Peter Piper Picked Peppers + Peaches

July 30, 2008

Home from my nutrition counseling experience! It was really cool. We were working with people at a company who signed up to see the dietitian, who works for a separate corporate wellness company. I sat in on two of the four people. What was cool is that they were both so different with their struggles with eating healthy. And my gosh, they face some big obstacles  – from work schedules to night school to raising kids (and their kids’ kids!). But it was awesome to know that the dietitian is helping them figure out the best way to be healthy within their lifestyles.

I went to the gym earlier in the morning and spent some time on the ET and weight lifting. It was all rush, rush when I got home to shower, get ready and eat lunch before noon. I settled on a quick and easy leftover stuffed pepper and a big South Carolina peach and was out the door 20 minutes later.

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I was QUITE starving at 3:45 when I left the company. I debated eating the LaraBar in my purse, debated going to Starbucks for a Vivanno (I have a coupon), debated Smoothie King but really all I was craving was a big bowl of yogurt + wheatberries. Nerd alert!

I had about 3/4 a cup of plain yogurt, a quarter cup of wheatberries, about another 1/4 cup of Organic Morning Lite for crunch and some blueberries to top it off. It was gone way too fast! I still feel hungry, but I know it’s because I got too hungry and haven’t let my snack catch up yet.



I picked up our next CSA delivery on my way home –

Peppers, cucs, squash, eggplant, maters, edamame, purple okra, green beans and herbs. We’re going to make gazpatcho first thing!



A big THANK YOU to my blog reader and friend Gena for sending me some new books!! She works for a publishing company periodically sends me good reading (and cookbooks :) )! I’ve been meaning to by Marion Nestle’s What To Eat for ages and Resistance looks just like my cup of tea! Thanks Gena :mrgreen:


See you again shortly with a dinner recap!

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1 Heather July 30, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Can’t wait to see the gazpacho! It’s so good with fresh tomatoes and cukes.


2 Sidi July 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Wow! Look at that stuffed pepper! Mmmm, I’ll make some soon. I always use red peppers, they’re sweeter. But the green must be good as well. Check out my lettuce soup, you’d love it.


3 BethT July 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Purple okra!?!?!?! Just when I thought I’d seen it all….I’ve never heard of such a thing. Wonder if it tastes different.


4 Sara July 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I got a free (through their rewards/register card program) Starbucks Vivanno on Saturday and it was quite tasty! I tried the Chocolate Banana with skim milk, but the fruity flavor looked good too.


5 hk July 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm

absolutely one of my fav! cottage cheese mixtures- yum :) lots of protein, hope it kicks in for ya soon!! The morning counseling sounds really cool, glad you liked it!


6 Heather July 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Hey guys, ED support blog…


7 goalie30 July 30, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Wow, you are so lucky to have friends who work in the publishing business! I am SO jealous; free books must be great fun! :) Is this person helping you and the husband with getting the recipes publishes? Just curious…


8 Every Gym's Nightmare July 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm

i cant even describe how excited iwould be to come home to a gaint box of produce on my step.

im too cheap to pay for it though, so i guess ill continue to dream. or hope for some generous farmer to pass by my house.


9 rk July 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm


that’s neat that you got to sit in on a consultation. i sat in with an rd at my local hospital, where lower income folks are the predominant clients. i was awestruck by some of the obstacles that people face when it comes to eating healthy–it’s easy for me, someone who isn’t pinching every penny and grew up in a healthy household (in most respects), to assume people with poor dietary habits to be ignorant or apathetic. of course, life isn’t that black & white…all in all, it was a very humbling experience.

that leads me to some questions:
1. do you know which type of demographic you would like to work with? or in which type of setting?
2. does your program give you/teach you methods/skillsets that will equip you to work with “hard cases”, people from different socioeconomic groups/backgrounds, or people who are just apathetic?
3. what are some of the obstacles you forsee as being the most challenging?

i am getting a degree in a health care field as well, and i often find myself reflecting on similar questions.

have a great evening, all!


10 magpie July 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Mmm gazpacho. Try adding some grilled corn cut off the cob… it’s amazing :)


11 Laine July 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm

The book, Resistance, is out of stock on Amazon! It’s looks really good too.

Oh, wait, this is a food blog, huh. Yummy looking CSA score!


12 haya July 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm

i’ve been wanting to read that marion nestle book as well. i’m reading Hungry Planet now (which is phenomenal), and she wrote the foreword for it. i liked her writing.


13 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 30, 2008 at 5:39 pm

The nutrition counseling experience sounded very interesting.

And all that fresh produce looks great!


14 Hil July 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I love gazpacho so much. We made a big batch for 4th of July.


15 linds July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm

haha I crave yogurt alllll the time. You’re not such a nerd…Or maybe I’m just a nerd too :)


16 Gena July 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Hi Laine,

Gena writing. I’m glad everyone is interested in the books! I see that this edition is out of stock on Amazon (it’s the British paperback edition) but the hardcover US edition is in stock.
It’s a really good book — hope you check it out!


17 Tina July 30, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I’ve been wanting to read “What to Eat”!!! Can I read it next? :)


18 Kath July 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

goalie30 ,
No, she’s not the one I’m developing recipes for. She was actually a blog reader first, friend second :)

rk ,
I don’t have a specific demographic, but I know I want to do one-on-one counseling so this was very helpful. Most R.D. programs just teach the science and there are few classes on counseling (if any), but community nutrition and public health is about 1/3 of the curriculum. I think time is probably the biggest obstacle – the ability to purchase fresh produce, time to go grocery shopping, and finding time to prepare homemade meals as well as time to exercise. I think I’ll have to do more research on short-cut products like frozen stir-fries and “starter” meals and such to save time in the kitchen.



19 Gliding Calm July 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I really enjoyed “What to Eat”, and learned a lot, so I hope you find it as interesting as I did!


20 Evan (long time lurker, first time poster) July 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Marion Nestle is great! She teaches at my school (NYU, Steinhardt) in the nutrition program. Talk about nerd, during my breaks in between classes this year, I would go to the bookstore and read her book…I finished it in about a week of breaks! Enjoy it :-)


21 Another Kelly July 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm


I’m so jealous as her book was fantastic. NYU has a fantastic food studies program…any chance that’s what you’re enrolled in?


22 Kim July 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Evan, are you in the master’s nutrition program? I graduated from College of Arts and Science in ’03, but a few of my girlfriends stayed at NYU to do nutrition at the grad level – it’s quite rigorous!


23 Caroline July 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Oooh What to Eat is a GREAT read.


24 Tracy July 31, 2008 at 9:58 am

You’ll love WHAT TO EAT….I’m about halfway through and have really liked it. All the comments on the back about the usefulness of the book are so true. Enjoy!



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