Nuts for Hazelnuts

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Good morning! I sure had a hazelnutty breakfast this morning:


I had:


  • Hazelnut coffee with half and half
  • Oatmeal with Hazelnut "Non-Dairy Beverage" and topped with crunchy raw hazelnuts


                    My oatmeal was ah-maz-ing.  It contained:


                  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
                  • 1/2 cup hazelnut milk
                  • 1/2 cup water
                  • 1 sliced banana
                  • Toppings: 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and a bunch of raw hazelnuts


                  The magical ingredient:


                  Now, this is my first time trying ANY non-dairy milk (can you believe?).  I was really impressed! This added an extra layer of creaminess and complexity to my bowl of oatmeal with just a hint of hazelnut.  I LOVE all of the Pacific Natural Foods line, so I’m not surprised I like this so much!


                  Ingredients:  Roasted hazelnut base (filtered water, ground roasted hazelnuts), brown rice sweetener (filtered water, brown rice), tricalcioum phosphate, sea salt, guar gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, carob bean gum, riobflavin b2, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin d2.


                  Here’s the nutritional information:


                  (I’M WATCHING TUESDAY’S "The Biggest Loser" RIGHT NOW, AND VICKY IS SUCH A BIIIIITCH!!! I want to throw my cup of coffee at the TV. I love Phillip, by the way.  He is such a strong person and is so assertive in a healthy way.  Vicky is HATEFUL! I hope she’s disgusted by her behavior when she sees this show.)


                  Questions and Answers from Oprah


                  Question: I do Bikram Yoga twice a week, and I struggle with what foods to eat, and when, before I work out.  My goal is to have lots of energy during the workout but not to feel as if I’m still digesting in class.


                  Answer:  Sessions of challenging and intense Bikram yoga lasts 90 minutes, usually burning 800 to 1,000 calories.  To sustain your energy, I recommended whole grains and lean protein such as eggs and nuts.  The grains will provide carbohydrates that your body can readily convert to energy.  And the protein can be used to repair and build new muscle following your workout, while the high-calorie but healthy fats in the nuts will fill you up quickly with less bulk.


                  Some options include: a small bowl of whole grain cereal with skim milk an hour before your workout; a hard-boiled egg; a cup of NF yogurt with some nuts and fruit mixed in.  Or make a fruit and yogurt smoothie.


                  How well your body performs during an AM workout depends in part on a balanced in part on a balanced diet the day prior, which provides the liver and muscles with the glucose they need to make glycogen, the primary energy store you’ll burn in your cardio sessions. 


                  Question: For a year and a half I’ve been craving green olives, usually eating four to six 7-ounce jars a day.  My doctor and my nutritionist both think it’s because I’m lacking something nutritionally.  What do you think? 


                  Answer: Its tempting to believe that a craving is a message from the body, but I don’t buy it.  Our bodies require much more physical activity that we typically get, for example, but that hasn’t translated into widespread exercise binges.


                  Your craving is likely salt-based, but at least it isn’t without redeeming qualities:  Olives are nutritious, providing a concentrated dose of healthy monounsaturated fat, along with decent amount of fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and antioxidants.  But a 7-ounce jar of olives contain nearly 300 calories, which means six jars can deliver a whole day’s worth of calories.  And it only takes one jar to go over your daily limit of sodium. So at the very least, this obsession may lead to weight gain and high blood pressure.


                  To start weaning yourself off the olives, try mixing in something with a vaguely similar texture, like a diced cucumber or mushrooms.  Then, little by little, shift the proportion from mostly olives or mostly cucumbers or mushrooms.  Once you get down to a reasonable portion a day, the snack habit can be maintained permanently, if you want to work it into your balanced diet.


                  Have a great day!



                  • Tami November 13, 2008, 5:38 am

                    happy thursday to you, lucky you have a whole foods near you.

                  • VeggieGirl November 13, 2008, 5:45 am

                    I did a post a while back, with a recipe using that hazelnut-milk:


                    Fun Q&A's from Oprah 😉

                    Happy Thursday!!

                  • Tamara November 13, 2008, 5:47 am

                    That oatmeal combo sounds delish! If you like that nutty tase, I found a great combo of oatmeal, Justin’s maple almond butter, and chopped up apple. Mmm mmm! Have a great day!

                  • Laura November 13, 2008, 5:48 am

                    I’ll have to try hazelnut milk!

                    Vicky makes me sooo angry! I hope she recognizes how she is when the show is over too. She’s so childish!

                  • I am Angie Pooh November 13, 2008, 5:48 am

                    Goodmorning Caitlin! I’ve never tried hazelnut milk. It sounds good though, and your breakfast looks yummy. 🙂

                  • Erica November 13, 2008, 5:50 am

                    Ow! I might have to try that Non Dairy beverage product! I have never tried one either! Excited to give it a go 😉 Have a good one. Is today the day your site goes live??

                  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 13, 2008, 5:59 am

                    erica – its live, but we’re going to let a few customers test it out for us before i announce it to the blogging world. i wish i could tell everyone about it right now!!!!! i must wait for OK from the boss man (Future Husband). 🙂

                  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! November 13, 2008, 6:10 am

                    Non-dairy beverage rock!!! My favorite is almond breeze! But hazelnuts sound great!

                  • Krista November 13, 2008, 6:17 am

                    OMG! I am SO in agreement with you in regards to the Biggest Loser! Vicky brings out the very worst temperment in me and I feel so sorry for her kids! What a mean spirited women!

