Can’t Elope VOO

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 30, 2010


It has been hard to restrain myself from eating the other half of this cantaloupe since I sliced it open the other day. You see, once cantaloupes are sliced, they do not last long in this house. They are quite possibly the perfect fruit. It took every last ounce of strength in me not to demolish this beautiful fruit after my long swim on Wednesday night. I was so thirsty and this just screamed eat me. I had to look away…

I resisted and somehow triumphed over its’ luring nature. I had plans for this juicy cantaloupe. I knew I couldn’t just eat it spontaneously and ruin the planned Friday morning breakfast I had in mind. If I had eaten this, it would have been several days before another would ripen on my countertop.

But, lo and behold Friday morning did come sooner rather than later (it always does) and this morning I pranced down the staircase filled with glee. Today was the day, my friends. Of epic proportions.

Last night I threw together this fancy little mixture. Although, just between us girlfriends, it wasn’t really fancy at all. It was ridiculously easy and that is why I have become so smitten with Vegan Overnight Oats. Before bed, I grab my oats, milk, vanilla, chia seeds, and occasionally banana and chocolate protein powder. I mix. I sneak a taste. I place in the fridge and I prance away, saying, ‘Til tomorrow, vegan overnight oats…til tomorrow…’ with a sly smirk.

I come downstairs in the morning, and this awaits me…


I thanked my gourmet chef and grabbed my long-awaited cantaloupe.

Blueberry Melon Vegan Overnight Oats


Vegan Overnight Oats:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tbsp blueberry jam
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions: Mix together the above ingredients and place in a bowl in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir the VOO, and pour into half of a cantaloupe. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. Enjoy with a spoon!

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As much as I wanted to love this, I’m not sure if I would make it again due to the reason that the cantaloupe made the VOO very watery and the taste got lost. It was fun to eat, but if I did make it again, I would likely use half the water in my VOO.


Last night Eric and I had a fun bike ride! We biked to a near-by trail this time.


My Giro helmet rocked my world. It made the world of difference to be fitted by a pro in a bike shop! I also really love my new seat too. This seat is the bike shop’s top selling women’s seat and it is made especially for women!

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How cute is that tree!?


The trail was quite rocky, hilly, and rough at times and I was a bit nervous biking on it. This probably sounds strange, but I am not that confident on a bike! I actually get really nervous when I go fast and I get especially nervous on rocky terrain. I had to slow down quite a bit while Eric went ahead. I haven’t been on a bike all too much, so I am guessing that I just need to get used to it and improve my skill like swimming. I much prefer being on FOOT, like trail running, so the biking is taking me out of my comfort zone…which is a good thing, right? :)


It was getting late so we kept the ride short and sweet:

  • Distance: 4.10 miles
  • Time: 29:31 mins.
  • Avg pace: 8.3/mph


Today’s question: Are you confident on a bike and do you enjoy it? Do you go biking often?


See you for an afternoon pick-me-up! Our destination today: Old Quebec City!

Happy Friday!

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Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

Growing up in Cambridge UK a bike is the only means of transport worth using. You learn to ride before you can walk practically here! I love my bike soooo much :)


Robyn April 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

I was confident when I was younger, but when I got on the bike about a year ago, I was super nervous. I ended up taking a header, twice!! I would love to get back into it, as my husband loves to trail ride. But I’m with you, going fast and dealing with rocky terrain makes me nervous


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

Weird! I LOVE honey dew but cantaloupe I can ALWAYS elope away from :) Something about the flavor. I love orange colored fruits and veggies so it’s definitely not the color!

I spent my summer on Hilton Head Island last summer (working) and there were bike trails throughout the entire island. I think more people biked than drove! I would bike to the beach and along the water almost every day. I MISS BIKING!!!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

I’ve been wanting a cantaloupe for that very reason!!!! Sounds really good!
I’m NOT confidant biking. I’ve actually never been, other than when I was younger. It’s one of the things I want to try once I can exercise again.


Jil April 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

The mixture of cantelope and blueberries sounds really delicious – that’s good to know about the water though. I am NOT confident on a bike – I feel awkward…maybe because I am. haha


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

I have yet to try Chia Seeds but they look so tasty so I am going to look for some! Stinks that it wasn’t as good as it looked in the cantaloupe – I thought you were onto something!

