Round II Begins

June 16, 2008

I woke up craving a smoothie this morning so I decided to give the oatmeal smoothies another round.

Today’s contents:

  • 1/3 cup prepared banana oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup hemp milk
  • 1/2 cup honeydew
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1 tbsp flax

Delicious!! The extra liquids got the volume I was looking for last time but it is still chunky oatmeal. It’s hard to explain how the consistency is different, but it’s not like drinking a regular smoothie. It really is like drinking oatmeal, which I like :mrgreen:

I packed about 1/3-1/2 portion of trail mix to have mid-morning.

Ready for transport:

I’ve got my first of 4 tests this morning and should have about an hour break between lab. I’m wearing my running shoes (ruined my outfit, but meh) and hope to get in a short walk , at least, and a bit longer to eat lunch today.

It’s gonna be a long one – better get started.

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1 hk June 16, 2008 at 6:28 am

YUM! Glad it was a success on the smoothie front, looks great :)

4 TESTS, YIKES! good luck!!


2 Heather June 16, 2008 at 6:41 am

The smoothie looks delicious!

I was at a Whole Foods-type store (Sprouts) this weekend and saw a bottle specifically made for transporting smoothies- it even had a whisk built inside to help “blend” the smoothie while drinking. I’ll see if I can find it online!

Have a great day :)


3 Maran June 16, 2008 at 7:05 am

I guess it’s good we weren’t able to come last night because the only thing we would be able to eat would be the fruit and crackers..EVIL CHEESE!!

Good Luck on your tests today!!


4 mel June 16, 2008 at 8:21 am

good luck kath!


5 Fit4Life June 16, 2008 at 8:33 am

i know this is kinda random but have you ever thought about becoming vegetarian or vegan? no, im defiantly NOT trying to push ANYTHING its just a question because i know you like health. if you ever have time this website is kinda interesting
-lexi :o)


6 the husband June 16, 2008 at 8:44 am

Cool pic!


We’ve cut back significantly on our meat intake recently, but this is mostly because humans aren’t supposed to eat as much meat as Americans do, and in the past meat was much more of a special dish, rather than a standard at every meal.

I doubt we’ll ever go full vegetarian for a few reasons: we still think meat is delicious, variety is nice, and I’ll say that I have a perception that being vegetarian/vegan can be difficult – not in that “oh no, you’re not gonna get enough protein,” but more for eating out, eating at a friend’s house, cooking for a friend. I imagine it being a burden to always have special requests.

I’ll say that I applaud people who go for it – it seems nearly impossible to be unhealthy when you change your diet like that!


7 Betsy in Pittsburgh June 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

I feel like we’ve cut back on meat too (especially red meat) – but I gotta say… there is nothing like a fresh juicy hamburger straight off the grill…. we had a cookout yesterday and it was glorious.


8 BethT June 16, 2008 at 9:11 am

Sadly, husband, I know plenty of unhealthy vegetarians. Lots of people overcompensate for the loss of meat by eating lots of things that aren’t so great for you (i.e., “I’m not eating meat so I may as well have french fries for my lunch”). In fact, my one veggie friend eats less fruit and veggies than I do as an omnivore! Vegetarianism/veganism isn’t always healthy unless you make a conscious effort.


9 Anne June 16, 2008 at 9:16 am

Hi Kath,

I stumbled upon your page and I’m so glad I did. I love the way you, well… eat! I can tell by your entries that you’re really passionate about food and good nutrition, it looks like you’re on the right career path!
I see you had a smoothie and was wondering if you ever have green smoothies? I love to start the day with one. The base is a banana (or two) plus two or three big handfuls of spinach (or kale or cilantro etc…) They’re delicious and filling. I also add other berries, sometimes some protein powder, flax seeds and even the tops of my strawberries. Delicious. I have never had more energy. :)


10 VeggieGirl June 16, 2008 at 9:27 am

That first photograph of your smoothie is so artsy – love it!!

Best of luck with your exams today – you’ll do great, as always!


11 Ange C. June 16, 2008 at 10:23 am

Heather- I ALMOST went to Sprouts on Saturday! However, laying out by the pool took precedence.

