Orange Ya Glad It’s Humpday?

April 23, 2008

This week is flying by!!! So I had pumpkin oats today to celebrate :) As usual, they were filling and absolutely divine.


Since the husband had eggs today, I made a single portion of oats. I left out the banana for a change – just skim milk, 1/2 a cup of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, a splash of egg whites (I like to do this with pumpkin to get a thicker custard consistency), 2/3 a serving of Nuts over Raspberries mix and a spoonful of PB.

It was interesting to see that the skim milk steamed and frothed much more without the banana. I couldn’t tell how much this changed the final result because the pumpkin kind of covered up the oats by themselves, but it was definitely different while cooking.


With coffee, this breakfast was about 450 kcal, 10 grams fiber and 25 grams protein.



I don’t have class this Friday, so I probably won’t go to 5:45 spinning – so I went today! I know Wednesday’s instructor is not my favorite, so I went in with the “this is my workout I need to challenge myself” attitude. I increased the resistance and really pushed myself and came out with a great workout!

Before I left, I had some leftover flatbread with PB. Mmmmmmmmmm!


I’m dining in the dining hall today!! So excited. I’m probably going to make another All-American turkey sandwich, but we’ll see what’s on the menu :)

Tonight we’re going out to dinner with the husband’s grandmother, so it’ll be a busy day! We’re going to a new restaurant that’s kind of wine focused: LuLu. What would you order!?

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1 Suzanne April 23, 2008 at 7:26 am

That Lulu menu looks good! Here’s what I’d get:

My husband would definitely get the French Onion soup and I always have a few spoonfuls.
I’d order the Mimosa salad and give half to hubby.

For the main dish: (if switcharoos are possible)
I’d either get the Steak & Fries but switch out the fries and get the pumpkin polenta or the Luca Brasi but switch out one of the veggies for the pumpkin polenta.
I love pumpkin; I love polenta – I’ve never seen them combined before! :)

Can’t wait to see what you get, Kath! Have a great dinner!


2 courtney April 23, 2008 at 7:29 am

The mimosa salad looks awesome!


3 Katie April 23, 2008 at 7:35 am

Yay for classes almost being over. I wish MY week was flying by too. I missed the gym this morning, which makes me a little mad…but oh well. Breakfast looks great, I LOVE raspberry. :)


4 Cassie April 23, 2008 at 7:47 am

The Mimosa salad and Butternut Squash risotto look amazing!

Salmon looks interesting too!

Have a great day.


5 Kelly T April 23, 2008 at 8:01 am

You’re right, you gotta push yourself. Dont let some weird instructor ruin your workout.

Use your annoyance with them as motivation. Sweat it out.

the link wouldnt work for me :(


6 Jules April 23, 2008 at 8:04 am

Everyone need help! (minus Nick)

Sometimes I feel like I am the only girl with horrible cramps. In highschool, I could take a sick day, but obviously in college and the real world you can’t. I feel so bloated and the last thing I want to do is put on jeans (uncomfortable) and go to class or in a few years work! I never seem to hear other people complain though. My whole lower back hurts and I just feel disgusting. Of course this only lasts about 3 days and the rest of the cycle I am fine. Any hints/advice. I know exercise, but honestly, I don’t have time in the morning and it really is not appealing to me to get sweaty when I already feel disgusting!


7 ChocolateCoveredVegan April 23, 2008 at 8:05 am

Cute, cute title!


8 JENNA April 23, 2008 at 8:09 am

yum that oat meal looks good! :) i’m so nervous about pumpkin in the can! i’ve never had it before other than in pumpkin pie!


9 Mandy April 23, 2008 at 8:10 am

Kath – I love your pumpkin stuff! This morning I tried the pumpkin oatmeal (my own version with instant oatmeal) and it turned out fabulous! I blogged about it on my weight loss blog here:

I mention you almost daily (and link to you) on my blog now – I just love your blog so much! Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful photos!


10 K April 23, 2008 at 8:10 am

This is in regards to Yvonne’s question about taking the “get healthy” approach too far from last night… YES, it is possible. I know, because I did it. I exercised no more than Kath, for example, and took in a decent amount of calories (1,600-1,800), but that range was TOO low for my body and energy needs. I continued to slowly, but surely lose too much weight, and therefore lose my period. I ended up going to a dietician to gain back some of that weight and become HEALTHY again. This meant not only eating more calories, and cutting back a bit on exercise, but also loosening the rigid boundaries I had set for myself with food and exercise. Although, they were never extreme (I always ate at least 1,600 calories and never was one to exercise for over an hour), they still were too extreme for my me physically and mentally. Everything in moderation. It really is true. I wish I could take back the abuse on my body (I fear for future fertility), but I can’t and am happy I now at least have a good understanding of being truly healthy and more relaxed.


