Happy Friday.  Do your Friday dance!




I am the type of person who gets into food ruts.  Hello, Mmmm Sauce, Panda Puffs cereal, and – um – everything else I eat. Variation is important, of course, but man – I know what I like, and I like what I like, and I wanna eat it over and over again.  


Haven’t seen this meal in a while!


I had to stop eating dairy while breastfeeding, and when I stopped breastfeeding and could return to yogurt, cheese, and ice cream, I thought I’d go dairy rampant.  But no.  I added it back into my diet, but it’s a once-a-day kind of thing now – if that.  I used to be the type of vegetarian who would say, “I can never go vegan – what about cheeeeeese?!” but now I see that it’s not really so hard to give it up when you have to (or really want to, I suppose).  You get used to it. 


Anyways, I ‘remembered’ Greek yogurt the other day.  MAN!  I have not had yogurt in forever – nearly a year.  And that means I haven’t had my beloved yogurt and raw oatmeal in forever, either.  It’s my favorite way to eat yogurt, it’s cheaper than granola (and has no added sugar), and it’s oh-so-good. Try it!  I swear – it’s great.  I know it looks weird, though. Smile


Vanilla yogurt with raw oats, banana, and canned pumpkin puree.


Oh, I have a great book to share with you!  So many readers recommended that I read this one because I love The Hunger Games, and you were all right – it did not disappoint!


The Maze Runner is about a group of boys stuck in the middle of a massive maze. They have no idea how they got there, who they are, or what’s happened to the rest of the world, but they do know they need to find an exit – and fast.  This book sucked me in and kept me on the indoor bike trainer for a whole hour.  It was great – can’t wait to read the second book in the series (and see the movie when it comes out next year!


So – what about you? Any forgotten foods?  Or great books? 



  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline May 31, 2013, 12:29 pm

    I second the yogurt and raw oats combo. I eat it all the time! So good.

  • Rachel May 31, 2013, 12:32 pm

    I’ve been a vegan for three years, and when people ask me if I miss cheese or if I ever crave a slice of pizza, I always say I don’t remember what it taste like so I don’t miss or crave it.

    I like the Maze Runners series. It is fun and entertaining, though the Scorch Trials, the prequel, doesn’t live up to the series.

  • Rebecca May 31, 2013, 12:42 pm

    H just gets cuter everyday. 🙂

    The “over and over again” idea is why I avoid certain things. I know that I tend to go overboard, and I’m not risking that with certain things so I just avoid them to begin with.

    I’m rereading some books I haven’t read in a while–Saint (Ted Dekker) is the current one. I read House of Mercy for the first time a couple of days ago, and before that I reread Full Disclosure.

    My mom and I keep seeing previews for The Purge, that new movie coming out soon, and my mind always goes to Hunger Games and things like that. I might have to read Maze Runner…

  • Jill May 31, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Read this book a long time ago and loved it. But I read it so long ago that I don’t think I can just jump into the 2nd one…so I might never completely reading the series. That seems to happen a lot!

    I am embarrassingly addicted to dairy. Bananas and oats are staples too.

    • Jill May 31, 2013, 1:31 pm

      Oh, I also recently read “Beautiful Creatures” and liked that. But I’m not committed enough to read the entire series. I guess I prefer a variety versus committing to a series of reads at this time 🙂
      “On The Island” was a very quick, light summer read.

  • Presley @ Run Pretty May 31, 2013, 12:54 pm

    I’m totally one of those CHEESE!!! people. I should probably cut back for the simple fact that too much of anything isn’t really ever good. I’m kind of addicted.

    Thanks for the book suggestion! I’ll need a lot of those during summer break.

  • Hawley May 31, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I know you mentioned that you like Oryx and Crake – did you know there is a sequel (and a third book coming out in September?)

  • Sydney May 31, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Umm… I just need to say that great minds think alike. Greek yogurt+pumpkin+raw oats has been a favorite of mine for the past year. Add some sunflower seed butter to the mix & it’s just heavenly! I tend to be a somewhat “cyclical” eater. I’ll get burned out on something and quit eating it completely. Then I’ll rediscover it a year later and it’s just so awesome that I eat it over and over! And then the cycle repeats lol.

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food May 31, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Looks like I’ll be reading Maze Runner! I just finished reading Gone Girl which was amazing… and that will be a movie too 🙂

  • Kattrina May 31, 2013, 1:51 pm

    I have food ruts for breakfast and lunch. I ALWAYS eat oatmeal for breakfast – every single day. Oatmeal with bananas and a bit of maple syrup. If I run out of bananas then I have raisins and cinnamon.

    And I tend to eat the same thing for lunch during the week for a while. I find something that’s easy to make at work and just keep bringing over and over again. For example, for now I have been eating a ham, cheese, mustard, lettuce, tomato sandwiches on a whole wheat English muffin. Then I have an apple, greek yogurt, pretzals, and hard boiled egg. I’ve eaten that for lunch for almost a month. Yikes!

    And that book looks awesome! I will have to check it out.

  • mollie May 31, 2013, 1:59 pm

    i am LOVING the delirium trilogy!!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 31, 2013, 2:00 pm

    Yay- I loved The Maze Runner, and the series. So glad to hear you’re enjoying it!!

    I love all the ingredients in your raw oatmeal breakfast, though I’ve never put them together into a meal. I think I may have to try this! Besides breakfast food, I can’t eat the same thing on repeat. I get sick of foods really fast and therefore always need variety in my house.

