An Apple A Day

January 29, 2009

I can’t believe I’ve done yoga nearly every day for over a month. Well, I guess closer to 4x a week, but I’m still impressed since for years I fought with it. I think it was just telling myself I only had a do a few minutes of relaxing yoga to get me started. After that it’s been a growing snowball effect. This morning I lit candles all around the room and did YogaDownload’s Power Yoga #4. As an intermediate class, it was challenging! Definitely more of a shoulder workout than anything else. I can tell that since crossing the “I want more challenge” threshold the “I want a longer session” one is coming soon.  Question: Has anyone tried Forest Yoga? There isn’t a 20-minute free download to try it, but I like what I’ve read about it. I hope they also include forest sounds in the music!

Next came Apple Cinnamon Raisin Almond Oatmeal.

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I chopped up a whole apple and put it in the pot with some raisins, oats, milk, water, pinch salt, tsp vanilla, tsp cinnamon. 

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Finally I could match my leftover Apple Ginger Spice bar with apple flavor! I still have the bars with the old school packaging :)

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Honestly, something was off about this bowl and I think it was the apple. I kept getting waves of freezer burn taste!!?? I tried to single out each ingredient and I’m almost positive it was the apple. Strange. Apples are no bananas :)

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Yerba Mate Dark Roast tea.

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Could I be happier that the sun is shining today – and should be out all weekend!?!? If only it was 85*….

Get PinQue

My good friend Michelle started a blog, PinQue, where she celebrates all things fashion and glamour!   She’s been rounding up coupons and sales, reviewing mascara (IS there a perfect mascara out there?) and she even blogged about how stylish oats are these days

PSA: Foodservice

Warning for any R.D.’s to be. Did you know that a good portion of the R.D. curriculum is foodservice? Not just planning a menu for a hospitalized patient or knowing the food safety rules, but ….oven + range specs, work flow, managing a staff of kitchen employees, payroll, purchase orders, and did I mention EQUIPMENT SPECS!?!?!?   (Sorry, Dr. SR, if you’re reading this, but you know where my interests lie!) Anyway, I had NO IDEA when I started my program that I was getting into all of this. So FYI!!

This semester we have to design a restaurant – top to bottom. Layout, menu, kitchen design, electrical design, POs, ordering food, etc. It’s not due until April, but I must get started ASAP if I don’t want to go insane!

Hope you all have a nice day!

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1 Charlie Hills January 29, 2009 at 9:21 am

Oooo… Freezer Burn Oatmeal. I don’t think I’ll give that one a try. :)


2 Diana January 29, 2009 at 9:21 am

haha – apples are no bananas – you’re right about that! the oats look good though! off to check out your friend’s blog!


3 megan January 29, 2009 at 9:28 am

I did yoga for the first time ever last night! that 9 minute segment of another blogger’s that you featured. first time ever! I felt relaxed :)


4 evan January 29, 2009 at 9:32 am

it may have been the apple skins! i made apple oatmeal all the time, but sadly have to peel the apples because they give off a funky taste when unpeeled. try that next time :)


5 Cousin Crystal January 29, 2009 at 9:34 am

I too had no idea about the food service aspect of nutrition when I got started. At my school, we did a whole year of food service…Food Service Systems Management was so boring…even the title puts me to sleep. The labs made it a little more interesting for me…we had to visit several institutions and observe their kitchens in action. My most interesting kitchen was at a local jail…they had several rules – such as counting the cooking utensils several times per day – that made it different from the schools and hospitals we visited.


6 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 29, 2009 at 9:39 am

Hey Kath! Those oats look mightyyyy beautiful-even if they were not perfect!!–and i have to second you on the banana concept-i just made my oats with banana while reading ur post and realized they just fit-i cant WAIT to read that article on the blog your friend started! Oats are the BEST and the toppings make my day-they allow us to be creative and taste it. yumminess!
congrats with the yoga expansion Kath! it’s been really fun watching you grow and practice YOGA!!


7 VeggieGirl January 29, 2009 at 9:47 am



8 Laine January 29, 2009 at 9:47 am

Do you mean Forrest Yoga? After Ana Forrest who designed it?
If you google her name, you’ll find an awesome demo on YouTube, didn’t want to include the link for fear I’d land in the spam folder. Obviously, she is doing the super advanced stuff.

It looks like a great kind of yoga.


