Stop And Taste The Honeysuckle

May 3, 2012

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Especially if you are in need of some sugar during a long walk!

I worked in the clouds this morning and as soon as the sun came out, it was time to meet up with my mother’s group for a walk! Good timing! We walked along the river, 3 strollers and a bump! I covered about 4-5 miles in total, and after the sun came out it was quite steamy when I returned! (Not to mention a very full bladder..and growling stomach….)

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Yesterday’s smoothie was so good and had to have another!

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What is it about smoothies that makes them always JUST fit in my glass!? It’s like magic. I rarely under or over shoot and I have no idea how I do it…

This guy featured 1 cup of frozen berries, 1 cup milk, 1/2 packet Vega protein powder (the sport kind), and a big handful of kale.

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Something about celery and PB was calling my name, so I made that as a side dish.

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Just missing the raisins for ants on a log!

This lunch seems small, but it was dense and very filling in my shrinking stomach! It surprised me how full I got. (Probably also thanks to chugging 2 glasses of water…must bring water with me on walks from now on no matter how annoying it is to wear/bring a bottle!)

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I got in a cool shower and am settled back in for the afternoon. All winter long I hunkered at my desk in the basement, but now that it’s bright and sunny, I prefer to work upstairs. It’s cooler inside than out right now, so I’m set up with my laptop at the dining room table. The views are much better up here!

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1 Melissa @ HerGreenLife May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You may as well get used to carrying the water, because you’ll need to stay hydrated while breastfeeding, too.

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2 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You have talent! My smoothies often overflow :(

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3 eftihia May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

my uncle lives in virginia and he has a wonderful honeysuckle tree in his backyard…when i was a kid i used to drink the flowers all the time! and they smell so wonderful!
enjoy the day!

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4 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I love your antless ants on a log.

And it just looks HOT there. Steamy! I can just tell from those first few pics how hot and humid it is. It’s cool and overcast in San Digeo. Go figure.

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5 kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

the smoothie looks delicious! my last one was a big fail. I got overzealous with the spinach, and it was undrinkable until I added dark chocolate syrup. I guess I’ll have to try again soon…

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6 Andrea May 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

That same thing happens to me quite often with smoothies! It will go jussst to the rim, perfect! And I still love ants on a log. My coworkers laugh at me for it :)

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7 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I wish I was as talented at smoothie sizes, mine are usually too big!

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8 Sam May 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Hey Kath! I’m going through way too many cans of carbonated water and have started seriously thinking about buying an in-home carbonating machine. I’ve looked at SodaStream but am not crazy about some aspects of it. I know Matt does it for you because he brews beer, but was curious about his set-up?

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9 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

His would be pretty hard to do inexpensively. It requires a pony keg, a mini fridge, a tap and a CO2 tank. If you are already brewing beer, these are probably already on hand, but it’s pretty expensive to get going from scratch and requires some knowledge on how to put it all together. I would recommend the Sodastream, unfortunately.

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10 Jessica May 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

What aspects are you not crazy about? I would love one but haven’t done enough research on it.

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11 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Honeysuckle is the best! I love the smell, I love the taste. It just makes me happy!

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12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

The same thing happens with my smoothies too – usually just a little bit of overspill but I never let it go to waste!

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13 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I just got the Vega protein powder and am enjoying it in smoothies. I did try to make protein pancakes with it that ended up not being the best. It’s berry flavor so I’m thinking the vanilla would be better.

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14 Allison K May 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I am so ready to walk 4-5 miles again. Today my walk was 1 mile, and with this overdue baby….it was long enough!

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15 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I can eat celery cooked, or juiced but I just don’t like the taste of raw celery, maybe i should try it with PB since it looks so fun to eat!

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16 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It’s on my “eh” list too :) But I manage

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17 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

LOL I will try to manage it too! :)

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18 Willemijn May 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I love eating celery sticks with PB and raisins as a snack. And I must try that smoothy!

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19 Mai May 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Ahh, honeysuckles. There are lots around my house, I remember going out back all the time and picking a BUNCH and sucking out the sweetness when I was younger.

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20 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth May 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

My smoothies NEVER fir my glass :-)

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21 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

mmmm smoothie fir!

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22 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth May 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

LOL

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23 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth May 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

or fit!

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24 LindsayH May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Do you re-use your drinking straws or use a biodegradable or eco-friendly brand? Drinking a smoothie out of a straw is so much better but I always feel bad for using the plastic.

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25 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I reuse my water ones for ages, but I sadly do not reuse the smoothie ones (they get too gunked). Stainless ones sound cool, but I really worry about getting the insides very clean when you have smoothie gunk. Anyone have any experience with those?

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26 sb May 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

They make pipe-cleaner type brushes for re-usable straws. In fact, a quick search turned up these that look like they are for some sort of baby item… potential double use for you!

http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Browns-Natural-Cleaning-Brush/dp/B0006BAJN6/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_c

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27 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Cool, thanks

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28 sb May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

You’re welcome! I just did a quick search, so there may be better choices out there.

