Snacky McSnackster

July 3, 2008

The symphony was PACKED!!! We had a blast. My friend Ellen from Winthrop and her husband joined us for a real party :mrgreen:

But this afternoon boy was I a snacker. I’ve been snacking more lately – a bite here and there. I’ve been trying to capture every bite, but it’s hard when it’s often just one cracker or chip. But I can tell it’s becoming a habit again and I need to work on cutting back. Here are some of this afternoon’s highlights:

AMAZING new chips that were BOGO free at EarthFare – I had about 5.

Two slices of watermelon while cutting (sure, water melon is not going to do much harm, but as usual it was the way I gobbled it down it that was unsettling.)

Two handfuls of roasted garbanzos

Perfect Summer Picnic

We arrived at our spot around 6:45 and started with some red wine

Plate of goodies : crackers, goat cheese, peanut kale salad with beans, chips, tortellini salad, chicken salad phyllo, artichoke hummus

Seconds –

More wine – (I only had half glasses – maybe less – but had lots of pours)

A little spiral cake

More wine…

More wine…


I went to town on the tortilla chips . They were so good!! And I had a few more crackers . It was a munchy carb fest. (Can I blame the wine!?!) I probably had 2-3 oz of chips and 2-3 more crackers (which were 40 kcal each!) At least my glycogen stores will be tip-top full for a morning workout :)

I think I have been eating (and nibbling, as noted above) more lately, and I think my waistline is probably starting to notice a little. It’s so easy to get back in the habit of eating more and just pretending that it won’t matter. But it does – a little at a time. I plan on enjoying this holiday weekend trip we’re taking tomorrow and getting back on track as soon as I have a normal schedule again – 4 days to go!!!

Did I mention we’re going to ASHEVILLE tomorrow!?!? Karen is taking us just for a short one-night trip. I can’t wait, as Asheville is one of the best getaway places there is!

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1 Jess July 3, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Kath I think you are way too hard on yourself! Maybe you are just hungry fom being more active on campus and your body is trying to tell you that you need a bit more fuel?

That cake looked great, what kind?


2 grace July 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Oh man I know what you mean about the carb munching. I find that when I am watching sodium and sugar levels carbs are the first thing I rush to. I work on eating most of my carbs in the morning and trying to have lighter snacks between meals.

Grazing is fun!

Glad you enjoyed the symphony. Have a great time in Asheville. :)


3 Every Gym's Nightmare July 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Good lord thats a lot of people.

and your snacky plate looks AMAZING.

can i ask where you got those roasted garbonzo beans? i have a client who LOVES them and i want to get some for her, but i cant find them. they are pretty easy to make, but id like to order her her own bag…


4 Kat July 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Asheville is so much fun to visit, a great Southern city. Visit Early Girl Eatery, the best Southern breakfast food (amazing biscuits). Its actually the place where my boyfriend and I fell in love


5 BethT July 3, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I love Early Girl, but in my opinion it’s second to Tupelo Honey Cafe 😀 Love their sweet potato pancakes!


6 Serena July 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

I went a little snacky with some tortilla chips today too. I had a veggie-heavy but not protein filled lunch, so maybe that explains it? Your dinners have been a little small and with fewer carbs/protein – maybe that’s contributing to the extra snacking? When I snack more I wonder if my body is trying to tell me (but usually can’t figure it out)!


7 Deb July 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Yes, sadly the wine is partially to blame (never us, right!!? 😀 ). When I’ve had too much I go for the nuts, sometimes chocolate (under the nuts of course) and sometimes on a wafer cracker. I know what you mean, only a bite here and there, but if you count it up it really can do some damage. I always have such regret when I do that. And heaven forbid there’s FF Ready Whip around b/c that gets squirted on top of the choc/nut/cracker creation!! Yes, only 5 cals a portion, but who ever has a TBS or two of the stuff??!! You’ll get back to your usual self :-)


8 DG July 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm


I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for some time, and have been implementing many of your meal ideas (pumpkin in a wrap, for instance!)

That peanut-kale salad looks wonderful. Could you, perhaps, post the recipe?

I’m thrilled to have almost-overwhelming amounts of kale in my garden right now, and that salad looks to be a delicious way to enjoy some of those giant green leaves!



9 Karen July 4, 2008 at 12:14 am

That was very real. Thanks for your honest posting. It was a great reminder for me to keep things in check.


10 sarah July 4, 2008 at 5:42 am

hi kath –
i’m with you on the feeling that i need to clean up my diet a little. i definitely tend to get snacky like that when i drink, too (or just not mindful of eating in general). i hope asheville is fun! i am super excited for our trip there in 3 weeks — i have already decided i want to go hiking, possibly biking, to the biltmore, and spend a day doing nothing hanging out in our hotel’s spa. mmmmmmmm, can’t wait.


11 Sidi July 4, 2008 at 5:51 am

What’s wrong with us, ladies? It seems everybody is back on snacking… 😉 I have a sweet tooth lately and I’ll definitely cut it down starting today.

Kath, I made the popovers. Didn’t come out like yours. Was it because I mixed it by hand? I’ll give another try this week-end. Have a great trip to Asheville!


12 Sami July 4, 2008 at 6:24 am

Ohh, cool!
I just went to Ashville with my mom.
We loved pretty much all the restaurants.
Espically the famous Laughing Seed.
And . . .
[Down the stairs from the outside place]
I can’t wait to go back there.
I’m telling you, if you don’t go, you’ll be sorry.
They have the coolest food, it’s so delicious.

