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Breakfast Galore!

July 20, 2012

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!!!! Can you tell I’m excited?!? Because I am RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED! Why? It’s a big weekend, for so many reasons:

1. I get to spend my weekend with my favorite friend in the whole wide world:

2. I don’t have to wake up at 4:45am on Saturday morning! (I will probably wake up earlier on Sunday… but that’s beside the point).

3. I get to eat GLUTEN FREE PASTA at Mia Francesca with my cousin and her friend for some pre-race fuel on Saturday night!

4. I get to run the Chicago Rock N Roll Half Marathon! (okay, actually kinda getting freaked out about this one)

5. I get lots of FREE STUFF at the expo and the race! I’ve never done a big race with an expo before! I’m excited!

6. I might get to go to a super cheap produce place that I heard about in the Chicago area! (Need to drive there, not the best looking area). Cherries, here I come!


So a couple weeks ago I talked with some friends and realized one of the reasons I binge eat in the evenings is because I’m just not getting enough calories during the day, especially with all the training I’m doing. One thing I’ve done is add a mid-morning snack (which is fantastic!) and another was to increase the calories a bit in my breakfasts. Normally they are around 200-275 calories, the three I looked up and tried out are 350-400 (some need added nut butter to get there).

I also wanted to mix things up! I’ve gotten a little stuck on either a sweet potato with an over easy egg and salsa, or my Apple Pie Oats. I’ve had these recipes bookmarked for ages, so I’m glad I finally decided to try them!

Oatmeal Minus the “Oats” from Carrots N Cake

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I looooooved the texture of these “oats”! They tasted great, the cinnamon really helped so definitely don’t omit that!

Fluffy Oatmeal from Carrots N Cake

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These were pretty good, but not out of this world. I think I mostly enjoyed them because 1) they were OIAJ (oats in a jar) and 2) I hadn’t made oats with banana in ages, and I missed it!

Chia Pudding from Eating Bird Food

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This definitely had a different texture, but I enjoyed trying something new! And the blueberries and banana added in made it even more delicious! I also had to add a lot of extra milk to get it to a consistency I liked, those chia seeds really absorbed a lot of the liquid overnight!

I hope you all have a great weekend too!


What’s a new breakfast recipe that you’ve tried out?

Are you excited about anything in particular this weekend? (other than all the Molly pictures coming your way…)

46 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2012 6:08 am

    Your weekend sounds great! Good luck on your race! I’m scared about my first bike race on Saturday, but all I can do is rely on all the training I’ve done and think of it as a fun experience.

    What got me out of my breakfast rut was doing a week-long challenge of having something different everyday. I really discovered some great oat, pancake and smoothie recipes that have stuck.


    • July 20, 2012 2:56 pm

      Haha that’s what I did for my breakfasts! And good luck on your bike race – that’s my same mentality with the half this weekend! Have fun!

  2. July 20, 2012 6:19 am

    Your weekend sounds awesome! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  3. July 20, 2012 8:15 am

    I tried quinoa for breakfast this morning – cooked in vanilla almond milk with vanilla greek yogurt, more almond milk, chia seeds, and fresh strawberries. It was good but I still like my overnight oats better! Good luck in your race!

    • July 20, 2012 2:54 pm

      Haha I’ve tried quinoa for breakfast too, but it’s never as good as when I get it from a place here in chicago!

  4. July 20, 2012 8:25 am

    I’m hitting up a salsa festival (the food, not the dance) then trying a free yoga class!

  5. July 20, 2012 9:03 am

    Hi Katie, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog:) Your pictures and recipes always look fantastic, and your writing style is humorous, honest, and engaging. I recently started my own blog; I was inspired to start one by the many food/cooking blogs I read (including yours!!). I hope you have a fantastic weekend; it certainly sounds exciting:)

    • July 20, 2012 2:50 pm

      Awww thank you Kendra!!! That means so much to me to hear, I really appreciate it! I’ll be sure to check out your blog, have a great weekend!

  6. July 20, 2012 9:08 am

    Good luck with your half! Your going to rock it! Now that I’m back on eggs I might have to try the oatmeal minus the eggs!

  7. July 20, 2012 9:18 am

    I haven’t tried the oatmeal minus the oats yet!

  8. July 20, 2012 9:30 am

    I’m so nervous for the RnR half too!! At least the Expo should be good…it’s going to be my first Expo ever!

