Almond Joy Oatmeal

Almond Joy Oats | Feed Your Skull

It was Wednesday or Thursday morning last week and I really just wanted chocolate for breakfast.

You know those days slash times of the month.

Miraculously there weren’t any ready to grab bars, candy, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

So I made the responsible choice to have oatmeal.

Oatmeal doesn’t have to mean rigid, restrictive, or boring.

I couldn’t have demonstrated un-boring any better if I tried.

Almond Joy oatmeal.

Disclosure, I never liked Almond Joy candy bars growing up and had serious resentment issues towards the sadists that passed them out at Halloween. Who does that?? It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I could admit to liking coconut flavored things. I’ve made up for lost time since then.

Almond Joy Oats | Feed Your SkullThis beautiful bowl of oatmeal is cooked with unsweetened shredded coconut and a smidge of sunflower seeds then topped with sliced almonds, banana, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

A lovely thing I’ve been mulling on lately is that fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. So while chocolate for breakfast maybe isn’t an everyday thing (or is it?) you certainly don’t need to have any second thoughts about having a little with your oatmeal, which is completely whole-grain and full of fiber. As well as protein.

It all makes sense if you think about how nature packages food. All fruits have fiber and just the right amount to balance the sugar they wield.

Sustained energy without the crash.

Almond Joy Oats | Feed Your Skull

Almond Joy Oatmeal

Nutritional Information || Calories: 493 • Fat: 15 g • Fiber: 10 g (42%) • Protein: 12 g (24%) • Iron: 20% • Calcium: 6% • Potassium: 13% • Vitamin E: 20% • B6: 23% • B1: 9% • B2: 10% • Folate: 9%


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic chocolate syrup


  1. Place oats, water, coconut, and sunflower seeds in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until oats are fluffed. Add additional water if needed, 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
  2. Remove from heat and garnish with banana, sliced almonds, and chocolate syrup.

Almond Joy Oats | Feed Your SkullHealth Heroes

  • Breakfast that contains almost half of your recommended daily fiber intake [super hero status]
  • A solid dose of B vitamins thanks to variety from the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds and coconut
  • Packed with iron, about 20% of your recommended daily intake
  • Happy factor, a breakfast that tastes great (hello chocolate!) is just as important to our sustained health as the nutrients within it

Let us know in the comments, what other candy bar oatmeal would you like to see? xo

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Artichokes, Cantaloupes, and Potatoes Oh My!

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your SkullFriday around 4 p.m. I headed out with my bike in the back of the car, an insulated tote, a reusable tote, and my bike gear.

My first stop was to pick up our CSA, load the tender items in the insulated tote and everything else in the reusable before heading down to the trailhead for a bike ride. I was then going to leave my bike in the car and walk down maybe a half mile to the annual Pullman Lentil Festival.

All things went according to plan. I grabbed the CSA, went for a windy, but beautiful 7.75 mile ride (before the wildfire smoke descended), and changed out of my clipless bike shoes into running shoes before heading to the fest.

Funny note, I didn’t realize I hadn’t reattached my front brakes until I was 3+ miles in and at my turnaround point. I’m such a daredevil.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

This week marks our first week for potatoes, artichokes, and cantaloupe. Our first ‘fruit’ of the season unless you count tomatoes.

The artichokes are so petite and beautiful. We headed out on Saturday for Western Montana, so I wrapped these guys in a plastic bag and stored them in the fridge. I’m sure a week won’t bring harm to freshly picked produce.

The cantaloupe is also small and I think it is ready to eat. We will find out today. It fits easily in the palm of my hand.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

More carrots, zucchini, and peppers. Fresh organic carrots that have just been harvested taste so much richer than stuff at the store. I really wonder how many more nutrients we are getting just because of how soon we eat most of it after harvest. Fun to think about.

We’ve been eating and keeping up with the zucchini easily.

The peppers though are another story. Jeremy can only do a little hot, so I’ve been using the jalapeños sparingly and I forget what the larger hot green peppers are, but I’ve only used one of them. The red poblano pepper is a first for the csa and we brought it with this trip along with plenty of hummus. The small ridged peppers, I believe, are padron peppers—though I think they called them something else in the newsletter. They aren’t spicy, have a thin skin and add great flavor whether they are cooked or raw.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Those carrots though.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Another week of lemon cucumbers. They are quite pretty though I don’t know if I would ever buy them at the store. They have a lot of seeds and I’m more of an English cucumber fan. But, if you hull them out and fill them with guacamole then all is right with the world. Last night we sliced one and had it in our vegetable wrap when we arrived at the hotel. Coming soon.

