I Promise I Do Eat Solid Foods…Sometimes.

by HEAB on April 20, 2009

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So, I did make it to an Iyengar style yoga class at this studio yesterday.  Apparently, I caught the last class of a series, and all we did were a few basic poses, some with a chair (new to me), and then spent the last 30 minutes doing deep breathing exercises.  This was probably just what my body needed, but the temperature outside dropped while we were in class, and the studio was freezing.  By the end I was so cold that all I could concentrate on were the chill bumps forming on my legs.  I might give the studio another try, but I was definitely missing my 100 degree room over at Hot Yoga Nashville!

During last week’s No Oat Challenge, I bonded with the container of Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat Cereal that has been sitting in the cupboard for a while.

Cashew Cream Buckwheat

Cashew Cream Buckwheat

Yesterday’s breakfast was 1/2 cup buckwheat cereal cooked with 1 cup water and then blended with 3/4 cup water & 1 scoop of Sun Warrior vanilla rice protein. Toppings were cashew cream and crunchy almond butter.

Creamy Chia Buckwheat

Creamy Chia Buckwheat

This morning while my coffee brewed, I cooked 1/2 cup buckwheat cereal with 1 cup water and then poured it into a bowl with 2 TBSP chia seeds, giving it a good stir before leaving for yoga.  After a quick shower when I arrived home, I placed my buckwheat/chia mixture in the Vita-Mix with 1 cup water and 1 scoop of Sun Warrior. I then topped it off with some almond butter and enjoyed every last creamy bite!

Over the weekend, I experimented with the raw buckwheat groats Abbie sent me:

Raw Buckwheat Pudding

Raw Buckwheat Pudding

After soaking 1/2 cup buckwheat groats in 1 cup of water for about 8 hours, I dumped everything into the Vita-Mix with 1 scoop of Sun Warrior and 1/4 frozen avocado. My pudding toppings consisted of raw cashew cream and raw pumpkin seed butter.  This was meant to be a mid-afternoon mini-meal but didn’t really leave much room for dinner.  Delicious AND filling!

Sorry Sabra, but I’m cheating on you…

My new favorite hummus.

My new favorite hummus.

I love anything containing horseradish…can’t even begin to describe the damage I used to do back in the day with the Horsey squirt bottle at Arby’s. I grabbed this last week while Justine and I perused the aisles at Trader Joe’s together, and I’m so glad I did.  Yum!

Last but not least, I did a little baking this weekend…

Maple Nut Oaties

Maple Nut Oaties

Many of you have emailed me for this recipe, and it can now be found here.  These cookies are vegan, wheat & soy free, incredibly easy, and totally delicious.  Enjoy…and Happy Belated Birthday Diana! :)

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Erica April 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

Bummer about the yoga- I HATE being cold…especially while exercising! All of your bfast creations always look incredible to me. Yummy cookies. I made TONS of cookies this weekend (post to come hopefully later today ;) ). Hope your Monday treats you well.

VeggieGirl April 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

Sorry about the freezing yoga studio :-( Never fun!!

Major food porn with the buckwheat and oaties!! And holy goodness, I MUST find that hummus at TJ’s!!

Leah April 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

Whoa those breakfast meals! You should put a warning on your post! :)

Love the look of the Oaties.. i’m going to check out the recipe!

Erin April 20, 2009 at 9:01 am

Cold yoga does not make me happy. I went to a class once where the heat had broken and it was fairly atrocious. It was a cold November day!
That hummus is very intriguing. I love horseradish too, I need to remember to look for it next time I get to Trader Joe’s.
And that raw buckwheat pudding! So so creamy looking. I’m very impressed and have no idea what it is, but want some!

FoodsThatFit April 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

I see your crack lab has been running this weekend! I am drooling :)

I have a difficult time focusing when I am cold as well, and it also makes me grumpy when I am freezing. I think the hot yoga sounds much better, especially during the cold months!

I am glad you found good use for the buckwheat groats. I have some that I tried to sprout but they went sour on the last day, I hate when I do that! Soaking them and blending them sounds like a better alternative!

Oh, and cashew cream! It looks like cool whip…I must make some soon :)

Seriously Heather after reading this post I have decided I NEED a Vitamix after all your yummy blended grains!

Have a great day!

brandi April 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

i love your creamy piles of grains :)

I got the PURE bar – thanks so much Heather! I haven’t tried it, but I’m excited to :) You’re too sweet!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

I’m so intrigued by the blended bowls… they’re on my list to try!! Honestly, the reason I haven’t tried them yet is that I tend to run really late in the morning and eat my oats in the car! Blended ones wouldn’t be thick enough to go from the passenger seat to my mouth!

carolinebee April 20, 2009 at 9:12 am

haha every week I hear about new BEST EVER TJ’s hummus- I can’t keep up!! Luckily it’s like 1000 dollars cheaper than sabra so it’s all good. Your creations are spectac!! Chewing is totally overrated!

ksgoodeats April 20, 2009 at 9:34 am

Solid food just isn’t at fun! I like the creamy eats :)

After I make my way through the 2 lb. tub of hummus (plus another tub that we bought the day before I was gifted with the 2lb-er) I’m going to have to pick up the horseradish hummus. That sounds delicious!!

