Oatmeal Two Ways

Oatmeal used to be “grandma” food to me.

(NOT that there is anything wrong with grandmothers; they are the coolest!)

Until 4 years ago. I came across a blog called Kath Eats, and her “tribute to oatmeal” page. I had never seen anyone make oatmeal look so sexy in my life.

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[from Kath Eats]

Ever since that day, I have been loving on oatmeal like it’s the only grain grown in America. It was her “whipped banana oatmeal” technique that really changed the game.

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Gina’s cookie dough oatmeal cereal is also a big favorite

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And then there was this idea of “overnight oats.” Oats soaked in dairy products overnight sounded ludicrous, but someone thought to soak bread in eggs to make French toast, so..

I posted my overnight oats recipe (based off Kath Eats’ recipe) when I first started this blog.

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But I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit. The main change is no Greek yogurt (inspired by my dairy dilemma, which btw is no longer an issue) + more chia seeds. Check it out.

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Overnight Oats (based on Kath Eats’ recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 very rude (← real autocorrect) ripe banana, sliced
  • ~1/4 c. other fruit, chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp. nut butter

Step 1: For that “end of the jar” vibe (if you don’t have an almost-empty jar of nut butter, which would be ideal), scoop that nut butter into the bottom of your container (bowl-mug preferable, but anything will do).

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Add your dry ingredients (oats, spices, and chia seeds) and mix ’em together (don’t touch the nut butter).

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Add your milk and fruit, mix it all together (only scraping some of that nut butter from the bottom to mix with the rest).

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Let it sit in the fridge overnight, and wake up the next morning with excitement, knowing that a BOMB breakfast is already made and ready to eat.

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optional: top with granola for crunch

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special day when it’s overnight oats in a jar

Onto the hot oats.

I’ve been loving this oatmeal that is a hybrid of Kath’s whipped banana oatmeal + Jen’s egg white banana oatmeal. I made a video!

  • 1/2 c. rolled oats (or quick)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 very ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 egg white
  • any other fruits and/or toppings (*cough* nut butter)!

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It’s 11:00 pm, and I would like some oatmeal now.

So tell me:

What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal?

What is your favorite oatmeal recipe?

Did you always like oatmeal? I used to only eat those sickeningly sweet Quaker oatmeal packets, but now those taste like dessert to me!

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Weekend in Charlottesville

The second stop of my final college tour is Charlottesville, and this town has been treating us quite wonderfully so far!

Saturday

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We took the 2.5 hour drive down to Cville from Maryland on Saturday morning. UVA con #1: Distance. It’s a total of 7+ hours away from my NY home, and the road from College Park, MD to Charlottesville is basically a two-lane highway with traffic lights. At least the farm lands on the way were pretty??

After we checked into our hotel, Mom and I searched for food around the UVA campus, naturally. We found a place called Marco and Luca Dumplings, and it had a tiny menu that highlighted their specialty fried pork + scallion dumplings.

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Dumplings to share, my order of the sesame peanut noodles, and mom’s order of the sweet and spicy noodles

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A pork bun to share as well

The noodles were my favorite! They were cold and refreshing for the hot day, and they had the perfect texture. Also, peanut sauce=’nough said.

Next up was lots and lots o’ walking around the UVA campus. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here— 80s and sunny! (Today it’s supposed to be rainy and blah though.) However, the heat is literally a warm welcome to BUGS. The bumble bees here are the size of baby birds. I kid you not.

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After soaking up all the preppy-ness and loveliness of the campus and the Cville-ians, we headed over to the UVA Catholic center/church.

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We ended up hanging out there for a while and then attending the evening Mass for Palm Sunday there.

After walking back to our car, we drove to downtown Charlottesville for dinner at Revolutionary Soup. Kath has recommended it on her blog before, so I was excited to try it!

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To share: asparagus shiitake soup, half size local tofu wrap (local tofu, arugula, tomato, red onion, and fig dijon dressing), half Athens spinach salad (spinach, feta, artichokes, roasted peppers)

It was super tasty! My favorite thing on the tray was the salad. Love me some artichokes and cheeeeese.

Then we walked some more around the Downtown Mall.

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Hm. K.

Stopped for dessert of course. More gelato 😀

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Mine on the left: cookies and cream and ‘chi0 (pistachio). Mom’s on the right: coconut and mango.

I nearly licked my cup clean and then I helped mom finish hers. No gelato left behind. I also love how the spoons were like baby paddles, because that means the gelato disappears less quickly 😉 It’s also safe to say that cookies and cream is my favorite ice cream flavor. I always forget how good it is!

As we were walking back to our car, I spotted a cute crepe shop called The Flat… And we got sucked in.

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We only had about half, don’t worry. 😉

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Mom wanted to try a savory crepe, and I told her she would be mostly on her own since I was stuffed with gelato. We ordered the “Greene Eggs” crepe with eggs, feta, and veggies. I had a few bites and it was fantastic! Mom only had a few bites too, so we took the rest back to the hotel for me to have for breakfast yesterday morning 🙂 (We have a fridge and microwave in our hotel room.)

Yeah, I was full that night.

Moves for Saturday: walking and walking and walking. My feet were hurtin’ for sure. I need to whip ’em into shape just to walk around campus. Can someone give me a foot massage first though?

