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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!~~~

    A Waffleless Wednesday

    Hello friends!! Another Waffle Wednesday without waffles! Boo! My Belgian waffle maker is actually in Ottawa right now with my sister. Long story, but I will be reunited with it once again in two weeks time :)

    This time next Wednesday I’ll be landing in Calgary! Eeeee!!

    Anyways, as always, I am getting ahead of myself again.

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    This morning I brought back an old favourite – Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait.

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    I started with a base of rolled oats cooked with egg whites. Then topped with frozen berries.

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    The layers continue with yogurt, fibre cereal and sliced almonds.

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    First time having yogurt in over a month!!! It hasn’t changed much in a month ;) My belly digested it just fine!

    I must also report that my family completely wrecked and demolished the pan of chocolate chip blondies in less than 24 hours.

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    I played my part by having one as the pre-workout snack of champions. Blondie + apple. It was the perfect fuel!!

    I dragged my mom to the gym with me today. We both wanted to do plyometrics and knew we’d need the moral support to get through it ;)

    We started with 15 minutes on the elliptical to warm-up. The recommended warm-up time is only 3-5 minutes to get oxygen to your muscles. If you don’t warm-up, you demand too much of your body too quickly and you will tire out sooner. Obviously, my usual 15 minutes is above and beyond my muscular needs, but it’s just long enough to get my heart rate into a working zone. Personally, once it reaches that level through straight-up cardio, I can keep it pretty elevated during strength training. However, it doesn’t get that high with strength training alone. I just don’t have the muscular power yet to make my heart pump that much. Make sense? There’s a method to my madness!

    Today’s workout had one upper-body move alternated with one plyometric move. It was brutal.

    Back set:

    Exercise Sets Reps Load
    Two arm dumbbell row 3 12 20 lbs each
    Squat jumps 3 24 bodyweight

    Chest set:

    Exercise Sets Reps Load
    Push-up  3 10 bodyweight
    Lunge kicks 3 30 sec each bodyweight

    Shoulder set:

    Exercise Sets Reps Load
    Prone cuban snatch (on ball) 3 10 5 lbs each
    Weighted jumping jacks 3 60 sec 5 lbs each

    Ab set:

    Exercise Sets Reps Load
    Plank on bosu ball 3 45 sec bodyweight
    Bosu ball russian twist  3 30 8 lbs

    Triceps/Biceps:

    Exercise Sets Reps Load
    Cable pushdown  2 15 45 lbs
    Cable curl 2 15 25 lbs

     

    And then we collapsed into a sweaty mess :P No, it was an awesome workout and I’m glad I had my mommy to suffer through the squat jumps with me!

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    I came home with images of meltycheesy pitas dancing in my head.

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    Pepperoni + cheddar. Halfway through I remembered I forgot to put the mayo on and didn’t even miss it! Just goes to show that condiments aren’t always required.

    Chocolate however is always a necessity.

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    My mom and Nana are going to Newfoundland the day after I leave for Banff, so my mother gave me permission to polish off this box.

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    I only just noticed today that it says “Newfoundland Wild Berries” on the box – no wonder they all had a hint of fruit!

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    Apparently each box is different. I have no clue what kind this was or what kind of berry was in it. But I can tell you it was delicious ;)

    I spent aaallll afternoon applying for jobs and getting life details sorted out. I found out yesterday that my subtenant in my old place isn’t moving in after all. She had some sort of falling out with my landlord, but still agreed to pay the remainder of my lease. Jeeze louise, what a headache!

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    I took a break for a Honeybar Sweet & Salty bar. I lovelovelove this bar. It reminds me of those Nature Valley Sweet n’ Salty bars – but BETTER!

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    Ingredients: Peanuts, honey, peanut butter, almonds, almond butter, crisp brown rice, kosher salt. Nutritional info here!

    I had a special dinner date today – I got to see one of my best friends!!

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    Meghan and I have been friends since the first grade and even lived together during part of our undergrad (oddly enough, one of my new TO roommies is named Megan too!) She’s living back at home doing fun things like working with monkeys and lemurs. 

    Meghan is also a fabulous cook. I arrived to a beautifully set table.

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    I want those placemats please.

    Meg whipped up some General Tso’s chicken. I can’t remember all what was in the pan, but I recall garlic, ginger, soy sauce, chicken broth, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and probably magical fairy dust because it was freakin’ good.

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    Paired with coconut lime rice.

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    And a salad dressed with Newman’s Own sesame ginger dressing.

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    SO delicious!! I miss living with Meghan!!! I miss our Lost nights and MSN-ing each other when we’re too lazy to get out of bed and speak face to face ;)

    I was lucky enough to have a dining companion by the name of Simon.

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    Simon’s name is pronounced in a British accent ;) Meg also works at an animal shelter, and this is one face she couldn’t let go. I don’t blame her!!

    Dessert was the perfect end to the perfect meal.

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    It went with the rice!
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    With chamomile tea. It made me sleepy :)

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    Check out Meghan’s Mom’s mug – Supernatural!!

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    The other bestie Erika got me hooked on this show and I squealed like a schoolgirl when I saw this.

    I regret typing that. These are some things I should just not admit to on the internet.

    Simon is not the only cute kitty face I came across tonight.