If you want really beautiful swanky straws… check these out:

http://www.madeincalifornia.net/mm5/merchant.mvc?Session_ID=28dbdc71831265c710396bb5964a7046&Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=MIC&Category_Code=GlassDharma

And, since they’re glass, you will be able to see if they are not clean.

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29 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Thanks so much. I’m going to investigate

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30 Todd May 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

The glass straws are a great way to be green and they are made is the USA.

Here is a 10% off coupon code for glass straws and any other products on http://www.MadeInCalifornia.Net
coupon code “honeysuckle” exp 12/30/1012

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31 KathEats May 4, 2012 at 6:15 am

Thanks! How breakable are they?

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32 Todd May 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

The Straws are made of the same material as Pyrex coffee pots or glass pie plates. The straws are breakable but they very sturdy. The manufacturer has a Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage.

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33 KathEats May 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

Awesome, thanks

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34 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I used to love ants on a log growing up! I remember they would give it to us as a snack in elementary school. Oh that brings back memories. :)

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35 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air May 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Looks like a super delicious lunch!! I love the mosaic on your tabletop – very beautiful.

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36 occula May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

How awesome is it that you have bendy straws at your home? I just realized what my kitchen is missing.

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37 Kyla May 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi Kath!
I’m newish here and in a bit of awe reading through past posts – you seem to get a lot done in a day as a self-employed lady! Do you have any tips for planning out your day? And sticking to a “schedule”? I just became self employed and would love some counsel :)
Thanks!

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38 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Hey Kyla,
I am extremely blessed to be able to work from home, so I’m able to mesh the personal with the professional. This was one of the things I hated most about working in an office – even if I had nothing to do I still couldn’t just leave and get an oil change or make a few phone calls! I multitask a ton and have laundry in while I’m writing. I’m also a huge list maker an an anti-procrastinator so I tend to just charge through the tasks that aren’t too fun.

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39 Sarah @ Fresh Living May 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

What a tasty looking smoothie. Such a great idea to add greens to your fruit smoothies!

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40 j3nn May 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I noticed the same thing about Vitamix smoothies! They always seem to fit exactly in my glass despite using rough measurements. Magic. :)

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41 Kenedi - Real Food Whole Life May 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Just found your blog and am looking forward to looking around more. Ohhh, that smoothies looks fatastic. I’m so glad berry picking season is right around the corner.

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42 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Welcome!

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43 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I’m glad to see that I am not the only one who loved the celery / PB combo! MY family thinks I am strange !

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44 Erin K. May 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

when my three were small and drinking from bottles, i remembered having a scrubby brush to clean the nipples out (they get gunky and are sometimes hard to clean too). i had a thought that they would also be the right size for stainless straws. sure enough i googled my thought and there it was…http://www.amazon.com/Straw-Cleaning-Brush-reusable-straws/dp/B003XAMCWS :D.

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45 Molly @ RDexposed May 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Mmm..I’d love a smoothie mid-afternoon at work!

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46 Jessica May 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I had celery and peanut butter as part of my lunch too! Try it with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter and dried cranberries. Yum. I can even convince my 3 year old and 5 year old to eat celery that way.

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47 TeenyLittleSuperChef May 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Such a simple meal, and yet still hits all the nutritional bases. Way to be Miss Kath RD! I’m sure baby KERF thanks you for it. Can you feel him kicking yet? Congratulations again! It’s so exciting when getting ready for a new bundle of joy :)

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48 KathEats May 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I can feel the kicks! Karen got to feel one too today!

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49 Earthy Nicole May 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

It’s so funny you say that about your smoothies! I ALWAYS have just enough for a glass full for me and a (smaller) glass full for my little girl! And I love ants on a log! I make pre-cut bags of celery when I get home from the store so all I have to do is smear peanut butter in them and top with the ants for a quick, healthy snack!

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50 Grace @ Grace Dishes May 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I used to taste the honey suckles that grew rampant in my high school! loved it :)

My boyfriend doesn’t like raw celery but I LOVE the crunch especially with PB! Yummy!

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51 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings May 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’m all about the views and the light…I prefer the upstairs rather than the basement for working. So many miles — I love days when the miles add up, they feel great. The smoothie looks fantastic. Mmmmmmmm…

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52 Angel7 May 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I have recently found that if I eat some peanut butter in the morning my blood sugar does not get really low by the afternoon. When my blood sugar gets low, I get really tired.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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53 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

Very tasty looking lunch!

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54 Katie J July 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hi Kath,

Searching ‘protein powder’ I came across this post. I wasn’t sure your stance on protein powders, do you still use them? If so is this your favourite brand?

Thanks Kath :)

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55 KathEats July 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

I stay away from ones made from protein isolates (whey, soy) but this vega one is whole food based. I also don’t believe in relying on protein powder when you can use real food (like yogurt or cottage cheese in a smoothie) but I bought some of the vega when I was pregnant and smoothies were one of the few things that were appealing

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