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January 22, 2010

I’m still posting all my eats…not sure for how long. Maybe through tomorrow? Anyway, lunch was 100% veggiefied.

My morning smoothie filled my belly, but by noon, I was pretty hungry. I started out with a bowl of steamed Brussels sprouts topped with Trader Joe’s Horseradish Hummus.


Then CD and I both went to town on some kabocha fries…OK, so I did most of the going to town, but CD helped a little. πŸ™‚


After eating pureed kabocha for a few months now, I’d forgotten how yummy plain roasted kabocha is. All I do is cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, place the squash halves face down, and slice into thin strips. I then roast them on parchment lined baking sheets in a 425ΒΊ oven for 40 minutes. They come out kind of dry, and I love them. Gosh, I think I put away at least 1/2 of a large squash, and then had a few sips of the following…


I would like to thank Justine for introducing me to this flavor of Kombucha. I was always a Divine Grape girl, but this one is really good.

I do not have the calorie counts for my lunch. Every nutritional calculator I’ve seen has kabocha listed as 30 to 50 calories a cup. THERE.IS.NO.WAY, meaning I think these numbers are too low. Kabocha is so sweet, much sweeter than pumpkin, and it’s gotta be higher in calories. So, I just eat it and try not to worry about the numbers. However, one of my readers goes by about 15 calories per ounce which sounds much more reasonable to me. So, that means at lunch, I ate about 2,000 calories worth of squash. Well, not really, but I probably could! Mmmm…I love it.

While I cleaned up the kitchen, I tortured my pup with the kabocha sticker…


Hehe, sorry Radley! Did you guys have sticker collections when you were younger? I had notebooks full of them. Kind of a weird thing to collect, no?

73 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2010 1:43 pm

    mmm, perfect lunch to me!!

    I have leftover chicken enchiladas but just not feelin’ it.

    I had a killer sticker collection as a kid. I still buy them but for ahem thekids ahem.

    oh well, it is a silly thing to collect but stickers are fun!


  2. Lara permalink
    January 22, 2010 1:56 pm

    I think the 30-50 calories/cup is fairly accurate. Winter squashes are very starchy. Pumpkin is about 30 caloires per 1 cup cubes and I have read Kabocha is actually higher calorie/starchier than pumpkin.

  3. January 22, 2010 2:04 pm

    Do you put any oil when you roast the kabocha? I have never tried it before and I just bought some last nite.

  4. January 22, 2010 2:06 pm

    Putting a sticker on your pup isn’t as bad as a sweater (though I’m guilty of both I think)

  5. January 22, 2010 2:08 pm

    I just had my first kombucha yesterday! I had the strawberry flavor – I actually really liked it!

  6. January 22, 2010 2:21 pm

    I’ve been interested in the calories in kabocha as well. Why do you think the 30-50 calories/cup is off? To few? Or too many? I know I shouldn’t get caught up in it, but I would like to be somewhat aware at least!

  7. January 22, 2010 2:27 pm

    Fabulous lunch!! Do you eat the skin of your kabocha??? I always do, but sometimes my stomach isn’t a fan afterwards!

  8. January 22, 2010 3:08 pm

    STILL never tried kabocha. shame on me. there’s that hummus again. i think i can recreate this one~ and considering my stuffed sinuses, i probably should. horseradish is the cure for that! i love your pup πŸ™‚ torturing animals is always a good time! i didnt collect stickers.. but i collected cat figurines.. um yeah, anyway…

  9. jacobc permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:13 pm

    mmmm, kabocha chips!
    Pooooor radley… ;-p

    BTW- John Deere is THE thing to collect!!

  10. Ashley permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:21 pm

    Every time I try cutting into a squash, it seriously takes a force of nature (or my man) to get through it.

    Am I cutting into it wrong or something?

    There is no way that squash has so many calories. At least it’s healthy!

  11. beth permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:31 pm

    Hi Heather, I’ve noticed that you and CD rarely, if ever, drink alcohol. Not that it’s really any of my business, but do you avoid for calorie reasons and better overall athletic performance? WHat are your thoughts on drinking and trying to lose a few pounds? Can the two mix?

  12. suzi permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:33 pm

    I love your blog. I’m with you on more fat less protein way of eating. I like to roast my veggies with coconut oil. Anyway, where could I possibly find kabocha squash? You and Jenna (eatliverun) are “killing me” with all talk about how great it is. I want to try it NOW. Surely some place in Chicago sells it but I have not seen it.

