It Takes Two To Mango

April 25, 2008

Happy Friday!!

Mango + Almond Oatmeal

with Trader Joe’s Macadamia-Cashew Butter


I think it was BethT that pointed out that SELF Magazine recently had a blurb about the benefits of combining mango and almonds. I have to say, it’s quite a delicious combination too :)

Today’s bowl of oats was half vanilla hemp milk, half water, pinch salt, about 1/3 a mango (added in the beginning of cooking)

, 1/2 a tbsp flax, vanilla, sliced toasted almonds and a spoonful of Macadamia-Cashew butter to round out the tropical flavor. I should have added a sprinkle of coconut too!


With coffee, breakfast was about 442 kcal, 9 grams fiber and 15 grams protein.


Lunar Snack

I had a mini Luna bar before my workout today. It wasn’t quite enough and I started to get really hungry about 45 minutes into my workout. Next time I might add some PB to it, or just save these for tide-me-overs and desserts.


At the gym, I did 40 minutes on the ET plus lifting with the husband. I didn’t have to get up early today but I decided to go with him to spend some time together. Every minute counts!

The Plan

I’m not sure of the plan for today and if I’m going to class or not yet. It’s an hour commute there and back and we’re just having a review in class today (and Chemistry is over). While I would benefit from the review, that’s a lot of driving for 50 minutes when I could just study here instead. But we are getting a test back… So I emailed my Prof and asked if since I feel comfortable with the topic if I should come and she hasn’t replied. I hope that wasn’t too obnoxious of a question, but professors are generally sympathetic to those of us who commute from Charlotte. She hasn’t responded yet, so I think that means I should go…. blarg. I’m going to wait and see if she replies before 10:00 and go if she doesn’t.

Otherwise, I need to work on my Stats test today and get ready for a big trip up to Davidson tonight for the alumni weekend festivities. We’re hosting the husband’s dad and his girlfriend here tonight, so add houseguest prep to my to-do list! Tomorrow’s going to be a crazy day too.


No Class or Driving! Just got this email with 15 minutes to spare…


I wouldn’t worry about missing class.  I will send you your lab grade later today.  

And you are welcome for the interesting semester.  I enjoyed having you in my class.   

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1 eliza April 25, 2008 at 7:49 am

breakfast looks great!
have a good friday everyone


2 hk April 25, 2008 at 7:51 am

mmm, almonds and mango, a great pair!! Enjoy your alumni get-together, fun! happy friday :)


3 oatmeal April 25, 2008 at 7:55 am

Really! That’s awesome ’cause I love mango and almonds as well! Crunchy and chewy–who doesn’t love that?
And wow–an hour just to get to class? I’d be tempted to skip as well! 😛


4 caitlin (in FL) April 25, 2008 at 8:05 am

happy friday everyone! i hope you have a wonderful day!

kath, i finally tried your ‘classic kath’ oatmeal this morning (i knooooooooooooooooow..) and it was SO. FREAKING. AMAZING. genius with the marshmellowly bananas. my weiner doggie kept smelling it like she wanted some, too!


5 Becca April 25, 2008 at 8:07 am

I’m in the same boat with classes today Kath (but I live about 10 minutes from school). I’m killing time in the library after a test that took literally minutes, for a class at 11, that I will probably get nothing I can’t find in the book!

Love the tropical theme oatmeal, I did something similar a week or two ago, but with macadamia nuts and banana with the mango (and no nut butter).


6 Romina April 25, 2008 at 8:22 am

I too read about the mango/almond combo. I must say, it sounds delicious! Nature knows best. 😉


7 Nadia April 25, 2008 at 8:25 am

I just finished eating a bowl of muesli made with soy yogurt instead of regular and strawberries and almond milk. SO good. I’ve never had muesli before. Thanks for the awesome idea and answering my prep questions from yesterday :)


8 Suzanne April 25, 2008 at 8:37 am

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s been a long week….but we’ve had beautiful weather at least.

Kath – your breakfast looks yummy as usual! I forgot to say thanks for your response about my soy question and the link. It was very helpful! Thanks!


9 Amanda @ Down Home Dieting April 25, 2008 at 8:38 am

Almonds and mango sounds great to me! Have a good weekend!


10 Leah April 25, 2008 at 8:49 am

Kath or anyone,

What is ice milk and anyone know how to make it? I’ve never heard of it before.


