Hot boxin’

February 18, 2010

Currently chowing down this awesome lunch in my car before heading inside the health dept for the afternoon.

This morning I went with one of the nutrition counselors to elementary schoolers working to get healthier through better food choices. I really love counseling! I think it’s definitely my favorte part of nutrition and where I see myself in the future the most. I think I’m good at connecting with people and coming up with creative suggestions too :)

We went way over our time and so I’m running really late to my next stop. Hence, lunch in the car. But my gosh it was a good one!

In the lunch box today was a spinach + cheddar + jam sandwich on Flax Oat Bran. Yes, I put jam with everything and it was delicious!!!

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This was some of the Organic Valley sharp cheddar they sent for me to try out. Sharp white cheddar rocks my world, and this one was no exception. Rich and flakey and ….extra sharp!

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Great Grapefruit!

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Slices in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools fan method :)

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Leftover squish-a-squash (as Matt calls it!)

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And a few pieces of Sharffen-Berger dark for good measure.

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Happy afternoon!

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1 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I would love that part of my job too if I were and RD. I enjoy sharing things about health now with friends and family. Knowledge is power.


2 Estela @ Weekly bite February 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Yum! That sandwich looks delicious! I love the jam/cheese combo!

Enjoy the rest of your day :)


3 *Andrea* February 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

i think you’d be an excellent counselor! you’re so warm and sweet, yet also intelligent :) delicious lunch!!! your love of jam reminds me of an episode of friends where joey is obsessed with monica’s jam-plan haha


4 Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

hmmm after yours and Caitlin’s post – I think I need a sandwich or wrap for lunch, but also tea since it’s so stinking cold at my house


5 Ameena February 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I love the way you cut everything so artistically! Lunch looks delicious.


6 Hannah February 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I thin one of the reasons you’d make (do make!) an excellent counsellor is that you genuinely love food, so will be able to show people that you can still enjoy and relish food while living healthfully :) I know that’s what you show us here!


7 shannon (the daily balance) February 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I think you are going to be a great counselor! Just look at how many people you connect with a motivate via KERF!

have a great afternoon 😉


8 [email protected] February 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

You will be a great counselor! Do not worry……..


9 megan February 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

What a great lunch. You’re so creative with stuff like that. I bring the same sorts of things every day. although jam on that sandwich does sound a little strange


10 Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I love sharp white cheddars too! Sargentos is tasty (especially their New York variety) but I haven’t tried Organic Valley. I’ll have to check it out!

And I cut a grapefruit the other day following your tutorial. It made me so happy! It’s the only way I’ll eat a grapefruit from now on!


11 Tara February 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I have to try cutting my grapefruit like that. Looks easy and great!


12 Meg February 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Glad I’m not the only one who loves the veggie+cheese+jam combo 😀

Hope the rest of your day is just as fantastic as the beginning!


13 Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Looks like such a good lunch, I love sharp white cheddar. I bet you will be great at counseling :-)


14 GurlOnA"Diet" February 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

yummy! i love unusual combos like cheese and jam…my family thinks i’m so weird! lol


15 [email protected] February 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Nice looking lunch!

I think when people are starting to eat healthier, once they know all that they CAN eat vs. what they can’t it gets a little easier. Great job on the counseling! That must be so gratifying!


16 Freya @ February 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Minus the grapefruit, that does sound like a fab lunch :) I hate cheddar normally, unless it’s with jam or chutney – it gives it a whole new flavour!
I love the counselling aspect to most stuff too – my mum is an eating disorders counseller so I know lots about it (in comparison to some) – it’s fascinating! My dream is to be a nutritional therapist :)
Have a good afternoon!


17 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

i was drooling my way through that post…sooooooo yummy! i like the thought of the sandwich, too, kinda like a healthy monte cristo!


18 Jenn @ Livewellfit February 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I need to go by me some jam!!!! :)


19 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Jam ‘n’ cheese is simply delish. I’m totally digging the sweet and savory combo these days. I gotta try that grapefruit technique the next time I get my hands on one.


20 caitlin February 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

hahaha do you know what hot boxin is??


21 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

urban dictionary that oneee


22 Teresica February 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Haha when I saw that title I was REALLY wondering what would be the content of this post!


23 Christie @ Honoring Health February 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Yumyumyum! I think the sandwich with jam and cheese sounds delish! Kind of makes me think of baked brie en croute with cranberry jam.


24 amber's notebook February 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

LOL Caitlin!! I was beginning to think I was only one who thought that about the title!!


25 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Wow that sandwich with jam actually sounds good, I had to think about it for a second but I think jam and cheese would taste good together.


26 Jenn ( February 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Yum, sweet and savory is a match made in heaven. :) Eating jam with cheese is basically like fruit and cheese.



27 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

DEFINITELY thought this post was going to be about something else… great looking sandwich, and no worries about being a counselor, you’ll be fantastic!