9 Ashley January 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

I can relate to how you’re feeling about your school program. I’m in food technology and some of the stuff we’re learning is like WHY do we have to know that in such detail when MAYBE one of us might actually use that information. I guess they’re just trying to give a well rounded learning experience? For your school though it sounds strange that you’d have to do things like design a restaurant…


10 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 29, 2009 at 9:53 am

I’m with you about the banana in oats thing… my favorite thing: sautee the banana first with a little sugar so it gets all caramely, then put the caramely banana in oats with nuts…mmmm banana bread heaven!


11 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) January 29, 2009 at 9:53 am

Bummer – your bowl looked so good. Sorry about the freezer burn taste.

I need to check out PinQue as I’m always searching for better mascara.

Good luck with the restaurant project. Can’t wait to read about your creative ideas!


12 Kath January 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

Cousin Crystal,
HI! Sounds like you guys had to do way more field work than we do – lucky me! Are you finished with your DPD requirements and waiting to do the internship?

Laine ,
HAHAHHAHA – yes!!!! I must mean Forrest. Bummer – I thought it was going to be all bird sounds!! I’ll search for the link.

Caramelized – I’ll have to try it!



13 Betsy in Pittsburgh January 29, 2009 at 9:55 am

That foodservice stuff sounds fun to me… maybe because I’ve always hated all things science, and I’m more design-oriented. It’ll be interesting to see what you come up with! :)


14 nicole r. January 29, 2009 at 9:56 am

Forrest yoga is wonderful. It’s a blend of vinyasa, bikram, and something totally novel. It is very powerful yoga, done in a heated room. Gets you quite deep into muscles you’d definitely never used before. Just wonderful, I love Forrest. Ana Forrest is also a remarkable woman, she comes to my yoga studio a lot to do lectures & workshops. Was here last weekend actually! see if you can find a Forrest studtio, because of the heat and the newness of her poses, it would be hard to do at home by yourself.


15 Cathy P January 29, 2009 at 10:02 am

There is so much involved in the RD degree isn’t there! It’s crazy! So, Kath and everyone else, I need your help! My husband is taking me to the Food and Wine Festival in Charleston, SC early March for my 30th b-day and we are participating in lots of functions but also need some restaurant suggestions. We need a couple dinner options and a couple breakfast options. Any suggestions? Thanks guys!!!


16 Rachel January 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

I HATED the foodservice portion of my nutrition curriculum! It was all so boring to me. And just an FYI for you and other RDs to be: a lot of the registration exam is food service, at least a LOT more than I was expecting when I took it. I thought there would be more clinical. And while the test is unique to each person who takes it, everyone else in my internship program said the same thing.


17 Victoria January 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

I’ve heard great things about Forrest yoga but never tried it. Let us know what you think if you do.


18 daphna January 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

I agree that it may have been the apple peel which made it taste a bit funky (although I’m sure nutritionally the peel is great). When I make apple oatmeal I peel the apple, slice it into thin wedges and sautee it on the side with a little maple syrup, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then I serve it on top of the oats.


19 Kath January 29, 2009 at 10:09 am

Cathy P,
I wanted to go to that festival too!! I just read about it in Southern Living. Here’s a post when I went to Charleston for a day:

I recommend High Cotton and Magnolia’s too.



20 Sharon January 29, 2009 at 10:10 am

I’ve never tried apples in my oats before!


21 brandi January 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

designing a restaurant sounds fun! Maybe not the budgeting stuff, but the actual designing!


22 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 29, 2009 at 10:18 am

I have not tried the Forest Yoga as I am pretty fond of vinyasa but I would love to hear what you think of it. I guess anything is worth a shot.


23 SmA033 January 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

hey kath– i’ve been wanting to make the husband’s breakfast bread for a while & i noticed he had 70 cal/serving. Do you know how many servings one loaf makes??


24 Lisa January 29, 2009 at 10:21 am

I, too, have gotten an unpleasantly funky taste from apples added to my oatmeal. I’d try peeling it and maybe using an apple that’s typically used for baking.

I have to ask – would your restaurant serve gourmet oats?


25 TracyJ January 29, 2009 at 10:21 am

Ahhh…I remember those foodservice days…zzzzz…but, like Rachel pointed out, there is a lot of the exam based on that topic.


26 jennifer January 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

I’m with you that apples are no bananas. I tried them in my oatmeal once and didn’t enjoy it.


27 Kath January 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

SmA033 ,
I have absolutely no idea – he made that ages ago.

I’d serve oats, but that would require a breakfast menu = more work than I need to do!! Perhaps as a dessert!?



