Magically Delicious

by HEAB on July 3, 2009

Hello my almond butter loving friends. If you're new to HEAB, you may like to subscribe to my RSS feed or receive my posts via email. Thanks for reading!

Wow, that was quite a response to my Say No to Sugar post.  Thank you for all your comments!  There are still a few I haven’t responded to yet, but I’m getting there…my job really cuts into blogging time. :) Also, I know many of you have emailed me, and I promise a response to each of you soon.  Thanks again for all the encouragement – I was blown away!

Yesterday, I met up with an old friend for breakfast:

I said say "No" to sugar...not carbs entirely. :)

I said "Say no to sugar"...not carbs altogether.

I went through an Irish Steel Cut oats phase a while back, but left them behind when I began my love affair with oat bran.  Well, after reading Jess’s method for preparing Steel Cut oats, I decided to revisit them. Before cooking, I toasted my oats with 1 TBSP of soy-free Earth Balance, and then let them simmer in 1 1/2 cups water + cinnamon for about 20 minutes.  I skipped the addition of almond milk and banana since I wasn’t reheating them.  My bowl contained 2 serving of oats plus coconut butter shavings and a blob of almond butter the size of my head.  So delicious, but I was still hungry afterwards…missed my filling oat bran, but the chew factor was a nice change as I was beginning to wonder if there was really a point in me having any teeth. :)

So, this morning, I went back to Hot Yoga Nashville.  For any new readers, I used to go this studio all the time (read everyday).  I rarely did Bikram yoga, but I loved the early morning heated Vinyasa classes they offered…well, until my ER visit back in April.  I’ve been hesitant to go back, but I missed the teachers.  The flow style they teach really suits me, and it’s not just about getting in a good sweaty workout. Plus, on the days I have morning clients, a 6 AM class is perfect, and they’re the only studio with an early class on Friday mornings.  So, I went back…fully hydrated of course. 

After class, I came home and immediately drank this:

Electrolytes replenished - check!

Electrolytes replenished - check.

Then, I made a cherry Dryer Lint smoothie…enough to fill a huge salad bowl:

Smoothies are much more fun served in bowls.

Smoothies are much more fun eaten from bowls.

This smoothie was massive, and I ate the entire thing.  Anyone else a ravenous beast in the mornings?  The ingredients were:

Just what I needed after an hour of Chaturangas and before a busy morning of seeing clients, and I love the way the chia gel makes my smoothie jiggle like Santa Claus’s belly. :)

I was thinking about doing a HEAB Q & A post.  So, if you have questions for me, regarding anything I’ve posted about in the past or about my life in general, please ask away.  You can either leave your questions in the comments below or email them to me.

A Happy 4th of July to you all and don’t forget to visit Zesty Cook for a POM giveaway!

{ 48 comments }

VeggieGirl July 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Holy yum perfection :-)

Question for your Q&A = what’s one hobby/activity that you’d like to give a try (one that you haven’t done so yet)??

runeatrepeat July 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

You should have titled it Ma”gel”cly delicious, get it? Ha.
Yeah, I’m intrigued by this no-sugar thing..but my questions will come in email form.

polly July 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Question for HEAB:

Have you always been this sweet and fun and honest and wonderful, or did you just start being so darn cute and wonderful recently? :D

hehehe

Love you, honey! Almond butter the size of your head is my kind of glob. Oh yes. XOXO Peachy

Maria July 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Oooh I love the chew factor from steel cut oats too! What I do is mix my steel cut oats and oat bran together so I get the benefits and delicious-ness of both :D . Haha I am always ravenous in the mornings. I eat a huge breakfast, but I still need an AM snack and early lunch. Then, I’m good for a while ;) .

Have a lovely holiday weekend, Heather!

Michal Mymo July 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

yummers!
your dryer lint smoothie looks so tasty – ive got some chia seeds in the fridge that I have been contemplating what to do with so thats going to be perfect!

Hugs & Muffins,

Michal

Chocolate-Covered Katie July 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I’m with you on the sugar (just reading up on old posts). Although I am fine with natural sugar, added sugar really gets to me.

Yay for you for doing what works for ya!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) July 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

You know, I could contemplate whetehr or not it’s worth me having teeth either, but I actually consciously thought to myself the other day that I really like mushy food! If it ain’t broke…

Question for the Q & A: Outline of a day in the life of HEAB!

glidingcalm July 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm

i wish i could afford to buy some more jay robb!!! I’ve only had 4 packets my whole life, and they were amazzzzzzzing everytime!

Katharina July 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Blobs of almond butter the size of people’s heads are the only blobs that should exist! I think I may have to try out that method because there’s a container of steel-cut oats just sitting in the cabinet.

traveleatlove July 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I had a smoothie with black cherries for the first time today. Soooooo good!

Shelby July 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Love the AB glob! My favorite =)

Eek, more sugar today! I swear once I start I just can’t stop!

