Olympic Fanfare

July 31, 2012

I normally don’t have the TV on while I work – it’s too distracting. But I found this morning that the Olympics make excellent background noise! Unless it’s a sport I’m deeply into (like gymnastics Smile). I “watched” swimming, rowing and basketball this morning while I worked on the couch. I plan to spend the afternoon at my desk though because my posture on the couch is terrible!

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For lunch I made an amazing smoked trout salad. Smoked trout is life changing! I like it even more than sardines and WAY more than tuna. I may never go back to tuna again. I mixed a tin of Trader Joe’s smoked trout with heaping teaspoons of mayo and mustard, smoked salt and pepper and a squirt of lemon juice. Plus a chopped small tomato, a pickle and some minced pickled jalapeno!

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Served with some “woven crackers” from Whole Foods that Karen left here. I laughed at the ingredient list: “Whole wheat, salt.”

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Fruit on the side – super sweet cantaloupe and yellow plums

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I should have consumed them in the reverse order because after the ‘loupe the plums tasted like flavorless grapes!

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Gymnastics women’s team final on tonight – can’t wait!! Matt doesn’t seem like the type to be into the Olympics, but surprisingly he is – and he also likes gymnastics a lot. His only complaint: the floor exercise dancing segments, which he just doesn’t get at all : )

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I think the floor exercise is kinda lame, too – not that I could ever do any of it!

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2 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I love the tumbling, but yeah, the little dancey parts can be funny : )

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3 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I was surprised to see that the men son’t even have music for their floor exercise! Why do the women have to have the silly dancey bits, when the men don’t even have music?! I’d prefer that both the men and the women just focus on the awesome tumbling passes they do so well!

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4 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

agreed

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5 Sarah July 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I mentioned the same thing to my husband last night. If the music and dancing is ‘too feminine’ for the men then it should be cut out all together–for everybody!

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6 Jennifer July 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I’m surprised they have floor exercises at all for the men. It just seems weird to watch them out there. I can see the horse, rings and vault but not the floor part. Oh well. They definitely are in incredible shape. :) I can’t imagine the stress they must be under trying to do so well in the competition.

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7 Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Gymnastics is my favorite Summer Olympic sport too! I spent most of last night working on my couch while watching the women’s qualifying round. It’s so hard to stay away from news sites and other media to avoid finding out what happened today – the time delay is definitely a challenge! That cantaloupe looks delicious too – love fresh melon in the summertime :)

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8 Tiffany July 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I love Cantaloupe. One of my favorites :)

Do you know if and when you will be selling cville granola on opensky?

By the way, how is your facebook page coming along.

Hope you are having a great day!

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9 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

We will be selling it through our own website shortly!

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10 Tiffany July 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Thanks! :)

By any chance do you know how to cook beans in your rice cooker? I bought the book that Emily suggested but I have no clue what setting is appropriate even after looking through the book. It says regular cycle but what does that correspond to? Maybe White rice setting? Then it talks about setting a timer but I dont think our cooker has that function. You can set a time for it to be ready but i dont think you can set “50 minutes of cooking time”.

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11 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I put it on brown rice and set my own timer and checked on them when they recommended. I agree – that book can be confusing at times, but I think the good thing is you know they won’t burn because then it will auto go to warm

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12 Tiffany July 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thank you! You are always sweet to answer my questions :)

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13 Liz July 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Why did you laugh at the ingredients list? Isn’t it good to have a short ingredient list?

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14 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Yes – it was so short I laughed. In appreciation.

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15 Carrie July 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Triscuits have the exact same ingredient list (but I think they might also have oil). I pretty much exclusively buy them when I want crackers because even their flavored versions have decent ingredients, compared to other crackers which have ridiculous ingredients.

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16 Liz August 1, 2012 at 12:32 am

Love Triscuits (or WF brand ‘triscuit’s ;) )! Definitely the most whole food cracker :)

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17 Patty July 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Kath, I made your sardine salad and IT was a life changer for me! I added some smoked paprika and I almost ate two tins by myself. Now if only I could convince my fiance to love it as much as me. That takes work.

