Friday, May 23, 2008

Back to Oats

Happy Friday! 

This morning, I woke up wanting a warm bowl of oats. It's actually pretty warm outside, but I've just been craving a regular bowl of oatmeal. I chose to make steel cut oats because I wasn't very hungry yet and it's been awhile since I've had them. In a saucepan, I brought a cup of water to a boil, added 1/4 cup of oats and stirred. After 10 minutes, I added a chopped apple, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of raisins. After 5 more minutes, the liquid was almost gone but I knew my oats weren't quite done so I added 1/4 c water + 1/4 c soy milk. I turned the heat down and let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes. I love adding walnuts to the apple-raisin combo, but today I added a twist. I ground a tablespoon of walnuts with a teaspoon of raw sugar to make a walnut meal. I sprinkled this on top of the oatmeal. I missed the crunch the walnut pieces add, but I liked that I could taste the walnuts throughout the entire bowl. By the way, does anyone know if walnut butter is carried in stores?

Breakfast: 320 cals, 10g fat, 8g fiber, 11g protein

I wanted to workout right away this morning, but my whole body is feeling sore from yesterday. I'll have to fit it in later tonight. I'm running a few errands that will include a coffee stop, going out to lunch and to MOA (Mall of America) with my friend before dropping her off at the airport at 4. I really hope I don't get stuck in rush hour on the way back. 

For all of those working, I hope the day goes quickly so you can enjoy the start to the long weekend. For those traveling, be safe. And I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend! 

On a side note, I'm watching Alanis Morissette sing Ironic on the Today Show. I know I'm not that old, but this song brings me back to my younger years. She sounds/looks great thought!


VeggieGirl said...


Oh my goodness, 'Ironic' was my favorite song when I was about 8 years old, haha; and I listen to it on my i-Pod, even to this day!! Alanis Morrisette's old stuff is soooo much better than her latest tunes (in my opinion)...

Ashley said...

Now that oatmeal sounds good! Mine was disappointing this morning. I have always wanted to go to Mall of America, is it cool?
Oh and I was wondering if you would know if when you're cooking with an oil like extra virgin olive oil, if I add 1/2 tbsp and cook in a pan with it, do you know how much of that you actually eat/count as calories/fat? Thought you might know I've been wondering for a while, thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

Becca said...

Haha, I remember listening to "Ironic" when I was in middle school.
That was a neat trick you did with the walnuts, I've never seen walnut butter, but I'm sure you could make your own.

Have fun at MOA. People get all excited when I tell them I use to live 20 minutes from there. To me, its just a normal mall! Have a great weekend!

Kate said...

My friend was at the Alanis concert this morning! She said she sounded much better in person. Tag! You're it!

Monica said...

VG- I agree, I love her old stuff. I haven't heard any of her new songs yet besides the one she sang this morning. Have a great weekend!

Ashley- MOA is cool because there are a ton of stores so you can find everything you need, but honestly it's just like any other big mall. It gets really crowded around the holidays and weekends so I try to avoid it.

As for the oil, I would assume that your food absorbs all of it. So if you were to add 1/2 tbsp, I would add those calories and fat to your food.

Becca- yeah that's what I was thinking too. I might try to make it one of these days. And I agree, MOA is overrated, which is why I only go once in awhile. They actually built a cool outdoor mall here in Woodbury.

Kate- That's so cool. I would love to live in NYC! Thanks for the tag!