11 bikergurl April 25, 2008 at 8:51 am

“Every minute counts!” – I loved this like! So true 😀
Good news about not having to go to class, I wish my profs would say that! Of course I live 5 minutes away so I have no excuse…
Have a great day!


12 Katie April 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

Mmmm, how tropical! Hope your crazy busy day goes smoother than expected. :)


13 Hannah April 25, 2008 at 8:59 am

Where did you get those mini luna bars? I’ve never seen them before. Sometime I try just splitting one in half, but the other half generally gets eaten within minutes. :)

I can totally relate to living far from campus. Not only do I commute, but I also take classes and intern at an elementary school every day in a completely different town…so I’m all over the place.


14 Cassie April 25, 2008 at 9:07 am

Congrats about not having to make the drive!


15 Allison K. April 25, 2008 at 9:16 am

I had mango last night for dessert (with chocolate chips it was great!) but I used your cutting technique, and while I still managed to make a huge mess….I was def. more sucessfull!


16 Tina April 25, 2008 at 9:37 am

“It takes two to mango!” Haha! You are too cute!


17 Marnie April 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

Kath, after a grueling 10 min conversation with the women from President’s cheese just to find out where they sell it in my area she tells me it will take them a few weeks before they get back to me! Honestly, she might have been the least intelligent customer rep I have ever talked to, and I have talked to some stupid ones (I apoligize if anyone is a customer rep person, but some of the people who answer the phones can be quite frustrating to work with and others have been very pleasurable! I’m annoyed if you can’t tell…….she was painstakingly slow! Anyway, sorry for the rant, but did you get it at a regular grocery store and in the refrigerated section or at a special cheese counter?

Also, do you buy it crumbled or in block. Thanks and i just saw What’s comment, just ignore that person!


18 Allison April 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

Hi Kath! I’ve been using your Oatmeal Brulee recipe all week, and I love it. I think I used too much brown suger, but I can adjust that next time. What do you think about adding a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder?


19 Amandamoo April 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

Hannah –

I agree about eating half of a bar. I have the good intention to put the other half away and then… before I know what’s happened… “away” become, “in my mouth”.

Kath-you used to eat half a Kashi bar, for example, quite often. How did you avoid eating the other half?!?


20 Kelly L. April 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

MANGO MANGO. That just made me think of Mango off of SNL. Remember him? Okay anyways… You had me craving some mango so I took out some frozen cut mango I had in the freezer and defrosted it for about 1 min 20 secs and it’s still slightly frozen but mushy and chewy! This is so good. I love half frozen fruit. Grapes are the best!


21 Kiala April 25, 2008 at 10:13 am

Okay, I’m going to buy a mango and watch your mango video and talk to strangers at a party tonight about how I only eat things Kath tell me to eat.

Like they don’t think I’m weird enough already. THANKS.


22 Heather April 25, 2008 at 10:40 am

Hmm… mango in oatmeal? I’ve only had it in cold dishes, but that looks GOOD! I may just have to break away from my banana oatmeal trend.

Hooray for no class! And have fun at your alumni weekend :) We used to drive past Davidson in college on the way to visit the (now) in-laws- such a pretty campus!


23 VeggieGirl April 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

Haha, your blog-post titles are always quite catchy :0)

Mmm, mango & almond oatmeal!! I’ve actually never combined them in oatmeal before, but I’m glad to know that it’s a good combination to try!

Hooray for no classes!! One of my classes this afternoon was canceled, so I’m psyched about that :0)


24 SarahF April 25, 2008 at 10:54 am

Morning everyone!

I need all you intelligent ladies help :) I started working out 4 months ago because I switched from an active job (bartending) to a sedentary job (accounting). I absolutely love working out and have started eating really healthy.
However, since I’ve started working out I’ve toned up (obviously) but it’s made me really scrawny. I lost most of the chest I had (wasn’t much to start), my bum, and pretty much all of my curves. I’ve also lost weight (which I didn’t want to do).
I don’t want to lose anymore weight, but I also don’t want to stop working out. I know the obvious answer here is to eat more food and then I’ll stop losing weight-but I already eat a lot of food! I’m never hungry and I often leave meals feeling like a big stuffed goose because I ate so much! Also, I should note, that I’m not working out crazy amounts. The longest I ever work out is an hour, and that’s only if I’m doing a fitness class. If I’m working out on my own I’ll usually do 30 minutes of cardio and about 15 of strength.
Thanks ladies! Sorry for such a stupid question but I need to stop losing weight!


