Salty Veg

April 30, 2008

Physio exam went well. I’m pretty sure I did well in the class :mrgreen: I really, really enjoyed the semester. Physiology has always been my favorite science subject, so I’m even sort of sad it’s over! I wish we’d had a whole year to go into more depth. I guess I’m a NERD.

I’ve got 2 more finals next Tuesday but nothing to do between now and then but enjoy a little R&R at the beach :)

Since my exam didn’t start until 11:30 and I didn’t know what time I’d be home for lunch with my 30-minute commute on top of test taking, I brought a bag of trail mix to snack on if I needed it. I was starving around 11:30 and ate about 1/3 of it before the exam. Then after, I had another 1/3 and was mindful of how my stomach felt. As easy as it would have been to pop the rest of the bag in my mouth, I decided to hold off until lunch because the nuts were doing their magic.


Cleaning Out The Fridge

Woooo this lunch was salty! I had leftover kale already washed and prepped that I threw into the oven to make a nice batch of chips. Since I am trying to get a little iodine in my diet, I put on some regular table salt and boy was it saltier than kosher!


For my “entree, “I made a chopped salad mixed with smoked salmon. More salt! Capers also contributed a briny flavor. I made a dressing out of some greek yogurt, dill, dijon mustard and caper juice. Veggies included bell peppers, celery, carrots and a bit of spinach/bibb lettuce. It was quite filling!


About 12 Kashi crackers on the side –


And greek yogurt, mango and high fiber cereal – but you know what? I was full enough after all the veggies that I didn’t eat this and saved it for a snack. Since I’m home all afternoon I thought it would be fun to have in a bit.


All together with a can of seltzer


Right after lunch I packed our dinners. I’m a little fooded out!! But the kitchen is spotless and ready for vacation and the dinners look mightly tasty!

Off to pack, then walk to the grocery store, as we’re having an oatmeal emergency! Only 1/2 a cup left – how did this happen!?!?

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1 Melissa April 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Hey Kath!

Congratulations on your fabulous grades! I am sure this has been recommended before, but if you like fage (which you clearly do), you should try chobani. It is very similiar, but a tiny bit better in my opinion. It is cheaper too, at least through fresh direct.

Also, I commend you for trying the trust your body method for a while. I think you will find it freeing!


2 Allison K. April 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I bought oatmeal on my lunch break today, as I found my self in the same predicament this morning. I NEVER let myself get that low on oatmeal, so I’m not quite sure how it happened!

Enjoy the beach!!! My brother lives in NC and is constantly reminding me how much better life is now that he isn’t “land-locked.” :)


3 Yaz April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Hi Kath, this might be a dumb question but how do you know you need iodine? And what is the diffewrence between reg. salt and kosher? I usually use sea salt. Is it better for you?


4 Heather April 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Congrats on being done with the exam!

That salad looks great- good call on the caper juice, btw. YUM.

So random question: why are you trying to get iodine in your diet? The only thing I know about iodine is that a severe lack can cause goiters, but does it have other benefits as well?


5 hk April 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm

that IS urgent!! Haha, my oatmeal stock looks as though I’m ready for a hurricane and stocked for months!!


6 hk April 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Yaz, sea salt has iodine, so you’re good! Iodine is a mineral that everyone needs (in very small amounts). It’s a component of thyroid hormones/thyroid gland that helps to regulate growth, development, and metabolic rate. It’s found in table salt (iodine is added), sea salt, seafood, and plants grown in iodine-rich soil (usually soil that is near or was once covered by sea water).


7 Cara April 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm

I love how all your meals are so colorful. You inspire me :-)

Have fun at the beach!


8 Kath April 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Melissa ,
I’ve looked everywhere for Chobani and can’t find it yet, but it’s supposed to be coming to Harris Teeter!

Re. Iodine,
Thanks HK for the explanation :) We’ve been learning about hormones in Physio and the thyroid. I have had mine tested and it’s normal (according to my doctor) but have suspicions that I might be a little low. I asked my Physio professor and she said to make sure I’m getting enough iodine. I NEVER salt my foods with table salt so I wondered if that might be part of it. Then Chelsea wrote me this response, so I decided to just start sprinkling on a little table salt once a day (which should be all it takes)
My sister had that question and her dr. said “no way you’re not getting enough salt. Everybody gets too much salt” but my sister is like you, she never goes out to eat and eats everything really fresh. She had bloodwork done and lo and behold her salt intake was too low. So it could be a possibility.



9 melissa sue April 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I would warn you to be cautious with the iodine intake. I used to have frequent panic attacks and eventually had to go see a doctor about getting them under control. They’re under control now (and without drugs!), but one of the things the doctors warned me about was iodine. Apparently, iodine can cause panic responses in folks who have a tenancy toward them (something about the thyroid, I am sure).

Enjoy the beach!!


10 Kiala April 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I am so jealous you get to go to the beach. I miss the ocean. I mean, we have one here in Oregon but it’s just not the same.