  13. January 22, 2010 3:37 pm

    I collected stickers at one point. hell, I collected EVERYTHING at some point or another

  14. January 22, 2010 3:39 pm

    what a great lunch! i could totally pack away an entire squash in one sitting if i’m not careful! radley is adorable! πŸ™‚

  15. January 22, 2010 3:44 pm

    I can’t tell – do you think that’s high or low for Kabocha calories?

    Remember when Mrs. Grossman stickers first came out (you may be too young)? They were the simplest things but we all went NUTS for them. They still make awesome stickers (and that from a reformed scrapbooker who still owns a sticker binder).

  16. eaternotarunner permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:45 pm

    I am always sticking my fruit/veg stickers everywhere!

  17. January 22, 2010 3:48 pm

    I collected stickers and erasers πŸ™‚

  18. January 22, 2010 4:03 pm

    Lara, I think 30 calories per cup is way too low. Just doesn’t make sense to me – kabocha tastes so much sweeter than pumpkin.

  19. January 22, 2010 4:04 pm

    Carbzilla, I think that’s too low for kabocha. It’s so sweet, and I think the calories are actually higher. 30 calories a cup? No way kabocha is the same or lower than pumpkin.

    Don’t remember the Mrs. Grossman stickers. I’ll google them. πŸ™‚

  20. January 22, 2010 4:05 pm

    Suzi, The only place I can find kabocha squash is at my local Asian Market.

  21. January 22, 2010 4:05 pm

    Suzi, P.S. Thanks for reading my blog. πŸ™‚

  22. January 22, 2010 4:08 pm

    Beth, CD will have a beer if we go out to eat, but I rarely drink. It’s not really a calorie thing, I just don’t like the taste of wine or beer. If I do drink, it’s usually an amaretto sour or some other girly/fruity type drink. πŸ™‚

    I think you can lose weight and still enjoy alcohol. Just keep it to 1 or 2 glasses of wine or beer a week. If you’re trying to lose weight, the calories can add up fast.

  23. January 22, 2010 4:09 pm

    Ashley, We have a really good knife, but I still have a hard time cutting the squash sometimes. It takes a lot of strength and patience. Once I get it cut in half, and can place the halves face down, cutting it into thin strips is usually fairly simple.

  24. January 22, 2010 4:10 pm

    Abby, I always eat the skin. I love the way it tastes, and I’m lazy. Never bothered my stomach though.

  25. January 22, 2010 4:11 pm

    KL, I never put anything on my kabocha. Nada.

  26. January 22, 2010 4:12 pm

    Lara, I think the numbers are too low. Kabocha is too sweet, much sweeter than pumpkin. It’s gotta be higher in calories.

  27. Chris Hill permalink
    January 22, 2010 4:20 pm


    I need to try that kabocha stuff! I had the worst stomach cramp ever due to my poor eating and not enough water. So my body told I need veggies, so I just got back from Costco. I picked up a veggie platter, veggie burgers and my second jar ever of almond butter. I might add that to some oatmeal later tonight. πŸ™‚

    I am sick of this raining weather…I wish my gym was so far away. I need to exercise! πŸ™‚


  28. January 22, 2010 4:22 pm

    brussel sprouts with hummus is one of my favorite meals!! i always buy the spicy trader joe one but im intrigued by the horseradish flavor! will have to pick some up!

  29. Lara permalink
    January 22, 2010 4:25 pm

    Heather, true it is sweeter/starchier than pumpkin. I have been using the info from this link: but typically keep a serving to 100 grams or less. I treat it as a starch opposed to a veggie in terms of balancing out a meal.

  30. Chris Hill permalink
    January 22, 2010 4:25 pm

    Ooops I wish my gym wasn’t so far away…well, it’s not too far….but,it does take a lot of gas.


  31. January 22, 2010 4:28 pm

    I had roasted veggies today…so good! I needed the hummus though!

  32. January 22, 2010 4:30 pm

    Cool Lara, thanks for the link. Yep, definitely a starch.

  33. January 22, 2010 4:36 pm

    I collected stickers . . . and erasers that looked like food.

    Have never tried the TJ’s horsey hummus!

