Mixed Berry Oats

Happy Thursday, friends! How’s life treatin’ ya this morning?

I woke up a little on the groggy side this morning, thanks to two glasses of wine last night at trivia. Yes, apparently I’ve become that girl. A two beer wine queer.

Ehh, that doesn’t really go well, now does it? Ahh well. You get the gist.

I decided to hold off on an early morning workout and get right to breakfast because it was all I could think of from the minute I got up. Not that that’s any different from any other day, but you know.


Check out all of those colorful berries!

Apparently, I had a craving for them during my last shopping trip, wouldn’t ya say? Either way, I’m glad I did because today’s bowl of mixed berry oats was super yummy. To make the oats, I used

  • 1/3 cup Coach’s Oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (<—YUM!)
  • cinnamon & nutmeg

I nixed my usual banana today, since mine aren’t nearly ripe enough…and if you’ve ever tried making whipped banana oats with a non-ripe banana, then you know what I’m talkin’ about. But with all the sweetness of these berries, I didn’t even miss it.


The mixed berries (both stirred in at the end of cooking and on top) were amazingly delicious, especially when paired with a sprinkling of Love Grown Foods granola. This bowl totally had me thinking spring & summer time…don’t I wish.


I also made sure to try my new English Toffee liquid stevia in this morning’s coffee, and I’m happy to report that I am definitely a fan.


I’m pretty sure Code-man wanted in on the goods this morning, too.


He couldn’t keep his eyes off of it and even went in for a swig of coffee twice. He’s a ballzy little thing, I’ll tell ya!


This afternoon, I have an appointment to get a brand new car starter installed in my car (a gift from Christmas) and I could not be more excited about it. Even though my last car had absolutely nothing power about it, it did have a car starter installed, which I just loved.

So while I’m out getting the new one put in today, there’s also plans to have a lunch date with dad. Can’t wait!


  1. says

    For some reason I cannot eat fruit in anything! When I have fresh fruit (never frozen for me either, I am picky) I have to have it on the side of whatever else I am having.

    I have had a car starter in my last 3 vehicles, when I trade my car I usually try to work one in the deal for the next one… I love it, I could not get a vehicle without one!

    Have a fun lunch date with your dad that sounds fun!
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    • Molly says

      I have heard of that phrase and to be honest Courtney, I was a little disappointed at your choice of words to describe how you felt like a lightweight after drinking 2 glasses of wine. I love your blog and I enjoy reading it and while I am sure you did not intentionally mean to cause any ill-feelings with your use of the word “queer”, there may have been a better way of phrasing it.

      • Courtney says

        Hi Molly,
        I’m sorry to have offended you, or anyone else for that matter, as it was certainly not my intention. It was just a lighthearted play on words that my friends and I have always made fun of ourselves with. That being said, I can see where it could come across as offensive, so it’s something that I will definitely take note of from here on out.
        Thanks for being honest!

  2. says

    ahh aren’t berries amazing right now?! blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries were all on sale when i went to the store the other day… i wanted to buy all of them but knew i wouldn’t go through them fast enough so i settled on blackberries and strawberries. berries are my favorite!
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    • Courtney says

      Haha, don’t be jealous. We got a fresh coating this morning, but nothing major. Will probably be melted by tomorrow…again!

  3. Alana says

    Three questions.
    1) how the HECK do you get up so early. i have to get up at 6am for subbing and i want to die
    2) how do you workout so intensely on an empty stomach. i have hypoglycemia and i get very nauseous and dizzy if i do that :(
    3) is stevia any less of a potential carcinogen than sucralose and artificial sweetners? i’m very weary about it even though it’s deemed all natural

    thanks :)

    • Courtney says

      Haha, hmm let’s see…
      1) I didn’t get out of bed until almost 7:30 today, so that doesn’t count. Typically though, if it is a really early morning, I honestly just tell myself to suck it up and DO it. Knowing that something is out of the way so early in the day is motivation enough for me!
      2) I don’t usually work out on an empty stomach – my favorite pre-workout snack early in the morning is a Clif Z Bar. They’re perfect for me!
      3) I don’t know all that much about the carcinogens in the various artificial sweeteners that are out there, so I’m not quite sure I can comment on this one. I do know that sweeteners from the stevia plant are said to be much better for you than, say, splenda. But that’s just what I’ve read on my own. Perhaps there’s someone else out there that might know more?

  4. Corinne says

    Those berries look awesome, just don’t compare to the frozen bag I have been buying! Car starter, fancy!! Wish I could do that buy I’m in a high rise, don’t think that would work lol
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  5. Linda says

    I got a remote starter for my new car for Christmas too! I have had them on my last 2 cars and I told my hubby I can never be without it again! I live in Upstate NY too so they are a necessity! LOL

  6. says

    Do you use Coaches oats when you make overnight oats? I can’t decide if they expand the way regular oats do. Your berry oatmeal looks tasty…I made something very similar but with frozen berries and peanut butter. yum!

  7. says

    That combination looks SO good! I love strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, and somewhat blackberries. I guess I’m a bit of a berries girl!

  8. Kate says

    Your breakfast looks delicious! I just stopped on my way home from getting my daughters to buy some peanut butter Cheerios, I haven’t stopped thinking about them since you mentioned them. I can’t wait to try them!

  9. says

    Your style is very unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this
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