Lately: Missing The Sun

May 7, 2014

I’m writing this a week later, freezing cold at my desk with rain pouring down outside. I miss the sunny bowls of breakfast and warm walks we took last week so much!! Spring is so slow to commit this year.

On the healthy living front, I’m feeling better than ever. Firmer, stronger, faster. I think paying closer attention to my diet lately has really started to pay off. Also soccer has helped me run faster!



I started the week off with a beautiful smoothie! This was a blend of berries, banana, milk, yogurt and ground flax. Served with a fluffy pillow of scrambled eggs shared with my boy.


Day 2 I had a fried egg, orange and toast. Cobbler Swirl toast. THE BEST!


‘Nother day, ‘nother smoothie! Berry + green smoothies get so much attention, but sometimes a good ole white smoothie is so good!! This was just yogurt, milk, banana, chia and a little sunflower butter but it was smashing. It was served with a slice of toast, but I don’t seem to have the photo!


Pancake day! Great Harvest mix plus sunbutter on top. Puddles! Much more exciting than the puddles that are forming outside my window right now…


And some oats – whipped banana with Barney Butter melted on top.



I had a lighter week of exercise because I kept Mazen home from the gym for a few days due to being under the weather from his croup + steroids. Luckily the fresh air was warm and sunny and we spent a lot of time enjoying it.


S: Easter Sunday 5 mile run with Matt and Mazen. I have no idea how, but my GPS said we were running sub-9 miles. That’s something I haven’t done for a long time! Come to think of it, running 5 miles at all is something I haven’t done in a long time.

M: It was nice to snuggle on the couch all morning instead of packing up and getting out of the house on time! I took M for a 3 mile walk late morning and I walked another 1.5 in the afternoon.

T: Took Mazen for a 4 mile run. Luckily the weather was great and M loves his stroller!

W: Met a friend for a 3 mile walk on the Monticello Trail. Lovely weather!

TH: Back at the gym for Kettlebells class. I have cardio endurance, but boy is weight lifting endurance hard! Those bells are heavy. We also walked to and from the gym.

F: Training with Erin + 20 minutes of ellipticaling + walked there and back.

S: Rest day. Just walked all around downtown and things. Too much fun to be had!


Leftover pizza on a salad! The salad was greens, avocado, dressing and blue cheese and the pizza was homemade cheese + shroom.


Another leftover salad – this time a half burger from our cookout I froze! Married with cheese, tomatoes, almonds, Bolthouse Greek Yogurt blue cheese dressing (loving lately) and crackers on the side.


Mazen and I went on a quick trip to Whole Foods and had a lunch date while we were there. I had a salad topped with hot bar stuff and the best Mediterranean pizza ever! I got it for M but he was more interested in what was in my box : )


You can tell this was the one day we didn’t have great weather. This was a split pea soup from a box that I supercharged with frozen peas, leftover chicken and broccoli. It tasted homemade when I was done with it! Yogurt on top, obviously.


And finally…salad topped with leftover pork, TJ’s honey almonds, fontina cheese, greens, blue cheese dressing and an apple on the side.



We took a break from Cook Smarts this week to use up some of the leftovers we had from Easter weekend and beyond.

Starting with this bowl of soup that was ready in 10 minutes flat!


We combined leftover rotisserie chicken with both fresh and frozen veggies (corn, green beans, okra) with broth, beans and rice to make a sunny soup! Topped with sriracha of course.


We dined outside while Mazen played!


Night 2 we used up the last of the Easter pork on BBQ sandwiches. We made some baked beans with leftover pinto beans I had mixed with tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup and apple cider vinegar, among a few other flavors. Salad to finish it off!


On our grocery store day I bought some fresh pollack and asparagus that we grilled side-by-side. The pollack was seasoned with blackening spice and the asparagus wrapped in bacon!! Turned out quite well. A Virginia roll was toasted on the side.


My go-to weeknight meal is spaghetti. We still have a dozen jars of our canned tomato sauce from last summer! I picked up some grass-fed beef to….beef it up…and we sautéed green beans on the side.


It felt like a special night so we opened some wine!! This guy is so cheap and juicy.


And this guy loves noodles!!




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1 Hannah @ sprints & scones May 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

I’ve been on a smoothy kick too! I am going to try a white smoothie now too :) cingrats on the awesome run of 5 sub 9 miles!!!!


2 [email protected] May 7, 2014 at 8:27 am

Yummy inspiring eats as always!! The chicken soup and pork salad look particularly yummy! Well done on the running front! Hope you had Matt push the stroller :)


3 Jackie May 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

Come cook for me! :-)


4 Ali May 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

I feel about as motivated today as when it’s raining and overcast. It’s cloudy here, but I miss the rain! Soon enough summer will be here and we’ll all be asking for fall!


5 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money May 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

Tell me more about this wine! I do wine reviews on cheap wine every Friday and I’m always looking for inspiration (and an excuse for happy hour). The asparagus looks great. I remember seeing the before pic on Instagram and someone wondered how you got the bacon so crispy. Any tips for crispy bacon when doing that? Mine is always hit or miss.


6 KathEats May 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

It’s the Charles and Charles Post No 35:

Another wine we’ve been loving is the Maggio Family Vineyards Petite Sirah from Lodi: Super juicy!

