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April 26, 2009

It’s a smoothie! It’s a soup!

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I took my Food Science flash cards out for a long walk today. An hour and 20 minutes, 4 miles. And it took me that long to just get through them once! It was a great walk though, and I was nice and pooped when I returned.

Here’s a tip for students: Write your notes as PowerPoint slides (esp. if you have a laptop and your prof sends out slides for students to print like 2 of mine do!) and then print the slides on handouts with 4 slides per page. Cut them into 4 pieces = Insta-flashcards! If you don’t have a laptop, you could still type up your notes into the slides when you get home (a great end-of-week review!).

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When I got home around 2, I was really craving a smoothie. So I set out to create a meal in a glass with (almost) all the food groups:

Some fruit

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Greens

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Avocado (used about 1/4 of one) and Flax for healthy fats –

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Dairy (protein too). Used about half a cup of each –

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But I needed more liquid and more sweetness so I added half a cup of this:

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Lastly: about 6 ice cubes.

I didn’t know if it would even fit in a glass, so I decided to eat it chilled-soup style.

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The grains: Food Should Taste Good cinnamon corn chips.

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Used for dipping!

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I’d by lying to you if I said the kale was undetectable in this – it really was a chilled veggie soup/smoothie hybrid and wasn’t that sweet with a mild kale background taste. But it was souper delicious!!

I didn’t know which utensil to bring..

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And I ended up using the straw!

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This lunch was very filling and fun. Since it was alternative, I added up the calories in my head to see where it stood: probably about 550? Higher than it would seem, but it kept me satisfied until dinner, so nice job! And the bowl was HUGE! Maybe 2.5 – 3 cups?

I spent the afternoon in the hammock studying Biochem. Yes, I am studying – not sleeping!! Although it was tough to keep my eyes open at times ;)

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Matt came home from brewing beer and I gave him a run-down (wait…what’s a run-down again Jim!?) of the ingredients in our fridge and pantry and told him to go invent a dinner.

Here’s what he came up with (after consulting with me on a few things ;) )

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This delicious whole grain pilaf – my favorite of the Near East mixes yet! (We only used half the spice packet again to lower the saltiness)

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Plus leftover grilled chicken from Martha’s dinner last night, our farmer’s market asparagus (roasted at 400* for 10 minutes in olive oil and S+P), a huge lemon juice squeeze over it all, and daps of farmer’s market goat cheese + cilantro pesto.

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It was awesome!

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The Love Ducks joined us for dinner!!

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And I had a few strawberries for dessert.

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Tomorrow’s the last day of classes!!! Yipee!!

Night

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1 Help Meghan Run April 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm

That “soup” looks great! I really want to try a green smoothie, but I think I’ll try spinach instead of kale to start. ;) Good job studying today!
www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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2 emmy April 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm

What a wonderful looking day! I just officially made the decision to quit my job and persue a rd and your study suggestions made me smile :)

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3 zestycook April 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Very fun looking soup Kath! Glad the weather was nice and great job on Dinner Matt! Have a great night!

zest!

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4 Hallie April 26, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I want a hammock! Well, I’d actually settle for a backyard…although condo life isn’t so bad ;-)

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5 Michelle Hisae April 26, 2009 at 7:36 pm

My marketing and accounting teachers would give us powerpoint slides to print out – it really is a great way to study! That way you have all the material on one page, or you can cut them up to test yourself.

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6 Run Sarah April 26, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Great study tip! I need to try my hand at studying and walking.

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7 Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!) April 26, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Mmm those strawberries look good — nothing like the apple-sized, yellowy ones at my grocery store these days!

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8 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

What a yummy day. Love the smoothie soup!

Yay for the last day of class tomorrow!

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9 Kerry April 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I also use flashcards, and when I study on the train during my commute, I sometimes catch people reading over my shoulder. They must find it interesting as well! I still have a whole week of classes left, but it is exciting to be close to the end. Good luck this week!

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10 K April 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for the PP tip! I would have never thought of that!

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11 WEEKLY BITE April 26, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Great looking lunch and dinner!
Soooo exciting about last day of classes tomorrow :)

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12 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) April 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

What a great looking dinner! It seems to have such yummy, simple flavors. :)

Hooray for your last day of classes tomorrow!

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13 Lisa April 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Have a great last day!

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14 Bec April 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

What a great study card idea!

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15 Heather April 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

That soup-smoothie sounds perfect in the beautiful weather!

