Essential Travel Oatmeal

by Marla on June 22, 2011 · 214 comments

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Budget travel breakfast recipe by Marla Meridith

I have to let you guys in on a little secret….even when I travel I stay on my game when it comes to food. Eating right at all times makes me feel great and there is no exceptions to that rule. I am a huge fan of breakfast and couldn’t imagine skipping my favorite meal of the day. I travel often and always pack these oatmeal packets, one baggie per day. Not only do I wake up before most hotels turn on their ovens (4am) but I don’t want to spend the money on room service eating mushy $20 oatmeal.

Budget travel breakfast recipe

If you are traveling with your kids, then this is a convenient way to have breakfast at the ready. There is no need to spend gobs of money on room service or drag everyone out to find a restaurant. With jet lag and wacky sleep schedules you can rest assured that bellies will get fed when they need it most when you BYOO – Bring Your Own Oatmeal.

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It is a guarantee that I wake up starving. I agree with all the nutritionists that say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After hours of sleep our bodies need a good boost of fuel to kick start the day. I would never deprive myself of a nourishing and tasty hot breakfast. I look forward to each and every one of my 6 meals a day.

Mountains in Colorado near the Double RL ranch

My travel oatmeal is a lean, hearty combo of whole grain carbs, dried fruit, protein (powdered egg whites) nuts, cinnamon, a dash of salt and a packet of stevia powder. That is all there is to it. I pre-measure all the ingredients for each travel pack with my digital kitchen scale.

Budget travel breakfast recipe

With the hotel coffee maker I am in business. Before I brew my coffee I run water through the coffee maker and voila, boiling hot water to make my oatmeal.While my oatmeal steeps, large quantities of coffee are made. Breakfast is served. On my terms.

I was invited by the folks at Truvia® to be a panelist on their Twitter party this coming Thursday night at 6:30-7:30 PST. I hope you can join us over there. The super cute and talented pastry chef Marisa Churchill will be over there talking about her new book Sweet & Skinny. The recipes in the book will wow you with low fat, healthier dessert options that don’t skimp on flavor. But they will help you get into that skimpy bikini.

Budget travel breakfast recipe

Many of my readers call me “the stevia queen” so what better than to be a part of this fun Twitter party. The hashtag for the event is #SweetandSkinny and you can follow along on Tweetgrid.

From cakes to cookies, oatmeal, french toast, muffins and pancakes. My sweetener of choice is stevia. You can read about why I left refined sugars behind and switched to this low glycemic, skinny sweetener.

Budget travel breakfast recipe

Please remember to stop by to link up your recipes for Get Grillin’. It’s entree week over there and we have $100 worth of Ile De France Cheese.

Essential Travel Oatmeal

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Essential Travel Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 40 grams Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 20 grams toasted Nuts or ground Flaxseed
  • 20 grams chopped dried Fruit or Raisins
  • 16 grams Egg White Powder or your favorite Protein Powder
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • pinch of ground Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Ginger or a combo
  • Stevia Powder or Vanilla Stevia Drops to taste
  • optional: unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Method

  • Put all ingredients other than sweetener in a heat proof mug. Add enough piping hot water to cover the oatmeal, stir. Adjust water according to how thick you like you oat bowl. Let the oatmeal sit a few minutes so it has time to soften. Add stevia and sweeten to taste.
  • Notes
  • Use your favorite dried fruits and spices.
  • For convenience I love the individual serving squeeze packs of Justin's Nut Butter.
  • Instead of powdered egg whites you can use your favorite protein powder. I like the pureness of the eggs.
  • If you love chocolate, add a few teaspoons of cocoa powder into the mix.
  • You can use 4 tablespoons ground flaxseeds instead of the nuts or a combo of the two.
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Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your entries. Congrats to Roxana from A Little Bit of Everything.

I have an amazing pack of Truvia® goodies to share with one lucky USA based reader. Here is what will be in your prize pack:

  • Truvia® branded gardening tote and gloves
  • a Copy of Marisa Churchill’s new book Sweet & Skinny
  • Truvia® natural sweetener – 1 spoonable, 1 80-count box and a 7-day pack (that’s a whole lot of sweetness!)
  • Truvia® branded water bottle

How to Enter

Tell me what your favorite breakfast or dessert is. To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, the number generator will not count them as separate entries. This giveaway will close on Sunday, June 26th, 12 midnight PST.

