Smell The Weekend

July 3, 2008

The 4th is so close I can already smell the fireworks, picnics, and fun in the air!

I was in bed early enough for a morning workout so I set the alarm for 5:00. But when it went off I just wasn’t in the mood, so I went back to sleep! But, since my classes are shorter today, I showered, put on very minimal make-up and am already dressed in workout clothes (plus jeans that I switch to shorts) and am planning to go at Winthrop right after my test and before lunch. This may be comment in the fall when I have a 9:00 class everyday and then am stuck on campus for a few hours so it’ll be good to test out.

I couldn’t WAIT for a bowl of oatmeal today. I added in some plain yogurt to see how I liked it. I’m not that fond of the tang in oatmeal, but I think yogurt in smoothies and last week’s muesli hold me over longer [more protein] so we’ll see with this test.

  • 1/3 cup prepared nectarine oatmeal + splash milk
  • 1/4 cup spelt berries
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • Last tiny piece of blueberry granola plank
  • PB!

Plus Yogi Brand hot tea, prepared with skim milk and a dash of Splenda

Glad to see some of my favorites on this list Sammie posted of the 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating. Sardines anyone!?!? Guess I need to eat more beets!

See you for lunch!

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1 polly July 3, 2008 at 6:09 am

Looks great Kath!

Has anyone tried GREEN smoothies? I’d love to hear some recipes.

Also, does the greek yogurt “work” better for those with issues with dairy? I miss yogurt.



2 Kath July 3, 2008 at 6:11 am

polly ,
I just responded to your other comment- give me a green smoothie recipe that you think is worthy of a first-timer and I’ll try it!



3 coco July 3, 2008 at 6:22 am

You’re so early Kath. I woke up at 5.30 am and i thought that was early! ^.~


4 RhodeyGirl July 3, 2008 at 6:23 am

good morning! have a great day!!!! it’s “fridayyyyyyyyyy!!!!”


5 Sarah July 3, 2008 at 6:34 am

Wait…is it Friday or Thursday? I’m so tired, I feel completely off this morning. haha…


6 Anne July 3, 2008 at 7:15 am

that’s my favourite breakfast tea, the ginseng green tea and also the ginger one are my favourites, but most of them are pretty damn good

also, I have a great green smoothie recipe from Oxygen magazine awhile back


7 Tara July 3, 2008 at 7:25 am

The tea doesnt need splenda. It is already sweetened with stevia.

I love beet salad.


8 Tracy July 3, 2008 at 8:02 am

Hi Kath,
I just discovered your blog. Very cool!
I read yesterday that you said something about being interested in alcohol-removed wines. I thought I’d let ya know…..they’re gooood! I buy them all the time. Type in Sutter Home and then look on their website for Fre alcohol-removed wines. Rite-Aid right around the corner from me sells their Asti, Chardonnay and White Zin. I actually like their White Zin better than white zin with alcohol. It’s less sugary. The reds are lovely, you just have to refrigerate the remainder if you don’t finish the bottle because there’s no alcohol in them and they’ll ferment. There’s some cool mocktail recipes on Sutter Home’s website, too, using the Fre wines.
Another good one is Ariel Vineyards, you can key that in as a search, too. I ordered a couple of cases from them when I got married 2 years ago. Their sparkling wine, Brut, is so good.
The NA wines don’t have that alcohol bite after you swallow but I have enjoyed them anyway. Nope, I don’t work for Sutter Home or Ariel, I just really like ’em.


9 Rose July 3, 2008 at 8:37 am

Hi Kath!

I just wanted to let you know that I made your Banana Oatmeal today, and it was fantastic! Your video really helped :) Thanks for coming up with a great recipe!


10 Katie July 3, 2008 at 8:38 am

Oh, yum! Looks like a great breakfast. I can’t wait for the long weekend either. Today is going to be a looong day. đŸ˜‰


11 polly July 3, 2008 at 8:51 am

You can get the most recent green smoothie recipes from my food blog with pictures, too! :) Here is the latest yummy one.

1 frozen banana
2 frozen nectarines

(all peeled and cut into chunks before freezing)

1 cup almond milk or water
BIG handful fresh spinach

Blend. A loooong time till smooth. Don’t get grossed out with the leaves floating around… they will blend creamy and ya won’t notice them. Delish! :)


12 SweetsandSweats July 3, 2008 at 8:57 am

Haha, my current addiction to Yogi tea is the Sweet Thai Delight. I keep wanting to branch out to a new flavor but this one is so good I keep going back for more. I want to try the Egyptian Licorice.


13 Allison K. July 3, 2008 at 9:43 am

I love the addition of yogurt to my oatmeal. I put it on top though like “icing” ala Tina from


14 Karen July 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

Beets and Sardines, so good for you, but they always fall off my radar. Thanks for the reminder.


15 Every Gym's Nightmare July 3, 2008 at 10:30 am

ooooh i got a yogi tea sample the other day and they are so good. i like they are more fruity than flowery- and the little sayings are cute.

although the one you got confuses me. how do you empty yourself? is it telling me to go to the bathroom?