25 Sidi April 25, 2008 at 11:12 am

My man-go(es) away for a week… LOL


26 caitlin (in FL) April 25, 2008 at 11:13 am

sarah f- what about MORE calorie dense foods instead of more volume foods… im thinking hummus, cheese, peanut butter, etc!


27 Teddy April 25, 2008 at 11:19 am

Mango is probably my favorite fruit. Have you had mango lassee? I’m not sure how healthy they are but they are delish. Basically mango yogurt drink…YUM

YAY to no class :)



28 kim April 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

Yay, I love mango lassis. I don’t think a small one is bad for us Teddy. I get them in lieu of cocktail at my fav. Indian Restaurant in harvard Square.


29 Kristie April 25, 2008 at 11:38 am

Mmm I have a fresh mango just sitting waiting to be eaten. I’ll have to try that in some oatmeal very soon, maybe for tomorrow’s breakfast!

And good for you that you didn’t have to go to class. Your prof seems really understanding, that’s awesome. An hour commute is QUITE a lot just for a review…


30 Nick April 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Oooh, I was just thinking about mango the other day. I need to invest in some of those puppies, they go in everything!

The Peanut Butter Boy


31 BethT April 25, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Yeah, that was me :) I love SELF. And speaking of which, I saw this great “tip of the day” on their web site today…does anyone else need to work on this?

Think slim:
If you tend to be impatient, you’re less likely to keep track of what you’re eating, so you might be consuming more than you think. Train yourself to slow down and notice when you’re full. Three times a week, have dinner without distractions. Chew each bite thoroughly and give yourself time to feel sated. If eating slowly feels awkward, that’s proof you’re frenzied.

I am SO BAD at eating too quickly…I scarf my food half the time! I am making it a goal this week to sloooooow down.


32 Nadia April 25, 2008 at 12:24 pm

my dad used to always make mango + vanilla ice cream + milk shakes when I was a kid. Ofcourse it wasn’t healthy but man did it taste good :)


33 MariaK April 25, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Kath, You have done this more than once so that is why I am telling you this: it’s rude and inappropriate to publish private email communications, regardless of how innocent or public the content is, on a public blog. I assume the email writers do not know they are going to be published, and therefore, it is an invasion of their privacy.

Just something for you to think about. Oh and how come you never answered whether Ally was drinking wine. That was interesting…


34 Nadia April 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm

umm actually that wouldn’t constitute invasion of privacy as a legal matter. Invasion of privacy is only recognized in 4 times of situations and instead of listing them, I’m just going to say that rewriting an email that was sent to your email account doesn’t fall into any one of those categories.


35 Nadia April 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm

sorry…meant 4 types of situations


36 Katers April 25, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Yawn. I’m sick of criticism! Kath, you’re the coolest.


37 MariaK April 25, 2008 at 12:51 pm


Are you a lawyer? I am. I was using “invasion of privacy” in the general sense, not the tort sense. I did not mean Kath could be sued for her action (of course there are no damages in this situation anyway). I still think it is not good practice for someone who seems very professional in every other manner.



38 Katers April 25, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I repeat, yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn.


39 MariaK April 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Katers, I am so sorry to bore you as you constantly refresh the page waiting to see what Kath ate for lunch.


40 Katers April 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm

hahah, not a problem MariaK!


41 Nadia April 25, 2008 at 1:08 pm


Yes I am a lawyer…I guess my mind immediately goes to the legal implications of the term, invasion of privacy. :)


42 Kelly T April 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm

MariaK- what are you referring to with the wine thing? i think i missed something…


43 Annon April 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

It doesn’t seem professional for lawyers to be blogging during work hours either, so I am not sure why you are criticizing Kath. Although I am guessing you are not at a firm with billable hours or if so, your firm has really low hour requirements.


44 KatieTX April 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm

SarahF, The best thing to do to keep from losing weight is to add more strength training. It will build muscle which will increase your metabolism but because muscle weighs alot, it should increase the numbers on the scale. Also unless you are becoming underweight, I wouldn’t worry too much about what the scale says. I have never had curves so I feel your pain with that! However, the more I cycle and lift weights I find I have more of a butt. Just some suggestions!


