Cinnamon, Coconut, Colors

May 20, 2009

I have no idea how I managed everything I do throughout the semester – I can barely manage it now! I feel like I eat, sleep, exercise and squeeze in all things blog + freelance in between (well, and fun vacations and iPhone buys as well :) ). I have yet to lay in the hammock reading since finishing classes. Tomorrow,” I keep telling myself. Well, I didn’t get my article done this AM, so this afternoon will be spent working.

I went for a run around 10:45 – not quite digested. I would have been faster if I’d waited another hour, but time was running out. I did 5.62 miles in about 50 minutes. It was a nice run because the sky was bright blue and I had my iPod with me :) I ran about 9 minute miles.

Once home, I showered, but on a SWEATER, sat on a call that never was, and then made lunch at 12:30. Kelsey couldn’t come today after all – she’s waiting for the plumber :(

I give you: Cinnamon Coconut Hummus!

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I was making this hummus before I even had time to plan the recipe.

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) light coconut milk, drizzled into food processor

That’s it! It’s heavy on the cinnamon (hence the brown color) so use less if you don’t like it that much. And I would also recommend a touch of maple syrup to this next time! You can taste the chickpeas, but since they are a pretty neutral bean, it was more like a desserty hummus (minus any sugar).

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I made a whole tasting plate around it –

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Veggies – green pepper, zucchini, carrot

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Fruit – first peach of the season!! LOVE peaches!

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The last of the last box of kashis :(

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Excellent lunch!

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I never felt that Twitter made much sense for me since I blog so frequently, but now that I’m iPhoning, I found an app for it and am thinking about updating more regularly :) I’m KathEats if you didn’t know!

I found some really cool iPhone things last night on the Tips + Tricks page (who wouldda thought!?). It’s all stuff I wouldn’t have known on my own –

  • If you hit the space bar twice quickly it does a period and a space – saving a step.
  • You can save photos from the internet by touching them and holding down
  • Hold down the icons until they jiggle and you can rearrange them
  • Google app has VOICE recognition for Google searches!
  • Google Tasks seems to be the most user friendly to do list I’ve found that is also user friendly from a computer, so I’m sticking with that.
  • BUT I found this thing called reQall that does voice recognition and is pretty advanced, so I might check that out too
  • Not sure if I’ll be taking my phone to the gym, but this fitness app is pretty impressive
  • Nuevasync enables you to sync Google Calendar (multiple ones!) and Gmail Contacts (without importing every email ever) – v. cool!

That’s all I got for now. Not sure what other apps I would even want?

Update: I’m pretty sure the garage critters are dead :( I poked one with a stick and he was lightweight and stiff like a dead animal. I’m pretty sure they were squirrel babies.

Talk to y’all later!

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1 Sarah May 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I am not a hummus fan, but a sweet hummus actually sounds good! I think I will have to try that!


2 Melissa May 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Love the colorful lunch!! Cinnamon coconut hummus, who would have thought??!!

Poor squirrel babies! :(


3 Kiersten May 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Aw, the poor squirrel babies. That makes me sad :(


4 BethT May 20, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Just had a farmer’s market peach….nothing better!


5 Hollie May 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

This is a fitness blogger that has TONS of reviews on I-Phone apps – especially ones that involve food and fitness. Check it out – it’s very helpful!


6 Runeatrepeat May 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I love cinnamon, so I might give this a whirl even though it seems a little different from what I’m used to :)


7 The Novice Berker May 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Aww, that’s too bad about Kelsey not coming. :( I can see that you’re going app-crazy (doesn’t everyone? haha). Have fun with the new gadget!

P.S. The cinnamon coconut hummus looks intriguing, to say the least. 😉


8 Jess May 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm

That hummus definitely looks interesting in a yummy way :) Thanks for the recipe!
<3 jess


9 JENNA May 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm

What an interesting take on hummus. Cool!

Do you normally like hummus? Just curious b/c whenever I make it, it has a very strong garlickiy taste. When you make it at home do you omit the garlic?


10 Amanda May 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Cool fitness app!! I want to check out some food/recipe apps like epicurious!


11 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Your lunch looks simply amazing! I adore fresh fruits and veggies!

Amazing run!!


12 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm

hummus looks awesome! what an interesting mix-in with the cinnamon! sounds super yummm 😉


13 Mel May 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Interesting, I would have never thought to make a dessert hummus!


14 ashley (sweet & natural) May 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I’ve done this “hummus” thing once with pumpkin!


15 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Oooh what a neat idea for hummus!! Love it!

Lunch looks divine =)

Ok, now I’m really getting jealous of your iPhone!! So cool girl!


16 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) May 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Cool recipe! I’ll have to try that!


