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A Really Good Thing

I’ve been having a really weird few months, healthy living-wise. There’s been the knee, of course, and the subsequent lack of working out. There’s been a lot of feeling sorry for myself. And there’s been a lot of an all-or-nothing attitude. This, of course, has been totally stupid.

I’ve had more than one “okay, get yourself together” moment. There have been some tears. There has been a lot of frustration with myself. And yet, the cycle continued.

Then, this morning, I just woke up and knew it was going to be different. I had the same feeling I had when I had my healthy tipping point moment a couple of years ago. It wasn’t a big, broad decision. It wasn’t some crazy experience. It was just… a feeling. I just woke up feeling like being healthy again.

All of a sudden, today, I wasn’t tempted by the pastries at work and I wasn’t tempted to stop and pick lunch up somewhere when I knew that I could, instead, go home and raid my healthy fridge. This isn’t a huge change. I don’t usually have the pastries and I don’t usually stop to pick something up… it’s just that lately, I’ve been tempted a lot and haven’t really stayed true to my ideals.

But today, my healthy nature just came back to me. This used to be such an organic part of me, and I lost that recently, but I feel it coming back and I am so grateful for this.

To start, breakfast. Nothing new, that’s for sure, but still! Healthy.

Like I said, nothing new, but seriously fantastic.


Into the mix went:

  • Chobani 0% Vanilla
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • chocolate granola (soooo good)
  • White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter

All mixed up:

Confession: I purposefully mix the granola and peanut butter together and don’t mix it all the way into the yogurt and then save those bites for last. It’s AMAZING.

I didn’t get to lunch until 3pm, which is why it’s even more surprising that I wasn’t tempted to pick something up, but today was so busy that I didn’t even really remember to be hungry. That never happens to me.

When I did get home, I made an epic sandwich. Seriously, it was so good. I want it again soon. Maybe tomorrow.

I had it on two pieces of Nature’s Pride Hearty Wheat With Flax (sent to me as a part of Foodbuzz‘s Tastemakers program), which I mentioned the other day. As I predicted, it served far better as sandwich bread. In fact, it was fantastic.

Between those slices of bread:

  • hummus
  • melted shredded lowfat mozzarella
  • baby romaine
  • shredded carrots
  • mini heirloom tomatoes
  • cucumber slices

I mean, right?

I followed lunch with an apple, and now, about two hours later, I’m enjoying a Kombucha.

Everything consumed today = happiness.

I recognize the old me again. I think a lot of it might be the promise of working out again, but either way — I know I am back, and it’s a good thing. A really good thing.


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First Week of The Fresh Start

You’ll have to forgive me for this weird week of posting. I know I am ridiculously behind. I was posting about Sunday on Thursday and, other than on Monday, haven’t posted anything up-to-date all week.

If that makes any sense.

Anyway, after a weekend full of events and a week at a new job, I’ve been trying to find a new rhythm in blogging. Please consider this my “catch-up” post.

Fortunately, a lot of my food has been pretty similar. Let’s do this, yo.


Breakfast and Lunch were already posted.


Tofu stir fry.

Crispy tofu stir-fry (done Emily’s way) with frozen TJ’s veggies and Pineapple Bulgogi Sauce (a gift from Lynn!).

I even pressed the tofu and everything! Be impressed. This was a big “first” for me.

I mean, I’m impressed.


Workout: Physical Therapy. My PT said (at my complaining about not working out), “You want a workout? I’ll give you a workout.” She wasn’t freaking kidding. I haven’t been that sore (all I have to say is PLANKS) in ages.


Carob Overnight Oats in a Jar

It was good, but not as good as I’d anticipated.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs carob powder
  • cinnamon

On top:

  • blackberries
  • strawberries
  • the peanut butter in the jar


Leftovers Salad

Into the mix went:


I went to Lauren’s house. We had a bottle of wine a grains and veggie salad.

Into the mix went:

  • TJ’s Harvest Grains. I don’t know how much. That was Lauren’s job.
  • Low sodium Chicken Broth. Same deal, but 2x as much as the grains
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • orange-infused olive oil (probably about 1/2 tbs)
  • salt, garlic salt & pepper to taste
  • topped with avocado

So these…

Became this:

It was pretty fantastic.


No workout.


Yogurt parfait in a jar.

Into the mix went:

  • Chobani 0% Vanilla
  • Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • the peanut butter in the jar, of course
  • happiness


Salad with hummustard tuna salad.

