Crisp Breezy Day, Crisp Lunch

April 29, 2008

I spent the second half of my morning out, which means my afternoon is ALL Physiology :cry: But I can’t complain because to have a half day off was my dream six months ago and I feel so lucky now to have the flexible lifestyle of a full-time student, even if it means studying, memorization, exams, flashcards, papers, more studying and….. chemistry.

It’s a gorgeous day out there, but it’s freezing. Seriously. I’m back to wearing a fleece around the house! Hopefully with all the wind out there this cold weather will “blow over” soon. At least the forecast for Folly Beach looks dandy!

After my errands this morning, I had a wonderful lunch with my public relations colleagues. It’s fun to get together with them and not have to go back to the office :oops:

We went to Crisp, the cutest, funkiest salad place ever. It’s far from my house though, so I don’t go often.

I ordered a big ol’ salad with spinach, romaine, mushrooms, carrots, roasted red peppers, cucumber, olives, toasted almonds, and light on the honey dijon dressing. The buttery crouton was delicious too!

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Plus a cup of Cauliflower + Zucchini Soup. It’s made with heavy cream, so I watched my portion. I gave half to my friend and ate about a cup’s worth.

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With Perrier -

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And I grabbed a Crisp apple to go from the Crisp apple basket :)

Off to my textbook

Oh but good news!!! I got an A in Chemistry Lab!!! :evil:  :evil:  :evil:

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1 VeggieGirl April 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Yeah, it’s gorgeous but cold here, as well – but it’s better than rain, so I’ll take it.

Looks like a delicious, crisp salad – yum!

Hooray for your “A” in Chemistry Lab!! I know how much you LOVED that class, haha ;0)

Good luck studying for Physiology!!

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2 Kiala April 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Have you ever not gotten an A in something?

Did that sound snarky?

I’m just bitter.

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3 Steph April 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm

I have a question about granola. I LOVE it, but it is so calorie-dense! Does anyone know where all the calories come from, especially if there are no nuts in the granola? Also, have any of you had any low-calorie brands that are still yummy? Or made it at home? I’m trying to find a way to eat granola without eating 1000 calories at a time!

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4 hk April 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

yum, Crisp lunches always look so good! Glad you’re having a good day, boo to studying, but it clearly pays off for ya! Congrats on the A :)

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5 Nick April 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Crispy sounds like a cool place. I love a similar place in San Francisco called Lettus. They have a huge menu full of organic items, gluten-free, meat-free and everything else you can imagine. Really unique place.

I also just discovered a place in Berkeley, it’s right on the corner near campus, called like Smart Alec’s or something? They don’t have a huge menu, but they have air-baked french fries, veggie burgers and the most amazingly large salads ever. I got a salad with grilled chicken, chickpeas, edamame, wheatberries, tomatoes, sprouts and something else with a huge piece of cornbread for only $6.35. It was so large that it fully filled me for 2 meals.

The Peanut Butter Boy

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6 alo April 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Re: Granola–

If I want granola, but not all the cals, I’ll just mix it with some less calorie dense stuff, like fiber one cereal or kashi puffs. That way you get the yummy granola with each bite, but it’s not 500 calories for a cup!

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7 Leah April 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

I just wanted to say that I think it’s great you aren’t counting calories anymore. I think this is the next step you needed to take to be truly happy. Think of how awesome it felt to let go of your scale, because you knew you were maintaining so the ups and downs of the numbers didn’t matter that much…. now you are getting rid of even more numbers. Awesome!

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8 nifer (the poster formerly known as NC) April 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

hahaha congrats on the A in chem lab Kath!!

Does anyone have a *chocolate* recipe (cookie, brownie, muffin?) that is reasonably healthy, and preferably made without butter? I have to bring something in to a chocolate lecture tomorrow, and I think a muffin-type treat would be ideal because it’s at 9am! Thanks in advance… :-)

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9 Ally April 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Nifer- Love your new name :)

Kath- This weather is surprisingly chilly! Were you guys planning on going to the golf tournament this week? And congrats on that A!

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10 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Here’s a recipe for Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins that I made last night (they’re great). No butter!

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
4 egg whites
1/2 cup white sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, walnuts, chocolate chips, and. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into muffin pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

I adapted it from a Paula Deen recipe – mines much healthier! (I’ll post pics of my muffins on my blog tonight).