  • Caroline May 31, 2013, 2:05 pm

    I totally agree that it’s so much easier to give something up when you have to do it! I’ve been gluten free for a month now, and I used to eat gluten all. the. time. It’s surprisingly been easy, and I feel so much better!

    I read Maze Runner, too, and enjoyed it (first book more than the 2nd and 3rd) — also recommend Divergent if you haven’t read it yet!

  • mary @ minutes per mile May 31, 2013, 2:15 pm

    i recently read Gone Girl and thought it was one of the top books I’ve read in years. I don’t think raw oats are weird!

    • J May 31, 2013, 7:58 pm

      I agree. Gone Girl was great.

  • Brigid May 31, 2013, 2:15 pm

    I read this book way back when I was a young adult, but have you ever picked up “Invitation to the Game?” It’s very much in the dystopian future vibe you like so much. I just saw “The Hunger Games” (haven’t read it yet) and was reminded of it.

    Didn’t you just write a post (sponsired by Sargento, I think) all about how cheese was your favorite snack? I was just surprised to see you say that you aren’t eating much of it these days after that post. Maybe you just exaggerated how much of it you eat to appease the advertiser? I have developed a cheese aversion of late thanks to being pregnant, but I’ve been craving eggs and fruit like crazy. Bodies are weird.

    • Caitlin May 31, 2013, 2:26 pm

      No. I said I love cheese and eat it regularly as a snack in the post, which is true. Of course! I only had to give up dairy when I was breastfeeding because Henry was pooping blood. It was terrible. I just haven’t returned to my pre baby cheese levels. 🙂

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 31, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I read “Where We Belong” and “Dancing on Broken Glass”. Both so good and easy reads.

  • Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad May 31, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I am going to have to try out that yogurt and raw oats combo. Looks interesting. I also want to read that book. I am a book junkie!

  • Amber K May 31, 2013, 8:37 pm

    I am constantly in one food rut or another. My personality seems to demand it!

    I loved The Maze Runner, but wasn’t as thrilled with the rest of the series. I can’t wait for the Divergent movie to come out!

  • Jennifer May 31, 2013, 10:14 pm

    Without any milk in the morning I could not enjoy my breakfast before. But for the last four years I do not have any craving for it!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 1, 2013, 8:04 am

    I’m the vegetarian that HAD to give up cheese (darn lactose intolerance) but I’ve been able to eat Greek yogurt without a problem (or so I thought). In the coming months I’m going to try to go ENTIRELY dairy free, Greek yogurt included because I think it has been making me feel all bloated and gross nasal drippy. Before I do that though, I’ll have to try this yogurt bowl idea. 😉

  • suz June 1, 2013, 4:48 pm

    you should totally go vegan!!!! esp if you are a vegetarian for moral reasons 🙂 there are SO MANY great cheese alternatives and soy based yogurts that are great. i must say though I can’t imagine being vegan and not being able to eat gluten. I think it would be a big headache bc i live on carbs (and love seitan!) but anyway, I love that you are veg and if you think you can go vegan I totally recommend it. ONLY way to know your eating habits aren’t causing harm to animals!!

  • Nina June 1, 2013, 9:46 pm

    I do not think raw oats are that digestible (maybe if they were soaked?)! If those were cooked I’d say yum 🙂

  • Tara@PNWRunner June 2, 2013, 1:08 am

    I really want to read The Maze. I’ve heard good things like you said. I love it when a book sucks me in it makes cardio go by so much quicker!!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 2, 2013, 6:16 am

    I did a Whole 30 program that eliminates dairy, and now I rarely eat it! I too was the one who thought I could NEVER give up greek yogurt (seriously, 3 times a day!?), but it turns out I really don’t need it!

    I’m ready “On Mystic Lake” right now and it’s one of the best novels I have EVER read. I’d totally recommend it!

  • Chattynatty June 2, 2013, 7:06 pm

    This was one of your first dishes I made. I love the pumpkin and oatmeal plus the tangy yogurt flavor. Also Maze Runner is great! Read it for book club and followed up with the sequel. Still have to read 3rd and the newest out/ prequel.

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Changes June 2, 2013, 7:10 pm

    I love dairy, but I am lacto and I am not really one to take too many pills/meds if I don’t need to. So I really really miss Greek yogurt! But the other day I made rice pasta. I forgot how much I love it and making salads with it! I then proceded to make a whole batch of pasta salad! I love the book, The Orchid House!

  • Joy June 3, 2013, 7:38 am

    I was the same exact way about cheese. For most of my life I’ve told people that my favorite food is cheese and I couldn’t imagine living without it. But over the past year in an effort to eat more healthy, I started to cut back here and there on my cheese consumption and then I slowly started to forget to buy some at the grocery store and now I have so little cheese during a given week that it’s close to none. And I can’t believe it, but I don’t miss it! I never, ever thought I would say that.

    If you haven’t already picked up Rick Yancey’s The Fifth Wave, you should. It’s amazing! It’s older YA about an alien invasion.

  • Hope June 3, 2013, 9:11 am

    Henry’s eyes!!! Man he is a beautiful kid!

  • Heather June 3, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I read the maze runner series last year and recently realized there is a prequel, a 4th book and I JUST finished it last week. fantastic! it’s called The Kill Order.

  • Lisa June 4, 2013, 7:53 am

    Thank you for the book recommendation!

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