  1. Re-tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use: Sweet stuff! @MarlaMeridith has a @truvia and @marisachurchill cookbook giveaway. Stop by to enter: http://su.pr/1dgj8H
  2. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter
  3. Follow @truvia on Twitter
  4. Follow @marisachurchill on Twitter
  5. Copy and paste this Family Fresh Cooking Badge into your sidebar or a blog post.
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1 Rosa June 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I always eat my oatmeal in that fashion and love it. your pictures are stunning!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kate June 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm

My favorite is still hot fudge sundaes.

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3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Fave dessert *this week* would be the Magic Eight Bars I made.

Ask me again next week :)

“travel oatmeal is a lean, hearty combo of whole grain carbs, dried fruit, protein (powdered egg whites) nuts, cinnamon, a dash of salt and a packet of stevia powder.” = THAT is great info!!!!

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4 Marla June 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hi Averie! I know, you and I are the stevia queens :) Your Magic Eight Bars are awesome girl. I want to dive right into those photos. Magical, yes?!

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5 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

following you on twitter

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6 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

following marissa on twitter

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7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

following truvia on twitter (and I love it…love any and all forms of stevia)

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8 Danitza Freigher June 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I always use Truvia/Cinnamon mix when making churros!! They are extra sweet and the consistency of Truvia is just like granulated sugar!!

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9 Marla June 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Hi Danitza, you are so right about the texture of Truvia. I love it for it’s granulated texture & that little bit of crunch. Churros?? How fabulous, especially with the cinnamon!

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10 Marci June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I travel with plastic bags of raw oats too. Such an easy breakfast while traveling.

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11 Marla June 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hey Marci, great minds think alike ;) I think we discussed on Twitter how essential it is that we travel with our own food. It is so easy & tasty! How was Aspen?

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12 Marci June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

following you on twitter.

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13 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds June 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Oatmeal isn’t a desert, but I’m going to say it anyways because of this post! I could literally eat it for every meal, snack, and dessert of the day :) I am going to Boulder on Friday and I am totes going to pack my own oatmeal.

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14 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds June 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I already follow you on Twitter- but now I’m following Truvia. PS- is your bowl from Anthro? I’m diggin’ it. Super cute!

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15 Marla June 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Hi Lee. Yes, the bowl is from Anthro – can’t get enough of that place! As far as that oatmeal goes, I am with you, it absolutely dubs as a dessert. Boulder, how fun! What are you doing there? I was there last year for the Food & Light Photography event. Had the BEST time. Enjoy your oats on the road!

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16 Kalynn June 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

My favorite breakfast is french toast!

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17 Marla June 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Kalynn, when I am not traveling it is my Stuffed French Toast every single morning. *love it!*

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18 Kalynn June 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I already follow you on Twitter!

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19 Kalynn June 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I also tweeted about the giveaway!

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20 Kalynn June 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I “Stumble!’d” this post also

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21 Andrea June 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I think I’ll vote for strawberry rhubarb pie.

Thought oatmeal is certainly very good!

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22 yummychunklet June 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I don’t know why I never thought of this before. Such a great idea, and I just bought some Wonderful brand pistachios for a topping. Great post!

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23 Marla June 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I toasted those pistachios & it enhanced the flavor & texture. Yum! Have fun with your oatmeal.

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24 Marina {Yummy Mummy} June 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Great idea! Beautiful pictures too!

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25 Georgia Pellegrini June 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

What a great idea… I love that you pack so well for travel! I use this kind of sweetener in yogurt dips and puddings often. So does my Grandma!

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26 Marla June 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Georgia, if Grandma Pellegrini uses stevia than I know I am onto a sure thing! Some folks are freaked to make the change, but when they try it they are pleased. I cannot even taste the difference anymore between stevia & sugar. Sugar does not agree with me anyway so it’s a no go.
I am coming over to your place for those yogurt dips & puddings!

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27 Maris(In Good Taste) June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

My favorite breakfast is pancakes!