16 Heather July 3, 2008 at 10:59 am

I don’t know about the beets- I’ve really tried to like them but they kind of taste like dirt. Maybe it’s an acquired taste??

How’s the hand, Kath? Don’t answer if it still hurts!


17 Deb July 3, 2008 at 11:04 am

Polly, Kath…I also found a great green smoothie (called the Green Goddess) from Oxygen mag. I modified it to make it a little lower cal and I love it!! I nuke a huge handful of washed spinach for 20 sec just to soften it, add some avocado (1.5 oz), protein powder, frozen cranberries, xanthan gum, guar gum and ice. YUM YUM YUM. I also do sprinkle some crystal light- cranberry or raspberry.

The yogi teas are good but STRONG!! I overbrewed my Indian flavor the other day even after a minute!

Kath, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the triangular glass bowl—where did you get it!??? I NEED to own one (or 4)! :-)


18 hk July 3, 2008 at 11:25 am

I love beets! I’m still working onthe sardines, but I am glad to see so many of my faves on the list:) enjoy your day and concert, sounds great!!


19 Leslie July 3, 2008 at 11:43 am

hey kath! I’m just copying and pasting an old comment that I never got a reply to and I’m still kind of curious about…. sry! ……..
Not trying to knock your style of eating or anything but just wondering why you choose to make grains such a large part of your diet? Is it for the taste and enjoyment primarily or for health reasons. If it’s the later, just curious if you’ve ever read over sites such as ? It has a lot of good info on why grains really shouldn’t be a big part of the diet and why America pushes them so much. Again, not trying to change your mind or anything (you are obviously healthy and happy!), just trying to share some information that I have found interesting. There are many other sites that have a lot of intelligent info on grains if your are interested…probably not though Lata gata! have a great day! and as always, i love your blog!


20 nicole r July 3, 2008 at 11:53 am


Since yogurt incorporates probiotics, especially l. Acidophilus, most lactose intolerant people (really all should, technically) can handle yogurt. Your problem is your inability to break down lactose because you have either no or an insufficient amount of the enzyme lactase. These bacteria pick up where you left off, breaking down lactose for you and leaving your stomach happy! Regardless of whether it’s Greek or regular, all yogurts except activia contain more or less the same amount of bacteria so it shouldn’t matter what you try. Give it a shot and see how you feel!



21 Danielle July 3, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Mmmm. The weekend smells good :)


22 Kinder July 3, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Mmmm. Beets are my favorite! The best way to eat them is roasted – chop up into chunks, lightly toss in olive oil and salt & pepper, and roast at 375 until cooked (30 minutes or so depending on how big your chunks are!). YummY!


23 Christianne July 3, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I have a request. I married into a family of fabulous cooks and we all get our recipes from the same places. However, my cousin-in-law found a 1960’s Betty Crocker cookbook that has a wonderful mac n cheese recipe and she won’t share it! This leads me to my request. I am in charge of brining dessert tomorrow and as a kind of joke I’d like to bring a dessert that comes from an old recipe that couldn’t easily be found. Does anyone have a great old dessert recipe or know where I could find one?


24 Kath July 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Tracy ,
Thanks for the info on those wines! I would like to try one soon. While I wouldn’t switch from the best juice in the world 100%, I’d love to have an alternative for certain occasions.

Rose ,
Awesome! Glad you liked it.

I will try to make one next week, as we’re all out of nectarines this weekend.

Every Gym’s Nightmare,
Hahaha. I like to think it means fill your nostrils with the wonderful smells of good food!

Heather ,
I think they taste like dirt too. But I kind of like them!!

(it does still hurt, but a little better…)

Deb ,
I don’t have many of those ingredients :(

Bowl is Crate + Barrel.

Leslie ,
Sorry I missed your question. I eat grains because I love them. And they provide important B vitamins, fiber, phosphorus, and protein. I see no reason why they wouldn’t be good for humans. I also eat a wide variety of grains – oats, spelt berries, ww pasta, brown rice, whole wheat bread, rye. I also eat tons of fruits and vegetables too, to round out my carbohydrate forms. The variety is what’s most important.



25 Leslie July 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm

thanks for clearing up my question, rock on!


26 Serena July 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Christianne, that seems sort of mean for a family member not to be willing to share a recipe that comes from a book! Did you try searching for the recipe online? Is it or could it be
Anyway, I would make one of Kath’s recipes and tell her it’s by a prestigious blogger and a very exclusive recipe you can’t share!


27 Deb July 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Kath, re. the Green Goddess shake, you can substitute any fruit for the cranberries, and don’t worry about the crystal light. Next time you are at a health food store, pick up some protein powder, xanthan gum and guar gum- your smoothies will be thicker and you will feel more full. It’s not imperative, but I feel that they are very helpful. Enjoy!


28 Claire July 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Hi Kath

I love beets in salad. My mother always made a beet, orange, and avocado salad with a basic balsamic vinaigrette and it is definitely one of the best ways I have had them!


29 Heather July 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Your oatmeal always looks SO GOOD! I’ll need to try something other than my berries and oats one of these days…I’m inspired, haha.


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