Nuts for Bananas!

January 30, 2008

I needed to blow off some steam this morning at the gym and steam I did!! 30 minutes up the stairs and 15 on the ET. My chest is sore from yesterday’s pull-ups and my abs are sore from Monday so I just stuck to cardio today. Ended my workout with some good stretching and felt SO much better when I left. 426 kcal burned (note that when my HRM says anything +/- 5 from 25 I always just round to 26 so I can see the number :) )

Before I left I had a Weetabix biscuit in 1/4 cup warmed milk with a little PB. It was good – the weetabix kind of melted into the milk and made a nice warm mush. It didn’t hold me over as long as some of my other things, but it was fun to eat. (I like these crumbled over yogurt in the summertime).


Whipped Banana Delight

Whipped banana oatmeal! All this means we add the banana at the beginning of stove top cooking and do a lot of stirring to “whip” it. It just seems to incorporate the banana flavor throughout the oats better than just letting it sit. We leave a few big chunks of banana, but cut it up small so it melts in.

Topped with almond butter, walnuts, 1 tsp brown sugar, cinnamon and flax –  


Earl Gray Tea –


Breakfast kcal ~464 + 110 for early morning snack = 575.



I’m having lunch today with a girl from my hometown who is a student at Winthrop! We’re eating in the dining hall – I’m planning on soup and a salad, but we’ll see what they have. Because of this, I won’t be able to post lunch until I get home from Chem lab late this afternoon. Sorry to keep up the suspense!

Have a cheerful Wednesday :mrgreen:

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1 krissie January 30, 2008 at 9:35 am

Okay. I have been watching you and your food for a while. And I have a confession.

As good as all your food looks (and it looks so yummy!), I am more covetous of your place mats. They would go perfectly with my kitchen/dining room. Please tell me that you got them recently, and somewhere I can shop!


2 Rachie January 30, 2008 at 9:36 am

Hey Kath (to the husbnad & others)!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I really want to make an impressive but still really healthy meal for boyfriend for us to enjoy that night. Any suggestions?


3 Rachie January 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

P.S. I dont eat red meat, but everything else is fair game!


4 Cara January 30, 2008 at 9:42 am

Wow I never thought of that for the oatmeal. Great idea!


5 JennS January 30, 2008 at 9:49 am

hey Matt, since Kath is out for most of the day could you refer us to the place for the placemats? I am also interested! thanks!


6 mags January 30, 2008 at 9:56 am


here is a link to a FABULOUS stuffed chicken recipe from cooking light that i made for my boyfriend. we both loved it and its also very healthy! i served it with some whole wheat cous cous and a vegetable (can’t remember which one… asparagus maybe?)


7 kelly January 30, 2008 at 9:57 am

Rachie – Since I don’t know exactly what foods you and your significant other prefer, I would recommend check out either Cooking Light or Ellie Krieger from the Food Network. They both have a lot of recipes that would be impressive and elegant enough for Valentine’s Day, but still healthy. More importantly, I think both don’t sacrefice flavor for health so I don’t feel deprived when I am eating them. I made CL’s brownie cheesecake for V-Day last year and it was amazing. I also made CL’s Lobster Thermidor and Balsamic Roasted Asparagus for my bf and my 2-year anniversary and it was definitely restaurant-quality while still being on the light side. If you don’t mind a trip to the library ‘Canyon Ranch Cooks’ is also a fantastic healthy cookbook. It’s spa cooking so all the recipes are quite healthy, but amazingly delicious. The Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi from that cookbook is to die for and the Raspberry Mustard Crusted Chicken Breast is fantastic as well.


8 Ann January 30, 2008 at 10:02 am

What is weetabix- is it the same as shredded wheat but lower calorie or higher in fiber? Why do you choose that? Thanks and enjoy your cafeteria lunch- I miss those days!


9 Beth January 30, 2008 at 10:04 am

I wake up in the morning hungry. Breakfast is the first thing I do. I realize I haven’t had food for a while, but a lot of people seem to be able to workout first thing before they eat. How are you all able to workout eating a banana or mini pancake, etc. without getting hungry in the middle of exercising?


10 Beth January 30, 2008 at 10:05 am

Just to add is it bad to have food in your stomach digesting while working out?


