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The Difference Between Rolled and Quick Oats

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Last night, I was able to “go-out” for the first time I have been home.  While I have been hanging out with people and going to people’s houses to share a drink or two, I hadn’t gone out to the bars at all!  Last night was great because we were able to go out, have a great time, and I was still able to wake up and function this morning.

Jenna and Me

I did have plans to run 5 miles, but then I hit the snooze button one too many times, so now I am just going to my Lululemon pilates class.  The 5 miles will have to wait until tomorrow.

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, I had two of my little Apple Baked Oatmeal Muffins with a little peanut butter on top.

They were just what I was craving this morning.  Two days ago, when I started to make these little breakfast treats I had to open a new container of oatmeal.  As I was opening the container I noticed that the label said “Quick Cooking Oats” rather than the old fashioned or rolled oats that I usually use.  I didn’t know what to do! But I had to use the quick oats in the recipe, otherwise I wouldn’t have my little baked oatmeal cups.  So, I decided to do one of my favorite things to do when I have a question with no answer…a little research.  Here is what I found:

The Difference Between Old Fashioned Oats or Rolled Oats and Quick Cooking Oats

Rolled Oats/Old Fashioned Oats:  These oats are steam rolled to create the little flakes that we are familiar with.  They have a chewy texture when used in baked goods and give cookies and muffins a more “rustic” look when used because you can clearly see the individual oats.  These oats take about 3-5 minutes to cook in the microwave.

Quick Cooking Oats:  These are the same oats as the rolled oats, but they have been coursely chopped to make them smaller.  These tend to make “prettier” baked goods because you cannot see the whole oats in the finished product.  These can be made by taking rolled oats and slightly processing them in the food processor.  These oats take about 2-3 minutes to cook in the microwave.

Both:  Both have the same nutritional value.  Oats are a great source of soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.  They are interchangeable in recipes, it simply depends on your preference.

I thought that quick oats would have less nutritional value because they are “processed” more than rolled oats, but I am happy to learn that is not true and I can use my accidental purchase of quick oats the exact same way as my rolled oats!

Sources:  Nutrition Diva, Livestrong, Bakingbites, The Kitchn


I love learning new tid bits of information!  Well, I am off to my pilates class, then the grocery store, then a couple’s wedding shower.  It should be a busy and fun day.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Surprise Engagement!

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Last night, Brian and I went over to our friends’ house not thinking anything about it.  We are both pretty social people and we usually end up going somewhere or having friends come to our apartment at least once a weekend, so in our eyes there really was no reason to suspect that something was different about this night.

We arrived and chatted with friends, still not thinking anything was out of the ordinary until someone mentioned that there was a surprise….a surprise??!  When Brian and I heard this, we were soo confused because we had no idea that there was a surprise and we had no idea what this surprise was.  It didn’t take long to figure out (at least for Brian) when we realized that Caitlin and Brian (one of the couples that is usually in our circle of friends) was not there!  The surprise was that they were getting engaged as we spoke and then they were coming to meet all of us to celebrate!!

It was a great celebration!

We surprised and congratulated Caitlin as she walked through the door.

She shared her story with all of us.

The happy couple!

We then spent the night celebrating, hearing the story, and having a great time 🙂

Tori and Kate match!

Me and the newly engaged bride-to-be 🙂

 

Today

Today, I woke up, had some oats for breakfast, then headed out the door to my free lululemon yoga class.  It is always such a great way to start the Saturday, and after doing various workout throughout the week it is good to dedicate one full our to stretching the body out.

I also find that I am usually a pretty energetic and high strung person, so it is also good to take an hour to just chill and only focus on myself and how I am feeling.

I then went grocery shopping and picked up a little treat for myself.

Zico Coconut Water!  I have read several great things about the flavor of Zico and of the benefits of coconut water it self, and while I was in Thailand, I actually tried coconut water for the first time ever…out of an actual coconut!

The Zico water tasted great (although not as good as from the actual coconut), and I am curious as to what the other flavors taste like.  I will let you know when I try them!

 

I then came home and quickly whipped up a meal for Brian, my mom, my brother, and me.  My mom and brother stopped by for dinner so that I could say good bye before Kenny flew back to Florida for school.

Don’t worry, it’s healthy…and there will be a recipe coming soon!

Brian and I are now going to dog sit and read more of the Hunger Games!!

 

What are your plans this Saturday night?