August 31, 2010

Fall is in the Air

That is, if you forget the fact that it's ridiculously hot and humid outside. However, I know that fall is around the corner when I start stocking up on canned pumpkin and notice that other people are doing the same thing due to Whole Foods being almost sold out each time I've shopped. If it were up to me I'd buy every can they had in stock, but I resisted...for now.

First up for my pumpkin adventures is breakfast. I've had hot pumpkin oats and they were delicious, but I much prefer cold oats lately. I've had my share of the typical blog overnight oats, but I wanted something more traditional. Enter: muesli.

Harvest muesli

- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 2 tbsp soyogurt
- 2 tbsp non-dairy milk
- 1/2 apple, divided
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tbsp each pumpkin seeds + slivered almonds
- 1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
- Sprinkle of dried cranberries
- Cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste

- The night before, soak oats in banana, non-dairy milk and soyogurt.
- The morning of, grate 1/4 of the apple and cut the remainder into bite-size cubes. Add apple and remaining ingredients, stir and eat!

I know this isn't technically traditional muesli since it uses more oats than normal, but this took overnight oats to a whole other level. I LOVED the addition of the apple and using less milk resulted in creamier, heartier oats. It basically tasted like autumn in a bowl; I can see myself eating many of them through the coming months.

The bowl is the one I painted at All Fired Up in Winter Park. I'm in love.


  1. I LOVE pumpkin in my oats! I need to remember to buy a couple cans before I go back to school.

  2. I'm convinced pumpkin makes everything better.

  3. Oh yum. I love pumpkin and was heartbroken when I couldn't find it in the stores - apparently there was a shortage last season. When I finally saw some at WF's I stocked up and have been hoarding it LOL.

  4. Good! I can tell that there will probably be another shortage this season so I'll be doing the same thing. :P

  5. Girl, every time I tried to post a comment about the sweet potato soup you tried out for me ages ago, I got an error! And I just recently rememered that I never spoke to you about it so first off: THANK YOU for trying out the recipe for me! I know it was oh so long ago, but I was so happy when I saw it! I didn't get a chance to try it out yet, but I am so friggin excited to. :) You're awesome, girl.

  6. Oh, and this Dani/cecesfurtdauter from LJ. Just changed my UN, so. :)

  7. Oh no! Sorry you kept getting errors. It was no problem; I had fun making it. I hope you get a chance to try it out. :) If you want any help with other recipes let me know!

  8. Actually, I was wondering if you could possibly give me some advice about something else.

    I just joined a gym two days ago and I love it, but I'm having an issue already. I am starving when I get home. I eat about an hour - hour and a half before I go, and am usually there for about an hour. When I get home, I have an insatiable appetite. I've been trying to eat high protein/high carb foods when I get home, because a lot of websites say that's what you need after a workout. But my mom disagrees, and asks me why I'm eating anything with calories after burning them off. Do you have any advice for me? Should I be eating only fruits and veggies after the gym? Or do I need to re-build my carb and protein intake? I'm not going to the gym to build muscle, so maybe eating after isn't important for me..but I AM starving when I get done. Help?

  9. I'm sure your mom has good intentions, but DON'T listen to her! Your body needs to recover after a work out. Also, don't just eat fruits and veggies because that won't refuel your body to the point where it needs to be after exercise. You should also be eating something between 30-60 minutes after a work out because that's your recovery window. Here are some tips:

    After cardio:
    - High carbs/moderate protein. Eat something like banana and nut butter on toast, an apple and nut butter, lean fish, a turkey sandwich, carrots/pita/hummus, etc.

    After strength training:
    - High protein/carb!
    - Protein smoothie is ideal because your body benefits more from liquid than solid food after a strength training session. I highly recommend investing in some protein powder.

    Also, stay hydrated. You might be starving after a work out because you're not drinking enough during and after exercise. Make sure you're drinking enough water, please.

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