On The Up And Up

September 10, 2010

Could it be:

The fall weather?

The pumpkin oats?

A fabulous 5.25 mile run?

The start of the weekend?

The end of a week of PMS?

The eve of a beer festival?

I am in a GLOW today!

Had a wonderful run with Matt to Karen’s new place and back to help her take care of some bizness. I have to add that I was able to run ALL the way up Sunset Road – quite the killer hill! It wasn’t even hard. My legs must be glowing too!

Then we made lunch.

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Pesto, a slab of tofu, tomato and spinach on Great Harvest Tomato Herb bread (which was whole wheat and divine!)

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Plus a pile of these cheesy kale chips straight from New York….New York Naturals actually. Amy saw that I love kale chips and wanted to send me her version. These are made with nutritional yeast, red pepper, lemon and cashews and I would call it KALE GRANOLA! Not sure if it was the travels, but they were broken into little pieces and I actually loved them that way. There were clumped pieces – just like granola. I’m sure these would be great on a salad too! They are not the cheapest snack in the world, but they’d make a fun treat. Click here for prices and availability.

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Last but not least, a pile of ‘loupe and kiwi. For some reason Matt thought you are supposed to put sea salt on fruit salad and this tasted like someone’s fruit basket had fallen in the OCEAN and back it was so gross and salty. Never again Matt!

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Karen and I have a few errands to run, then I’ve got some computer work before Andrew (Matt’s brother) arrives tonight. It seems the family likes hanging out in Charlottesville as much as we do :mrgreen:

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1 Christie {Honoring Health} September 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I am cracking up at kale granola. Sounds tasty 😀


2 Jessica @ How Sweet September 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Hahaha I like sea salt on my sweet things, but I don’t think on fruit!


3 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Those kale chips look great – and the whole lunch looks yummy. Yay for the glow!


4 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

LOL at the salty fruit!


5 Christine September 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Well, in Matt’s defense, melon is sometimes paired with salt, like melon wrapped in prosciutto!


6 Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Blech to the salty fruit! Now kale granola, on the other hand, sounds like something I could get behind!


7 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Ohhh, Kath– Averie at Loves Veggies and Yoga has a recipe for homemade kale chips like that, and they are seriously TO DO FOR. I made my own version of them back in August for a raw challenge, and seriously almost made myself sick on them, they were so good. Here’s the link to the recipe I used:


I am a big lover of kale chips just plain, but these seriously rocked my mouth.


8 Kath September 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Wish I had a dehydrator! Actually, I don’t. But I wish someone else had one and would make things for me :)


9 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I’m 99% positive that you can make them just in the oven and get the same result. I’ve also heard that you can bake stuff at a super low temp with the oven door open, and it really mimics the effect of a dehydrator…although that seems INCREDIBLY energy wasteful!!


10 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I also just realized that I wrote “TO DO FOR.” Ummm, die? Lol. Whoops.


11 Rachel September 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I always salt melon.


12 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

huh…. not sure how i’d like kale granola but maybe someday. :) i do like kale chips!


13 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

i’ll take kale granola anyday :) even if that’s not how it was supposed to be!


14 Anne @ Your Kind of Salad September 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Oh I’m with Matt! I love salty with my sweet! Salted caramel anyone??


15 Tina September 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I’ve heard of people adding a sprinkle of salt to watermelon to “bring out its sweetness” but never liked it. I think fruit is sweet enough on its own…and should stay that way.

Keep on glowing! :)


16 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm

That sandwich looks so lovely! Have a great day Kath!


17 Kristy@ KristyRuns.com September 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Yay for the hilly run success! Ewww…salt on fruit. 😉


18 Erin@ Shortcut to Bliss September 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I have been having an impossible time locating Kale here. I have looked EVERYWHERE. The price on the Kale chips isn’t the most amazing but I will probably end up purchasing them to see what all the rage is about.


19 Canadian September 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I don’t know where you live, but I can’t find it in my local supermarkets either. Instead, I buy it at small, out of the way places, like small Asian stores and organic food stores.


20 Erin@ Shortcut to Bliss September 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

We are in California. You would think it would be plentiful, but alas… I will definitely try an Asian market. Thanks for the tip!


21 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I love salt on melons, so good! :) And I put salt on apples.


22 jamie @ jamelafamela September 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

i feel the same way today! must be my pumpkin oats as well! and my long run! and the cool weather! the combination will make you glow that’s for sure!


23 ari September 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

hahhhahaha that’s so funny. pretty sure fruit is the one thing salt doesn’t enhance the flavor of.


24 jamie @ jamelafamela September 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

…and this fresh bag of dark chocolate dove squares im devouring… :)


25 Stacey September 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I’m in a glow today too! Just petitioned to graduate and that has me smiling from ear-to-ear 😀 I’ve never put salt on fruit before, Jason likes to put salt on his cantaloupe but I don’t even like cantaloupe. I figure there is enough salt in the world :) I like the sweet taste of fruit just the way it is! Continue to have a “glowing” day 😉


26 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Beer festival?? How fun!


27 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Glad you are feeling great Kath! Sounds like you have some fun stuff set up for this weekend!


28 Angie @ The Bottomless Pint September 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I actually love salt on melon. In fact, I refuse to eat watermelon sans salt. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but we always had salt on melon when I was growing up.


29 Angela (ohsheglows) September 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

hahah that is so funny about the salt! I can almost taste the ocean in my mouth now.


30 Nicole - yuppie yogini September 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Great Harvest bread–yummy! I made a trip to GH for some sweet treats!


31 Steph@stephsbitebybite September 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

You always have such a colorful lunch!! Salt on my melon…yes! Any other fruit I don’t know if I could handle it :)


32 Wei-Wei September 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Aww, I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling so wonderful! It really brightens up my night… it’s like 12-hour difference here 😛 I should get to sleep. Have a wonderful afternoon!


