Metabolic Testing

September 21, 2009

I felt like I’d been gone all day when I arrived home in my business attire at …..9:30! Our meet + greet with the internship preceptors was short and sweet. So excited to find out where I’ll be placed, but that won’t be for 2 months at least!

Once home I stripped off my biz clothes and put on comfy workout clothes to tackle this:

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Metabolism test in T-48 hours. Luckily this is my favorite subject!

Since I had a very early (7AM) breakfast, I started getting hungry around 10:30 or so. Had a bottle of water and then was truly ready for lunch at 12 on the dot when I wrapped up Chapter 3.

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I am converting from a leftover hater the next Leftover Queen! At least in terms of how delicious my recent leftovers have been. I kept the Newk’s Salad dressing on the side so this salad was as good as it was on Saturday night. Perfect 5 minute lunch with zero clean up!

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Contents: chicken, gorgonzola, pecans, artichoke grapes and a few cinnamon almonds of my own addition. Plus the Newk’s sherry vinaigrette, which I am still very impressed with!

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+ grapes! Not organic, but they are domestic. They were $.99/lb compared to $3-something/lb for organic ones. No can do $3+. I washed them extra thoroughly, though, which my dad says removes 99.9% of pesticides (or some claim like that!)

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+ my last seltzer

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I was thinking through my bowl collection for something mid-sized for this salad and something in the back of my mind reminded me of this mixing bowl set we got at Crate + Barrel for our first apartment and haven’t used since we got a microwave-safe set for our wedding. They sure brightened up my day :)

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1 Nicole September 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Your photos are looking great, Kath!


2 Allyson September 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I love when I feel super accomplished so early in the morning! Makes me feel like whatever I do I’ve already had a great day. Good luck with the studying!


3 Jenn (www. ) September 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Love the colorful bowls! Salad looks yummy. .99/lb for grapes is super cheap! I’ve only seen $2.99-$4.99 😯



4 talesfromtwocities September 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I love grapes but never buy them bc the only ones I see up here are from Chile!


5 Jessica September 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Good luck on your test! i love metabolism stuff.


6 Amy September 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I just got some delicious grapes this weekend at the farmer’s market! Interesting that you mention the organic thing – I was reading recently that if you buy domestic grapes there is less need to buy organic. Of course, if you can it’s always great but domestic grapes (non-organic) are 21st in contamination versus imported grapes which are on the dirty dozen list.

Just some food for thought!


7 Maggie September 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Grapes can be so expensive! I got a big bag (8-9 pounds) at the end of the farmers’ market yesterday for $3. They were normally $1/lb, and at Whole Foods they would have been $3+. Ridiculous.


8 Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I have to be better about eating leftovers — I am definitely a member of the leftover haters club. I have been trying to save some dollars here and there and buying domestic or local instead of organic pays off. $0.99 for grapes is a great deal!


9 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers September 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm

i love la croix water! my boyfriend said he had a teacher in one of his classes that would always drink la croix & all the students thought it was like some kind of foreign beer or something b/c they had never seen/heard of it. :)

glad you’re embracing leftovers! they can be super yummy!


10 Leianna September 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Those are such cute bowls!
Good luck on your test!


11 Wendy September 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I always try to buy domestic produce (except bananas), and local whenever possible. I figure if it’s not in season in the US, we can find something else to eat!

Do you think fruit/veg washes like Fit would be more effective than just rinsing? I worry more about what gets transferred from peoples’ hands in the store/market than residues from the farm.

Good luck on your metabolism test! I took several nutrient metabolism courses in grad school and always thought it was a fascinating subject.


12 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Looks like the perfect sized salad bowl! My dad says the same thing about the pesticides, so hopefully two dads’ words of wisdom=accuracy? haha


13 Lizzy September 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

i honestly love left over salad, because all the flavors marry, and in turn makes me happy!


14 Courtney September 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Mmmmm leftovers! I absolutely adore leftovers…most of the time I like them better than the food the first time around!!! Luckily my hubby doesn’t like leftover so I get all of them!!
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15 Cait (Cait's Plate) September 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I officially have MASSIVE camera envy. Those pictures look so amazing.

I’m jealous of your metabolism course – feel free to share interesting tidbits!! 😀


16 kay (eating machine) September 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I LOVE leftovers! I’m the queen of making extra of stuff so that I can eat more later… the only time I don’t is if I’m making something not so good for me-so my chicken pot pie I had the other night was single serve :-)


17 christie, honoring health September 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I’m getting better with leftovers, week after week. I used to hate them but now that life has gotten so busy, they are pretty necessary. I even cook in advance for on purpose leftovers these days!


18 Haleigh September 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Grapes can be so expensive! I used to hate leftovers but I am learning to love.


19 Brie (The Fit Bride) September 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I’ve tried the La Croix water, and I like the taste, but it makes me so bloated and gassy I just want to burp for the rest of the afternoon! Boo! It’s strange, because I can do other carbonated drinks just fine. Maybe this one is just bubblier.


