It’s a Phase

July 13th, 2010 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast

I go through breakfast phases.  Phases where I pretty much eat the same thing day after day after day for weeks on end until one day I wake up in the mood for something different.  This is how it always goes.  I eventually grow tired of the same old, same old, get some new breakfast idea and the cycle starts all over again.

Right now I am in a cold oatmeal phase.  I have been here before and will be here again I’m sure.  This means that my husband and children are also in a cold oatmeal phase.  As the primary meal preparer in this house, they are pretty much at the mercy of whatever breakfast phase I’m in.  Alternate breakfast requests are usually honored provided I have enough notice.

During some phases I hiss and spit and shout obscenities at grains and dairy.  And then other times I care a little less about consuming cow’s milk products or unsprouted grains as long as they are organic.  It those during those phases – like the one I am currently in – where I find myself busting through the door after a run or bike ride, ready to dive head first into breakfasts made from rolled oats and yogurt.

This morning before a speed work session I put together three bowls of oaty goodness.

Three Bowls

That’s right.  Three bowls.  One for Mama Bear, one for Papa Bear and one for School-Aged Bear.  Pre-School Aged Bear would rather hiss and spit at Mama Bear than eat cold oatmeal.  This means that Pre-School Aged Bear gets toast and eggs, a phase she’s been in for about two years now.

Each of the three bowls pictured here contains about a half cup of oats.  That’s pretty much where the similarities end.  You know how the story goes… too hot, too cold and just right.

Ava gets rice milk with agave nectar, a little ground flax and exactly 9 granules of cinnamon.  I counted.  10 granules and she won’t eat it because it’s “too spicy”.

Zak gets almond milk, raisins, cinnamon, flax, agave and absolutely no yogurt lest he hiss and spit and shout obscenities at the sourness that is fermented dairy.

My bowl contained just oats until I was home after a little hissing and spitting and shouting obscenities on the track.

Rolled Oats

Two bowls in the fridge to get their soak on, one on the counter to wait for moisture until I returned.  Time to run.

On today’s schedule was 3 sets of 1600 meter sprints.   Translation: one mile repeats at about a 7:30/m pace with a half mile recovery at 11:00/m pace.  x3.  Might I add here that I was NOT feeling speed work this morning?  Not at all.  But thanks to the Working Out with a Buddy phase I’m currently in (vs. my Working Out Solo phase) I was dragged to the track by my friend and we got the job done despite any early-AM speed work reluctance.

Home again, home again, jiggity jig, my favorite oaty combo du jour is a couple spoolfuls of 2% Fage (plain) with unsweetened almond milk.  As much as I love overnight oats, a brand new aspect of this current oatmeal phase involves enjoying the consistency of oats soaked until the count of 10.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10!  Time for a reverse three and a half somersault tuck into my bowl of oats, yogurt and fruit.


No sweetener is necessary when you’ve got a hearty helping of strawberries and blueberries to load on top.  I am very happy to be at the mercy of this awesome summer fruit phase we’re in!

With Summer Berries

Phase or no phase, breakfast was fabulous today and will be tomorrow too.

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6 Responses

  • Blueberries and strawberries are all you need in life. I go through phases with food, too. I could seriously eat oatmeal and drink smoothies every day of my life.

  • I go through food phases, too! :) And it’s been a while since I read Natalia Rose’s books, too! :) Your strawberries and blueberries look great!

  • I am definitely the same way with getting on a breakfast kick! I just finished my cold oatmeal kick and now im on a poached eggs with toast and fruit bowl kick haha

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! Time for a reverse three and a half somersault tuck into my bowl of oats, yogurt and fruit.”

    You never fail to amuse me!

  • Cindy says:

    I go thru exactly the same thing. only I call them ruts. only mine are “Monday food” Tuesday Food, and so on.

    I also dress for work this way. I have my Monday pants and my Wednesday pants…and on.

    I am pretty open and free with shirts…SHEW; thought I’d need therapy.

    so you are not even soaking them(oats) right now? love that. they are still chewy and crunchy.

    gosh, our grandmothers would cringe at the thought of eating oats not cooked to a bloody mush and over salted…mine would anyways

    but than again, her breakfast was coffee and a cigarrette (how does one spell that)?? with her poached eggs, bacon and biscuits at the nearby coffee shop on her way to the office.

    she didn’t cook much. bless her heart!

    and ALISON….

    holy crap mama! 3 sprints of 1 mile at cough7minutescough and a HACK11minute recoveryHACK…

    you had me at 11 minute recovery. I RUN HARD at 12 minutes.

    you are a rock star!

    How does Hissy like her oats?? haha
    luv ya!

  • Daniel says:

    I used to do the same thing, I would have cold Ezekiel cereal with milk and a banana on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and overnight oats on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday, and then Sunday would be some kind of hot cereal. I know how the phases go, haha!

    The reverse 3.5 somersault thing made me laugh pretty well too, I love your style of humor. ^_^