Superfoods Dessert

March 25, 2008

…er, breakfast!


I had all but decided to have pumpkin bread, egg and mango this morning but when it came down to making breakfast, my stomach wanted to be full of oatmeal. So oatmeal it was! But I compromised by adding pumpkin today (still have that open can from yesterday!) and finished it off with walnuts 5 dark chocolate chips!


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Breakfast was about 460 kcal, 13 grams fiber and 16 grams protein.


That was the temperature when I got up! We have a programmable thermostat (LOVE IT!) that usually kicks on the heat right before 5 a.m. but we have an emergency shut off switch that often gets knocked to “off” by my gym bag (this happened for the first time last winter and we didn’t know it and went without heat in a winter storm for 3 days before we figured out what was wrong!). Anyways, it was COLD this morning. I had hot tea to warm me up. I am loving the GoodEarth Vanilla Chai!


I am off to the gym as soon as I digest, then my two classes today. Should be home around 4pm with lunch! It’s a good one too! And I am certainly having pumpkin bread for a 4:00 snack today :)

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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1 eliza March 25, 2008 at 6:54 am

is pumpkin really good for you or do you just enjoy it?


2 Julz March 25, 2008 at 6:57 am

Kath…that picture of the chocolate chip is a little “x” rated for this type of blog…MAYBE NC-17?? hahaha, it is RIDICULOUSLY tempting :) Did you do the whipped version of this or just the regular kath’s classic (and the pumpkin added that creamy element?) OH and I’ve been meaning to ask you…Would spinach chips work too? I know they reduce to NOTHING and give off TONS of liquid, but maybe at a high enough temperature? Mmm, that would be delish!

Have a wonderful Tuesday:)


3 Julz March 25, 2008 at 6:58 am

By the way…that was NOT meant to read/associate as “NC-17/X” movies are tempting. Haha, JUST for the record!


4 Kath March 25, 2008 at 7:04 am

Pumpkin is a superfood and is REALLY good for you! It’s high in fiber, very low in calories and is full of good nutrients – especially the carotenoid antioxidants.

I did whipped with banana and stirred in the pumpkin at the end.

Sadly, I don’t think spinach chips would work. Kale is much thicker and stalkier and doesn’t really wilt. I think you’d end up with a pile of steamed spinach.



5 Katie March 25, 2008 at 7:11 am

Haha. That really DOES look like a dessert. A happy start to the morning, though!


6 Julz March 25, 2008 at 7:26 am

Yeah, I agree…Have you tried CABBAGE CHIPS? I know that Radishes cook up like chips, or heard that somewhere…maybe from YOU! haha thanks for getting back to me tho!


7 Becky A. March 25, 2008 at 7:32 am

About the “wet” doughy pumpkin bread…I’m not sure how you feel about boxed cake mixes, but if you mix a can of pumpkin with a boxed spice cake mix(thats all, no water or eggs or oil), and cook as the package directs, I think you might get the texture you’re looking for. I made muffins this way, and they were amazing and wet and doughy. Its not very natural (the boxed mix) but it sure is good!


8 VeggieGirl March 25, 2008 at 7:40 am

It’s funny how sometimes we plan to have one thing for a meal, but then crave something else – kudos for going with the oatmeal!! Looks BEYOND delectable.

Hope that your Tuesday IS terrific :0)


9 chandra March 25, 2008 at 7:48 am

Ha ha… I think our high temp for the day here is supposed to be 58*.. maybe a little less… and it is going to be WARM for us! :-) Too funny. Happy Tuesday!


10 claire March 25, 2008 at 7:56 am

looks yummy! It’s hard to find canned pumpkin in England, but I took a trip to the really posh grocery store this weekend and got some! I can’t wait to use it. I think that I’ll make the pumpkin pie cake microwave treat!


11 Nate March 25, 2008 at 8:01 am

Good Earth chais are the best! I picked up a taste for really strong tea during a few years living on the other side of the pond, and now other kinds (cough, Zhena’s Gypsy, cough) just taste like water. The quotes on the bags (“Don’t let it end like this; tell them I said something –last words, Pancho Villa”) crack me up too… Anyone else have tea recommendations?


12 Nate March 25, 2008 at 8:07 am

Claire: yeah, cooked pumpkin is really hard to find; my friends used to mail it over (at great expense) for Thanksgiving. I saw it at a Sainsbury’s once, but when I went back again, it was gone.


