Man v. [Healthy] Food

May 22, 2012

I stayed up late last night writing – trying to get a lot of BERF written before vacation begins! Although writing with the ocean in view sounds pretty good to me! If I’m still blogging by age 65, I would like to spend a month at the beach every year. I just love the ocean.

Matt gets 90% credit for making us breakfast after his run this morning. I get the 10% for telling him the right proportions of smoothie ingredients :mrgreen:

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He blended:

  • 1 banana
  • 1.5 cups frozen berries
  • 1 cup milk
  • About 2 tbsp Vega Performance protein powder
  • 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider (because we are low on milk!)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 5 leaves of lettuce from the garden (couldn’t taste ‘em at all)
  • 4 ice cubes

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I topped it off with some of my local granola!

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After breakfast, he foraged for lunch. Dinner will come from the garden green supply too!

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I’m feeling a little tired this morning and wonder if I should now make a cup of tea to warm up my body and my brain!

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1 The Healthy Hipster May 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

Lettuce smoothie! So fresh!

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2 Khushboo Thadani May 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

That’s so awesome that you guys can actually eat produce which you’ve grown…freshness at its finest :)!

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3 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

I need to start making smoothie bowls now that it’s getting warm! Love the color of that one!

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4 Katie May 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

Hi, Kath! I’ve recently started enjoying the flavored sparkling water from Trader Joe’s, and see that you’ve been drinking sparkling beverages more regularly as well. I don’t drink any soda, but wondered from your persepctive as an RD if there were any adverse effects of the carbonation in these drinks? Thanks!

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5 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

Nope!! Your lungs will compensate from any carbon dioxide overload :)

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6 Katie May 22, 2012 at 9:02 am

Thanks! Good to know, because the sparkling does feel more special than regular water! :)

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7 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

I’ve wondered this too, so it’s good to know! :)

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8 jane May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

my aunt’s doctor told her that drinking too much seltzer is bad for your teeth. however, i was not told the reasons as to why. and promptly tried to forget ever hearing this news since i love seltzer!!

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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

That smoothie bowl looks great!!

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10 Lace @ Real Food Quest May 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

I am a smoothie novice. Do y’all just blend everything in a standard blender until all fruit and veg is a liquid? I have really been wondering this since you seem to use a lot of kale or ingredients I would think might be harder on a blender…

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11 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

Yes! I have a Vita-Mix which is the king of blenders for pulverizing vegetables. I usually just stick to greens, and I do remove the stems if they are extra thick. But the vita-mix has no trouble homogenizing everything. I used to have a standard Cuisinart blender and my green smoothies would have pieces of spinach leaf in them :(

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12 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

I bet the sparkling was really cool in this! I saw someone (can’t remember who) use a cherry cola in one the other day. I need to check this out!

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13 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

your backyard is SO green and lush! i love it!

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14 Cait's Plate May 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

There’s just something so soothing and wonderful about the ocean. I’m with you – it’s my goal in life to have a back porch that looks out over the ocean that I can go out on in the mornings and drink my coffee and read!

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15 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

I made a smoothie last week with all berries and it was so..SOUR. Definitely needed the banana!

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16 lindzjane115 May 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

Your garden is looking great! Other than lettuce, what are you growing?

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17 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

swiss chard, 2 kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, okra, jalapenos and herbs

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18 lindzjane115 May 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

Wow! How incredible to have all of those veggies in your own backyard. I can’t wait until I have a yard to start a garden in…

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19 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

Foraged is a great word. :) All those fresh fruit & veggies sound great!

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20 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

Tea is always great, add some mint (if you like it) and you will feel energized and ready to go!! :) Your garden comes together very nice!!

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21 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

Isn’t having a garden THE BEST! …I’ll take you up on the month by the ocean thing!

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22 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

Every time you post that picture of your garden, I get insane garden jealousy! ;) Love it and love your smoothie ingredients today. Definitely not your typical smoothie.

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23 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh May 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

Soooo jealous of your garden. Enjoy it for those of us with no space for a real garden!

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24 Samantha May 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’m enjoying your lush green back yard..looks like you could use some chickens back there. XO

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25 Melissa @ HerGreenLife May 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

Nothing like going out into your own back yard to get your food :)

Our current set-up involves “commuter gardening” at my MIL’s since we live in an apartment in the city. The upside is we get to have a huge garden (over 3000 square feet); the downside is we don’t have the luxury of having it right outside of our back door. Perhaps someday!

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26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

Your garden boxes look great Kath!! Sounds like you’ve got some great things growing in there. My future home definitely needs a yard big enough for a garden!

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27 j3nn May 22, 2012 at 8:42 am

I can’t wait to plant my garden… just a few more days, I hope! :)

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28 Erin May 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

Looks like a great start to the day! So glad that Matt is able to be around and help you out.

For the smoothie, was that the proportions just for you or for you and Matt?

