Shades Of Blue

April 18, 2012

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Drowning in rain today. Aching for blue skies. But life is not sad-blue because what’s being served is full of color!

I decided to keep my workout at home today given the dreary weather. Also an opportunity to try out a new prenatal DVD. Expecting More sent me this one to review on BERF. Details coming there, but I have to say it was the best workout DVD I’ve ever done. I actually SWEAT and got out of breath! The 50 minute workout (including warm-up + cool-down was awesome).

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I got behind on my eating and nothing sounded good for me for lunch except cheese. Funny how I seem to revert to first trimester aversions when I get behind schedule.

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Remedied with a cheesy quesadilla packed with red peppers and sharp cheddar

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Irresistible chips!

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And a bowl of yogurt topped with a super ripe mango, chia seeds and coconut. Divine dessert!

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Havin’ a blast tucked away at home today, but now, I venture outside.

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Yes! Rain is good, we have to embrace a rainy day now and again.

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2 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Wow, that mango looks so juicy! I don’t usually have much luck with mangoes, but I might have to pick one up soon and give it another try – yours just looks so good!

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3 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I hate the rainy weather but boy do we need it where I live! We haven’t had rain in such a long time and there is pollen everywhere.

I love your lunch! Quesadillas are my favorite.

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4 Karen April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

That mango looks divine!!! Hope you closed your eyes and felt like you were on vacation!

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5 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Mmm you’ve got me craving a quesadilla now! Too bad I just ate :/

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6 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

cheese is always a good choice! :) it’s dreary here today as well. i suppose it makes it good for working from home like i am today. i have to be inside anyways!

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7 Khushboo April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Love adding mango to yogurt- perfect sweetness!

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8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

haha cheese is good anytime! I hope you get your sunshine back, we’re enjoying it (finally!) here in Chicago today!

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9 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Mango is my favorite fruit I can have it everyday probably in any meal, it is just so good!!

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10 Johanna B April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Love the orange colors in your lunch. I haven’t had a mango in a long time – must remedy.

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11 Nicole April 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

As much as I absolutely LOVE yogurt (especially Greek!) the dairy and I do not get along :( Have you (or anyone else here) ever tried cashew milk yogurt? I was thinking of investing in a yogurt maker so I could try The Spunky Coconut’s recipe- http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2010/07/refined-sugar-dairy-free-yogurt.html

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12 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I haven’t heard of that!

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13 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach April 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I haven’t tried cashew yogurt yet, but I make cashew cream ALL the time (dairy doesn’t disagree with me, but I try to avoid it except when it comes to aged cheeses and yogurt) and when I posted my recipe (http://www.fromseedtostomach.com/2012/02/have-you-discovered-cashew-cream.html), one of my readers commented about cashew yogurt. She made it and had good results. She included the link to the starter she used in her comment! If you have a food dehydrator, I think you can make yogurt in that, BTW. Good luck, Nicole!

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14 Megan @ Megan's Munchies April 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Loving all the blue!! My grandma had those dishes….the one your yogurt is in! They always make me smile when you post them

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15 Sana April 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I am the worst mango eater ever… so messy!

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16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I rarely do workout DVDs because working out in the gym has become such a habit, but I’m glad you found one that you like! Stay dry!

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17 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Mango is everywhere today – I need to pick some up on my next shopping trip!

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18 Michelle (Peachy Palate) April 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

That mango looks incredible!!!

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19 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Yay for a good sweat and the DVD.

I just posted a recipe with cheese, tortilla shells, and mango. I am loving this post of yours! Your mangoes are the best!

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20 Joanna @ Midwestern Bite April 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My best advice for pre-natal workouts is to practice getting up off the floor holding a twenty pound weight in your arms ;) because that is pretty much life after having a little one!

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21 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Shades of blue and orange! That quesadilla looks super yummy!

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22 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Good to know about your DVD. I never found an at home workout DVD that was intense enough while I was pregnant. Now I have something to suggest to all my pregnant friends!

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23 mary @ minutespermile April 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

keep the dairy coming! beautiful shot of the melty cheese :)

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24 kathleen @ the daily crumb April 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

that mango looks deliciously juicy!

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25 Cait's Plate April 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Yeah I’m pretty ready for this rainy weather to pass…I love a good rainstorm but it’s better at night! Good luck out there!

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26 JoJo April 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I’ve had experiences with good and bad workout DVD, I’m glad yours turned out to be good!
The cheese looks so yummy…

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27 gloria April 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm
28 Angel7 April 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I will have to look into that Expecting More DVD. I need to workout more, and if you say it was the best workout DVD you have ever done, I totally trust your judgment :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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29 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm

There was a good bit of jumping (jump rope, jog in place) which threw me at first, but I got used to it and there are low impact options too

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30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

My mood is matching the rain today. We had a horrible loss in our community and my thoughts are just gloomy. I’m definitely hoping for sunshine soon.