We grilled the asparagus/bacon and just let it sit on the grill for a long time so it crisped up.


7 Pauline May 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

that photo of Mazen sitting in the path is perfection. The way you zoomed in on him, the path being narrow, and the bushes around him all make him look like a giant sitting on a road with tiny trees all around him. I love it.


8 Emma May 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

There’s something about that picture of M sitting in the driveway that makes him look gigantic! I think it’s the optical illusion of it being a full-size street, which would make him 20 feet tall. So funny and cute!


9 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

Loving the food as always!! Great job on the 5 mile run!


10 Amy May 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

I wish I had the time you do to work out. With working every day 7-5, and an hour commute both ways, I find it so hard! I hope you know how lucky you are to spend so much time workin’ on your fitness!


11 Allison May 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

I have been loving smoothies lately with the warmer weather! I am stuck in a green smoothie rut though and need to venture out and try new flavors. Maybe the white one you featured will be next.


12 lauryn May 7, 2014 at 10:40 am

looks yummy! what kind of noodles are those in the spaghetti?


13 KathEats May 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

Whole wheat fettuccine, I think!


14 simple green moms May 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

Looks like a healthy balanced week! Love the pizza on salad =) Perfect!!!


15 Tiffany May 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

Kath, I’m not sure this is funny or just plain crazy. But I bought 2 bags of civille granola online at the end of August 2012. We are some and freezed it and still have some left!!! It’s been a year and 8 months!! Crazy!! Lol!! Anyway for anyone that cares to know – it’s still crunchy and fresh like the day we received it :)


16 KathEats May 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

Haha that’s awesome!


17 Cheri @ Overactive Blogger May 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

Your food looks so good! I ate the grossest, unhealthiest lunch and I feel gross and guilty! You’re inspiring me to pack some good stuff this week!


18 Heidi May 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Hey Kath!
I’ve noticed lately most of your oatmeal or yogurt breakfasts are pretty simple are you trying to cut back on the granola just to lighten things a bit or are you still enjoying your texture things like granola and bars for snacks? Just curious your eating style seems to have changed, especially having a little one.. Mine has as well I think I just don’t feel like taking forever and just want to eat already!! I’m still interested on what your up to on the snack front your snacks were always awesome back in the day :) I also really appreciated the gallery of snacks post. Thank you!!


19 KathEats May 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I think it’s a little bit being a mom and a little bit trying to lose a little more weight. I still loooove granola, but I know it adds up really quickly so it’s one of the first things to go for me. (Also it’s hard for me to handle granola portion control!) I haven’t been in a position of wanting to lose weight in years, so that’s probably why it looks different. That and just wanting to eat already : )


20 Mom May 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm

So glad Elmo is getting to sit in the high chair!


21 Katie May 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I love the “lately” posts :) You always give me such a great ideas for meals!


22 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit May 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

OMG I love Mazen’s spaghetti face! And that asparagus with bacon – yum!


23 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Easy weeknight spaghetti is my go-to as well — so good!


24 David | From Ballparks to BBQ May 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

The asparagus wrapped with bacon looks awesome!


25 Tara May 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

When you mentioned that paying attention to your diet has helped you recently I’m curious what you are doing differently? Do you look at portion control, cutting back on snacks or alcohol? I struggle with portions and snacks and wonder if I over do it at dinner and snack time. Thanks :) Love your blog!!


26 KathEats May 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

All of the above :)


27 Ella P May 8, 2014 at 4:26 am

Hi dear Kath,
it would be lovely to see here some nice recipes for bolstering smoothies!

A hug to you and M


28 Brianna K. @ Hungy Gator Gal May 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

I know what you mean about spring being “slow to commit.” We’ve had a few rainy days in Gainesville, Fla. where the temperatures didn’t reach above 70 degrees, which is really cool for Florida in May!


29 Alex @ Kenzie Life May 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

I have a major craving for baked beans now…I’m so glad that summer is almost here!


30 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves May 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Ahh yes it is perfect weather for running this time of year! And your smoothies are making me want to bring out the blender more often. I’m a HUGE fan of your peach dough boy smoothie, so that’s going to have to happen soon :)


31 Steph May 9, 2014 at 2:44 am

It’s just coming into Autumn and then winter over here in Australia- and I’m already missing the sun! :( I’m still having smoothies NO.MATTER.WHAT!


32 Liz May 12, 2014 at 5:51 am

Any tips for keeping a toddler happy in the stroller for long walks? Mine can’t seem to make it more than a mile and a half before being DONE! I’m 4 months pregnant, so I’m not super fast, but I’d love to be able to get a few miles in a couple times a week! I try snacks and stuff but I don’t want to ruin her meals either, so that part gets tricky.


33 KathEats May 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

Hmmmm other than entertainment and snacks im not sure. I talk to mazen and try to keep it interesting for him. He prefers it when I run because it’s more fun so while I dont know how much running you can do while pregnant maybe some interval jogs would be fun? M is just pretty used to the stroller so I think he’s just gotten used to it as part of his routine. Snacks definitely extend our time.


34 Lauren May 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

I really love your orange/blue striped shirt! Can I ask where it’s from?


35 KathEats May 14, 2014 at 5:47 am



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