So Fresh And So Green

April 25, 2008

So I don’t know if it was because I am working at home today or the fact that breakfast was on the high side for sugar (more hemp milk + mango) but my stomach was growling like crazy by 10:45! Definitely out of character for that time of day. So I had what I consider to be the best “tide me over” snack: nuts and trail mix.


I recieved a sample of these Roasted Garbanzo Beans from a week ago and they are really delicious! The bad news is they are roasted in oil and are very calorie dense for a munching snack, so I kept my portion small to about a tbsp. They’re kind of chalky but I really enjoyed the texture.


I also had a half serving of Deluxe Trail Mix.


Snack worked like a charm! I didn’t sit down to lunch until 1:30 so it bought me about 2.5 hours. Amazing how nuts are little tiny packages of satiety!


I picked up some kale when I stopped at the grocery store last night to have for lunch today. I just love these chips :) While they are certainly crispy, they do still have some good chew to them at the base of each leaf, so you get a good mouthful.


I’ve been having cravings for fruit + yogurt + cereal blends. It must be the warmer weather!? So I had 3/4 a cup of greek yogurt with a bunch of fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup Organic Morning Lite and 1/4 cup wheatberries <3 I don’t think there could be a more perfect chewy topping for yogurt than wheatberries. They are definitely my new favorite food.


Leftover purple haze asparagus. It was actually a really good batch of asparagus. Guess because it’s in season!


It’s been a while! After a few weeks off, my kashi cracker cravings have returned :)


From above –


This lunch was about 475 kcal, 17 grams of fiber and 30 grams protein (half from the yogurt). I had to put my yogurt and crackers away because my in-laws came by so I just finished up lunch at 2:30. Guess I’ll have a late snack, which works out well with our 7:30 cocktail and appetizer party. Definitely don’t want to go starving to that or I’ll do a lot of damage!

I AM FINISHED WITH STATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I took my final test this morning and submitted my final project (done in PowerPoint) via email. I just have one really hard test and 2 easy ones and I have a week or two to relax (including a trip to Baltimore to visit my grandparents with my mom and my sister’s college graduation) before Round II of Chemistry starts.

I’ve got errands/chores this afternoon and then am heading up to Davidson around 4:30 – we’re going to hit rush hour :( I should be posting the cocktail party recap late tonight.

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

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1 VeggieGirl April 25, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Mmm, the nuts and trail mix looks like a great mid-morning snack.

Roasted Garbanzo beans, eh?? Interesting!

KALE!!!!!! **VeggieGirl obsession alert**

Congratulations for being COMPLETELY done with stats – whoo hoo!


2 bikergurl April 25, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Yum, that lunch looks so fresh and summery!

You might be right about the sugar thing, I always find that meals containing more sugar leave me feeling hungry sooner. Roasted chickpeas sound like a good snack though. I’ve tried making them before but I couldn’t find the right spice combo. Anyone have any suggestions?


3 Annon April 25, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Maria K,

Yes, I am sure you do.


4 Karen April 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Yep, the yogurt thing is great with the warmer weather! Congrats on your Stats class! Such an accomplishment! Well done.


5 Becca April 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Lunch looks great as always :)
Baltimore you say, I’m about 45 minutes outside of Baltimore (I wish I lived there though!)


6 Kath April 25, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I’m actually going to be in Towson – are you near there?



7 Becca April 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Towson is closer to me than Baltimore actually. I’m in York, PA, not too far from the MD line.


8 hk April 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm

mmm, I had a very similar yogurty-fruity mixture for lunch, delish! I’m so excited to add wheatberries to the mix, yum :)

Would you explain how you prepare them to be put into the yogurt?? thanks!


9 Amandamoo April 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Oh, I was going to ask the same thing about the wheatberries… are they raw? Do you buy them from the bulk bin and then just toss them into stuff?


10 Nick April 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I’ve been meaning to try roasted garbanzo beans for a while now, I always found the idea of roasted and crunchy beans to be such a tasty and healthy snack. You need to drink a lot of water with it though, the dry fiber can cause havoc on your stomach. Awesome plate the kale is on by the way…

The Peanut Butter Boy


11 Betsy April 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm

roasted chick peas sound delish!! and i totally agree that a small amount of nuts can tide me over amazingly. yay nuts!


12 Ally April 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm

I LOVE roasted chickpeas!! They are addicting to me so I don’t make them that often!

Have fun at your party tonight!


13 Yaz April 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Hey Kath, I just tried a wheatberry salad from WF and it was delish, except for the fact that it had onions. (I had to pick them out… it was time consuming, but the salad took a long time to eat.) I really liked the chewiness of the wheatberries. Where do you get yours?


14 Jill April 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Roasted garbanzo means are AMAZING! I really like the wasabi ones more than anything, but anything works!

Have you tried the roasted veggie kashi crackers?! They may be even MORE amazing than the 7 grain.


15 Suzanne April 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Congrats on finishing your stats class! :)

Your lunch has so much variety – I love that!

Where do you get your strawberries? They always look so perfect.

Have fun at the cocktail party!


16 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm

You’ve inspired me… I’ve planned 3 meals next week with kale in them. :)


17 inabind April 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Forgive this none food question. To the lawyer bloggers: May I ask if it is defamation/libel if a person posted a really untrue, mean comment on a community newspaper’s online forum as well as a letter to editor blatantly mis-stating what I do on my job for his/her own vindictive reasons. I think this person has some mental issues so I’ve let most things go but draw the line when it directly is impacting my professional role/spreading garbage about me. Thank you so much. Have a blast at cocktails Kath.


18 Ryane April 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I second that on the Roasted Vegetable Kashi Crackers!
Mmm with some Garlic-Lover’s Hummus… ahhhmazing.
I could totally go for that right about now!


19 Kiala April 25, 2008 at 5:46 pm

I had the same morning hungries! Mine may have been due to a small wine hangover.

I doubt anyone is surprised by that.


20 Ruby Red Vegan April 25, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Oh, it must feel wonderful to be done with stats!

And you have me so intrigued every time you post about kale chips, that kale is now on my grocery list. I can’t wait to make some!

I think you’ve got me going now with the wheatberries, too… Haha.


21 Stephanie April 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Hey Kath! I am a fellow grad student studying nutrition in Seattle. I found your blog through a friend who recommended your kale chips… love them!

I know a great recipe for roasted garbanzo beans that is DELICIOUS! Rinse a can of cooked garbanzo beans (organic from TJ’s). Spread them out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle sea salt/garlic salt over the top. Pop them in the oven at 350 for 30-45 mintues. When they’re crunchy, they’re done! My husband goes nuts for these too!

I just started my own nutrition-inspired blog… lots of good stuff… check it out and keep eating real food!


22 ChocolateCoveredVegan April 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm

The kale plate is super-pretty!


23 Kath April 26, 2008 at 9:40 am

hk ,
For the sprouted wheatberries, we soak them in enough water to cover them well for 24 hours, then drain the water and let them sit for another 24. They start to sprout little tails and are more raw and chewy than when cooked. I think the “normal” instructions are just to simmer them over medium heat for an hour “until tender.” I’m going to try cooking them that way next time.

Yaz ,
I get the wheatberries in bulk at EarthFare. I bet Whole Foods would have them?

Stephanie ,
Welcome to KERF and thanks for the recipe! Your blog looks great- I’ve book marked it :)



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