11 Shelley January 30, 2008 at 10:13 am

I’m with you, I’m almost always starving when I wake up! If I workout in the am (not really a morning person, no matter how early I go to bed), I always eat something small, like a kashi granola bar or a piece of fruit or sometimes a clif bar if I’m REALLY hungry. I’ve never heard of anything about it being bad for you to have food digesting when you’re working out. I have heard that it isn’t good to workout if you’re hungry because you won’t have enough fuel for your exercises.


12 mel January 30, 2008 at 10:49 am

hey Beth, I am one of those people who can’t eat before I go to the gym. I always wake up hungry, but I drink a cup of coffee with a little skim milk and a splenda before heading to the gym (which is usually about 15 minutes from waking up). I just feel sick and kind of heavy when I run or do the ET after a big bowl of oatmeal or whatever. Right after I workout i have breakfast (usually oatmeal, a banana, pb, milk, and 1 more cup of coffee). I would say if you don’t feel sick at all, its not big deal to eat breakfast before. Its just whatever you prefer. have a great day!!


13 Rachie January 30, 2008 at 11:14 am

Mags and Kelly,

Thanks so much! I have alot of good ideas to work with!


14 Rachel January 30, 2008 at 11:22 am

Hey everyone! I’m obsessed with reading food blogs, I thought maybe you guys could recommend some more. Right now I read this one, Food Fitness Fun, Green&Lean, and Eat Life Run.


15 Rachel January 30, 2008 at 11:22 am

Oh and Eat Like Me from Self


16 alice January 30, 2008 at 11:47 am

Great blog, love getting ideas for new healthy recipes and meals…ONE pancake suggestion—I’ve been hooked on these for awhile but today I added a tsp of cocoa powder and it really added a good depth of flavor that covered any possible egginess(one thing that sort of bothers me)…and MAYBe some residual antioxidants…who knows.


17 VeggieGirl January 30, 2008 at 11:48 am

you’re off to a wonderful start today for sure, Kath!! Between a great workout, delicious breakfast (you need to have a cooking show or something – whipped banana oatmeal? love it!! oh and for quite a few years, I would crumble a few Weetabix biscuits in a cereal bowl, top with some hempmilk or almond-milk, and heat in the microwave for about 26 seconds – delish! and SUPER filling), and an exciting, fun-filled afternoon (and lunch!), I’d say that Wednesday is definitely your day today :0)


18 Kath January 30, 2008 at 11:48 am

Crate and Barrel!

I love too.

Click the link I provided on Weetabix.

Off to lunch!


19 VeggieGirl January 30, 2008 at 11:51 am


definitely check out and, for other great food blogs.


20 Cathy January 30, 2008 at 11:53 am

Wow! I have been traveling for work, no time to read the blog, and came home to a ton of comments and a lot to catch up on. Looks like your fan base has truly expanded greatly…..congrats! You have kept up with this blog for quite some time and really inspired so many people! Be proud of your work! I am glad to be back and reading up on your new and very creative recipes!! Have a great day at school!!


21 sarah January 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm

ohmygosh, WHEETABIX! i live in san diego now, but before i moved here i lived with my sister in clinton, ma–DIRECTLY across the street from the wheetabix factory! the neighborhood smelled HEAVENLY from that place-it was like there were cookies being baked at all times! YUMM!! oh, im all nostalgic now and miss my sister :)~


22 Katherine January 30, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I have poor posture (think hunch back-ok maybe not that extreme!) I am not strong enough to do pull ups or assisted pull ups. Any suggestions. I study most of the day leaning over a computer-def not helping the situation! Thanks!!!


23 JennS January 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm

does anyone know if whole foods allows you to grind your own peanut butter? thanks!


24 arimcg January 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm

The whole foods near me (in NY) do have stations for people to grind their peanut butter (and other nut butters, too). I would think that they all do.

Also, Katherine, I would try yoga!!


25 Kate M. January 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm

They do let you grind your own…I believe they charge you by the pound for it. I haven’t had it in a while but I do remember that it is amazing!


26 snowinCA January 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm

i bet kath is so obsessed with this blog she could not turn away from it. i imagine she would not know what to do with herself.


27 Taylor January 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm


That was so random!


