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August 15, 2011

While getting ready to put the finishing touches on my breakfast this morning, I was met with quite a sad sight indeed…

My beloved jar of almond butter only had a few meager scraps left in the bottom. Le boo. Many would see this as a cause for celebration – a chance to whip up a batch of the ever popular OIAJ (oats in a jar), but not this girl. Nuh uh. This girl simply saw it as a cause to crack open a new jar…

… so that she could enjoy her oats the way she loves them – in a bowl…

…. with all of her favorite toppings spread out nicely…

I admit that I’ve never actually tried OIAJ, and I most likely never will. I should probably give them a shot before writing them off completely but, to be honest, they just doesn’t sound all that appealing. The thought of having to dig into a deep jar with a tiny opening to get at my food seems too much like work, and I’m not big on my toppings being mixed into my oats either. I like them sitting, well, on top so that the flavors don’t get lost, and so that I can have a spoonful of almond butter oats, a spoonful of chocolate oats, or a spoonful of almond butter and chocolate oats, depending on what I’m in the mood for.

I know that there are tonnes of people out there in blogland who can’t wait to reach the bottom of a nut butter jar so that they can enjoy their beloved OIAJ, but I’m afraid I’m just not one of them. That’s one food blog trend that I’m not too fond of.

Another is the whole “green monster” thing. Yes, I understand that they’re incredibly nutritious, and no, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating (drinking?) them, but they’re just not my cup of tea. I prefer to take in my greens like this…

And my smoothies like this…

 

This is about as green as I’m willing to go with smoothies…

Avocado protein pudding

Anything greener and I’m reminded of some of the sludge that I forced myself to drink choke down during the worst days of my eating disorder. Blech. It’s giving me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. But there are those that love ’em, and that’s perfectly fine. Different strokes for different folks.

Chia seeds are another blogland favorite that I have mixed feelings about.

I got all excited after hearing so many people rave about them, bought a baggie of my very own, and I’ve been trying to use it up for over a year now. I can’t stand them on their own (they get stuck in my teeth), don’t enjoy them in oats, prefer my pudding like this….

… and although I’ve been able to tolerate them in smoothies, I think they’re giving me some stomach problems. One more strike and you’re out in the garbage, chias.

And speaking of stomach problems, stevia is another trend that I’m kind of iffy about. You know that whole saying about how when something seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is? Yeaaaaahhh. That’s exactly what I think of when it comes to stevia. And yes, I know it’s been used for thousands of years with supposedly no side effects, but I also know that whenever I use it, my stomach is not happy with me, so I’ll be stickin’ to my real sugars, thank you very much.

That being said, there are a lot of great trends out there that I do love. The blog world has introduced me to so many of my favorite foods, that I honestly have no idea what I’d be eating these days if I wasn’t getting my inspiration from blogs. Definitely not…

Greek yogurt…

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Greek yogurt messes

 

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Eggy oats…

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Almond butter…

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… on everything…

 

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Kombucha…

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Hummus…

 

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Beans…

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Pumpkin…

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Sweet potato fries…

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Cookie dough balls…

 

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Nutritional yeast…

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Baked oatmeal…

 

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Dates…

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… just to name a few. And I’d probably be nowhere near as creative with my meal choices…

 

 

 

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And while the food is good, the people are better, and the knowledge of what it means to truly treat my body right been priceless. So thank you blog world. Not for OIAJ, green monsters, and chia seeds, but for all that other stuff 😀

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What are some blog trends that you were never able to get into?

How about some that you love?

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107 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2011 6:48 pm

    You’re missing out on OIAJ. Seriously, I never thought I would like them either, but I always save the PB for last anyways!

  2. August 15, 2011 6:52 pm

    I love overnight oats, but not in a jar. I don’t like the little opening either, I prefer it all spread out so toppings can be on top. I like the goopiness chias bring, but I don’t like them by themselves. And green monsters? I love them! I’m not a huge fan on sweet/savory combos although I’ve only tried a few! 🙂

  3. August 15, 2011 6:53 pm

    I totally agree with you that toppings belong on top of oatmeal, not stirred in! I have the blog world to thank for my delicious buckwheat cereal and nooch (not together) – both are currently daily staples in my diet, I can’t even remember life before them 😉

  4. August 15, 2011 6:54 pm

    Haha I’m so glad there is someone else out there who doesn’t do green monsters, chia seeds, or stevia. In fact, I sometimes feel like I’m the only blogger out there who doesn’t use any of those non-sugar or honey sweeteners. Plus, I get enough greens in my diet as is so no need to blend it into a smoothie. No thanks.
    Other blog trends I never got into: Oatmeal…of any sort, I just don’t like the texture, I tried it with mix-ins, tried to like it, but couldn’t, i think it also has to do with an oatmeal food poisoning experience I had in India that further detached me from it. Also protein shakes/powders…they sound so complicated and when i tried them a few years back I had stomach troubles…plus i definitely eat lots of protein!
    The trends I have embraced though: Cheetahs/sweet potatoes (I remember learning about that on Snackface), kefir, kale chips, and of course PUFFINS and all the kashi cereals! I would say greek yoghurt too but I was eating it before I even started reading blogs

    • August 15, 2011 8:57 pm

      Food poisoning from oats? Ouch 😕 And I was pretty skeptical about protein powders too, but I actually find them pretty useful. They’re quick, easy, and tasty 😀

  5. Kaila @ healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 15, 2011 6:57 pm

    I LOVE THIS! I completely agree with the OIAJ, Stevia, and chia seeds. Oiaj just seems weird to me and when I have a nut butter jar there is never enough left in there for anything! I scrape my jars clean. And stevia just seems so artificial to me….I know its supposedly natural but anything that comes with a little eye dropper, tastes like death on its own, and has a horrible alcohol smell is not coming anywhere near my insides. And don’t get me started on Chia seeds!! They are a total trend! I don’t think anyone can say that actually enjoy them….they literally taste like nothing! I like my food to give me some enjoyment if I’m gonna eat it…I don’t like eating certain foods just because they’re “healthy”.
    But I do have to say I am a big fan of green monsters! The more greens the better in my book!

