that you’ve made such a good diet accessible to other people. Thanks 🙂
Wow what a great menu for lunch. The gorgonzola & walnuts with the cranberry-nut bread sounds yummy! And the chicken artichoke panini would be my pick! YUM
Have a great Thursday!
Feast looks yummy! I’d be all over the chicken/artichoke panini.
Everyone should take a moment to surf on over to the Eatlikeme blog. She’s having a baby!
Look at your cute bowl! Love it- and the spoons, too.
Interesting idea adding yogurt to oatmeal. It seems like it would add good texture/flavor, but I wonder if heating the yogurt destroys all of the probiotics?
Enjoy your lunch! Sounds like a fun place 🙂
Mmm, that PBJ focaccia looks wonderful; but that Banana-Cream Oatmeal???? BEYOND marvelous!! Yum!!
Haha, I love the catchy music on the Feast website!! Sounds like a great place – can’t wait to see what you end up ordering (the panini sounds good)!
Cute spoon!! My mom collects spoons like that, so she’d definitely love it as well :0)
Have a wonderful Thursday!!
I go to grad school full time and work only 20 hours a week not making very much. I sometimes feel bad that my husband works full time and pays almost all the bills. He doesnt complain but I still do. Do you ever fill bad you have free hours during the day while hes at work and cant pay any bills?
Kelly L. says
Sunscreen help PULEEZ!
Since this blog is filled with ladies that care about their appearence I thought I’d throw a non food question out there….
What sunscreen do you use for your face? I need something that is good for use down at the lake (water resistent). I use Aveeno Positivly radient moisturizer with SPF 30 for everyday use but I am looking for something that will be good for water sports and active living down at our lake house this summer. I have oilyish skin, espeicially in the T-zone. I am prone to breakouts if I use somethign too heavy. Any ideas? Also, what do you recommend for your body that isn’t greasy?
Kath and all, Thanks for the motivation tips yesterday although I must admit that I did not go to the gym. I went for an hour long walk instead cause it was so great outside. Returned just in time before a storm hit us.
Well I am on for the gym tonite.
Kath I L-O-V-E your blog… I read it every day and am constantly inspired to eat real food and since I started reading a few weeks ago there’s been a definite shift in the quality of food I’ve eaten and cooking yummy meals has once again become a way of life… so thanks.
and Kelly, I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, I think the SPF 55 one, and it’s non greasy and pretty great… my skin’s not really oily though so I don’t know if it’ll work for you… but I’ve used it for over a year and rarely breakout.
WOW, that oatmeal looks especially delicious and creamy from the yogurt! I’m loving the leaf bowl too, super cute.
Kelly L –
I use Aveeno Continuous Protection SPF 30 for Face. It says: oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, water resistant.
I really love this. It’s not greasy at all, which is good for us with oily skin, but it’s moisturizing enough that I just use it as my everyday face lotion.
Kelly L, I use “La Roche Posay” SPF 15, LOVE IT, it gives your skin a nice luminous look. I have also used Aveda products. they are awesome too!
I also use the Neutragena Ultra Sheer (but in 30!) and swear by it. My skin is definitely sensitive and can be oily, so this is fab.
Another Kelly says
I agree I LOVE the aveeno products and anything oil free. For the rest of my body I’ve had great luck with coppertone sport. Mine is oil free, hypoallergenic, waterproof, and PABA-free. I’ve dealt with acne on and off as well as sensitive skin so I am always seeking out things that are oil free and hypoalergenic. I really like this product and have bought it every summer for the past few. Amazingly they do not point out on the front that it is hypoallergenic and oil free, that info is on the back.
i use some STRONG aveeno stuff. not sure the number though. i like it.
Let me know what you think of FEAST. I ate there for lunch the other day and wasn’t too impressed, but it looks like it would be a great night club! I think I was probably just mad because we had bad service and they served stale chocolate cake!
Anyone watch America’s Next Top Model? I watched it last night and am so excited that Whitney won-I’ve been cheering for her since the beginning. It’s disgusting to think of her as “plus sized” but she’s stunningly beautiful and I love that even modelling shows are starting to demonstrate that you don’t need to be super skinny to be beautiful!
Noooooo!!! I have ANTM on DVR and haven’t watched it yet! Now I know who won 🙁
I am glad it was Whitney though! Wasn’t a big fan of the other two!
that oatmeal looks so creamy…yum! And focaccia bread? LOVE IT! would probably live off of it if I could…oh wait, I have!
Kelly L. I find that baby formulas work better for me. They’re made for a baby’s sensitive skin and they do come in water-resistant varieties.
