No Time To Eat!

January 17, 2008

I’m sorry for another late post – I didn’t even have time to finish my lunch! I hope it’s OK with y’all if I post lunches in the afternoon on Tuesday and Thursdays – there’s just no way for me to eat and blog before class unless I ate at 11 a.m.!


Workout was quick, but refreshing. 40 minutes ET and some stretching. ~315 kcal burned.


I was headed out the door around 11 and realized I was starving, so I quickly packed some Kashi Heart to Heart and 1 date to eat in the car. Lunch was only an hour away so I didn’t want to eat too much, but I needed something to restore my fuel post-workout!



Got to the athletic building where Christy and I met for a quick lunch. I brought a plate with me to make it prettier! Although I guess that’s a little wasteful. I’m working on how to be efficient and organized with my lunches without producing too much trash but not having tupperware tumbling around in my backpack all day.

I had a black bean, avocado and cheese sandwich on the husband’s rustic sourdough, which was FABULOUS by the way. Would have been even better toasted! I mashed about 1/8 of a cup of leftover black beans, sliced avocado and topped with 1/2 a slice of chipotle cheese


And a new portable trick – whipped cottage cheese in a bag! I “squirted” it out onto my plate – no need for a huge plastic container. This looks really gross, but that is delicious strawberry-rhubarb jam in there –


A few of the Kashi cheddar crackers (I like them, but they don’t compare at all to the 7-grain and sesame)


Leftover carrot sticks from the dining hall yesterday!


I packed an apple too, but I didn’t get to eat it. Lunch calories were only 440 because of no apple :(



In between our Dietetics class (which is GREAT and going to be really helpful to learning more about careers in nutrition and all the options out there) Christy and I did 30 minutes of walking at the indoor track, which is just a 5 minute walk from our class. SOOOO CONVENIENT!!!


With the walk and small lunch, I was starving during Cultural Foods so I had to sneak out about 5 almonds and a mini box of raisins. Luckily I was in the back row so no one noticed –

NOTE: This is a reenactment! I did not stop the class to take a photo of my snack :)



I was still starving when I got home around 4 and spent the whole 30 minute drive home debating what to have. I wanted something warm, filling, and sweet rather than savory. I chose my pumpkin pie cake topped with 8 honey graham sticks and a drizzle of maple syrup. It’s still settling, but it was good!!


Snack calories include almonds + raisins = ~200.


Tonight I’m on my own while the husband goes to his class (he’s taking Financial Accounting in an effort to improve his resume). I’m having leftover pea soup, bread and might have some wine! I LOVE having wine when I’m home alone – I feel like I’m in the movies or something!

And I’ll be doing homework too 👿 OK, it’s not that bad and I’m kind of excited about tonight’s topics :)

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1 Shelley January 17, 2008 at 12:18 pm

LOL your "reenactment" of your snack cracked me up :)

Do your professors care if you eat in class? I snacked in class when I was in college, and no one ever seemed bothered by it. I just ask b/c you said you "sneaked" your snack out. :)


2 Mandi January 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm

That snack was only 200 calories? Cool! I would love to know how you made that pumpkin pie cake. Or is it store bought? It looks awesome! And it can't have too many calories if the entire snack was only 200 including almonds and raisins. By the way, this is my second day reading the blog, I just discovered it and I LOVE IT! I watched your video posts yesterday and I learned so much! :)


3 Karen L. January 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Me too…your reenactment comment broke me up! Thanks for comic relief, Kath!


4 hk January 17, 2008 at 12:33 pm


Check out the pumpkin pie recipe in the right-hand column under pumpkin (or under the recipe section). It's delicious, quick to make in the microwave, and uses canned pumpkin–superfood! It's a yummy way to warm up with a healthy desert.


5 Sara January 17, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Haha, the reenactment was too funny :)

The pumpkin pie looks delicious – do you have any idea roughly how long the canned pumpkihn lasts? I completely forgot about some I still have in the firdge, I've had it for about 6 weeks now. Think it is still good?



6 Fig January 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Mandi- click on the name "pumpkin pie cake" and it will bring you to recipe.