Can’t wait to visit it eventually. 😉


12 Ashley June 16, 2008 at 10:27 am

The oatmeal smoothie looks good! I like to add granola into my smoothies and top it with banana slices and eat it with a spoon because I’m a chewer person too :-)


13 rebecca June 16, 2008 at 10:44 am


Food bloggers love your site but I’ve stayed away from it in the past because of the calorie counting – I’ve tried to move away from it so it just wasn’t good for me to see (although I think it’s a very good system for losing weight, I just needed to start moving past it).

So I’m so glad you took the plunge on not doing it! Your effort to do so reminds me of my own, and I think you do a great job in general of eating healthy, nutritious, fun foods. And I can’t wait to check out your recipes. Definitely just added this to my list!


14 rebecca June 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

ps – good luck on the tests!


15 JennC June 16, 2008 at 10:52 am

i just got an awesome SIGG botthle, does anyone know, can you put them in the freezer overnight?


16 Emily June 16, 2008 at 11:35 am

Hey Kath love reading your blog everyday! I just recently bought a SIGG bottle and love it so far. I was just curious how you go about cleaning it. I was going to purchase the special brush to clean it but wanted to see if anyone else cleans the bottle another way.



17 Tina June 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

I want a smoothie now!


18 Trish June 16, 2008 at 11:58 am

interesting concept, oatmeal in a smoothie. I may have to attempt this sometime soon.


19 Kelly T June 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm

i dont really understand why everyone assumes that vegetarians and vegans are more healthy than meat eaters. so because i have a chicken breast every once in a while, im less healthy than someone that never does? i get being a vegetarian for humanitarian reasons, but strictly for health, i dont get.


20 DaisyMay June 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Kath – Did you get your business cards yet? I want to know what they look like. And did you give them away to people in your classes and stuff? Like do you tell people about your blog that way?


21 JennC June 16, 2008 at 12:24 pm

does anyone know where she got that Blouberg wine from the other post?


22 Kate June 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Kelly–I absolutely agree that going vegan/vegetarian doesn’t guarantee health. It’s true that lots of people go vegan strictly for ethical reasons and eat tons of sweets, fried foods, etc. However, there is a lot of evidence coming out that links cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. to animal protein consumption. It’s pretty eye opening and I’m excited to see where other researchers go with the new info. If you have any interest, The China Study is a fantastic, very interesting book. Eat to Live, while the last half is mostly about changing the way you eat, goes into some depth about why animal foods are harmful as well. It’s my belief that a person who consumes tons of produce, very little refined food and no animal products will be healthier than somebody who eats the same diet but with added animal foods, but if a person is only willing to eat lots of veg if she can have a chicken breast from time to time…well, none of us is perfect! Seriously, though, even if you (not you specifically, but…) have no interest in changing the way you eat, The China Study is one of those “must reads”.

ANYWAY…sorry for the long post! I also wanted to throw in that I too love green smoothies. Lately I’ve been doing 2 c. berries, 2 c. packed kale, a little unfiltered grape juice, and 1 T. ground flax. Tastes sweet and fruity and keeps me going for hours!


23 Chelsea June 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm

hi kath, ive been reading your blog for a while and I love it!! I have a question about serving size of pasta…if it says 2 oz. of pasta this means dry right? well i know when you cook it , it doubles so does that mean instead of 2 oz being 200 calories is it 400 calories? im so confused!

thankk you!


24 Kate June 16, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Hey Chelsea–the serving size is definitely for dry. 1 oz. dry pasta equals roughly 100 calories.


25 the husband June 16, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I definitely hear you about people giving up meat not always having the healthiest diets. There was a guy at Davidson who was vegan, and he pretty much ate french fries every day.


We got the Blouberg specifically at a wine store – it’s not the easiest to find, but you may locate a place that carries it.


26 Allison June 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm

My cousin is a vegetarian, I think for animal rights reasons. She eats donuts, french fries, quesadillas and pasta and no, she doesn’t eat any vegetables except tomato sauce! Vegetarianism does not = healthy. Incorporating small amounts of lean meat into your diet can actually make you much healthier. I was a vegetarian for 10 years and while I did eat lots of beans and vegetables, I fell back on eating way too much bread. Incorporating some lean meat back into my diet really made my overall diet much healthier.


27 Saima June 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Kath: I was wondering if there is any substitute ingredient for hemp milk? And, best of luck for you tests!! 😀


28 Chelsea June 16, 2008 at 1:27 pm

so if it says 2 oz is 200 calories and you cook it it doubles in size…does that means it is now 400 calories?