    Great post girl! Bookmarking it NOW!

  6. August 15, 2011 6:58 pm

    I’m with ya on the green monster thing..I’d rather eat my spinach! It makes me sad to see so much spinach be all blended up, all the salads I could’ve made! Also chia seeds…whenever people start talkin’ “chia gel” I get a little nauseous.

    I wouldn’t have ever tried greek yogurt, hummus, almond milk, and so so many recipes without the blogging world! Plus I just love looking at what other people eat as weird as that is, haha. Obsessed much?! Yupppp

  7. August 15, 2011 6:58 pm

    Green monsters are a big no for me, I cannot stand veggies in smoothie form. I also tried to get into chia seeds, but I just can’t see the point. I’d rather get my cals from something like….hmm…peanut butter haha! 😀
    On the other hand, peanut flour, greek yogurt messes, and pumpkin are a heck YES in this mama’s house! 😛

  8. August 15, 2011 7:01 pm

    I got into the green smoothies for a few weeks and loved them..but soon fell out of it. And I bought some chia seeds, too but hardly ever used them..so I’d say I’m right along with you on the trends you don’t like. (Never had OIAJ either!) My favorites: PB on everything and pumpkin all. the. time in the fall!

  9. August 15, 2011 7:05 pm

    Why are your pictures always so flawless?! You have me drooling every post and I just ate dinner.
    Nut butters in oatmeal is the best way (food-wise) the blog world has changed my life. Why I never thought of putting half a jar of peanut butter in oats, I don’t know. People ask me everyday where I got that idea, all thanks to the blog world.
    Same on the green monsters though, I gag every time I even think about it. I WISH so bad I could like them, because a little extra spinach does no harm, but I can’t force it down so I won’t.

  10. August 15, 2011 7:06 pm

    haha cute post! I am sort of impartial to chia seeds and the OIAJ doesn’t appeal to me either. But I do LOVE green monster smoothies 🙂 Love, love, love! But you are right indeed, diff stroke for diff folks. Being reminded of ED days is a no-no for anything so I think you are on the right track girlie.

    I really love reading your blog posts. So personal, opening and great discussion topics. Love it! love YOU! 😉

  11. August 15, 2011 7:10 pm

    Even when I ate oatmeal – I was NOT on board with OIAJ. I felt the exact same feelings towards it as you! I do, however, enjoy having “cereal in a jar” at the end of a jar :]

    but, i confess…i love chias!

  12. August 15, 2011 7:17 pm

    I haven’t tried OIAJ yet either. I did try a green monster and I thought it tasted really bitter…that’s no good. But I do love greek yogurt. I think the biggest “trend” (if it even is one) that I’ve taken away from blogland is healthifying unhealthy foods- making more nutritious baked goods, treats, snacks, and meals! 🙂

  13. August 15, 2011 7:18 pm

    omg stevIa makes my stomach freak out too! and i’m kind of iffy about chia seeds too. they don’t upset my stomach but they’re just bland. i like to taste my food, thank you very much. 🙂

  14. August 15, 2011 7:20 pm

    I love OIAJ! Once I got into it, I save all my jars lol Chia seeds and overnight oats are another blog trend that I love. I never got into green smoothies though, I prefer to eat my spinach not drink it lol Tofu doesn’t really appeal to me either =/

  15. August 15, 2011 7:22 pm

    What a gret idea for a post! I too am not a fan of OIAJ- i much prefer my oatmeal with lots of toppings! My favorite smoothies are fruit based and not with veggies too!
    Things i do love from the blog world- sweet potato fries, your mexican bean scramble and your delicious pizza, greek yogurt messes and hummus on just about anything!

  16. August 15, 2011 7:26 pm

    I’ve never done OIAJ either! I felt so left out, it’s good to know someone else out there still makes theirs in the morning. Very pretty pics

  17. August 15, 2011 7:27 pm

    to be honest, I’m not too fond of most blogging food trends. But I’m an OIAJ girl through and through!

  18. August 15, 2011 7:28 pm

    Hi love!!

    So many trends I know! I do like the fact that I have discovered so many new things Fromm reading blogs! I don’t know what I would od without mybpeanut flour that I discovered on the blogs, but I understand where 6 our coming from! Talk about food porn on this post!! Love ya girl!!! Xoxo

  19. August 15, 2011 7:29 pm

    Ps I hate my iPad, so many typos!

  20. August 15, 2011 7:34 pm

    i almost peed my pants reading this post…….I AM THE SAME FLIPPIN WAY with my oatmeal! Everyday without fail, the toppings must be oh so delicately laid atop of my goopy banana oats. no no, the peanut butter cannot be in anyway mixed in..ew. i need a nice trail of pb. But when its yogurt mess time…ha im allabout the mix….funny how when i thought i was (how do i say this nicely?) um special, i found that im not so alone! I loveeee reading your blog and constantly look out for your new post everyday at work! haha dont tel my bodd 😉

  21. August 15, 2011 7:35 pm

    dont tell my boss i can’t spell either….haha

  22. August 15, 2011 7:36 pm

    I am not an oiaj fan either. I am pretty solid at leaving not on
    E trace of nut butter in my jar . So putting oats in there would seem pointless to me. I do love my overnight oats though! And I am totally going to have to try a sweet potato with almond butter! How could I have not mixed to lovely foods like that before?!