13 Megan March 25, 2008 at 8:10 am

You would think I’d know this since I’m reading through all your old posts, and I’m sure you’ve been asked a lot, so forgive me, but what kind of Kashi crackers do you eat? Aren’t there a few different varieties??


14 Cara March 25, 2008 at 8:46 am

Wow… that looks amazing………… I need to buy some pumpkin NOW. :-)


15 DaisyMAY March 25, 2008 at 8:46 am

Question for Kath or anyone else. Does anyone know if there is a website where you can type in what you have left over in your kitchen and make a recipe from it? I swear someone told me it existed. And if it doesn’t IT SHOULD


16 Romina March 25, 2008 at 8:47 am

Very smart move listening to your intuition, no use in ignoring your cravings. =) Nice compromise!


17 GreenTea March 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

Nate –

I LOVE yogi green tea as well as all flavors of tea from the Republic of Tea. My favorite is the pink lemonade green tea that they make (of course…:)), but the white and red teas I have tried are fantastic as well.


18 Nicole March 25, 2008 at 9:04 am


I always use this site when I have random leftovers. Even if they don’t have anything that fits exactly, there’s usually something similar that will work.

Hope that helps!


19 Amanda @ Down Home Dieting March 25, 2008 at 9:04 am

Pumpkin and Chocolate are my two favorite foods!
Have you seen Hungry Girls pumpkin oatmeal? I haven’t tried it yet, but it gets rave reviews on the WW boards.


20 Amanda @ Down Home Dieting March 25, 2008 at 9:09 am

Pumpkin and Chocolate are two of my favorite combos!

Have a great Tuesday!


21 claire March 25, 2008 at 9:15 am

Nate–you can get it at Waitrose–year round!


22 Carrie H March 25, 2008 at 9:24 am

Okay, you banana and book lovers …

I have a suggestion for you! My husband bought me a copy of Dan Koeppel’s “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World.” By the title, it sounds a little dramatic, but it is a great book! I am about halfway through … There is (banana) disease, political strife (caused by banana trade) … and delicious-sounding descriptions of bananas the world over. I can’t think of a better group than this recommend this book to!

Kath, your breakfast looks wonderful again. I had mango oatmeal this morning, courtesy of your suggestion a few weeks ago. Thanks for the nice e-mail yesterday, too. You are great!

Carrie H


23 arimcg March 25, 2008 at 9:25 am

I am all about chocolate in my breakfast. And my lunch. And dinner.


24 Lesli March 25, 2008 at 9:27 am

AllRecipes,, has a section called (I believe) “ingredients I want” or something to that effect, where you can put in specific items. Not exactly what to do with left overs but it could possibly be helpful. I love it!

And Kath, 58?? I would love 58 degrees! It was 27 when I walked to work this morning. Oh, spring, where are you?? Oatmeal looks delicious, like always, have a great day everyone!


25 Lesli March 25, 2008 at 9:33 am

(Ok for some reason my comments aren’t posting, at least I can’t see them, so if you can see them and I’m saying the same things over, I’m sorry!!!)

Try They have a section where you can type in certain ingredients you want and it will search for recipes including them. It may be helpful!

Kath, your oatmeal looks delicious, like always! And 58 degrees?? I would love 58! It was 27 when I walked to work this morning, brrrrr. Spring, where are you?

Have a great day everyone!!


26 BethT March 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

Ellie Krieger is cooking with Superfoods on her show this Saturday (saw it in my DVR) – should be good!


27 Ange C. March 25, 2008 at 9:53 am

Kath–or anyone else who may know this answer, What type of Smart Balance do you use? I checked them out yesterday and there were a few options. Just wondering which one you use and why. Many thanks!
BethT- I LOVE Ellie’s cooking show…thx for the notice!


28 Karen March 25, 2008 at 10:10 am

Yummy! I’m going to be picking up a can of pumpkin to try that!


29 Elizabeth March 25, 2008 at 10:19 am

DaisyMay, Lesli is right…try They have a TON of different ways to search for recipes, including by ingredients you want and don’t want. Find that search here:

You can also use some of their other searches as well! Hope that helps. :)

On another note, this may be a dumb question but does anyone know exactly where I shoud look in my grocery store for canned pumpkin? I went last night and trolled through the store looking for it in a bunch of different sections, and I couldn’t find it. Thanks! Have a great day all! :)


30 Elizabeth March 25, 2008 at 10:21 am

Lesli, I just posted and I can’t see my comment either. Weird.