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29 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

They were for both of us

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30 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass May 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

All these rainy days we’ve been having make for lots of sleepy mornings. It’s still cool enough for me to want to just snuggle up in bed. At least the lettuce is loving it!

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31 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

your garden is really growing! looks great!

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32 kathleen @ the daily crumb May 22, 2012 at 8:52 am

a month at the beach sounds just delightful! and that smoothie bowl looks very refreshing. happy tuesday :)

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33 Angel7 May 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

My husband and I watch Man vs. Food all the time. He makes us laugh!

I love going to the ocean, too! It is so realxing to listen to the waves. When I choose which ocean to go to, I like a beach where it is not commericalized, because then you do not have to worry about too many people.

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34 deva by definition May 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

I love your garden! We just planted our veggies 2 weeks ago – the weather was a little TOO unpredictable until then. We have zucchini, cucumber, watermelon, carrots, lettuce, tomato, bell pepper and basil. so yum!

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35 FactFinderSteph May 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

I just adore that photo of your husband in the garden. I have a dream of having a beautiful garden one day… first I need a house, a yard, and a husband to help would be good too! lol

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36 Samantha May 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

Wow! Your garden is coming along amazingly well!

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37 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

Very interesting smoothie recipe… every time my husband cooks or makes something, I have to take at least 10% credit for giving him directions. :)
I’m so jealous of your lettuce beds!

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38 Jessica May 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

I made a smoothie for breakfast as well and had forgot how delicious they can be! It feels like eating ice cream for breakfast!

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39 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

I love the color of that smoothie! :) Your garden is looking great. I’m jealous. I love the idea of growing my own produce. I definitely will do that when we own our own home and aren’t renting anymore.

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40 Lars May 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

You garden looks awesome… very peaceful and… green!

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41 NT May 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

uhhh…why are you eating a smoothie in a bowl?

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42 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

Because I would rather eat with a spoon than with a straw

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43 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

Hey Kath, I was wondering what kind of string/twine you used for your tomato plants? It looks pretty sturdy and I’m trying to decide what kind to use for some things in my own garden. Thanks! Have a great day!

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44 Matt May 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

I found this online and pretty much followed it to a T:

http://www.veggiegardener.com/build-tomato-trellis/

It’s probably a little more intense and expensive than it needs to be, but it’s really sturdy. Last year’s maters completely crushed this (old) wooden trellis we had so I didn’t want to worry about it this year.

Plus I can grow beans on it later and replenish the soil!

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45 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

Thanks, that’s a great idea! Using clothesline is brilliant! Might have to do this for my tomatoes – also needing something for my pickling cukes, and possibly my peas. Something like this may do the trick.

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46 Diane May 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

I am reading upon on gardening right now and hoping to build and start my own garden soon. We also will start getting delivery on a summer share of a CSA, so hopefully I will be mostly eating local fruits and veggies soon!

Smoothie looks great.

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47 Amanda @flecksofgreen May 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

The portions are a very important part–I would give yourself more credit than just 10%! Regardless, the smoothie looks very tasty!

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48 Liz @ IHeartVegetables May 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

The sparkling apple sauce was a great idea!!

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49 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

A month at the beach sounds perfect right about now :)

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50 Annette @FitnessPerks May 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

Mmmm smooooootttthiiieeee! Had one for b-fast too. SO delicious!

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51 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach May 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

That garden is coming along beautifully! Great idea to throw some lettuce leaves in the smoothie :-)

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52 Sara May 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

Could you taste a difference with the sparkling apple cider? (The word ‘sparkling’ just makes everything more exciting, haha.)

Lately I’ve been enthralled with pears in smoothies. It’s absolutely delicious.

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53 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

Not really :)

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54 Ellie@Fit for the Soul May 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

Your garden is gorgeous and so lush! I bet everything IS super fresh.

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55 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

That smoothie looks great, and your garden is coming along great1

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56 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

I’m so jealous that you get to incorporate home grown veggies into your smoothie! More power to you.

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57 Mom May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

My son-in-law the gardener. Looks good!

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58 Emily @ Emily's Olives May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

So jealous of your garden boxes! I wonder if I could make some on my apartment balcony…

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59 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I’ve put spinach in smoothies, but I always forget about lettuce! That sounds great :)

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60 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

It’s great that Matt takes directions so well!

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61 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Wow, your lettuce patch is really growing well!! It must be so satisfying to just go into your backyard and get greens for dinner :)

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62 Michael Tavallaei May 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

i am jealous of your garden.

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63 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles May 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

Hehe, I love to be able to head out to the garden and scrounge up whatever I’m in the mood for, breakfast, lunch, or dinner! So handy =)

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64 Dollie@male dysfunction May 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

I have a white jealosy about your garden. You, dude, are doin’ a great job.
Smoothie looks great!

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65 R May 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I am salivating over that smoothie right now; it looks sooo good!

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