Maple Nut Oaties?! They look fantastic! Sorry about the cold yoga by the way, that would not be fun!

dailygoods April 20, 2009 at 9:37 am

i love all your creations! and those cookies sound sooooo amazing! i WILL be makign them soon :) love our hot yoga, im going to buy a month membership this week and i cant WAIT!

justine April 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

That raw buckwheat pudding looks amazing!! I am sad that I only have toasted buckwheat :( .

~Justine

Pearl April 20, 2009 at 9:42 am

Ahh – sorry to hear that the yoga studio was freezing! but thank you for linking to the recipe!

orangepop April 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

Oh, that new hummus is a great idea… I need to make a new hummus concoction in my kitchen! Great oaties, you lil genius!!!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) April 20, 2009 at 9:54 am

GASP – could those be my cookies?? Thank you for birthday wishes! And not a minute late whatsoever – today is in fact the day!…I’ve just been celebrating a while because that’s how I roll. :) Sorry to confuse you (and many others I’m sure…haha). Thank you so much HEAB! You are supremely supreme. I drool.

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

Diana,
That was actually an old picture, but your cookies looked very similar. I mailed them on Saturday. Enjoy and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

MyThy as in "Mighty" ;) April 20, 2009 at 10:02 am

Hi Heather!

I love your blog and how you always introduce me to a new food everytime I read your blog! I’ve been a foodblog lurker but thought I’d come out and ask you a question about making pecan butter. I know you, Jenna (EatLiveRun), Heather (HangryPants) and Courtney (Hungry Yogini) have all made almond butter, but how about pecans? I have a bag full of candied pecans from TJ’s but don’t have a powerful VitaMix to give it a try. =\

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hey MyThy,
I’ve never made pecan butter myself, but I have made both walnut and cashew butters. Polly recently made pecan butter, and said it was delicious. So I want to try some soon! I bet the candied pecans would add a nice touch of sweetness to the batch. I rarely use my Vita-Mix for nut butters – just usually make them in my food processor. Do you have one? You can read the directions here: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2009/03/12/green-acres-is-the-place-for-me/. If no food processor in your life, you can go ahead and try a regular blender. Just make sure to take breaks during blending as I wouldn’t want you to burn out the motor. Let me know how it turns out.

Melissa S. April 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

dude, all your blended stuff always looks so great. i just wish i had the patience to wait for those kinds of things! haha!

Rose April 20, 2009 at 10:12 am

Can’t wait to try out those cookies. They look so so good.

Graze With Me April 20, 2009 at 10:16 am

Yum, blended bliss :) The hummus sounds amazing, I just recently realized my love for horseradish.

coco April 20, 2009 at 11:16 am

freezing room to do yoga sucks… it gets harder to get stretched out and warm up to do some poses.
Do you really eat solid food??? Hard to believe!! :D But those nonsolid food that you’re having are scrumptious!!
I got the book Go Dairy Free and couldn’t leave it until finish it… and I love it. Thank u so much!!! :)

runsarah April 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

love the oaties, they look amazing!

amy (veganissexy.com April 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

Yummo looking cookies! High five for giving the recipe and for them beging vegan :) I will HAVE to pick up that hummus on my next TJ’s stop. Hubby is obsessed like you are with all things hot horsey. I personally can’t stand the heat (but really like plain wasabi….strange) but I know he’d LOVE it :)

Holly April 20, 2009 at 11:48 am

Those cookies look AMAZING. Thank you so much for posting the recipe!

Honey Mustard is to me what Horsey Sauce is to you. ;-) For awhile I became QUITE the expert on which restaurants/brands had the best HM. I guess we all need a good condiment (totally just started to spell that differently, hmmm) in our lives, huh?

Sarah April 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm

i love all the puddings — don’t stop! i think i need to incorporate some chia into my life. and some maple nut oaties. YUM

Megan April 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

there’s no need for solid food when your blendy food looks like THAT! yum! i can always look to your posts for big bowls of blendyness with large dollops of other blendy things on top. i like it :)

I looooooove the cashew cream!!! mmmmmmmmm. *lots of jealousy over here!*

yay for re-trying the hemp protein!! I definitely like the sun warrior better. the vanilla spice flavoring really saves the hemp though. the dirt texture is hard to get past but it doesn’t taste as bad as it appears (which would be a sad thing).

happy monday heather <3

nicolegodiva April 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I need to buy some of that horseradish hummus now! How delicious!! And.. I think you can make nut butters in your vitamix, but it is really hard to get out. I have made raw brownies in my vitamix before and I imagine that with just a little extra processing it would become a chocolatey nut butter. Maybe I will post the recipe on my blog soon.. sugar free (uses agave though..) and delicious!

