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July 7, 2010

That is what I would call last nights Rockies game.  Yes, it is now time for me to bore you with baseball talk, but I promise to make it short, like one sentence short.  Bottom of the 9th, Rockies are down 3 to 9 and end up winning 12 to 9, with a 3-run walkoff homer!!!  Oh yes, miracles do happen.

This bit of baseball magic got me thinking.  Unbelievable things can be achieved.  Like overcoming a 6-run deficit OR running a half marathon 🙂  I find inspiration everywhere I look.  What inspires you?

I came home to a very curious roommate last night.  Hannah wanted to know all about oats!  She admitted to dabbling in oattery in the past, but found them to be boring and ended up quitting the oat habit altogether 😦

Enter Lauren with answers to your oat woes.

Rules for Exciting Oats:

  1. Use something other than water — my FAVORITE is vanilla almond milk because it gives the oats a sweet thickness.  Play around with alternative liquids till you find your favorite.
  2. Mix in some FRESH fruit — I strongly believe oatmeal has achieved its bad reputation due to the awful plain oatmeal + dried fruit (usually raisins) + brown sugar combination served in EVERY restaurant!  Groooaaan.  For me, there’s just no comparing dried and fresh fruit.  Give it a whirl, the fruit possibilities are endless and give oats such a natural flavor boost.
  3. Mix it up.  Hannah specifically wanted to know all about overnight oats.  These are so so different from hot oats and perfect for a warm day!  Everyone needs a little variety in the morning, so why not try some VOOs or how about oats layered with banana soft serve?  Oats are SO versatile so by all means take advantage and get creative, which leads me to my next point…
  4. Toppings!  It is ENTIRELY POSSIBLE to make a healthy bowl of oats while still using your favorite toppings.  Just remember, everything in moderation.  Nut butters, fruit, syrup, granola, cereal, jelly, milk, chocolate, I’ve even been known to throw a few bites of cake/cupcake in, he he.  For me, the toppings make the oats so don’t be afraid to go a little crazy 🙂

The best part of the conversation was having Hannah ask me to make her some VOOs!  Am I the only one who gets super excited to introduce someone to the wonderful world of oats?

Equally exciting was last nights dinner: Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto + Pasta

I reserved about a cup of the pasta water before draining so I could thin out the pesto.  Note to self: Thin out pesto BEFORE adding it to the pasta, duh!  I chopped some cherry tomatoes in half to add to the pasta as well.

WHOA, this pesto is out of this world!!  Although I’d still say it tasted pretty garlic-y, it wasn’t overpowering.  The garlic scapes have a mild flavor.  Joey described it as “healthy tasting,” I’d prefer to describe it as FRESH.

We both INHALED our giant bowls.  A dinner well done!

Speaking of VOOs, I made up a bowl before going to bed.

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup vanilla hemp milk (which I actually thought tasted pretty good this morning)
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/4 banana
  • handful of bluebs
  • graham cracker + PB samich, dunked in the oats of course**I REALLY didn’t want to post this horrid looking picture, but my sister is forcing me to**

By the way, I only have about 4 graham crackers left and it’s freaking me out!  I’ve been relying on these as snacks for weeks.  I may make another batch today because I feel like having these on hand at ALL TIMES!

Sorry for the text-heavy post.  Rest assured that the weekend holds promises of pictures-a-plenty!  My 21st birthday is this Friday, which means non-stop eating out and many food photo opportunities, stay tuned.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2010 9:46 PM

    Try adding pumpkin butter to your OOs or even in your hot oats! So delish!

  2. July 7, 2010 9:56 PM

    Pumpkin butter?! That sounds amazing, where can I get such a thing? I really wanted to try adding canned pumpkin to my oats a while back and when I asked the store clerk if they had any she just stared at me like I was an idiot. I guess the summer isn’t the best time to find pumpkin 😦

  3. July 7, 2010 10:13 PM

    It certainly can be hard to find pumpkin this time of year..and I’ve done canned pumpkin in my oats…the canned pumpkin pie is better 😉

    As for the pumpkin butter, why Trader Joes of course! They are now stocking it year round =)

    • July 8, 2010 4:27 PM

      We don’t have Trader Joe’s in Colorado 😦 Luckily, I’m going on vacation in a few weeks and will be close to one!

  4. July 8, 2010 5:56 PM

    No TJs in CO? Blasphemy! Get to one stat! 😉

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