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31 ann April 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Maybe I should try the workout video NOT being pregnant.

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32 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Haha you should!! When they say “hold your baby” you can just feel your stomach getting firmer :)

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33 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Your garden will be enjoying all that rain…think of all the wonderful ‘treats’ it will have in store for you!

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34 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles April 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The mango looks amazing! Great lunch, Kath

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35 Hillary April 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

That mango looks absolutely unreal. I need to buy some!

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36 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Mmm that mango looks SO good!!

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37 Sara April 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

My midwife always told me that “pregnant women can’t have too much salt” – maybe the chips are irresistible because you want the salt? (or maybe it’s just because chips are the most wonderfully crispy mouth-wateringly delicious thing ever invented… yep, probably the latter.)

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38 Lindsay April 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Kath,
Could you do a post for us college kids? On eating real food while going to college/living the dorm life etc.? I’m currently a student at UCF in Florida and it’s something I sometimes struggle with.

I love the glass jars you put your drinks in . :)

Lindsay

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39 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I can think about it, sure

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40 Tiffany April 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Hey Kath,

The mango you had for lunch looks so good!! I Tried your cottage cheese oats yesterday morning. Definitely not my thing :( I stirred them into the oats after I cut the heat but it made my oats cold and i didnt like that. So i put it in the microwave for a bit to warm it up again and that made the cottage cheese rubbery.

I use cottage cheese in overnight oats sometimes and its really delicious! Have you tried that?

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41 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Sadness. Maybe keep on the heat longer next time (if there is a next time…)

I have never put CC in overnight oats…ironically, I’m scared of messing up the texture!

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42 Tiffany April 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

That’s a good idea, Thank you :)

The texture is still super thick and doughy the only difference is more of a cottage cheese flavor. I still prefer using greek yogurt but its a nice change and delicious too.

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43 Andrea April 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I’m definately trying that next time I make overnight oats, good idea!

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44 Tracy April 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I love adding some CC to overnight oats along with yogurt. The CC adds a tasty saltiness which I love!

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45 Laura @ She Eats Well April 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Wow wow, that mango is incredible. I hope it tasted as good as it looks!

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46 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I’ve been on a cheese kick lately, too, which is bad since I don’t eat dairy, and the non-dairy cheese I do eat ONCE in AWHILE is kick-my-butt expensive! Ugh, haha!

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47 Katie in Vermont April 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Hi Kath! Is that awesome crackled/mirrored finish on your console something you DIY’d or did you buy the piece like that? LOVE it!!

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48 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

It was karens actually and was pretty pricey, I hear. She gave it to us when it wouldn’t fit in her new house

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49 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

So, you love chips?! That’s all I craved for the first three months! Have you tried Pop Chips?! They’re delicious and much healthier than regular chips ;-)

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50 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Yeah! They are good!

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51 Molly @ RDexposed April 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Why am I not buying mangos? Yours have been looking so good!

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52 Michelle (Better with Berries) April 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Yum – I’m craving mangos now!

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53 Lisa April 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Hey Kath – I’ll be heading out to CVille for a friend’s wedding in May. Can you recommend gyms that will allow drop in spin classes? I’m an instructor in Sunny So Cal :) and love taking classes elsewhere to get new ideas, etc.

Thanks!

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54 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Acac here is the nice one. I thiiiink you can drop in. There’s also a golds. But acac is better!

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55 Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Just wanted to tell you that we just ate your mushroom lasagna for dinner tonight and it WAS SO GOOD! My husband who usually hates pasta couldn’t stop saying how delicious it was and he really like the flavor the smoked mozzarella added to it! So, so good, it will definitely be added to our dinner rotation!

Tell Karen yummy for us!

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56 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Oh yay, I will!

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57 Kelly @ Vegolosophy April 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

That mango looks AMAZING!! Beautiful color and looks super juicy, yum!

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58 TeenyLittleSuperChef April 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I long for the days when it’s not raining. Unfortunately living in Oregon, those days are very few and far between this time of year. I guess that’s what they mean by April (and March and February…) showers bring May flowers.
Your mango-coconut yogurt concoction looks absolutely divine. Must replenish my mango supply ASAP!

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59 Amanda @ Veggies n Dogs April 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love how you make everything look pretty and delicious!

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60 Jeri April 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

What size soft shell do you eat? I can’t tell if that is soft taco size or fajita size.

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61 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I think whole foods only makes them in one size… Maybe 8 inches diameter?

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62 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 19, 2012 at 5:39 am

Lunch looks delicious to me!

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63 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Mmm…cheese! :) Dreary here today, tucked in at home as well. I actually love days like this once in a while. I think of my flowers smiling :)

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64 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

The mango looks great and I love your teal coloured cloth with stripes. Beautiful.

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