    I also found that if I don’t eat enough through the day, come evening/dinner time I basically inhale everything in my fridge. It’s like that saying goes: ”eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” – eat enough during the day so you won’t be hungry and calorie-deprived come dinner time.

  9. July 20, 2012 9:53 am

    Have fun if you make it to Stanleys. I went last Saturday and seriously bought. the. entire. store. The fruit (cherries) weren’t amazing looking but they tasted really good and were soo cheap ($0.99 for a TJ size box!!).

    Good luck at the RnR half, I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂

    • July 20, 2012 2:48 pm

      Haha your post is why we’re going! I LOVE cherries so I’ll take ’em even if they weren’t amazing!

  10. July 20, 2012 9:55 am

    i like that oatmeal minus the oats too! i tried it a couple months ago and have kind of forgotten about it since then. i still like my regular oats better i think, but it’s a good change up every so often! i have yet to try chia pudding too!

  11. July 20, 2012 11:12 am

    good luck with the half! i’m excited to hear how it goes. and enjoy sleeping in on saturday 🙂

  12. July 20, 2012 11:28 am

    What a fun weekend! You are going to rock that half! Can’t wait to hear all about it girl 🙂

    –I too have been uping my breakfast/lunch because of the high intensity workouts I do.. and to help with my hungerrr @ night. It’s like were twins!

  13. July 20, 2012 11:53 am

    Good luck in your race! Tell us all about it ASAP!
    The chia seed pudding is interesting – I never would have thought the chia seeds would absorb all that liquid. Looks like it ended up with kind of a tapioca texture?

    • July 20, 2012 2:47 pm

      Um haha I’ve never actually had tapioca so I can’t describe it that way. Chia seeds absorb a ton of moisture!

  14. July 20, 2012 12:18 pm

    I definitely get into ruts with breakfasts.. I honestly haven’t tried anything new lately other than a new to me gluten free pancake mix, which was quite delicious.

    • July 20, 2012 2:46 pm

      Haha I get into serious breakfast ruts, that’s why I forced myself to do this and I’m glad I did!

  15. July 20, 2012 12:39 pm

    YAY for your half!! I am SO excited for YOU 🙂

    This weekend is going to rock–hanging out with in laws, teaching BodyPUMP, church, extra time in the sun-cant wait!

    Those b-fasts look good!

  16. Lauren permalink
    July 20, 2012 2:08 pm

    Good luck at the race! I’m doing a half the on Sat in Hoffman Estates.

    You can take the North Ave bus to Stanley’s.

  17. Sienna permalink
    July 20, 2012 3:57 pm

    You’ll do great at your race! Have fun! Stanley’s is a great place but a word of advice, make sure to only buy what you can eat in a few days. The fruit often doesn’t have a very long shelf life before it starts to mold so you may find yourself eating nothing but fruit if your get too excited and buy a ton!

  18. July 20, 2012 3:58 pm

    Recently I’ve been making big batches of steel cut oats in my Crockpot for the whole week. I’ll put cinnamon, bananas, and chia seeds in it. Whenever I eat it I drizzle some agave syrup or brown sugar on it. So good! 🙂

  19. July 20, 2012 5:54 pm

    Jealous of your weekend! I hope you enjoy every second of it.

  20. July 20, 2012 8:20 pm

    Enjoy the weekend with your friend 🙂
    I need to get around to making Chia Seed Pudding – I have a huge bag just sitting in my pantry.

  21. Hilary permalink
    July 20, 2012 8:26 pm

    I have been craving blueberry, peach oatmeal with greek yogurt every morning! it’s my favorite! i was told the same thing yesterday about why I binge too! I just bought kind bars for a snack. I’m hoping this works. I’m excited to see if it helps. good luck at the half marathon!! i’m running the philly rock n roll half in september. HAVE FUN!! 🙂

  22. July 20, 2012 9:39 pm

    I am looking up the chia seed pudding. I finally was able to find them, but I haven’t made anything with them yet. I’m really curious. The food looks delicious! Best wishes on your run!

  23. July 22, 2012 3:11 am

    Yum I’ve tried making paleo oatmeal/cereal too, my version is just a bunch of chopped nuts and berries. Delicious! In general though I prefer real oats for breakfast 🙂

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