Across The Fruited Grains

July 28, 2008

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I was in the mood for fruit this morning because we have a fresh stock from the grocery store: blueberries, strawberries, plums, peaches, bananas. So for ease of access, I decided to have fruit over cold cereal instead of oatmeal.

I put about a cup of the remainder of a box of TJ’s High Fiber Fruit + Nut in the bottom of my bowl plus about another half cup of TJ’s High Fiber worms.

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On went half a banana, about 1/3 cup strawberries, and about 1/3 cup blueberries, plus hemp milk for moisture.

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I’m headed to the gym in an hour or so and have plans to tackle my to-do list all day.

Have a good one D)

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1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 28, 2008 at 8:31 am

Yum! I love all those fruits :)

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2 Leah July 28, 2008 at 8:37 am

Hi Kath! I did an amazing 3.5 mile run today almost without stopping and I was wondering what you do to combat the hills on your run! I had to stop and walk three times during my run and it was all due to hills. I’ve never been a hill runner and I was very annoyed that I couldn’t make it up them. Any advice on this? I have to say that i’ve made a huge improvement in my runs, so thanks for all the advice of you and the other readers!!

Does anyone else have advice on hill running??

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3 Betsy July 28, 2008 at 8:52 am

there’s nothing better than a s***load of fruit in the summer. that’s all i’ve been eating.

Leah
short, strong, steady steps on the hills. I used to be really bad a hills but I just kept trying and trying and eventually they became much easier. But, honestly, the type of step I take when run hills is so important and makes it so much easier. And don’t worry-a lot of us have to stop on hills!!! they’re hard!! just keep working on it.

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4 Heather July 28, 2008 at 9:09 am

Ha! Nice title :)

I’m loving all of these fresh berries right now- just bought a HUGE container of blueberries yesterday. Yum.

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5 mom July 28, 2008 at 9:20 am

Yes, nice reference to “America the Beautiful.”

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6 VeggieGirl July 28, 2008 at 9:32 am

Ahh, an abundance of fruit = perfect start to one’s day :0) Have a good one!!

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7 grace July 28, 2008 at 9:36 am

To break my hill problem, I spent a day or two a week just running up and down a steep hill. It really helped and now I can do them on my regular run. The steep ones are still tough, but I get so excited that I made it to the top without walking, it keeps me going. Also, just jog slow and steady up the hills and down them too, so you don’t tire yourself out. Good luck!

Kath, you have accomplished making a high fiber cereal look delicious! I can’t wait to make that combo.

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8 Debbie July 28, 2008 at 9:38 am

That looks so yummy! I’m goin’ blueberry pickin’ tomorrow with my girlfriend and her daughter, can’t wait!

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9 Debbie July 28, 2008 at 9:39 am

Oh does that ever look yummy!

I’m goin’ blueberry pickin’ tomorrow with my girlfriend and her daughter, can’t wait!

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10 Justy2003 July 28, 2008 at 9:44 am

All that fruit…I just love summer-time produce!

There’s no hills here in Texas to run up/down…just lots of flat land!

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11 Allison K. July 28, 2008 at 10:01 am

Such a beautiful, summer morning breakfast!

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12 Katie July 28, 2008 at 10:07 am

Oh, YUM! I LOOOOOOOOVe the fresh fruit of summer. Looks DELICIOUS! :)

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13 kristin point July 28, 2008 at 10:12 am

There are lots of hills where I run and what helps me the most it to push myself to run faster than usual up the hill using long strides to “get it over with”. Running slowly up a hill seems to drain more energy out of me than faster. Thinking about how good hills are to tone my butt up helps me get me through them as well :)

Also, when I used to run with my Dad he always said “never stop, just slow down if you need to” and it really stuck with me. For me, its harder to “start back up” with running when I take a walking break. This is just my preference, but a lot of people swear by the walk/run combo. Goodluck!

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14 CourtneyS July 28, 2008 at 10:16 am

When I’m doing hills (or stairs, for that matter), I just pretend I’m still running on a flat surface. My mind and my body might disagree, but it always seems to help!