Ok, have a great day! :)


31 Elizabeth March 25, 2008 at 10:26 am

And there I am. Sweet, now I look like an idiot. :)

Here’s what I tried to post before:

DaisyMay, Lesli is right, you should try You can search a lot of different ways, and by ingredients you want and ingredients you don’t want. Find that link here:

They also have several other searches available as well!

On another note, can anyone tell me where in the grocery store I would find canned pumpkin? I went trolling through the store last night looking in different sections, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Thanks all, have a great day! :)


32 Betsy March 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

i was thinking about why your pumpkin bread wasn’t doughy like Emma’s, and I think it was cause you used baking soda and she didn’t, and the baking soda will puff it out, making more bread like than dough like. Sound like a possible explanation???

Mmmm, melting chocolate.


33 Petite Yogini March 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

I like the close-up picture of the melting chocolate chip. Yum!


34 Kiala March 25, 2008 at 10:47 am

What? I can just put pumpkin in spice cake mix and ditch the egg and oil??? I LOVE THAT.

I’m doing it today. Not right this minute but later.

I said I’ll do it.



35 Amalia March 25, 2008 at 10:47 am

Not sure where you live, but Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf have amazing teas!! I love Winter Dream (seasonal) and Toffee Roobios! Unfortunately they are expensive :( Otherwise I like Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings – its really cinnamon-y and strong!


36 ccameron March 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

I was wondering if anyone had any good Zucchini Bread recipes?


37 rhodeygirl March 25, 2008 at 11:15 am

yum that looks so decadent and delicious!!

i just HAVE to share my lunch with you, i think it might be something you like….

i found this awesome recipe for artichoke pesto and tweaked it a bit to make it only 30 cals per 30 grams… it is SO delicious on a sandwich.

today i had a toasted english muffin with some of my new pesto and a grilled portabella mushroom.. openfaced of course. it is super low in calories and all good healthy stuff and this way as a volume eater you can have lots of yummy sides with it. i chose a spinach and cuke salad with hummus dressing and pumpkin yogurt yummm!

Artichoke pesto:
1 (8-ounce) pack frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 cup fresh parsley leaves, packed down
1/4-1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1-1 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

that’s about what i used i think? so so good!


38 GreenTea March 25, 2008 at 11:21 am

Hey all!

I was hoping some of you had some good ideas for reheatable, portable meals?!

I have a boyfriend about 3 hours away and he is helpless…I always take baked goods when I visit, but for once I’d like to take something he can eat for a few days…any ideas?


39 Amanda @ Down Home Dieting March 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

Have you seen the sugar free Hersey chocolate chips? I just found them at the grocery. Have you tried them?


40 Sonia March 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

Kath, I tried the vanila Chai and it rocks. Just got me going through the morning. I would also recommend the Lipton spiced chai with little skim milk.


41 rhodeygirl March 25, 2008 at 11:31 am

Hi GreenTea

I live in RI and my bf lives in Philly and I always bring him my leftovers (as long as they are not liquids since I fly, and no meat in them). Then he can just heat them up and add a favorite meat to it.

Some examples…
-bean salad with lots of different beans, scallions, hearts of palm, red wine vinegar and olive oil
-artichokes, sundried tomatoes and spinach sauteed on the stovetop (then he can add ground turkey and some pasta and have a complete balanced meal as well as fill up!)
-since you are driving you could make things like chilis loaded up with veggies, pureed soups, etc (homemade tomato sauce with lots of veggies is good for the boys to have on hand- i have found that my guy friends will put it on anything and are more inclined to cook at home)

when flying i put them in tupperware containers and then in a plastic bag (which i reuse over and over again). and when driving i just stack them in my backseat in the containers.

hope this helps!


42 Julie March 25, 2008 at 11:37 am

This website is a good idea: (as someone posted above), but I find the ingredients are very limited…it didnt have zucchini or ham on the list =(


43 Lindsay March 25, 2008 at 11:51 am

Yum ~ Kath, that looks so good like your pumpkin pie! How much pumpkin did you add to your oats? I usually only add about 1/4 cup, but after seeing yours I think I have to add more!


44 Leah March 25, 2008 at 11:52 am

Claire- thanks for the Waitrose tip!! I also live in England and sometimes have a hard time finding the same products. Like KASHI for example! Know anywhere that we can get it?

