Happy Friday everyone! I’ve seen this “ABCs of Food” questionnaire floating around the blog world lately and I thought it would be fun to do it, since I get asked a lot of questions about my diet. I also thought it might be interesting to have Kevin answer them too because he has his own opinions on what he likes. I filled this out earlier today and then I “interviewed” Kevin after he was finished work to get his answers. I typed exactly what he said to me, so some of it is pretty funny. I didn’t show him my answers until he was finished and it was fun to see what we agreed/disagreed about. Enjoy! 🙂
A is for Apple: What’s your favorite variety?
Katie: I love Gala apples! They are my favorite and the only type that I buy for myself.
Kevin: Pink Lady because they’re big, sweet, and juicy.
B is for Bread: Regardless of nutrition, what is your favorite type?
Katie: I’m definitely a bread girl. Most of the time I like bread that is thick, whole-grain with good texture. Wegman’s Whole Wheat is really good. But I think my all time favorite bread regardless of nutritional value is an everything bagel! THE BEST!
Kevin: An everything bagel. I guess that’s bread?
C is for Cereal: What is your favorite kind currently? (just one!)
Katie: There’s no way I could pick just one. I love cereal and when I eat it I always mix at least two kinds. Right now my current mixture includes 4 different types! Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Kashi Heart-to-Heart, Cinnamon Life, and Peanut Butter Puffins. And always with fruit on top. It’s SO GOOD!
Kevin: Cinnamon Life. It’s been my favorite since I was a kid and I love cinnamon.
D is for Donuts: You might not currently eat them, but what kind do you fancy?
Katie: I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate a donut, but I used to love plain glazed ones fresh and hot off the Krispy Kreme conveyer belt. Mmm now I want one!
Kevin: Apple cinnamon filled from Dunkin Donuts.
E is for Eggs: How would you like yours prepared?
Katie: I grew up loving eggs, especially the “eggies” that my Dad would make for me in the microwave. When I decided to eliminate meat from my diet I also stopped eating eggs because they seemed totally unappealing to me. However, recently I started to want them again so I’ve been eating them occasionally. This may be kind of weird but I still prefer them the way my Dad made them for me in the microwave! Especially on an English muffin or a bagel with some hot sauce 🙂
Kevin: Fried sunny side up in a sandwich like you made me last week.
F is for Fat Free: What is your favorite fat free product?
Katie: I just went to look in my fridge and pantry and I honestly don’t own any fat-free products. When I ate dairy I would choose skim milk and fat-free yogurt but now I eat soy yogurt and almond milk, both which have a little fat in them. I don’t agree with many of the fat-free products that are in stores because they are usually over-processed and the fat is usually replaced with chemicals. I’d rather eat the more natural things that contain some fat. Plus, fat is a necessary nutrient, especially for runners because it helps to keep joints lubricated and makes you feel more satisfied.
Kevin: Chobani greek yogurt. Strawberry.
G is for Groceries: Where do you purchase yours?
Katie: WEGMANS! It’s the best grocery store, hands down.
Kevin: Wegmans because they have a great variety.
H is for Hot Beverages: What is your favorite hot drink?
Katie: Definitely coffee. I need coffee in my life every morning. Although lately I have been drinking it iced because it’s so hot outside, and the last thing I want when I come back from a hot and sweaty run is a hot drink.
Kevin: Ew. I don’t like hot drinks. But I guess coffee, especially the white chocolate mocha from Starbucks.
I is for Ice Cream: Pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
Katie: Vanilla with cookie dough and Reese’s peanut butter cups… YUM!
Kevin: Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with chocolate syrup on top.
J is for Jams or Jellies: Do you eat them? If so, what kind and flavor?
Katie: Love a good PB&J sandwich. I usually stick to preserves though. We buy a 3 pack from BJs of Polaner All Fruit preserves that includes blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry.
Kevin: Strawberry preserves. I eat it every day on my PB&J sandwich for lunch.
K is for Kashi: Name your favorite Kashi product?
Katie: Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal. I also love their Roasted Vegetable Crackers, and they just put out a new line of pita crackers (The salsa flavor is amazing). I can’t pick just one!
Kevin: Kashi Go Lean Crunch because it’s amazing in my mouth.
L is for Lunch: What was yours today?
Katie: All I wanted for lunch today was cold food since it’s 99 degrees (with a real feel of 114!) and I had just gotten back from Body Pump. So I had a big salad that contained baby spinach, chickpeas, broccoli, red onion, celery, tomato, avocado, and Annie’s Goddess Dressing (my favorite). I also had a sliced up peach on the side. Later on I had a snack of crackers and hummus 🙂
Kevin: You know what I had. The same thing I have every day. PB&J, yogurt, and a peach. And a Larabar for a snack.
M is for microwave: What is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
Katie: Oatmeal! I know many people make it on the stove but we use the microwave. I eat this almost every morning except recently I’ve been craving cold cereal.
