Up With The Birds

I was all set to have kashi waffles for breakfast this morning, but for some unknown reason I woke up (literally) at the crack of dawn! I woke up at 5 am, laid in bed til 5:45, then figured my alarm goes off in 20 minutes anyway, might as well just get up. Don’t you hate that?! So, I got up and made a cappuccino and put a pot of steel cut oats on the stove because I figured I might as well because I had the time. Plus, I think I’m always leaving way too early for school and I’m always the first one there in the morning. I need to relax! haha 🙂

So, I tried something new—simmering steel cut oats in half cup milk and half cup water instead of all water this morning. I added a banana too for creaminess and a tablespoon of peanut butter. YUM! I could have let it cook longer but there was no time! Must get to the kitchens! 🙂



This breakfast was about 402 calories.

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  • Rachel
    January 10, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Christie, I am really petite too, as a nutritionist in training how many calories do you aim for day? Could you post a daily schedule? I also feel the calorie calculators way overestimate my calories since I am so petite.

    Jenna and Sara, I noticed both of you use just plain balsamic, don’t you find that too bitter?

    Have a good day everyone!

    p.s. Jenna, I read a few food blogs-yours is def my fav!

  • Rachel
    January 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I didn’t mean daily schedule as much as what you eat in a typical day.

  • Danielle
    January 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Oh Rachel, I agree! I check a handful of blogs a day but look forward to this one the most, and I love how Jenna updates it so often so there’s always something new!

  • Sarah
    January 10, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I tried the Overnight Swiss Oatmeal…and let me tell you, I have a new favorite breakfast! 🙂 It’s going to be great once summer rolls around, to be able to keep having oats for breakfast but having an alternative to HOT oats.

    It was creamy, delicious, and perfect…thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Marissa
    January 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve been reading this blog since you started but haven’t posted anything before. I just want to agree with the previous comments and say that of the ones I read yours is by far my favorite! You’ve given me a lot of good meal ideas and it’s great how often you update it. This morning I tried oatmeal with peanut butter and half a banana for the first time and it was so good! I also found it filled me up much better than when I eat it with raisins and brown sugar. Thanks for the idea!

  • Christie
    January 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm


    Most of my days start out very early and I work out in the morning usually have my coffee with soy creamer and eaither an electrolyte replacer before I run or some yogurt with fruit or yogurt with jam.

    After i run I usually have oats or oatbran with fruit nuts, milk, flax and some agave nectar.
    I will have lunch eaither pb & J with fruit or cottage cheese or some kind of sandwhich with fruit, I always need a snack later on eaither a bar or some fruit and cottage cheese or hummus and crackers usually around 200-250 calories.
    For Dinner I will have some grains, protein and veggies and I always like to have something at night which varies. I probobly eat about 1600 calories on average I think that is where I feel best but some days I eat 1500 and some days 1800 it depends how i feel, how late i sleep and how much I worked out. I tried eating 2000 caloroes for a while and did not feel good, what do you aim for? I try to make sure I get all the food groups in as well and at night when I want something I try to see where I was lacking for the day and base the snack around that.

  • Rachel
    January 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks Christie,

    Actually I also aim for about 1600. With that said, when I looked at Sara’s menu I feel that I def eat alot more than that (but I’m pretty sure my calorie estimates aren’t off?). Since you are an early riser maybe you (or anyone else) can help with this. I find that my breakfast holds me for about 3 hours (also oatmeal), but on the days I get up early to exercise I very hungry for lunch as early as 10 am! I have tried a small snack, but honestly, my body thinks its meal time. The problem is in the “real world” most people eat lunch b/w 12-1 and lunch has a social aspect to it, so its hard to be on such a different schedule than most people. Any advice? I am very petite and smalled framed, so honestly more than 1600 calories doesn’t look good on me.

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 6:20 pm


    So glad you liked the oatmeal! That’s one of my favs! 🙂


    THANK YOU! 🙂 I’m so glad you tried something wonderful like oats because of me! what an honor!

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm


    You would think it would be bitter but its actually not. Its quite good! You should try it to see what you think…I like it because it’s light and doesn’t take away from the taste of the lettuce unlike some rich creamy dressings. And, I just looove good balsamic vin.

  • Christie
    January 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm


    I sometimes have the same problem but I try to drink water and maybe have some tea I also try to not eat right away on days that I am up that early but def having some coffee or tea with your snack and lots of water will help to hold you over. Sometimes its very mental, what I mean by that is your not really thinking your going to be full from your snack and you convince yourself your so hungry but I think if you had the snack and some tea with it and knew in your mind it would hold you over and try not to think about eating but just be busy with life (thats how eating shouldbe ) you woudl find that you will naturally feel satisfied.