Saturday, September 25, 2010
A different work out...
I woke up too early this morning, so my brain is just going.  Bare with me on this...

I did something a little different yesterday. I worked out without shoes on. Since I still did not have any DVR workouts, I worked out upstairs using the computer. I didn't do super high impact exercises, but I did a few high intensity intervals and some pilates for strength. I read about it a few places, but this one and this one seemed to have the most info I could find on the pros and cons. I have done this a couple of times before and I like the way my legs and feet feel afterwards. They are still feeling good today too! I was on carpet so I felt like it was a little easier on my feet. Have you heard of this and what do you think about it?

As for breakfast, I have gotten a lot of questions about the oatmeal peanut butter waffles. Which leads to my question in the end of this post...

This morning I made a new version of my oatmeal peanut butter waffle.  I added a banana to the mix and used regular peanut butter since I have gotten a ton of questions from people who don't have peanut flour, wondering if it would work. As you can see, I make these using a very thick batter which is why this is kind of like a cookie.

These are thick, dense, crispy and chewy.

Because of this, a little goes a long way. Max is not a huge breakfast eater anyway, so he went with a wedge loaded with peanut butter, a sprinkle of powder sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Because I used peanut butter, I used less water and no sweetener.  Also, I was asked about making these into pancakes. I would imagine it would work, but you may need to add a little more water depending on wether you are looking for dense pancakes or fluffy.

Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Waffles

1 cup oatmeal (quick cooking or rolled oats blended a little bit)
1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or 1/4 cup peanut flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 TBSP water (or 12 TBSP if using peanut flour)
(2 TBSP sweetener of your choice if using flour)

Cook according to your machines directions.

Now for the question...if you use a different type of commenting program, what do you use? Obviously, with blogger, I can't respond to people personally unless I go to your site. I don't like this. I would like to be able to respond to everyone individually. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. What do you like, what do you not like?

I hope everyone has a great weekend...I hear fall should be here tomorrow!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 10:10 AM  
  • At September 25, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    Sometimes I love working out without shoes on. I used to do it more when we were in our apt. with carpeted floors, but I still do it sometimes even now on our hardwoods. I think it almost feels better than having shoes on, but those people who run outside without shoes... wow. That just seems like it would hurt! And what if there's a nail or rock in the road?!?! Ouch!! I'm not familiar with commenting programs at all, so I'm no help. I use wordpress and it emails us the comment and then we can choose to directly respond to the comment on the post and/or email the person directly. If I ask a blogger a question, I like an email response, but that's just me. I sometimes will respond in both an email and on the post just in case someone else had the same question, ya know?

    Hope you have a WONDERFUL Saturday Sarena!!!!! :)

  • At September 25, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Jason actually started lifting weights barefoot. He had done some reading about the benefits for stability muscles. I think if you're on the right surface, then why not? I mean, dancers (well unless wearing pointe shoes) are basically bare foot with the slippers and sometimes bare foot when doing modern. I can't even begin to tell you how strong my feet were when I danced and that's likely a big reason. Anyway.... Happy Saturday!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM, Blogger Beth Morey said…

    I used to workout barefoot all the time (except at the gym, obviously). Sometimes I had some bad slippage on the carpet, but for the most part I really like(d) it. Now I prefer hooping shoeless, but in our new house I workout downstairs where the floor is concrete with a thin carpet, so shoes are a must for everything else besides that and yoga.

  • At September 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM, Anonymous Natalia - a side of simple said…

    Hi Sarena! Today I'm going to a "Back to School" gluten free expo at a local health foods store and I just wanted to tell you that you should TOTALLY be here. =) I'll let you know how it goes! Hope you have a great weekend.

  • At September 25, 2010 at 11:47 AM, Blogger Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose said…

    I would think working out with no shoes is better. especially on carpet. i know high impact is not good for our feet, and while some people rave about support. our body usually supports itself. LOVE those vegan waffles! I'll have to check them out!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    If I'm just doing weights I work out with no shoes on in my apartment. The rest of the time I've always got shoes on my feet!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I've never done any sort of barefoot working out. I've heard a lot about it though. It sounds interesting. I don't think I would ever run barefoot though...ouch!

    I'm on Blogger and face the same issue. I just email people directly with a copy of my reply.

  • At September 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    I tried working out without shoes on for a couple of months, but the knee pain got progressively worse. Shoes fixed it. I wish I could as I think it is better ... husband works out without shoes when he actually works out of course!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 12:04 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I've worked out without shoes on, too. Once I forgot my gym shoes and hopped on the elliptical in just my socks and the other was an at home workout in front of the tv. I definitely felt like it was a different workout. Somehow (in my mind) it didn't seem like it "counted." I guess my sneakers are an integral part of my workout, for better or worse. :)

    I have trouble with responding to comments, too. Let me know what you decide to do.

  • At September 25, 2010 at 12:17 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    the thing i like best about wordpress is being able to respond to comments. although, if you get your comments sent to your email via blogger you could probably answer people directly? maybe not b/c they don't show the email...i can't remember. i have been very happy w my wordpress switch!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM, Anonymous Karin said…

    When I work out at home I NEVER wear shoes mainly because I live on the 4th floor and everyone would hear me if I'd do but also because I love being barefoot.

  • At September 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM, Anonymous Tina said…

    I would be afraid of twisting or rolling my ankle working out barefoot. But I'm very clumsy.

    As for commenting systems - I've never used it but seen other blogger sites use Intense Debate. I've heard decent things.

  • At September 25, 2010 at 3:30 PM, Blogger Simply Life said…

    those waffles leave me drooling!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM, Anonymous Chocolate-Covered Katie said…

    Holy waffles! I can see why you said you'd want waffle week. If someone would cook me those waffles, I'd want it too!!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    wow those waffles look seriously dense and rich! I can see a lil goes a long ways :) I am not really a breakkie person and i can imagine id be full for a long time with those!

    commenting system. ANYTHING is better than blogger. Intense Debate has it's flaws, and Heather/where's Beach and i have talked about it, she's about to use disqus but i personally dont like the way disqus is extremely slow loading on every blog i ever visit with it.

    Either ID or Disqus, take your pick :) They are both LIGHT YEARS ahead of blogger. Switch. Now.!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love the waffles - but I think I love them with Pnut flour even more. Had them this morning...gahhh, I love it!! Can't wait to make those muffins you posted about, too :)
    I use wordpress (as you know) and even then, if you reply to a comment so that everyone can see it, the original commenter - the person who asked the question - won't get a notification. Sort of a bummer - so I just grab the e-mail of the person and respond that way if they asked a question or what-not. This is good in that they get an answer...but bad if anybody else is wondering, since my reply won't get posted to the page! I know I always forget to go back and check if I ask a question, and I'm sure others do, that's what I've found so far. I definitely would rather an e-mail response, or at least a notification that my comment has a reply, which I think wordpress offers plug-ins for. (that I've yet to find!)
    blahh, sorry for the ramble!! I hope you have a good night though, and catch up on some sleep!

  • At September 25, 2010 at 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I kinda hate myself right now. When I moved I FORGOT my waffle maker at home!!! *gasp* so I'm begging my mom to send it to me and these will be the first waffles that I make! They look amazing!

  • At September 26, 2010 at 1:51 AM, Anonymous Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said…

    I hear pilates without shoes on feels best, though, I've never tried pilates, but hope to someday. :)

    Sorry I don't have any advice for your comments, I use basic WordPress functions with my current theme for now, but I'm sure there's a lot of plug-ins that might be compatible with blogger. I am actually looking for a plug-in to email people my reply to their comments, so I'll let you know if I come across anything useful!


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