Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Yesterday was Day 3 of the “Cleanse” and I was up and out the door again in the dark.  The key for me is not to snooze – because once I hit the snooze, I could literally be back asleep in less than 10 seconds and before I know it an hour has gone by.  Another chili morning – there was frost on the ground!

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I like how the clouds in the back almost look like mountains.

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I just looked up my leg exercise on my iPhone and went to town.  It was legs and when I first looked down it said “we are just going to work our legs today – it’s a cardio rest day.”  Huh.  I didn’t remember seeing that before.

  • Leg extensions: 2 warm-up sets with lighter weight for 30 reps
  • Wide stance barbell squat: 2 lighter sets of 15 reps, 2 heavier sets to failure
  • Leg press: 4 sets of 8 reps
  • Walking Barbell Lunges: 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Barbell Step-ups: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Plié Dumbbell squat: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Standing calf raise: 3 sets of 20 reps, last set to failure
  • Donkey calf raise or Leg press calf raise: 3 sets of 20 reps, last set to failure

Yep, that set above took me 40 minutes to complete.  For the lunges I did one lunge to the right, then one to the left and that was 1 rep – after 60 total reps my legs were on fire!  I almost have camel toe in this picture below – you’re welcome. Open-mouthed smile

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I’ve had a taste for oatmeal lately, and when I saw Abbe’s recipe for baked pumpkin oatmeal, I was sold.  I adapted it with what I had on hand, and ditched the extra fruit on top to lower the carbs.  Thanks for the inspiration Abbe!

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

  • makes 2 servings: 304 calories, 14 fat, 37 carbs, 8.3 fiber, 9.4 protein


  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free pancake syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1.25 cups unsweetened almond milk

Heat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together, put in a small casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the dish.

I was hungry when I got back from the gym, so I wish I had a better picture, but this is a keeper – swear to God it tastes like the inside of a pumpkin pie.  Since this is high in carbs, I alternated between eating a bite of the oatmeal, then a bit of vanilla Chobani so that I didn’t have a blood sugar spike.  So good!  Not only that, this piece below has a whopping 292% of your daily Vitamin A and 39% of your daily Calcium.

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No work interruptions yesterday, so I was able to hit the pool at lunch for a nice, medium paced 30 minute swim.  I have to tell you, by 10:30 my legs were sore from the strength, and the pool stretched it all out.  Don’t let the sunny skies fool you – I think our high yesterday was 43 degrees!

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Lunch was leftover black bean and barley chili that I had in the freezer.  Normally I would have sprinkled the chili with cheddar cheese, and used homemade tortilla chips for dipping.  I pretended my cut cucumbers were chips – ha, almost worked!

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I bought a 100% whole wheat Boboli crust when Hannah and I went to the Entenmann’s outlet store a while back.  When I was talking to Tony about dinner he said “when the hell are we going to have the Boboli and finally have some decent pizza around here?”  Ha!  First off, I never thought he would go for a whole wheat pizza crust, but I ran with it.  See the two lines crossed through it?  It was double marked down and only .99 cents.

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Except fuck.  I am not eating cheese on this cleanse.  How am I going to eat pizza without cheese?

My side?  Italian sausage, broccoli, red pepper and baby spinach.  Tony’s side?  Italian sausage, green olive and THREE, count them THREE kinds of cheese!  I am so proud of myself that I didn’t taste a shred of that cheese while making it.

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I finally decided to add hummus on my side! Just a couple tablespoons – this is the brand I buy – .99 cents a can and only 35 calories for 2 tablespoons.

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The verdict?  Amazeballs.  This hummus has a lemony note to it and it was absolutely delicious.  I had 3/4 of one half of this pizza – 416 calories, 49 carbs, 19 protein, 17 fat and 9.6 fiber. 

Tony loves to text me weird shit throughout the day – here is an example of our banter.  I can’t show what he started this string off with – he’s a dirty bird and our parents read the blog.

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And while I was waiting for my lunch to heat up, I jumped on Facebook and couldn’t believe my eyes!


Tony put that sandwich on Facebook and said:  “After being forced to give up my first sandwich love ( peanut butter and banana) this is now my nirvana….the perfect BLT!”

I had to comment and ask if we had a budding food blogger in the house??  To which he replied:

If I took the sandwich outside and put multi-colored leaves and acorns around it, I would be a food blogger. I just took a picture of a samich on the counter.

Ha Ha Ha!!  I guess he’s seen me take probably 20,000 + pictures in the last five years?   I love you Tony!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1621 calories, 152 carbs, 102 protein, 73 fat and 32 fiber
  • 39% of calories from fat, 24% from protein and 36% from carbs
  • 40 minutes KILLER legs, 5 minute stretching before work
  • 30 minute swim at lunch

Alright, off to the gym – today calls for arms/abs/cardio – and I have the correct workout, thank you very much.

Make it a great day!


48 thoughts on “Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

  1. Oatmeal and pumpkin, what’s not to love? I think I’ll try it!

  2. hahahhahha- you and Tony crack me up 🙂 Love the texts. mmmm to the pumpkin baked oatmeal! Pumpkin everything! I need to make that- I have an open can of pumpkin! I’ll have to look for that hummus

  3. Pumpkin oatmeal sounds amazing, especially this time of the year! You and Tony are hilarious!

  4. You guys are so funny! Love it!

    I tried to look it up on the internet when I saw it on your blog but I couldn’t find it. I think that Boboli pizza crust is originally Dutch. I think they produce it in the USA but the product/name/logo is Dutch. In fact: the factory is 5 minutes away from my home and R. sometimes has to work there and brings home Boboli stuff that we get for free then. Thought this was funny to mention to you.