  23. sarah permalink
    August 15, 2011 7:45 pm

    Stevia is not even legal where I live(the UK), there must be a reason for this!
    Socca was quite a trend in the blog world. I bought chickpea(garbanzo) flour to make it-iv tried it both in sweet & savoury ways, but I DO NOT like it at all. Think ill stick to eating my chickpeas in the form of one of the most delicious addictive substances in the world, AKA hummus.
    I do love quite a few trendy blog foods though. All the delicious cookie dough balls( especially yours!) Are probably my favourite. Your ‘bowl of heaven’ recipe is definitely trend worthy-iv eaten it everyday since you posted the recipe- LURVE it!
    You need to become a profesh photographer for like a foodie magazine(Clean Eating!) Or something. Your pictures are like out of this world crazy good!
    Xxx

    • August 15, 2011 9:19 pm

      I have a baggie of chickpea flour that I haven’t even opened yet lol. Socca is another one of those things that I always meant to make but never got around to…

  24. August 15, 2011 7:47 pm

    eh- maybe scrape the last bits of your oatmeal into the jar? No nut butter left behind! This from the girl who eats not oatmeal. One blog trend I can’t be down with.

    Because I cannot get into oatmeal the way the die-hards do. Yes, I have a jug of steel ut in my pantry for (lord knows how long) and that would be because of you. And I love you for it. And it is delicious….just leaves me sluggish. I eat it maybe like dessert.

    However nutreast (<—i call it a new name) changed my life and I will forever be indebted to bloggerville for that.
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  25. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 15, 2011 7:47 pm

    I JUST cleared out an old chocolate peanut butter jar today and already informed my entire family NOT to throw it out because it was my contained for breakfast in the morning.

    With that said– I actually DO understand you not wanting to try OIAJ because I felt the same way for a while lol 🙂 . It is an odd thought to go from a huge bowl of oats to a tiny little plastic or (hopefully) glass container, but is a decision that I still manage to make over and over again.

    I still vote that you give it a shot one day 🙂

  26. August 15, 2011 7:49 pm

    I don’t do OIAJ. I do Greek yogurt in a jar though. It’s betta.

  27. August 15, 2011 7:58 pm

    hmmm one thing that i just am not totally in love with is almond butter. i mean it’s great, really tasty and all, but i would so much rather eat PB.

  28. fabulousemily permalink
    August 15, 2011 8:04 pm

    Egg whites. Even before I went vegan they reminded me to much of my ED days. ughh. Rubbery protein gluck.

    I think I pretty much love everything else, except the non vegan and glutenous stuff.

  29. August 15, 2011 8:06 pm

    I cannot get into the Green Monster or banana soft serve that much…I prefer to eat my greens and bananas. Great post and pics, they always make me drool haha 🙂 I love OIAJ, but I can understand why you like them in a bowl. Yours oats always look yummy!

  30. August 15, 2011 8:08 pm

    Don’t even get me started… I’m sick of a LOT of blog trends lately (I’ll discuss via email with you if you’d like, haha). But your blog and YOU are fabulous.

  31. Vivian permalink
    August 15, 2011 8:19 pm

    I absolutely LOVE almond butter!! You probably have mentioned it before, but what brand(s) of almond butter/other nut butters do you usually get?

  32. August 15, 2011 8:23 pm

    I eat oats in a jar just because I hate the thought of not finishing a jar 😛 I’m like you though I don’t like my oat toppings mixed in, love them on top! Cereal and milk with banana’s tastes a lot better in a jar though, IMO.
    Store bought Stevia messes with my stomach too, but i have my own stevia plant at home and I’ve found that when I dry it and make it into a powder myself, my tummy is happy! Although 9 times out of 10 though I will be using honey/maple syrup.

    My favorite blog discovery is almond butter. I never knew any other nut butter existed besides Skippy peanut butter before I started blog reading and now I am a total almond butter convert 😉

  33. August 15, 2011 8:36 pm

    I have the same feelings on OIAJ and Chia Seeds and Green Monsters!!!

    Stevia actually bothers my stomach a lot less than stuff like Splenda…but I think everyone’s tummy likes different things, just like everyone’s taste-buds!

    I think my favorite blog discovery is cacao nibs. love ’em with cherries, avocado, and kefir!

    Oh and Kombucha. it’s quickly becoming an addiction!

  34. August 15, 2011 8:40 pm

    I can’t do nutritional yeast. It tastes atrocious to me. But more power to people who dig it!

  35. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 15, 2011 8:49 pm

    Yeh.. OIAJ are hyped up alot. The tiny opening to get out the oats, and the mixed toppings, I agree, when i tried it they were not my thang.
    I love chia in my oats, I just love how thick they make the ‘batter’. But I don’t enjoy them any other way.

    You gotta stop teasing me with all these food photos, i mean really, I’m sitting here in class without a fridge in reaching distance. *cries*

    When I look back into BB time.. (Before Blog) my gosh were my meals BORRRRING!!
    I would still be chompin’ on my steamed veggies with salt and pepper (not spices in site, cumin? what was cumin?)
    I’ve discovered so much awesome food I would have never had any idea about.
    I would have been living without sunbutter, almond butter, persimmons and I would still be making my oats in the microwave. bleh. ( i dont even want to think about it )

    • August 15, 2011 9:42 pm

      My oats were kinda scary before I started blogging, too. Pretty much just oatmeal, milk, and brown sugar. Tasty, but boring.

