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Snickerdoodles for Breakfast

My appetite is a raging beast.

Lately, it seems I can’t shovel food in fast enough. I’ve even started bringing raw almonds to munch during class in case I get hungry before lunchtime. Here’s how I fed the raging beast this morning:

cinnamon oatmeal

healthy snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

I also made a cashew icing—out of cashew butter and almond milk—to drizzle over the oatmeal. It was better than an actual snickerdoodle cookie. Truly, it was! One beast tamed… for now.

But here’s a beast who can’t be tamed:



The formidable Henrymonster! Poor Henry wasn’t so sure he liked the snow.


Questions of the Day:

Are you hungrier on days you don’t exercise?
And do you find that your appetite changes with the seasons?

It’s so weird; even though I probably get less exercise in the winter, I’m always hungrier. Or maybe it’s not so weird. After all, it takes a lot of energy to stay warm! When the weather gets really hot, it sometimes feels like a chore to eat. And I’m definitely hungrier on my rest days… maybe because exercise is an appetite suppressant?

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Thank you so, so much!

Published on February 17, 2011

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  1. Albizia says

    The little monster is very cute and stylish like his mommy 😉 .

    I’m also hungrier in the winter even though I am less active. As far as I know it’s the same with most people. Aside from seasonal change in appetite, I have noticed that my appetite changes with the change in my activity level but it usually decreases when I move less. Maybe I don’t exercise hard enough to suppress my hunger 🙂

  2. Tulika says

    This is pretty hilarious–I’ve been having the same issue with my appetite being out of control lately! (And it’s especially a huge problem when having to go to class and being away from the kitchen, hahaha). I have to agree with you about the wintertime appetite, but for some reason when I work out, I’m def more hungry than on my rest days…weird!

  3. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete says

    Henry is so sweet!

    I am definitely hungrier after my workouts! I usually have a big smoothie after a run and then I’ll have some PB toast or something in addition — or else I turn into an absolute ravenous beast!

    I tend to eat more in the wintertime — I don’t know if it is for comfort? To keep warm? Because I wish I was a bear hibernating? Not sure!

    Congrats on being on!

  4. Jennifer JCD says

    Yay for your recipe on!

    I agree, my hunger levels change due to exercise and the weather too. I think most people are affected that way. My appetite can also change if I’m stressed about something.

    • Jenny says

      I agree with you, as well! And I’m just another one of those people that gets affected that way.

      A lot of my friends say they feel hungrier when they’re stressed, but I rarely feel like eating when I’m stressed (rather, I have a decrease in appetitite…).

  5. Laura says

    Studies have shown that vigorous aerobic exercise suppresses your production of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, so it makes sense that you’d be hungrier on rest days.

  6. ellis says

    I’m usually hungriest the day after I run a lot. (And by “a lot” I mean five miles or so…I’m no “runner”!)

    I’m not very hungry directly after a run, but a few hours later I always crave some sort of protein-rich snack.

  7. Hannah says

    I feel like it’s a chore to eat when it’s hot out too. My appetite definitely goes down in the summer. I also feel like I’m hungrier on days when I don’t work out…..or maybe I’m just bored, haha.

  8. abby says

    yup, i’m always hungrier in the dead of winter, when i’m stuck in my house all day with nowhere to go and nothing to do but eat eat eat!

  9. Erin says

    Henry is so cute in that vest! I find that my appetite shifts daily sometimes, seemingly independently of whether I’m exercising or not…still trying to figure it out. I’ve read on a few websites that colder temperatures naturally lead to a rise in hunger, so maybe that’s it?

    • abby says

      i think that makes the most sense. i read once that people in antarctica need like 8000 calories per day! maybe it was false information, but the whole idea of storing fat for winter makes sense to me. blubber is a natural blanket!

  10. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    well.. I’m hungry ALL the time.. thats why i snack at least 3 times a day… i work it though!
    i think I am hungrier on rest days, but I kind of eat the same everyday, so it don’t make too much of a difference! umm snickerdoodle oatmeal.. HELLO YUMVILLE!

  11. Allison @ Happy Tales says

    I’d say my appetitate is more influenced by my training levels more so than the season… but the season does affect it, too! I’m definitely not craving as big of meals in the summer. It just gets so dang hot here in NC!

  12. Erika says

    I don’t really have a specific workout routine so I don’t know if I’m hungrier when I exercise or not. But I do know I’m hungriest around Christmas time! Don’t know if that’s because of the cold… or of all the good food surrounding me!

  13. Lauren says

    I’m the same way! I’m always so active in the summer that I can go for hours without eating. In the winter, I snack so much and am much less active.

  14. Felicia ( a taste of health with balance) says

    i definitely feel more hungry on rest days. active days, not as much. my cravings and appetite changes with the season and pretty much craves the food thats in season at the time 🙂

  15. Camille says

    I wouldn’t say that my appetite changes with the seasons, but I do find that in summer if I let myself get too hungry I get very nauseous and dizzy. In winter I am just straight hungry. Blame the heat!

  16. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    I always get more hungry when I don’t excercise…..I think its something to do with energy levels. I feel more energetic when I work out and therefore don’t feel the need to eat!

