Biking Is Good For Digestion…..

October 14, 2008

Yes, a Part III.

Why do I keep overeating!?!? I definitely have “Free Food Syndrome” = can’t stop eating when it’s put in front of me! At least I have the biking to balance it out :mrgreen:

This afternoon I had a lovely piece of Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip bread with PB + J, plus an end piece of our newest loaf: Flax Oat Bran. Mmmm!! It’s a lot like Kath’s Breakfast Bread that the husband invented earlier this year.


After some school work I hopped on my bike and headed up to EarthFare. I accidentally took the long way, which took me about 35 minutes instead of 30ish.

I whirled around the sample stations on the way to the cafe. I had a BANANA bite covered in flax seed and a sample of this awesome aged gouda –


And maybe one more thing that I can’t remember??

Chef Husband did a great job with his demo!! There wasn’t a huge crowd, but that meant more samples for those of us who did show up :)

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We started with some edamame –


Followed by 2 slices BBQ Baked Tofu (my recipe stolen from Gliding Calm!!). He used this recipe but used EarthFare’s BBQ Sauce (and slightly over-charred it!)


Plus a huge side of sesame kale. It’s raw in a sauce of sesame oil, tamari, ginger and other spices. SO GOOD. Not low-calorie though due to the oils.


And more…


And more!!


And more…


And then the star: Easy Peanut Butter Pie! It was quite good and very easy to make. I would say it tasted like soy milk and peanut butter. I actually kind of pigged out on the batter used in the demo at the end, which tasted like a peanut butter smoothie!!! (Sorry, it was unphotogenic.) Maybe I should make my own tofu-peanut butter smoothie soon….hmmmm…..


While I didn’t feel like I was eating that much, some quick math tells me I overdid it – esp. with the pie batter on top! But that’s Ok. Everything I ate was healthy.

The lovely AnneP should be safe and sound in Prague by now, where she’s going to be teaching English. Before she crossed the ocean, she sent me a package of Kashi coupons for $1 off cereal and crackers!!!!!! Noting on Sunday that EarthFare had Kashi on sale for $2.99, I went back tonight with my coupons and got 2 new ones to try!!


Plus I got a new tea on sale –


And 2 new bulk bin surprises. I’m having one for breakfast tomorrow :)

My poor other half has been up all night working his two shifts, so I’m going to tuck him into bed before I do some nutrition reading.


OH YEAH – and remember how mad I was when I realized that I had Micro lab this week? Well I found out this afternoon that BOTH – I repeat – BOTH of my Thursday nutrition classes are canceled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That means a whole extra day of Fall Break!!! Sweeeeeeet!

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1 magpie October 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Yay fall break! Gliding Calm’s tofu is great :)

Celestial Seasonings has so many great teas – I love the holiday flavours, and always stock up when they come out… which should be soon!

Have a good night :)


2 Amy October 14, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I love Celestial Seasonings too– I just bought Gingerbread Spice (a holiday flavor). The peanut butter pie looks delicious! And if you’ve never tried Kashi’s VIVE cereal, you’re in for a treat…it’s really delicious and has a unique graham cracker taste. I love it, hope you do too 😀

Have a nice evening!


3 coco October 14, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Free food is always hard to resist!


4 Megan October 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Love the pics of Matt doing the chef thing!

That pie looks amazing!


5 Bridget October 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

YAy for cancelled classes!!!!

Yum that tofu looks great! I really need to dive back into tofu and use it more.

I have the EXACT SAME problem…if it’s there in front of me I’m going to have some…even if it’s just a bite…all those bites add up…

That bread looks so goooood!


6 Biz319 October 14, 2008 at 8:14 pm

What a fun day! Your biking will even things out, don’t worry!

Matt is going to sleep like a log tonight – hope he doesn’t have to get up early tomorrow!!

Yea for the extra day!!!!!!!


7 Meghann October 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

I always have “Free Food Syndrome” in the back of my head I believe free food is also calorie food, even though that is sooo not true, but boy do I wish it was!!

Looks like some good eats. Chef Matt is too cute! You should be proud :)


8 SmA033 October 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

hey kath– i’ve been looking for gliding calm’s baked tofu recipe but i can’t seem to find it. I know it can’t be that hard, but can you tell me what it is please??


9 VeggieGirl October 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm


Matt did a fabulous job with the demo!!

Enjoy your Free Thursday coming up!! :-)


10 zestycook October 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm

OK Three things…

Pie looks amazing :)

Matt is looking sharp doing the demo – I am jealous

Yay for lab cancelled!!


11 Fancy October 14, 2008 at 8:55 pm

I have been eating banana bread larabars for months (love them) and today….my label….suddenly said “banana cookie”!?!? Has anyone else noticed this change? It tasted the same, I’m just curious if the nutritional info is the same. How random is that?!?

Matt, it looks like you did a great job today! :)


12 Fancy October 14, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Ooooh I more thing…

Whatever happened to your idea of sometimes featuring readers’ lunches? I loved that idea, it would be interesting to see….but I think you only did it once. I vote for you to bring that back—great idea! :)


13 caitlin October 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm

hahaha was he embarassed you took a picture of him!?

im so proud matt is following his baking dream


14 Gliding Calm October 14, 2008 at 9:22 pm

SMA033- Hey! My recipe is pretty simple! Cut your extra firm block into any-sized pieces…press/bloat some of the excess water with a paper towel….rub with a mixture of Sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce (optional), ginger powder, honey or brown sugar, and some pepper (optional) and bake at 425 or 450 for about 30 to 40 minutes, flipping once. VIOLA! I pretty much eat it 6 days a week almost!!!

Thanks for the shout out Kath! I really appreciate it!! :)

And yay for another day of break!!

