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.

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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.

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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?

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2 BethT July 31, 2008 at 1:41 pm

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

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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 :D

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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 :)
Ashley

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5 Justy2003 July 31, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Yay, I have more time to come up with something for the oatmeal contest! :D

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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15 Penney July 31, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Hi Kath,
I am curious to know if you read Nutrition Action Newsletter – http://www.cspinet.org/nah/index.htm. 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.

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16 Leng July 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm

What a cool way to get people to eat oatmeal. ;-)

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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?

Thanks

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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

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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

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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.

http://www.groundedfitness.com

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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!!

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22 Kath July 31, 2008 at 8:35 pm

caitlinbo,
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….

A.Cook,
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 ,
Hahahhaha!

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

Kath

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