Up and at ’em at the gym this morning. I don’t think I can bike there at 5 anymore. It was just too cold. The wind was horrible biking fast. If the gym was just a little bit closer I would suck it up, but 2.5 miles is just too far! I will definitely continue to bike there during the day, but I think this may have been the last of the early mornings. Luckily I had company this morning so I wasn’t scared in addition to being cold.
Once home I showered and dressed as fast as possible because I was SO excited about my breakfast!!!
This is what pre-made oatmeal looks like when put into a bowl. Nothing some heat and milk can’t take care of!
Today’s mixture involved:
- Premade oatmeal base (3/4 steel cut, 1/4 rolled, milk)
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/3-ish cottage cheese
- 2% milk for rehydration
- Brown sugar
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Toasted pumpkin seeds
- Spoonful AB
Plus I tried Krista’s pumpkin tea – deelicious!
I am off to Organic, then studying for most of the day, then GOTR, then the husband is bringing me a picnic dinner (!!), then Micro!
brrr!! it’s cold HERE and i live in FL, so i admire your willingness to TRY to bike to the gym. 🙂
Charlie Hills says
We’re finally feeling some fall weather here in Austin. So it’s finally starting to feel like oatmeal weather to me! 🙂
interesting that you loved it because i made something similar this morning (oats, pumpkin, coconut, plus acouple of cranberries) and i didn’t like it at all. guess i should blame the crans?
Yum! I have a list of things to try in oatmeal…pumpkin is at the top! 🙂
Definitely freeeeeezing here as well – blah!! But hooray for oatmeal curing all of that 🙂
Good luck with your Wednesday!!
If it’s even close to as cold in the morning there as it is here, you’re a trooper for biking this long!! My pumpkin oatmeal this morning was amazingly delicious too 🙂
i didn’t bike this morning 🙁 the wind chill was -1ºC and there was a little bit of snow on the grass (the road was clear though)
i’m a little angry with myself for wussing out but i just really didn’t feel like being blown off my bike by winds. plus i want to be more comfortable biking in this super cold while also watching out for ice patches. oh winter. where did fall go?
i’m going to keep eating my pumpkin and squash, mentally channelling autumn back! i expected to have at least three more weeks if not a month.
boo to snow in october.
I love pumpkin parties! I have them often! Yummy oatmeal!
Isn’t it the best when you wake up excited about breakfast.
I really want pumpkin tea!
Hey Kath– when you pre-make your oatmeal, do you make it more w/water at first b/c you know you’re going to rehydrate it later w/milk??
I had pre-made steel cuts this morning too and I also added cottage cheese, it’s so good!!!
Ooh I ran this morning and the wind was coming in huge gusts! I must have looked hilarious in my spandex/shorts combo with my reflective vest and red gloves. I guess I’m lucky it was still dark out 🙂
Kelly L. says
Do your pumpkin oats taste sweet. The last and only time I tried to make them it was like eating raw squash for breakfast. I threw it out. ANy advice?
Love the pic of the premade oatmeal – did you just refridgerate or freeze? That looks like the fridge to me… which is what I did last week as well.
How long does canned pumpkin keep in tupperware after the can is open? I love it but eat it in half-cup increments and don’t necessarily want it every day, but I also hate wasting stuff. My rule of thumb is 5 days but am curious what you do since you seem to have it a lot but not every day either.
I want pumpkin tea! Sounds so good!!!
Had a bowl of your pumpkin recipe oatmeal before a tough hilly ride in Marin yesterday and felt great. Usually I need a luna bar part of the way. Pumpkin oats are my offical pre-ride breakfast now. I love the bowl that the oatmeal was in today, may I ask where did you purchase that one? Its only 54 right now but way too dark to ride at 6 for me.
awwww i <3 picnic dinners! have a great day kath!
I see you liked the Tim Hortons tea. TH is so popular in Canada!
I was wondering something earlier Kath. Do you ever think you’ll go back to your calorie counting days? Do you feel that you snack more than when you counted calories? I just ask because I find for myself, when I am counting calories I snack less because I am more AWARE of everything I put into my body. Are you much happier now without the counting or do you find sometimes you do it anyways?
Just curious! 🙂
i almost bought pumpkin at the grocery store this week to make pumkin oatmeal but decided not to for some ridiculous reason that i don’t remember. now-it’s a necessity. i need pumpkin oats!
Tim Horton’s reminds me of my summers as a kid in Canada. Lots of Timbits and Timmy’s coffee.
Allison K says
Awww… a picnic dinner with the hub will make Micro so much better!
I receive a box of produce every two weeks from a local farm. I recently submitted your “kale chips” recipe to them, and they liked it so much they’re going to feature it in their next newsletter! So I just wanted to say thanks, because now I get a free box of fruits and veggies. =) So thank you!