11 Anne P April 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

ooooooooo mimosa salad! maybe with salmon??


12 Kelly L. April 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

I’d totally get the shrimp and grits. LOVE THEM!


13 Betsy April 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

i am VERY VERY glad it is hump day. i’m already ready for this week to be over.

when ever i remember to put almond milk in my oatmeal, it steams and froths insanely. however, this doesn’t happen when i add my banana either!


14 Heather April 23, 2008 at 8:38 am

Oooh, nice menu! I would definitely get the mimosa salad and either the squash risotto or the salmon. Although the mussels sound pretty good, too…

Have fun tonight!


15 Justy2003 April 23, 2008 at 8:56 am

I think I’m with Heather on getting the mimosa salad and butternut squash risotto…yum! Or maybe the eggplant lasagna.
As far as wines go, I’m always up for a Cabernet! 😉


16 cindy April 23, 2008 at 8:56 am

Hi Kath- Your menus always sound do good, are you for hire? Please tell me how you add the egg whites to oatmeal. Can you microwave the two? Thanks!


17 mags April 23, 2008 at 9:05 am

mimosa salad and butternut squash risotto.


18 Allison K. April 23, 2008 at 9:30 am

I would get Butternut squash risotto, or the eggplant lasagna, but the mimosa salad looks amazing too….
This is why I have to always look at a menu online before I go…I can’t ever choose!


19 Monica April 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

So many things look good on that menu: butternut squash risotto, smoked eggplant lasagna, central stack, and mimosa salad. I’m excited to see what you pick out!


20 Maran April 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

Happy Hump Day Kath!!! Sorry I missed the bbq..looked fabulous. I am sad to see how busy you are for the next month!! Maybe we can sneak in an early evening walk or something.

Jules~ I used to be in the same boat. I had cramp so bad I had to go to the hospital to get ultrasounds to see what was wrong with me. YUCK. But the one thing that has saved me is the birth control pill I’m on. I was on 3 different kinds since I was 15 to try and control this and I finally found one that has literally taken all cramps away. I would check with your lady doctor and see if she can recommend anything. Good Luck!


21 bikergurl April 23, 2008 at 9:38 am

It’s hard to push yourselllf, isn’t it? That’s a great attitude to have though:)

That flatbread llllooks amazing, I so want to try it!


22 Jennifer April 23, 2008 at 9:55 am

Jules – Are you on the pill? I had the same problem all through high school and the pill did wonders when I got on it in college. I still have the occasional trouble days, but overall it is sooo much better.


23 SarahF April 23, 2008 at 9:59 am

Morning everyone!
I had to post to celebrate! This morning was the very first time that I actually got out of bed and exercised in the AM! I’ve tried setting my alarm a couple of times, but always looked at the clock, reset it, and rolled over and went back to sleep. But last night I got everything ready-and really pumped myself up for going. Then when my alarm went off this morning-I hopped right out of bed! I had a great workout and am feeling quite energized this morning! Although I’ll go back to my evening workouts tomorrow (I have a work dinner after work today so I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to hit the gym) I’m so excited to know that I can get out of bed a little bit early without it killing me!
Also-not going to lie-thinking of posting my successful AM workout here helped motivate me to get out of bed


24 NYC RUNNER April 23, 2008 at 9:59 am

YUMMY! I would order the butternut squash risotto, so delicious :) and the warm goat cheese salad to start. Two of my favorite things, I am jealous you are going instead of me. Enjoy dinner whatever you decide to get.


25 CourtneyS April 23, 2008 at 10:03 am

I would get the escargots to start, then the warm goat cheese salad. And the cote du rhone to drink! Looks like a fun place and I’m sure you’ll have a tasty dinner now matter what you pick.


26 Nadia April 23, 2008 at 10:06 am

Hands down one of the options would be the butternut squash risotto from the “smalls”…the place isn’t too vegetarian friendly with the mains/entrees.


