Two Layers

August 10, 2010

Thank you all so much for all your kind works about my exam! I slept well last night (after organizing my childhood bedroom and reading through old diaries from 1994!). But I woke up early today with a brain filled with excitement.

Smoothie, as promised :mrgreen:

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Can you make a smoothie with watermelon, grapes, and apples? Yes you can.

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I put about a cup of this in the blender with a banana and a cup of milk. The result was a really fluffy, cloud-like top layer and a more juicy, melony bottom layer. I gobbled the top layer down and was less interested in the melony layer, which tasted like cucumber, but I still drank most of it.

For toppings, we can Great Harvest goodies! I think I’m in withdrawal!!

I dove into this Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffin – it was topped with cinnamon sugar and was SO doughy!! LOVE! Unfortunately it wasn’t 100% whole wheat, but it was 100% real food :)

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The muffin floated nicely on top!

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What’s with my family and frogs on the porch!?

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Recipe page –> Mom’s Spinach Souffle!


I’ve got work to do on the Summit, a run planning and I must go pet Lillian the Cat!

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1 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

Congrats again. Thanks for posting the souffle recipe. I’m really excited to try it!


2 Jessica @ How Sweet August 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

Smoothie with fruit salad? Yum! I have made smoothies with watermelon before and I love them.


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 10, 2010 at 8:13 am

Kath, I just want to say how proud I am of you! Congrats on passing the RD exam! We all know how hard you worked! I gave you a shout out on my blog today :)

Let me know if you need anything :)


4 Kath August 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

Thanks Estela :)


5 sweetersalt August 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

That spinach souffle looks goooooood! I’ve always been intimidated by souffles, but maybe I should just bite the bullet!



6 Whitney August 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

I was doing my morning blog rounds this morning and saw on Tina’s blog that you passed! I ran over to say congrats!


7 Bethany (One Girl's Taste On Life) August 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

You are such a tease with all those Great Harvest breads! Too bad there’s not one around me!


8 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

Such beautiful flowers!!! Looks like the perfect Southern setting for breakfast!


9 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

Congrats again on the RD!! I hope you do something fun today to celebrate. Can’t wait for HLS!!


10 Britt August 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

That smoothie looks delicious. All the SIABs you’ve posted convinced me to try one & I’m in love…especially when I throw some nut butter in the mix :)


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 10, 2010 at 8:20 am

Love the frogs! I bet coconut milk would be good in that smoothie! YUM! I made banana pancakes last night because I was craving doughy texture. Is it weird I crave texture? Maybe, but oh well. I hope you have a great day and I am really happy for you on the RD!


12 Nicole - yuppie yogini August 10, 2010 at 8:21 am

So this is what an RD eats for breakfast 😉


13 Heather August 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

sounds like a great smoothie combo!


14 Susan August 10, 2010 at 8:25 am

Congrats on passing your exam! What a lovely way to start your new life, all wrapped up with an RD bow.
Have a great HLS!!!!!


15 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

Smoothie looks good!!


16 Evan Thomas August 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

I’m a little late, but Congratulations!


17 homecookedem August 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

Just catching up… CONGRATS!! :) I’ve been following you for so long now – almost 2 and a half years!! And I’m so proud of you!! :)


18 Nikki August 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

Congrats on passing the exam Kath! The Canadian exam was also very random and 8am-4pm:S You deserve it as you clearly work very hard! I look forward to getting the RD cards to be an RD in the US as well:)


19 Marina August 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

Thanks for the recipe! I love spinach, and this really sounds amazing!
I love how that muffin is floating on your smoothie!


20 britta August 10, 2010 at 8:38 am

idk what it is about this post but it made me feel very happy! I’m going to make some coffee now :)


21 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

“…it wasn’t 100% whole wheat, but it was 100% real food!”

I love that! I can’t always get my baking to turn out right, so I often have to incorporate all purpose flour, but somewhat recently I discovered whole wheat pastry flour, and I can’t tell the difference between it and AP! It has sort of changed my life.