They do need to be stored in the fridge where we live otherwise they dry out quickly.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Tomatoes anyone? Just kidding I’m not sharing yet. The tomato portion of the share really ramped up this week and last. Last week I made approximately a half-gallon jar of salsa.

Salsa goes great over pasta. I highly recommend if you’ve never tried that before. Fresh is best in that circumstance of course. We brought about half the tomatoes on our road trip.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Our third or fourth week with green beans. They are the most perfect green beans you will ever find. I’ve mostly been steaming or sautéing them. I would like to ferment this batch and see how that goes.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Cilantro. We brought this fragrant bouquet with as well. Ripped off a good chunk to use in our wraps. A great herb choice to throw in a wrap or a salad. Cilantro is also great at removing toxic minerals from your body. I think the term is chelating.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Swiss chard. We brought this as well. I think I might put some peanut butter in it along with banana for a breakfast wrap. I’ve done that with collards and it’s quite good! Kind of like a deconstructed smoothie.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

Spring greens. I’m behind on posting the CSA hauls, but I think it’s been a few weeks since we had spring greens. Maybe just the cycle of the harvest. We also brought these and used them in our hotel wraps last night.

CSA Haul, Week 13 | Feed Your Skull

To end on a humorous note. I’m really enjoying the strange shapes veggies naturally grow that I then get to eat. Big box chains or distributors sort for uniformity. You don’t often see strange tomatoes, conjoined carrots, or gaping potato crevices.

Have you participated in a CSA before? What did you look forward to the most? xo

Herbie’s Deli Shop in Northern Idaho

Herbie's Deli Shop, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho | Feed Your SkullWe are back on the road and only a few minutes from Herbie’s Deli Shop as I write this now. I’m tethered to my phone and have my laptop comfortably resting on my lap in the front seat.

Is car sickness a choice? Because right now I’m having no trouble at all typing staring at text as my monitor casually bumps and jumps in front of me. Any other time I might have chunks in my lap right now.

Let’s not get distracted though. We’re here to talk about Herbie’s remember?

Jeremy and I are headed out on vacation for the next week. We’re meeting friends from the Chicago area Tuesday near Yellowstone and are going to work our way over there the next few days.

We left wildfire-haze encrusted Pullman around 11 a.m. this morning to head towards Glacier National Park.

Around 2 p.m. our stomachs reminded us that we’d only had Nature Valley bars since breakfast. Luckily we were approaching Coeur d’Alene. I looked through Yelp searching for salad, because we both felt like something fresh and nourishing after sleeping in a blanket of smoke.

Herbie’s Deli Shop popped up. I took a quick peruse through their online menu and we both decided it sounded like a great option.

Herbie's Deli Shop, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho | Feed Your Skull

Herbie’s is easy to find and located within a long strip mall next to a thrift store. We were the third couple there to dine with plenty of other open tables and a long counter to sidle up to as well. It’s a nice open place which helps me immediately feel at ease.

Herbie's Deli Shop, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho | Feed Your Skull

I already knew I wanted to build my own sandwich and I was interested in the Tomato-Basil Wrap. I checked with our waitress-maybe owner and she was able to verify it was dairy-free.

I ordered that with ALL the veggies and Dijon mustard. All the veggies translates to cucumber, tomato, ripe olives, purple onion, bell peppers, peperoncini, romaine, clover sprouts, and avocado.

Herbie's Deli Shop, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho | Feed Your Skull

The wrap was as delicious as the photo looks!! It was perfectly round and looked and felt like it had been gently pressed in a panini press. The bites of crunchy wrap mixed with tender firm vegetables disrupted by the vinegar tang of Dijon hitting the tongue was well received. I was in heaven. The pickle was pretty great too.

Besides building your own sandwich, they have salads that could be ordered with extra veggies minus cheese/meat. They also have a grilled vegetable wrap (minus the feta if you’re vegan) full of summer vegetables and hearty rice with black beans.

If you’re looking for something fresh and nourishing be sure to check out Herbie’s Deli Shop in Coeur d’Alene.

Address: 4055 N Government Way # 3, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Phone: 208-667-8840