salad soup

March 19, 2012

Take XVII.


Until I get the craving for a leafy, crunchy, Hugh Jass salad, I imagine there will be a lot of smoothies for lunch. It’s the easiest way for me to get in 2 cups of greens!


Today’s mix was a blend of baby spinach, milk, greek yogurt, and frozen berries.

Got my greens, calcium, protein, and fruit all in one!

Plus Uncle Sam and some chocolate coconut butter magic shell on top! Fats accounted for too 😉

This is a new choco coconut butter OpenSky sent – it’s quite delicious and even creamier than Cacao Bliss!


And come with two partners – a Resee’s like simple-ingredient peanut butter and a crunchy hazelnut butter! AND these adorable jars to reuse after it’s all gone : )



On the side I had a toasted slice of Stout and Gouda bread with a little butter on top. This bread is so bacony from the smoked gouda yet no meat is involved!



Shout out to my pregnant Body Pumpers!!! Lynsie’s due date is TODAY and she was having contractions during class (and managed to do it all!) and Kirsten is 32 weeks along! They make my bump invisible :)

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Afternoon work fun on the porch ahead!

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1 Hillary March 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I want every single one of those butters! I think I’d just eat them out of the cute little jars, too ; )


2 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Smoothies are a great way to get in green veggies, and soooo delicious, especially with all those toppings! It’s super warm here in Chicago and it’s giving me a bit of a smoothie craving! Not sure I’m ready to give up my oats though!


3 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

You and your prego Body Pumpers are so cute!! :) I’ve got a biiiiig craving for a Hugh Jass salad right now.. I think I know what dinner will be! Have a great afternoon Kath. :)


4 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Smoothies are so convenient. I really think I want to make one with dinner or for dinner tonight. :) The picture of you and your Body Pumpers is adorable!


5 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious March 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I am planning on making my coconut oil/Raw cacao chocolates for Easter, these spreads remind me of them.

You guys are so cute at the gym!


6 Melissa @ HerGreenLife March 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Looks like you’re in good company at Body Pump! I’ve never quite warmed to green smoothies, but I’m glad they’re working well for you right now.


7 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Those jars of goodiness look divine! Nothing wrong with green smoothies eat them up. I love the pic of you with the preggy girls all of you are so cute! Soon mah dear you’ll be saying where did the time go as you near your due date. Enjoy every moment looking back my pregnancy went by so fast.


8 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Hahaha, Hugh Jass made me laugh :) I LOVE those jars – they’re adorable! And the fillings sound pretty yummy, too. Love the pregnant Body Pumpers pic – you girls rock!! Enjoy your porch – I’m stuck inside the school library today and would loooove to be outside or on a beautiful porch like yours instead.


9 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

PS Meant to ask, does the bread taste cheesy? I’m generally not a fan of cheese at all, but that bread sounds really intriguing. I’m wondering if the Great Harvest near my parents’ house has it…


10 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

It does…but more smoky than cheesy


11 Michelle (Peachy Palate) March 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

You don’t look pregnant in the middle at all compared to the other two! they really made it disappear! Smoothies are the way to go, especially with a hunk of bread on the side!


12 Allison K March 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Woo go Lynsie! Good for her! Also, I too have been in the “smoothie to get greens in” mode. Even though i’ve been able to stomach dark greens for a while, being able to get them down, and choosing them are two different things. They are never the first things I reach for, and finishing a salad is a chore. I think it has to do with my body’s desire for all of the simple carbs I had during my first tri.


13 Ellie@Fit for the Soul March 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm

ohhh you’re looking great, Kath! For reals. Super healthy and glowy. 😀

And omgness~I’d love to get some of those coconut butters–they sound heavn’ly….


14 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

look at those bellies!! so fun to see super pregnant mommas-to-be still exercising.

enjoy the day, kath :)


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

That’s awesome that you have other pregnant women in your body pump class! You all three look great! Lunch looks perfect. I think anyway you can fool yourself into getting those greens in at this stage is a good thing! Have a great afternoon Kath!


