Gobble Trot

November 25, 2010

One of the best things about having a blog is being able to recall holidays past!

Thanksgiving 2007 Recap – 5.3 miles + oatmeal pancake

Thanksgiving 2008 Breakfast – 6 mile run + granola oatmeal

Thanksgiving 2009 Breakfast – 5 mile run + muffin oatmeal

And this year….

….6 miles and a green muffin smoothie!

It’s obviously tradition to get up and run with Matt and then have a late breakfast : ) Our run today was a bit slower than usual. I think because I had a late workout last night so my legs weren’t 100% fresh. We averaged 9-9:30 miles (including hills, of course) but all-in-all, it was a fantastic way to begin a day in the kitchen.


During our run I gave Matt a quiz:

Yogurt, oatmeal or smoothies? Smoothies.

Spinach, fruity, chocolate or vanilla chai? Vanilla chai.

Muffin or granola? Muffin.

In a bowl topped with muffin or in a glass with side of muffin? Bowl.

He LOVES SIABs with coconut butter topping!

I had mine in an empty PB jar!


All Mixed Up

Serves TWO | Makes 20 oz


Toppings! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffin + wheatberries + coconut butter melted on the stove top

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Matt’s bowl


My jar.


DA-licious! The pumpkin soaked in smoothie was actually wonderful!




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Mom and Dad will be here within the hour – I need to go dry my hair! Our dinner is planning to be served at 4PM – so there is still a bit of natural light for this photographer!

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1 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

what a great way to start thanksgiving! have a wonderful holiday:-)


2 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 25, 2010 at 10:34 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Matt


3 Andrea November 25, 2010 at 10:35 am

Happy THanksgiving Kath!! Enjoy the day!


4 Camille November 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

Sounds like a great start to your holiday!
Happy Thanksgiving!


5 faith @ gracefulfitness November 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

Happy Thanksgiving!
I was considering skipping my tofurky trot this morning but you may have inspired me out the door!


6 Balanced Healthy Life November 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish our town had a Turkey Trot this year! I love running on Thanksgiving!


7 [email protected] November 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

Happy Thanksgiving!!


8 Simply Life November 25, 2010 at 11:09 am

I love being able to look at past posts and see how things have changed and also stayed the same -happy thanksgiving!


9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

Happy Thanksgiving Kath!


10 Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

I love that you use the near-empty jars for your bowl. Talk about reuse! That all looks delicious. I made chocolate pumpkin cupcakes this morning but left a few as “muffins” :)


11 Krystina November 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

Happy Thanksgiving. :)


12 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

Happy Thanksgiving Kath (and Matt)!!

A run is a great way to start off a holiday, I was really surprised to see so many people out running and walking around my house today. :)


13 Nancy November 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

Hi Kath! Since you are a dietician who also cooks, I have a question for you. My mother brines her turkey every year and it is deeeelicious. I have actually experimented with brining pork loin and chicken breasts and I love it. My question is, how does brining affect the nutritional quality? More calories? Is the additional sodium extreme? Would love to hear your insight if you have any.


14 Kath November 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Hey Nancy, I don’t know much about the effects of brining, but my best guess is that the only effect would be an increase in sodium in the dish. Unless you’re on a low-sodium diet for a clinical reason, I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. It shouldn’t add any more calories.


15 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’ve never added wheatberries to my SIABs but that’s such a good topping! I hope you have a great day and a delicious meal! :)


16 Ashley November 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

Great way to start the day. I’m about to walk the dogs and then off to Denver to be with all of our friends. Happy Thanksgiving Kath!! :)


17 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 25, 2010 at 11:45 am

My family did a gobble jog this morning too. Complete with green recovery smoothie. Wish I’d thought of eating it soup-style with a muffin on top. One day I will learn to read your blog before making breakfast choices…

Happy Thanksgiving!


18 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen November 25, 2010 at 11:52 am

Smoothie in a bowl/jar – love!