28 Katherine Sloan January 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I have added my middle name as well so no one gets confused – someone named Katherine also has started posting as of today i think!

Katherine (the other Katherine): Yoga definately works for posture – i have been doing it for a while and it feels so good – i sit up straight without even trying that hard!


29 Katherine January 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

haha….thats me, opps! Too many posters to keep track. Do you do yoga at a studio or videos? How long are yoga classes? Thanks!


30 Becca January 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Kath, you said your weetabix didn’t hold me over as long as some of my other things, but it was fun to eat. So how do you make it through the workout then?


31 Amy January 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Flax seeds — I know you are supposed to grind them to get the nutritional benefits, but so, do you buy them whole and grind them in a coffee grinder? I don’t have a home coffee grinder, can I use the in store coffee grinders? I feel like it would contaminate the coffee grinders and my flaxseeds. I’ve only flaxseeds sold whole and I haven’t seen separate ‘grain’ grinders. (I was at Whole Foods wondering about this. However, I didn’t look too carefully or ask about it.)


32 goalie30 January 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Hey Kath,
Quick question for you…curious if you think you’ll ever use the blog for any of your RD class projects or future RD endeavors? Once you get more background under your belt with your classes, I bet you could add some other sections to the blog and have more dietary information on it besides just the daily meals and recipes. Maybe you could even use it as a reference for some of your patients/clients. Just wondering! Thanks :)


33 Christin January 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Katherine, I also have a “hunchback” issue from the computer, and i have to agree with the other posters that yoga is a great way to go…most classes are about 1-1 1/2 hours. also though, make sure to take breaks every half hour or so, when sitting at the computer, just a quick one and move around, stretch, etc to give your back a little break :)


34 Molly January 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Oh please, there are worse things to be obsessed with.


35 Christin January 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Amy, i don’t remember the brand name, but Trader Joes sells ground flax seeds…not sure if you have one near you, but thought I’d share just in case! :)


36 Ana January 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm

i’m also one of those people (this is about eating and exercising) who has to eat a full meal before working out. i’ve seen a lot of people commenting about how they feel like throwing up if they eat heavy before (alot of my friends actually don’t eat breakfast b/c they say it upsets them!) but i actually feel like throwing up if i DON’T eat. so it just goes to show-everyone is different! i always eat a full meal and then hit the gym. i’ve never had a problem w/digesting, heaviness, etc. but that is just how i am as a person. again, everyone is different. i do know that there is nothing wrong w/exercising while digesting food. in fact, research suggests you eat so you can be digesting that food while exercising and it will boost your energy! (that’s why kath and so many others eat little bites before working out). your body is constantly digesting. most people even talk walks after big meals, and say that it helps them digest (maybe it does? something to research!) either way, eating then exercising is just fine!^_^


37 Natalie January 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Christin and Amy, Bob Red Mill is the name of the ground flaxseed. It comes in a yellow baggie and is in the cereal aisle by the oats.


38 Christin January 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm

lol! yes! That’s exactly the one I was thinking of…thanks Natalie!


39 NCCarter January 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Regarding flax seeds, the sell both whole and ground at Whole Foods, but I noticed last week that placement of them is kind of all over the place. I found some with the baking supplies, some with cereals, and some near the pasta. I saw ground and whole, but never side-by-side. The price range was pretty big. I just got the WF brand whole seeds and am grinding them in a (clean) coffee grinder. (Wonder what Sumatra-laced flax would taste like, anyway?).


40 Amy January 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Thanks guys!! That makes sense. I was sure they must sell the ground at WH and I just didn’t look around enough. I bought whole seeds a week ago and didn’t about needing to grind them, so I took them back to grind. I used the in-store coffee grinder because I was in a pinch (I don’t want my flaxseeds to go bad), and I figured, hey, I like coffee. I don’t mind if there is a taste of coffee! hehe


41 melissa January 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm

I had a bar today called Honeyber Organic. I had the gronala kind and it was awesome! not to mention it kept me full for a while. Each bar is 40g with 160 calories and the only ingredients are Rolled oats, honey, peanuts, raisins, almonds, and crisp brown rice. You should give them a try sometime when your looking for something different if you havn’t already tried them!


