Creamy PB + J Oatmeal Parfait


Holy smokes it’s Friday again!

I swear it feels like it was just Friday.

Yesterday’s workout was FUN. I love the feeling of renewed enthusiasm after a day off.

I did a 3 mile run:

  • 3 min walking warm-up
  • Mile 1: 6.0 mph, incline 2%
  • Mile 2: 6.5 mph, incline 5% (such a hard mile!!!)
  • Mile 3: 6.0 mph, incline 2%
  • 2 min walking cool-down

Mile 2 was a LONG, hard mile. I stopped half way through to get water. After the run, I did the ab-solute workout (18 mins of abs) and Booty Booster workout from the Booty Camp Fitness DVD.

Since I have been doing strength training my appetite has gone way up! I wonder if that is because my body is expending more energy repairing my muscle tears? Either way I have been one huge Hunger Monster lately.

This morning I woke up COLD. A Green Monster or juice was not going to cut it.

I was really excited to try out this new product:


Nut ‘n Budder contains peanuts, almonds, flaxseed oil, organic sugar, and flaxseed. It is only available in Canada right now (you don’t hear that on blogs too often!). It is seriously addicting, subtly sweet, and very creamy.  I had to hide it in the back of the Lazy Susan! :mrgreen: I could *probably* find it if I really wanted to though…if you catch my drift…


Creamy PB + J Oatmeal Parfait



  • 2/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 T chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze
  • 1/2 cup plus a bit more water
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana (optional- I didn’t have one so I used chia seeds to thicken it up nicely)


Directions: Mix together oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, salt, banana, almond milk, and water. Bring to a boil and then cook on low, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Take a glass and drop in a layer of jam, then oats, then PB, then oats, then jam, etc. Sprinkle with peanuts and enjoy!





Would you like a chance to win a jar of the Almond Budder Extreme and Nut ‘n Budder?

Leave one comment below.

If you want you can tell me your all time favourite FICTON book! (Yes, I am in the market to start fiction reading again and looking for good ideas!!) :mrgreen:

Contest is open to US and CAD residents only please.

I will be selecting TWO winners. Contest open until tonight at 11pm EST.

Have a great Friday!


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Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 5, 2010

What a beautiful parfait!!! That Nut n Budder sounds AWESOME!!! My 2 favorite books are My Sister’s Keeper and Cider House Rules


Melissa February 5, 2010

So this my first post ever on a blog!!! I have been stalking yours for the last two weeks like an addict and am making my first green monster today! When I saw the topic I had to share-I tell everyone to read this book, and even the hubby (who I had to force/negotiate to get him to read it) LOVED it- “Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver.


Julia February 5, 2010

That Nut’n Budder sounds delicious! My favorite fiction book is not exactly a light read, but it’s beautiful: East of Eden by John Steinbeck.


leatitia February 5, 2010

Wow, that oatmeal looks so good! I love the layering!! it makes it look like a real fancy dessert :)

My whole time favorite book? Um, that’s hard!

I’ll give a top 3 :)

– The Road, Cormac McCarthy
– Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
– Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

Just thinking about those books makes me want to read them all over again!! Those were unique stories, beautifully written. Must Read!


Clare February 5, 2010

I just read Dear John by Nicholas Sparks..the movie comes out today! Definitely a easy romantic read. Tear jerker!


Katie February 5, 2010

I recently finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, which I absolutely loved. But I think my all time favorite is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.


Kathi February 5, 2010

I love anything written by Nicholas Sparks! Just love his books…


Dena February 5, 2010

Hey Angela!! I’m not much into reading books, only because if I have the time I probably should be reading textbooks instead. Boooo.. but on the brighter side, that oatmeal looks amazing!

Ps.. why the heck is shipping for your Glo Bars sooooo expensive to Manitoba? I’d do anythng to try those things!


Jessica February 5, 2010

The Notebook or anything by Nicholas Sparks.


Daniela February 5, 2010

Hi Angela,
I don’t know if you like science fiction, but one of my favourite Canadian (sci-fi) authors is Robert J. Sawyer.

Also many people before me mentioned The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Another one that my husband recommended is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. He listened to the audio (unabridged) version of this book and said it was very enjoyable and better than the movie. Apparently it was excellent for running on the treadmill, so I can’t wait to try it next week.


Abby February 5, 2010

“To Kill a Mockingbird”! I love that book so much that I’m going to name my first son Atticus!


Jocelyn February 5, 2010

ahhh I always see that stuff in the grocery store! I wanna try it now :)


denise February 5, 2010

An AWESOME series to read is the “Twilight ” series. 4 Books so far, so this would keep you busy for a while. Also ” Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom. Have a little faith was really moving and a quick, but thought provoking, read. Have a GREAT Friday!


Annie February 5, 2010

Right now, my favorite fiction book is Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Merisha Pessl. It sounds really intense, but it is such a fun read!!


The Brunette February 5, 2010

It’s so hard to narrow down my favorite! But I did a blog post on Madeline Wickham yesterday, who I love, so I suggest you read ‘Cocktails for Three.’ Here’s the post if you want to know more!

Seriously, though, it’s a really great book.


Christina February 5, 2010

Favorite book of all time, “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb!


Lana February 5, 2010

I love nut butter!! This is a great giveaway because they are often very expensive in stores. I, like you, love reading non-fiction nowadays. However, I read The Giver and the Harry Potter series when I was younger and love them. I’ve also heard The Secret is really good (I’m hoping to have time in the near future for this one).