27 VeggieGirl April 23, 2008 at 10:18 am

Mmm, the pumpkin oats look like a perfect way to start a Wednesday (or ANY day!) – I’m sure they definitely fueled you enough for the rest of your morning!

Ahh, dining in the caf today, eh? Should be fun!

The Butternut Squash Risotto on the menu sounds lovely – yum! Can’t wait to see what you order :0)


28 creatingadiva April 23, 2008 at 10:18 am

mm looks good! i love flatbread …and that one looks so fav!


29 Nick April 23, 2008 at 10:19 am

Mmm that flatbread still looks delicious, even though it’s a couple days old by now. I need to make a dinner that requires flatbread on the side.

The Peanut Butter Boy


30 Tsbrown April 23, 2008 at 10:22 am

Kath/anyone please?

Is it better not to eat/drink yogurt at all if the third ingredient is sugar? I love those Dan Active that you can drink and it is super easy and tasty, but is there any nutritional value? Thanks.


31 BethEllis April 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

I would definitely go with the small mimosa salad and butternut squash risotto with wild mushrooms…yumm!!


32 Kelly T April 23, 2008 at 10:32 am

Jules- mine used to be so bad it would make me throw up. i consistantly missed 3 days of school a month. My docotr put me on birth control with a lot of estrogen and they are completely gone now. Id ask you doctor about that.


33 BethT April 23, 2008 at 10:34 am

I would have to go with the Luca Brasi because of a) the name (Godfather anyone?) and b) the amazing sounding sauce!


34 Ash April 23, 2008 at 10:40 am

For all you Dreena Burton fans…

After seeing so many of her recipes on different blogs, I want to buy ALL of her cookbooks, but can’t afford to at one time. So which one is your favorite – The Everyday Vegan, Vive Le Vegan!, or ED&BV?


35 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 23, 2008 at 10:52 am

Sara F – I know exactly how you’re feeling! I ran this morning for the first time ever… usually I run around 5:30 p.m. after work. But this morning my beau had to get up early for a final exam so I joined him, and hit the streets! I’m a little tired, but I do feel a great sense of accomplishment.


36 G April 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

My first time posting, but I thought this was important:

Jules, my life was unbearable due to cramps for many years. After going to the OBGYN for about 12 years now (since I was 14) I’ve tried nearly every birth control pill out there to relieve the pain. I would suggest talking to your doc, as the pill can REALLY help alleviate pain, but you may need to try several to find your best fit.

Also, I swear by Gas-X during that time of the month. ‘Nuff said. It is a god send for my bloatedness.

When all else fails, I take 3 ibuprofen (Motrin). That always works.

hope this helps!


37 Kim April 23, 2008 at 11:08 am


One word: Ibuprofen (ie Advil). Best. Thing. Ever. I was on the pill, and that worked, but then I quit. A nurse recommended Ibuprofen, and I’ve been fine ever since. The active ingredient works specifically on the system that causes cramping. For best results, start taking it 12-24hrs before you expect cramps to begin. For me, taking 1000mg (5 regular pills) twice a day for the first two days works. Pain free, birth control pill free.


38 rhodeygirl April 23, 2008 at 11:15 am

Kath- I would definitely have a glass of the primitivo from puglia as it is a wine I have never had and after reading about it online it looks so good! For dinner I would have the mimosa salad with salmon and an order of fries… because the avocado aioli just looks to interesting to miss out on!

Jules- I had similar symptoms in high school. Finally I went to the gyn for the first time and she suggested birth control pills… I haven’t had bad symptoms even one time since.. nothing more than a couple of little cramps, or a little bloating, or a sore back for like half a day. good luck!


39 rhodeygirl April 23, 2008 at 11:16 am

p.s. must you taunt us with such delicious menus! I might have to come down to NC just for the food haha! although providence does have some great restaurants, i must admit


40 Barb April 23, 2008 at 11:18 am

Naproxen works really well for cramps if the Ibuprofen fails.


41 Andrea April 23, 2008 at 11:28 am

butternut squash risotto sounds great to me :)


42 Ryane April 23, 2008 at 11:31 am

I totally agree – the mimosa salad with probably chicken would be amazing. I can’t pass up anything with champagne!


43 Biz April 23, 2008 at 11:48 am

I would definitely get the goat cheese salad – it sounds amazing!

Also the Lulu Plate looks good too! I love stuffed peppers.