Have a lovely evening!


15 Cara October 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm

You make me want to get a bike!

I will definitely be looking at your recipe for the tofu. I still have not perfected the best way to make it. Thanks for the tips. :-)


16 emmy October 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Yum! That all sounds fantastic! By the way, I just made a soup recipe from Shape I think most Kath readers (and you too Kath!) would enjoy, anyone let me know if they want the rec.


17 Hil October 14, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Oh my goodness, that kale looks delicious. I put soy sauce and sesame oil on EVERYTHING, but it never occurred to me to try it on kale. Can we get an exact recipe for this?


18 Mel October 14, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Your tofu looks really good, and I’m not crazy about tofu. Plus that salad sounds yummy too. Your husband is too cute doing his demo.


19 Krista (kristaskravings) October 14, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Hi Kath,
I bought a box of Kashi Vive and I love it! It’s awesome as a yogurt topper….


20 Grounded Fitness October 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm

aw hubbie looks so happy! everyone should be so lucky when it comes to their career.

and free food? added plus!!

Kelly Turner


21 Katie October 14, 2008 at 10:54 pm

That tea is one of my roomie’s favorites. I just bought a whole bunch of kale and baked half for kale chips, but I was deciding what to do with the rest. I think I might try out Matt’s recipe, it looks delish!


22 Marlow October 14, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I love Vive! You’re in for a treat!


23 madison (follow my weigh) October 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

oooh cherish that extra day off!! i’ve tried the toasted graham kashi cereal…i liked it! hehe the “part III” made me laugh =D


24 Thinspired October 15, 2008 at 12:47 am

Gliding Calm–Love your tofu and I’ve even put a few different twists on it but the original is the best I think.

Kath-I make a smoothie that sounds a bit like your husband’s pie–vanilla soymilk, banana, PB, and cinnamon…sometimes some added vanilla protein powder. SO YUMMY!


25 Ashley C. October 15, 2008 at 2:59 am

Woo hoo for longer break!
I always eat too much food when it’s in front of me and free as well. The free part gets me because if it’s free I think I should eat it (ex: samples at costco :-P) It’s alright though since it’s all healthy like you said.
Those cereals look good, can’t wait to hear what you think of them!


26 kwaze October 15, 2008 at 4:06 am

The tofu actually sounds pretty good,…and I am not a big fan either. Which brand/type should I buy to make that recipe? Thanks!


27 EllCee October 15, 2008 at 5:54 am

Man, I wish we had an Earthfare. And that tofu looks awesome. I follow tips from all over the place on how to make tofu well and still cannot get it like restaurants do it after A LOT of trails.

On an unrelated note, has the husband lost a lot of weight since you guys got married? I’m fairly new to this blog and have only seen pics of him you have on here around your wedding. He looks a lot thinner. (not implying anything-and I KNOW you know how to cook well :)


28 Kath October 15, 2008 at 6:22 am

Fancy ,
No one emailed me their lunches when I asked for submissions!! I guess I can remind you all :)

caitlin ,
I don’t think he was embarrassed- he likes attention :)

emmy ,
Which one!?

Hil ,
That one is EarthFare’s recipe and not ours, but the ingredients I listed just make a dressing (and maybe there’s some ginger/cayenne involved too?). I would just play around with it. Oh, there was DEFINITELY garlic because I am tasting it today :(

kwaze ,
I think he used Nasoya Extra Firm. Just make sure your package doesn’t say “Silken” on it and get Firm or Extra Firm.

EllCee ,
He hasn’t lost a lot of weight, but maybe a few pounds. He is certainly more active now and isn’t going to Chinese buffets every Friday like he did when he was working in insurance 😉



29 leslie October 15, 2008 at 7:36 am

I’ve never commented before, but Kath I’ve been addicted to your blog for months now. The blog is fantastic and inspiring!

I had to comment for Anne P though! I just moved back to the US after spending a year in Prague! I don’t know if you’ll read this, but please let me know if you have any questions; I’m absolutely more than happy to answer! And I can give some good restaurant recommendations. :) Have an amazing time – Prague is every bit as incredible as they say!


30 Lee October 15, 2008 at 7:49 am

Have you tried the Celestial Seasonings Almond Sunset dessert tea? I highly recommend it if you like sweet teas. If you put a little milk in it, it doesn’t even need sweetener.


31 Teddy October 15, 2008 at 9:34 am

AH i just went to a cooking demo too! How fun are they? i want to go as many as possible b/c someday I’ll have to do one, eek



32 runjess October 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

I just put the easy peanut butter pie recipe in my list!


33 Katie Mc October 15, 2008 at 10:04 am

I love tofu! I went to camp last year and everyday they had a tofu alternate entree. I am not a vegetarian but I always the tofu options. My favorites were tofu fried rice and tofu teriyaki. The chef also made a tofu chocolate mousse that was A-mazing. Matt made a great meal, maybe he’ll get a cooking show one day!


34 Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

Yeah, husband on your first demo!!!

How amazing does that pie look?! I love PB so I would be all over it. 😀


35 emmy October 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Kath – it’s from an oooold issue. I posted the recipe on my blog but it’s really basic:

2 C chicken broth, boil. Add in 1lb chopped chicken breast (I would rec. less), bring back up to boil. Add 4 chopped plum tomatos, 2 chopped zuccini, simmer 10minutes. Season with a ‘lil salt and pepper. Dole into 4 bowls, top with a bit of parm. and preprepared pesto. For 4 servings it is about 240calories.

This would be easy to split to make for two too.


36 michelle October 16, 2008 at 7:30 am

Hi Kath,
I just wanted to stop by and tell you that i love your blog and all that you share here!! I am learning a lot!!!



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