22 Katie August 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

Congratulations! That is such a huge accomplishment.

And I’m constantly in awe of these gorgeous wildflowers recently, love them.


23 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews August 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

Wow so you are a real RD now! Congrats! How was the exam? Do you think that you could please give some pointers for passing it on your blog? I am so scared to take it!


24 Kath August 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I’m going to do a post on the whole process sometime soon!


25 RhodeyGirl Tests August 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

Those flowers are so incredibly pretty.


26 Meg August 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

Congrats again, Kath :) and thanks so much for the recipe!!! You ROCK!


27 Lauren August 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

I really love your mom’s blue and white china!


28 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

I bet you feel so relieved and refreshed after your exam! Such a great feeling! Love the smoothie recipe! Enjoy your day:)


29 jassy August 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

looking forward to reading about the summit :)


30 tanyasdaily August 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

all of your hard work payed up, congrats!


31 Camille August 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

Looks like you have a busy day ahead of you!
Have a great one!


32 Wei-Wei August 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

I love that last photo! Those flowers are so pretty. And I wonder why it tasted like cucumber…?



33 Bree August 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

Hi Kath, just catching up and wanted to pass along a HUGE congrats, it’s been such a journey for you! Have a great time at the HLS, can’t wait to follow along!


34 Jenn @ So Very Fit August 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

I never would have thought to put grapes in a smoothie! Or apples for that matter. That muffin sounds yummy too.


35 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 10, 2010 at 9:09 am

isn’t it crazy how you worked your tail off for 3 years and then it’s all done in one afternoon? that’s so exciting! i can’t wait to see where you go next…you’ve already helped change so many lives!


36 anne August 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

Congratulations Kath! BTW, Your parents home is just lovely.


37 Kristin August 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

Hi Kath! I have a question about our beloved GREAT HARVEST! :)

I love using the honey whole wheat for my PB sandwiches, but (according to the website nutrition info), two servings is around 600mg of sodium! yikes! I know 2 ounces is (generally) supposed to be two servings of bread instead of one, but you and I both know how dense each slice of GH bread can be!

Any bread suggestions that include all the good real ingredients without so much salt??


38 Kath August 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I don’t track sodium at all, so I had no idea.

So are you saying that 2 oz is 300 mg? 1 slice? It does seem a bit high. Is this for all breads? Not sure what to say!


39 Marisa @ Loser for Life August 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

Yay for Mom’s Spinach Souffle recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

Also, I was wondering if there will be live-streaming of the HLS like last year? It was nice to feel a part of it for those of us that couldn’t make it!


40 Kath August 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Sadly we couldn’t afford it this year (Hangry Mark did it for us last year) but we will be recording it all and posting after the fact


41 Becky August 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

Your smoothies always look so tasty and refreshing to me. I worry though that a smoothie wouldn’t hold me over until lunch. Do you find yourself getting snacky before lunch on the days you have a smoothie for breakfast instead of oatmeal?


42 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 10, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’ve been craving muffins lately. But, I was something like coffee crumb or some other hard-to-make-healthy version. YUM.


43 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

Oh, those wildflowers are absolutely gorgeous! They really brighten up a whole room, don’t they? 😀

CONGRATS again! 😀


44 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

I brought home Great Harvest bread last night and my family absolutely loved it. It was SO doughy and perfect!


45 Ana August 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

Congrats on passing the RD exam, awesome!! You really deserve it Kath!!
Hey, I have a question, are you in VA or NC right now??
I live in Cary, NC, and there is a great harvest quite close to my neighborhood, which I love by the way, their bread are truly the best! I have been meaning to say this here for so long, I totally agree with your enthusiasm for GH goodies!
I saw you took the exam in Cary, I just wasn’t sure if it was here in NC or another Cary out there…


46 Paige(Running Around Normal) August 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

Congratulations again, Kath. You’re such an inspiration! Kath, RD! 😀
Can’t wait to meet you at the HLS!