20 Allie September 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

i want that salad (and your cheap grapes!). i love leftovers of most sorts, but my salad leftovers always get a bit slimy and wilty, even with the dressing on the side, not sure why.

crate and barrell bowls are the best!!


21 M September 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

If you can eat salad leftovers, you can eat any leftovers! (in my opinion salad gets so soggy- even without dressing).

Your posts always make me want to go back to school, but I know I’d be hating it by the second week back cause I don’t have your discipline/organizational skills/study skills. Ha. I know you’ve discussed it before but I think people would really love one consolidated post on how you stay organized for class/cleaning schedule/meal planning. etc. Just an idea!


22 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I love those bright bowls!


23 emmy - eatventures September 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I adore leftovers, there is almost nothing I don’t think tastes better the second day!


24 Bec September 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

mmm your salad looks great, those bowls are so pretty too


25 Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Your pics are looking really awesome lately!!


26 Dawn September 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Love the bowls!
I’ve been looking for those drinks and haven’t been able to find them anywhere!


27 Anne Marie@Her New Weigh September 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I love leftovers. There’s something about turning something old into something new that makes me happy.


28 Food Makes Fun Fuel September 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Good luck on the test! Studying subject your interested in is always easier


29 Christy September 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I am using the SAME exact book for my Metabolism class! And I have a test coming up too… just on Thursday! Good luck!


30 Julie September 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I had a non organic grape of my mom’s the other day and I swear, it burned my tounge and it went numb. It was weird. I am used to my own organic kind from whole foods.


31 Sarah September 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I bet metabolism is an interesting class! I wish there was a program for that at the college where I work so I could take a class!


32 Melody September 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm


I have to let coffee go for awhile and I really miss it :-( I just wanted to ask are you one of the people who can drink coffee any time of day with no reall effects from the caffiene (e.g after 3 p.m. drinking coffee I know I will be up well past 10 p.m.)


33 Tammy September 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Good luck on your test! You’ll rock it!


34 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope September 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Gosh, those grapes sure do look good! It seems difficult to find the “perfect” tasting grapes. :) Of course, that salad mixture sounds amazing as well. The perfect way to get in your greens and protein to refuel!


35 Allison September 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Are those nesting bowls from Crate + Barrel? If so, I have the same ones! So cute!


36 Tay September 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Good luck on your test!! I know how difficult those tests can be. But even though it’s SO much studying, it’s in some way fun to learn and remember all that info since it’s what we WANT to learn, right?! And I definitely have that nutrition book from my class :-)


37 Jenna September 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm

good luck on your test! if you truly enjoy the subject and like what you are learning then you should have no problem on the test kath! that is what i have learned. i do much better in a class that i like and enjoy versus one that i hate!
lovee leftovers btw, they are always yummy and quick!


38 Lynn @ The Actors Diet September 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

leftovers! LOVE THEM.


39 angieinatlanta September 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Those bowls are so cute! And your salad looks fantastic!


40 Adriane September 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I totally have that book!!! I used it for my advanced nutrition I and II classes!!! Good luck on the metabolism test. I have a Food Science II and Institutional Management one coming up next week. When are we done with this?


41 Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I’ve been loving leftovers, too. Makes life so much easier.


42 Jenn (www. ) September 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I found the same grapes for .99/lb today, I was so excited in the store; “Look Dustin, same grapes Kath got for .99/lb” LOL We got a huge bag for $2.13 :) YAY!


43 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Getting dressing on the side of a large restaurant salad is one of my most favorite tricks.

I tried LaCroix after reading about it on your blog but just couldn’t get into it. I think my brain couldn’t get past the fact that it was fizzy like soda but didn’t have the sweet flavor. So now I have 5 left sitting on my counter. I feel bad and I’m trying to pawn them off on a friend.


44 Emily September 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm

So exciting to meet with preceptors! You are going to love the DI!

Good luck studying for your test. Metabolism is also my fave subject, but my test isn’t until next week. :-)


45 Cara (Cara Craves...) September 21, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Leftovers are great! If ind that a lot of things actually
taste better then next day, when the flavors have time
to mingle and develop more.


46 Kath September 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

If you’re worried you can just use a little dish soap. Just be sure to wash it all off!

LOL. Yes, definitely twice the accuracy!

No, not at all! I am pretty caffeine sensitive and if I have more than half a cup a day I can tell my whole body gets off.




47 maria September 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I’d give my left arm for a bag of .99/pound grapes. Grapes here, for a tiny package run close to three bucks. And it is not even maybe half a pound.


48 Melissa September 21, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Your lunch looks fabulous!


49 sarah (ghost world) September 22, 2009 at 5:59 am

we have those bowls! i love them :) they are sort of fall-colored so it’s definitely time to bring them out again!


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