16 Sara R. March 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

It looks like Linsey’s got some serious weight on her bar too! Good for you guys, I really believe that keeping up with my workouts made my pregnancies and labors much easier, though it was definitely tough to drag myself into the gym some days!


17 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Aww! Cute pregnant bellies! I was so self conscious of my belly button the further along I got in my pregnancy. It can really stick out at the end! I called it my lower nose! :)


18 Elizabeth March 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Wow, so cool to see all the pregnant women in Body Pump! Yum, your lunch looked good. I’m not pregnant but I’ve been eating more green smoothies than salads lately, too! They are just so good. For lunch today I had spinach, frozen strawberries, a tiny banana, grapefruit segments (this MAKES the smoothie!), a few dollops of ff greek yogurt, splash of vanilla and some water. YUM.


19 Sana March 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Holy crap, those ladies are hardcore!


20 Jen March 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I was going to say the same thing – you look so tiny compared to the other pregnant ladies! Not that they’re “big” (they are beautiful!), but you know what I mean – just much further along with the babies; you’ll be there soon :)


21 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) March 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

ha! They totally do make yours look invisible…

That’s awesome all you pregnant ladies workin hard!


22 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I remember preggers body pump. so.much.sweat.


23 Cait's Plate March 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Aw I love the picture of all the pregnant bellies! Too cute :) I can’t believe her due date was today and she managed to get through contractions and finish the class! That’s incredible!


24 Coco March 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Whoa.. All of you soon to be momma’s are impressive.. Good job!


25 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

That’s the easiest way for me to get greens in too sometimes. I’d rather have a smoothie than a salad especially if I’m on the go.


26 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Love the glass jars! How fun to have pregnant buddies at your body pump class! Yum on the smoothie and bread!


27 Kelley March 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Oh my gosh, I give those girls credit!! I always get nervous for the super pregnant girls in my yoga class. haha Way to go, girls!!!


28 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I just had labor pains after looking at the 3 of you preggie ladies in that last pic…too cute :)

a Resee’s like simple-ingredient peanut butter = YES that sounds fabulous!


29 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles March 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Aw! Your bump is growing though- imagine it in another 10 weeks! HOLY COW! It goes so fast!


30 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission March 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Wow! You have great legs. You should wear more figure flattering clothing! Pregnant women usually look cuter in fitted clothing 😀


31 Katharina March 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Yes! You’re looking really good in this picture. The fitted shirt looks great on you.


32 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Those butters look amazing!!


33 Amelia March 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

LOVE it!! Y’all are so cute at Pump. Way to go Lynsie for pumping through contractions. One of our instructors was due last Wednesday and showed up to her usual Sunday class as a participant…still pregnant. She said, “I have been doing everything I can think of to get this baby out, but she wants to stay put! I simply can’t sit at home and wait any longer!!!”

I know that Mt. P’s GH uses Guinness with Gouda in their bread. Are y’all using a local stout aka Matt’s brews or another kind? :)


34 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

the colorful bowl is awesome, as always…


35 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Wow preggo and due TODAY plus doing body pump! What a champ :)


36 Chelsea March 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Stout and Gouda bread sounds amazing! Maybe I can convince my baker husband to whip up some for me. :)


37 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

What adorable pregnant ladies!!


38 Kel@thekelshow March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Did you say creamier than Cacao Bliss?? I am so in!

You know what is funny? I can see your bump more pronounced in the group shot I have seen in the side shots!

I timed my hairdresser’s contractions last week as she colored and cut my hair. I promised if she got to the end of my appt I would drive her to the hospital which is a block from my house.

She made it thru, the closest contraction being 8 minutes apart, but gave birth 6 hours later!


39 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

It’s like liquid chocolate!

And LOL about your hairdresser :)


40 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love using smoothies as a way to get greens and goodies in me! I love the picture of you pregnant girls!