47 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

Congratulations, Kath! That’s such a great accomplishment and you should be so proud of yourself! :)


48 Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

ohhh i missed commenting on the last post! HUGE congratualtiong Mrs KERF RD! you ought to be so proud of yourself!! x


49 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

Hey Kath, congrats! What a great job you’ve done balancing everything – and now you’re an RD!


50 Ilana August 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

Random side note– I love your mom’s aesthetic. Really reminds me of my child friend’s home in Philadelphia. All dark woods and blue china.
And, I love the Beatrix Potter bowls! We had those, too. :)


51 Mom August 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thanks! I love Beatrix Potter. Peter Rabbit was my favorite book when I was a toddler.


52 Ilana August 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Me too! That and Squirrel Nutkin. Going to her home in England was so much fun!
I think I always related to Peter since he was always getting into trouble outside! :)


53 Beth @ DiningAndDishing August 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

Just read the good news. Major congrats Kath!! Always an amazing feeling to accomplish something you have worked so hard to achieve :).


54 Nancy August 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

Just saw your news. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! As a regular blog reader, I feel like I’ve been on this journey with you! It’s great to see all your hard work come to fruition. Way to go!


55 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

Congrats on the exam!! You must feel very accomplished! :)

If you need any help planning around-the-town Summit stuff let me know- we Chicagoans are good at helping!


56 Kath August 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Feel free to recommend things to do around the Congress Plaza!


57 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

Congratulations! :)


58 Cara August 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

Congratulations. You are an inspiration! I am considering getting my RD right now, and loved hearing about the whole process!


59 Stacey August 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

You must be so relieved you passed the RD exam. Now you can relax a little!

Love that you try new things like this smoothie – very experimental.


60 Jake August 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

Question, have you tried this stuff: ?

It appears to be a pre-bagged blend of different grains etc. Not sure how the cost would compare to buying your own bulk items and all that, but curious if you’d sampled it.

It is the newest ‘invention’ by the guy who made Skyy Vodka.


61 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

thank you for posting the spinach souffle – it looked so good and i was definitely wondering about it!


62 Ashley August 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

That is so awesome about passing your exam… it is quite clear when reading your blog that you are one, exceptionally smart person…! Congrats!


63 Jake August 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Oh and congrats on the test, should have put that in above. Always excellent sort out long term goals~


64 Courtney (Delightful Devours) August 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Congrats again on your exam! (your smoothie looks delicious too!)


65 bethany August 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Kath, congrats on passing the RD exam! my twin sis (healthnut Em) spent SO much time studying for that, and now you are both officially RD certified! hooray! (:

also, that smoothie + muffin combo looks great. I’m going to try that soon!


66 Kath August 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Her flashcards were a huge help!


67 Elina (Healthy and Sane) August 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I would never had thought to use those ingredients in a smoothie, yet again – most things are relatively edible in a smoothie. Bananas + milk help… I also love adding almond butter for satiety :)


68 Suzanne August 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Hey Kath,

I just got back from vacay and caught up on your posts from the last few days.

CONGRATS on passing the exam!!! :)

I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning and have read through your journey every step of the way. Although I am a ‘stranger’ many miles away in NJ and it may not mean much, but I am very happy for you! :)


69 Stacey@ August 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Nothing like going through stuff in your childhood room. It always brings back fun memories.


70 Hannah August 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Seems more like a Juicie than a Smoothie to me 😀 😀 but still pretty tasty, I guess!


71 Ilana August 11, 2010 at 12:43 am

I just wanted to announce that my garlic gold and nuttzo arrived and I dove into both of ’em. (though not at the same meal, of course.) Totally yumsters! Have fun at your next stop!


72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

I’ve never thought to put grapes, apples or melon in a smoothie! I usually just stick to the usual banana + berries. It would be fun to experiment with different fruits though!


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