(Not) That Oatmeal Post…

by Sarah on October 25, 2011 · 10 comments

If you talked to me at all before I started my month of veganism, you’d know that the food I was most nervous about giving up was yogurt. After overdosing on oatmeal (three years of eating it every single morning will do that to you), I had taken on the new obsession of eating “yogurt messes” (which I, in a fit of “Trying to be a Cool Blogger” Syndrome, attempted to brand as a CFY*). But once I labeled myself a vegan, the yogurt had to go.

*C(ereal) F(ruit) Y(ogurt)

And so, I welcomed back the oat.*

*Hello, Oaty, well, hello, oaty it’s so nice, to have you back where you belong!And with the exception of two days when I ate cold pasta for breakfast (because really…it’s good, y’all!), a big bowl of oats has been my morning glory during the entire VeganMoFo.Now, like a good vegan and healthy living blogger, I could write a poetic description* of the versatility of oatmeal and how full it makes me and how much I look forward to it every morning.
*To fit with my standard way of proclaiming my love for foods, I could even write a song.
But I am not a normal healthy living blogger,* and to be honest, I’m pretty sure most of the time I look at oatmeal simply as a vessel for eating nut butter.
*and I make fun of those people sometimes
Yet, I think by the fact that I sometimes create elaborately themed bowls of oats (should we cut to the chase and call them boats?), like this strange, deconstructed Waldorf salad in a bowl, featuring grapes, apples, walnuts (and pears..for fun!).Or the fact that I will stop to photograph my oatmeal when I realize suddenly that it resembles a food-as-art interpretation of the tiny fallen leaves on my driveway……well, I think it might tell you I have started to take a rather abnormal pride in my oatmeal-making skills.But, well, the moment I realized I just might be diving off the deep end came the morning I saw Alton Brown.And after scooping on fig preserves, pumpkin butter, apple butter, AND peanut butter (how could I not, really?)

…then stirring it all up with the faintly red apples I’d cooked directly in the oats…Well, I looked down at my shirt and realized……my oatmeal and I were TWINS!

And that’s when I knew I had a problem.*
*Although maybe it was when I had to have my photograph taken with the oatmeal that I really closed the deal.
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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean October 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

haha shirt and food twins. amazing. also that waldorf oatmeal looks SO good right now. def having oatmeal for lunch!

Kayla @ SproutyBuns October 25, 2011 at 6:38 am

love, love this post! I can't remember the last time I made myself an oatmeal bowl … I'm still alive, and still a "healthy living blogger" :)

Lauren October 25, 2011 at 6:46 am

Oatmeal twins! Hahah looks fab :)

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free October 25, 2011 at 7:28 am

Such a cute post 😀 😀 Too funny! So what's your favorite combo so far? Or would that question be way to absurd because it would be mean to not include all your other oatmeal brothers and sisters?

girlgonegrits October 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

You are so funny…….Love the waldorf oatmeal idea!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

Oatmeal isn't so bad… though I totally agree with you about it being a vessel for PB. Or Nutella. Or Biscoff spread.

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

Haha. I think oatmeal missed you.

Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count October 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

I don't think you have a problem…the photo is so cute and the oatmeal looks YUMMY!

Katie October 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Bahaha, that's actually really cute.

Trust me, when you start eating oats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…then you have a problem.

Leila @ Spinach and Skittles October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Orange and yellow are very becoming on you…and your oats :) Have you tried creamy buckwheat? I get the Bob's Red Mill brand, and find it to be a lovely alternative to oats.

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