Danielle July 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I lurve steel cut oats, glad you got to experience the chew again :) have a fantastic weekend!

mariposagirl July 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I’ve been STARVING all week. It was after 10pm last night and I was toasting up a sandwhich…some excuse to eat Wasabi…LOL My husbands just shook his head, laughing…I’m STARVING….really….

Dinner was half an avo it was filling…but all week it’s been like that!

DRYER LINT is THE BOMB

I made one yesterday with fresh peaches and strawberries. LOVE how thick and creamy it is….and I thought you should know, I put a big blog of almond butter on top…YEAH for smoothies you eat with a spoon!

Happy Friday

I’m off to start Oatgurt today wish me luck

Alison July 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Cool oatmeal method. I found another good method recently – The night before bring the oats to a boil for 1 minute. Then let it sit overnight on the stove. In the morning, bring back to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.

One question – there’s not really a good, cost-effective yoga place near me. What are some good ways to teach yourself yoga (DVDs, podcasts, etc). I tried Dave Farmar the other day but he seems to assume you know what you’re doing already.

ksgoodeats July 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

That almond butter blob looks like a heart – pure love :)

Haha – jiggle like Santa Claus’s belly! Great comparison!! I’ll have to think of a Q for you!

JB July 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

i went through a steel cut oat phase a long time ago when i ate them every morning. the chewiness was definitely what i liked too. i don’t know why i ever stopped making them! and i’m with you on the smoothies in bowls. even though i usually put mine in a mug, i always eat them with a spoon…so my mugs might as well be bowls, haha. :)

and wow, i just read your post about the ER incident. back when i was really underweight and cold all the time, my doctor recommended adding more salt to my diet (low blood pressure, like you mentioned.) i used to not add salt to anything. anyway, thanks for the advice in that post. sometimes i think i might push myself with the cardio. so when i feel like i might be overdoing it, i’ll think about what you said. cardio just gives you that great feeling, you know? but i’ll make sure to stay hydrated and listen to my body. i always love hearing what you have to say, heather! now i’m craving some coconut h2o!

-JB
http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

Darcie July 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Where do you buy your chia seeds from? I want to get some but would rather buy them in-store than order online!

bibixs July 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

OMG! those oats look delish!! i also can’t wait to try the coconut butter, i dreaam about it, and i can’t find it!
coconut is my favorite thing ever!
today i had oats with a scoop of protein powder for the first time!
I had chocolate protein powder and half a banana, and it was good and kept me full!
have a nice weekend heather :)

katiep57 July 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Hi Heather
Question: Do you count how many calories you ear each day or just ‘know’ how much you need? How do you keep things in control – weigh yourself daily/weekly/monthly?
I am just starting out on maintenance and I am impressed by your ability to eat what you love and still keep the weight off. Any tips would be much appreciated.
Katie x

Sarah July 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

My Chris was just saying how I needed to do a FAQ post. You guys are so smart.

I know you may have already said this, but I want to know how you and CD met!!!

I hope you have a great almond butter filled 4th!!!

Organic Girl July 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Alison- yogadowloads.com has alot of yoga for beginners that it pretty cheap. The downloads also have a sheet with pictures of all the poses that come with it. check it out! :)

jess July 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Glad I could re-introduce you to your old friend :) I must try them with coconut butter & almond butter. YUM :) I just finished the container of almond butter I had – Heather style! I sliced my banana into the container and took it to work. Delish! Hubby looked at me like I was nuts. Oh well, he doesn’t understand!

I also tried the tuna/avocodo mix yesterday – YUM! I didn’t miss the mayo at ALL! And I ate the whole concoction. hehe.

Metta July 3, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Your Vita-Mix sure does make your smoothies look beautiful.

hayleycepeda July 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I also loved the sugar post even though I know I didn’t leave a comment! I’m actually really enjoying reading the questions along with your responses so a FAQ page would be awesome! This probably isn’t that great of a question, but since I’m somewhat new to your blog I was wondering how you go into yoga or what kinds of classes you could recommend to someone who is kind of in the same position as you were a while back? I love running (I usually only do 5 miles 3x a week along with a bunch of other activities) but I’d really like to become more flexible and do more stretching. My problem is that every time I’ve taken yoga it doesn’t seem very challenging. I’m sure it kind of is, but all I want to do is sleep! I guess right now I find it boring. I don’t know much about the different classes, but I’d like something that is somewhat challenging. Any suggestions would be great – thanks! :)

Maggie July 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I like my oat bran brick in the belly mush. But maybe I’ll try these oats :)

I have been SO picky about yoga lately. I haven’t gone to my studio since before I moved, and I haven’t been doing podcasts/videos. I just do my own very very flowy routine now. I’ve been increasing the time and now I’m up to 40 minutes in the morning. I started at 20 because I couldn’t focus for longer, but a gradual buildup seemed to work. I’m glad you enjoyed the hot yoga again.

My q: if you had to pick one thing to eat forever, what would it be?

psychoj1 July 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Yay for early morning yoga! Love your smoothie!

<3 jess
xoxo

Dori July 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Great work staying hyrdrated and healthy for the hot yoga!

