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and so it continues

I’m on a quest to make a bowl of oats that will hold me over for a full 4hrs.  I know a lot of you suggested snacking before lunch, but my oat bowls are filled with enough cals/protein/fat that I shouldn’t need a snack.  I tried the 3 smaller meals + 3 large snack routine for quite a long time, and it just didn’t work for me.  I end up snacking way too much, and being slightly hungry all of the time.  For not trying to lose or gain weight, 3 full meals + 1-2 small snacks, works best for me!

Today, I played around with adding more protein, in the form of cottage cheese + soy milk.  Thanks for all of your suggestions on what works to fill you up.  I hope to try a few of them this week!

I keep my soy intake fairly low [~3 servings of whole soy per week].  This soymilk is gluten free, organic, and non-GMO.  You can read more about it here.  A 1c serving has: 120cals – 6g fat – 12g protein.  That is more protein than any other milk [dairy, nut or seed] than I’ve ever seen.  The only ingredients are: organic soybeans + reverse osmosis purified water -   Thanks to Angela, for finding this protein packed milk!

As a warning, their packages are all very similar, and this is their only soymilk that is GF.  They do have a soy/rice milk that is GF as well.

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Does anyone else have this dairy company in their stores?  It’s only carried at Natural Grocers here.  The company is based out of Iowa, and they offer organic, grass-fed [!!!!], dairy.  I’m in love with this cottage cheese.  It is extremely thick and creamy, with a nice tang.  I wish they sold their yogurt.  I bet it’s fantastic!

I go through waves of eating cottage cheese.  I will eat it everyday and then go on a hiatus for months.  Not sure why!  Right now I’m loving it for it’s quick supply of protein + fat.  It’s my go-to snack.  The other day I combined it with ground flax + jelly, which was surprisingly delicious!

Adding 1/3c of this to my oats, adds about: 70 cals – 1.5g fat – 9g protein

I’ve tried adding cottage cheese to my oats, twice now, and am still on the fence.  Time for round 3!

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The other day, Kath + I chatted about breakfast.  We talked about oat mix ins, what keeps us full the longest, the difference between oats + buckwheat bakes, etc.  Total foodie nerd fest. She was surprised that I don’t like cottage cheese oats and said it reminds her of a cheese danish.

As soon as she said that, I got an idea.

Apple cheese oatmeal danish anyone?

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I cooked up the cheesy danish oats with my new bamboo spoon.  Thanks dad!!  I actually like the spoon more than using a whisk!

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I browned the apple in a pan, with coconut oil, banana, cinnamon + a sprinkle of sucanat.  I’m not a fan of warm, soft apples, so I made sure to get these nice and crispy.

Then I stuffed the mixture into the middle of the oats, sprinkled with sucanat, and broiled for a few minutes.

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And I now like cottage cheese in my oats!

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I used a mixture of oats + oat bran, which is one of my favorite textures.

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I topped the bowl with walnuts and coconut almond butter.

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My appetite might have been a bit more ferocious than typical because of Sunday’s hard work.  I was really expecting this to do the trick, but I was hungry about 2hrs later.  Such a mystery!!

At least I have a new stellar recipe to share!

Apple Banana Cheesy Danish Oats

  • 4T rolled oats

  • 3T oat bran

  • 3/4c high protein soymilk

  • 3/4c water

  • 1/2T coconut oil

  • 1t sucanat

  • 1t cinnamon

  • 1/2 medium apple, chopped

  • 1/2 banana, chopped

  • 1/3c 2% cottage cheese

  1. Combine oats + oat bran in a pot with the liquid, over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, stir, then reduce heat to simmer for about 6-8min.  Stir occasionally.

  2. While that is coming to a boil, heat coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

  3. Add chopped apple, banana, cinnamon + sucanat to the pan.

  4. Cook, stirring as needed, until golden brown.

  5. Set your oven to broil.

  6. When the oats are to the consistency you like, add in the cottage cheese for 1min.

  7. Pour into an oven safe dish, and stuff the apple mixture into the center.

  8. Dust with 1/2t sucanat and broil for a few minutes, until golden brown on top.

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This was loaded with protein + fat.  Somewhere around 25-28g of each!  My stomach was hungry 2.5hrs later, but I think it’s a trick hunger.  It’s the only time of day, that I can drink a cup of tea or glass of water, and then my hunger goes away.  So maybe it did hold me over?






Oh crazy stomach.  Can’t you just tell me what you want!?

Since avoiding gluten, I’ve obviously been eating less carbs.  Maybe I need to up the oats/carbs + tune down the fat a bit.  Hmmmm…

I’m going to test out different oat concoctions all week, to see if I can find an answer.  Stay tuned!


wanna’ go for a ride?

A mid day adventure.

Time to grab my bike.

It’s totally secure in there.  I swear.

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Our shed is so neat + tidy.  Cooler….filing cabinet…kayak…you know, the usual.

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I bought this single-speed bike on craiglist, last year, for $100.  I love it for bopping around town and riding to the gym.  The best thing about it are the awesome stickers, put on by the previous owners.

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It was in the low 50’s this morning, so I had a few layers on.  The wind gusts were a little scary, but I made my way to the gym.

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First, I was held up by a train…

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Today I did a mix of legs + upper body.  Feel the burn!  Then, I did an HIIT workout on the best cardio machine ever, for 20min.  I absolutely love HIIT workouts because they are quick and torturous.  Yes, I like to be tortured at the gym.

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I went right around lunch time, silly me, so before leaving for the gym I had a date + peanut butter + apple snack.  After my workout I packed some protein powder [Vega Tropical shake n’ go – from HLS swag] + maca powder

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I mixed it with about 20oz of water + chugged it down.

I really enjoyed it.

That is a lie. 

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My favorite locker room feature, is this awesome locking device!!  No need to bring a lock, or wonder if all your things are getting stolen while you’re pumpkin pumping iron.

You just set, lock + go!

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Bye bye gym!  This is a HUGE gym by the way, with basketball courts, an indoor track, and a huge rock climbing + bouldering area.  Love it!

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Then, if my quads weren’t already on fire, I had to trek over to Home Depot.  Obviously.

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The walls all have a light texture to them [from previous owners], so I had to buy some spray texture to go over the new drywall around the closet.  I would prefer a smooth wall, but we’re not about to start scraping down the walls!

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Then I made my way through town…

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…to stop at the local food co-op.  How adorable is this?  The inside is ever better!!

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Had to the get essentials…

  • tea ball [mine broke]
  • coconut [out of coconut butter]
  • brown rice tortillas [tortilla pizza!!]
  • delicious local tempeh
  • cheese cloth [because I can never find it and want to make my own almond milk]

Random, to say the least!

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Now I’m back home, hobbling around with super sore quads.  Time to texture the closet, do a little painting and then a little furniture building.

Hope you enjoyed the ride!