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An Ode To Oatmeal

I am a cruel blogger, I know. Every Wednesday, I share delicious looking waffles with you knowing that many of you can’t make them yourselves. There is a shortage of waffle makers in kitchens across the globe. Where is the government lobby for this??

So this week, I am sharing another delicious breakfast that you can make at home! All you need is a microwave or a pot, a love for carbohydrates, and a little creativity ;)

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My friends, today we are talking oatmeal. The following is an assortment of some of my most notable bowls to date. There is a vast array of combos you can do and I hope these only ignite ideas of your own! Be forewarned – I need protein in my oats to satisfy my belly.

As a side note, the above photo seems other-worldly to me. That majestic river and greenery used to be the view out my window in New Brunswick. Now I step out the door and am assaulted by noise and traffic. Ahhhh, city livin’ ;)

Onward to the hot creamy carbfest!

Birthday Oats

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  • 1 packet multi grain instant oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 sliced banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles!!

I ate these on my birthday, hence the name ;)

Custard Oats

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Oatmeal with a whole egg cooked in. Read the step by step guide here!

Candy Oats

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M&Ms, peanut butter, coconut. Mini Eggs also welcome!

PB&J Oats

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  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • blackberry jam
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    As a nod to the PB&J sandwich, I like to sandwich half the toppings in the middle.

    Savoury Oats

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    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1 cup water
    • pinch salt
    • 1 tsp Earth Balance
    • 1 breakfast sausage,sliced and stirred into oats
    • 1 fried egg
    • lotsa saaaahlsa

    Don’t Try This At Home Oats

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    When attempting to make steel cut oats overnight in your ginormous slow-cooker, I suggest making a LARGE batch. Smaller bathes apparently just get crusty. Unless you want oat crackers.

    Sweet n’ Salty Oats

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    Rolled oats cooked on the stove top with water and protein powder, then topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pretzels.

    Oat Bran

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    A much creamier version of oatmeal and quick cooking!

    Fluffernutter Oats

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    Marshamallow fluff + peanut butter. Or in this case, made better with chocolate peanut butter.

    Oats Topped With Oats

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    Creamy custard oats topped with crunchy granola and molasses. In this case, Beek’s coconut chia granola.

    Frosted Oats

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    Instant oats zapped with water and frozen berries, topped with a sweet vanilla yogurt.

    Mocha Oats

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    • 2/3 cup oat bran
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 2/3 scoop chocolate whey powder
    • 1 package Via instant coffee
    • chocolate chips
    • roasted almonds
    • coconut

    Reduces morning sweats that may occur when attempting to eat hot oatmeal and drink hot coffee at the same time.

    Scottish Oatmeal

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    Like a finer cut and faster cooking steel-cut oatmeal. This is Bob’s Red Mill.

    Oats In A Jar

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    If you hate the hard bottom part of a nut butter jar like me, this solves your problem. Pouring hot oatmeal into a glass jar melts it and mixes it in!

    Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait

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    Top oatmeal with fresh or frozen fruit.

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    Add yogurt, cereal, nuts or nut butter.

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    Dig in to the layers!

    Cream of Wheat

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    Okay, technically not oatmeal but a wonderful hot breakfast packed full of iron!

    Welcome to autumn bloggie friends! It may not be waffles, but I hope you get to enjoy some warm breakfasts this week :)

    Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to eat oatmeal? I like it custard-style with rolled oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, dates and coconut!

    ~~~Thursday is your last day to vote for my Scottish-inspired Project Food Blog post! Click here to vote for me (and others!) $10,000 is up for grabs!~~~

    Checking In On Those Goals…

    Happy Monday!! Well, it was happy for me anyways. They call it “funemployment” for a reason ;)

    I must say, I’ve been living back at my mom’s for a week now and I love it. I do not miss Fredericton at all. I don’t  miss living alone. For the past 10 days I’ve woken up happy. This has not always been the case over the past year. Life is what you make of it my friends, and I am so grateful I’ve been able to turn mine around :)

    So what is a happy girl to do but make a pot of oats first thing?

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    For the second time, I could just not get oatmeal to absorb all the liquid on my mother’s stove. It doesn’t make sense to me, and I feel like I messed up the measuring cups. Or am losing my mind. So I added a 1/2 tsp each of guar gum and xanthan gum to thicken it up. Worked like a charm!! Would highly recommend for thick n’ gooey oats :)

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    I am very jealous of my mother’s oatmeal spoon/spatula. It is perfectly shaped to scrape down the sides of a pot. Must get one of these for new place.

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    Topped the egg-white custard oats with maple pecan peanut butter, coconut and maple syrup.

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    Check out that thick texture. Ooohhhyeah.

    Hot bowl of oats + hot coffee = sweaty Susan. Definitely woke me up, but not this pup.

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    And my heart just turned to oatmeal mush.