Wow, I should have been more religious about reading your blog yesterday. Missed out!
Quaker should PAY YOU for all the publicity that you give oats.
i love everything about your breakfast but the coconut..!!!! : ) (allergy to coconut!)
its been cold here too- but this morning i got up early and went for a run on the 3 season porch treadmill- it wasn’t too bad!
Toni Jo says
I’m curious (and I’m sure you’ve answered this a million times but I will ask again)… what time do you go to bed in order to wake up at 5am?
(Also… I had pumpkin oats this morning, too! I used 3/4C and it was MEGA creamy… I needed some extra brown sugar to make up for it, oops!)
Plus, it takes you so long just to warm up once you get there!
Huge favor Kath and Kath fans. Today is my father-in-laws 70th birthday today – if you could click on my name and just leave a comment for his birthday – HE WOULD LOVE IT!
Thanks in advance!
rebecca: try freezing some of your canned pumpkin in a freezer-ziplock. I always do that whther I have canned or freshly pureed squash/pumkpkin because then there’s less pressure to eat it.
Oh yummers, pumpkin tea AND oats?? 🙂
Yes, I’d blame the crans 🙂
No, I made it with milk. I still like the cream-cooked texture more. I might make my steel cut without milk next time so I don’t end up having to mix in the rolled to absorb the extra liquid or wait for it to all cook in/out, but I always make my rolled in advance with milk.
Kelly L. ,
They are definitely not sweet, but I find that the BANANA makes all the difference. Without the banana it is much more squashy. As you saw today, I can eat it both ways (but I did add brown sugar today) but next time try cooking it with a banana and the sweetness improves the pumpkin too.
I really have no idea. I usually use mine within a 7 days and have never had it go bad on me.
I believe it’s from Pier 1 two years ago.
I won’t say I won’t ever go back to counting food-journal style. If I gained weight and wanted to lose again I might, or when I have a baby I might both to ensure I’m eating enough and to lose the baby weight. I just don’t know.
I don’t know if I snacked more or less. It’s too hard to judge.
I don’t know if I’m happier or not because counting never bothered me, but I certainly have more time and have enjoyed cooking more without measuring.
Awesome! <3 kale chips.
I aim to get in bed at 9 and be asleep by 9:30. I need at least 7 hours to be sane the next day, but 8 is ideal.
Mandy A says
Kath – sorry to ask more about the oatmeal… but when you reheat it, are you doing that on the stove? Or in the microwave? How much extra milk do you put in to rehydrate it?
No problem! Reheating in the ever-convenient microwave and I add about 1/4 cup milk.
Well, guess I am so jealous of your successful pumpkin party that I am going to have my own this afternoon.
testing out your pumpkin yogurt for afternoon snack. although i ate it all last winter it’s the first time im having it on the blog.
Wow that premade oats is seriously impressive, Kath. You would never know!
Sorry it’s too cold to bike to the gym, I’m a little jealous though, it doesn’t get that cold here until December sometimes!
Looks good! At which point do you add the cottage cheese, and can you taste it in the oatmeal? I want to try it, but I don’t want it to curdle. Thanks!
Philly is SO cold it should be illegal. That breakfast looks so hearty and autumn-y (that is not a word, I know) It makes my heart warm. Have a great day!!
Wow what a great idea, I’m going to have to try that as I have some leftover pumpkin puree after making my pumpkin curry. Thanks for the recipe – I’ll try making it with soy milk & agave nectar, as I can’t do dairy or sugar.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free
i wish i only had 2.5 miles to bike 😛 almost 8 miles is long.
do you have a good light + blinky for your bike? that makes riding in the dark much safer.
When I microwave like this I add it after th oatmeal is hot, and then microwave for only about 30 seconds more. On the stove top, I microwave it for about 30 seconds to get the chill out and pour my hot oats on top. You can taste it, but it’s not overpowering at all. Just start with less.
8 miles is long! And we do blink both white and red 🙂
I just wanted to tell you you inspired me to try Okios Greek Yogurt. I love mixing stuff in plain yogurt. yum! So Ihad it for a snack today with cinnimon and almonds. It was interesting at first. It reminds me of cream cheese but is was yummy! Thanks for inspiring me to try so many foods! (next I need to find flaxseed)
Ah I love reheated oatmeal 🙂
Is there a difference between pumpkin seeds and pepitas?
Hi Kath- Can you give us a ballpark of how much brown sugar you add to your oatmeal to sweeten it up? I’m sure it depends on what other delicious and sweet fruit, etc you add on any given day but today with the pumpkin for example?
Thank you! and LOVE the blog :o)
Hey Kath – it is freezing here in Canada – I am up for a huge bowl of your oats… make sure you save me some….
I just put a half tsp or tsp on top. Not much at all. Just enough to get a little sweetness in each bite (since I eat from left to right!)