April 20, 2010

I know I get excited about ALL of my lunchboxes, but I am particularly excited about this one!!!

Mostly because of this Barney Butter + Honey Sandwich on Great Harvest Nine Grain. Just like my childhood!

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I packed a voluminous salad with spinach, arugula, celery, carrot and red pepper topped with goat cheese and a side of balsamic vinegar spiked with lemon olive and Garlic Gold Parmesan Nuggets.

How’s that for a mouthful!

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Lastly, a big a$$ pear :mrgreen:

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JUST before it fell off the lions head!!

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Afternoon snax planned are some Livin’ Spoonful Coconut Curry crackers and a few pieces of mangosteen dried fruit sent to me by Mega Fruit.

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I love all kinds of dried fruits. Dates + figs + apricots are my favorites, but I’m always up to try out some news ones:

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I tasted the mangosteens while packing my lunch. They’re like a dried fig in texture but have a fruitier taste – like a dried mango? I used to get the Smoothie King Mangosteen smoothies all the time. I really like the tropical fruit flava!

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The chewy fruit and the super crunch crackers, plus the carbohydrates from the fruit and the fats and protein from the crackers make the perfect snack pair.

Have a good one

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 20, 2010 at 11:07 am

Yet again, a super delicious lunch! I love big nutritious crackers like that – a company called Gourmet Raw over here do some very similar, they’re amaze!!
Ilove dried dates – they’re totally my favourite, but I’ve never heard of dried mangosteens…OoOER!
Have a good afternoon :)


2 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

BB&Honey is always a safe choice – I still eat them regularly :-) Is Barney Butter peanut or almond butter?


3 Kath April 20, 2010 at 11:18 am



4 Camille April 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

Mmmm, sweet sandwiches are the best!
Have a great day!


5 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

Ohhh almond butter and honey sandwich… yum!


6 runnerforever April 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

Your sandwich is a simple favorite, sometimes we don’t have to get all creative to make a great sandwich! Have a good one.


7 Jessica @ How Sweet April 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

I love dried mangosteen! I get it at Trader Joe’s. :)


8 Bronwyn April 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

Sometimes I miss a good ol pb and honey sandwhich.

I think I’ll be consuming some form of LARGE salad later today…


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

i would LOVE having that garlic gold stuff around…it seems like the perfect addition to everything you eat! yum :)


10 jen trinque April 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

Mmmm, the sandwiches of our youth, but oh so much better!


11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am

Ahhhh, yes!!! Peanut-butter and honey sandwiches TOTALLY bring me back to my childhood, in an awesome, delicious way :-)


12 shannon (the daily balance) April 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

i’m always so into the PB and banana that I never remember the honey!

i’ll change that soon:)


13 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

I still love making PB&J for lunch sometimes. There’s something really comforting and delicious about it.


14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Gotta love the Barney Butter and honey combo…YUM!


15 Mama Pea April 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Your childhood was a hell of a lot different than mine. I got PB&J on store bought 59 cents/loaf wheat bread. :)


16 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies April 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Looks like the perfect lunch! That salad sounds divine. All of your talk about Great Harvest makes me want it – but unfortunately I don’t think there are any close to me! Boo! haha


17 Alison April 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm

PB (or AB) and honey is a classic.; you can’t go wrong with a classic.
In fact, that’s what I packed in my daughter’s lunch box today.


18 Daniel April 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

The sandwich looks intense! I love how your salad looks as well!
I’m just curious… by the looks of your sandwiches you’re eating about half of one so umm…

what do you do with the other half? :)


19 Kath April 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I only make half!! Great Harvest bread is pretty dense.


20 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

What a great looking snack! Your lunch looks good too… its just that snack looks so interesting!


21 Dee April 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

that sandwich looks amaze!


22 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear April 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

a sweet sandwich is veeeery unusual for me, we don’t eat those (a lot) here in Finland.. :)


23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Barney butter and honey, YUM!!!!!


24 Meghan@traveleatlove April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Mmm delicious looking sandwich! And I love mangosteen.


