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Very Berry Oats

by Meghann on February 24, 2010

Good Morning!

Has anyone else been staying up way to late watching the Olympics lately?

Last night I may or may not have passed out on the couch trying to catch it all. And there may or may not have been one too many Cool Running references coming from my mouth. “Some people say they can’t believe, Jamaica we’ve got a bobsled team.” (By the way did you know NetFlix has a ‘very long wait’ for Cool Runnings right now?)

I have just been loving the Olympics and wanted to stay up to catch as much of the women’s figure ice skating and the cross ski events as possible. I think Derek was impressed with my winter Olympic sport knowledge. Can you believe he hasn’t watched any of it?!?!

Anyways, because of the late bedtime it was extremely difficult to get out of bed this morning.

I pretty much gave up trying to decipher what this means


And instead just did an easy 4 miles for my last training run before Gasparilla.

Before I left on my run I prepared a batch of cold oats and since I was using the last of my yogurt I decided to just make them in the container and save a bowl.


In the container

  • Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • Strawberry Preserves
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cinnamon (key ingredient in cold oats!)


After my run I topped my cold oats with 1/2 cup Honey Puffed Wheat, Strawberries, and Cacao Nibs.


The preserves made these oats very berry and very delicious! This is an addition you will see again and again!


We have a winner!

The two random winner of my Horizon Chocolate Milk Giveaway are…

February 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm


Any Tastykake cupcakes. I haven’t had them in years since I moved away from Pennsylvania and they only exist in “cheese steak specialty shops” in California like some ancient relic from the past. I guess it’s a good thing they’re not out here because I can’t resist them. yum.

February 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm


Frozen ding dongs or grilled cheese sandwiches were the the go to items at my house growing up. I haven’t had a ding dong in ages. Maybe I should go buy one and enjoy the taste of my youth?

Congrats Sean and Debbie! Send me an e-mail at with your shipping information and I will make sure these coupons are on their way!

1 Caitlin February 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

haha I love that there is a wait for Cool Runnings-so funny and such a classic movie! Good thing I have it on VHS!! 🙂

enjoy your morning.

2 Evan Thomas February 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

I haven’t been able to stay up until the end of olympic coverage one night yet, haha. I conked out during the opening ceremony!

3 Dori February 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

Question: Why do you eat fat free yogurt? Doesn’t your body require more fat due to all your exercise?

4 megan February 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

i love cool runnings. such a good movie. and i haven’t really watched any of the olympics either! I read about it on all the blogs though 🙂

5 foodfitnessandfreya February 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

I’m proud to say I am yet to see ONE MINUTE of the Olympics! I can’t decide if that’s a good thing, or if I’m majorly missing out…
Have a fab day 🙂

6 Jo February 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I think thats a downside to living the other side of the Pond… apparently you can catch the tail end in the morning if you are up early enough?! I’m missing the figure skating and not happy about it ;( Saving myself up for the Summer of 2012!!!

7 megzzwinsatlife February 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

I soo forgot about cool runnings… I am loving the Olympics too!!

8 Kristina @MendonPondMusings February 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

I loved the women’s figure skating last night! I sadly feel asleep and missed the South Korean woman’s performance 🙁

9 Kelly February 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

Yup, stay up way too late and then struggle at work all day! Haha and I’ve totally been singing the cool runnings song for the past two weeks.

10 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

I stayed up late watching last night–soo good! But then I stayed up EVEN later beyond the end of coverage. The Inner Workings of a College STUDENT. 3am bed time 🙂

11 theprocessofhealing February 24, 2010 at 10:58 am

Congrats to the winners!!
Shame on me but I have barely watched the Olympics… the women’s figure skating is a must see though.

12 Heather February 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

Oh my gosh I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted Cool Runnings this week….haha

13 Run Sarah February 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

Love Cool Runnings, representing my mom’s Jamaican heritage! 😉 Haha. I love the idea of adding preserves to yogurt/overnight oats, I have to try that!

14 Can You Stay for Dinner February 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

Cool Runnings is so great! Ha.
I haven’t watched any of the Olympics. I think I just prefer the summer ones. Have a wonderful day!!

