Cabbage Patch

June 16, 2008

After more afternoon studying , I headed to the gym for a workout with my text book . I did about 45 minutes on the ET followed by another speedy jock shower in the locker room. My heavy-protein lunch was still sitting like a rock in my stomach but I could feel hunger forming around it, and I knew I had to eat at 5:30 or I’d be starving by 9:00 so I dug in. I think I was hungrier than I thought, though, because it hit the spot.

On the menu: Chicken Salad in Cabbage Cups. I’m not a huge fan of chicken salad in general (too much mayo!), but made with apple and celery it seemed appealing. And of course I used yogurt as the binder:

  • 1/2 a grilled chicken breast, cubed (leftovers from the weekend)
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup-ish blackberries
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • Dressing: About 1/4 cup Fage, 2 tsp dijon mustard, sprinkle majarom, sprinkle celery salt, pepper.

Toss all to combine.

I steamed four cabbage leaves and made little cups to eat it with:

I also packed a Baked Oatmeal Snack Bar pulled from the freezer. I ate it at about 8:30 during class. Yum!

When I got home I was still feeling a little hungry (no grains at dinner?) and had a tiny bit of mint chocolate chip . Ice cream always gives me that "coat the stomach" fullness.

No class tomorrow!! Whoo hooo!! I do have to study for Sports Nutr. all day, write another paper and take my chem lab exam uptown in the afternoon, but then I get to enjoy dinner with the husband!!

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1 Tina June 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Love the cabbage cup idea!


2 yaz June 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Your dinner tonight looks delish… I can’t wait to try it. Hope you enjoy the extra time with the husband tomorrow. 😉


3 Brittany June 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm

Cabbage wraps/cups is a great idea. AND, Ice cream for a night time snack is the best.. well actually anytime.


4 smilesara June 16, 2008 at 10:34 pm

kath (or whoever wants to chime in, since i know you’re pretty busy these days kath!)
i’m sorry i didn’t post this at lunch, i didn’t read the discussion until now.

this has probably been answered before, but i was wondering about fueling throughout the day too, since i work out a lot but i’ve gotten into the really bad habit of eating very sparsely during the day — i get involved in my work (i’m a PhD student) and just don’t stop to eat — and then eating most of my calories at night (although i’m strictly stay within my “calorie budget” overall). can this put you in starvation mode too even if you eat enough total per day? i’d like to lose 3-5 vanity pounds and wondering if this is what is slowing me down since i’ve definitely got the exercise/nutrition thing in balance, or whether my body is just happy where it is no matter what. sorry for the long post, thanks!


5 Sarah June 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Mmm! I like apples, celery, and toasted walnuts in chicken salad, but the blackberries sound like a good addition.

Score on no class tomorrow, enjoy a ‘regular’ dinner at home!


6 Richelle June 17, 2008 at 1:17 am

Cabbage wraps are one of my favorites! Waayy better than grain wraps in my opinion, less calories is always a bonus 😉


7 Kath June 17, 2008 at 5:44 am

smilesara ,
I haven’t studied weight loss metabolism in detail yet, so I’m not 100% sure, but my general understanding is that as long as you are eating enough total calories per day, you won’t see any adverse effects. However, if I were your body, I’d demand more regular meals – it will probably improve your brain power to get spurts of glucose throughout the day instead of all at once.



8 Erica June 17, 2008 at 6:22 am

That chicken salad looks delicious! I hate mayo so this is a very do-able option for me! Thank you so much for the recipe :)


9 Kinder June 17, 2008 at 9:51 am

HI Kath,
I am a new reader, and a new healthy eater! I just wanted to let you know that I made your oatmeal bars and they are delish. I doubled the batch, cut down on the milk by about half, added flax and coconut, 1/2 cup of honey, and about 1/2 a cup of dark chocolate chips. So yummy!! I think the chocolate chips will even get my kids eating them!
Thanks for the recipe – I am really enjoying your blog!


10 Danielle June 17, 2008 at 10:01 am

Hey Kath,
I loved your cabbage idea.. I made my own version of your recipe today and it turned out great.
Instead of using grilled chicken I used a veggie patty that is a similar consistency to chicken. Also, since I didn’t have any cabbage on hand, I used lettuce leaves.
Thanks so much for all the fabulous ideas :)


11 Natalie June 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

The chicken salad looks great! I love using fage for chicken & tuna salads.


12 Kath June 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Kinder + Danielle,
So glad the recipes were good!!



13 Ryan June 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, I LOVE your recipes! I actually read the chicken salad in cabbage recipe today and had to come home and make it, it was delicious! Who knew Fage could make a great imitation mayo. Thanks Kath!!


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