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28 Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Favorite Breakfast? Eggs Benedict!! Love them!

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29 Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I tweeted!

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30 Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I follow @MarlaMeridith!!

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31 Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I follow truvia!

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32 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Great giveaway! My mom uses this brand but I’ve never tried it so I would love to try it. I gotta say my favorite dessert is a perfect brownie, but it has to be just right :D

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33 Marla June 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Heidi, brownies are the perfect dessert, the more chocolate the better!

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34 Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I follow Marisa Churchill!

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35 Nelly Rodriguez June 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I stumbled!

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36 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I eat oatmeal every morning. It’s my absolute favorite! I’ll try to make the Twitter Truvia party tomorrow. xxoo

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37 Natasha Kay June 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Funny — my favorite breakfast is oatmeal! And I, too, always travel with a cooler packed of food, including baggies of oatmeal, flax, craisins, and slivered almonds so I can whip up my oatmeal any time, any place! But it’s not complete without adding a single-serving packet of Justin’s Maple Almond Nut Butter for some protein and a bit of sweetness. :)

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38 Marla June 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Natasha, I also bring those single servings of Justin’s Nut Butter. I love their natural PB & almond butters. I will add that to the post :) Glad to hear you are a fellow prepared traveler. We would need to take turns using that coffee maker ;)

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39 Lucy June 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Love Oatmeal and love that you are up at 4am my little energizer bunny friend!!! Still not sold on the Truvia thing – give me honey, maple or agave syrup any day – but glad it’s working well for you.

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40 Marla June 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Hey Lucy, I get that. At least I have you on the oatmeal thing. The only hotel breakfasts that were worth my time this year were at the Grand Velas. Nothing like an elegant meal any time of day that is all included in my hotel fee ;)
And let’s not forget mini bars with m&m’s & wine…..

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41 Amy @ A Little Nosh June 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I love steel cut oats with dried cranberries, almond slivers, and honey. So delicious and hearty!

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42 Marla June 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Amy I love slivered almonds too, especially toasted ones.

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43 Amy @ A Little Nosh June 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@amyradish)

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44 Amy @ A Little Nosh June 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I follow Truvia on Twitter (@amyradish)

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45 Amy @ A Little Nosh June 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I follow Marisa Churchill on Twitter (@amyradish)

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46 Anne June 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

If I could have oatmeal, that would be my fave breakfast AND dessert – at least for a week or so. Fingers crossed this giveaway is open to non-US residents!

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47 Marla June 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Hi Anne, unfortunately this giveaway is open to my US readers only. Hopefully down the road I can talk PR into shipping internationally. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.

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48 Reid June 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Anne, you could always get a US address from a package forwarding service and then forward yourself the oatmeal overseas. :) Try http://bit.ly/m7f1bv

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49 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Reid, that is an interesting service. Had never heard of it before.

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50 Fallon June 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

My favorite breakfast lately has been toasted oat bran with milk poured on top to cool it off and a huge glob of sunflower butter. I’ll sweeten my toasted oat bran with stevia and cinnamon.

This is a great giveaway!

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51 Marla June 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Fallon I love toasting my oats & oat bran before cooking it. Adds so much flavor!

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52 Fallon June 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I stumbled FamilyFreshCooking.

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53 Fallon June 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’m a fan of you on facebook.

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54 Yolanda June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

My favorite breakfast is either fresh juiced carrots, or a blueberry and banana smoothie. Thank you for this opportunity.

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55 emilie June 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I’m a big fan of the protein-shake breakfast! Especially with cereal sprinkled on top.

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56 emilie June 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

following you on twitter (peasontoast)!

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57 emilie June 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

following truvia on twitter!

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58 emilie June 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

following marisachurchill on twitter!

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59 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit June 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast too, even in the summer. I keep packets of it in my desk at school because I like to go in early and have breakfast while reviewing the day’s work. I’ve never added powdered egg whites or protein powder to mine though- I’m going to start doing that! :)

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60 Marla June 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Betty, the protein gives the oatmeal a lot more holding power. So do the nuts. Anything to keep the energy levels high, the mind functioning and the belly happy!