And I love bike riding! I just got a bike a few weeks ago and its such a nice break from running sometimes.


Amy April 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

I’m not comfortable on a bike AT ALL. I took a really bad tumble (severe concussion which resulted in a medically induced coma) when I was 14 and I guess it kind of scarred me for life.

I still ride, but like you, I prefer to be on foot or on a spin bike!


seasideliz April 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

How do you like the seat? Looks like the Trek seat I have, they are awesome, just fit on your sits bones, and not the more delicate parts shall we say!
Looks like you are having fun with the biking, is is a bit scary on trails / hills at first, but it is also addictive!


Jessica @ How Sweet April 30, 2010 at 8:35 am

We bike almost every weekend in the warm weather, but its just for leisure. I usually don’t look at it as a workout – we go to a trail by a river and its very peaceful and relaxing!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

I never could get into cantaloupe, which is a shame because every fruit salad you get comes with it and I always feel like all of the other fruits end up tasting like it. Not a good thing in my opinion. Love that tree. Someone’s creative. Or has too much free time!


AGS April 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

Happy Friday, to you, as well! I thought I’d share with you, that I decided to try a week of vegan eating. I thought it would be fun to shake up my usual routine, and possibly try some less-common foods.

The one thing that I have some concern about is that I attend a lot of corporate events, and default dining is nearly always a high-end steak place. (Ales, there aren’t a lot of high-end vegan places.) I currently usually order fish (because I love it, and it’s easier on the stomach for me than steak), but I’m not sure what I’d eat were I to go vegan for a week.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I would probably call ahead and ask for a vegan option!


Diana April 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

Aw, that tree’s so cute! And that breakfast sounds interesting.. I’d have to try it :P
Ok, confession time… I don’t know how to ride a bike! I never learned but I so want to learn this summer so I can be even more active during vacation and just bike whenever I feel like going for a spin :)


Heather Dawn April 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

MMM I love cantaloupe!

I am not the most confident on a bike. I get nervous when I go too fast as well. I just bought a new bike last summer so I am hoping to ride it more this year and gain some confidence!


Marina April 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

I adore cantaloupes, I would eat the whole thing right now!
Biking is my favorite activity, and I love to bike during the summer, on the country side. But few days ago, I was hit by a car, and now I’m afraid a bit to jump on my bike soon…


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

Stuffed melon is awesome. I would put a big pile of shredded prosciutto and arugula in there.
…in fact, I might just do that!


Ilana April 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

I think this post was meant for me today! I’ve been taking my bike out a few times a week ever since the weather started getting nice. I haven’t been out at all this week and was going to go out today, but I’m feeling lazy so I thought about skipping it. Now I think I’ll go :) I’m not so confident, especially since half my ride takes place on busy New York City streets but I think its so fun!


Lauren April 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

I was thinking that cantaloupe was such a great idea until you said how watery it made the oats. :-( I’m actually really uncomfortable on a bike, which is one of the reasons I’ll probably never try a tri!


Jolene April 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

I am confident riding on the sidewalk or on a path :-) On bumpy trails I am a little less confident. I try to bike a lot in the summer, just along the path around our main city park.


Heather April 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

I wish i had a bike, i would love to go biking! looks like yall had fun.


Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

cantaloupe is nature’s perfect bowl! I love filling mine with cottage cheese! so refreshing!


Jen April 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

I love riding a bike. Last summer I took weekly spinning classes at the gym, and I swear my abs never looked better! It works your obliques, legs, buns, and so much more.

That same summer, during a family vacation at the beach, my dad and I rented bikes and rode for hours around the island. It was incredibly relaxing to ride along the bay on southern tree lined streets. It was the highlight of my trip! I wish I had a bike of my own, so I could ride more regularly outdoors!


Raylene April 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

I can’t stand Cantaloupe, and I never have. My mom always tells this story about trying to give me some when I was about 2 years old and how I spit it out right away. Even the smell makes me feel a bit sick to my stomach and I have no idea why. The only melon I’ll eat occasionally is watermelon.


Therese April 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

Oh I hope you can get the VOO Cantaloupe recipe down! Looks soooo tasty! I love melons!!!