It’s f*****g freezing.


11 VeggieGirl April 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Congratulations on making it through the Physio exam – I know you’ll do just as well with your last 2 finals next week! :0)

Enjoy the beach – that’ll be a fabulous break from studies and cold weather, for sure!


12 ChocolateCoveredVegan April 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Aah! Good luck fixing your oatmeal emergency. At least you realized it before it was too late!


13 Betsy April 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm

i was wondering the same thing about the iodine.

and i said it before and i’ll say it again. i want to go to the beach!! new york in april is NOT beach weather.


14 flipflops April 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I go to the beach 4 seasons of the year. The nearest is .8 miles from home. It’s nice to go when there are no crowds. :o) Solitude and exercise! I bought kashi chocolate granola today. Can’t wait to try it with vanilla rice-milk and banana. Folly Beach was on this real estate show/showed someone’s summer place/what you get for the money, it was a 1,5 million dollar vaca home that had it’s own private dock/boat launch. Have a blast!! I’m taking sailing this summer.


15 Nick April 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I love smoked salmon in everything. Salads, Omeletes, Toast…it’s practically universal. By the way, do you eat every meal by candlelight?

The Peanut Butter Boy


16 babycakes April 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

aww, nick I love that she eats every meal by candlelight! Creates such a nice ambiance. I always have one burning. They help me feel calm and relaxed :)

Kath, I too am in the middle of finals – phsyiology and micro are next – so I know what you’re going though.

Enjoy the beach these next few days. I am so jealous! Boston is just NOT doing it for me lately!


17 kim April 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Hi babycakes, we may be neighbors…why not take a jaunt to cape cod. It’s a chilly but nice! Was in the 70s last week.


18 Steph April 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Attn: Tofu Eaters!

I bought tofu the other day to make for the very first time in Pad Thai. But then I left it in my warm car for around 2 hours! It’s packed in water, and says to refrigerate. Does anyone know if I can still cook and eat it, or will it make me sick?


19 Sunsparklejl April 30, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Ice milk

3/4 c superfine sugar
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder

2 c cold 1% milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

To prepare ice milk:

1. In large bowl, whisk together sugar and cocoa. Slowly whisk in milk and vanilla extract until dry ingredients are dissolved and no lumps remain.

2. Pour into 8″x 8″ baking pan. Freeze about 1 1/2 hours or until nearly frozen.

3. Score the surface with a sharp knife and cut into chunks. Transfer to food processor or blender and process until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour into a resealable container. Freeze 2 to 3 hours or until very firm


20 magpie April 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

I just ran out of oatmeal too! It totally crept up on me. I poured out my 1/2 cup and realized that there was none left… Today’s oatmeal was with apples and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. It was pretty good.


21 kathleen April 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Final are around the corner for me as well. I’m currently finishing up school, but also working at an almost all night deli (feeding drunk kids!). On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake up around 8am and am on my feet until 5am!!! Being awake for 21 hours really messes with the metabolism and food intake. On these days I am so unsure of how to eat because of the long hours. Can anyone offer any suggestions?


22 Justy2003 April 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

I ran out of my old fashioned rolled oats yesterday, so today I was stuck with the quick oats. They’re so mushy! I need to get to the grocery soon so my morning oatmeal is more chewy, less mushy! Oh well, at least it’s still oatmeal! Don’t know what I’d do without it in the mornings!


23 michelle April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Can someone suggest a menu for healthy weight gain?


24 Monica April 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Kath or any other kale chip makers,
If you make extra kale chips car you store them for another meal? I made some last night and put them in a baggie for lunch today. When I went to eat they were all soft. Is that just what happens?


25 Ryane April 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

So I’ve been a fan of the Al Fresco chicken sausages, and also this other brand my supermarket carries that is slightly lower in calories and fat (i think it’s the generic hannafords “healthy” line).
But yesterday I found blueberry chicken breakfast sausages by Al Fresco, and they are soo yummy and pretty light – I had an amazing breakfast of scrambled whites with those sausages and some blueberry tea. Oh man, I love spring.


26 bcgirl April 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I’ve recently started to incorporate oatmeal into my breakfast (thanks Kath!) and I’m a little confused as to the difference between steel cut and quick oats? I’m pretty sure I bought the quick oats (seemed like the faster option) and I’m wondering if there is a difference in the nutrional value. I’m new to this blog and really love it – keep up the great work; I know how difficut it must be to maintain this site!


27 Justy2003 April 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Kath goes over the differences between the types of oats under her FAQ page. It’s under “The Science of Oats”. You can use the find function (ctrl + F) to search for it. Hope this helps! :)


28 Jill May 1, 2008 at 2:13 am

Hehe, you are such a nerd! 😉 We love you anyway!


29 bcgirl May 1, 2008 at 10:40 am

Thanks Justy2003, I suppose I’ve been eating food that apparently Alton Brown wouldn’t even feed to a horse! haha. Ok, steel cut oats it is!


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