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61 Jennie June 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’m an oatmeal fan as well. I make all kinds – one is tropical (unsweetened coconut, dried pineapple & cashews.)

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62 katie June 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

My favorite breakfast is an egg scramble. I’m more into savory for breakfast, but truvia at all other times of the day. :)

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63 Becca June 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

What a great idea! :)

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64 Katrina June 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Great giveaway! My favorite breakfast is french toast. Such a yummy treat!

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65 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

French toast is my favorite too. Kinda like eating cake for breakfast. I am so happy I have come up with a guilt free way to indulge in it every day! My Stuffed French Toast :)

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66 Katrina June 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I follow you on twitter – @katrinadingle

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67 Katrina June 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I tweeted about your giveaway! – @katrinadingle

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68 Roxana GreenGirl June 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

if you asked me last month what’s my favorite breakfast meal I didn’t know what to answer. I used to skip breakfast quite often.
Now, after some health issues I’m having my oatmeal every single morning and I’m growing to love it.
One question Marla : egg white powder is the same as meringue powder or something else. Never had before.

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69 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

Hi Roxana, that is a great question. I just did some research and it looks like they are not the same at all. The egg white powder is a pure product with no other ingredients whereas the meringue powder is for pastries and has egg whites, sugar & guar gum. I’ll be sticking with the pure egg whites for sure ;)

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70 Roxana GreenGirl June 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

Thanks Marla. Going to look at the health store for some egg white powder.
have a wonderful day :)

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71 Marla June 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

Great Roxana, I hope you have an easy time finding it :)

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72 Roxana GreenGirl June 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm
73 Roxana GreenGirl June 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

follow you on twitter

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74 Roxana GreenGirl June 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

now following truvia on tweeter

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75 Roxana GreenGirl June 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

now following Marisa Churchill on twitter @gringarl

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76 Roxana GreenGirl June 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

stumbled this post

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77 Jessica June 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

My favorite breakfast is overnight oats with raisins, cinnamon, and bananas!

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78 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:46 am

Jessica, I love those overnight oats too! Bananas make ‘em extra sweet & creamy….would love some right about now :)

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79 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

My favorite breakfast is a whole grain, high fiber toasted english muffin with peanut butter!

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80 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:46 am

Erin, I am all about anything with gobs of natural peanut butter!

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81 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I follow you on twitter

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82 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I tweeted!

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83 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I follow Marissa on twitter

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84 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

I always pack food with me when I travel as well, you are right 20 dollar hotel oatmeal is just ridiculous! My favorite breakfasts are oats, quinoa, or other whole grains with some almond milk and a little honey.

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85 Budget Hotels in Pune June 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

If you are a gastronomic adventurous and care to try something different, Just step into Hotel StudioEstique early in the morning and enjoy some delicate & healthy food without an enduring hollow in your pocket.

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86 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hey there Studioesque Hotel…looks like you guys are in India? How fun! I would love to get there someday to enjoy one of your “delicate and healthy” food :)

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87 Tess Moore June 23, 2011 at 3:59 am

I love cinnamon toast (Truvia + cinnamon) on Food for Life bread or OATMEAL. It is the number one fav because of ALL the different combos. I can have it everyday of the week and put new add ins to make it fun and never boring! Thanks for the chance and have a great day!

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88 Joanne June 23, 2011 at 4:15 am

4AM?!?!? You are a rockstar. I get up at six and thought THAT was early.

I never ever ever miss breakfast. I love it too much. And I SO travel with oatmeal also. It’s so deliciously dependable!

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89 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

Joanne, we are two very driven ladies. I started waking up at 4am when work got busier and I needed a bunch of “me” time in the morning. I love my long, quiet, hot breakfast and then a few hours of work time before my kids wake up. Miss breakfast? Never, ever.

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90 Tricia June 23, 2011 at 4:34 am

I’m a big fan of nonfat Greek yogurt with fresh or thawed frozen berries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and if I’m feeling really daring some slivered almonds or Kaski 7 grain cereal sprinkled on top.

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91 Faith June 23, 2011 at 5:16 am

I love your travel oatmeal mix, Marla! There’s a little bit of everything in there for a delicious meal and healthy fuel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway — oats are my favorite breakfast! :)

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92 Deliciously Organic June 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

I’ve heard you talk about your “travel oatmeal” many times and I’m so glad to have your recipe now! I’ll be packing these next time I leave town.