Sunday

Moves for Sunday: this Travel WOD-ish. I say “ish” because I did the whole thing, but I didn’t do the rounds and exercises immediately one after another. I would do a round, take a break, do some burpees, take a break…It was just something to get moving! Plus a little bit of walking to and fro.

Lunch yesterday was at a place called Fig Bistro and Bar.

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My order: Blackened crab cake with a poached egg and cheddar grits

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Mom’s order: Eggs in avocado

We shared half and half with each other, and it was decent. Our items sounded really delicious when we read them on the menu, but the actual taste and texture of everything was meh.

After chilling out in the hotel room and putting a tiny dent into my homework, I left to meet up with two of my favorite bloggers!

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Kath

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Clare

I may or may not have been fan-girling on the inside. We met at Kath’s soccer game to chat for a little bit, and it was lovely. These two ladies have been so inspirational to me in my blogging journey, and they are just as sweet and cool in person as they are on their blogs.

All of my oatmeal? Inspiration from Kath.

My motivation to cut down on exercise and recover from my ED? Inspiration from Clare.

Thanks so much for meeting with me, Kath and Clare!

Following the blogger meet-up, I drove back to the hotel to procrastinate for an hour or so and then actually do homework for a bit. Mom and I weren’t very hungry by 7:30, but we decided to just take the 20 minute walk to the Downtown Mall for dinner. Bizou looked pretty good, so we grabbed a table al fresco. We ordered the two specials of the evening and shared half and half again.

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Mom’s: Panko-crusted trout with cauliflower au gratin and arugula salad

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Mine: Crab cakes (that’s right— I had crab cakes twice yesterday) with cheesy polenta and arugula salad

{I smell like fish right now}

Everything was tasty, but these crab cakes weren’t the best either. Too salty and mayonnaise-y. I’m a picky crab cake eater. My favorite things were the salad and the cheesy polenta! Cheeeeeese.

As fun as eating out can be, I miss my oats, avocado toast, and Greek yogurt. I have had a perpetual food baby on this trip.

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Travesty.

Wow, Charlottesville. I haven’t even gone to the admitted students’ day yet (it’s today), but we’re getting along pretty darn well. I can’t wait to see how I feel about UVA after Days on the Lawn today!

So tell me:

What was the best thing you ate this weekend?

Have you ever met bloggers in person?

What’s on your agenda this Monday?

 

WIAW: One Week of Blogging

‘Tis another Wednesday, which means another WIAW! The super duper host Jenn is hangin’ in there with little chickpea in the womb!

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It’s been one week since I started this li’l blog here. I can gush and say how it feels like I’ve been blogging for sooo long already and how I love love love it (the latter is true though), but then I’d sound like those silly middle schoolers (and high schoolers, let’s be real) who celebrate their first week-a-versaries with picture edits and kissy faces on every social media network.

“OMGOMG happy first weekaversary, sweetie!!!! LOVE YOU SO MUCH HOW DID I EVER LIVE WITHOUT YOU?! 8-7-14 ❤ ❤ ❤ :* “

Don’t wanna go there.

But honestly, the blogging community has already made me feel welcome, and I’m so thankful for their support and the support of my family and friends.

So here is what I ate last Wednesday Tuesday:

Breakfast

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Overnight oats in a sunflower seed butter jar! Topped with Special K strawberry cereal for crunch later. Kath was right–it is THE BEST.

It ain’t pretty, but it tastes amazing in my opinion. For those of you who are asking yourself why it looks like I ate baby barf for breakfast, do not fear! Overnight oats are a cold preparation of oatmeal in which you let rolled oats soak in either milk or a mix of milk and yogurt (how I like it), along with things like fruit, nut butter (absolute necessity for me), seeds/nuts, and whatever else you like. Mix it all together (Hannah Montana throwback whoa) in the morning and that’s your breakfast! It’s best in an almost empty nut butter jar as seen above. Just ask almost any healthy living blogger.

Overnight oats are probably not for everyone. I loved it from the first day I tried it about a year ago, and it has become my all-time favorite breakfast thanks to Kath (from Kath Eats Real Food). She makes her overnight oats look much more appealing than mine though. I’ll work on it.

Lunch

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Sandwich with two eggs, salsa, avocado, and parmesan. Apple and Trader Joe’s sweet potato chips on the side.

Snack

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Greek yogurt, banana slices, strawberry, almonds.

Dinner

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Flatout wrap with spinach, salmon, tomatoes, salsa. Strawberries and crackers with more salsa on the side.

I definitely ate more strawberries. Three doesn’t cut it.

For a late night snack, I shared a piece of Georgia peach bread with my mom and had some plain yogurt with half an orange before bed.

It was a delicious day of eats, if I do say so myself! Looking back at this makes me SO excited to be cooking meals at home for ourselves again. Eating out has been nice, but I miss my own food too. ESPECIALLY breakfast…

…DID YOU KNOW that I didn’t have any nut/seed butter with my breakfast the past two days?! I think I broke a very long streak, because I have had some kind of nut/seed butter somewhere in my breakfast every single morning for the past, I dunno, year (more or less)? Surprisingly, I’m not as disappointed as I thought I’d be. There’s more to life than nut butter, Alison. 

Have a nice Wednesday, everyone!

So tell me: What are some good breakfasts/meals you’ve been eating lately? Are you as obsessed with nut butter as I am?