15 Emily February 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

I’m just now watching the DVRed olympics from last night.
I was wondering about your overnight oats – it sounds like this time at least you didn’t actually let them sit overnight. How long do you think you actually need to let them sit for?

16 Meghann February 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I think they really only need an hour to set. 🙂

17 Lacey February 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

I saw a definition of “Olympic Narcolepsy” on urbandictionary yesterday. It fits your post perfectly! 🙂

(The first definition)

18 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, its BOBSLED TIME!!! I love that movie 🙂

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19 Heather February 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

the oats sound really good! i like the idea of adding preserves to the overnight oats…yum! i’m so glad i’ve saved my VHS copy of Cool Runnings…such a great movie!

20 RhodeyGirlTests February 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

The strawberries are insane right now!

21 musingsofthegranolagirl February 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

Cool Runnings is amazing..

“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, it’s BOBSLED TIME!!”

I love the olympics and can’t help but watch them always 🙂 (although I was sad to hear that Jamaica didn’t have a bobsled team this year 🙁 )

22 Anna February 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

lol– Ah, Cool Runnings! Such a great movie 🙂

Have a great day!

23 kbwood February 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

mmm your oats look good girl!
haha SERIOUSLY the olympics are such a distraction! me and my roomies get SO into it-we act like we are there or something.
SO sweet about your boy coming 🙂

24 Molly @thevegandorm February 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Haha it took me five years of track to be able to read a workout like that and know exactly what that means!

25 runningwithsass February 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I am loving the olympics! I have been having to Tivo it b/c I can’t stay up that late!
the strawberries look so good!

26 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I love the Winter olympics. It’s worth staying up for! It only comes once every 4 years.

27 Jenny February 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Why is it that everyone and their freakin’ mother can find good strawberries and I can’t?!? *sigh* Great eats!

I’ve watched the skiing, and some of the figure skating because I am an avid skier and the figure skating because I used to be a competitive skier, but not much else. I should watch Cool Runnings again, though- I have it on DVD!

28 Jenny February 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Oops. I meant competitive SKATER.

29 rollerkoesterrun February 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Quoting ‘Cool Runnings’, you crack me up! You’re too funny! Ryan (my fiance) has been doing the same thing. He keeps saying, “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!” HAHA!!!

~Christie (

30 Christina February 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I’ve been loving the Olympics too. Figure skating is my fav!

31 Reenie February 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Meg ~ I could not get that white bean salad off my mind! It looks sooo good. So I googled and reviewed a few recipes and created my own.

2 cans cannolli (sp) beans ~ drained
1 pkg grape tomatoes ~ sliced in half
3 garlic cloves ~ diced thinly
parsley & oregano
olive oil
lemon juice
red wine vinegar
sea salt & ground pepper

Mix all together ~ refrigerate over nite……….oh it’s soooo good ~ I just had it with my sandwich. I wish I would have brought more of it with me. Not sure if it’s like the one that you had. Next time I think I’ll add diced red onions=)

32 Meghann February 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

You are a genuis! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

33 Karla February 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’m probably the only person in the world who didn’t care much for Cool Runnings. Crazy that there’s a long wait for it!

34 Matt February 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I still can’t believe you don’t like hot oatmeal 🙁

35 Rachel February 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I bet preserves were absolutely wonderful in ‘overnight’ oats. Mmmmm…. I have been completely addicted to watching the olympics. Not getting nearly as much studying done as I should be…. 🙂

36 Amber@minimalistdiary February 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Why are the best Olympic sports always on sooo late?? I find myself squinting to watch it on my teeny tiny bedroom TV. Oh and I am guilty of hoarding a copy of Cool Runnings from Netflix. I ordered it a week ago and haven’t watched it yet. Sorry guys!! 🙂

37 NYCRunnerGirl February 25, 2010 at 1:43 am

My sister and I used to watch Cool Runnings ALL the time when we were younger! Such a good movie.

I’ve been watching a lot of Olympics. I think that Matt Lauer has the best job ever. Seriously, he gets to report from Vancouver for two weeks!

38 kristilyn February 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

I love Cool Runnings! I’ve been meaning to watch it sometime these past few weeks, but keep forgetting. I’m making a note of it now!

Those oats look delicious! How much yogurt do you add to them?


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