Avocado Oatmeal + More Hearts

Thought I’d try a little something new today…

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Avocado Oatmeal!

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I started last night by prepping some muesli (overnight oats).

I mixed together:

  • 1 plain chobani greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup 2% organic oats
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp chia seed

The mix was ready to finish up this morning.

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Avocados have such a nice subtle flavor. I thought they’d go well with some muesli (overnight oats).

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Take half an avocado, chop it, add it to a mug, and mash it up with milk and sugar.

Side note: My mom would stop here and eat this as a dessert. Mom’s simple avocado dessert was my inspiration for this oatmeal.

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Add avocado mixture to oats and mix to combine. Done and done!

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Perfect with some hot Larry’s Beans coffee.

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Overall, my experiment was a win! If you like avocado, def give this a shot and let me know what you think.

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Moving on…

Some of our big-big bosses were in town today for some important meetings, so they invited us out to get drinks and apps and possibly meet them.

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I grabbed a tropical martini (forgot what exactly was in it, but I think it had coconut rum, pineapple juice and something else).

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From the app bar, I grabbed a mini chicken salad sandwich, a cornmeal dusted shrimp skewer, and a BBQ beef slider.

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My drink was so tasty, I decided to have a second. This would prove to be a mistake. Not because I was having a second drink but because of the darn shape of the glass!

See…

I was walking with my coat over my arm, my purse on my shoulder, and my martini in my hand when someone high up on my team decided to introduce me to the big-big boss. My upper-teammate put out his hand to shake mine and when I went to shake his hand, I TIPPED MY MARTINI GLASS AND SPILLED HALF THE FREAKIN DRINK ON MY SELF! Gah! Stupid shallow martini glass!

So kiddos, lesson learned…

Tip for you working friends: do NOT drink martinis at company events! Or, if you do, try to not be holding a bunch of other stuff and/or put your drink down when you’re meeting people.

Wow…I’m still a little embarrassed. Guess that’s one way to get someone to remember you, eh?

So, slightly-pineapple-juice-soaked and all, I headed out with a group of my co-workers who were in town for meetings to grab dinner. No photos, but I had a good time and met some people I’ve only worked with via phone conferences. Always nice to put faces to voices and spend QT outside of the office.

Second lesson for working people: As much as possible, try to participate in networking and team building events. It may not seem like a good idea to grab dinner with some co-workers when you have a million things to do at home, but when you build relationships with your co-workers outside of work, it helps you at work, too…not to mention, it can make work a little more pleasant.

Would any one be interested in some posts on work/office tips? Any particular subjects you want me to cover?

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Got some more Heart Yourself Campaign photos!! I LOVE looking at these!

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Jessie of Don’t Forget Dessert hung her heart up at work. Love it!

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Adrien of Confessions of a Health Nut sent in this fun heart – love the patterned paper!

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Melissa of Project Bare sent in a pretty pink heart, which she put up in the spare bathroom she uses to get ready everyday.

Thank you ladies for sending in your beautiful hearts!

Everyone is welcome to participate. In fact, I’d love to see your heart photos! You can learn more about the Heart Yourself Campaign by clicking here. :)

Reader Question: Have you ever done something embarrassing in front of a co-worker?

H-Oly-Oikos!

Happy Monday all!

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I enjoyed some deelish muesli (aka overnight oats) for breakfast. I really prefer hot foods in the morning, but I had some yogurt about to expire and thought this would be the best of both worlds.

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Boy this stuff was thick!

In the bowl: one plain chobani greek yogurt, 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp flaxseeds, 1/4 cup 2% organic milk, and 1 tsp agave. Stirred in today: 1 sliced banana. On top: sliced almonds.

(I left my ninja camera at home so I used my iPhone today)

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I got gussied up today and wore a suit. I had my one-year review today. I love reviews because I love getting feedback and learning how to best approach the oncoming year. My review went really well…yay! :)

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Because I was short on time this morning, I had a frozen meal – Kashi Black Bean Mango. It was pretty good, but much spicier than I thought (in some bites).

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I tried my hand at marinated kale. It was ok, but I’m not ready to reveal the recipe yet. It needs tweaking.

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Hot green tea and a GIANT organic navel orange (on sale at Earthfare).

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I tried a new bar today – Ruth’s CranNut Flaxpower. It was really good. I’d definitely get it again. I liked the diverse mix of nuts and other ingredients.

Since I’m still not 100% from being sick this past weekend, I skipped zumba tonight. :cry:

Instead, I hit up the grocery store.

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Everything but pickles were on sale: some new blue tortilla chips with flaxseed to try, nutella, Wild Blueberry Preserves (one of Dad’s fave brands)…

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And H-Oly Oikos! The Oikos was on sale for $1 each!!!! Squeeeeee! I loaded up. :D

After getting a tip from Kath that the Harris Teeter had chocolate oikos, I decided to swoop up a box, even though they weren’t on sale.

Then, I had dinner with the girls:

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Low-lighting food photography tip: The lighting was terrible. I had a tough time getting photos, but I turned my ISO up to 1600 (pictures are surprisingly not too grainy) and I opened my aperture wide open (f2.8) to get the fastest shutter speed.

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We all 3 shared some table-side prepped guac (my new love…ahh!) and a pitcher of white sangria (the Monday special!)

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Megan and I split a chicken chimichanga, which came with cole slaw and rice and beans. So tasty!

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(pictured pre-stirring)

I had two of those yogurts about to go bad (ok, it expired today), so I prepped another batch of muesli tonight. I have an idea for an interesting twist that I’m going to try out tomorrow…wish me luck.

Bailey is a big fan of the overnight oats simply because he gets to lick the empty yogurt container.

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I’m not loooooking.

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Ok, I’m sooomewhat interested.

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Lemme at it!

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Nom nom nom!

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We got our first Heart Yourself Campaign heart from Anna of Oats n Boats. I love it! Thanks Anna!

Per the usual…I made a banner :P

You can grab the code for this here if you’d like:


Want to join in on the self-love? Send me a photo of your heart and I’ll post it.

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