Ps- where abouts are you in the UK? I’m in Birmingham :)


45 Ally March 25, 2008 at 12:07 pm

that oatmeal… oh my!

I wish I had another can of pumpkin!


46 rhodeygirl March 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm


Try the baking section. Usually below the premade pie crusts on a shelf. Kath eats Libby’s brand (as do I now that she introduced me to it!)

enough of me hogging the comments section haha!

happy toooosday!


47 Kath March 25, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Becky A.,
Thanks for the rec, but I’m hoping to be able to make something from scratch. I have heard about that cake mix method – for brownies too!

Carrie H,
Mmmmm….ba – na – na. (Homer Simpson voice)

Lesli, Amanda, and Elizabeth,
Your posts went into spam – no idea why! Hopefully it won’t happen again because I un-spammed you :)

Ange C,
I’m pretty sure we have the Olive Oil Light Smart balance. It’s 45 kcal per tbsp.

Betsy ,
Good guess, but I ALSO left out the baking powder (hoping it would turn out like hers!). Any other ideas!? I think I just needed more liquid. I bet her flour absorbed less than mine.

rhodeygirl ,
Artichoke pesto! I’m not a huge fan of artichoke dip, so that’s what I’m thinking it would be like, but I will write down the combo!

Lindsay ,
It was half a cup. I always think it’s going to be too much but it turns out perfect!



48 Kat's Veggie Life March 25, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I will definately be putting pumpkin in my oats tomorrow. I have a new love and apreciation for pumpkin. I never thought of eating it before reading this blog. I really thought it was only meant for pumpkin pie. I suppose this will make my blog boring if I copy Kath all the time though! Her breakfasts just always sound so good I cannot resist trying them.


49 Kelly L. March 25, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Pumpkin question!!

I have tried adding pumpkin to my oatmeal but it’s so bland and bitter! Any suggestions for making it more pumpkin pie like?


50 Tsbrown March 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Hi all. Seriously, how much water do you drink a day? I brought in a gallon jug this morning. Been visiting the restroom alot too!


51 Kath March 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Two words: brown sugar :mrgreen:



52 Tara March 25, 2008 at 12:42 pm

HAHAHAHA Funny thing. So while making oatmeal this morning, I went to get some chocolate chips to put on it. As I reached for the container, I laughed to myself and thought, “This would never fly on KERF (unless it was in a trail mix!)”

How funny!


53 Melissa March 25, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Hey Kath – guess I’m full of questions today :) When you had gained some weight in college, was there a “problem area” that you had? If so, how’d you overcome it? Now you are TINY! So adorable :) I am almost at my goal weight (same height but about 128#) but I can’t seem to lose weight in my butt/hip/thigh area and it’s very aggravating! I hope you had had the same problem so you could give some advice :)

Also, I was looking at your pre-weight loss pictures. Your body shape looks like it totally changed! Especially your arms – now they looks really small yet toned. Do you have a set workout for weights you do at the gym that you do or just wing it to get some strength training in?


54 Stacy March 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm


I have a 32 oz. water bottle and I drink at least 2 a day. If I’m just doing a light workout (strength training or a walk) I’ll drink ~2. On days that I run I try to drink 3 because although it’s not a fun trait I’m someone who seems to sweat a lot when I run :)

I do understand the problem with the constant bathroom breaks though.


55 Tsbrown March 25, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Thanks Stacy! I just wanted a benchmark! Anyone else have thoughts on water consumption?


56 JennS March 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Hi TsBrown, i also use a 32 oz bottle and drink 2 a day, i just feel “cleaner” despite the bathroom breaks :) anyone agree?


57 Melissa March 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I agree with the northern girls, if it were 58 degrees out, I might just wear shorts. Although 58 is pretty chilly inside!

I wonder if chard chips would work, it’s kind of like kale.

Beth T–I love Ellie Krieger, lots of her videos are online at Food Network too!


58 Rae March 25, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Kelly L.,

I use a tbsp of SF syrup….only 15 kcal, yet so satisfying…just like pumpkin pie!! Also, sometimes a lil splash of vanilla helps!


59 DL March 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I was wondering everyone’s thoughts on Skippy’s Natural Peanut Butter (roasted peanuts, sugar, palm oil, salt)?

Also, recently someone mentioned about the harmful effects of plastic bottles and the chemicals released, particularly those bottles with the #7 in a triangle on the bottom. I looked at the one I use, #5 in a triangle. Anyone know if this is okay?