19 Aneesha November 25, 2010 at 11:56 am

Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and Matt! i got up this morning and went on a nice five mile run….guess who stayed in bed and slept….the lazybear Monson haha!! hope you guys have a great day


20 Kath November 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Good for you! You shouldda pushed Andrew out of bed!


21 Amanda November 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Happy thanksgiving KERF!


22 Paige (Running Around Normal) November 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Haha that’s awesome to start it off with a brisk run! All around 5-6 miles too :)


23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a good run and pumpkin muffins!


24 Lee @ College Foodie Finds November 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Happy Turkey day Kath!! SIAJ + Running + Thanksgiving. You have all the basis covered today!


25 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Kath!! Have fun with your family!


26 Canadian November 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Since you linked to those previous Thanksgiving posts, I clicked on the 2007 one and then read a bunch of your posts from 2007. I was not a reader then, and it is interesting to see how you have changed as a blogger and as an eater.

You have obviously really developed your photography skills over the years! The 2007 ones are kind of like what I would take, whereas your 2010 pictures are so beautiful (and nice and big). In 2007 you used to put certain words or phrases in bold, and you don’t do that anymore. You still have a tendency to use exclamation marks liberally. You had very few comments back in 2007 — what a difference! But the biggest difference seems to be in your approach to food. In 2007 you were counting calories burned and consumed, and although it seems you enjoyed your food, you seemed to always have calories in mind, sometimes regretting little bites you had. Now you seem like much more of a “foodie”, not counting calories at all, trying to be sensible most of the time, but still ready to eat high-calorie things when the moment is right — most of all loving food. You seem to have a much better relationship with food now — it’s so great to see! (But maybe it was necessary to be a little bit obsessed when losing weight.)

I also notice that back in 2007 you talked about the little struggles and decisions you had to make every day. Whether to snack, when to snack, evaluating fullness/hunger, when to stop eating, how you were trying to listen to your body, things you regretted, things you were proud of, etc. You don’t post much along those lines I am wondering whether you still analyze your eating like that (and just don’t post about it), or whether you no longer need to analyze so much because eating has become more natural for you? (I’m hoping it’s the latter, because that’s where I hope to be someday!)

And one other little question for you: I notice back in November 2007 that you often had for yogurt or cottage cheese with cranberry sauce. Is this regular cranberry sauce, like Thanksgiving-type sauce? Or is it a special recipe? I might like to try that. Sounds like an interesting idea for getting more cranberries in my diet — I know they’re great for anti-oxidants.

Your blog is always an inspiration. I’m not American so my Thanksgiving is not today, but in your honour I will give thanks for your blog! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!


27 Kath November 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

You are perceptive and very accurate in your observations :) I think my brain has come a long way as I left weight loss and moved into a permanent era of maintenance and mindful eating. I have always enjoyed food, but I do think now I think a lot less about the content and more about how it makes me feel.

I do think I share less of “this is why I decided to make this decision” because people seem not to want to read about those type of things based on the comments I got over the years. So that was an intentional editorial decision. I suppose for those who haven’t lost weight or had problems with portions, etc. find it distracting from the beauty of the food. I do have reasoning behind some of the choices I make, but like I said about, it’s more about how I feel and balance of food groups than about calories.

Yogurt + cranberry sauce is awesome! I started doing it as leftovers from Thanksgiving and continued to make batches of cranberry sauce to eat it more full time. I never got around to cooking my cranberries this year, but they’re in the freezer ready for a snack! So yes, I eat it just like the Thanksgiving style.


28 Canadian November 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Kath! I will definitely try the yogurt and cranberry sauce thing.


29 stacey-healthylife November 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

That’s funny dinner is served around the lighting for the photo’s.


30 Hannah November 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Oooh, I *love* the idea of smoothie-soaked muffins! Sometimes I crumble muffins and pour warm soymilk on top… yours is the fancier version of that!


31 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm

You’re so good to exercise on special days like Thanksgiving! It’s the best way to stay in the habit, I think :) I can speak from experience for the opposite, hehehe!


32 Dee November 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

Oh man, that is SO awesome you got a run in! Happy Belated Thanksgiving!


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