  34. Lauren permalink
    January 22, 2010 4:39 pm

    Hey Heather, I tried the kabocha squashes, and sadly, I was sorta dissapointed with the texture. I think each time I was hoping it would taste/feel like butternut or sweet potato, and as you know, it doesn’t. BUT, I bought another and don’t want to give up on the kabocha! Do you think it would be softer and maybe even sweeter if I roasted it whole or in half for a long time? Like maybe 325 for 2 hours or so?? I have no clue. Thanks for any tips!

  35. January 22, 2010 4:45 pm

    Lauren, Try slow roasting your kabocha whole (don’t even pierce it) on a foil lined baking sheet in a 275 degree oven for 2 hours. This method basically steams cooks it internally, and it will practically fall apart when you cut into it. If I’m making kabocha soup or a squash puree, I always use this method.

  36. Errign permalink
    January 22, 2010 4:54 pm

    I totally had a sticker collection too! Love TJs hummus, but I’ve never tried the horseradish flavor – sounds yummy!

  37. Stephanie permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:00 pm

    When you said 30 calories, I had to look around. That seemed low to me too.

    While searching I saw something that screamed “HEABify me!” — Kabocha Walnutella Cake!

    The recipe didn’t look exciting to me, but the result did. I think I would eat it without turning it into a cake…Just some kabocha puree with walnuts, hazelnuts, and some simple cocoa/agave chocolate sauce… but the idea of kabocha walnutella cake… drool!

  38. January 22, 2010 5:05 pm

    I love Kombucha!!!! My favorite is the orginial! And I will confess I drink one every single day! πŸ™‚ Kind of an expensive habit but….

  39. January 22, 2010 5:16 pm

    Wow that was a lot of squash but the stuff is so yummy.

  40. vanessa permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:23 pm

    I TOTALLY had a sticker collection!!! Wow, does THAT bring back memories…My favorites were the fuzzy ones :).

  41. January 22, 2010 5:25 pm

    Mmmm roast squash… I wish I could find kabocha try finally try out but I was just at the store and none was to be found 😦

    Your puppers is so cute!

  42. vanessa permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:27 pm

    Oh, and about the calories in kabocha…I have been wondering about that for the LONGEST time!!! I’m glad someone else doubts the “50 cals per cup” thing. I mean, the stuff tastes, “feels,” and fills you up like a sweet potato…it’s GOTTA be similar calorically, one would think. If you (or anyone else) comes up with either a more accurate calculation – or and explanation – I’m eager to hear it.

  43. January 22, 2010 5:45 pm

    You’re a posting MACHINE. Way to go!!
    Anyway the Trader Joe’s Horseradish Hummus….ok so I took a really long hard look at the hummus/refrig case at the Scottsdale TJ’s last Sunday b/c I remember of all people, Justine SAHM when she used to blog more…that she mentioned that one. And now you. It must be a Nshvle thing b/c the AZ stores, unless I am blind, dont have it. I can hardly even eat hummus (beans!) but for horseradish, it would be worth it. Or, I need to get w/ janetha and recreate on our own πŸ™‚

  44. January 22, 2010 5:50 pm

    That roasted kabocha is calling my name! I could easily eat an entire squash to myself. πŸ™‚ Love the grape flavored kombucha as well, but I recently tried the guava one. It is so good!

  45. Donca permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:58 pm

    It’s interesting that there are so many sources that say 30 calories.

    This site says that the are 100 calories per cup.

    Not sure which I believe however I love Kabocha and since it is something that comes from nature I don’t mind “indulging”. However I do think that it is good to be informed at times so I can eat mindfully when needed.

  46. January 22, 2010 6:21 pm

    Oh, I had quite the sticker collection as a kid. I was pretty much a freak for them. I also liked stamps and collected those as well.

  47. January 22, 2010 6:41 pm

    aww sticker collection isn’t weird at all! i was the weird one…i used to only pick off the sticker AROUND the stickers πŸ™‚ awesome.

    ♥ lindsey

  48. Carolyn permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:06 pm

    Both those food pictures looked really yummy today…NEVER seen a better picture of the roasted kabocha! I say we count that plate as 25 calories total.. at least for today!

