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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Loring February 5, 2010

Those nut butters look great — I live in the GTA as well and have never seen them…where did you get them?

As for Fiction…it’s so hard to pick one favourite, but a favourite author is Lionel Shriver. She’s smart and her prose is so beautiful. We Need to Talk About Kevin and Post-Birthday World are both can’t-put-down (missed my Subway stop twice) reads.


Racheal - Girl on a Mission February 5, 2010

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom (author of Tuesday with Morrie) GREAT book!!!


Jaclyn February 5, 2010

I could never just pick one book I love. My favories though are Ann Marie MacDonald’s books, too bad she’s not writing anymore. Simply amazing stories!

That breakfast looks so yum!


Nadia February 5, 2010

“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. My ultimate favorite book that I’ve read over 50 times.


Allison February 5, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was excellent!


Nikki T February 5, 2010

My fave author is Nicholas Sparks- I’ve read all his books and loved everyone. They always have an adventure, but also a love story. I’d recommend any of them for sure! My favorite one is The Guardian.


Emily P. February 5, 2010

I don’t know about my favorite, but The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher is just a fun, absorbing, girly read.


Heather February 5, 2010


I liked The Lovely Bones, Sweetness in the Belly, The Sookie Stackhouse Series (for some easy reading), and any Patricia Cornwell (though they are scary!)


Kristen February 5, 2010

I second Patricia Cornwell for some easy, somewhat scary reading :)


Andrea February 5, 2010

That ‘budder’ looks so creamy! Yum… now I have to go add a dollop of almond butter to my oats!


Anne February 5, 2010

impossible to pick a favorite, but a few great recent-ish ones:
devil in a white city, loving frank, middle sex, mudbound…

happy friday!


Run Sarah February 5, 2010

I love anything in the Shopaholic series!


Lauren February 5, 2010

Holy yum! That looks delicious!!

My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo, it’s short but such a good message about the power of dreams and listening to your heart. I also secretly hearted all the Twilight books, and then there’s Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum which is about family secrets and living through Nazi Germany during WWII. Hope you find a good one!!


Becky February 5, 2010

My favorite fiction book is Shopgirl.


Nicole February 5, 2010

I just ran out of almond butter so I am desperately in need of replenishment–and I would love to try some of this Canadian delicacy! Off the top of my head, if you enjoyed Atonement, Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love is a also great novel.


Kelly Michelle February 5, 2010

haha I “hide” stuff from myself all the time. That parfait looks delicious too. My favorite book is The Secret History.


Molly @thevegandorm February 5, 2010

My favorite book is Lonesome Dove by Larry McCurtry!


Nicole February 5, 2010

Ahh awesome giveaway :) I really would love to win this! ANYTHING by Jodi Picoult is really really good. Love her novels :)


Tina February 5, 2010

I second Jodi Picoult. And surprisingly, the Twilight books are excellent. One of my favorite chick story books is Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. I’ve read that one almost 10 times and it’s one of the only books I have ever read more than once :)


Kristen February 5, 2010

Some of my favourite books (of fiction) are The Time Traveller’s Wife, 1984, The Kite Runner, and The Poisonwood Bible. They all got me thinking.

That Almond Butter Extreme looks amazing!


Stina @ Girl Can February 5, 2010

First of all, that oatmeal parfait looks AWESOME!

I love reading so picking a favorite book is really difficult! I pretty much have a favorite for every genre.

I’m a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter series. You do have to get over the two/ three book hump before they really get enjoyable. They books themselves are so well written!

I also really like Chuck Palahniuk’s book (Fight Club and Lullaby are my favorite’s by him.) His books are written for a certain kind of audience though.

In the realm of memoirs (that may or may not actually be true) Chelsea Handler’s books (My Horizontal Life and Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea) are both great laugh out loud books. Augsten Boroughs (Running with Scissors) is also a really great book.

As far as “chick lit” goes, I really like Jennifer Weiner. In Her Shoes is my favorite of her books, but they ewre all enjoyable.


::christine:: February 5, 2010

YAY! Give away time ~

My favorite book is “Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver (oprah book – did a whole show on this book with good reason)

Vampire series: Sookie Stackhouse novels that are the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood show by Charlaine Harris. There are many books to lose yourself in.

Vampire series with sex (hee hee) JR Ward’s “Blackdagger Brotherhood” series. Dark Lover is Book 1.

***I MUST echo that Wally Lamb’s “She’s come undone” is FANTASTIC! about an overweight woman changing her life – sooo good.

ciao bella!


::christine:: February 5, 2010

Oh yeah – David Sedaris books will have you laughing out loud in public with no shame. “Naked” is the first book. check them out, no lie.


Elizabeth February 5, 2010

Oh, man, do I love Margaret Atwood. She’s a little non-traditional from other fiction authors, but I really can’t get enough of her. She has a book of short stories that are great for traveling, “Bluebeard’s Egg.” I always find myself stuck somewhere waiting (outside of a bus terminal, in a museum) and I can just open the book to any little story and enjoy myself. A longer book that I like is “Robber Bride.” It won a Booker Prize, and that’s no small feat.


Majl February 5, 2010

I read The Girls of Riyadh recently and loved it. It’s like Sex and the City but in Saudi Arabia. It helped me to learn more about Saudi culture in an entertaining way.