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93 Marla June 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

Carrie, they are a life saver I tell you :)

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94 Aimee @ Simple Bites June 23, 2011 at 6:19 am

Totally genius, my dear! I wrote about packing healthy snacks for the plane recently, but this takes it one step further, doesn’t it? Super smart.

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95 Marla June 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

Aimee, these little oatmeal packs are great on the plane too. All you need to do is badger the flight attendants for some extra cups and hot water. Simple & way better than that nasty airplane food. xo

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96 Aimee @ Simple Bites June 23, 2011 at 6:20 am

Stumbled!

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97 susan June 23, 2011 at 6:55 am

I get up early as well and start with a glass of hot lemon water. Then I either get to a 6am yoga class or go for a walk(today I walked).Then I come home and make a protein shake; organic blueberries, a bit of yogurt. I am not a coffee drinker, but I am into combining a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of espresso powder, make a paste with boiling water and add it to the blender. I get my chocolate fix in the am which is satisfying me for the rest of the day! Loving the oatmeal to go, Marla! Brilliant!

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98 Amanda June 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

My favorite breakfast is…. everything! I LOVE breakfast… its my favorite meal by FAR!

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99 Melissa B. June 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

Hi Marla-

My favorite breakfast (lately) is one egg with chopped garlic scapes, cooked in coconut oil and some brown rice or potatoes. My fiance cooks and packs my breakfast for me every day, so it’s always a surprise as to what I will get (always healthy and delicious, though)!

I LOVE stevia, but have not tried Truvia yet. I am interested experiencing the nice granulated “crunch” you mentioned!!

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100 Marla June 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

Melissa, are you a lucky gal or what! Awesome that your fiance makes you these amazing healthy & tasty breakfasts. Those eggs in coconut oil sound amazing :)

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101 Melissa B. June 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

Also, I saw that you eat 6 meals per day. May I ask what they normally consist of? I like to eat about 5-6 small meals/snacks per day, as well. It really keeps my energy levels up!

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102 Marla June 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

6 meals per day: Larger whole grain, carb dense breakfast, lunch & dinner are volume based with mostly veggies and then mindful portions of healthy fats & lean protein. My mid morning snack – a small muffin (my kind: sugar free, whole grain) or such with some nut butter, same in the afternoon between lunch & dinner. Before bed, thick fat free greek yogurt with stevia and peanut butter. I must do a post on this. I do however have a post called Mini Meals you might be interested in.

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103 Melissa B. June 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

Wow, that sounds a lot like what I eat! I need my carbs in the morning, for my mid-morning snack, and at dinner (post-workout), but the rest of my meals consist mainly of lean protein and tons of veggies, as well! It’s so nice having a bunch of tasty little meals to look forward throughout the day :)

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104 Lisa June 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

I love to eat rolled oats, uncooked with ground flax, honey and vanilla soymilk. Nice alternative for oatmeal on a hot morning.

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105 SeeNikkiCook June 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

Favorite breakfast…scrambled eggs!!!! Oatmeal in the winter is the best.

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106 Mbb June 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

Favorite dessert is creme brulee!

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107 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love any form of oatmeal for breakfast and of course a spoonful of peanut butter to top it off:-)

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108 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

I follow you on twitter:-)

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109 Paula - bell'alimento June 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

My fav breakfast is pancakes {& coffee is a must}

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110 Marla June 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

Paula, no matter what the breakfast is-excellent coffee & lots of it are essential! Let’s do pancakes, oatmeal & coffee together some day, OK?!

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111 Paula - bell'alimento June 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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112 Paula - bell'alimento June 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

Stumbled!

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113 Jennifer Drummond June 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

My favorite breakfast is my Jar Breakfast parfait. I make 1/4 cup of overnight oatmeal (oatmeal, 1/4 cup of milk, pinch of chia seeds and sprinkle of cinnamon) stick in the fridge. In the morning I layer a mason jar in the following orer: 1/4 cup of greek non-fat plain yogurt, strawberries & blueberries, over night oatmeal, 1/2 Tbsp of Almond Butter, 1/4 cup of the greek yogurt, more berries and topped with granola.