28 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

goodness, that’s one great looking lunch! i wish I ate that well in my car but that would require planning and i’m such a horrible, horrible planner. My car lunches are always protein shakes, luna bars, fruit, ect. boring but portable


29 Jil February 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Sounds like a great day!! and a great lunch!!


30 Rachel (suburban yogini) February 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

And there was me thinking the only person who ate cheese and jam sandwiches was my other half!


31 Marisa (Loser for Life) February 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Mmm..I would love that Flax Oat Bran bread!

I think counseling would be the best part, too!


32 Sarah @ LongLegsHealthyLife February 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Hey Kath! I remembered your post about the grapefruit from a few weeks ago this morning when I was making my breakfast and I tried it. It was so much easier to eat, and far less messy, thanks for that tip! I agree with you about the health/food counseling being the best part, I would love to do that for a living!


33 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats February 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Ooo what a great lunch! I’m so glad you showed that citrus cutting trick too. I hate peeling oranges, but cutting them the “other way” is not very condusive to eating them either!

Cheese + jam = LOVE. Mmmm!


34 Lisa @bakebikeblog February 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Jam and cheese? Interesting – but I bet the flavours actually worked really well :)


35 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

What a great looking lunch! I love extra sharp cheddar – it’s the only way to go. The older, the better! I would never have thought to add jam, but now that I think about it I like cranberry sauce on sandwiches, so it’s kind of the same thing.

And chocolate is definitely a necessity at most meals. :-)



36 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Mmmmm…sharp white cheddar is the BEST! Have you tried Dubliner cheddar? It’s really good :-)

Have you ever tried Sage derby, Kath? I feel like you would like it!

Okay, I’m going to stop listing cheeses now :-)


37 Kath February 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

No but please feed them to me!


38 Cole February 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

That sandwich looks great!


39 caronae February 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Sweet and savory sandwiches always make my tummy happy at lunch. My favorite combo is almond butter, spinach, and cherry jam!


40 [email protected] February 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Yummy looking lunch!
I was wondering if you have any problems with the products that are allowed to be purchased with WIC. I worked in a grocery store during high school and was kind of surprised that the women who used it could only buy a very select number of items with the coupons. That was about six years ago though and I don’t know if it’s changed.


41 Kath February 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I do wish they could purchase all kinds of healthy products, but I can see why they chose the ones that they did. Obviously the gov’t can’t afford organic milk, or greek yogurt or Kashi cereals. It’s a shame, but maybe if we all buy them we can supply/demand the prices down so everyone can!


42 [email protected] February 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm

That’s what I tell myself when buy a $4-5 dozen of eggs! Hopefully organic and natural is what everyone will want and an afford in the future.


43 Amanda February 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

HA hope you weren’t hot boxin before work :)


44 Tiffany February 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

love the presentation of the grapefruit! and jam on a cheese sammie? sounds interesting!


45 Mama Pea February 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Uh, like the other commenters said, you know what hot boxin’ is right?


46 Food Makes Fun Fuel February 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

LOL I did not catch that meaning. Don’t let the girls read this post then!


47 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Sharp cheese and fruit go real well together I think… Not weird at all! I really like blue cheese with pear or cranberries and apple with extra sharp cheddar.


48 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

What an awesome idea with the jam! I totally need to try that out… looks delicious!


49 Ryane February 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

hot boxin’ = jam + cheese
not so weird now


50 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

i just had a roast beef sandwich with jam and creole mustard. terrific combo of flavors!


51 Kath February 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Thanks everyone.

And YESSSSS I know what ‘hot boxin” is. That’s why I did the title!!!!!!!!


52 Leena February 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

i put jam on everything too! i love sweet and savory combos! my favorite thing to pair it with is eggs! when i tell this to people, they usually cringe, but i think it tastes amazing!


53 lo February 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I wasn’t a convert to the “jam on everything” concept until recently, and now I think it’s gone epic. That sandwich looks stellar. Glad to know that OV sharp cheddar is worth its weight!


54 [email protected]:// February 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

What an interesting idea for a sandwich, but sounds good.


55 Lauren February 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

You’ve been making me crave grapefruits so much that I went out and bought some yesterday. And I could totally see how jam would taste good on that sandwich.


56 Elizabeth February 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Could you show us how to slice the grapefruit that way again? I had trouble figuring it out!


57 Kath February 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Yes, the next time I have one I will.

Put the stem towards your belly button and slice in half at the 12 and 6 on the clock.

Put both halves face down.

Turn both halves 90*

Then slice vertically again (12 and 6).

Hope that makes sense


58 Nicole, RD February 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Looks delicious!!


59 skinnyrunner February 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm

that sounds like a strange combination for a sandwich, but you’re right, jam is pretty tasty.


60 Heather February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I love the bright colors of the grapefruit!


61 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

The jam sounds amazing… never thought about putting that on savory things..yum!


62 February 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

I am loving Kobucha squash and find it SUPER filling! good luck on the sale of your house!


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