60 Ana March 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

hey all! woke up and it was SNOWING today, so I would love a little Spring! ^_^ I don’t think you girls should worry so much about water consumption. I read somewhere (Self maybe?) that bodies don’t actually need the same amount of water and need different amounts different days (i.e. more exercise one day, etc) It depends on the individual. Also, tea, coffee, lemonade, milk, etc. are included as fluids. Many people forget that a lot of fruits and veggies contain water too! I hardly drink my 16oz water bottle in one day, but eat lots of water-dense foods, drink tea, and always hydrate when I get thirsty. It’s another one of those “listen to your body” things. If your thirsty, you need to drink, if not, don’t force that water down!^_^


61 claire March 25, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I’m in Cambridge. I haven’t seen Kashi over here, but the next time that I’m in London I’m going to check at the new Whole Foods.


62 Ryane March 25, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Can’t remember where to go and find this –

What site do y’all use for tracking mileage and the like when you run around outside? A google something or other… ???


63 Betsy March 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I drink about 4-5 Nalgene’s (32oz) a day. I’ve alwasy been a big water drinker though…and I sweat alot when I exercise so it goes hand in hand.

I use


64 Michelle (this one, not the other one) March 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Please find enclosed hello Kath and readers! I have a question for any of you calorie counters. I picked up some pre-marinated bourbon salmon from my fish monger for dinner, but I am not sure what calorie count to use. The ingredients include soy, brown sugar, bourbon, canola oil and spices. Now, I do not normally buy pre-marinated items, but this is the only salmon my husband will eat and I have been craving salmon. Anyway, on Calorie King Atlantic Salmon is listed at 52 kcals per oz, but when I look up Bourbon Salmon it says it is 30 kcals per oz. Now, I am not scientist….but it seems like salmon with a marinade would have more calories and plain raw salmon….so I am not sure which one to use as my calorie count. I know it is not a huge difference either way, but I am curios. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for any insight! M.


65 Brianne March 25, 2008 at 2:07 pm

DL- #5 plastic does not contain the chemical BPA that most #7’s do. It is considered a safe plastic (it is also the plastic *most* tuber ware is made of).

Here is a link to some more info:

Here is a good cheat sheet:


PS. Kath, your oatmeal looks soooo yummy!


66 Michelle (this one, not the other one) March 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm

PS: I’m not an English teacher either…there are a few grammar errors. opps!!


67 Nicole (the other one) March 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm

TsBrown – I also use a 32 oz bottle and try to drink 2 each day while at work. If I don’t finish the second one, I usually make up for it at the gym that evening. It’s 3:30 here, and I’ve been to the restroom at least 7 times today. Think of it as exercise 😉


68 KarenR March 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I just read (in Self?) that you need an oz of water for every inch you are in height. I thought that was a handy guide. I imagine you would need more during exercise. I generally don’t count the water I drink while I work out, figuring (in my typical, highly precise fashion) it will “even out.” Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s a technical term.


69 Anne March 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Ryane — I use It’s awesome.


70 Leah March 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Claire- great idea! I didn’t know there was a Whole Foods there. I might check it out next week when i’m there. I’ll keep you posted.


71 Kath March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Melissa ,
I’ve always been a “fat all over” type. I gained it equally in all areas – which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes a very bad thing! My biggest problem area has always been my stomach – I lose it last and gain it first there. Actually, I can tell if I’ve put on the slightest bit of weight now just by looking at my stomach in a mirror. So just keep at it and your thighs and butt will catch up to the rest of you :) The same with my arms – it’s more the overall fat loss than a specific toning routine. I try to work my biceps, triceps, shoulders, front shoulders (are those delts?!), back, and chest 3 times a week. I think the more VARIETY of exercises you can do it much better than having one “golden” routine that works. I really noticed the definition in my arms changing when I added pull-ups. Perhaps those are somewhat magical!

Michelle (this one),
My guess is that the marinade is pretty thin so it doesn’t make a huge difference per ounce. I often use Wegman’s info for items I get from the grocery store, as CalorieKing has tons of deli-case items from them. I think the easiest thing to do is to just log the salmon plain and add in a tbsp or less of any marinade to account for the difference.




72 Bigelow Tea March 26, 2008 at 7:55 am

Perhaps some more Vanilla Chai to go with that Pumpkin Bread snack? Here’s some fun info. on Chai to peruse as you digest… Julie for Bigelow Tea


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