Mmmmm, fruit this time of year is the BEST.

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15 Sarah July 28, 2008 at 10:18 am

Leah—If theres an insanely huge hill, I’ll pick a spot as my goal (maybe a trash can, a tree, telephone pole, etc.) and make it there. From that point on, I’ll walk. I don’t consider it quitting because it’s not…its just picking an attainable goal, and succeeding with it.

Once at the top, I start with a slow jog and use the down hill to regain my composure…

Keep picking further goals once you feel yourself strengthening. You might even find that you can run to a second goal rather then your first one because you’re feeling better then you thought you would be.

Whats really helped me, though, is making sure I make goals I can acheive. It prevents having a “quitter mindset” and also prevents overly strenuous exercise that might prevent you from being able to run further/stronger.

Good luck! :)

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16 Jill - GlossyVeneer July 28, 2008 at 10:25 am

The spoon shot is stunning.

As for the hill running, I find that focusing on my posture also helps. If you slump forward too much, it can drain you more than standing up straight. The short-term goals on the hill is a good suggestion too, just make your goal a little further each time.

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17 Christie July 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

I agree about the spoon shot. I am in awe of how you kept that still while taking the photo!

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18 Jenn July 28, 2008 at 10:55 am

Kath, I’m sure you’ve answered this before (sorry), but what kind of camera do you use? That spoon shot is so gorgeous and I would love to be able to experiment with the focus of my camera, etc. but I seem to have trouble with close-up shots. I just thought I’d ask in case your camera has a feature that mine is missing.

I love how you call them “worms” – great way to distinguish them from the O’s :)

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19 Sara July 28, 2008 at 11:11 am

Yum! You’re fruit looks so delicious. I wish I had that for breakfast this morning. :)

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20 JenP July 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

Leah,
When I encounter hills on the routes that I run, I’ve found that it helps to take smaller, quicker steps to power yourself up them faster. And like Sarah said, keep telling yourself that when you reach the top, you can slow down a little bit to recover. I ran my first half marathon this past May and I only started hill training during the end of my training cycle. I want to incorporate more hill work for my next one….but its tough because I hate them so much! :)

My mantra when I’m running is “Did you come this far to quit now?” It helps to keep me going when I REALLY want to stop, especially when I remember how proud of myself I’m going to be later!

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21 cindy July 28, 2008 at 11:18 am

Hi Kath- A while back you mentioned you would be reading some nutritional books. Do you have any recommendations you could pass along to us novices? Hope you have a good day.

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22 Chelsea July 28, 2008 at 11:27 am

I went to the evil (and yummy) yogurt place last night and my cup looked a lot like your bowl this morning! Vanilla FroYo, mango, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, and honey-YUM.

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23 Hallie July 28, 2008 at 11:47 am

Hey everyone, has anyone made the Trader’s Joe’s cornbread? I am making it tonight and the recipe on the box calls for one egg, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/2 cup oil. That seems like a TON of oil and I’d like to cut it down, but I don’t want the bread to be dry. Any ideas?

I didn’t know if using applesauce would make it too sweet/apple-y or if I cut the oil down to 1/4 or 1/3 cup if I should add some more milk or water to make up for it. This is about as close as I get to baking, so any advice is really appreciated!

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24 SarahH July 28, 2008 at 11:55 am

Hallie, Use buttermilk or low fat sour cream instead of plain milk. I also like to put a handful of corn in my cornbread.

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25 magpie July 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Your fruit looks delicious :)

kristin – my dad says the same thing, and for me it’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten. he’s been running for… I don’t know, a long time (he’s 51 now) and he looks like he’s barely 40.

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26 Jenn July 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm

kath, will you start posting your shopping trips again? thanks!

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27 Gliding Calm July 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I just had some TJ’s High Fiber Cereaaaaaaaaal too! What a coinkidink!

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28 Ozlem July 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Hi kath,

Where do you buy hemp milk and how do you like it?? Thx!!