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm

nicolegodiva,
Yeah, I’ve used my Vita-Mix to make nut butters, but it is so hard to clean the nut butter off from around the blade. Plus, if I use a food processor, I can make bigger batches at one time. Hmm, now about this raw brownie recipe…must have it! :)

Emily April 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Heather,

Solid food is overrated! If you keep making all of these homemade nut butters you should check this out:

http://curlytopbop.blogspot.com/search?q=nut+butter

I made a free, downloadable nut butter label for all of the homely jars of goodness we mix up. Now our nut butters can feel pretty too!

With Love,

Emily

Alison April 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Those cookies look great! The perfect size.

Sarah April 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Horseradish hummus sounds awesome! I would buy it just for the pony on the lid ;)

Thanks for the cookie link…they look great!

MyThy as in "Mighty" ;) April 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Heather,
Thanks for the advice! I’ll try blending the candied pecans in my food processor and let you know how it tastes! I love all kinds of nut butters so hopefully this will be a holy-yummers! =P

Heather (be well & take care) April 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Girl, I love the horseradish, too! In fact, I should re-name my blog Heather Eats Horseradish. Arby’s curly fries & Horsey sauce were my downfalls about 5 years ago. Do you have a wasabi pea addiction, as well? Love it.

Your blended bowls look especially good today. You know how they say to not do grocery shopping when you’re hungry? I think the same should be applied to blog reading. Never have I wanted buckwheat so badly before in my life.

Sally April 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Your breakfasts always look so delicious! Now if only I could get my hands on some chia seeds…. and a viamix lol. I love the name “oaties”! So cute!

Shelby April 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Solid food is so overrated!!! Your creamy bowls of bliss are calling my name! You need to come over to my house just to make me some of them, I would eat them all day long =)

The cookies sound amazing and the recipe is so simple! Love it!

ttfn300 April 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm

haha, blend it all my dear, i don’t mind :) as long as you love it!

Susan April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Oooh, I’ll have to try the buckwheat cereal, it looks so creamy!! Today was my first day back on the oats. It was glorious. I will never stray from them again!!

Susan April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm

P.S. I should have warned you about the chairs, they use props!! Did the instructor get up close and personal and start adjusting you? My “studio” is always freezing too…I have to wear a sweater.

abbyhealthychic April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Yummm…the oaties recipe looks delicious. And, buckwheat cereal rocks. Love it.

Dori April 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I LOVE that you eat all mush! Mush is my favorite consistency of food (as I have told you countless times) and I will eat anything that resembles it!

gina (fitnessista) April 20, 2009 at 8:36 pm

iyenger?? i don’t even know how to pronounce that…let alone what it is :/ i do know about steamy hot oven yoga though!! i’m still begging the pilot to drive me to nashville already.
the cookies look SO GOOD! thanks for directly us to the recipe :D
i’ve gotta get me some chia seeds, stat
<3

Sweetie Pie April 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

The title of your post totally cracked me up! Your food all looks yummy to me, be it solid… or not! That horseradish hummus is something I should try. I love horseradish too.

Elizabeth April 20, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Oh, thanks for the oatie recipe! they look fantastic! Sorry about the cold yoga! I hope you get some warmth AND lots of non-solid food this week! :)

Jodye April 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Oh, nobody cares if you eat solid foods, because all of your blended concoctions just look so delicious! Oh, and I am also in love with TJ’s horseradish hummus, soooo good!

broccolihut April 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Ya know, I’ve never tried buckwheat, but your rather velvety rendition makes me want to!

Ashley April 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I don’t think that it is necesary for you to eat solid food, Heather. You have blended food mastered so well – there’s no point in wasting your talents! I think your Vita-Mix also has to take some credit though… I wish I could get one in Australia!

Silly question – this ‘buckwheat cereal’ you mention an actual box of cereal, or just what you’ve called your creations?

Also, after your oat-free week, the golden question is… are you going to go back to oats? I’ve actually NEVER eaten oat bran. I recently ordered some online b/c I couldnt find any in the supermarket and my delivery should be ariving soon.. Am looking forward to trying it!

Cold yoga doesn’t sound like much fun :-(

MizFit April 21, 2009 at 4:52 am

I cant stand being too cold or too hot when working out.

Although Im a sweater (lovely image–I know) so Im typically the latter.

xo xo,

Miz, who can not stand the horseradish. In her for or, honestly, on the table if its opened :)

Maggie April 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I <3 horseradish.

I think it’s one of the worst things ever when you’re cold and doing yoga! I hope you find a good studio that has some more gentle options, because I think it’s definitely worth checking out.

Thanks for the recipe… I think Bobby would love these (me too, duh).

I am always so inspired by your blended grains. I FINALLY did green oat bran today :) It was fab.

healthy ashley April 22, 2009 at 8:40 am

When ALL of your foods look so yummy and healthy you don’t have to explain anything to me! Solid or not, yum!

The horseradish in the hummus totally makes sense and sounds great. I should try making my own!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) April 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

The cookies look so good!

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