      • buttonss - Cherie permalink
        August 16, 2011 4:42 am

        Oh btw, left my sweet tater in the oven longer today to get them more mushy, SO WORTH THE WAIT! Bliss

  36. August 15, 2011 8:56 pm

    I didn’t like OIAJ because there are bites when I wanted my PB and couldn’t get to it. Then TRYING to get to it just mixed it in… however, I found out I can still top my oatmeal with a little more pb or another topping then when I get to the bottom… SURPRISE more pb just for me to eat up with my oats 🙂

    I’ve come a long way since I discovered blogging, too. I’m thankful for finding your blog because you were the person who instructed me on how to incorporate egg whites into my oatmeal. I needed protein in my life and my parents were threatening to not let me eat oatmeal anymore but with this… It tastes 10 xs better and is 10 xs creamier. Now, I wouldn’t eat them any other way!

    I read your story a while ago and each paragraph was me. Currently I have a list of things I would love to try and love to eat… But do I ever make them? No. Do I ever eat anything I ever bake? Rarely. You were the one person who I matched through every detail. Things I thought I was alone with… I realized I wasn’t. So I hope I change as much as you did without seeing someone because well, I’m very independent and do not believe it would be the best choice for me.

  37. August 15, 2011 9:00 pm

    I love this post!
    I actually just finished my post before heading over here to read yours and I talked about stevia too 🙂 I can’t really stand that stuff. It just tastes weird.
    Something else I’ve never been into is overnight oats. It always looks good when people make it, but I’ve had it twice and i’ve never really enjoyed it.
    I think nut butters and sweet potato fries are some of my favorites from the blog world! 🙂

    • August 15, 2011 9:52 pm

      Overnight oats always sound like a good idea when I’m putting them together the night before, but I never ever enjoy them as much as stovetop oatmeal in the morning… so I guess I’m lucky that I wake up at the crack of dawn and don’t mind spending so much time making breakfast 🙂

  38. August 15, 2011 9:23 pm

    O, I can see myself like OIAJ, taste wise. But I need my food to be pretty, and OIAJ is… just not 😉

    Yes, Ive learned so much from the blog-world. I never knew nutbutters was for EvErYtHiNg! And that AB on sweet potato is SOO good! Or that girls eats! Or that breakfast is totally allowed for dinner! And so much more that I cant remember at 5 am 😛
    Im so grateful for everything I learn every single day!

  39. August 15, 2011 9:28 pm

    I’m not into OIAJ either, I like my big warm bowls 🙂
    But I am ever so greatful for being introduced to kombacha, can’t go a single day without it!

  40. August 15, 2011 9:56 pm

    That’s the one thing I don’t like about OIAJ. Instead of eating it the entire time, I have to wait for the treasure trove to when my oats are almost gone. I guess the reason I still use them is because I hate wasting the little bit at the bottom of my jar! Haha, and I totally get you on the small opening — it is just too much work. 🙂 I’m sorry that the chia gives you a stomach ache — if it is giving you those kind of problems, I wouldn’t eat them either. I like how the chia are like super-hero soakers — that’s probably the thing I like most. Green Smoothies are another one of my favorites, but I get you with the flavor — I want to eat as many greens with my smoothies as I can, but I also want it to look pretty and taste good and not just be some drink that I chug down. Stevia doesn’t seem to bother me, but I get you with the whole “natural, no side effects” stuff. That’s why moderation in all things is what I have been striving for.

  41. August 15, 2011 10:37 pm

    Uh. I don’t like nooch. Don’t hate me.

    I just wrote about it on my last post. HAH! I just… ick. It tasted weird. And dry. I’ll give it another try, but I don’t know. I hope it’ll be better next time!

    Green monsters- yeah. I’m with you. There’s something about thick green liquid that just…. hm. Yeah. But who knows? There’s always tomorrow.

    Chia I’ve not tried.

    Stevia I like- it’s simply so much easier to add to things since it’s not in granular form. I love my honey and maple syrup too, though. I don’t discriminate against sweets. LOVE me some sweets. NOM!

    Oats in a jar I love! It’s so satisfying to scrape a jar clean. But I wouldn’t want to do it every day. I like getting to choose how much of each topping to get in each bite. But once in a while it’s nice to not do a dish, eh? Us food bloggers.. we use a lot of dishes. A lot.

    I have three flavors of kombucha yet to be opened in my fridge. I’m scared. But excited.

    EEEE!

  42. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 15, 2011 10:58 pm

    Your meals look super tasty, so keep on eating them and forget about trends :)) I feel the same about those “trendy” meals/food as you – OIAJ sounds totally unappealing to me, as well as allt hose green smoothies (I love salads, but that´s it. If I want a drink, I don´t want it to be green and taste like cabbage), chia seeds and stevia may be good, but they don´t sell them here and I don´t find them that “attractive” to search for them abroad… It´s not important to follow trends, it is important to follow your taste and you body and mind´s needs and wishes. I take baked oatmeal over OIAJ every day 🙂

  43. August 15, 2011 11:07 pm

    I have never got into OIAJ. I had no idea what they even were at first! I was like WTF is OIAJ! Even though I’m not into it, I respect what other people want to do. I gotta admit, I’m all about “green monsters,” just not ALL the time. I agree with you, I prefer to eat my greens in salad form. But extra greens can’t hurt! So sometimes I throw a couple handfuls in the blender. But, other times I prefer to leave it out. I am also pretty open to throwing chia seeds in my smoothies for the nutritional benefits but I’m really not in love with them. For whatever reason, stevia TOTALLY messed up my stomach too! I thought I was the only one. I think that stuff really is too good to be true. I love that blogging has opened up my eyes to so many things but I also try not to fall into too many of the trends. Thank you as always for your beautiful honesty and pure amazingness! ❤ Love you girl.