It’s so good and fills me for hours!

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114 Paula - bell'alimento June 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

I followed Truvia on Twitter!

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115 Squash Blossom Babies June 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

Oh my gosh – this is brilliant!! I love this and WILL try this! Oatmeal is one of my all time favorite breakfast dishes….especially with dried fruits and nuts!

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116 jeannette June 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

My favorite breakfast is definitely pancakes of any flavor!! Yum!! Dessert will always be brownie a la mode!

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117 Angie's Recipes June 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

Love oatmeal prepared this way…very delicious and packed with goodness!

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118 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. June 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

This is my type of breakfast

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119 April June 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

My favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs in the microwave. SO fast and easy and no added oil/butter as I would w/ the stove method. Also love honey vanilla greek yogurt w/ half an emerald nut breakfast blend packet added. Don’t forget the coffee!!!

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120 Susan Edsall June 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

I make whole grain, fruit and nut muffins or bread. I eat 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and a muffin or slice of bread, a glass of V8 Fusion, and usually a banana. Gets and keeps me going all morning!

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121 Ruth Hill June 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

follow marlameridith on twitter
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122 Ruth Hill June 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

follow truvia on twitter
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123 Ruth Hill June 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

follow marisachurchill on twitter
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124 Ruth Hill June 23, 2011 at 11:21 am
125 chutneyandspice June 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

Your breakfast idea is brilliant – I love the addition of the powdered egg whites for protein, I always feel a bit of a rush if I have too many carbohydrates for breakfast so always like to have some protein in there. I am not sure we have Stevia here in the UK, i haven’t ever seen in.

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126 sarah June 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

its hard to not to love a good ol pile of pancakes.
buuuut my favorite breakfast would have to be a runny egg over spinach and tomatoes with a rudi’s english muffin for dipping! with grainy garlic mustard. mmmm.

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127 HeatherChristo June 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Oh my gosh Marla- you are so healthy! very impressive!

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128 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I try girl. #highmaintenance ;)
Bummed I am gonna miss you when you are in LA. Gotta meet up sooner than later….K?

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129 tina June 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

LOVE love love this idea! Does it count as an entry if you “tweet” on facebook? Just did, so I’m hoping. ..

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130 Shar June 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

It makes me laugh. Guess I’m not the only one that packs food to eat at the hotel.

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131 Mary C. June 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Whole wheat bread toasted really well with avocado smashed on it will always hit the spot :)

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132 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Mary, smashed avocado is always dreamy. Did you ever see my Avocado Scones? #addicted.

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133 Timbosbeautiful June 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

My favorite breakfast is a toasted mutligrain english muffin with a variety of toppings depending on my mood (eggs and spinach, chesse, nut butter spread).

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134 Marla June 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Robin, I sometimes like one side of my whole grain english muffin to be savory & the other sweet…..go figure!

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135 Timbosbeautiful June 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

tweeted this giveaway

Timbosbeautiful

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136 Timbosbeautiful June 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

following you on twitter

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137 Timbosbeautiful June 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

following truvia on twitter

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138 Timbosbeautiful June 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

following Marisa Chruchill on twitter

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139 kathryn June 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I LOVE oatmeal. I eat it at least once a day. Usually for breakfast I’ll do overnight oats, but if I get up early enough I like cooking up oat bran + oats +peanut flour. NOMS.

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140 kathryn June 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I tweeted ya under @punifa!

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141 kathryn June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Already follow you on twitter.

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142 kathryn June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Followed truvia

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143 kathryn June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

and followed maria!

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144 bridget {bake at 350} June 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

That’s such a great idea! My favorite dessert….a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie!

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145 christine June 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

During summer, it’s protein/yougurt smoothies made with fresh fruit and even veggies (can’t taste the carrots or spinach!).

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146 Marla June 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Christine, it is amazing how much nutrition & flavor we can pack into smoothies. Neat that you can toss in the veggies and just taste the fruit!

