Easter Repeat Eats

April 5, 2010

Had a great time at my first day!!

There are so many things that I really love about clinical nutrition that go way beyond the actual job of calculating and recommending nutrition support for patients.

Things like: charting, math, independent work, task lists, checking boxes, people interaction, a rewarding field.

I think if my life weren’t headed into bakeries + blogs that there’s a good chance I might have ended up loving clinical and going into the field.

That said, I only finished my FIRST day!!!

I snacked on a Bora Bora Sesame Cranberry bar and an apple around 4. Loved this sesame flavor!!!

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I left work at 4:30 feeling more energized than drained. Always a good sign!

And then you won’t believe the vehicle that literally pulled up beside my car on my way home!!!!

[Don’t worry about my driving safety – this is a reenactment in a parking lot]


I took a road home that I NEVER take due to right-hand turns and he just happened to be on his Monday ride home from the Great Harvest store he doesn’t work in but makes the inventory run from on Mondays. TOTAL coincidence!!

And he just happened to overhear me blasting Glee and singing at the top of my lungs with my windows down!! LOL!

I got home. Unpacked –> Packed (I HATE this part of my day if you can’t tell!) and then was actually excited to hop on my bike and go for a workout.

I think warm weather definitely makes evening exercise more enjoyable. Definitely.

I biked to the gym. Did a quick 20 minute round on the Stairmaster. Did 15 minutes of upper body weight lifting with 17.5 pounders. And biked back. Got the whole thing done in 60 minutes.

I rinsed off in a shower and then got to work assembling a no-cook dinner of Easter leftovers!

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Risotto. Split pea soup. Cheddar Quackers. Salt + Pepper.

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A wonderful combo of hearty flavors!

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Love the new sea salt I bought! The coarse grind makes a huge difference over regular Morton’s Kosher.

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After dinner MATT was ready to dig into the Chocomize samples I just got in the mail!! I couldn’t keep his paws off of them so we decided to have an early dessert.

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The company sent me these samples based on my very favorite flavors in the world:

  • Nuts (almonds + walnuts)
  • Toffee
  • Butterscotch
  • Peanut Butter
  • Banana
  • Date
  • Coconut
  • Dark Chocolate

Seriously, I couldn’t have made better combos myself!! (I gave them a list of my favorites and said “create away!”) Chocomize has a million different toppings for chocolate – almost as fun as oatmeal creations!!

We opened the Banana + Coconut + Date bar tonight

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Matt ate more than his share and I had a nice end piece. This chocolate is GREAT! Dark + rich and chunks of awesome embedded throughout.

The con + pro are the same: you have to take a BIG bite to get to the good stuff!!

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After dinner we had a conference call with Great Harvest about our location. Feeling optimistic!!

Then I chatted with my grandfather on the phone. Always fun to catch up.

Then I blogged.

Now I must go climb into bed!!

Ever seen a monkey made out of bread!? I’m thinking that our GH location can make bread BEARS!?

Honey Monkey


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1 Mary Frances April 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Gram thinks:
– It’s cool you wear a lab coat–she wore one too!
– NY trip was exciting–doesn’t know how you did all that in 24 hours
– Did they let you take your Pumpkin Butter Jar of Yogurt through, let you eat it or take it away
– Wondering who you bought flowers for?
– Bears on the bench looked like they were comfy
– The purple top did look good on you
– Coconut elixir story was funny
– How wonderful you got back in time to have such a nice date with Matt–wanted that cupcake!
– Duckie was happy to have made a cameo (& Lillian)–loved seeing the pix from 1991
– Buddha bowl is great
– Your new dress is fabulous–Easter sounded like fun–Bunny bread is cute
– She will have a lot of questions about Clinical Nutrition

Happy 64th Wedding Anniversary today to Pop and Gram!!!


2 Kath April 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Oh my gosh – what a wonderful comment!!!!!

HI to you both!!!!

And Happy Anniversary!!!!!!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I am dying to try some of the Chocomize! Sounds so yummy.


4 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm

i think my chocomize would have those similar flavors – i love all that stuff too…


5 Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

i’m so mad i picked up fine sea salt at WF last time–the coarse is SO much better!

and oooomg that chocolate! that banana piece looks divine!


6 [email protected] April 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Yum, what amazing looking chocolate! And yes, this weather makes everything easier and better! Except sitting in my office, of course!


7 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

that’s too cute that matt heard you singing glee at the top of your lungs. my hubby would totally never EVER let me live it down :) also, i would do just about anything for a chunk of that chocolate. YUM!


8 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) April 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

That monkey is so adorable! Is it really made out of bread?


9 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Coarse ground sea salt definitely makes all the world of a difference in flavor


10 Emily Eats and Exercises April 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I’ve been having intense chocolate cravings this week. Reading your blog isn’t helping! They look seriously yummy.
I was wondering if you were happy about how the risotto came out. Care to share more details about your recipe?


11 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:28 am

Go have a piece of chocolate girl!