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18 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

!!

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19 Erin August 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Glad to know this. I have a can in my pantry. It’s been there for a few months and I’m still intimidated by it. Maybe I’ll give it a try for lunch next week.

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20 Becca July 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Oh my this lunch! It sounded divine just from your descriptions, but the colors (including your plate and cloth) make it mouthwatering.

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21 Jennifer July 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I love gymnastics!! Ever since the 1996 games (which umm I feel super old now that that was 16 years ago!) it’s been my favorite Olympic sport to watch. Too bad Yahoo spoiled the results for me so I already know who wins tonight! But I’m still gonna watch :)

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22 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

1996 was the best year ever!

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23 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio July 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Yummy lunch! I bought the same plums at the farmers market this weekend but they were over ripe in two days. I’m planning to make a plum jam/something or other with the rest of them.

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24 Rachel July 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Those plums look cool.. my mom mentioned the other day having yellow plums in the house I should check haha

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25 Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer July 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I also love watching gymnastics and can’t wait to watch the women’s final team competition tonight! We have also had some very sweet cantaloupe come from our neighbor’s garden this year…have 4 sitting on the counter waiting to ripen.

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26 Kristin July 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

That is so funny that you mention Matt not understanding the dance segments – my fiancé canNOT watch the floor exercises without laughing at the “pointless dancing,” and now it makes me laugh sometimes too.
So excited for the women’s final tonight!! I am with all you guys that mentioned 1996 – Best. Year. Ever! I even went to a live gymnastics show that the Mag 7 + the men toured with the following year. Super cool routines set to fun music, big group routines set to Thriller.. Ah, I was so obsessed! :)

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27 Khushboo July 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Those crackers sound awesome haha

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28 Melissa @ HerGreenLife July 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

How do the three types of fish (trout, tuna, and sardines) compare as far as omega-3′s and other nutrients? I’m vegetarian and don’t currently eat fish, but some of your past posts on sardines had me seriously considering giving them a try. For some reason, I’m assuming that trout might not have quite as much of the “good stuff” as some other types of fish . . . .

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29 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Sardines take the cake – by far. But trout is also a good source and tuna at the end (note the mercury is more of a concern for tuna too).

This is a cool chart I found! http://100percenthealth.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/seafoodpin.png

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30 Tracy August 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

That’s a great chart! Thanks for sharing it. I don’t see shrimp on the chart (maybe I missed them?). Do you know how shrimp rates??

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31 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

They are low in mercury, not too high in Omega 3 but some

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32 Megan @ Megan's Munchies July 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I have been more into the Olympics than I thought I would. I can’t wait to watch gymnastics tonight!

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33 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance July 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Gymnastics is my favorite too! I am so confused though. Did the final happen earlier today and they are just showing it again during prime time tonight?

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34 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

It happened today at 11:30 EST onward, but it will be on TV tonight during prime time

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35 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance July 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That’s what I was hoping! Thanks!!!

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36 Casey July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Do you know what time Kath? All I can find is the block from like 7-midnight with several sports. It would be awesome if I knew exactly what time gynmastics came on!

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37 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Pretty sure that’s it – on the regular NBC station

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38 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lol I love gymnastics too, but I just don’t get the dancing around part of the floor exercise. I would feel so silly!

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39 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’m with Matt on that floor dancing – definitely not my cup of tea! You were the one that got me turned on to sardines, so I’m going to have to hunt down some of this smoked trout business too.
PS. your comment about reviving the trees this morning sounds a lot like my gardening style… I thought I killed my basil plant, but it came back like 4 times! Sadly, 4 revivals was all it had in it though.. it’s now looking very sad and I’m afraid it’s time to get rid of it!

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40 Cait's Plate July 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I agree – it totally does. I’ve had it on in the background all day too. Unless it’s volleyball or gymnastics, I’m able to just listen and be satisfied :)

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41 Nikki T July 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

My husband feels the same about the floor gymnastics…but seems to be fascinated with the bars and that stuff- rightfully so, those athletes are ripped and amazing!