Into the mix went:

  • bed of greens
  • tuna mixed with 1 tbs hummus, 1 1/2 (ish) tsp yellow mustard (no sugar added)
  • baby heirloom tomatoes
  • cucumber

I didn’t end up using the dressing – didn’t need it!


Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese (and salt, pepper, and a little bit of parmesan) with a piece of Dakota spread with Earth Balance.  Also known as perfection.


Workout: Physical Therapy


Overnight oats in a jar.

It’s lucky for me that Mark goes through so much peanut butter.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • Chobani Champions Very Berry (yum!)
  • 1/8 cup Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

On top:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries



Leftover Crispy Tofu Stir Fry from Monday night.

Pretty self-explanatory!

Except that, per Mark’s suggestion, I added Thai Peanut sauce. It was a good move.


Same exact eggs & toast as the night before.

Totally phoned in because I went out for St. Patty’s day drinks with my friend Christine.

In the spirit of the holiday, I got a Guinness. My first one.

It just just okay.


Workout: 1 hour on the elliptical, no resistance… and no pain!


Yogurt bowl.

Into the mix went:

  • 2% Pineapple Chobani
  • Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • strawberries
  • coconut butter, warmed – which was good, but next time I’d just do crumbles, instead


Went out to All About The Bread in Hollywood with my co-workers.

I got the Burrata Sandwich.

It was pretty great, but I could only eat half.

And yes, it really was all about the bread.

Whew! That post was EPIC!

Have a good weekend, friends!


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Desk Meals (and a Winner!)

First things first, I have a winner for my CSN Giveaway!

Congrats, Jenna! Please shoot me an email at kaitlinwithhoney at gmail dot com and I’ll send you your code and directions.

Winning! Duh.

Let’s pretend I didn’t do that.


Of my last seven meals, six have been eaten at work. Three of those six have been eaten at my desk (not the lunches, as I usually get to be social for those).

FYI, this makes for totally lame photography. My apologies.

I don’t have proof for you of all of these at-work meals (two of the lunches were leftovers of that mysterious meal I still can’t yet reveal), but I do have proof of two breakfasts, one dinner and one of the three lunches.

Dinner, Tuesday night:

Chipotle-flavored  wrap with sliced deli rotisserie chicken, one piece of cheddar cheese, and fresh baby spinach. Goldfish on the side (All courtesy of the office kitchen).

I have a Goldfish problem, by the way. I think I just decided to give them up for Lent.


Breakfast, Wednesday morning:

Two waffles (regular, not whole wheat, but it’s what we have in the office) with TJ’s Almond Butter with Flaxseed and four sliced strawberries on top.

Plus a Starbucks Americano with steamed soy. I decided that I deserved it, after being up before 6am for a 7am physical therapy appointment. After not even getting home until almost 11pm the night before. Don’t worry about it.

Breakfast, Thursday morning:

I liked yesterday’s breakfast so much, I repeated it… but fancied it up, slightly.

Worked like a charm.

How weird is it that one waffle is so much bigger than the other? They’re from the same package!

Oh, also with coffee. From work, though, not Starbucks.

Not as good, but free.. which is a pretty even trade-off.

Lunch, Thursday afternoon:

I needed to use up the freezer items I have here at work.

Why? I’ll tell you next week. 🙂

Today’s lunch was a totally random mix of a Green Giant frozen veggie mix, topped with a Trader Joe’s veggie burger.

It worked.

In more important other news, American Idol was on last night. I’m so obsessed with interested in the show that I’ll probably be writing weekly installments with my thoughts on it.

You can feel free to skip these parts if you want to… but you know you don’t.

Standout performances of the night:

Casey Abrams

I’m in love with him. I don’t care that he’s 19. He has an old soul.

I just lost half my followers – I just know it.

Stefano Langone

He is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Unexpectedly, too, as I didn’t like him until his wildcard performance!

Paul McDonald

I will always love him, but I also love this song. How can JLo not know who Ryan Adams is, though? Embarrassing.

Scotty McCreery

Not my kind of artist but I love him anyway!

James Durbin (aka Squinty)

I think he’s fun. I also love this song and I really enjoyed his performance!

Lauren Alaina did not perform very well last night (in my opinion), but I still have hope for her. I was surprised, however, by being really impressed with Pia. So, finally…

Pia Toscano:

I don’t love her and I don’t think she’ll win the competition, but I was still impressed with this song! Celine is not an easy artist to take on.