  44. August 15, 2011 11:08 pm

    100% agree on the stevia! I only use honey or… nothing! I find cinnamon does a pretty good job of making things taste great (if you like cinnamon that is).

  45. August 15, 2011 11:45 pm

    I am so with you about Green Monsters! Even though I couldn’t taste the spinach, I still wasn’t a fan- great in theory but I’m a chewer….I would much rather eat my greens!

  46. Lilly permalink
    August 15, 2011 11:48 pm

    honestly a lot of the “blog trends” my family already did, nut butter on oats, sunbutter, almond butter, coconut butter, etc, kale chips, sweet potato fries, hugh jass salads (although we didn’t call them that 😉 ), frozen bananas, and I grew up on qunioa and hummus all day everyday! Also, my mom had been eating chia seeds forever, they aren’t totally my thing, but the madre is in the pool all day and uses them as hydrating fuel I guess – idk it works for her, but not because of blogs haha. I always think it’s funny when bloggers think it is only a blog thing, but other people do the same stuff all the time, they just don’t always photograph it and post it on the internet 🙂 speaking of which, your photos are amazing girl!

    • Hannah @ theflexitarianeater permalink
      August 16, 2011 11:25 am

      So true! Lots of so-called blog “trends” are foods that my mom and/or I already ate! Even things that people are super in awe of, like, say, banana soft serve, I already ate. I just referred to it as a thick banana smoothie. Haha

  47. August 16, 2011 12:07 am

    Yeah, green monsters were never for me either. Smoothies in general are not my cup of tea, I like to chew things far too much 😛

    What I’m loving recently is nutritional yeast. I just discovered it recently and now I put in on almost anything and everything. A little excessive?- Maybe. Delicious ?- definitely

  48. August 16, 2011 12:13 am

    I am not a green smoothie fan either…..give me a salad or a smoothie….not a combination of the two:)

  49. August 16, 2011 12:19 am

    Thanks for sharing!
    I’m from Belgium and finding chia seeds is so hard I became desperate. But know I will wait buying them. I actually don’t miss anything extra in my oatmeal so why adding something new?
    About stevia: I use it once in a while but also experience some stomach issues after using it. And after all, I prefer the taste of honey, agave, maple and date syrup.
    I never tried nutritial yeast but I’m looking forward. It’s so hard to find it here in the city.

    I’m also glad I discovered lots of good new stuff thanks to bloggers: pumpkin, kombucha, wheat germ, frozen banana ‘ice’ cream, zucchini ‘noodles’, …
    Lots of great ideas!

    Oh, I’ll make those sweet potato fries tonight! Mmm!

  50. August 16, 2011 12:47 am

    I would have never tried greek yogurt messes, volumous oatmeal, or butternut squash fries!! I’m like you, I cant eat chia seeds, oiaj, or green monsters. I m trying to give chia seeds another go by putting them in oatmeal so we’ll see 🙂

  51. August 16, 2011 1:03 am

    Trends I don’t see myself getting into:
    – green monsters (I eat a lot of vegetables and I don’t see the need to reduce my breakfast to a glass, full of vegetables … ew)
    – artificial sweeteners, chia seeds and all other fancy ingrdients (hard to get there, too expensive)
    – egg whites (I prefer whole eggs, thank you very much)
    – oatmeal (*gasp*, I know … it’s just that here it’s not that much popular and I haven’t perfected the technique yet)

    Things I’m extremely thankful I’ve discovered in the blogging community:
    – grinding oats to oat flour
    – protein pancakes (oats, cottage cheese)
    – banana ”ice cream”!
    – zucchini ”noodles”
    – nut butters (!), especially homemade almond butter (but PB we buy)
    – homemade tortillas

    All in all, bloggers have introduced me to so many great things, but I don’t feel the need to jump on every trend I see.

  52. August 16, 2011 1:40 am

    Great post, you are so spot on, its horses for courses. One thing I love about blogging is that we are all so different, although we do have our little ‘trends’. I have to admit there’s not many that I haven’t loved – green smoothies, protein ice cream, socca, OIAJ etc they all just seem to taste really good to me so I go with it! Saying that, although I like oatmeal, I don’t love it in the same way many bloggers do, same with sweet potatoes, I like them but don’t go crazy on them. I have to say that I am unbelievably grateful for finding out about green smoothies and the likes from blogs, it may sound over the top but I really feel they have enriched my life so much!

  53. August 16, 2011 2:23 am

    Loves = most of your dislikes, it seems! Chia pudding, green monsters, OIAJ, raw ‘pasta’ (carrot or courgette noodles), peanut flour…

    Dislikes = spirulina (gah, it’s hideous! Nothing can mask the taste)

    I think a lot of bloggie foods are geared towards getting the most bang for your buck in terms of calories vs. volume. It’s okay to dislike certain things as long as everyone’s willing to acknowledge that there’s a bit of a dichotomy in the blog world between those that can eat what they like and are still very lean, and those that have to keep an eye on their weight. The volumey foods such as chias, green monsters etc. are pretty much essentials for those such as myself that don’t have the fantastic definition and metabolism that you do ~ I think I’d rather share your attitude too, but unfortunately I’m not on the naturally thin side, so have to work harder to stay even in the ‘normal’ weight range.

    xxx

  54. August 16, 2011 2:51 am

    Hehe I love this!