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42 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’ve never seen yellow plums before! They look rather tasty. :) I haven’t really been watching much of the Olympics. I did catch some of the men’s gymnastics on Saturday night.

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43 Hope July 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm

The fish salads that you make always look so good but I just can’t make myself try canned fish other than tuna. I have no idea why!

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44 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I’m really enjoying the Olympics this year. In years past, I’d watch a few events here and there but now I watch it all. The athlete’s stories are so amazing!

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45 Emily M. July 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

the olympics are just so exciting! ive been loving seeing sports that i dont ever normally get to see…like water polo or table tennis! but gymnastics (followed VERY closely by diving and swimming) has always been my favorite (it’s the closest to dance the olympics has which ive done my entire life!). also….your lunch is so summer-y looking…beautiful!

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46 Jeri July 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

So I have a new food to add to my list, canned smoked trout. My taste buds are loving Kath Eats Real Food!

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47 RunEatRepeat July 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Ben was watching it with me and asked why the women on floor exercise don’t have those long ribbons to twirl around?! How does he even know about that?! Found this hysterical.

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48 MommyPage July 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

We love cutting out cantaloupe into little balls too! The melons have been in season and so juicy- it’s delicous! Also, we like watching gymnastics as well, that is our favorite!

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49 Taylor July 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I can’t wait for the gymnastics and swimming tonight! My husband for some reason has news feeds so he keeps getting unwanted updates and trying to spoil it for me. I keep yelling at him not to tell me what happens.

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50 Lynn July 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I’m wondering how you feel about food combining. Some say to eat melon on an empty stomach & then wait for it to digest. I’ve heard that fruit digest so much faster & that it’s better to eat it by itself. Just curious about your thoughts on this.
Thanx

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51 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I [personally] think it’s bologna : ) Unless you have digestion problems or enzyme deficiencies, there’s no reason not to eat fruit with other foods

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52 jo @ including cake July 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

So jealous…i would have loved to watch the gymnastics and not be stuck in an office. I feel like i’ve issed most of the Olympics so far. The even more annoying part is that i ony live a 20 minutes train journey from London…!!

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53 Annette @FitnessPerks July 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

WAHOO! I love ‘watching’ the Olympics while working too ;) (Mine has to be on mute though. Hah)

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54 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Yellow plums? They look like yellow tomatoes!

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55 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) July 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Oh, I’m going to have to get in on this smoked trout bandwagon! Sounds like something I’d be totally into. :D

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56 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Ive never had woven wheats but do not leave me alone with Triscuits – they are my #1 cracker. I won’t even buy them anymore b/c I adore them so much!

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57 Angel7 July 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Since you like smoked trout so much, I will have to get some to try the next time we are at Trader Joe’s.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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58 Maggie July 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

So funny you should mention the dancing — there was just an article in Slate about the “dancing” in the floor exercises! Interesting perspective.
http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circus/2012/07/_2012_olympics_gymnastics_female_gymnasts_used_to_be_fantastic_dancers_how_did_the_floor_exercise_get_so_graceless_.single.html

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59 Kavi July 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Informative post! I just read the whole thing… as I’m sitting here watching the Olympics :)

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60 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin July 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I’ve never had trout before; for some reason it sounds to me like some that you only eat when your camping and its the only food you can get your hands on ;) But after seeing this post I think I need to reconsider and try it!!

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61 Liz August 1, 2012 at 12:34 am

I’m pretty much addicted to anything Olympics right now. I’ve been enjoying the gymnastics, diving (first two are my favorite summer sports), swimming, equestrian, and beach volleyball – I’ll pretty much watch any of it. I was disappointed the mens USA gymnastics didn’t medal, but super excited for the girls! I still remember watching the Mag 7 in 1996. I had mono at the time & pretty much sat/laid on the couch the entire two weeks watching :)

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62 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Every time I turn on my TV lately, it’s on the channel with the Olympics. Every. Single. Time. I love the Olympics, but I feel like I need a break from watching them so much!

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