Kath- my question is also amount pumpkin pie cake. I love pumpkin and icotta mixed with cinnomon. Its one of my fav because it tastes like the middle of pumpkin pie. Im dying to try your concoction. When you use egg you use eggbeaters? or do you seperate eggs?


7 Maria January 17, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Mmm… I make a pumpkin oatmeal similar to this 'cake' – 1/3c old-fashioned oats, 1/3c pure pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, a little brown or demera sugar and some milk – it tastes like decadent custard for breakfast, and is perfect cold-Canadian-winter food!

Kath – I love to have found a blogger with such a healthy, positive commitment to food and health. Visiting through your meals is fantastic!


8 Jules January 17, 2008 at 12:58 pm

What is the Fresh Market? I keep hearing people on this blog and others mention it? Is it the same a whole foods? As pricey?


9 Patricia January 17, 2008 at 1:03 pm


The Fresh Market is like Whole Foods. It started in Greensboro, NC.

It is pricey… but sometimes they have good stuff on sale. I always shop at the Fresh Market first and get what's on sale there and then I go to the grocery store.


10 B_healthy January 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

this may be weird… but what time do you usually head to bed and then fall asleep… ?? If you wake up at 5 I assume its earlier than me.. I'd love to wake up early but I have been falling asleep so late…


11 Ala January 17, 2008 at 1:12 pm

ROLF!!!: 'NOTE: This is a reenactment!'

That you I needed that laugh!!


12 Mandi January 17, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Hey thanks, I found it. Realized after I posted that comment that it was REALLY easy to find. Oops! Guess I'm still getting used to the blog! :)


13 Allison January 17, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Kath and The Husband,

This isn't food related..but keep your chin up about job hunting. My Husband and I moved about 7 months ago to a new town for my job, and he had just finished up school. Job hunting was the worst, although, it was nice to have a "house husband" who had dinner ready for me! I know other people have commented on this already, and I just wanted to extend my empathy.

And your "story" from The so cute! My husband and I met within 48 hours of first year orientation as well, our Halls were paired up as "brother/sister" halls too!

Take Care!


14 michelle January 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm

does anybody have any suggestions on some lunches that could be portable and wouldnt spoil?


15 Anonymous January 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Thanks to volunteer katie for the TFM fage yogurt tip!


16 Beth January 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Hey Kath! I'm originally from NC, as well….nice to see a NC girl doing such a great blog :p

You seem to do really well with parties/work situations that involve lots of potentially unhealthy food. What are your tips for avoiding an all-out calorie fest?


17 Fig January 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

can someone repost Kath's Knot site?


18 Ashlynn January 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I'm sorry but the strawberry-rhubarb jam looks like a bird with diarrhea decided to decorate your lunch – just not my cup of tea


19 Kerry January 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I just discovered your blog this week. Thanks for taking the time to show your healthy eating habits. I lost over thirty pounds five years ago and have been able to keep it off by eating the correct amount of the right foods (portion sizes are just out of control these days) and exercising. It's so helpful to find new food ideas and recipes, so thanks for sharing your life with us.

You mentioned looking for an appropriate lunch container without having tupperware bumbling around, and I thought you might want to check out laptop lunches. I teach at my kids' school and it solved my problem of finding enough tupperware for all three of us each day. Also, no waste, so it's good for the environment.

Again, thanks to both you and the husband!


20 Sarah January 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm

michelle—I just picked up some 8 oz. servings of 1% milk containers that I'm pretty excited about! :) They don't need to be refrigerated, which is great for traveling and/or school. I found it in the healthfood section at the grocery store. I plan on bringing that and dry cereal with fruit for an occasional lunch. Or theres odwalla bars, and cheesesticks and crackers for snacks.

Once I head back to school, my schedule won't even allow for a lunch break (no more then 10 minute breaks from 9-5…eeks!) so my goal is to pack little things throughout the day to keep my energy up. Kath has given some great ideas already…trail mixes, pistachios (or other nuts), fruit…you could make them even bigger if you need to, for little mini-meals throughout the day. I guess a lot of it depends on each person's schedule, but there are plenty of yummy options out there! :)

(p.s. Kath, your sandwich looks really, really good!! I think your husband should open his own bakery!)