You look so comfortable studying! That’s a great tip with the powerpoint! I’ve actually done that a few times myself. Perfect for memorizing vocab and random facts!

Enjoy the last day of classes tomorrow! YAY!

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16 Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm

mmmmm that all looks soooo tasty!

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17 haya (living and learning) April 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

your lunch looks so awesome!!! hehe. soup in a bowl with a straw.

also, i am incredi-jealous of your beautiful hammock study session.

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18 meg April 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Love your smoothie soup! Congrats on the last day of classes!

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19 Eliza April 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Sounds like your ready for the last day of classes! Love the PP tip. I bet I can use it this next week as a new way to take notes.

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20 Oh She Glows April 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Love the soup smoothie! I love your pictures with the straw angle…I don’t know why but they always make me smile :) Cute photography!

I’ll have to try the soup out ;)

Congrats on last day of classes…wow that snuck up quick didnt it?

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21 Kara April 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Very nice use of PP. And I like your duck friends!

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22 Casey April 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I like to study in “relaxed” mode too! Unfortunately no yard = no hammock or partio set! That dinner looked delish! Congrats on it being the last day of class! Happy dance!

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23 Amy April 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm

It was so nice of you to take your notes out for a walk…i DO hope you took baggies with you to clean up after them!! Sorry, bad joke, but i couldn’t help it :)

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24 sue April 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

i love the idea of smoothie soup! i’ll have to keep that in mind for the summer…

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25 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

HOORAY for the end of classes!!

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26 Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) April 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I always distinguish my green smoothies from my green soups by how much cayenne I put into them :) Also helps cover the greenyness of the kale.

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27 Sally April 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Gotta love that La Croix water :) I like the lemon flavor.

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28 BethT April 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I love the Near East pilaf mix that has lentils mixed in! It’s really tasty.

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29 Priyanka April 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Yummy soup/ smoothie. I like that PP trick!

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30 Lisa D April 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I think for me studying in a hammock would IMMEDIATELY lead to sleep, so good for you! Your weekend sounded great and of course delicious! YAY for last day of class, that’s so exciting!

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31 Angelea April 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Whole Grain blends…more Near East mixes to get addicted to!!

Great looking dinner.

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32 Danica April 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm

What a fun soup smoothie and love the hammock studying. I am not so sure I wouldn’t have napped too!

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33 Caroline April 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I don’t which I like better: the soup/dip idea or the flashcard tip!

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34 Sarah (lovINmytummy) April 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Hmm…you may have just inspired me to have “soup” for breakfast!

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35 Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now April 27, 2009 at 1:15 am

Enjoy your last day of classes!!

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36 kerri April 27, 2009 at 2:02 am

Wow! The last day of classes! It makes me miss being a student. Although, I am about to go on a month long holiday exploring Australia.

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37 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 27, 2009 at 5:59 am

Have fun on your last day – then you are freeeeee for the summer! So lucky!

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38 Matt (NoMeatAthlete) April 27, 2009 at 6:22 am

I agree that those Near East Whole Grain Blends are great! My wife and I just discovered them a few months ago. Never thought of using just half the seasoning pack; great idea!

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39 Carla April 27, 2009 at 7:34 am

“Could you give me a demo run-down? Just so I can see how you want it…”

Haha, I’m loving that The Office reference! :P

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40 Kath April 27, 2009 at 7:36 am

emmy ,
CONGRATS!!

Amy,
Lol :)

Kath

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41 RK April 27, 2009 at 7:42 am

I also use the PP/flashcard method for studying. It works great at the end of the semester! I hope you have a great last day of class.

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42 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 27, 2009 at 9:07 am

love the office reference! ;)

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43 Jess April 27, 2009 at 11:32 am

Haha lucky you, my boyfriend would never come up with a dinner featuring asparagus and couscous.

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44 susan April 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Your dinner looks delish — I LOVE goat cheese. This has nothing to do with this post, but I made the black bean dip you posted about last week and YUM! It made a fabulous lunch today with some baked Tostitoes. (I couldn’t drive across town to the only place that sells the wonderful Food Should Taste Good chips).

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45 Hannah April 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Such a fun soup/smoothie idea! Its so green!

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46 Kristy Laverne April 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm

So was the goat cheese so totally worth the price?? ;)

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47 Kath April 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Kristy Laverne,
No….but it’s still been fun to eat :)

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48 Ms. Green April 28, 2009 at 10:59 am

That straw-in-bowl photo is awesome. I love it!

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