My boyfriend and I are looking to buy bikes this spring and both of us are nervous. I haven’t ridden since I was a kid and I didn’t grow up in the city and am TERRIFIED of city biking! But fear is not an option for me anymore and we’re going to learn to do it!


Stephanie April 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

My fiance and I are both VERY into cycling. We ride our bikes everywhere. Britton even rode his bike all the way from Waterloo, to London ontario so he could visit a friend….

We’re a bit hardcore.We even biked through the winter (all you need is appropriate gear, and winter tires!)

SO GLAD you got a female saddle! Doesn’t it make a difference?? I would never ride without one again!


[email protected] Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

When I first started riding a road bike, I was so so so scared of going down hills. Have you seen how tiny those wheels are?! All I could think about was what if a wheel popped. I really didn’t get used to it until during a sprint triathlon- I’m too competitive and just let myself fly down the hills for time’s sake.
PS- My stepdad is a mt biking fanatic and when I first started going on trails with him, the best tip was to never look at the rock’s you don’t want to hit. Keep your eyes focused on the path you want the bike to take. Good luck!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

LOVE THIS! ‘never look at the rock’s you don’t want to hit. Keep your eyes focused on the path you want the bike to take’



[email protected] Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I reread it and it would apply to life too ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Yes it does!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

ps- im linking back to you tonight and quoting your stepdad! haha


Lizz (Leading the Good Life) April 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

I understand what you mean about feeling nervous on a bike. Every Spring, I feel really wobbly the first time I ride. But eventually it gets more natural!

What scares me is riding in traffic! People (drivers) don’t seem to know how to deal with bikes in the road. I get yelled at to “get on the sidewalk, that’s what they’re for!!” It makes me so mad! I just want to scream back, “No, they’re not, sidewalks are for pedestrians! A bike is a vehicle!” I think sharing the road with cyclists should be part of drivers’ education. Ok, I’m finished venting for now. :)


Lizzie April 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

I am not super confident on my bike. My brother is an amazing bike rider! However, I usually have to ride in traffic (even to get to the nearest bike path) so I guess acting confident wouldn’t go astray :)


Allison @ Food For Healing April 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

i love biking and i am definitely very confident on it, trail riding is my favourite


Erin April 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

I love bike riding, but I am not a confident rider at all. I think I over analyze all of my moves and it can be a little stressful. I keep going though because practice almost perfect. :)


Camille April 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

Bikes and I don’t get along too well.
About 2 years ago I decided to buy a bike and bike everywhere, needless to say I rode it once and was too terrified to do it again. The bike was returned.
That’s okay, my feet were made for running, not peddling!


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

what a bummer the VOO were so watery! they sure did look GORGEOUS though :) i’m definitely confident on a bike and i love to do it, but i don’t bike nearly as often as i’d like to. one day though ;)


Rachel April 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

My adventurous brother took me on a trail bike ride probably 8 years ago and I ended up in near tears pushing my bike it was so scary. I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I never got back on a bike after that. Plus, I do know some people who have been in serious injuries from bike riding. But I’ve been cheering on a friend who is racing in triathlons and it has made me want to get back on a bike on some nice even terrain and see if I enjoy it.

(By the way he recommended as a great online training site.)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

That is such a cool idea with the VOO. I usually just top mine with bananas or strawberries, but I should get out and try some other fruits as well.


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

I’m a scaredy cat riding my bike too.. way too cautious for my own good!!



[email protected] April 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

I had a bad mountain biking experience at the Whistler about 6 years ago that I have never gotten over. Yet another reason that I will probably never do a triathlon (the biggest reason is I cannot swim). But props to you for going out of your comfort zone!


Blogless Neena April 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’ve been mountain biking for years! I love it and live in a beautiful area for it (southern Utah- red rock!!) A year and half ago I broke my ankle while biking. :( I have gotten back on again, albeit a little more timidly.

I think it’s SO cool you’re training for a tri. I’ve been toying with the idea myself.


Vivian April 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

That made me laugh to know that I’m not the only person that wakes up excited for breakfast!