21 Cocoa January 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I'll keep my fingers crossed for the husband to find a job ASAP….ya guys deserve the best! :)

Please keep up with this great blog… I enjoy checking it out every day!


22 Kath January 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm


I'm sure the profs don't really mind, but I wouldn't want to be obnoxious eating yogurt or something really crunchy. I thought about eating my apple but thought that would be too much. So I always nibble on things I can keep in my lap.


Glad you liked the videos and blog!! Canned pumpkin is not only super healthy, but very low in calories!


6 weeks might be pushing it, but I'd just give it the smell test. And check for mold! But it's so cheap, you could just get another can 😉


I wish I liked ricotta but I've always hated it (or just tolerated it in lasagna). I use 100% egg whites from a carton – I hate the yellow kind because they put onion powder in even the plain egg beaters. But I have made this recipe (and the oatmeal pancake too) with a whole egg (with yolk) and both are just as good – just a little heavier.


Sounds delicious! I put pumpkin in my oats earlier this fall but have been on a banana kick :) Thanks so much for your comments on the blog!


I usually "wind down" around 8:45 and try to be asleep by 9:30 at the latest. It takes some time to get on an early-to-bed schedule, but if you go up and read or something it's easier.


Thanks for the encouragement! Job searching is a pain in the BUTT. And it's so ironic (if that's the right use) that I just left my job and he's trying to find one – if only he was in PR it would have made things easier!


Click on my "lunch" category and you'll probably find lots of ideas. I never refrigerated my lunch at work because I have sensitive teeth and like for my food to be room temp. or at least not freezing when I eat, so my lunches always went 4-5 hours out of the fridge. I don't know if that's long enough for you, but I did also bring things that didn't need refrigeration and will be doing more of that this spring.


That's funny you think I do well at parties because they are one of my biggest weaknesses!! My biggest tricks are 1) Don't go hungry 2) Have a "mocktail" like diet tonic or club soda for at least the first round of drinks 3) Survey everything and have a small portion of 2-3 things that you really want along with bigger portions of what looks to be the healthiest. 4) Sometimes I just write down what I'm eating on a napkin and the accountability REALLY helps me. 5) Have 3 bites of one dessert (and I can't even follow this tip!)



That's not very nice!! But I warned you all that it wasn't too appetizing to the eye. It sure tasted good!


Thanks for your comments on the blog! The laptop lunches are really cute – but I think it's still too big for what I need. I have a great Built NY lunchbox that can lay flat when I'm done, but I need something even thinner and smaller!! I'm taking like a plastic bag but cloth – no insulation or anything to take up space in my backpack. Any ideas!?


I need to work on this whole nibbling thing because I just don't have time to eat either!! At least on T/TH. I wish I could mail you a bite of the sandwich – it was good!





23 bev January 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Will thre husband share his rustic sourdough receipe ? Is it the one from Sullivan's Bakery that bakes in a enamel pot ?


24 mel January 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I don't have a lunch break on t or th either (9-5) so I usually bring a pb and j on ww breadm, a piece of fruit, pretzels or kashi crackers and a fiber one bar – I usually eat the sandwich and fruit right before my 12:30 class and the rest throughout the rest of the afternoon as I get hungry. I'm weird about leaving meat or cheese out of the fridge for any amt of time, but thats just me!!


25 sp January 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Poor thing, I dont think you have any "Container Stores" in NC. A fellow type "A"-er like you would L-O-V-E it! Organization for everything. Used these when I was young at school. They are nylon without all that think insulation, and fold flat when done. Just thought you might give it a try.


26 Kath January 18, 2008 at 12:19 am


I'll let him know you asked!


I'm going to keep brainstorming ideas!!


The link send me to a generic page – can you tell me what you linked to!?



27 sp January 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm

For nylon lunch bag go to and search lunch bag. It will be one of the first one's to show up. And it is only 5 bucks! I hyperventilate when I go this store, everything is organized and smells like new school supplies. It is heaven. Hope you find what you are looking for.


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