Kath- I love to idea of adding yogurt to oatmeal and will have to try it!
i love the coppertone oil free! i just made the vegan banana bread muffins..very good but they had a different texture. Not “muffiny” but very good!
Ohh…I’m sorry to have ruined it for you! I should have warned there was a spoiler. Sorry!!
Kath/ ANYONE! —
Does anyone have a good healthy recipe for a pie crust????? I’ve been searching but I can’t seem to find any that don’t have shortening!
and the store bought ones have partially hydrogenated oils in it…yuck!
I’d LOVE to hear your ideas!!!
I absolutely love your blog, you are so creative with your recipes. Anyways, since you love bananas so much, I thought you might like to try something that I always make. When making pancakes, I put the batter on the griddle then put a few banana slices on top of the wet batter. When you flip the pancakes the bananas get caramelized and taste great. You should definitely try it. Keep up with the great blog!
sorry lisa, the shortening is what holds it together and gives it the ” flat pie” structure.
What about a graham cracker crust?
And I know there is a pie crust recipe that you can make with Fiber One cereal, too.
I’ve got get one of those Duke spoons:)
Great idea to stir in the yogurt into the oats…I’ll have to try that!
Hey, just thought I would comment about the “steaming hot yogurt” thing…
I was on Stonyfield Yogurt’s website the other day looking up a recipe, and they had a couple of notes about cooking with yogurt. They cautioned against heating yogurt very much because high temperatures will kill the live cultures. Of course, if you are just eating yogurt for the taste, then this doesn’t matter, but those things are good for you… as I’m sure you all know…
This was very disheartening to me since I almost always put yogurt into my oatmeal to get both the live cultures and the creamy taste. LUCKILY, they offered a suggestion: take a little of the hot food and stir it into the yogurt to gradually warm it, then mix the yogurt into the warm (preferably not hot) food. This may still kill some of the cultures, but hopefully not all of them!
Just thought I’d spread the word!!
Ange C. says
I too saw that Cristin on Eat Like Me announced her pregnancy, and i think it will be exciting to see how her eating changes during this time. Pretty cool to watch for those of us who may be looking to get preggers soon….or one day..in my case. No rush here!
Im so jealous yall have places like that! the menu looks very yummy specially the dessert crepes! MMM 🙂 Here in Texas…I find it hard to find places like that (that offer mostly healthy food/sides). A place here would be a sandwich loaded with mayo, cheese, bacon, and served with fried french fries…def not the mixed greens or baked ones
Ange C. says
Lauren– what part of texas are you in? I know a few places in Dallas.
Houston/College Station/Caldwell area
Hey LisaR–I highly recommend Earth Balance non-hydrogenated shortening. I use it (and the margarine) for baking all the time and it makes a great pie crust. No nasty hydrogenated oils and you can use it just like “regular” shortening. I buy it at Wild Oats.
Melissa (the other one),
I’d give it a B+. It needed to be hot!!
Are you from Charlotte too!? I was going to get the portabello but remembered your comment so I had the mango instead 😉
I don’t feel bad because we support one another in so many different ways. And he knows I’m on a path to further my career. I might have guilt if I just stayed at home and went shopping everyday for the rest of my life, but as soon as my summer school starts up, I’ll be busy again too working towards my career goals.
I wear Aveeno for Face (SPF 30) everyday under my make-up and love it. It’s not greasy and doesn’t run into my eyes. I put it on every morning like a moisturizer.
Sometimes a walk is all you need!! Great job getting moving in the way that felt most natural and made you happy.
Thanks for your sweet comment! Glad you like the blog 🙂
Strange- we had poor service too. Guess they’re still working things out. We’re thinking of getting together a group to go out to the lounge (and perhaps dinner) 2 Fridays from tomorrow. I’ll shoot you an email after next weekend. Hope you’re free!
Have you checked Cooking Light for pie crusts? I bet they have some good healthy ones.
You know too well what I like! Check the Cheese Danish Pancakes recipe page – I LOVE the way bananas caramelize in pancakes.
Thanks for the tips! That heating method is called tempering. We did it somewhat this morning, but I think we need to do a better job heating it next time.
I’m in Houston and I’ve found quite a few places that have healthy options! I live right in Houston (south end) though, so things may be different once you get outside a bit. There’s so many restaurants around so, of course, some of them are bound to be healthy…or at least have some healthier options! It’s all about our choices 😉 Hope you can find something in your area!
I LOVE the Duke spoon!!
I’m going to try soy yogurt in oatmeal sometime soon, the combo looks amazing!
I made something similar today for my breakfast so thanks for the idea.