42 Leah January 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Kath, your comment sections have really taken off since I first started reading your blog!! I would say a lot more women (and men perhaps!?) have started reading your blog recently! I know I have passed the url along to friends/family of mine who would love to know how to life a healthier lifestyle!

One thing I’d like to suggest is possibly a forum on your site? One where there could be sub-forums for topics such as diet, exercise, nutritional information of foods, life strategies, etc – and maybe even fun sub-forums for things like fashion, celeb news (who doesn’t read trashy mags??) etc!

I used to visit another forum but the website was so huge that it became overwhelming and I didn’t feel like I could post. Here it’s a little smaller with a better feel to it.

I don’t want to suggest this if you think it will take away from the original intent of your website but it might be an idea so that comments can get put in proper sections and none will get lost in the mix! (some days you get 50+ comments per meal! – I find it hard to filter through them – I can only imagine how you feel!) hehe.

On a side note.. does anyone know if Kashi is sold in the UK?? I would love to try the crackers but cannot find them?!


43 ibex January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm

i’ve been having some trouble accessing the recently…anyone having similar problems?



44 Karen L. January 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I vote down the celebrity and fashion sub-topic ideas! No thanks!

We’ve talked about flaxseeds muliple times over the past couple months, so I am sure you can find your answers if you read the past discussion threads.


45 arimcg January 30, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Katherine, I do it at my regular gym. If you’re a member of a gym, most would have classes I think. Mine has beginner and advanced level, plus hot yoga. Most classes are an hour (hot is an hour and a half). Hope that helps!
Oh, and pilates is also good…


46 Kath January 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm

By “didn’t hold me over as well” I just meant I was hungry by the end of my workout. I didn’t lose energy or anything and wasn’t starving, but often I don’t get hungry until I’m showering and thinking about breakfast, whereas today I was getting hungry as I left the gym. Just a little sooner than usual.

We have a coffee grinder and will use that. You can certainly buy them ground, but be sure to keep them in the freezer and take out portions as you need them to reduce the oxidation rate as much as possible.

I have no idea how long I’ll be blogging, but upon earning my R.D. I hope to have a website in connection with a business I hope to open one day, so if I’m still blogging 3 years from now, I might incorporate it. I will probably move it a real website with a designer then though, so I think it will morph rather than add content here. But I hope to make some improvements to the blog in the next few weeks when I can figure out how to work this site!

On the same note, I’d love to have a forum, but I’m not a web designer and I don’t think this blog has that capability. Basically all I can do is write posts and pages and allow them to have comments. I wish I had the money to make this a real web site! I’ll be researching though….



47 Kim January 30, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Katherine: comment #22. RE: posture. I had a similar issue and I found physical therapy was so helpful. I do simple stretches and use the medicine bull. You don’t need to do pull-ups, etc things that strain the back. I do strengthening exercises, squats, pilates/yoga types moves that my therapist developed for me. the ball is great because it really supports/gentle means of training. By building back strength, it greatly improved posture and got rid of pain. It must be hard spending all that time by desk.


48 Anou January 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Katherine, the suggestions you got from the other readers are great. I have another thing to add. People often forget that posture is related to core strength, which includes your abs. I used to have a really bad posture before I started working out with a trainer and now that I ve strenghtened my abs alot there is a HUGE difference. So its not only your back muscles but your whole core including obliques. Alot of moves on the ball and planks and stuff like that are great for that. Hope that helps a bit.


49 Ange January 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Hi Leah!!!! (If this is the Leah I think it is???) ;p

I agree with your forum suggestion! it would be wonderful. Kath- my financee installed a free forum page through this website (although he said it if complicated if you don’t know programming I think). Im sure you can find other free forums coding to install? If you want to of course! haha.

Oh by the way- Can someone please provide the LINKS to the blogs mentioned above??
I couldnt find green and lean, the link for couch cubicle didnt work, and there was a fun…something one too.



50 Leah January 31, 2008 at 3:08 am

Hey Ange!! Yes, it is me! 😛

The one E set up for your site is great! I have yet to post but I will hehe.

I saw Green & Lean somewhere but I completely forget. Is there a link on Jenna’s site (Eat, Live, Run) ?? If I remember I will let you know.


51 Ange January 31, 2008 at 9:21 am

Thanks!! =)

(and that is too funny I saw you on here!)


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