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11 Another Kelly April 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Steph, I guess it would depend on the recipe but with a lot of the homemade granolas they are tossed with oil or butter and honey before baking to help get the crunchy texture and sweetness. Many granolas also include dried fruits and nuts which can add up fast. One way to make healthier granola is to make it yourself. The cookbook conscious cuisine, which I own, has a fantastic sounding recipe that doesn’t involve any oil. If you go on Amazon you can actually search the cookbook and find the recipe to see whether it’s worth buying the book or checking it out from the library. I’ve never made the granola, but everything else I have made has been fantastic.

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12 Volumeeater April 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Kath, I read your blog all the time, and rarely post, but I just wanted to say thank you again!! I get inspired by your meals, and I am feel like seeing your meals makes me crave something healthy and pretty =) So many times it’s easy for me to grab something on the go or a handful here and there, but I really love it when I sit down to a nice meal, and you inspire me to do it more often =) thank you!
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think whatever works for people is what they should do, and there is no right way to do it (calorie counting wise I mean). I have done both, and don’t feel any less ‘free’ when I am counting. Sometimes its like a little game almost…seeing how small decisions add up (passing on an extra bite or adding cheese to my sandwich when I don’t really taste it) and really make a difference! By watching it I can add in other things that make more of a difference ( like having peanut butter with breakfast or a handful of nuts)…I don’t know…I think it really helps me to be more conscious of what I am eating….but I know other people don’t need that too. Anyway…I just say do whatever works for you!! No one should have to feel bad about it!

Sorry for the long post and thanks again!

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13 Kelly L. April 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I have a confession:

I love ZBars. Seriously. These things rock. I don’t know what it is but they are the perfect post lunch, hit the spot, treat. All natural, no crazy ingrdedients, just a good sized, brownie/cookie bar that is nutritious. Mmmmmmm…

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14 Steph April 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, “Another Kelly” and “alo”. I might try making my own granola, and see how it comes out!
Oh, and Kelly L, I also looove ZBars! I think the chocolate chip is the best flavor.

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15 Allison K. April 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Kelly L:
I just broke out one of my ZBars, and then read your comment! Aren’t they fantastic!

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16 BethT April 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm

I love Zbars too Kelly! The PB and Honey Graham flavors are my fave!

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17 Cassie April 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Congrats on the A!!!!!

That lunch loks awesome!

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18 Yaz April 29, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Congrats on your A Kath. I also received an A today on a presentation which totally made my day. It’s my birthday and that just added to my happiness. Off to get ready for a special dinner with my dad. :) Hope I get to have something yummy like your lunch… and some birthday cake!

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19 Cat April 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I love Folly Beach!! I am only about 2 hours from there. You must eat at the Mustard Seed…and Taco Boy!!! I will have to email you a whole list of restaurants to try. How long are you going to be there?

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20 Carrie H April 29, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Kath,

A while ago you mentioned that the guy at EarthFare said he’d e-mail you his falafel recipe … Just wondering if he ever did and if you’d want to share it with us!
Have a nice evening and an awesome beach trip. I’m in Wyoming, where we are finally starting to get a few days without snow!

Carrie H

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21 Valerie April 29, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Hi,
I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and just tried your pumpkin oats. They are amazing! I’m a good friend of Leng who also reads your blog and like both of you I am into eating healthy and being physically active all the time. You can check out my blog if you like. I don’t write about food too much but it does appear on a post every once in a while.

http://valerielo23.blogspot.com/

Thanks,
Valerie

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22 Kath April 29, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Leah,
I love your comparison to the scale – it’s a great parallel. People always think if they don’t weigh themselves they will automatically gain weight, which isn’t necessarily true. The same with counting calories – not counting doesn’t mean weight gain. And, like not weighing, it also doesn’t mean you can loosen up on all the tricks and tools you’ve learned while weighing/counting. You just have to give it your best blind effort. I would still recommend daily weigh-ins and calorie counting for those trying to lose weight (not all, but most) but long-term maintenance is a whole other ballgame.

Ally ,
No, we’re not going to the Wachovia because we’re headed to the beach!! But we usually do walk over there. We never have tickets though :(

Volumeeater ,
I totally agree with everything you said! Thanks for the comment :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YAZ!!!! Eat some cake for me – with lots of icing!!

Cat ,
We’ll be there from Thursday AM through Saturday (in Charleston). Let me know if you’re nearby.

Carrie H,
No, the EarthFare guy never emailed me the recipe :( I was very disappointed.

Valerie ,
Welcome to KERF! I read Leng’s blog too. Your beach photos are gorgeous!

Kath

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23 Becca April 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Congrats on the A in Chem lab! I’m just the tiniest bit jealous, but I know you deserved it!

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24 Michael Tavallaei May 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

congrats on the a!

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