It’s expensive, and Indian food is one of their specialties. Those are may be draw backs for you. But even if you just want to go for the cafe for a drink. . .the Bombay Masala Chai French press tea with local honey. . .is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.


13 Christie July 4, 2008 at 6:35 am

I have to say I think the summer time has something to do with the snacking… there is always more get togethers and snack food around. I felt the same way the begining of this week and said I want to try to “clean up” my eating a little because its not that you cant enjoy all the treats but you just dont want it to be a normal habit… I think after the holiday weekend you just get back to normal and that way when each BBQ or get together rolls around you can feel ok enjoying/treating yourself.


14 Anne July 4, 2008 at 7:04 am

the holidays are definitely to blame for the snacking, I just made it through a 5-day weekend and Canada day pretty much unscathed, but it was hard with all the friends + wine + snacks

I find telling myself that I don’t need the chips usually works pretty well, also, snacking on things like fruit or cut up veggies at a party is a great way to go. Luckily, my friends are all health and nutrition-conscious like I am, so the healthy snacks are usually more abundant than the unhealthy ones.

Finally, your scale is your friend. I’m not a fan of weighing myself every day, but keeping the scale around during the holidays is a good way to keep the over-eating in check.


15 Laker July 4, 2008 at 7:34 am

Has anyone had Sangria? If so, what is it like. I’m talking about Sangria that you buy at the store, not homemade. I DO NOT like wine. I have tried all sorts from reds, to whites, to sweet zinfendels… Is Sangria more fruity? We are having a party at the lake and I’d like to partake in an alcoholic beverage to take the edge off. :) I would drink things like wine coolers except for the fact they are loaded in sugar and HFCS (ICK). Plus, they give me a headache because I drink, well used to drink, too many….


16 Kelly L. July 4, 2008 at 7:35 am

Has anyone tried Dream Whip the whipped topping you make from a box? I have a box that is about to expire and I’m thinking about making a strawberry version of a boston cream pie this weekend.


17 kate(the teenager) July 4, 2008 at 7:58 am

Kath! I’m sure you knew this, but a Whole Foods is opening in Charlotte, in SOUTH PARK!! I am SO excited about it! And I bet you are too!


18 Cat July 4, 2008 at 8:15 am

I second the recommendation to go to Early Girl or Tupulo Honey Cafe. I suggest Tupulo…for the sweet potato pancakes!!! Early Girl…for lunch…black bean cakes! Have fun in my favorite mountain town!
p.s. A Biltmore wine tasting tour is a must-do!


19 Kel Lee Leee July 4, 2008 at 8:22 am

Kelly T, I think I remember her saying she ordered them from


20 Kate July 4, 2008 at 8:28 am

Laker–I find some sangria to be fairly boozy/winy tasting. You might try a little to see if the fruity-ness takes some of the edge off, though. It is a nice summer drink.

Kath–wine plus company plus hot weather is a disaster recipe for me with snacking! I find myself snacking a lot more with the hot weather (we don’t have AC, so it’s constant heat) since I often don’t have much of an appetite for a real meal. Lately I’ll have a healthy snack if I didn’t have a regular meal recently, but I still want to be able to fit into my clothes come fall! The heat messes with my appetite so much!

Have a fantastic weekend! Asheville sounds very fun!


21 caitlinbo July 4, 2008 at 8:37 am

oooo sangria. i could go for some of that! if you dont like wine, you prob wont like sangria… it’s just wine with bourbon and fruit. but its AMAZING!


22 Kath July 4, 2008 at 8:43 am

Every Gym’s Nightmare,
(I normally copy and past the names so I don’t have to type them so I hope you don’t mind I call you that – but I know you’re Kelly!!)

The roasted garbanzos are from

DG ,
The kale salad was semi-homemade. I basically just steamed kale and wax beans and tossed them in a store-bought peanut satay (EarthFare brand). There were a few leftover spelt berries involved and some roasted garbanzos, which got kind of soggy. But basically you could make a peanut sauce and simulate it. It was pretty good, I thought!

Sami ,
We’ve already got dinner and tomorrow’s lunch picked out, so I don’t know if we’ll have time for Flying Frog but I will surely remember it for our next visit.

We’ve eaten at Tupelo Honey and Early Girl before. Laughing Seed is my FAV!

Sorry the popovers didn’t turn out!! The recipe has to be EXACT because the weight:liquid ratio has to be perfect. Maybe look across the internet for a few more? We also used a popover pan and not a muffin tin, which might have helped.

kate(the teenager),
I think it’s way too early to get excited. The Whole Foods in Elizabeth fell through and the one in SouthPark still has apartments on teh land where its supposed to be built. They are saying construction wont’ even START until 2010. Here’s a recent article:

Apparently only CLT, Va. Beach and Riverside, CA are the only major metro areas to not have a WF!!

Laker ,
Since it’s made from wine, it does taste like wine, but you should give it a try!! The wine-soaked fruit is amazing. You might like white sangria more than red.



23 Claire July 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Hi Kath

I thought I commented earlier (last night) but I guess it didn’t post. I just wanted to say that I dont think you really need to worry about any of the extra snacking. It seems like you are working out more than you may have in years past and you should take that into consideration. As a runner, I know that I will be more hungry between meals if I have had a hard workout.

Have a great time in Asheville!


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