28 Marianne January 29, 2009 at 10:34 am

I like apples in my oatmeal, especially with cranberries. Mmmmm. And I don’t find the peel to have any weird flavour, but maybe it’s just the apples I’ve used?

And I think foodservice sounds like it would be fun, but I’m weird like that. I should look and see how much of that is involved in the program I’m applying to :)


29 Monique January 29, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hey Kath, Hope all is well! I gave you a blog award today! yay!


30 Jennifer January 29, 2009 at 10:36 am

I don’t like bananas ( I know, I know… I can hear you gasping), so I do sometimes use an apple. I only like it, though, if I shred the apple on my cheese grater, no peel. You can only use a half an apple or so or else it’ll be too sweet, but it makes a neat texture. I add vanilla and a touch of brown sugar to it after cooked. Then, I like it topped with homemade granola (especially your coconut almond granola) and sometimes some walnuts. Tastes like apple cobbler :)


31 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

Glad to hear you are likin’ yoga!

Sorry about the oats…at least they look pretty!


32 Meg January 29, 2009 at 10:42 am

Sorry about the freezer burn taste! It still looks pretty!

Thanks for the link to the new blog!


33 Marissa January 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

Good luck on your project!!


34 Foods That Fit January 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

I love your Williams & Sonoma goods! Last Christmas I worked there part time for the 40% discount. I bought way too much stuff, but I absolutely love it!



35 Kerry January 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

I am not looking forward to my Food Services class next year, I hear other students grumbling about it all the time! Good to know thought that there are a lot of Q’s on the exam on the topic.

I love chopped apple in my oats, sometimes I put the apple pieces in the microwave for a minute or 2 before I add them into the pot.


36 anne January 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

what a coincidence!
I was just thinking how you could have such a successful restaurant! You always create such deliciously healthy meals with such thoughtfulness. Good luck on your project and keep us posted on your status :)

p.s. thanks to you I’ve been totally into! what a great service!


37 Maggie January 29, 2009 at 10:59 am

I haven’t heard of Forrest yoga but I’ll have to check it out… I did Power Vinyasa Flow #4 yesterday too :)


38 Hil January 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

Thanks so much for all of the yoga reviews. I’m moving into a bigger apartment next week, and I’m hoping to try out some of the downloads as soon as I have an actual living room to move in!


39 Mel January 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

Wow I totally did not know that foodservice was a big part of the curriculum. It sounds hard but kinda fun!


40 Jess January 29, 2009 at 11:15 am

I love putting apples in oatmeal, but it makes it a bit more watery.

You are turning into a regular Yogi. I, however, like to walk around drinking Yogi tea and pretending that it counts.


41 bobbi January 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

Kath I did know that about the RD courses, it will be interesting to hear how it goes for you:) I am taking A&P right now and in September will start all those fun classes;) I havent been hungry all morning and after reading your post my hunger is coming back!


42 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

Oranges aren’t bananas either…and kiwi…and strawberries…and pineapple…and pears…


43 Biz319 January 29, 2009 at 11:24 am

I would love that assignment!

I’ve worked at high end restaurants probably 10 years throughout different times in my life.

The last time was in 2006 when my husband lost his job and I had to get a second job to make ends meet.

When I interviewed, I failed to mention that I hadn’t worked in a restaurant for 15 years! They hired me on the spot and I worked there 4 nights a week, including my day job. I did that for 8 months!

I was tired a lot of the time, but I made enough money to pay our real estate taxes that year and to pay all bills on time.


44 Liza January 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

I’ve been reading your blog for a while and finally had to speak up! I LOVE apple in my oats – I think I feel the same way about apples as you do bananas! If you cook it right, they add VOLUME. I do 1/3 cup oats with a little less than 1/2 cup each almond milk and water, cooked with a whole unpeeled, chopped apple. I top mine with a TB of PB chips, a handful of chopped almonds, vanilla, a drizzle of honey, and cinnamon. It’s TO DIE FOR. I wonder if the freezer burned taste is b/c of the type of apple you used? I prefer honeycrisp or red delicious – granny smith is too tart in the morning.

By the way, thanks for the tip on I do the 60-minute power yoga and I love it! Keep up the great work!


45 Ashley H January 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

I am really surprised you are not more excited about that assignment because you love food and cooking. Just imagine what would happen if you turned this blog into a restaurant. What you guys eat everyday could be what you serve and so on. Just pretend like youre six again and playing cook. Have fun with it!!