41 Nescett @ March 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Wow. Those women are an inspiration. I slept through most of my pregnancy. :)


42 Lindsey March 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

1) never commented before but you are quite possibly the best “healthy-living/food/whatever” blogs out there.

2) I saw “An Ideal Husband” last night (love Oscar Wilde!) and when I was watching it I was like, Cate Blanchett looks exactly like Kath!!!! Don’t know why it’s taken me so long to figure out and I’m sure you’ve gotten like a million of those comments.


43 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Thank you so much! On both compliments :)


44 Liz @ iheartvegetables March 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Kath, you are too freaking cute! :) And at least you’re finding a way to get in the greens!!


45 Maria March 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Hi Kath. Your belly is soooo cute. Quick question, do you always soak your chia seeds the night before you put them into your oatmeal breakfast?


46 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm


I don’t soak them if I put them in hot oats. They only get soaked if they go in overnight oats, which all gets soaked together


47 Maria March 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Gotcha, thanks so much. You’re so prompt and helpful!


48 Danae March 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I eat smoothies in the morning, but never considered them for lunch! I think that is an inspired idea. Thanks!


49 jenny March 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’m puzzled by these nut butters. I’m Tasmanian and fail to understand the link between a choc-coconut butter and my home state. Being a cool temperate environment we don’t grow coconuts or coaca, although there is a teeny tiny hazelnut industry down here. Tasmania is all about fine cheeses, wine and fresh berries and seafood! They are cute jars though!


50 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Maybe it has to do with the Looney Tunes character?

“He will eat anything and everything, with an appetite that seems to know no bounds.”

I have no idea otherwise!


51 jenny March 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Maybe. Problem is that tassie devils primarily eat carrion i.e. rotting flesh. I think The Tasmanian should have done a bit of research into it if that’s where they got their name from!


52 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm
53 Lisa @bitesforbabies March 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Where can I get my hands on that choco coconut butter?????!!!


54 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Coming soon on an OpenSky sale!


55 Kathryn March 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

WOW, if I were Lynsie I’d be worried my water would break during class! Yikes! Pretty impressive though!


56 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I think she was hoping it would happen :) We all decided we would cheer if it did!


57 Merideth March 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I just don’t know about that smoothie LOL I have not yet tried one that includes leafy greens. Seems like there is a lot going on in there. Maybe I can get on the band wagon soon and try something new.


58 Elizabeth March 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

The jars look like Weck brand.


59 Debbie (accidently delish) March 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Ironically I just received my open sky order today from YOU! I got the wild squirrel pb!! I love cacao bliss but it’s so expensive!! But I seriously finish a jar in a week! So addicting! Those look amazing!!

And you are so cute! I love watching you grow! Haha. Hope that doesn’t sound too weird!


60 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Salad soup for me please! :)


61 Angel7 March 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Those jars are so cute!

Body Pump is one way to induce labor :)


62 Hannah March 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

You (and your preggo ladies) are so inspiring that you’re staying in such great shape. Great motivation for everyone.
I LOL’ed at “Hugh Jass.” I’ve never heard that until now.
I had veggie nachos and a smoothie for lunch.
Thank you for your fun, informative posts. I look forward to them.


63 Khushboo March 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

So great that there quite a few of your friends are pregnant- I foresee lots of play dates :)!


64 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables March 20, 2012 at 12:35 am

Mmmm that bread! Wow!


65 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

Love those jars! I’m sure the nut butter is good too! 😉


66 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac March 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

Huge Jass hahha, love it. Those butters look SO good!


67 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

It might be the black shirt that makes your bump invisible 😉


68 Ana March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The nut butters and coconut+choco butter looks amazing!


69 Jordan June 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I don’t always have fresh spinach around (goes bad too quickly), so is it possible to sub in frozen spinach? If so, in what proportions? Thanks!


70 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I have never tried it frozen, but I think Oh She Glows has and says it works. I’d use maybe half a cup?


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