Wednesday…Er, Thursday…

July 31, 2008

This morning was my last (at least for now – I may go in some more) day working with the dietitian. Today she did a talk for nurses on Heart Healthy Eating. We went over the content before and debriefed after. She did a great job explaining the guidelines and had prepared some really helpful handouts to give to the nurses to use with clients.

I’m so glad I was able to work with her this week, as it totally confirmed that nutrition is a field I am destined to enjoy. My ultimate career goal is to choose a job that doesn’t feel like work, and I know this is also a field with lots of choices and opportunities for flexibility. I just have to get through another year and a half of education first!

Cold Soup

The husband made gazpatcho yesterday with some of our CSA ingredients. I was looking forward to a big bowl all morning, but I couldn’t even finished this bowl, as chilled soups sometimes get kind of gaggy towards the end. I added half a cup of white kidney beans to add a little protein and fiber for staying power.


And had a big handful of these multigrain chips on the side. I used them to eat it like salsa –

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I thought about adding a yogurt or fruit to lunch, but I knew I would be quite full after finishing this ~2 cup bowl. This soup comes out to about 50 calories per cup, so it’s a volume eater’s delight – fill on up! I might end up needing an earlier afternoon snack. We’ll see what my hunger does.


Winning THURSDAY: Honest-Foods Giveaway

Obviously I don’t know what day of the week it is!!! D’oh! I’m reposting the contest with a revised timeline: oatmeal photos due by MONDAY and I’ll announce winners on Tuesday!

I have a fun surprise for you guys!! The folks at Honest-Foods are excited to give away a box of their famous Blueberry Vanilla Crackle Granola Planks and an Apple Ginger Spice Country Square to 10 lucky readers!! Here are the contest rules:

Email me a photo of your most creative bowl of oatmeal. This could be a photo of oatmeal hidden in beautiful flowers, a new delicious combination of flavors, a photo of you eating oats upsidedown – whatever you think makes your oatmeal shine! The husband is going to choose the 10 winners (and if only 10 of you submit a photo then you’re all winners!) (Note: HF can only ship in the domestic U.S. so I apologize to the international readers.)

Send your photos to KathEats at Gmail dot com by MONDAY and I will announce winners on Tuesday – along with a photo recap of the entries!

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1 caitlinbo (see bride run) July 31, 2008 at 1:23 pm

i am very jealous of your love of your job!

how do you feel about corporate nutrition? would you rather do private consulting?


2 BethT July 31, 2008 at 1:41 pm

I totally agree about cold soups getting “gaggy” at the end. Why is that?! Weird :)


3 magpie July 31, 2008 at 2:08 pm

The same thing happens to me recently with salads… towards the end I can’t finish the veggies. It’s weird because I used to be such a raw veggie fiend πŸ˜€


4 A.Cook July 31, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Hey Kath!
I’ve been away for weeks and have just gotten to check in for the first time this whole month…I didn’t realize how much I missed your blog! From the little catching up I’ve been doing, it seems like you are going to be putting out a cookbook?! That is awesome!! Can’t wait to buy it :)

Also your soup looks yummy! Enjoy the rest of your day :)


5 Justy2003 July 31, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Yay, I have more time to come up with something for the oatmeal contest! πŸ˜€


6 Shan July 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I’m a nurse working in a cancer center. All I can say is that our dieticians are fab! I have learned and continue to learn so much from them about my own diet and the best ways to help our patients. If I wasn’t already doing what I do, I could easily see me going this route. I think you’ll love it.


7 Christie July 31, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I am glad your time with her did that for you. I think few people really do what they love and it sounds like you will be one of the lucky ones!


8 hk July 31, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Dang! Is this a secret?? Recipe would be fab for my summer dinner party meal…haha, but of course only if it can be revealed! Looks great, happy thursday!!


9 Allison K. July 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

This might reveal the KERF dork that I am, but whenever I hear or think of the word “gazpacho” I always think of the title to the post “I gaz your spacho” (or whatever it was) that you did.

It just stuck in my head!


10 Chelsea July 31, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I think cold soups are gaggy all the way through :( I just can’t seem to enjoy them…


11 Kristie July 31, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I have yet to try gazpacho. I feel there is something seriously wrong with this considering it is summer and gazpacho pretty much seems to make a perfect summery meal. I really need to remember to get around to making this. I’ll give your recipe a try!

Also really glad to hear that working with the dietician was such a good experience for you and only solified your decision to go into the field. I would love to be able to see the work of a dietician someday!


12 Heather July 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I’m cracking up at “gets kind of gaggy towards the end”… yet I know exactly what you mean!

Glad you had fun today- and woohoo for finding a job that you love!


13 DaisyMay July 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm

those chips are so flippin good. anything with sun and chip in it…….I am so there.


14 smilesara July 31, 2008 at 5:23 pm

hi all –
on the subject of cold soups, does anyone have a recipe for a cold fruit soup that they like? i’ve never made one, but would like to try while everything is in season (and while cold soups sound appealing — which isn’t too long in chicago!)


15 Penney July 31, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Hi Kath,
I am curious to know if you read Nutrition Action Newsletter – I subscribe and I really like it – each issue has a lead story on a particular issue (the one I just received was a review of the types of fibre, including the recent isolated fibres). I like that they review particular products and don’t hesitate to name something as “food porn” and don’t accept advertising and is independent.
Nope, I don’t work for them, just a fan.


16 Leng July 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm

What a cool way to get people to eat oatmeal. πŸ˜‰


17 Laurel July 31, 2008 at 6:07 pm

That’s a great idea for a contest.

Kath, when you lift weights, do you work lower body as well? Which exercises and how often?



18 Jessica July 31, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I’d blame the day mix-up on the husband “liquoring” up your oatmeal this morning ;p


19 Jessica July 31, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I’d blame the day mix-up on the husband “liquoring” up your oatmeal this morning ;p


20 Every Gym's Nightmare July 31, 2008 at 7:58 pm

will you post all the pictures people send in? i’d like to see them all.

that sounded demanding. i meant it in the nicest way possible.


21 Andrea July 31, 2008 at 8:24 pm

i totally agree with you that cold soups can be slightly gaggy at the end. but dipping with chips like salsa is ingenius!!


22 Kath July 31, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I definitely want to do counseling, but I’m not sure what percentage or where. I really do want to start a private practice though, so whereever that takes me….

It’s not my own cookbook, but I am developing about 26 recipes for a collection book.

Allison K.,
ME TOO! I always think that now :)

Penney ,
I don’t currently get it, but I’ve seen it somewhere before. I need to look into some more current research type things to be reading though, so thanks for sharing.

Laurel ,
I throw in lunges and squats about once a week, but I don’t work my legs that much. I’ve always had really muscular legs and keep them so with lots of cardio.

Jessica ,

Every Gym’s Nightmare,
I’m planning on posting them all unless I just get tons, but certainly I’ll post the top 10.



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