46 ashley (sweet & natural) January 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

I have apple oats planned for tomorrow morning! But only because I used my last banana today. 😛


47 Kate January 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

those oats look awesome! I’m finally starting yoga! I’m getting a free pass to try it at a local gym but to be honest I’m terrified!


48 Stacey January 29, 2009 at 11:44 am

Not sure if anyone has mentioned the Quaker Oats challenge from Top Chef last night, but since this blog is an oatmeal lovers haven, thought I would post the link and contest info.

“DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO be a top chef? enter the quaker® oats viewer quickfire challenge to find out.You could be flown to New York where you’ll compete against other Top Chef fans. The winner will have the chance to attend a future Top Chef episode. For a chance to win, submit an original recipe featuring Quaker® Oats.
Read the Official Rules for contest entry.”


49 zestycook January 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

Kath, sorry to hear about the freezer burn… maybe zesty should start Yoga! Thanks for the link to pinQue… it is neat


50 Stacy(IN) January 29, 2009 at 11:47 am

Just had to comment that I have finally broke out of just the Beginner Hatha’s on Yogadownloads. I did the Power Yoga #3 today which is advanced beginner. Thanks for the Yoga Downloads suggestion, as someone who was completely new to yoga it’s been a very good starter.


51 Caitlin January 29, 2009 at 11:54 am

Oh my gosh I just had to comment about your food service class because I’m doing the same thing right now and it’s KILLING me! Yesterday’s lecture was all about ceilings, walls, and floors for kitchens….it was awful:) Good luck with your kitchen design, I’ll be working on the same thing!


52 theoddbod January 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

yerba mate is soooo good. mocha mint is my favourite. def a good replacement for coffee


53 Lauren January 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I’ve also tried apples in place of bananas in oats… I was pleased with the taste, but the texture is certainly better with the ‘nanners!


54 ModelBehavior January 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm

That actually sounds so cool to me! How fun to design a kitchen! Guess everything about the RD degree is right up my ally! Glad I’m not paying all this tuition money for nothing!


55 Allison K January 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm

holy wow. go look at
Across the top there are few drop down menus, choose the first one and look at the Asana Gallery.
The things that woman can do with her body are unreal.


56 Katelyn January 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

how did your apple taste like freezer burn? It sure looks pretty, though.

Will you be posting your restaurant project?


57 HangryPants January 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I have practiced Forrest yoga, which, if we are talking about the same thing, is named after Ana Forrest. The studio I went to was heated (but not as hot as Bikram) and sort of vinyasa + power. But I could be talking about something completely different …

You should save the old packaging bars – I just got some new ones in the mail and while sleak, they are not nearly as “cute.”


58 Elizabeth January 29, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Sorry about the freezer burn taste! That kills meals for me if I get a taste of it.

It’s good to hear other people new to yoga that are loving it. I am doing it for the first time and its been awesome!


59 Mytastytravels January 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I actually really enjoyed my food service rotation! One of my projects was to expand all their recipes to mass quantities and then put them all in a binder for the 3 hospitals along with yummy pictures. I wish it would have been longer haha! I guess that’s good that the dietetics field is so diverse and can go in many different directions. Even though I would LOVE to go to culinary school, I’m going in the sports nutrition direction now because I didn’t like the clinical setting. I made a version of baked oatmeal on my blog the other day, yum!

-kristen :)


60 K January 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Oh wow – I would have never guessed that would be part of your curriculum! Sorry the oats didn’t taste too hot, at least they look pretty :)


61 Shelby January 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I LOVE apples in oatmeal! Maybe it was the skin?

You don’t like Great Lash!?! I swear by the stuff, its one of the only mascaras I use!


62 leadingladylis January 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I love oatmeal! I’m doing an oatmeal face mask right now (homemade) and it smells yummy! maybe I’ll have oatmeal for lunch?


63 Diana January 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

At least the oatmeal looks pretty?

You’re so lucky you can do yoga…I haven’t done it in a couple years because it bothers my wrist. :(

At least there’s always zumba! Have you tried that? It’s been my latest work-out fave for the last couple years. So fun…we should go some time! :)


64 Andrea [bella eats] January 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I totally agree with you about bananas in oats…I’ve tried to stray, but I just keep coming back to it!

A whole restaurant design?!?! FUN!!! :)


65 Katie January 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Forrest yoga is based on Ana Forrest’s style of yoga, so no woodland sprite noises;)

Not only does the RD curriculum have a ton of food service in it, your RD internship will be about 30% (at least 1-3 months) food service and the RD exam I believe is 30-35% food service. I am with you, I do not like and see no point to it, but I still had to learn all the scoops and ladles for food service:(

The bonus is you don’t have to take a job in food service when you are done (although a ton of RD jobs seem to be just that) and you can leave the #10 cans behind!