  17. lindsey says

    I’m just hungrier at different times of the month…if you catch my drift. I could eat everything in the freakin’ house at this point and still not be satisfied.

  18. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    Aaah snickerdoodles…mmm….! I’m just hungry all the time. Period! 😛

    YAY you are even more famous now than you were before!! Autograph please? 😉

  19. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    I usually am more hungry on days when I don’t exercise – or on days when I lift weights. or when I run. Actually, I’m just hungry all the time.

  20. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

    I eat about as much on days I work out as on days I don’t. my appetite varies a lot but I also go through periods where I’m ravenous :p

  21. Sarah says

    Yummmmmmmmy! I forgot about snickerdoodle oatmeal. I made this all the time when you first talked about it. In fact, I think that’s how I originally found you, from HEAB’s blog when she made it!

  22. emma says

    My appetite is generally governed by my blummin hormones… get it waaaay too easy! At least we get to eat more chocolate…after all our body totally needs it!

  23. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    I’m definitely hungrier on days I don’t workout..which makes sense because that’s when the body’s healing and needs the nutrients the most! 🙂

  24. Christin@purplebirdblog says

    I totally go into “hibernation” eating mode in the winter! And man… I’m about a week out from the lady visitor, so this week in particular I’m RAVENOUS!!!

  25. Getting Through It says

    As my psychologist likes to point out, I am not very aware of my body, so I don’t get hungry-or full for that matter. One of the reasons I count calories so meticulously.

  26. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Henry looks too cute in his little coat, even tho he’s not sure about that snow!

    Hungrier in the winter? I think it’s nature’s way of “fattenting us up for the winter” because let’s fact it, biologically or evolutionarily speaking, nature knows we could starve to death in the winter if we were hunters/gatherers AND we need the additional fat for warmth. So i think it follows suit that our appetites are stronger in the winter and in the summer, not as much.

    Just my non scientific .02 of course 🙂

  27. Baking 'n' Books says

    Your pup is so cute!! Love the sweater 🙂

    I made your Single-Serving Cupcake and posted it on my blog today – but linked back to you for credit of course! I changed it up though and also made it into a cookie 🙂

  28. BroccoliHut says

    Ditto to that! I’ve been suffering from what I call a serious case of BPS–Bottomless Pit Syndrome. I’ve been filling the void with handfuls of granola:)

  29. Namaste Gurl says

    Exercise is an exercise suppressant, so it diminishes your appetite. I’m with you in feeling hungrier on non- exercising days. Whenever I run, bike or do other physical activities, my appetite fades. I sure prefer the later- feeling my actual hunger!

  30. Alyson says

    You know? I have the same appetite problem from time to time! Like the other day, I could just not stop myself from eating carbs… Like every time I turned a corner, there was Aly picking away at some bread and hummus… Yikes! My goal for this coming week…? Much less processed and refined carbs, and more nutritious yum-yums! That’s going to be hard, but I think I can manage it!
    As far as being hungrier when I don’t exercise? That happens to me all the time! Whenever I’m not fit and in shape, I tend to eat more than I do when I am working out 5-6 days a week. Maybe it’s just because I’m more in tune with my body and really know what I need/don’t need. An interesting thing, to say the least! 🙂
    Yum yum yum, oats! 😀

  31. Serena says

    i also find i am hungrier when i don’t exercise, but only if i’m in the habit of exercising.
    for instance if i regularly exercise and take a day off, i’d be hungrier on my day off…but if i’m not exercising regularly and exercise one day, it doesn’t seem to make a difference.

    also, i am WAY hungrier in the winter.

  32. Melissa says

    I’m hungry all the time.

    Most hungry I’ve ever been was after my first marathon.
    I just kept tossing food in my stomach and it was like I was eating AIR. Nothing was touching how empty and hungry I felt. I ate ALL DAY and finally felt (over) full at midnight. It was wacky as hell!

    Second marathon I was super hungry but felt really sick to my stomach all day. 🙁 So I couldn’t eat as much as I wanted – I didn’t even finish my pint of Coconut Bliss (haha). Luckily, I woke up ravenous and made up for it the day after the race. 😉

  33. Cat says

    Interesting point about exercise being an appetite suppressant! I find myself hungrier on days that I don’t run/workout as well oddly. I used to think it was me not fueling properly or something, but it happens no matter how much or little I eat on a workout day. Point in case – after the Boston Marathon last year I really wasn’t so hungry and had only eaten an almond butter packet and a banana before the race. I fueled after throughout the day because I knew I had too, not so much out of raging hunger… the next day though? All I could think about was food and how to get it in my mouth!

  34. rachel says

    snickerdoodle oatmeal sounds amazing!
    i don’t really notice a change in my appetite when i do or don’t exercise. maybe because i don’t exercise as much as i should…. 😉

  35. Heather says

    I would definitely say that I have a larger appetite during the winter. It makes sense though, since our ancestors needed to pack on extra weight in the winter to keep warm. In the summer, I spend so much time outdoors doing different activities that I tend to forget to eat!

  36. PersonalTrainer CB says

    Hi! I don’t think exercise is an appetite suppressant, I think that what happens is that on rest days your body is recovering and needs the extra energy to refuel. Usually after exercise the muscles arent relaxed enough to receive food as they are on your rest days.

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