Pumpkin

Overnight Pumpkin Oats

Morning!

I always get really jealous when I’m looking at other people’s blogs and see their delicious bowls of oats that look so good you wish you could have theirs instead of what you’re eating. So, last night I decided to make Overnight Oats by the books. I’ve made them before, but I usually use steel cut oats, and with those you have to cook them about half way (15 mins and they normally take 30), and then put them in the fridge overnight.

With true overnight oats, it requires no cooking. I used the Pumpkin Oats recipe from Kath Eats located on this page and they turned out SO good. This is definitely going to be my new go-to breakfast most days of the week because its so easy to throw together the night before and again, requires NO cooking. You use a ratio 1:1:1 of rolled oats, milk, and yogurt (any kind you like). Most recipes I’ve seen use 1/3 or 1/2 cup of each.

Here’s the bowl that I just devoured:

My bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Oikos
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk
  • 1/3 cup canned organic pumpkin
  • 1/2 medium banana, mashed
  • Toppings: 1 crumbled Weetabix biscuit and pumpkin butter

I love this pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s. It’s not too sweet and adds great flavor to anything you put it on. Plus, heres the ingredient list: Pumpkin, sugar, honey, lemon juice concentrate, spices. It’s always a good sign when you can count all the ingredients on one hand.

And omg, this bowl of oats was sooooooo good. I am so excited I finally tried doing these the right way and know this will be a new staple in my diet. It’s also awesome because you can do so many different flavor combinations with the toppings (see the link above to Kath’s page for more ideas). The other best part is that I am so full, this will definitely tide me over until lunch.

Happy Tuesday!

And the Giveaway Winner Is…

Good morning and happy Friday!

Last night after work I was wandering towards my friend Steph’s place looking for some quick food to grab, and I saw this placed called the Couscous Cafe on 20th Street NW. The sign outside said Falafel Sandwich and a few other things, and I walked by it, and then turned around and went back to get the falafel that was calling my name. I walked in and told the the guy I’d never been there, and he said I was missing out and made me the best falafel sandwich. It had fresh homemade falafel, hummus, lettuce, and tomatoes in a pita wrap and it came with a salad.. all for $6.99. It was SO good, but then I left my camera at my friend’s house so I can’t show you pictures until later. 🙂

This morning I had a doctors appointment who I hadn’t been to in a year and she didn’t even recognize me! It felt so good to be told by a doctor how much healthier I am and how proud of me she is. When I left the doc’s office, it was POURING. Luckily I had checked the weather this AM and it said chance of rain so I threw my umbrella in my bag, but as I walked to my office, I could feel my shoes getting DRENCHED.

There is literally water pooled in the bottom of these. Thank God for the 5 pairs of shoes that have accumulated under my desk…

On the way to my office, I stopped by Starbucks

A grande extra hot skim latte. I never have lattes (because they are so $$!) but this was a treat (and a reward-to-self for going to the doctor ;)). Once I got to my desk, I threw together a yogurt bowl for breakfast

I found canned organic pumpkin at the grocery store!! i like Libby’s pumpkin the best but cannot find it ANYWHERE so I was so happy when I spotted this in the store on Wednesday. I mixed 1/4 of a cup of pumpkin with 1/2 a cup of nonfat greek yogurt, and threw in some sliced up some strawberries and a Weetabix biscuit. Along with my latte this made for quite a filling breakfast…

And now, onto the good stuff.. the Oikos winner! I used the random number generator at random.org, and pulled #21…

HundredTenPounds: Subscribed! Carmel sounds fantastic!

Congrats Lisa! Please email your mailing address to me at bethklein@gmail.com, and I’ll have the Stonyfield people send out your prize stat!

TGIF! Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m scheduled to do a 10 miler in the morning (though I don’t know if thats “exciting”) and then going to visit my boyfriends mom near Virginia Beach for the night. Should be fun!