Who I think is going home: either Naima, Karen, or Thia. They were all okay, but I thought they seriously paled in comparison to a lot of the other contestants.

If you watch American Idol, who were your favorites? And who do you think is going home tonight?

If you don‘t watch American Idol… well, you should probably start.


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My life has been kind of a whirlwind over the past few days. It’s funny, because my weekend was one of doing almost nothing. I took a yoga class on Saturday and went to that awesome dinner party on Sunday, but other than that, I took it very easy. This is mostly because I really needed the alone time.

Anyway, Monday through Wednesday (aka today) of this week have been very intense. Lots of life planning going on. Lots of things to do before and after work. Read: no time to think about food.

I’m lucky to have a few things in my life to make it easier.

Lucky #1: Cool companies and brands that appreciate bloggers and our love for them, who in turn sometimes send us stuff for us to sample and enjoy, or, in Coach’s Oats‘ case, to give away.

One such cool company (and I’m fairly sure you’ve seen me mention them on the blog, you know, once or twice), is Chobani.

They sent me their three new regular flavors (Lemon, Black Cherry, & Mango), plus their two new “kid” flavors, or Champion Chobani, (Honey -Nana & Verry Berry). I was so excited.

I’m kind of a food hoarder, so it actually took me a few days to break into these. I got them last week.

I decided to start with the Black Cherry.

And, naturally, I decided to make a yogurt bowl. I did, however, taste the yogurt on its own first, and it was really good!

Into the mix went:

  • Chobani Black Cherry 0% Greek Yogurt
  • Deep Chocolate VitaTop
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/3 banana, sliced
  • blueberries
  • sprinkle of walnuts

Chobani made my life easier for my Tuesday morning breakfast, too. As usual (lately), I had PT on Tuesday morning and needed to bring a transportable breakfast to work.

This one wasn’t one of their free samples, but I still loved it (duh)!


Became this…

Which became this!


Lucky #2: I have forethought.

Since I had a little bit of time on Monday morning, I prepared my lunches for both Monday and Tuesday ahead of time.

Monday’s lunch:

This was the first time I’ve had TJ’s Tofu Spring Rolls, and I loved them.

The hint of mint was fantastic.

Since I wasn’t sure this would be enough food (I really am a volume eater),  I decided to also make a small, simple side salad of baby greens and shredded carrots with TJ’s Spicy Asian Peanut Dressing.

I shouldn’t have bothered with the dressing, though, and wish I hadn’t. The dipping sauce for the spring rolls would have made for an awesome dressing and I hardly made a dent in it with the spring rolls. Oh well, lesson learned… I will definitely be having these spring rolls again!


Tuesday’s (pre-packed) lunch, while not as good as Monday’s, was still good.

Into the mix went:

  • bed of baby greens
  • broccoli slaw
  • shredded carrots
  • 1 serving chickpeas
  • cucumber
  • Greek Goddess dressing

It was huge. I couldn’t finish it.



Oh, and forethought saved my Wednesday lunch, too, because I keep a few frozen lunch backups in the freezer just for occasions like today, when I had an appointment before work and was unable to bring anything in.

All I was really feeling was vegetables, so I heated up two Green Giant packs – one with beans and one of just veggies to give the meal some bulk.

It was actually awesomely delicious and I was stuffed afterward.

Lucky #3: I have a wonderful roommate who always, always manages to step it up and help me out whenever I’m stressed. That, and he also seems to be kind of psychic because it’s usually when I need it most, but haven’t told him so, that he does things like make dinner for the both of us.

Both Monday night’s dinner and Tuesday night’s dinner were courtesy of Mark. He made an ah-mazing caramelized onion & mushroom frittata.

I want to eat it over and over again.

Unfortunately, it’s all gone now.

One of the best parts was the bubbly, cheesy, burnt topping – a very happy accident!

Oh, and I was especially lucky to have the frittata on Tuesday night, when I had an appointment and thus only had about 10 minutes to figure out and eat dinner.

Breakfast this morning was kind of thanks to him, too.

Mark made a trip to Great Harvest the other day, so he picked up some more Cinnamon Raisin Chip bread (amongst others).

This morning, I had an important appointment, so I needed to properly fuel! I was originally going to make an egg sandwich, but it was too bulky.

So, I topped one piece with a Laughing Cow cheese and a fried egg and just spread a little Smart Balance (after the pictures were taken) on the other.

Sooooo good. I love sweet and savory.