45 Nadia April 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm

in my defense i’m blogging because i’m off today…:P


46 Katers April 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Kelly T., Ally (awesome blogger of Vegan Eats) and Kath are friends; Ally is a senior in hs, ie. underage; Kath had a pic of Ally holding a glass with something that looked like wine at the bbq they had recently. People pointed this out, Kath didn’t comment, because, honestly, what’s the point? It’s not like Ally is 11; she’s 17 or 18, and very self-sufficient from what I’ve read on her blog. Now MariaK is pointing this out as some huge hypocrisy on Kath’s part. Yawwwn.

Kath, please forgive me for engaging in this sillyness – it’s a slow work day.


47 Kelly T April 25, 2008 at 1:33 pm

SarahF- Im a personal trainer, and bywhat you have said, you should not be dropping as much weight as you are. I know a lot of people would kill to be in your situation, but that doesnt take away from whats happening to you. I dont mean to be offensive, but you arent working out a lot (you are working out a good amount!) so the change shouldnt be that drastic. I would talk to your doctor and maybe he can find out whats going on or put you on a meal plan that will allow you to healthfully gain weight. Good Luck!


48 MariaK April 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm

(1) I actually wasn’t criticizing Kath, I was merely observing that I think it is rude and unprofessional to cut and paste an email from a teacher on your blog.

(2) Lawyers, especially litigation associates, have work that comes in waves. Sometimes there is an insane amount of work to do and some days it is sort of slow. Either way, I cannot make up work just to bump up my billable hours. I am sure in 20 minutes some crazy partner will give me something ridiculous to do just in time to ruin my weekend. Also, when I originally posted I was eating lunch at my desk.

(3) Someone said a week or so ago that someone named “ally” was pictured on the blog with wine and (scandal) she is only in high school. I just thought it was hilarious and wanted to see what happened with that.


49 Kelly T April 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

ah, thanks Katers. Im all caught up now. Let the nonsense ensue.


50 mel April 25, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Some people like to make stupid comments about everything!! Haters- please get a life!! Everyone else, I hope y’all are having great Fridays! it’s 80 and sunny here but I’m stuck inside with a cold and writing a paper … blah! Horray for only one more week of school! What are everyone’s favorite summer foods?? Mine are ice cream and fruit!! They even each other out..haha


51 Annon April 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm

That’s fine, but that’s not an accurate description of litigation work in biglaw, where there is always something to do. So like I said a smaller firm, with lower billable hour requirements. I know a lot about law and no I am not a paralegal, etc. I am a student.


52 MariaK April 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I work in NY and my billable requirement is 2200/year. If you must know, a previously scheduled arbitration was cancelled earlier in the week freeing me up quite a bit. Thanks for the concern about my professional development, though.


53 Ally April 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Ever since you told me about the Almond and Mango benefits, I have been enjoying the combo!

It really does great and breakfast looks fantastic!

Too bad you didn’t take a spin class this morning 😉


54 Kath April 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm

caitlin (in FL),
YAY for oatmeal with “marshmallows.” So glad you finally tried it (and liked it!)

Leah ,
No one really knows what iced milk is (meaning me or the other readers) but we think it’s sweetened frozen milk – kind of like gelato crossed with soft serve ice cream? I get it at the dining hall, so I don’t think you could buy it.

Hannah ,
I found the mini Lunas at Target.

Marnie ,
Sorry to hear the customer service wasn’t nice! I get my cheese from the “cheese wheel” in the grocery store (the more gourmet section compared to the Sargento/Kraft section) and it comes in block form.

Allison ,
I don’t really “believe” in protein powder because I get enough protein from my diet. But if you like to use it, I think it would probably work fine.

Amandamoo ,
I think putting the other half away before you start eating the current half helps. Put it back in the box, put the box in the cabinet and walk away and eat your half somewhere else. If you just start chomping in the whole thing will be gone before you know it!

BethT ,
Good tip!! I have slowed my eating down a TON in the past few years.



55 SarahF April 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I just wanted to thank everyone for your comments this morning! I need to go to the doctor anyways for a check up so this will definitely be something I’ll follow up on! Thanks again :)


56 Allison April 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm

My uncle was always on a special diet (low sodium, low fat) and he ate ice milk all the time. He bought it from the regular grocery store. This was probably 10 or so years ago, though.


57 kim April 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I’m older than most of you guys (thirty-something). Stores sold ice-milk when I was in high school. I think it’s just low fat ice cream.


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