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147 Angela FRS June 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I love oatmeal mixed with nut butters–almond, peanut, hazelnut…

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148 Marla June 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Angela, hazelnut butter. Nice! I gotta make myself some of that. With cocoa powder. A healthy Nutella :)

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149 Angela FRS June 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I stumbled this post!

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150 Angela FRS June 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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151 Angela FRS June 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I also follow Truvia on Twitter.

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152 Jeanette June 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Marla, what a great idea for traveling! I travel with food too, usually for the plane ride and our first meal on the ground. This is a terrific idea – we’re going on a trip soon, so this will be in my suitcase ;)

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153 Heather at Multiply Delicious June 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Following Truvia on twitter

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154 Kate@Diethood June 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I have to eat breakfast… I don’t understand how someone can get up and go without breakfast.
I usually just have a bowl of Special K with berries. :)

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155 Marla June 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Kate, it is essential over here & I would put that in all CAPS but then it would sound like I am screaming ;) Glad to hear you are a breakfast junkie too :)

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156 Kate@Diethood June 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I follow you on twitter

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157 Kate@Diethood June 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Stumbled!

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158 Becky L. June 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Oatmeal with a bit a fruit has always been my favorite way to start my day. :)

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159 Angie June 24, 2011 at 4:57 am

I want to try your oatmeal recipe soon! Looks so yummy! I su you too

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160 vicki June 24, 2011 at 5:28 am

I love Oatmeal with flaxseed and maple syrup.

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161 Teawench June 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

My favorite breakfast probably is oatmeal. I love the plain so I can add whatever to suit my craving at the moment. I love this idea of bringing little baggies when traveling. It’s something I’m definitely going to remember.

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162 Marla June 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

Plain is the only way to go for me too. I also don’t like the quick cook oats, kinda taste like card board to me. These cook up fast enough & waaayy more flavor than those little pre packaged store bought deals. So glad you stopped by :)

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163 Teawench June 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

I follow you on twitter: @teawench

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164 welcome to our wonderland June 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

my favorite breakfast is tofu scramble or vegan blueberry pancakes

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165 welcome to our wonderland June 24, 2011 at 8:05 am

follow you on twitter (gidgetnfroggi

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166 Dakota Campbell June 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

My favorite breakfast is oatmeal! I am going to use this travel oatmeal idea for sure! Love truvia!

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167 welcome to our wonderland June 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

tweeted gidgetnfroggi

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168 Natasha June 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love oatmeal with 1 carrot shredded and cooked with the oatmeal.

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169 Dana@TheSundaySweet June 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

I love this oatmeal!! What a fantastic idea! I too wake up starving and tend to be a bit grumpy when I don’t find something to eat soon enough. And, I love the fact that it has egg whites in it too. Thanks, Marla! This is SO great!

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170 LizC June 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

2 scrambled eggs and cottage cheese with a glass of milk starts my day! Although I do really like yogurt with some granola mixed in.

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171 Catherine June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

My favorite breakfast would have to be healthy muffins. With eggs on the side if time allows. Great giveaway!

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172 Leslie June 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I love oatmeal and eat it often, but I think my favorite breakfast would be pancakes topped with lots of fruit and a drizzle of syrup. It’s definitely a decadent treat when I have them!

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173 Danielle June 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

My favorite breakfast is a fresh, homemade belgian waffle topped with strawberries and bananas and real maple syrup!

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174 Danielle June 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway! Thanks! (@DanielleSleeper)

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175 Meredith June 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm

a simple ice cream sandwich never gets old!

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176 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) June 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Gosh, it’s too bad I’m just reading this now – I’d have loved to join you ladies on Twitter last night!

My oh my, you certainly do have your traveling breakfast down to a science! I love it. It’s totally something I would (and now will) do, and it’s comforting to know there are others out there who enjoy homemade, simple and nutritious breakfasts no matter where they are.

Favorite breakfast – and this is just purely coincidental – oatmeal! But mine must be topped with a spoonful of nut butter. I love the way it melts over the oats!

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177 Laura L. June 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I am afraid this is a common answer, but I love oatmeal. In the summer, I like to switch to greek yogurt and fruit, which I sweeten with a little stevia.