    I most certainly won’t be getting into using stevia or making chia puddings and what not. The thought of the texture just makes my spine shiver. Also green smoothies. I’m all for smoothies, but they should only be green if you’ve set it on the counter for too long. Smoothies shouldn’t be green.

    Ones I LOVE? Oats, of course. It was because of the blog world that I opened my eyes to oats. Oh, and carob and coconut oil. Mmmmmm 🙂

    xxx

  55. August 16, 2011 3:01 am

    yes I am so with you on the green smoothies thing, the thought of eating something green really puts me off, and I have tried to do overnight oats as they are a handy quick brekkie but bleugh to cold oats!! i have similar tastes to you lol

  56. August 16, 2011 3:08 am

    I think I have loved every blogger trend so far- OIAJ, green smoothies, socca, chia puddings. I’m still a little strange about overnight oats though. I really like them, but just can’t separate the fact my oats are sold when I always serve mine warm. But, the beauty of blogging is that everyone is different. I have learnt and been introduced to so many varieties and ideas about food. Love it!! 🙂

  57. August 16, 2011 3:27 am

    Your photos are always so gorgeous. They make me smile and salivate 😉 I’ve never been able to get into OIAj either. I ran out of PB the other day and considered making them, but I reassessed my choices and opted out.

  58. August 16, 2011 3:48 am

    Haha this is FUNNY!! I actually am the opposite to you on most of these- please don’t disown me! 😛 Obvs for me Greek yoghurt and eggs I don’t do, and I LOVE oats in a jar!! Our shared love of pudding oats definitely makes up for it though hehe 😉

    Hmmm…overnight oats. I don’t mind them, but warm from the stovetop is SO much better!! And GREENS food, like Amazing Grass. I like almost all foods, but that makes me want to puke haha! But blogging has brought me SO MANY good things!! My oatmeal was so BORING before…now there is PUDDING and NUT BUTTER!! 😀

  59. August 16, 2011 3:57 am

    Awesome post!! Love all the food pics. I like overnight oats. But in a pretty jar. Sans peanut butter, shock and horror!! But with natural acidophilus yoghurt and rooibos tea flavoured soy milk! Only just starting to discover all these foods though. 🙂

  60. August 16, 2011 4:21 am

    Ahh love this!! I was actually going to do a post on this haha! I think I may be one of the few bloggers who just doesn’t do oatmeal hardly ever. I’m just too much of a cereal girl! And eating things out of a jar? Ummm no, I don’t plan on doing that either – I like to be able to actually see and get to my food easily thanks, because when I’m hungry, I don’t want to mess around trying to dig around a tiny jar!!
    Green monsters? I’ve tried them but gah, no matter how much stuff I put in them, they just do NOT fill me up. I need my food in solid form to fill me!
    And chia seeds? Not tried them because they kinda freak me out..I mean, these little tiny seedy things to make things volumous? Mmmm nooo..
    I also don’t like avocado (don’t hate me :P), nooch (again hehe!) and although I do like bananas..I don’t eat them very often lol!
    But the blogging world has brought SO many great things into my life…probably the biggest being nut butters which essentially was the start of my recovery, squash (the love of my life!), pumpkin and a major essential in my diet now – protein powders, which I would NEVER have touched before because I just saw them as something for body builders! But I need them really because I wasn’t even getting 1/4 of the protein I needed before. Ohh and sweet potato fries and socca too 🙂 I honestly don’t think I’d be as healthy as I am today if I hadn’t discovered the ‘blogging world’.

    • August 16, 2011 8:45 am

      I’m with you on the protein powders. I never in a million years would have considered trying them on my own because I figured they were definitely just for people who wanted to get big and beefy, but now I love ’em. ANd I owe a lot of my recovery to the blog world as well. It was hard to keep denying myself food when I was constantly looking at so many delicious meals that would make my mouth water.

      • August 16, 2011 1:11 pm

        YESI always thought protein powder was for hardcore body builders! But now I love the stuff too. And socca, yes!!

      • Carly permalink
        August 17, 2011 2:19 pm

        Me too!! I love it!! Which protein powder brand do you use?

  61. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    August 16, 2011 6:11 am

    I never liked overnight oats. I like oats cooked, and the overnight stuff tastes too slimy to me….But I adore green smoothies, cookie dough balls, almond butter, kombucha, and all that other good stuff! I’m usually not that picky…

  62. August 16, 2011 6:46 am

    what in the world is baked oatmeal? never heard of it, but since i’m on the ultimate oatmeal kick i better find out soon! for me, the blog world has introduced me to OIAJ (good in a pinch for oat storage), pumpkin, eggy oats, egguffins, and smoothies 🙂

  63. August 16, 2011 6:52 am

    My solution to the OIAJ problem: put my toppings in a separate bowl and spoon them into the jar as I’m eating. That way I get the best of both worlds. 😉

    Also I totally agree with you about stevia. Something about it just sketches me out!

    Blog trends that I don’t love: kombucha, kefir, protein powder

    Blog trends I love: vegan overnight oats, pumpkin, Greek yogurt + cereal, chia seeds, sunflower seed butter.