The risotto was reallllly simple because we left out the white wine, Parmesan and butter to be accmodating. Just add broth little by little until rice is done. It really was not the best I’ve had!


12 Lisa April 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

those breads are REDICulously cute. so jealous!!!!!!!


13 Heather April 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Love the idea of Chocomize!

Your dinner looks great – I love leftovers recreated.

What a coincidence Matt caught up to you on your way home – small world!

Glad your internship is going well – can’t wait to hear more about it.


14 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

How funny that you ran into him! I want to try those chocolate bars!


15 Ash Bear April 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

That chocolate looks DELICIOUS! I’m so happy your first day was even better than you expected. If you all end up making bread bears i’m SO ordering one for Bo’s birthday this summer! :) Maybe I can put in a special order with your hubs early. Glad things went well tonight with your CC as you all deserve the best location in Charlotesville.


16 Lauren April 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your first day of your Clinical Rotation, Kath! Also, that monkey is adorable…I actually thought it was a stuffed animal at first!


17 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Cute Monkey!!! And congrats about the location, I hope everything works out!
What a CRAZY coincidence running into Matt! Don’t you love it when things like that happen?!
It sounds like you had the most perfect day girl. So happy for you! Here’s to hoping the 2nd day is just as awesome!


18 Sophie April 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I’ve been thinking about using more sea salt lately too because I love the flavor, but what about losing the iodine? I noticed you’ve got one that doesn’t have iodine in it. I know people make such a fuss about not having in in SS, but do you think we still get enough of it every day in other parts of our diet?


19 Laura April 6, 2010 at 3:58 am

Sophie- if it helps, none of the salt in the U.K. is fortified with iodine, and we’re all doing fine- really its only a problem if you live in places where the soil which is farmed is deficient in iodine- hence all the hypothyroidism in the Himalayas! Its only a small amount you need anyway, and should get these if you eat a variety of foods. I think sea salt should have some iodine in it anyway- as it is a natural constituent of sea salt?


20 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:32 am

Agreed. Sea salt does have iodine. It’s in there as trace amounts and not manufactured in. But iodine is also in seafood and leafy greens – and if you eat in a restaurant weekly, you’re probably getting some more there.


21 Nancy April 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

As a clinical RD with over 30 yrs experience and also a preceptor for dietitian interns from a local university I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences on your clinical rotation. I enjoy your blog and enthusiasm for eating healthfully.


22 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:32 am
23 Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food April 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Wow! That chocolate looks luscious! How’s that bar? They just started carrying it at my local Harris Teeter and I was intrigued! Have a great night, girl!


24 Jenny April 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Today was officially leftover day:) I’m loving the bread monkey!


25 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Looks like a good day. I feel the same way about hte constant unpacking and packing everyday, it’s so boring.


26 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

It sounds like you are having a blast – I can’t wait to read more about your clinical rotation :-) I love no-cook meals like that, they’re so easy :-)


27 Genie April 5, 2010 at 9:06 pm

That chocolate looks amazing!!


28 Penny (Wannabe VEGGIEtarian) April 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Ohh!!! I have wanted to try Chocomize for ever!

Your dinner looks really good. I love split pea soup. :-)


29 Michelle April 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Sounds like a great day! BTW why don’t you want to make right-hand turns?


30 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:32 am

I LIKE right-hand turns so I took this road so I could take more!


31 Michelle April 6, 2010 at 9:58 am

Well than I gotta ask! Why do you like right-hand turns!


32 Kath April 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Because they are easier and require less traffic


33 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 5, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Haha, that’s too cute about running into Matt! And that Monkey bread is adorable!


34 Lisa @bakebikeblog April 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

wow what a day!!! Glad to hear that you loved yoru first day – sounds like so much fun!!!


35 [email protected] April 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love the way you reflect on your job! I’m graduating from college in a few months, and can only hope that I feel THAT passionate about what I do. It is such a special and rare thing!


36 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

It’s so great to find what you really love and get really excited about it! I hope it stays really great. I’m taking a psychology class about child development and I’m really loving it! Kind of makes me rethink my architecture major… yikes.

And I found that there’s a Great Harvest near me!!!! omigosh I’m so excited!


37 [email protected] April 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I WISH there was a GH near me. The closest one is almost an hour away- my husband used to work there when we lived in Mass. Bread bears is a cute idea!


38 stephanie April 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm

We used to make bread bears with my Mom when we were little and sell them at bake sales. SO cute, easy and yummy!


39 Kathi April 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

So glad your 1st day was so wonderful. Just read on oprah.com that the cast of Glee will be on her show Wednesday this week!


40 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:32 am

Oh I can’t wait!!


41 Abby April 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Glad to know you’re enjoying rotation so far…also glad to know I’m not the only one who sings at the top of my lungs in the car!


42 jessica April 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Hi Kath – Do you worry about the sea salt not having iodine in it? I recently replaced the salt in my house with sea salt and was wondering if I should be worried about not getting any iodine in my diet through iodized salt.