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178 Laura L. June 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm
179 Laura L. June 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter

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180 Louise June 25, 2011 at 8:10 am

My fave breakfast is creamy non-fat Greek yogurt mixed with Stevia and fresh, chopped strawberries. Color and delicious <3

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181 Louise June 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

I’m following @MarlaMeridith on Twitter

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182 Louise June 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

I’m following @truvia on Twitter

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183 Louise June 25, 2011 at 8:16 am

I’m following @marisachurchill on Twitter

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184 Louise June 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

I stumbled this post =)

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185 Carys June 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

I love this idea! This will be a great budget friendly and healthy breakfast option to bring with us when we travel! My favorite at home breakfast is one I tried recently: a Greekified Oven Omelet over at http://struttheline.blogspot.com/2011/06/day-4-stressed.html so tasty and it reheated really well for breakfasts throughout the week.

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186 Maya June 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

Truvia is sooo delicious! I love stevia because it tastes so natural and real.

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187 Beverly June 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love your idea of portable “gourmet” oatmeal packets! Also, my favorite trail mix is much like your toppings: pistachios, craisins and chocolate chips.

My favorite breakfast is egg casserole. I usually make one for the week and reheat a block with my copious cups of coffee before hitting the road to work.

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188 Marla June 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Beverly gotta have those “copious amounts of coffee” The egg casserole is really smart. I am a big fan of those too. Life is good when I have a big frittata in the fridge. Always handy for a slice at any meal.
Love the way you say “gourmet oatmeal” I certainly feel that way when I eat it :)

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189 Beverly June 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I’m following truvia on twitter.

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190 Beverly June 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I am following Marisa on twitter.

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191 Beverly June 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I’m following Marla on twitter.

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192 Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I love that you pack your own oatmeal. Such a great way to guarantee breakfast! I’m also really interested in stevia. I have yet to cook with it but I have a feeling it would be great for my diet. Fingers and toes crossed I win this awesome giveaway!!!

My favorite breakfast is my grandma’s homemade country breakfast. She makes a spread like you wouldn’t believe! Her sausage and biscuits are the best :) (Although totally not good for me….haha)

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193 Marla June 26, 2011 at 5:18 am

Brandy, I bet that breakfast your grandma makes is beyond fabulous! Stevia has really allowed for me to enjoy sweets again. I am sugar intolerant and this is the perfect way for me to enjoy sweet, stay slim and not have energy crashes. Hopefully someday you can try it too :)

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194 Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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195 Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway

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196 Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I follow truvia on Twitter

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197 Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I follow Marisa Churchill on Twitter

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198 Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I stumbled the post

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199 Daniela V June 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

What a tough question….. I’d probably say my favorite breakfast is a fossil between a bowl of cap’n crunch and Belgian waffles a la mode :^)

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200 Marla June 26, 2011 at 5:20 am

Daniela, interesting breakfast combo! I have not had cap ‘n crunch in years. Had to sneak that kinda thing as a kid – only had access to the sugary cereals at summer camp, college etc. Feasted……

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201 Claudia June 26, 2011 at 5:02 am

Wow. This is an amazing idea and I am shocked that I have never thought of it before (mostly because I continue to eat oatmeal for breakfast in a climate where it is 35C every day). It is my favorite daily breakfast though on a day when I have more time/energy I do love fried potatoes with eggs and sometimes ham or sausage.

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202 Hollyp June 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

I love this idea! I love toast with homemade jam!

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203 Blake June 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

My favorite dessert, hands down, no competition, is tiramisu!

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204 Blake June 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

I have stumbled this post.

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205 Christine June 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

my favorite dessert is a flaky apple pie slice topped with good quality ice cream. My favorite on the go breakfast is a fantastic breakfast cookie using healthy ingredients.

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206 Katie June 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Your oatmeal sounds delicious! I love to put frozen fruit i mine while it cooks. I may need to dehydrate some berries to add in when we travel!

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207 Winnie June 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

Oh, so sorry I missed this giveaway Marla. Your oatmeal looks amazing btw.

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208 Marla June 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

Thanks Winnie – don’t worry there will be many more down the road :)

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209 Kate July 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

This is my ultimate traveling meal, but I’ve never thought to add powered egg whites or protein powder… good tip!

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