Jessie February 5, 2010

That nut budder looks out of this world *drool*

I love The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan (pretty much anything by her). If you’re looking for a fun young adult fiction book (why not? :) ), The Westing Game is a fun one.


Emily February 5, 2010

I loved “Kite Runner” oh and I love any kind of nut butter!!


Ameena February 5, 2010

I have so many suggestions!! One of my favorite fiction books is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. If you want something lighter check out Goddess for Hire by Sonia Singh. Sorry, I know you asked for one but I couldn’t help myself. :)


Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 5, 2010

The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende is one of my all time favorites :-)


Ellen February 5, 2010

My pick too!


Erica February 5, 2010

I love me some nut butters. My favorite fiction books are by Zadie Smith. Both White Teeth and On Beauty are fantastic. She’s got witty dialogue and is extremely smart. They make you think while also keeping you entertained.


Marnie February 5, 2010

When Rabbit Howls is an amazing story of a woman with 80 dissociative identities/multiple personalities. So engaging!


Chava February 5, 2010

I wish I hadn’t eaten breakfast already! I am making that parfait for my Saturday morning:)

I read fiction constantly- though like you, I really am getting into the nonfiction thing.

My current favorite: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Translated from the French into English…


Ellen February 5, 2010

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. She’s one of the great magic realism authors of Latin America….she combines politics, history, and real-life drama with fantastical elements. AMAZING!!! She’s my favorite author of all time.


I just saw Lauren’s post above! How funny!


Sarah February 5, 2010

I am making that oatmeal this weekend, it looks so great! My favourite fiction would probably be Pride and Prejudice, but I also love all of the Shopaholic books – they’re a fun quick read!


Shayna February 5, 2010

I’ve seen those nut budders at the store (fellow Canadian) and have been wanting to try them!
Like others, also hard for me to name one all time favourite but some of my more recent favourites include:
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Time Travellers Wife and The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.


Laura @ Food For La February 5, 2010

I love A Fine Balance! Incredible book :)


Carla February 5, 2010

ANYTHING by Emily Giffin, I just got an advance copy of her newest book not out until May because my Stepmom owns a bookstore and I can’t wait to start (and finish!) it!!

(Oops I accidentally posted this as a reply to someone else’s comment – need more tea!!)


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 5, 2010

My fave book is a young adult book, but I recently re-read it, and I still loved it! Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden is AWESOME. It’s actually a series, so if you like it, you can read more!

I also like all F. Scott Fitzgerald books. This Side of Paradise is one of my faves.


Mary Ann February 5, 2010

Thank you for a yummy way to start my day! I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet when I read your blog today, so the parfait was delish! I used natural crunchy pb and raspberry jam. Too good to be good for you! A wonderful book I just read was “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows. don’t let the title fool you…it’s a love story written in letters during WWII. I heard it will be made into a movie. Have a blessed day!


Gelsey February 5, 2010

You MUST rea the Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. They are serious “fluff” books but SO funny and entertaining!!!

I make oatmeal every morning I’d love a new spin on it!!


Laura February 5, 2010

A book I recommend over and over is Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill (2006). Set in Montreal.

For something lighter, I would recommend the Ellis Portal mystery series by Rosemary Aubert. The books are set in Toronto. The first in the series is called Free Reign


Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 5, 2010

oh dear, I don’t even know where to begin — I’ll go with authors, it’s easier!

Fun authors: Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, Sophie Kinsella

Serious, but GREAT authors: Barbara Kingsolver, Jodi Piccolt, Sue Monk Kidd

Two of my most recent favorite reads: Firefly Lane (by kristin hannah) and The Recipe Club (by andrea israel) I think you’d love them both! Also recently read The Condition (Jennifer Haigh) – GREAT read


Cathy February 5, 2010

I just recently read Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. She is a canadian author, so it was really neat to know the area that she was describing in the book (downtown Toronto). If you enjoy the supernatural (werewolves) it was a great read and I would highly recommended it!


Ambre February 5, 2010

I’d love to try the Nut ‘N Budder.. And the parfait looks amazing!!!! :) I’m going to have to try that one at home, although I don’t have chai seads..


The HealthyHostess February 5, 2010

Your parfait looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! I have been reading a lot of nonfiction lately – baby books, health and wellness books and magazines. I need to get back into my fiction. I am in a book club and we are starting The Help (which I heard is great) I also liked the Glass Castle! Those are a little deeper than like an Emily Griffin (who I really enjoy too!)! Let us know people suggestions if you have time!


Lindsay C February 5, 2010

That peanut butter looks awesome and I wish that we had it in the states.
I think that my favorite book is probably Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. I think you would love this book and I hope you get a chance to read it!!


Kate February 5, 2010

My favorite is the Time Traveler’s Wife. I haven’t seen the movie, but I read the book a few years ago and I literally couldn’t put it down!


heather dawn February 5, 2010

Wow that looks so good!
I haven’t read a good book in a long time. I actually put up a post on facebook for good suggestions :)


Haleigh February 5, 2010

You are a genius! That parfait look amazing!! I have way too many favorite fiction books to just name a few but I am really enjoying the Stieg Larsson series, my husband got me hooked. Who knew I could be hooked on crime fiction? haha..


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