44 Mandy A April 23, 2008 at 12:14 pm

yummy!!! I vote for the butternut squash risotto, too!! I had some from whole foods a few weeks back… it was phenomenal :)


45 Kim April 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Hi Kath:

Hmm. What WOULD I order. So torn…if a splurge meal, which it would be no dobut :oP items that sparked my interest are the onion soup (sorry Kath, we know you’re not a fan of the humble onion) gratinee or the warm goat cheese, def. the butternut squash risotto or the smoked eggplant lasagna. My husband would be all over the steak and frites. For beverage, I’d get a riesling or chardonnay.


46 Kath April 23, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I hope when I’m an R.D. to have cooking classes/meal prep/small catering as part of my business – so I’ll be for hire then!

For the egg white, I just poured in about 1/4 a cup (1 serving) and stirred right at the end of cooking.

Maran ,
We’re up for a mid-week dinner sometime soon! Just let me know when you guys are free :)

SarahF ,
CONGRATS on getting up early!! Welcome to the club :)

Tsbrown ,
If you eat a relatively low-sugar diet, I don’t think those would be a bad addition if you really enjoy them. But perhaps don’t have one every single day?

Ash ,
I just have ED&B and VLV and I like ED&BV more :)

Thanks to all of you who responded to the menu!!! How fun!! I was leaning toward the Mimosa salad as well. And that tower thing with fig sounds good too! We shall see what my taste buds choose, but I will definitely be enjoying a big glass of wine!



47 Kiala April 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I would order the goat cheese thing. And I would drink two glasses of wine and share a dessert thingy maybe.

With coffee.

I’m very European and sophisticated.


48 Lindsay April 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm

“Healthy” weight loss when already at a low weight….When you body is at the weight it wants to be at it will work hard to stay at that weight, you most likley would not lose more weight by doing something like eating net 700 calories a day, you would have other symtoms like losing youre period and hair and energy though w/o enough nutrition.
Re cramps: Definitly go to your gyn…there might be a more serious problem if cramps are interfering w/ your life!! I tend to get cysts that rupture on my overies…it feels like very bad cramps and your stomach gets super swollen and tender, i wonder if thats it?


49 Ange C. April 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Hey Kath-for your fruit cobbler bake the other night, when you say 3/4 a serving of buttermilk pancake mix do u mean 3/4 of a cup? If not, what amount would u say 3/4 a serving is? Also, what measurement would 1 oz of milk be? Many thanks for your help!


50 linds April 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Kath- I’d be all over the mussels marinere. With some crusty bread and a glass of wine, it’s pretty much heaven :)


51 texasfoodie April 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Thanks for making me chuckle during work hours on a more regular basis.


52 texasfoodie April 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Oh yeah, that Central Stack looks amazing.
And what is Asian love sauce in the Movie Star, I wonder?

Oh well, I’m getting some much needed Austin mexican food tonight.


53 Teddy April 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm

well a glass of wine is needed when going out for a treat. other than that, the smoked eggplant looks great to me



54 Twinks April 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I would get the Mimosa with Tuna and no green apple, and a side of the truffled cauliflower. How is it that no one else has mentioned that cauliflower yet?!?!?!?!? Also, I am worried that I see no dessert menu….seriously worried. ;-9


55 Ally April 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Pumpkin Oatmeal is so, so good!

That’s all I have to say!


56 Tina April 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Happy Hump Day, Kath! I’m happy to report that it is finally warm here! :)


57 Kath April 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Ange C,
I did mean 3/4 of a serving – I used less than the 1/3 a cup serving. I usually measure by weight so as not to dirty a measuring cup, so it was easy to do 3/4. 1 oz of milk was about 2 tbsps?

I hear Boston is having good weather today! Yay! We have clouds :(



58 Ange C. April 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm

wow…thx for that super quick response!


59 Ashley H April 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I think its sooo funny that so many people would get exactly the same thing. I agree that the mimosa salad (dressing on the side), butternut risotto and Luca Brasi sound amazing. I think the Pork Pernelli sounds good because it is definitly somthing I would make at home! I am excited to see what you choose.


60 Lucy April 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I would get the bloody mary moules frites and split it with the hubby. A mimosa salad with salmon, and a side of truffled cauliflower puree! I’m a pescetarian, so just picking out the seafood dishes!

Now I can’t get my mind off of food! hehe


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