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29 Kel July 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Up Hill Running:

My best advice after numerous hill workouts is from my cross country coach he would always shout “drop your arms and pick up your knees”….That translates to keeping your arms down so the blood can circulate and keeps you from feeling less tense and tired and wasting additional energy. You should also pick up your knees because concentrating on that will provide you the power to push through your tiredness and power through the hill. I find concentrating on one fluid movement along with a mantra of your choosing helps boost you through those tired parts of your run!…My mantra “Don’t Stop, get it, get it…” Whatever keeps your spirits high!?

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30 Kel July 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Also, Kath…

I have been reading your blog for awhile now and have REALLY enjoyed your creative food concoctions! I know you have numerous projects on top of school to keep you busy but have you ever thought of starting a small catering business on the side to test out some of your new creations??…Just a thought!

Thank you again for your creative input on food!

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31 mh July 28, 2008 at 1:24 pm

kath, just wondering why do you feel the need to measure your strawberries and blueberries? why don’t you just throw some on? and are you still counting calories? thanks!

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32 Kath July 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Leah ,
Lots of good hill advice! I will sometimes walk up one if its particularly steep. No shame – just keep moving and start running when you can. After medium to small hills, I just slow my pace a second to catch my breath at the top and speed up again when I can.

Jenn ,
Sony Cybershot DSC-W50. I could use a new one soon…

cindy,
I haven’t started any of them, but I want to re-read SuperFoods and Intuitive Eating and I have Skinny Bitch that someone gave me that I feel the need to read to form an opinion. I also have Volumetrics and Good Calories, Bad Calories that I want to read. And Botany of Desire. Too many!!

Jenn ,
The reason I’m so inconsistent with my grocery posts is that I’m often in a big hurry and/or starving when I return from the store and need to get the groceries away ASAP. It takes a while to get everything out of bags and lined up for a photo. I will try to remember this week and will leave out the refrigerated items if possible. We’ve also been going more sporadically so there’s not one big summary photo to take.

Ozlem ,
I buy it at EarthFare and love it because it tastes like vanilla marshmallows.

Kel ,
Small-scale catering is one of my hopes for my private practice business some day. I’d love to be able to offer catering of healthy lunches or dinner parties to clients – or even a personal chef-type service. But I won’t be able to do that until I’m an R.D. and have the proper insurance and a business plan and all that. But it’s definitely an interest!

mh ,
Could you please ask a little nicer? I didn’t actually measure them – they were thrown on. I note portions for you readers because it’s often hard to tell from the photos how much of something there is. Some readers found the calorie counts very helpful, and I feel approximating portions is a way to give them an idea of how much of something there was so they can look up the calories if they choose.

Kath

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33 mh July 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I’m sorry Kath, I totally didn’t mean to sound rude! I love the blog and all your hard work. I just didn’t know if you measured them in order to see how many servings of fruit you get or for cals or just for us. Sorry again if I sounded rude- that was not my intention at all! have a great day! your weekend looked so fun btw!

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34 Kath July 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm

mh ,
No worries! I just get frustrated sometimes when I’m doing something with the best intentions and it’s taken the wrong way!

Kath

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35 mh July 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm

also, is it possible to eat too many servings of fruit a day? sometimes I find myself eating 7-9 sevings bc I love it so much but I know it has sugar (natural) and carbs (good carbs) but just wondered if I was overdoing it! I just love it!

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36 mh July 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm

thanks kath!

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37 JJ125 July 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm

RE: Shopping pictures

I always take all of my food out and put it on the coutertops when bringing groceries in. Separated perishable and non-perishable. I do this because my mom always told me it wastes energy to keep opening up the fridge and closing it if you are putting food away one thing at a time. Laying out all your perishables and then putting them all away at once is easier. So maybe something to think about 1. to save energy and 2. to make picture-taking easier?

Also for me it seems to cut down on actual putting-away time since I am such a nerd about everything going into the fridge in a certain place.

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38 Leah July 29, 2008 at 12:55 am

Thanks everyone for the great hill advice! I’m going to definitely try some of those strategies in todays run :)

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