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April 26, 2009

It’s a smoothie! It’s a soup!


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!).


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




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 –


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


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.


The grains: Food Should Taste Good cinnamon corn chips.


Used for dipping!


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..


And I ended up using the straw!


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 😉


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 😉 )



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)


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.



It was awesome!


The Love Ducks joined us for dinner!!


And I had a few strawberries for dessert.


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


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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!
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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 :)


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!



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 😉


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.


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

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


7 Adi ( - 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!


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!


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!


10 K April 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

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


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

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


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!


13 Lisa April 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Have a great last day!


14 Bec April 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

What a great study card idea!


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!


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

mmmmm that all looks soooo tasty!


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.


18 meg April 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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


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.


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?


21 Kara April 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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


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!


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 :)


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…


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

HOORAY for the end of classes!!


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.


27 Sally April 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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


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.


29 Priyanka April 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Yummy soup/ smoothie. I like that PP trick!


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!


31 Angelea April 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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

Great looking dinner.


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!


33 Caroline April 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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


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

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


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

Enjoy your last day of classes!!


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.


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!


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!


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! 😛


40 Kath April 27, 2009 at 7:36 am

emmy ,

Lol :)



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.


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

love the office reference! 😉


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.


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).


45 Hannah April 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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


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

So was the goat cheese so totally worth the price?? 😉


47 Kath April 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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


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

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


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