However, that breakfast (produce-free) also totally explains why all I wanted for lunch was a big bowl of veggies. 🙂

Anyway, even though the past few days haven’t been the best, I think it’s a good thing to count my blessings. Those time-saving blessings above have been wonderful over the past few days!

What little things have made you feel lucky recently?


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Cleaning Out My Closet

Well, okay, not my closet.

My fridge, freezer, cabinets and pantry. It’s getting ridiculous.

{Quick & embarrassing side note: my sister and I definitely used to rap to that Eminem song. My parents just loved that.}

You see, I have kind of a problem when it comes to grocery shopping – I get way too excited. I buy things that look fun. I buy things with which I have no idea what to do but regarding which I am convinced I will have moments of creative genius.

I buy things, in other words, that hang out in drawers or on shelves, that keep getting pushed to the back, that continue not to get used. I always have lots of fresh produce and don’t use the canned or frozen goods I already have because, well, the fresh stuff needs to get used up before it goes bad!

You all know what I’m talking about. You’ve all been there.

This week (and maybe next), I’m taking control of this ridiculous situation.

On Sunday (my normal grocery shopping day), I went to the grocery store for exactly three things: apples for after my lunches, bananas for smoothies and snacks (I was also out of frozen bananas, so this was necessary), and blueberries for breakfasts.

Oh, and I’d already purchased a few yogurts on Saturday, so I had that, too.

Okay, and I’d also purchased those two loaves of bread from Great Harvest. But, come on – that was a rare opportunity! And they went straight into the freezer!

But that’s it. Everything else this week needs to come from what I already have.

Breakfast on Monday was easy.

I mean, obviously I needed to break out my new and amazing bread from Great Harvest.

(The rest went into either Mark’s mouth or the freezer.)

For breakfast, I toasted a thick slice of the Raisin Cinnamon Chip, then spread some Smart Balance on top.

For some bulk and protein, I had a cottage cheese bowl.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup of 2% cottage cheese (which I’d had, unopened, in the fridge for at least a week and a half – but it was still within its expiration date!)
  • blackberries (left over from the week before)
  • blueberries (one of the lone new purchases)
  • 1/2 a banana (left over from the week before, though I did buy more), sliced
  • sprinkle of cinnamon.

Lunch, too, was a no-brainer. It also involved Great Harvest.

I had the other half of the previous day’s sandwich left over, so I obviously needed to work around that.

I added some carrot sticks (made from two of the small carrots I had in the fridge), an apple (as always), and a yogurt for some extra protein.

All together now:

The lunch was more filling than I had anticipated, so I didn’t end up eating the yogurt at lunch. Instead, I saved it for snack, when I topped it with a little granola from the office kitchen.

I got that Honey Almond yogurt at Target, on a whim. It’s Archer Farms. And it tastes like cake batter. You should probably go get some right now.

Monday night’s dinner, though it went undocumented (mostly because I had a surprise visit from my friend Jeff while I was cooking… oh, and FYI, Jeff is the guy you see posing with me after the mud run on my About page), was a zucchini I had hanging out in my produce drawer from last week, sauteed in a little olive oil and topped with garlic gold, salt & pepper, with a runny fried egg on top.

Breakfast yesterday morning was an ice-cold smoothie, which was strangely appropriate on this January morning because it was 80 degrees in LA yesterday. Ridiculous.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach (left over from last week)
  • ~1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • heaping tbs 2% greek yogurt (the last of the container from TJ’s I got last week)
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey protein powder

On top:

  • 1/2 tbs coconut butter, melted
  • small handful granola (from my office’s kitchen…. which I’d brought home. Does that count?)

For lunch, I was practically upholding a wedding tradition.

Something old:

(As in, it’s been in my freezer forever.)

Something new: a slice of Dakota bread from my Great Harvest excursion.

Something borrowed: a slice of cheddar cheese from the office kitchen.

While I microwaved the veggies, I set the toaster oven on broil and let the cheese melt and bubble atop the densely delicious Dakota bread.

Nothing blue. Sorry. I should have brought blueberries.

Check out the seeds on that bread! So good. So, so good.

Snack was a Larabar from my drawer full of bars. I had the PB&J flavor for the first time. I was kind of disappointed… it was pretty dry!

Not too shabby with my clean-up-the-pantry-etc. goal, right?

I also made a fun dinner from a bunch of stuff I had sitting around… but I’ll get to that in another post.

What do you have in your fridge/ freezer/ pantry/ cabinets that you’ve been meaning to use forever?


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