17 megan May 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

oh i can’t wait to have nice fresh ripe peaches! :)


18 Rachel May 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I thought for sure cinnamon + coconut would be about oats! I’ve been really getting into putting cinnamon in savory dishes, so thank you for the inspiration. Hope you get some reading in!


19 Ashley May 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm

You can screen shot your phone by holding down the top button on the left+the homescreen button @ the same time! Also, you have to check out the Lose It! App, it’s wonderful!!


20 Michelle Hisae May 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Ooh, I’ll be sure to tell my boyfriend about the double-space-bar trick. Thanks for the tip!


21 Holly May 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Those pictures were 2 week old mice. They can eat solid food at ~21 days so before that without the mom around they dehydrate in 8-12 hours and die. Sad.


22 Emily May 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

the hummus is such a great idea!

we have some peaches here now too! yay for summer :)


23 Mia May 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Very creative, Kath! I’ll have to give this a shot. Were the Kashi’s the honey sesame ones? My box is about 1/2 way gone. I wish they would go on sale more often!

On another note…I need some inspiration…that is for dinner. What is on your menu tonight?


24 Jenn )) (( May 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

At first glance I thought the hummus was oatmeal lol Cool combo.



25 sue May 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

oh poor babies :( so sad. cool iphone tips!


26 Brooke P May 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I had a general question because I know the audience for this great blog are health conscious and striving for a healthy relationship/balance with food/life. On those bottomless pit hungry days that truly feel like physiologic hunger what do you all do to get through them. Intuitive eating would encourage you to eat when hungry but when you know you have eaten enough and a well balanced meal but still truly feel hungry what do you do? For those of us who struggle with overeating this scenario can be a hard place because the more you fight it the more you are likely to want to overeat as rebound. Just looking for unique suggestions to help stay on the healthy path. I notice, you Kath, note when you have bottomless hunger days but just seem to maintain eating what you know should be a good amount of calories. But having an history of an eating disorder makes this process more challenging…I think.

Glad your new phone is a fun project and looks very cool once you get everything adjusted to your style. Sorry about the critters.


27 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) May 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Kath – I love that hummus. You are brilliant my friend! I have about a 1/4 cup light coconut milk left from the can I just opened. I must make this!

Sorry about the squirrel babies. :(


28 Jo May 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Wow that lunch plate looks amazing. I will give that hummus a try as it looks amazing.

Thanks for the iPhone tips, I was actually able to teach my OH how to do something! :)


29 Lee May 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Shazam is a cool app. If you hear a song on the radio and point your phone at it and “tag” it, it’ll tell you what the song is. Also, Pandora and Slacker Radio are really great for listening to a variety of music.

Don’t know if I can do the coconut cinnamon hummus!


30 polly May 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I gotta try that hummus… I have always shyed away from it, do to garlic (ick) and onions (double ick) and so thanks, honey!

Hope you enjoy your day. Loved all the colors! XOXO


31 Emily (The Experimentarian) May 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Ooh! Peaches! I’m so jealous. I think I’ll have to wait a few more weeks for ripe peaches in Utah :(


32 Angie May 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Beautiful lunch…love all the colors…lots of antioxidants! I can’t wait for a ripe, juicy peach!


33 JB May 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Wonderful fruit! Looks delicious.

Prob. not squirrel babies, from the pic below. They look much closer to mice. Perhaps mole babies? Poor sweeties.


34 Missy Maintains May 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm

That hummus looks great! I’ve never thought of what it would be like with cinnamon! I want a peach now too 😉


35 Kristie May 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Dessert hummus?! I’m down with THAT idea! I would have never thought to make a sweet hummus. Yum.

Poor little squirrelies or whatever they actually are :(


36 Marcia May 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Hey! Just found your blog (a link from another blog, which I found from a link from a comment in another blog…funny how that works). I totally love it! I have a similar weight loss journey in my past (approx. 50 lbs), and I like to read about how others lose and maintain and eat healthy.


37 Lynette ;o) May 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm

A friend just turned me on to your blog– Thanks for the mini-meal and snacking ideas. . . ALWAYS looking for something FRESH!

And, chickpeas? The hummus looks YUM-O. I definitely will try this.



38 Marisa (trim the fat) May 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

that hummus sounds interesting!

Looks like you’re having fun with your iPhone!


39 Andrea of Care to Eat May 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Will you let us know if you or any of your readers get/have that fitness App? It looks awesome, but $19.99 is a hefty investment for an iPhone app! I can get workouts for free online from various sites, but it would be nice to have something portable instead of a folder full of papers! Thanks!


40 Heather May 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

That is the most awesome recipe for hummus Kath! I’m definitely trying it out this weekend. Perfect for veggies AND fruit with the added taste of cinnamon!

Glad to hear that the phone is working out for you. Those new gadgets are so fun to play around with!