Hey, I forgot to mention that you should check out SUblime in Fort lauderdale for organic vegerterian food (they cater to vegans too)!


ashley February 5, 2010

I can’t say no to nut butters!!! And my fave fiction book recently was Twilight ;-)


Kristen February 5, 2010

I have totally gotten out of the groove of reading fiction books too!! But I would have to recommend Shantaram. So good, you won’t regret it!


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 5, 2010

I’ve noticed that my appetite has seriously increased since I started training for my marathon! I guess I should have expected that, but it’s still weird to me to feel hungrier!

I, too, am trying to work on reading a fiction book, and I just started reading “Tunnels.” It’s a newer series that has been dubbed to be potentially the “next” Harry Potter.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)


Laura February 5, 2010

Shes Come Undone by Wally Lamb– amazing book


Kara February 5, 2010

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Good Canadian fiction. I read it in high school for a project and it still sticks with me as a favourite!


Emily GG February 5, 2010

I would love to win some Nut ‘N Budder! For fiction books I really liked the Twilight series.


Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 5, 2010

Wow! Lots of good book suggestions. The first one I’d recommend is “Water for Elephants.” It’s such a GREAT read. I don’t think I would hav epicked it up based on the little synopsis that books often provide, as it’s about a traveling circus. But the book really isn’t about that, it’s about the people aboard this train and traveling circus. It is GREAT! I couldn’t put it down.
I love anything by James Patterson (make sure it’s by him- the one’s with him as a co-author aren’t as good) for a very fast, easy read. They are crime/mystery type books, and REALLY good! I read his books in a day or two.
Other good ones: The Glass Castle, 100 Years of Solitud. Next on my list is “The Help,” as I’ve heard it is really good.


AGS February 5, 2010

One of my favorite books is _Einstein’s Dreams_ by Alan Lightman. The writing is excellent, and the subject matter is creative, at times piercing, and thought-provoking. The chapters are brief vignettes on “dreams” or thoughts, really, about how we can perceive time. Lightman is a physicist. This – his first book (1992) – was an international best-seller.

I also agree with Nicole – _The Road_ is a terrific, haunting read (can’t see how they managed to make a film out of it, though).

And I wouldn’t mind being put in the “pool” for the nut butter. ;)


Astrid February 5, 2010

Awesome book to read: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. It is a creepy fairy tale for adults. Its pretty awesome!
I would love to win some of the nut and budder. I love nut butters so much and am always looking for new ones to try and become addicted to!


AKP February 5, 2010

The Time Travelers Wife was super awesome read!!!


Jennifer February 5, 2010

Your breakfasts always look so amazing! I got hooked on 3 minute breakfast cakes this week! Now I have something new and delicious to try!

One of my all time favorite fiction books is Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I could not put it down! I highly recommend it!


Elizabeth February 5, 2010

One of my favorites is a classic, Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. If you haven’t read it yet, you absolutely have to!

The nut butter looks great!


Steph February 5, 2010

Wow that’s a really tough questions! For light reading, The Confessions of a Shopaholic books are hilarious!!
For mysteries I like anything by Mary Higgins Clark.


Ana February 5, 2010

I do, I do! I would looove to try the almond budder! (I live for almond butter!!!)
I also liked “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, and for a non-fiction I absolutely loved Eat, Pray, Love, have you read that?
I know you didn’t ask for non-fiction but I absolutely loved that book and I feel you would too, if you haven’t already read… why do I think you have already read it?!!
Fingers crossed for the almond butter here!!


Katrina M February 5, 2010

omg that parfait looks AMAZINGLY delicious!!!!! :) i would totally love to win a jar of that stuff, especially since its only available in canada!!!

my favorite fiction author is Tami Hoag, i’ve read almost all of her books. she writes mystery…. not really horror but it’s usually around a murder or kidnapping or something like that. the main character also usually ends up falling in love with someone, haha. i really like them, but abviously not everyone is in to that kind of thing.

on the hunger note…. i think that’s normal. you’ve been working out a lot and to repair your muscles with the added strength training i definitely think your body needs more fuel, especially protein. i feel like i’m finally getting back on track myself, eating healthy (at least 90% of the time) and getting exercise in there too. i just wish it was nicer outside so i could start running again, because i REALLY want to, but this darn winter is not very motivating!!! hahaha


Becca February 5, 2010

I’m a huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender is the Night are all absolutely wonderful. They are so engaging and beautifully (BEAUTIFULLY) written. He also wrote some wonderful short stories.
Also, if you have not read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, it is my favorite book. Easy to read, funny, and thought provoking. Same with The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I love classics, and 20th cent. is sometimes overlooked!
In terms of more contemporary books, The Virgin Suicides is also very good, as well as Into the Wild. The movies are both very good but the books are better (as always!!) Also, since I was younger I have always loved Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, and Anne Frank’s Diary.

There are some ideas for you! I hope you can pick a couple and enjoy them….


ps that parfait looks AWESOMEEE


Becca February 5, 2010

Oh yeah and Sarah Dessen is a really good author for girly but thoughtful books. Any of them are good! I think I’ve read them all.


Lindsay February 5, 2010

I love “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” – by Dave Eggers. It is based on a true story, but takes some literary license at parts. About two brothers who grow up fast, and being in your 20’s, taking life on, etc.

The preface is one of the best parts!

Nom nom nom….nut budder….It looks delish! I love my almond butter in the am – makes my oatmeal go from drab to fab.


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