I use to ride my bike a lot as a child, but not so much these days. I’m too scared to ride in the city (not made for drivers and cyclists), and haven’t really gotten myself to a bike trail. I did use to enjoy it when I did it though.


Megan April 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

Isn’t biking great? I’m very confident on my bike because when you’re confident, you can be aggressive and with some crazy drivers out there, you HAVE to be aggressive. I love riding with traffic, but also love the peaceful roads out in the county.


Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love my bike, road and mountain. I’ve always been pretty confident on my mountain bike and love rugged terrain. I do not like steep inclines though, so I usually get off the bike and walk…my hubby on the other hand loves the challenge on the inclines on the trails. Originally, it took me awhile to become one with my road bike and now, I love it! I also got fitted professionaly with my bikes and that was a huge help. I fell a few times when I first got my road bike just trying to adjust to clipping in and out.


Amber K April 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

Oatmeal in cantaloupe? Sounds fantastic! I do prefer honeydew, but cantaloupe is pretty darn good.


Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition April 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

I love cantaloupe! Always remind me of summer because I would always take it to the beach with me. Too bad it didnt’ taste as good as you were expecting with the oats!

That tree is so funny! Too cute. I’m having my dad bring my bike into NYC- I’m a little nervous to bike around here but I think I’ll get the hang out it! Plus I can leave a little later for work and good exercise!




Ali @ Redhead Reports April 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

I am the same way about devouring the entire cantaloupe in one sitting!
I feel pretty confident on my bike, but that could be due to the fact that I don’t go on many risky adventures. I’d probably be more paranoid if I were trail riding or riding in the rain on slippery hills.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

I love biking, but I somehow always manage to wipe out! I have lots of battle wounds now. :D


Allison April 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

Angela, I get nervous on my bike, too! I don’t know if it’s the fact that I haven’t biked too much, or that my balance is off, or that I’m naturally clumsy, but I am generally not at ALL confident on a bike! My seat is actually just slightly too low (technically) but I want it a bit lower so I can touch the ground easier! I know it’s better to have the seat at the proper height, but it’s scarier, too!

Anyways, I’m so impressed with you and Eric and wish you the best of luck with your Tri. You are quite inspiring! ;)


Lisa April 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

I love the concept of “edible bowls”. :) One of my faves has always been soup in a bread bowl! YUM!


Lisa April 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

Oh and p.s. I’m not that confident on my bike yet. I’ve gotten better. I hate going fast downhill. It scares me!


Kristin April 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

I use to say that the bike was my weakest event in triathlons. Even though I teach spinning classes biking outside is most definitely different! Something that has helped me is riding my hybrid bike to work. Getting on my road bike doesn’t seem as scarey any more. My mom, the Occupational Therepist would tell you that my motor skills have improved. You just got to get out there and do it. I still don’t like to go too fast, get nervous when there are cars, and don’t like going in the rain


annie April 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

Oats in a loupe! That sounds SOOO good right now!
Glad you and your hubby have gone biking and swimming together recently. :D That is awesome.

I’m pretty confident on my bike. I ride a mountain bike around town a LOT and on campus to get from class to class and back home. For the most part, I just worry about drivers not paying attention to me. :(


Kacy April 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

I want to buy a bike soon, but I know I’ll be scared on it. It’s just a different feeling I guess.

I wish I liked canteloup. It’s just kind meh to me though.


Antonia April 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

I bike everyday! It’s my go-to piece of transportation which is very normal here in Germany. However, when I spent 6 months on an exchange program in America, I did not see a single cyclist at all.


Jennifer April 30, 2010 at 11:14 am

Hi there – I’m a long time reader, first time commentor :)

I bike both on the road and trails…I used to be quite unsure with mountain biking. I swear, if I saw a rock, I’d fall over – I didn’t even have to be near it! What I’ve learned is to keep pedalling, keep some speed, and let the bike do the work. It still freaks me out a bit, but I just talk (okay, sometime I yell) to myself the whole time: “just keep going! You can do it jennifer! Keep pedalling! Keep pedalling!”

Seriously, I sound like a lunatic while mountain biking – but it works! Of course, if my husband or friends have gone on ahead or are behind, they might think my yelling indicates a problem, so we have an emergency word to shout out if we’re not just screaming encouragements…”BANANA!!!”