  64. August 16, 2011 7:37 am

    Ive never really loved OIAJ, because I always get the jumbo jars of peanut butter, and well I dont have a spoon long enough to get to the bottom!! I have to use a knife to scoop out the rest, so I just scoop it straight into my mouth 🙂

    Ive never tried kombucha, so I guess that one too!

  65. August 16, 2011 7:41 am

    Same for green monsters and also the eating of smoothies in a bowl, I just don’t get that at all.
    I agree about Stevia too, I don’t see the point in it. I’d rather add sugar, you know exactely what you are getting that way! All of this pasta replacement stuff – spiralised courgette is not the same and you can’t beat the real thing! Basically anything that amounts to a substitute for a higher calorie food gets on my wick. 😉

    I love OIAJ though because of the melty gems of nut butter you get on your spoon. 😉 Greek yogurt, nut butter on bananas and pancakes are all things I’m grateful to the community for introducing me to!

    Love your photography. Your oats just look so divine every day.

  66. babyvanilla permalink
    August 16, 2011 8:08 am

    Nut butter. Smoothies.

    I like Sunbutter, Cashew butter and Almond&Hazelnut butter, but that’s about it. And only on toast, bagels. Sometimes banana but I prefer chocolate with it. Not in my oatmeal.

  67. August 16, 2011 8:16 am

    I’ve had OIAJ, but I prefer oats in a bowl for the same reason you mentioned. And I am SO with you on Stevia, girl! I don’t like any fake sugars, and even though Stevia is natural, I can’t stand the taste. Zero calorie sweeteners freak me out. I’m a honey/agave/sugar girl all the way.

    Dates with peanut butter is one of my favorite blog trends, but I’ve gotten so many fabulous ideas from blog trends that it’s hard to even remember what they are! I used to drink green monsters every day, but haven’t in a really long time. Even when I have a fresh box of spinach in my fridge, I just don’t have any desire to put it in my smoothies. We’re the same in a lot of ways!

  68. August 16, 2011 8:31 am

    Lovin your pictures and meals!! I have picked up some amazing food ideas by reading blogs. I do love chia seeds, and avocado pudding although I make it chocolate by adding cocoa powder so that it’s not actually green. I use stevia here and there but it doesn’t give me any stomach problems… if it did I would surely avoid it too!!

  69. August 16, 2011 8:37 am

    You don’t like oats in a jar?! Blashemy! And do not even think about tossing those chias. I will gladly take them 🙂 I drank tons of GMs last year and I think I’ve had maybe 2 this year? For some reason, I’m just never really in the mood. Oatmeal, dates, hummus and overnight oats are my favorite blogger trends, but stevia weirds me out. What’s wrong with real sugar?

  70. August 16, 2011 9:03 am

    GAH! I want to eat this whole post!

    I have a hard time getting into overnight oats. I wish I liked them more (I’ve only done them once so I’m going to try again!).

    Ones I love? Oats, yogurt bowls, no bake cookie balls, sunflower butter, baked tofu…I could go on and on 🙂

  71. August 16, 2011 9:20 am

    I have the best idea ever!! Could you pretty pretty please do a tutorial post for making eggified oats? 🙂 I want to make them but I’m scared I won’t cook the eggs properly and I don’t want food poisoning.

  72. August 16, 2011 9:21 am

    OIAJ are awesome though! 😀 I’m almost done with an almond butter jar. Can’t wait to add my oats there soon. Everyone’s different, so it’s cool :] I only like chia seeds in overnight oats. I don’t know if it’s just my blender, but they don’t work well in smoothies for me. Green monsters I do like, but only in a bowl so I can use a spoon when having them haha. My favorite blog trends are oatmeal (steel cut as of recently), soy yogurt messes, pudding, hummus, pumpkin, and crazy oats combinations. I’ve been having these on repeat for a while. It doesn’t look like I’ll get sick of them anytime soon.

  73. August 16, 2011 9:27 am

    Great post Amanda! Well you know I completely agree with you on the green monster smoothie…. ugh so gross! My stomach is taking a turn as I think about it haha
    I will admit I enjoy OIAJ but when I first saw them, I was ridiculously grossed out by the idea!
    I have actually gotten great ideas from YOUR blog 🙂 Eggified oats? Yes please

  74. August 16, 2011 10:15 am

    I am not big on oatmeal… too much chewing involved :D. I adore stevia, however– to me, it’s not as much of a sweetener as a flavor that I just can’t get enough of! I haven’t plucked up the courage to put greens in my smoothies though, I had a kale incident once. Aats in a jar is obviously not too appealing because I’m not big on the oats, but I really love that cakey nut butter at the bottom– I think the texture is cool! I eat it plain 😀

  75. August 16, 2011 10:34 am

    I’ve never tried OIAJ either – I feel like it might not be “bad” per say but I’m not going to get all excited about them, you know?

  76. August 16, 2011 10:36 am

    I don’t like OIAJ either, the opening at the top of the jar is too small plus, it’s hard to even scoop your oats into the jar in the first place. But it IS fun to eat all the nut butter remainings from the jar, but I just do that with a spoon, I don’t need oats in the way!

    I love green monsters, I ALWAYS make mine chocolatey, I can’t stand them any other way. I like chia seeds, only bought them once and haven’t bought them again, but they’re nice for overnight oats and throwing in smoothies.

  77. August 16, 2011 11:25 am

    You have the most creative meals of all bloggers I’ve seen out there! I love it. 🙂 I’ve learned so much and gotten so many ideas for food from other bloggers too, but not everything is for me either!