  5. That oatmeal looks amazing – for dessert! 🙂 I’m gonna try it! Love your texts – my husband and I don’t text, but we like to send e-mails during the day (gives the IT guys at our jobs something fun to read ;0)

    • Ha, love it! With texting I am just worried that I am going to send a racy text to the wrong person – my husbands name starts with J – so does my Mom, sister, SIL – one day someone is going to get a text and wonder WTF?! 😀

  6. Too cute. I love how Tony made comments about adding the acorns and leaves. My husband always picks on me and my daughter. We both whip out our cameras and snap photos of our food both out in public and at home. He calls us the food paparazzi.

  7. Thanks for the shout out AND the calorie count! I’m glad to see it has protein so that I can show it to manservant! My legs are shaking just from reading that workout. And you are looking like a skinny winny. My mom used to say that, but not often! Love that Tony. If I ever got to Chicago again we are going to hang out! I want Tony’s BLT!

  8. Oatmeal + pumpkin? You’re speakin’ our language. Good luck on the rest of the cleanse!

    Amy @ Chobani

  9. Love your text banter; MAK and I do the same thing throughout the day (and night, cuz we work at different times) and not a lunch goes by without getting a text from him that says “I love you, buttface.” 🙂

    I need to buy some pumpkin; haven’t done that yet this fall. It’s definitely hoodie and pumpkin weather!

  10. Pizza without cheese? That’d be a toughy for me! But, hey, I’m glad you loved it and kept on your cleanse!

  11. I am STILL trying to find that Ziyad hummos, it’s on my special list of foods that I can’t find normally or shouldn’t really buy. Maybe I’ll have to force my husband to stop at a grocery store when we’re in the Chicago area so I can buy some. I’m also still searching for those Tumaro low-carb wraps you wrote about months ago, they’ve only got them on the complete opposite side of Madison in a store that has a location on my side of town, so there’s no real reason to go there.

    Oh, my tip for hummus…. buy it in the plastic tubs when it’s on sale and throw them in the freezer. Then defrost them later for fantastic munching.

    For Tony’s sandwich, I recommend a slice of cheddar (it really spiffs up a BLT) and/or a soft-cooked egg. The runny yolk makes an excellent sauce. I had one this week at a little place here called 4&20 Bakery Cafe. http://4and20bakery.com/

  12. Those texts are hilarious!!! and pumpkin baked oatmeal? genius!

  13. Just got out my handy dandy WW calculator & I can so have the baked pumpkin oatmeal!! Yah!
    31 degrees…uh, no. Not on purpose anyway! lol I have a 5K here in AL on Saturday morning and it’s suppose to drop into the 30’s on Friday night. Freaking great. I will be dressed like I live in Alaska! lol

  14. Tony’s comment to the food blogger question made me L-O-L! So funny b/c it’s so true! (Of course, a lot of my food photos suck b/c I’m always in such a hurry.) I’ve been eating pumpkin steel cut oats, and had already decided to make a baked version next, so this is perfect timing! I am so not ready for temps in the 30’s! Today has been so cold to me and it’s in the 50’s. I’m a cold weather wimp!

  15. I am a pumpkin whore, and even more so at this time of year! I love doing the pumpkin steel cuts in a slow cooker water bath. You should give that a try. They come out perfect every time and you don’t have to clean the crock pot liner, just the dish put inside it.

  16. What did we do before we had texting? Here is my favorite baked pumpkin oatmeal http://nutmegnotebook.com/2011/10/pumpkin-cranberry-apple-baked-oatmeal/ I made it for my parents when they were here last month and they loved it.

    • Oh, that sounds so good Tami! Thanks for the link. I know – who knows how we got along without smart phones. I was so excited when I was 16 and got a rotary extension in my room!

  17. mmm….baked pumpkin oatmeal, sounds good, shall have to try!!!

  18. You and Tony are so cute. 🙂 Love that baked pumpkin oatmeal! I totally love baked oatmeal – easy and delicious. Bet it is awesome with pumpkin added!

  19. I need you to cook for me please??? And I hate this cold weather. What happened to fall???

  20. lmao “i almost have camel toe in this picture, you’re welcome”

  21. HAHAHA! I love your relationship with Tony. You two are bananas and it’s so much fun 🙂

    You’re doing such a great job with your workouts and meal plan! Keep up the rad work!

  22. You and Tony crack me up!

  23. Glad we could make you laugh Dana!

  24. Camel toe or not (lol) you are lookin fantastic! And Tony’s response about the food blogger pics cracked me up. Guess he knows what being a food blogger entails! haha. Why did he have to give up pb and banana sandwiches? I love those too and I usually drizzle on a bit of honey.

  25. I love it, the texts were hilarious and your camel toe comment cracked me up. I love that it is Tony in the texts, but the contact name on the phone is Jeff. He really does look more like a Tony.

    You must be in Phase 2 of Jamie Eason. The actual week of workouts takes me about 1.5 weeks to complete because I’m still running. I know you’re not supposed to but I can’t stop! I like having some organization to weight training, something I’ve never had before. However, the workouts are getting longer.

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