43 Laura April 6, 2010 at 4:04 am

Jessica- you could maybe have a look at what I’ve written above to Sophie if that helps?


44 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

Ditto – I responded above :)


45 Midgetkeeper April 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I want one of those Chocomize bars right now. They look amazing.


46 Run Sarah April 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Those chocomize bars look amazing. I love the bread monkey too, that is adorable :)


47 Marina April 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

yeah, those bars really look great.
Bread monkey is cute.What kind of bread is it? Is it stuffed with something?


48 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

It’s Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat. Just the bread!


49 Emily April 5, 2010 at 11:27 pm

So glad you loved your first day, Kath!!! I think the best part of clinical rotations is as you said…assimilating everything you’ve learned in all of your courses with practical experience (and real patients)! :-)


50 Tara April 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I definitely feel like I am learning the most in clinical too. It’s such a different side of the RD that most people don’t understand. We are one of the most important parts of the staff!!!


51 Holly April 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

I think I remember a certain San Francisco dinner where I told you I had no idea I’d like clinical dietetics and then fell in love during my internship because I love charting and rounds and all that stuff. ha ha! I am so glad to see it worked its magic on you. :)


52 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

You were right!!


53 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 6, 2010 at 2:10 am

:O Banana date coconut chocolate – good gosh, talk about mouthgasm! I’m glad you had such a good day at the hospital, I think it sounds sooo fascinating!


54 Diana April 6, 2010 at 2:46 am

Ah, bread bears sounds awesome :)
And those chocomize chocolates look so good!
Glad you’re enjoying your work!


55 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 6, 2010 at 5:14 am

Aw…totally love the idea of a bread bear. :mrgreen: That would be adorable and so personalized to your bakery.

Glad to hear you’re enjoying this clinical rotation! 😀


56 lisa April 6, 2010 at 5:15 am

I have a question unrelated to this post – how much water and food (if any) do you take in typically before an early morning run or workout? Thanks!

And I so enjoy your blog – glad a friend recommended that I check it out!


57 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

I usually have about a cup of water and don’t have a snack if I go to at 5:30AM. If I go in the AM but wait until 8 or 9, I always have a small snack like toast and PB or a banana.


58 lisa April 7, 2010 at 5:13 am

Thanks! Still trying to work out whether I want to begin an early morning running routine, but good to have some ideas.


59 Rachel April 6, 2010 at 5:28 am

Sounds like you had a great day! I think I would love clinical rotation too – I really like paperwork, filling out charts, etc…. I can’t wait to hear more about your experiences. I love your disclaimer about the picture of Matt :) Those chocomize bars are such a great idea. Do they come in milk chocolate? ( Not a dark chocolate fan). Hope you had a great night and are having a good start to your Tuesday!


60 Kath April 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

Yep! Milk too.


61 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 6, 2010 at 5:43 am

That chocolate looks insanely good. What a score!

Glad you enjoyed your first day as an RD! I sounds like a really rewarding and interesting field to work in.


62 Tara April 6, 2010 at 5:49 am

I’m glad you’re enjoying your clinical rotation! It was actually my least favorite, but that’s because I hate paperwork and charting- ha!


63 Kim April 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

We had the bread bears at our Great Harvest up here in Columbia, MD. They had them out at Christmas time with jams and GH bread knives, all tied up in a cute package. They were great gift ideas! Just a thought for the future… :)


64 M. Carter @ the Movies April 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

Those Chocomize bars sound — and look — DIVINE! I’m always on the lookout for interesting forms of chocolate (aside from the usual blah, bad-for-me candy bars) to devour, so I’m headed straight to the Web site to see what other goodies Chocomize has to offer.


65 JENNA April 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

i’m glad to hear things are looking better for you location! Sorry I didn’t reply to your e-mail but I live about 25 min about…..when i’m in c’ville I’ll stop by where ever you are located! 😉

Ava would have a fit over that bread bear!! sooo cute!

I hope things are going well and you had a great Easter.


66 Hannah April 6, 2010 at 8:39 am

I think you’ll have to make bread CAVALIERS, to support UVA! 😛 Go Hoos!!
So jealous of your Chocomize bars… I’d so love to order some, but I don’t have a shipping address in the States. Boo!


67 Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

I’ m sure you’ve blogged about this before, but what ARE you planning to do with your RD degree since you’re live is headed towards blogs and bakeries?


68 Kath April 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Blog + bake!!


69 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale April 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

My mom gave us some dark chocolate bunny ears (the best part of a chocolate bunny, IMO!)… and the pro/con of that is that I feel like I have to eat at least 1 ear or it’s not worth it! Eating half an ear just feels wrong…


70 Blaire April 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

Too cute! My mom always made us bread bears as a kid!


71 runeatrepeat3 April 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

I want to try the chocomize bars too! Wow, those look divine!


72 Cynthia (It All Changes) April 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Don’t you love it when you love what you do?!


73 KC April 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Chocolate bars look delicious! I can’t wait for you guys to open the other ones and tell us how they taste! :)


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