  78. Hannah @ theflexitarianeater permalink
    August 16, 2011 12:15 pm

    I am so with you on practically every single one of your likes and dislikes!

    OIAJ — umm I always thought it was just weird. Totally agree with you about opening size and seeing/tasting your toppings! Also, I do like nut butter a lot, but not so much that I go through jars quickly enough to really eat OIAJ.

    Green monsters– you seriously took the words right out of my mouth! I eat plenty of veggies as it is, and I genuinely adore them, so I see no need to try to “sneak in” extra.

    Chia– I’ve discovered I do like it in my oats because I like the texture and volume it adds, but as for chia pudding? Gloppy and basically tasteless.

    Stevia– I actually haven’t tried it, but the idea of a calorie-free sweetener, even if it does come from a plant, kinds of freaks me out. I’d rather just use a small amount of honey or maple syrup, naturally sweeten with fruit, or just go without!

    As for blog trends I love, there are TONS, but the vast majority were foods I already ate and loved haha! Namely: Greek yogurt, kefir, oatmeal, smoothies, frozen bananas, nut butters, sweet potatoes, hummus, cottage cheese, kombucha, lots of veggie proteins…!!! Its kind of funny, because I think a lot of people love the blog community for new food discoveries, while for me I just love that I’ve found other people who eat the same foods I’ve been eating and loving my whole life!

  79. Healthy Hot and Happy permalink
    August 16, 2011 12:35 pm

    Great post, but I must say, I do need to thank the blog world for introducing me to green monsters, overnight oats (not in a jar – I also don’t want to use all my effort digging for some almond butter!) and chia seeds. I adore all of those, but like you said, different strokes for different folks 😛

  80. August 16, 2011 1:10 pm

    I’m with you on chia seeds – I LOVE their properties, but I hate chia pudding, SO much. I just blend chias in a smoothie and I can’t tell :p
    OIAJ? LOVE! I love it at the bottom when there’s a thick layer is PB..it’s wonderful 🙂
    Nooch – love love love! Green monsters, likewise! It’s only the colour that’s off, but I guess if they remind you of bad things, you have a valid reason to hate on them :p
    I’m not sure if I could ever like kombucha though..straight up bacteria? Errh.

  81. Errign permalink
    August 16, 2011 1:39 pm

    So many yummy things on your list. I’m also not a huge oiaj fan – I think they’re kind of gross, and pouring hot oats into a plastic jar is noooot a good idea. I’ll make them if I have a glass pb jar but that’s it. I do like green monsters though, but I keep ’em simple with spinach, banana, pb and milk. And I do like chia seeds in yogurt…

  82. August 16, 2011 2:24 pm

    I’ve never really liked green monsters, either! I swear, I can taste the spinach… it just ruins a perfectly good smoothie or shake, in my opinion. I’d rather have a salad on the side, please and thank you. But I love OIAJ! My favorite oatmeal topping is nut butter, so its kinda perfect for me. I also like to eat smoothies out of our big 24 oz value-size jars when they get almost empty! I can’t imagine just throwing an almost empty jar out… that’s like… a crime in my household, haha.

    There’s really not many blog trends I’ve tried that I haven’t liked, lol… sometimes, I try and think about what I ate before my ED and learning about the blog world… I basically eat nothing I did back then! Except lately I’ve been on a cereal kick (breakfast options = severely limited with no dairy.) Even though now my bowls are full of fruit and almond milk–which are things I NEVER would have added pre-blogworld!

  83. August 16, 2011 2:26 pm

    Great post !
    What is in your quinoa dinner bowl ? Its seems delicious 🙂

  84. August 16, 2011 5:21 pm

    I love that you’ve always been a big supporter of almond butter, because I just cannot get into the PB trend, especially PB&Co peanut butter. No thanks, I’d rather have my almond butter! And if I wanted different flavors, I’d make it myself. I don’t know what it is, but I just prefer AB to PB. I would love to try peanut flour though to see what all the hype is about!

  85. August 16, 2011 5:29 pm

    I’ve tried vegan protein powders and I just cannot get into them. They always taste too chalky to me! I also am not a fan of the flavored nut butters. I mean I enjoy them but not all the time. I like to keep it simple and original.

  86. August 16, 2011 5:35 pm

    I’ve never had OIAJ either. I prefer a lot of nut butter with my oatmeal…

    SunWarrior is the bomb.

  87. August 16, 2011 6:05 pm

    The trends you do love are my faves as well. I’ve fallen off the green monster bandwagon for a bit and def cannot do avo pudding! i’d rather have guac and a salad! =) with ya!

  88. August 17, 2011 8:33 am

    So I have a little bag of Maca that I’ve pretty much been doing the same dance with; like you and your chia bag. I know people swear by Maca…but something just ain’t right about it. Bleh.

  89. Carly permalink
    August 17, 2011 2:23 pm

    You are by far the BEST blog out there! I look forward to your posts everyday!!
    All of the food/snacks you make look so good! I want to try using cottage cheese more as a good source of protein!

    • August 17, 2011 2:39 pm

      Awwwr gush. Thank you Carly 🙂 And in answer to your question from waaaay up there ^^, the protein powder I use is Proteins+ by Genuine Health http://www.genuinehealth.com/

      I’m not big on ordering stuff online, and it’s one of the only natural ones I can find around here, and it tastes delicious 🙂

  90. August 21, 2011 12:25 pm

    Oh gosh. I think I just got famished by your post. Love almond butter on EVERYTHING also. Your banana looks a little xrated there!! 🙂

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