    Tried out one of the new-to-mew bars I got in Halifax for my morning snack.

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    The Elevate Me! bar is made out of whey protein, nuts and dried fruit – that’s it!

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    The nutritionals are pretty decent. A little high on the sugar and carb side, but it comes from all dried fruit and no additional sweeteners.

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    I really liked how this bar was divided into three sections. Each square is 80 calories, which would make for good fuel during activity as well.

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    Soooo, how did it taste??

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    Honestly, I did not like my first bite. I’ve never been a chocolate and fruit person, so I should have known better when getting something made of dried fruits and cocoa powder. BUT, I did enjoy it more with each bite. My favourite part of this bar was the texture. It was dense and crumbly, which is by far my favourite way to have a bar. At $2.50 a pop, I would not buy this again, but I’d probably try the other flavours out if I caught them on sale.

    Shortly after this I hit up the gym with my mom. I still had to run last week’s 3-miler, so I figured I could do that then goof around on some of the other cardio machines.

    Except, it was hard. Like, way harder than usual. I should have known better than jumping into a tough cardio session on a Monday after a weekend of hammering my body with booze, junk food, and no sleep. Alas, sometimes I must learn these lessons the hard way.

    I also have to add that my left foot is killing me again. I’m scared it’s plantar fasciitis. I started getting symptoms about three weeks ago after walking 5 hours in one weekend. I stayed off it for a week and the pain went away, so I thought I was in the clear. Apparently not. It still hurts. WAIN.

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    Coming out of a workout in a worse mood than how I went in is never a good thing. But the tasty lunch after helped.

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    Scrambled some eggs with collard greens, put it on toast, then topped with a mix of hummus, nutritional yeast, mustard and water. Broiled to harden up a bit. Odd combo, but good.

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    Paired with belly-busting watermelon (ie, it felt like I was going to birth one after. SO filling)

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    And a reminder that things are never as they seem – I topped everything with hot sauce after. This has been happening a lot lately.

    Spent the afternoon reading blogs and helping my mom with housework. Breaked for the world’s best muffin.

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    Deep chocolate Vitatop topped with peanut butter.

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    See the crystals? I like ‘em frozen. The texture is much fudgier that way. Honestly, I think I’d take this over a real brownie!

    While I snacked and relaxed, my mom was in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

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    She basted the turkey in the leftover hummus/mustard/nutritional yeast/water mix. Ohmy. It was delicious.

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    Paired along with baked corn. THE best way to cook corn in my opinion, is to keep it in the husk and pop it in the oven for 30 or so minutes. The husk comes off much easier, and it gets all steamy on the inside. Seriously, if you haven’t done this yet, do it. My mom was sceptical, but she is now a believer.

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    And some lovely sweet potato pillows in the back there. Tough on the outside, mushy on the inside. Perfection.

     

    Monthly Goal Check-In:

    Fitness
    Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power.
    Only got in two full-body workouts. But those two yoga sessions this past weekend made me a whole new kind of sore. So that counts for something!
    Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. Only got one 5 miler in. This goal may be put on hold until I get my foot thing sorted out. Honestly, I don’t care enough about running to be that upset about it – I just want to be able to walk without pain!

    Food
    Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” I did really well on this, sticking with only 20g of cheese a day MAX (if any). But then I greatly failed over the weekend with a giant piece of coconut cream topped with two inches of whipped cream. Whoops.
    Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. I give myself a big ole’ fail on this one. I’m trying, but not hard enough. I just really like sugar. A lot. Which is why I’m trying to cut back! :P

    Blog
    Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories.
    Didn’t do much of this, but I did get 20+ guest posts together, so that’s something!

    Life
    Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when.
    I need to get back on this. Not only do I need to plan for a big move, but I’m also going on a big trip to Banff in three weeks.
    Spend time with my family. It’s all I’ve been doing :) 
    Enjoy and soak up every single minute. I know this isn’t a very measurable goal, but I feel like I’m doing really good at this one. Sometimes I just stop and breathe in whatever it is I’m doing in that moment. It is making this brief time at home much more enjoyable, and I feel very thankful for it :)

     

    Your turn! How is everyone doing with their monthly goals? Any new ones?

    Off to work on a post for tomorrow on Easy Tone shoes. Oh yes.

    Springing to Life

    Happeeee weeeekend :D I’m going to be straight up right off the bat here. I had a boring day! But, it was at least the first time I didn’t have to wake up to an alarm in 19 days, so that was a bonus. Slept in till 6:30. Woo! :P (there’s a note of sarcasm there, only crazy people use the term “sleep-in” and “6am” in the same sentence).

    I woke up this morning knowing I wanted one thing and one thing only: custard oats. Then I opened my fridge to discover a near empty jar of almond butter. Sweet!