33 Christin L. September 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I make those kale chips in my dehydrator, same ingredients! Actually makes a pretty cheap snack when you make them yourself! And I actually LOVE salt on cantaloupe!! :)


34 Tina September 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’ve always salted my cantaloupe & watermelon because my dad did. He’s from Tennessee and we always said ‘its a hillbilly thing’! haha!


35 Stacy September 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I have seen salt put on watermelon, but kiwi and cantaloupe oh no!


36 Dynamics September 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Time to get a dehydrator, become bestest friends with fitnessista and make your own kale chips AND tons of other delicious foods. Rawnola is awesome.


37 Nicole, RD September 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Salt on fruit? Silly husband :)


38 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Oh… I wanna buy some kale chips! Maybe they’ll turn out better than my homemade ones did :)

& YAY for fall!


39 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm

The cool fall weather definitely makes me glow! Walking and biking places is so much nicer, and I love having open windows and cool breezes instead of AC.


40 Allison K September 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I think some people do salt melon, although since I hate melon (like as much as you hate onions) I can’t vouch for it.


41 Kathy W. September 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

My mom always salted our cantaloupe & watermelon. A sprinkle of sugar on grapefruit halves. When I left home, I declared plain fruit independence!


42 Kathy W. September 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

(of course, that doesn’t stop me from adding nuts, coconut, nut butters, cinnamon…everything BUT salt.)


43 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

yum i’d be up for trying any types of kale chips


44 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Ohh salty fruit. Doesn’t sound too good. Look at the plus side- you got some electrolytes in after your run? :)


45 Rachael September 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I LOVE salt on fruit! Especially melon (salt+ watermelon is the best)!


46 Jenna September 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Yay for Fall! I live in California and miss the changing of the seasons so much! I can’t wait for the weather to stay a bit cooler so it actually feels like Fall here!


47 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I keep hearing more and more about this nutritional yeast and how good it makes food taste! I still haven’t made kale chips, so maybe I’ll have to try both soon!


48 Catherine September 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I love lime salt on melon, especially watermelon! Yes, that’s right…lime flavored salt! Yum!



49 Bee Goes Bananas September 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I’m so glad you’re glowing and had such a great day!


50 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I ONLY like fruit in my fruit salads. I was at a barbecue to which someone brought a fruit salad with mint…no. It just hinders my fruity sugary experience. Never had one with salt before, though!


51 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog September 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

For some reason I read “And then we made lunch” as “And then we made love…” aaaaand I had to do a double-take. I thought it seemed a little forward for the blog!



52 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Haha…kale granola. I would buy it. 😀

Love your lovely lunch. 😀


53 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I’ve heard about putting salt on pineapple and it gets rid of the tartness. Don’t know about other fruits.

Have a great weekend! Beer festival sounds like fun. :-)


54 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm

How cool! Premade kale chips!!


55 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm

That sandwich looks scrumptious!!



56 kate September 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Maybe some fruit would be good with a sprinkle of sea salt. A for effort, right?


57 leslie September 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hello! This is not a comment, but a request I hope you respond to…
I have 2 basically empty nut butter jars (TJ’s valencia pb with flaxseed and Barney butter) and I would love to make OIAJ. Do you recommend hot or cold? (I’ve never made overnight oats, but I’m open to it.) Basically, I’ve got oats, milk, almond milk, banana, homemade granola, and greek yogurt on hand. I’d love your help on a winning combo for breakfast tomorrow!


58 Kath September 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Well obviously you should do one hot and one cold!!

I think cold is actually more of my favorite. I can’t say why, just is. I’d do 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup cow’s milk, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, half banana, pinch salt, splash vanilla, perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Add granola in the AM!


59 leslie September 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Thanks! Can’t wait for breakfast!


60 Heidi - apples under my bed September 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

You must have been powered by pumpkin goodness on your run! 😛
In thailand they put a salty wash over their pineapple – ergh!! Good creativity points, Matt…..just dont do it again 😉 hehe
Heidi xo


61 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Haha eww I can’t imagine salt on fruit tasting good! But I guess it was worth a try. 😛


62 Kath (Eating for Living) September 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I definitely need to try kale chips soon!


63 lisasfoods September 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Still have to try making my own kale chips, so maybe I’ll add some nutritional yeast for a different flavor.

Glad you’re feeling so good today! Have a great weekend.


64 stacey-healthylife September 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Good for you for running a really tough hill. It’s so easy for our body to tell us to walk.


65 Wendy September 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

My dad likes to eat melon with salt on it! Yuck! 😛


66 Hannah September 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I bought those chips on my very last day in New York on the very last day of my four-month travels, and ate them on the 30+ plane trip back to Australia. *cries*


67 Katie September 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Great Harvest bread makes me drool every time you post it. My best friend in high school used to work there and would give me free loaves of the granny white every time I went in there…be careful about hiring the high school riff raff! 😀


68 notyet100 September 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

yummy platter


69 Chelsey September 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Your good mood is just glowing through the screen! Glad you had a great day!


70 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear September 11, 2010 at 3:58 am

I’m sure that Great Harvest bread is sooooo delicious :)


71 Plink September 11, 2010 at 6:40 am

I live in food obsessed France, and adding salt to rockmelon (or cantaloupe as you call it over there in the States) is done all the time. It’s a trick that dates back at least a couple of hundred years and is said to bring out the flavour of the fruit.


72 Leanna September 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

It’s common to salt some fruit! It’s supposed to make it taste better/sweeter!


73 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Hooray for yummy kale chips. Heaveennnn. And that’s awesome about your “glow.” I love days like that. :)


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