Kevin: Hungryman dinners. Just kidding. Oatmeal!
N is for nutrients: Do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?
Katie: I am such a carboholic it’s not even funny! I love bread, bagels, cereal, crackers, pasta, rice, etc. I crave soft pretzels and tortilla chips on a regular basis. I do love my healthy fats though, especially avocado and nut butters.
Kevin: Fat because it’s the best tasting.
O is for oil: What kind do you like to use?
Katie: Mainly extra virgin olive oil. We go through a lot of it actually.
Kevin: Olive oil is good on everything. I also have a spoonful every morning (he’s kidding).
P is for protein: How do you get yours?
Katie: Oh protein, the topic of conversation whenever I tell people I’m a vegetarian. I get plenty of protein through the whole grains, beans, nuts/nut butters, and veggies that I eat. People are always surprised to learn that there is such a thing as plant protein and that vegetarians can get all the protein they need through a balanced diet. I don’t eat dairy because it hurts my tummy, but I have recently started eating eggs again which also helps me get protein. I try not to eat too much soy, but I will eat soy yogurt, veggie burgers, and energy bars that contain soy. I try to limit myself to one serving a day though, because of health and personal reasons.
Kevin: Peanut butter, oatmeal, bread, greek yogurt, cheese, beans, chicken and fish.
Q is for Quaker: How do you like your oats?
Katie: I LOVE OATMEAL! To make it, I combine 1/2 cup of oats with 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of water, cinnamon, and a sliced banana. I like to cook the banana in with the oats because it gives it an even more thick delicious taste and texture. I cook it in the microwave for 2 minutes then take it out, stir it, and add raisins, blueberries, or raspberries. Then I cook it for one more minute. Once it’s done I stir in about 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter. PERFECTION!
Kevin: In a microwave. Hot. With cinnamon and banana and almond milk and raisins. (He makes it the same way I do).
R is for roasting: What is your favorite thing to roast?
Katie: Potatoes, definitely. My favorites are baked sweet potato fries and roasted fingerling potatoes. So good!
Kevin: Broccoli with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. (I forgot about the broccoli! It’s so good!)
S is for sandwich: What’s your favorite kind?
Katie: I love making sandwiches or wraps that are packed with spinach, hummus, avocado, and other veggies. I love a good veggie burger too.
T is for travel: How do you handle eating while traveling?
Katie: Planning ahead and packing lots of healthy snacks. I need to eat every 3 hours or so or else I get super cranky. I always bring fruit, bars, crackers, trail mix, sandwiches, etc. when we travel. When it comes to eating out, we try to do some research beforehand to find good places that will have vegetarian options. But I have also learned (through many challenging experiences) that I need to just go with the flow sometimes and make the best of certain situations. Even if it means being creative sometimes with what I order at places where my options are limited. I try not to stress out about it anymore, and I always make sure to have a Larabar or something in my purse in case.
Kevin: Horribly. I eat like a pig and eat out more than we usually do.
U is for unique: What is one of your weirdest food combos?
Katie: I really don’t know. The only thing I can think of is that I love ketchup and put it on everything. I really love mixing ketchup into macaroni and cheese and dipping grilled cheese into ketchup (it’s kind of like tomato soup, right?)
Kevin: (He couldn’t think of any but I think it’s pretty weird that he stirs peanut butter into his chili).
V is for vitamins: What kind do you take?
Katie: I take a vegetarian multi-vitamin – NatureMade Multi Complete with Iron. Occasionally I will take an extra B12 supplement if my diet has been more on the vegan side without any dairy, eggs, or fortified cereal.
Kevin: None. What are vitamins? (I’ve been trying to get him to take a multi-vitamin!)
W is for wasabi: Yay or nay?
Katie: Yes please! Love it with sushi, and wasabi peas are amazing too.
Kevin: Hell nay.
X is XRAY: If we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
Katie: My breakfast which was cereal with fruit, and my lunch which I showed you in letter L 🙂
Kevin: My lunch and a Larabar.
Y is for youth: What food reminds you of your childhood?
Katie: A lot of things – my dad’s eggies, my grandma’s homemade macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese and tomato soup, hot dogs, fish sticks, roasted chicken, my dad’s spaghetti and meatballs… How did I grow up to be a vegetarian?! We did eat veggies too, I promise…
Kevin: Cinnamon toast crunch.
Z is for zucchini: How do you prepare it?
Katie: I love zucchini! I think my favorite way to eat it is grilled. It’s great as a side dish or in a veggie sandwich. I also recently made zucchini cakes that tasted exactly like crab cakes, and they were DELICIOUS!
Kevin: Chopped and sauteed with spices.
Well that was fun (for me at least!) Hope you all have a great weekend! We have a 16 miler on the training plan for tomorrow morning, then I’m going to Baltimore for my friend’s bachelorette party! Can’t wait 🙂