    Looook into my nearemptyjarofalmondbutterrrrr…

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    To eat oats out of a jar, one requires a long spoon. 

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    And an upside down reflection.

    Don’t forget to lick the lid!

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    I never used to eat the crusty nut butter at the bottom of the jar until HEAB taught me that pouring hot oatmeal in there makes it dreamy.

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    Caution: oats in a jar is very hot! I actually finished my coffee before I finished the oatmeal.

    Gym didn’t open till 9am this morning, which seemed like an eternity. It was busy when I got there too! (9:15, didn’t want to be one of those annoying people who wait for them to unlock the door). Today was a full-body weightlifting day. I made it up as I went along, hopefully I can remember it all…

    Started with 21 minutes sprint intervals on the elliptical.

    Exercise Weight Reps Sets Target
    Superset:        
    Wide-grip deadlift 60 lbs 8-12 3 Legs, back
    Good morning  55 lbs 8-12 3 Hamstrings, back
    Superset:        
    Dumbbell fly 15 lb dumbbells 8-12 3 Chest
    Dumbbell shoulder press  15 lb dumbbells 8-12 3 Shoulders
    Superset:        
    Plie squat 15 lbs 12 3 Quads, glutes
    Single-leg deadlift 15 lb dumbbells 8 each leg 3 Hamstrings, glutes
    Superset:        
    Seated cable row  55 lbs 8-12 3 Back
    Incline dumbbell shoulder press  20 lb dumbbells 8-12 3 Shoulders
    Straight set:        
    Walking lunges bodyweight 24 1 Legs
    Superset:        
    Forward tricep extension  15 lbs 15 2 Triceps
    Barbell 21s 20 lbs 21 2 Biceps
    Alternating set:        
    Medicine ball squat 11 lbs 12 2 Whole body
    Russian twist 11 lbs 32 2 Abs
    Lying medicine ball throw       Arms, chest
    Alternating set:        
    Prone jackknife  bodyweight 12 2 Abs
    Hamstring curl on ball  bodyweight 12 2 Hamstrings, calves
    Plank  bodyweight 60 sec 2 Abs

    Phew! I think that covers it! It looks like a lot, but I was sort of all over the place. I know I probably should plan these things out. But then I get all stressed about remembering it all and getting the machines I need to get to. It’s a lot more fun to just go with it :)

    I was a starvin’ marvin by the time I got home. I made something I never get to have during the workweek – a smoothie!

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    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1 big scoop plain yogurt
    • 1 scoop IsoLean peach-mango protein powder
    • 1/2 tbsp almond butter
    • 1/2 banana
    • ice
    • 1/4 tsp each guar and xanthan gums

    It’s important to get every last drop!!!

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    What would you call a smoothie stache on the forehead??

    Smoothies go right through me, so lunch was shortly after.

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    Turkey and baba ganouj pita.

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    These pitas have been in the freezer for too long, every one seems to fall apart when I defrost it :(

    The weather was absolutely gorgeous here today. There was no way I couldn’t take advantage of it! So I went for a walk along my favourite running trail late this afternoon. I was greeted with the usual view when I stepped out into my driveway.

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    Never gets old. Top three things I will miss about Fredericton when I move in June: 1) the river, 2) my gym, 3) my university.

    I carried my camera around my neck a la Peter Parker and played around as I breathed in the fresh spring air.

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     I LOVE SPRING!!!!!

    Spring is my favourite season. I love how everything just starts to come alive again after a long and harsh winter (albeit, this year wasn’t too bad). There’s a vibrancy in the air that you can feel, and everyone is more alive and friendly. And I love how inviting the warm sun is, even though the air still has that bite to it. Perfection.

    When I got home, I reheated some turkey goulash from earlier in the week

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    Skipped the egg noodles and just had spaghetti squash, for no reason other than the fact that I have a mound of it in my fridge that needs to be eaten. Makes for wonderful leftovers :)

     

    Flashback Friday 

    I wanted to flashback to past Easters this week, but, well, I have no photo evidence that the month of April exists. For the past 5 years, I have spent Easter weekend holed up writing end of term papers and studying for exams. Clearly, nothing worth taking photos of happened during that time. It’s actually quite weird not to be doing it this year!

    Anyways, so I am instead flashing back to February 21, 2010 when I made mini egg cookies.

    I almost wanted to call this flashback lame, but there is nothing lame about these cookies my friends. So far, my favourite of the Treat Monday treats. I urge you to make them for your Easter celebrations, or at least to use up that giant bag of Mini Eggs you got. Recipe is found here!

     

    And with that, I’m off to bed. I am doing absolutely nothing this weekend, as both my parents are off travelling. I’m stuck in Fredericton bored out of my wits instead. I can’t wait to get out of this city!!!!!

    Question of the Day: What’s your favourite thing about spring?

    P.S. Check out my guest post over on Kristin’ blog!

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