Yup – I sound like a lunatic :) But it is so much fun, and well worth pushing past your comfort zone to learn what your bike can go over in terms of terrain.

Jennifer in Newfoundland


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thank you for your comment! :) So cute. I loved reading this. Thank you.


Lindsay April 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

I wish I were confident biking. I hadn’t biked for at least 10 years when I finally started last summer. I had intentions of using my bike to get around (I live pretty close to downtown, where I work). A lot of people ride bikes here. Unfortunately, I found that I have terrible balance and going moderately fast on the bike scares me. I’m OK until I hit a rock or a crack in the pavement and then I freak out and fall over. It’s kinda funny. :) If I didn’t have to ride around so many cars, I think I’d be more likely to pick it up again. But it’s sort of scary and makes me self-conscious.


Paige @ Running Around Normal April 30, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hehee cute post about the vegan Overnight Oats. I wish I liked cantelope and honeydew. But I don’t :( Or maybe I do now…it’s been several years since I’ve tried one…
I’m not very comfortable on a bike either. Feet is best for me. And on rollerblades I’m a ball of nerves!


Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

I think I’m pretty confidant on my bike, but for sme reason am afraid of crashing. Ok, not for some reason… I have my L4 L5 S1 vertebrae fused and am afraid of what could happen if I take a spill. I like going fast, but am always on concrete. My husband ALWAYS goes faster than me on the down hill stretches… boys! The fastest I’ve ever gone was 27 mph and that felt FAST!! (He went 30. hehe)

I just picked up the sweetest cant. from Trader Joe’s. Cut it up… and was gone w/i 24 hours. HAHA


Jane April 30, 2010 at 11:59 am

Angela: Did you miss water in the ingredient list for the VOO?
I biked through England on a school trip carrying everything on the bike (gone for a month)….it was the most unbelieveable way to see a country….see, smell and feel in some case everything. England is very hilly. A couple of my fellow students wiped out going downhill…totally the bike but lucky they were ok.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Nope there is just almond milk. The water came from the cantaloupe ;)


Wei-Wei April 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Mmmmmm, sounds wonderful! I love eating cantaloupe (or any other sort of melon, actually!) with a spoon. I can’t believe I never thought of this!

Hey, what about SIAB in a melon… wouldn’t that be a little like SIAM? XD

Have a great Friday! :)



Tay April 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I tried that same thing in a honeydew bowl the other day. I thought it was delicious – but I agree on the watery part.


Erin April 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I love the idea of jam to flavor overnight oats! I have to say, I tried your original overnight oats recipe yesterday morning and I LOVE IT. I meant to prep it again last night and was sad this morning when I realized I forgot!


Laura Georgina April 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’d love to be a bike person! I still get nervous that I might fall over whenever I borrow a bike, but I really need to get over it–I have a 20 mile bike ride coming up in June and I need to get with it (and make myself safe to be around by other cyclists!)


CJ April 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I’d love to be more confident on a bike. I broke my jaw falling off a bike when I was about 14 and now it kind of scares me!

I rode a bike when I was in grad school in Oxford but I’d still get shaky and nervous when anywhere near traffic. Nowadays I don’t have the confidence to ride in London. I’m pretty sure I’d die!

– CJ


Lauren May 1, 2010 at 12:51 am

I love all the versions of VOO that you come up with because I’ve become pretty obsessed with them myself…they are so ridiculously easy and so good for the mornings when you don’t feel like cooking or doing anything at all- lazy person’s dream for sure. I’ve been experimenting with VOO a lot..nothing compares to your concoctions though. One day I will be a good recipe creator. One day.

I never go biking. I am absolutely not confident on a bike at all. I used to be when I was a kid, then I stopped for 15 years. Two years ago I wanted to try it again, but couldn’t deal with the busy streets of Toronto. And I found that I lost my ability to bike properly. It makes me so nervous!


Susan May 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

Oooh Angela, I am SO not comfortable on the bike either. I’ve got a road bike, so I have to go fast on the side of roads with cars whizzing past me. It’s scary!! I think it does get better with each ride, and when you fall you realize it’s not the end of the world. Biking with Chris used to make it worse though – he was fearless and fast! The jerk :P


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