29 brit June 16, 2008 at 1:31 pm

chelsea: no, even after you cook it, it is 200 calories b/c it is the dry measurement that counts


30 Korin June 16, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Vegetarianism rules my face. That is all. :)


31 Kate June 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I just want to counter all of these unhealthy vegetarian comments. I know that lots of vegetarians/vegans are unhealthy, but I would guess that the majority are healthy, and particularly among vegans, it is incredibly rare to have high cholesterol and heart disease. It just goes to show that there’s no magic pill–everybody has to be aware of what he eats and strive to make healthy choices. I really don’t think, however, that incorporating meat into one’s diet is necessary or will make him/her healthier. It’s ridiculously easy to get everything one needs from a vegan diet (of course, B12 must be supplemented since nowadays our fruit and veg are so clean). I’m not saying everybody needs to be vegan (I totally get that everybody has different “things” going on), but as more research comes out, it’s becoming more and more clear that a well-balanced vegan diet is the way to go health-wise. I just don’t want everybody thinking that vegans and vegetarians are unhealthy because of a few anecdotes!


32 Kath June 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Fit4Life ,
The husband said it all perfectly for me :) Thanks Kanz!

Anne ,
I’ve definitely wanted to try a green smoothie, but since mine are usually dairy based and not fruit juice based I haven’t yet. Do you have one that doesn’t call for fruit juice? (Just so I don’t have to buy a whole jug..)

Emily ,
I’m really bad about cleaning it, but I do only put water in it. I just get in there with a sponge and dish soap as best I can and clean the cap really well.

DaisyMay ,
I did get the cards – they’re so cute! I’ve given a few away, but I don’t tell many people about the blog in person just because it’s kind of strange. I sent some to my grandmother and mom to give out though :)

Chelsea ,
Just because it doubles in volume (from water absorption) doesn’t mean it doubles in calories, so 2 oz cooked is still 200 calories.

Saima ,
Just use any milk or milk substitute you like. I just like the hemp for the marshmallow flavor. Skim or soy is fine (you can see I used skim for the bulk of it).



33 Deb June 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Kath, I think that the volume that you were looking for came mainly from the added fruit, because you only had 2 T more of liquid than your first attempt (the hemp). I find that when I use frozen berries, the consistency is totally different (much thicker) than if I use fresh!! So glad you found a solution-!


34 Deb June 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm

PS. Re GREEN smoothies, you can use water and protein powder rather than juice (more protein if that’s what you like) with berries, spinach, avocado, flax, almond butter, or any combination…whatever tickles your fancy. Sounds gross, but they can be very yummy, you need to find what works for you. Also you can experiment with cranberry and blueberry concentrates, just a tad…and see how you like it. You are much too healthy to do this but I sometimes use Crystal Light in one of the bagillion flavors they have (Raspberry ice).


35 Deb June 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Or you can just use milk in your green smoothies! Easy!


36 Saima June 17, 2008 at 1:19 am

Kath: I wanted to know the amount of oats to be added (instead of the oatmeal) to not go overboard with the calorie intake? Also, what’s the way to go about with using frozen berries for making smoothies?


37 Kath June 17, 2008 at 5:40 am

Saima ,
I put in prepared oatmeal made with 1/3 cup oats 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup water plus about 1/3 a banana. So for raw oats I’d just add 1/3 cup?



38 Anne June 17, 2008 at 9:14 am

Hi Kath,

I agree with Deb. I actually never use fruit juice in my recipes. Instead I use fruits (I like the fiber content) and I use water to liquefy the whole thing. I have friends that use milk or soy milk and although I’m not a huge fan, I do like vanilla soy in some smoothies-it adds a great creamy taste (usually to the ones where I add protein powder.)

I find the more I drink the green smoothies, the less fruit I need to “cover up the greens taste” and I actually come to crave the greens. I have the smoothies usually for breakfast or sometimes lunch and my co-workers have gotten used to my “green jug.” Some have even tried the drink and are now converts.


39 Lindsay March 8, 2009 at 12:03 am

In your smoothies, do you add ice so that it is nice and chilly??? I dont think that I would like a smoothie without ice, but this looks like a good idea for my breakfasts on the run!! :)
~ Lindsay


40 Kath March 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

Lindsay ,
No, I don’t normally add any ice. Just frozen fruit. I don’t like chunks of ice and my blender never gets them all.



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