41 Andrea of Care to Eat May 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm

p.s. Get Shazam! I use that app BY FAR the most of any on my phone!


42 Heather May 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Kath, I have a question for you… I read in a health magazine that drinking 100% juice with medicines and vitamins can actually take away from the medicine’s strength. I know I tend to take my medicine/vitamins in the morning with breakfast like many others, so I try to avoid juice for breakfast. Do you know if there’s any truth to this or why this would be?


43 Lauren May 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

That is a colorful lunch!! :)

And thanks for the iPhone tricks you posted! I’ve had my iPhone for almost 2 years, and I don’t know how I ever lived without it!! :)


44 Jennifer May 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Heather- it is def true for grapefruit juice and cholesterol-lowering med, but I don’t know what else.


45 Lo May 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Check out the Bump app when you get a chance. You can load your contact info (anything you would put on a business card) as well as a photo, and when you meet another iPhone user you’d like to connect with who has the app you can select the info you want to exchange (e.g. phone number only, email only, everything), bump fists lightly, and all the information transfers between the phones saving you the effort of typing it all in. BRILLIANT!


46 Erin May 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Kath, Thanks for your informative and inspiring posts. I don’t know if I’d ever lose weight eating all that you eat with out running. I walk everyday, a little over 2 miles. So, you see I have to curb how much I eat.

But, the real reason I am commenting is to point you to notmartha dot org’s post today which listed a link to iphone apps:

Keep up the good work. I don’t know how you do it all!


47 Ka May 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm

To blow your iphone mind:
Hold down the round button on the bottom front and the power key (top right of phone) and wait for a click sound… then go to your photos…hello screen shot.

A fun time-killing (addicting) app is Trace.

Be careful taking your iPhone to the gym, they’re very sensitive to moisture and not covered under warranty.


48 K May 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Desserty hummus?! Now I’m going to be eating hummus 24/7 thanks to that recipe! Have fun exploring the iPhone!!


49 Ella May 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Coconut, cinnamon, hummus…what else do you need?

Just wanted to stop by and say hi! I absolutely adore your site and your food ideas! I’m new to the blog world, so I hope you’ll stop by sometime! – Ella


50 meg May 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Cinnamon coconut hummus! What a brilliant idea!


51 Renee May 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Hi Kath –

I follow your blog, and I wanted to share mine with you. It’s focused on Baltimore, but there are general postings, too:

I’ve also added you to my link list on the right!


52 Suzanne May 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Oh no!! The poor squirrel/mice babies! That just made me SO sad! :(


53 Jessica May 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I just had my first peach of the season yesterday too!

Glad you’re having fun with the iphone Kath!


54 Danielle May 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Woah, I would have never thought to make “sweet” hummus. You’re such a visionary Kath 😉


55 Kath May 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I love hummus, but you’re right, I do not like raw garlic breath for the next 24 hours, so I never put it in when I make it, although I do think that it makes it taste soo good in the moment – just not 5 hours later.

Brooke ,
I try to focus on filling my bottomless pit with healthy things that are filling like fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread. I tend to stay away from bars (they don’t fill me up very well) or airy things like popcorn. I like heavy, wet things in my tummy!

Marcia + Lynette + Ella ,

Andrea of Care to Eat,
Send me an email!

Heather ,
I really haven’t studied this so I don’t have an official opinion, but I’d say unless your medicine says to avoid a certain food, it’s fine.

That sounds very cool – but when will I give out my new biz cards!?

Erin ,
I’ll check it out!

Renee ,
Thanks for the link!



56 Oh She Glows May 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm

haha now I can see where your time is going- the new phone and all those amazing apps!! LOL. I need to get me one of those. I have an old clunky blackberry…sigh


57 EatingRD May 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

iphone has some pretty cool apps, so many I don’t even know 1/2 of them! You should check out (if you don’t already have them) the shazam app where it can recognize a song that you like, the pandora app for when the radio just won’t play anything good, public radio app to listen to the daily news in your area, urbanspoon gives you eating out ideas based on price, location, cuisine, app, and google earth app because it’s really neat. I keep finding such neat stuff, have fun!


58 Vanessa (Green as a Thistle) May 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Omg, this looks AMAZING! I always try to liven up my hummus with cilantro and a million squirts of lemon but never thought to take it in a sweet direction. Will try it this weekend for sure. Do you use canned chick peas or do you soak them overnight from scratch?


59 Kath May 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Vanessa (Green as a Thistle),
I LOVE chickpeas made from scratch, but these were unfortunately canned.



60 Melissa May 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Kath, I have an iphone and i’m addicted to it. Please keep us updated on any new tips and tricks, and fun/useful apps. Enjoy!


61 Alison June 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm

OK I thought cinnamon in hummus was a little questionable, but I tried it today and I am still drooling.


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