66 Tyler (Raspberry Runner) January 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm

oh yes, i am not a fan of foodservice either. for one of my labs last year, i had to work in the dining hall at 7 am once a week! i’m hoping to take dietetics in a different direction, but with the economy how it is, I might have to take any job i can get! my foodservice teacher said she started out as a clinical dietician and then ended up being the head of the foodservice for the department of corrections for years! foodservice classes are boing, but her prison stories made them a little more interesting!
just out of curiosity, where are you studying?


67 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) January 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I’m not really a fan of foodservice either. For my class in the fall we had to design a whole kitchen with all of the specifications and regulations, and demonstrations of “flow”. And we had to memorize all the industrial scoop sizes and what each sized scoop is used for . . . and I’ve already forgotten all that info! I will have to relearn it for the RD exam.
Super disappointing that your oats didn’t turn out this morning! They looked so good with the apple!


68 The Duo Dishes January 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm

We like oats in cookies and cakes…not bowls. :) BUT it looks like you created a bowl packed with flava!


69 Kath January 29, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Wow, lots of RDs!!

Monique ,
Thanks for the award :)

Jennifer ,
Hi!! I don’t think I’d have the energy to do the manual labor of shredding the apple in the AM :) Normally I like the peel and chunks – maybe it was just this apple?

Ashley H,
I was excited about the menu part, but all that kitchen equipment and paperwork stuff – no thank you!! I’d only be excited if I could do what I really wanted and not have all these guidelines and requirements from my class.

Stacey ,
Do you think I could submit the same recipe I did for the Top This contest!?

Katelyn ,
I wont be able to post it (it’s a 12+ page paper and a huge design) but I’ll do what I can.

Tyler ,



70 Anne January 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hey kath,

I had to do a very similar project last semester for my FSM class… my restaurant was called Roots and it was an all-local upscale lunch and dinner place. very fun. In case you haven’t decided to do this yet, I DEFINITELY recommend interviewing someone with a restaurant under their belt… we interviewed two guys (friends of my project partner) who were in the process of opening a restaurant and their input (as far as kitchen design, regulations, HACCP, etc) was INVALUABLE and made our lives way easier.

Just a thought :)

PS Tried quaker oatmeal squares after reading about them on KERF a while back… mmmm!!


71 Elina January 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Good luck with the project – it sounds pretty cool actually :)
Bananas are waaay better in oats than apples, but once in a while it’s a fun change for me.
Oh and thanks for the link to your friend’s blog. I was actually so mad at my mascara today that I was going to blog about it and ask readers for suggestions. Maybe Michelle got the scoop. We’ll see… I’ll check it out! 😀


72 Stacey January 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm


About the Quaker Oats Top Chef contest…you probably could enter your original recipe for the Top This contest, sure! I think it’s also a way to incorporate oatmeal into other food, meals, etc., too. But why reinvent the wheel, right?!


73 Renee January 29, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I like to shred apples before I put them in my oatmeal – SO good.


74 melissa sue January 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

we’ve experimented with apple oats before, and we’ve found that using apple sauce is better than regular apples. not sure if that would reduce the fiber factor, but it totally increases the deliciousness factor.


75 Michelle January 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Yay for yoga and thanks for posting me :) I am such a newbie to blogging, but it is so much fun!

Oh and Cathy P, I used to live in Charleston and here are my faves:
Magnolia #1
Peninsula Grill (get the coconut cake!)
Hanks (for seafood, don’t go to Hymans)
Jestine’s Kitchen
82 Queen
Poogan’s Porch

What can I say, I love food 😉 Let me know how your weekend is, it is a great city!


76 RD2be January 29, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Haha, I just read this post and have to comment about the foodservice. It comes back to haunt you again during the internship and will return again for 40% of the RD exam. That’s right, 40% of the exam is foodservice! Yuck, def. not my favorite part.


77 Cousin Crystal February 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I’m really not sure I’m going to go for the internship. Actually I’m in the process of studying to be a personal trainer. I’m not too keen on hospitals. I love going to the gym and find the “well” aspect of nutrition more appealing than the “sick” aspect…probably due in part to having a live-in complex diet case (mom). I am also looking into Masters programs in the local area, but that’s unfortunately on the back burner while Tim’s still in college.


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