Chlngr July 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm

My first question — have you ever been diagnosed with an eating disorder by a health care professional?

broccolihut July 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Yes! Love the voluminous Dryer Lint Smoothie!

Susan July 4, 2009 at 2:46 am

Ooh, I like that electrolyte mix, I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for it. I find I lose a lot of electrolytes when I get really sweaty too.

I’m pretty ravenous most of the time, but the beast really comes out in the mornings ;)

Question: How did you choose your blog name? I mean, clearly you eat a lot of almond butter, but I always like hearing why people choose theirs :)

Chlngr = Ass July 4, 2009 at 4:42 am

Question for “Chlngr”: Do you have anything better to do on a Friday night than troll around blogs asking girls if they have eating disorders? It’s an especially bizarre question to pose to HEAB, who has successfully lost 100 pounds, kept it off for almost a decade, and spends countless hours helping others.

Ashley July 4, 2009 at 6:01 am

Your steel cut oats look yummy Heather! Is coconut butter different to coconut oil? I guess so hey? I’d love to try some. I bet it makes everything really creamy. Mmmm.

It’s great to hear you got to enjoy some of your favourite yoga, and following it up with the sports drinks was very prudent of you! You live and learn, right?

I actually have a question for you. I was wondering whether you ever ‘slip up’ or give in to temptation or make bad food choices? And how you deal with those moments? I sometimes feel like such a failure when I over eat (which I think is NOT a good reaction) and I’d love to get some perspective on how you deal with these instances.

roseyrebecca July 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

I’ve never tried Bikram Yoga or heated room yoga but I hear it get really sweaty! I sweat enough as it is during regular workouts!

jacobc July 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Hot yoga again? Stay on top of that electro stuff!!

That breakfast looks so yummy, i’m going to try it with oatmeal/almond butter/ and coconut flakes tommorrow!

You are going to have to change your title though!
Am i the only one that gags at the thought of that cereal? I can’t stand those nasty little marshmellows.. ewwww
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25lEFmcSP6A

When you google majically delicious your blog comes up right under general mills lucky charms on the first page!! Woah, you are getting to be quite the celebrity!

They are fixing to fire up the grill without me, i better get!
Oh, i discovered i better stick with running- horseshoes are not my best suit.. ;-p

Have a great 4th!

emily July 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Happy 4th of July!

RunTOFinish July 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm

oh my gosh it’s like you looked in my cupboard and wanted to help me! i have this huge bag of steel cut oats and couldn’t really decide what to do with them..cause I’m lazy in the AM and TADA. awesomeness.

jacobc July 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm

http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/

Haha, just got this in a email foward!

NOT majically delicious.. Interesting food porn..
Most of this just looks nasty..

I only found one or two that look good..

Trilby Drew July 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Ok, ummm, why is your Dryer Lint Smoothie so much prettier than mine? ;) Your DL Smoothie is sooo beautiful! Hehehe. Who would have ever thought that berries, avocado, and chia would make such a great smoothie? Mmmmmm…

Trilby Drew July 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Oh yeah, and Happy 4th!

LillianB - FatBlastZone July 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Yummy, that smoothie looks really good. Now, the ingredients look pretty interesting though…I’ve never even heard of chia gel but I will definitely look into it. Thank you for the recipe.

organicashley July 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

Hey Heather and blog readers!

I just started a blog about natural cooking and my struggles with IBS. I would love for you all to go check it out:
http://www.imanorganicgirl.wordpress.com

Thanks!!

Ruth July 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I’ve always wanted to try Bikram Yoga but never have :(

eatingbirdfood July 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I’m so glad your latest experience with hot yoga went well!

I just got caught up on my blog reading and read your weight loss journey and no sugar posts. I love how honest you are and thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experience. I realized when I stopped using artificial sweeteners naturally sweet foods tasted much sweeter than before.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Holly July 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I am late in responding to the sugar post, but I love.

Now, I do love my sugar :-) , but I think for me I’ve found that eating sugar begets eating sugar (wow, I feel so old English saying ‘begets’). I try to compromise by eating fruit (I know, still sugar – but better than ice cream bars…right?), nut butters, and green monsters as snacks. If I have sugar in the form of a granola bar, ice cream, or cereal – I want more! So I really try to focus on the “good” sugars and fats to keep this girl happy.

And you could never come off harsh – even if you tried!!

Sarah July 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

Q: What are your top 2 favorite brands of almond butter?

Chelsea July 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

This is super personal so I totally understand if you don’t answer.

Do you and CD plan to have children? If so, do you have a time line when you’d want that to happen?

This is something I think about a lot in my own life so I’m curious what other women think about the decision if and when to start a family.

susan July 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Alison’s method of making steel cut oats is what I use. It makes them extra creamy too!

What do your family and friends think of you always turning down traditional desserts?

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) July 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I’m definitely hooked on oat bran now and it has actually been hard for me to think about having oats again, haha. But I do like to chew things now and again ;-)

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