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    Meet Peter. His proper name pronunciation however is “Pedro.” Don’t forget to roll the R… Pedrrrroo.

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    Simon suffered brain damage from smoke inhalation in the house fire he was rescued from. He’s a little slow, but in the most endearing of ways :)

     

    Gosh, I have turned into a crazy cat and dog lady. But I need to get my fill – I’ll be without pets soon :(

     

    Question of the day: What’s your favourite kind of Chinese food? I don’t have a lot of experience in either traditional or North American Chinese food. All I know is that I genuinely love the taste of fortune cookies ;)

    Counting it Out

    Thanks for all the kind comments regarding Chris and I’s four year anniversary! I know I didn’t really talk about it much beforehand, but it’s really not that big of a deal for us. Chris and I like to keep the cheesiness to a minimum in our relationship. In fact, I’ve told him several times that I will break up with him if he ever writes me a poem or anything else equally as lame. But we’re also not ones to turn down an excuse to go out for a good meal ;) If you’re curious about how we met, etc , I wrote about it in a previous post here.

    Despite only sleeping a measly six hours last night, I at least finally discovered a place in my apartment that takes decent photos in the dark mornings.

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    Much better than spooky oats ;)

    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
    • cinnamon
    • frozen berries
    • plain yogurt w/ vanilla extract and stevia
    • Fibre 1 cereal

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    AKA an Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait. Haven’t had this since berries went out of season! Not as good with the frozen stuff, but still tasty. This bowl will always hold a special place in my heart as it’s what I ate almost every. single. day. while I was losing weight.

    My hunger is still off the charts today. I was digging around my kitchen for my morning snack mega early. Had another old favourite.

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    Wasa fibre rye crisps, almond butter, raisins, cinnamon. Ants on a wasa?

    Sure enough, I was looking for lunch early too! This is the exact same “boring” lunch I had yesterday. Luckily, boring is often delicious ;)

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    Fontaine tofu spread, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, romaine. When me and homemade applesauce get married, I want tofu spread to be my maid of honour :P Unpictured is the honeycrisp that rounded the meal out.

    My day was spent running errands and “catching up” on aspects of my life that get neglected on work days. Dinner was “thrown together.” Literally. Usually there are two ways I throw together a meal. Put a bunch of ingredients in a pan and sauté it, or put them on a baking sheet and roast it. Tonight’s was the latter.

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    • 1/2 block tofu, cubed
    • 1/4 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
    • 6 button mushrooms, chopped
    • 1/2 tomato, chopped
    • 1/2 buttercup squash, cubed
    • 2 handfuls spinach (towards end of baking)

    I tossed everything, minus the spinach, in a big bowl with a little olive oil, pepper, parmesan cheese and this stuff:

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    My mom insisted I buy this Kirkland organic no-salt seasoning when she took me to Costco. I know better than to go against my mother’s wishes.

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    Then I let everything roast up at 425 F for about 20 minutes, then at 350 F after adding the spinach for an additional 5 minutes.

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    The one bad thing about “throwing things together” is that I just keep chopping new things up and adding them to the mix. This turned out to be so much food! I ate maybe 2/3 of it then claimed defeat. The tofu in that seasoning was delicious, but I oddly did not care for the squash. Too dry and bland.

    I decided to make today a rest day after my 8 mile run yesterday. My old lady hips were a little cranky with me after forcing them on a long run the day after I put them through multiple weighted squats at the gym. Thankfully, they’re in a much better mood now :)

    Just finished up an hour long living room yoga session. Yoga class was cancelled tonight. Boo. I tried out a Dave Farmar power vinyasa podcast. It was alright. I did 30 minutes until I called it quits. I can only go up and down so many times until I get annoyed! :P I did work up a nice little sweat though. Finished it off with some balance yoga from Yoga Today. I really dig the balance poses because I’m actually good at them! I could hang out in tree or dancer all day :)

     

    I also want to let you guys know that I’ll be counting my calories for the next few days. I haven’t done this in seven months! I know a lot of people hate calorie counting because of the obsessing and analyzing that often goes with. But it’s never been like that for me. Calorie counting was like a slap upside the head for me when I started losing weight. I didn’t have a sweet clue what calories were, or what their effects were. That’s not to say I didn’t struggle with calorie counting at times, but overall, it was just a really useful weight loss tool for me.

    Anyways, I just feel like it’s time to check-in and make sure I’m still on-track. I haven’t gained any weight, nor do I want to lose any more weight. But I have not been feeling as content as I’d like to be about my food choices lately. When I moved into weight maintenance, I wanted to make sure there were no “off-limit” foods, which there were plenty of while I was losing weight. But I just feel lately, I’ve been using that as an excuse to eat more processed foods, especially sugar. So I want to take a few days to reflect on my food and really just bring it back to basics. I want to feel confident about my food choices again, and not like I’m derailing a bit. I’ll keep you updated on how my “check-in” is going :)

     

    Question of the Day: What are your feelings on calorie counting? Like I said, I think it’s a really effective tool for weight loss. But I also don’t think it has much of a place in weight maintenance, unless you need it to achieve fitness goals (ie to ensure you’re eating properly during marathon training). With that said, I know from my own personal history that bad eating is a long and slippery slope for me. Hopefully stepping back and taking a look at my food choices will again raise awareness of what I’m putting in my body and get me feeling good about it again :)

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