                  • arielle November 13, 2008, 6:19 am

                    That olive thing is really weird.

                  • Meghann November 13, 2008, 6:29 am

                    I hate Vicky too. I mean did I miss when they started hating Phil for no reason at all?!?! Actually the whole Blue team gets on my nerves, except for Amy, I’m starting to like her. 🙂

                  • November 13, 2008, 6:31 am

                    Good morning! Fabulous bowl of oats! The flavor of hazelnut is so comforting!!

                  • lauren November 13, 2008, 6:37 am

                    yummy hazlenuts! I have never tried non-dairy milk either. and I completely agree – VICKY sucks!

                  • Laura November 13, 2008, 6:42 am

                    I don’t know what everyone else thinks, but I do NOT think Bikram yoga burns 800 – 1000 calories in 90 minutes. I would have guessed 300 maximum. All you are doing is stretching, holding poses and sweating. There is no cardio involved…

                  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 13, 2008, 6:48 am

                    laura – i think the 800 – 1000 calorie estimate is a little steep, but i dont doubt it. bikram shoots my heart rate through the roof!! i’ve never worn a HRM to class but i should one day just to experiment.

                    has anyone worn a HRM to a bikram class?

                  • Mrs. LC November 13, 2008, 6:51 am

                    OH MY GOSH, I had no idea hazelnut milk was the first non-dairy milk you’d ever tried!! You have to try just getting a light vanilla soymilk and making your oatmeal with half that and half water. SOO good and it makes it sooo creamy, it’s my favorite! Especially with some banana chopped in for a little added sweetness…so simple and tasty!

                    And I agree with Meghann. I want the Blue Team off (minus Amy). They irritate me.

                  • Aimee November 13, 2008, 7:02 am

                    I watched Tuesday night’s Biggest Loser last night too, and Vicky was making me so mad!! And it looks like she is going to make me even more mad next week (the previews show her posting a sign on a door saying “revenge”).

                  • Justine November 13, 2008, 7:02 am

                    That episode of the Biggest Loser made me sooo mad the other night! Until the very end, then I was a very happy person 🙂 Bob’s blue team (especially Vicky) is downright rude.

                  • Meg November 13, 2008, 7:06 am

                    I have tried almond milk in my oats, but not hazelnut. Sounds delicious!

                  • Melissa November 13, 2008, 7:07 am

                    I TOTALLY agree with the Biggest Loser comment!!!

                  • Marissa November 13, 2008, 7:13 am

                    I cannot imagine eating that many olives!

                  • ashley (sweet and natural) November 13, 2008, 7:35 am

                    I’m trying Bikram yoga for the first time next weekend. Just signed up for a class yesterday! I’m not a huge fan of being really sweaty, so we’ll see how it goes. 😛

                  • Sarah November 13, 2008, 7:43 am

                    OMG, just adding to the consensus about Vicky, I so hope she’s next to go home, ugh!

                  • Jordan November 13, 2008, 7:48 am

                    Oh my god! 4-6 JARS a day?! Holy crap!

                    I love olives, too… but wow. That’s ridiculous. I hope that was a joke email.

                  • amanda November 13, 2008, 7:57 am

                    I am a little skeptical about the Bikram yoga calorie burn too. I have never done Bikram, only Power Yoga … and I’d estimate I burned about 200-300 cals in an hour?

                  • Lauren November 13, 2008, 8:15 am

                    Yeaa for Hazelnut milk! I don’t drink regular milk anymore, and my favorite is Almond milk. So good!

                    Girl I watched Biggest Loser and I wanted to punch that evil Vicky, she is SO evil! UGH!!!
                    Phillip is definitely a very honorable man. AND I was so proud of Amy for being the vote that got rid of Brady, she needed to do something. Gosh that show got me all worked up last night (we TiVo’d it). 🙂

                  • BOBBI McCORMICK November 13, 2008, 8:54 am

                    you burn 1,000 claories in bikraham!!!!! WHAT!!! I had no idea, lol. I can’t believe you have never tried any non dairy bevgs! That hazelnut milk looks yummers!

                  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 13, 2008, 9:19 am

                    Vicky just sounds like a bitch!!! the way she speaks and carries herself, no maam she is not a friend!!

                    Caitlin have an excellent day-i used a “DAIRY ALTERNATIVE” in my oats this morning too. can you say YUMMY?

                  • Laura November 13, 2008, 9:32 am

                    I don’t know Caitlin, I’ve never worn one to Bikram. I might try wearing one to my next class. I never even bothered before b/c I always do yoga more for relaxation / strengthening / flexibility than for burning calories, but would be interesting to see exactly what the HRM says for an experiment!

                  • Amisha November 13, 2008, 10:27 am

                    I’m going to wear my heart rate monitor to the next Bikram Yoga class I take (this weekend) and report back my findings about calories burnt. Thanks!

                  • Oh She Glows November 13, 2008, 12:27 pm

                    You should try Almond Milk- it is so nutty and delicious! Only 60 cals per cup too!

                  • Natalie Rae November 13, 2008, 3:54 pm

                    I just started drinking and using non-milk too- I started because it lasted longer then the milk I bought and never used. I love 8th Continent Light Vanilla falvored Soymilk and SoySlender in Chocolate. The 8th Continent milk makes my cereal taste so good and my oregon chia latten concentrate mix worth every penny.
                    Try it 🙂

                  • Brian November 14, 2008, 5:10 am

                    Looking at the yoga instead of the food, do you know about these yoga books?


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