Sunday, January 31, 2010

Summery Oats and more TJ’s goodies

Thank you guys so much for your comments from my last post…I loved reading them, and you guys are so thoughtful :)

When I woke up this morning I knew I wanted to make oats before heading to the gym for Body Pump

I had a nice ripe banana, and was craving the warm, gooey, almond butter mix!  I also was DYING to try some with PB and that amazing marshmallow cream I have…s’mores oats anyone?  I’ll have to do a full on bowl of S’more’s oats one day, because today I also had fresh berries for my bowl.

It ended up to be a very summery mixture and to top it off I was craving an ICED cappuccino this morning!

Some of the stars of this breakfast included:IMG_8027

That cereal tastes like a fabulous TJ’s version of Honey Bunches of Oats!  I loved a little crunch in my oat toppings.

The main nut butter was the raw almond butter, but I had a tiny bit of the White Choc. Wonderful to try it out with the marshmallow cream.  SUCH a good combo!!


Into the pot this morning went:

  • 1/3 cup each: oats, water, skim milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 rip banana

At the end:

  • drop of vanilla bean paste
  • few shakes of cinnamon
  • blueberries
  • 1 sliced strawberry


  • TJ’s honey crunch ‘n oats cereal
  • 2 more strawberries
  • more blueberries
  • dollop of Almond butter
  • tiny bit of White Choc. Wonderful PB
  • spoon of vanilla marshmallow cream!


Amazing breakfast.


Enjoyed with an iced latte.  I made a double shot of espresso, poured over ice until chilled.   Added cold skim milk, and foamed up a little milk for the top!  Perfecto.



Iced coffee drinks just oooze of SUMMER to me.  Too bad it was barely 30 degrees today…meh.

After some digesting, I went to Body Pump!  Always kicks my muscles into gear:  felt the burn! 

Sooooo, I went grocery shopping yesterday…by my self.  Yeah, I tend to spend a lot longer lingering and looking around when I have no one else with me.  It was nice, and I found some new things to try. 

TJ’s Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane.  WOW, this bread is fabulous.  Soft, chewy, doughy, whole-wheat deliciousness.  I took a bite, and immediately dipped my next bite in some olive oil…SO good.


This was on their New Product shelf:  Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseed!



It’s like their regular roasted AB, but definitely a deeper roasted flavor, and more crunch to it with the whole flaxseeds.  I really enjoyed it with a…Jazz Apple!


After hearing so much about these apples from Tina as well as Stop & Shop commercials for them!?  I jumped on the Jazzy bandwagon.  They are definitely good, but tastes really similar to a Gala apple to me.  Not that there’s anything wrong, I was just expecting to be blown away :)

As you can see I also added a Babybel Original cheese to my snack.  Not that these are anything new, but I hadn’t had them in forever and forgot how GOOD they are!!  Soft, creamy, tangy!  Lots of flavor.


P.S. we finally  had a fire in our fireplace!! 

IMG_8000  IMG_8004 IMG_8005     Yay :)

Ok time to make dinner.  I’m making Ellie’s Greek Style Stuffed Peppers.          


  1. Yah! Way to rock the pump chicky! Lurve it- teaching tomorrow morning :) Great breakfast- I forgot to look for that marshmallow cream when I was in WFs- darn it! <3 wish we had one here! I am cooking tonight with some of their cuban black beans my MIL brought me- yum! Stay warm <3 ya!

  2. ugh now I am craving oats, summer time, and grocery shopping. Instead, I'm eating soup in the freezing cold and doing homework. Woe is me!

  3. You know I'm a berries-at-breakfast girl, regardless of the frigid temperature! Your morning meal looks positively delish.

    I love finding new stuff at TJ's!

    Hope your weekend was relaxing.

  4. I love how Trader Joe's gets new amazing products! I would be in such big trouble with that marshmallow cream, but yours look delish.

    I'm in California, so no need for a fire, but I love sitting by one- so relaxing!

  5. I've made Ellie's stuffed peppers before! Well, my sister actually made them, and I just helped eat them...but they are delicious!