25 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

i’m obsessed with mangosteen. i’ve had a dried version before at trader joe’s but have yet to have a fresh one!


26 Kori Higgins April 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Your lunch looks delicious, and I would certainly LOVE to try dried mangosteen! I hope you have a great day, Kath!


27 Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food April 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Cute crab icon! I’ve had freeze-dried mangosteeb but not this kind of mangosteen. I’ll have to try that! Have a great day, girl!


28 Emmalinda April 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I highly recommend eating fresh mangosteen someday. It is a weird, crazy and fun to eat fruit! I want to visit a tropical rain forest so I can eat a freshly picked one!


29 Cait (Cait's Plate) April 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a peanut butter sandwich :) I also had a pear today but mine wasn’t quite so adventurous! :)


30 Mastering Public Health April 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Hope the sun comes out there for you soon!


31 Veggielady4life April 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Yummy, big salad! That’s my favorite lunch! I love goat cheese on salads, too. What’s your fav cheese to top a salad with? I can never decide between goat and a good stinky bleu… but I do know that the cheese is often my favorite part! 😉


32 Kath April 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Blue!!! But goat is close beind


33 Shawna @ Balancing Me April 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I’m dying to try some Great Harvest bread every time I see it on your blog. The closest one to me is about 45 minutes away. I can’t wait until we’re headed in that direction so that we can make a stop there!


34 Midgetkeeper April 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Oh yum, I would be excited about that lunch too!


35 Julie April 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Oh I would love that sandwich… Must make one tomorrow! Even though I haven’t had that type of bread for ages – but this must be a sign that I should surrender myself to a craving. Sometimes that’s the healthiest thing to do, at least mentally :)


36 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Nothing beats a good nut butter samich 😉


37 Shawna @ Balancing Me April 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hey Kath – I’d love to send you a few samples of some granola bars I’ve been making. They contain no refined sugars. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email. There’s a photo of them on my blog as well.


38 Amber K April 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

OMG the salad looks SOOO good!! I have never heard of a mangosteen, sounds interesting!


39 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I’ve never had PB and honey before, but it definitely looks like I am missing out! :)


40 Stacey@ April 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I had GH nine grain bread today too. That is my new favorite, now I just need to try it with barney butter and honey.


41 Annie@stronghealthyfit April 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Seems like mangosteen is quite the health food craze… do you have any nutritional stats on it?


42 Kath April 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I don’t – but I guess it’s probably like most dried fruits. Check their website?


43 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

That salad look amazing Kath! I think I’ve finally mastered my own salads… I used to have a hard time coming up with good combinations. You definitely are giving me some great inspiration!


44 Jenna April 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Ahh every time I see your GH Breads I am so jealous! We need one where I live!


45 FitFoodie Natalie April 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I REALLY want a Peanut Butter sandwich now. Yummy!! :)


46 Lisa @bakebikeblog April 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

What a beautifully balanced lunch :)


47 KatieTX April 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I had that smoothie from smoothie king on Friday. So good!!


48 Katie April 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hey Kath! I just have a quick question for you about the Bodum french press in your Opensky store. The color wasn’t specified…will it be the green one?? Thanks!!


49 Kath April 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm

It’s the black one in the stock photo. Sorry about that! I’ve been nagging them to find a supplier with the colored ones.


50 Cynthia (It All Changes) April 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Almond butter and Honey sandwiches are great throw backs to my lunch box…except back then it was Peanut butter.


51 Jackie April 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm

That salad looks absolutely wonderful!! This is my first post but i LOVE your website and read it every day! have a good one


52 Hannah April 20, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I had fresh mangosteen for the first time last year and it was heavenly, but so dear ($3 for one). If only I could find this dried version!

Also, I’d like to thank you and yoru recent cheese-meals for inspiring me to stock some quality cheese in my fridge. I currently have a blue and a “farmer’s cheese”, which I’d never heard of. It says it’s a hard cottage cheese? Have you ever tried this?


53 Kath April 21, 2010 at 5:39 am

I have not!


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