    Paul is completely in love with steamed brussel sprouts now and we will be trying that hummus combo tomorrow…If we can find some stinkin brussel sprouts without having to drive 45 minutes…

    Hope you are having a restful fun night…

    Keep posting all your eats.. You reminded us of roasting the big K and also recently that i have frozen artichoke hearts in the freezer to use… πŸ™‚

  49. Carolyn permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:12 pm

    I count my kabocha as 15 calories an ounce …

    after comparing the consistency of canned mashed kabocha… to canned cooked pumpkin…

    122 grams of canned pumpkin is 40 calories… so that means .33 calories a gram… times 28 grams in an ounce…is about 10 calories an ounce for pumpkin… BUT…. and there is always a big butt… my pureed kabocha is not the same consistency of canned’s much denser… i would have to add water to make it that wet, which would mean it would weigh more to be the same volume as pumpkin….. so i count it as 15 calories an ounce…

  50. Ashlei permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:15 pm

    I love kombucha! Gingerade and citrus are both so good too! I’ll have to give the divine grape a try.

  51. January 22, 2010 7:36 pm

    LOVED my sticker collection–especially the smooshy ones that had some kind of gel inside with tie-dye colors.

  52. January 22, 2010 7:45 pm

    I just found my sticker book–and by book I mean a whole photo album full of them. There were SOOO many cool ones in there and the scratch and stiffs still smelled! Can you believe it??? Me either. I’m 29 so they’ve been in there for a good 18 years. Quality, quality stickers back then.

  53. January 22, 2010 7:47 pm

    What do you mean “did you have a sticker collection WHEN YOU WERE A KID”? Obviously you don’t know me very well. I’m a grown (and growing) adult and have a current sticker collection. Well, they are “unstuck” so I can include them in cards, gifts, or as in your case- I can put it on my pet’s butt πŸ™‚ Sam will just LOVE that!

  54. January 22, 2010 8:21 pm

    Stephanie, Oh my gosh. Kabocha Walnutella Cake??? Yes, definitely drool worthy! Thanks for the link, and I must say I like your version in a bowl much better.

  55. January 22, 2010 8:22 pm

    Thanks for doing the math Carolyn. You know I go by your guidelines. πŸ™‚

  56. January 22, 2010 8:24 pm

    Thanks Donca. 100 calories seems a bit more accurate to me.

  57. Michelle permalink
    January 22, 2010 8:29 pm

    For your Chicago reader, Suzi, that asked about where to buy kabocha . . . . I go to Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights (largest Japanese marketplace in the midwest). It’s awesome! People drive from all over to shop there . . . their website gives lots of info on all they offer. Soooooo worth the trip! And they always have plenty of kabocha! πŸ™‚

  58. January 22, 2010 8:31 pm

    Thanks Michelle, I’ll forward this to Suzi.

  59. January 22, 2010 8:41 pm

    My super cool Hippie-Christian-Holistic Neighbor makes her own kombocha! It’s really good!
    I wish I could find kabocha around these parts more often, my newest food science endevor is determining calorie content of foods by burning and converting from BTU’s per hour to nutritional calories… Should be interesting!
    (I’m a dork.)

  60. January 22, 2010 8:45 pm

    No way Mae. I think that would be so fun.

  61. January 22, 2010 10:02 pm

    I bought some Kombucha at Whole Foods. I bought the green one. YUCK! I am all about original and peach, so far. I guess I didn’t like to drink algae, LOL πŸ˜‰

  62. Katie permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:21 pm

    I just can’t get into kombucha. I tried some homemade stuff at a friends house and it just tastes like stale fruity beer to me.

    Kabocha on the other hand….is so good, I really could care less about the calories. I mean, really, it is a vegetable! I can see getting worked up about the calories in ice cream or cookies or something, but I refuse to limit my intake of the vegetable of the gods! πŸ˜€

  63. January 22, 2010 11:00 pm

    Woahh, I just discovered a TJ’s near me and I’ll be heading there ASAP for horseradish hummus! I’m not a huge brussel sprouts fan but maybe I can become one? In all honesty, I haven’t tried them in awhile πŸ˜‰ Thanks for posting your daily eats!

  64. Maya permalink
    January 23, 2010 12:55 am

    Just piping in on the kabocha nutrition issue.

    There are actually two varieties of kabocha generally available on the market. The Nihon kabocha (Japanese kabocha), and the Seiyou kabocha (Western kabocha). The Seiyou kabocha is the more common here in Japan, (and I’m guessing that holds true for most of the rest of the world as well) and it is the denser, sweeter one that most people are used to.

    The Japanese numbers also can’t totally agree on exactly how many calories there are in kabocha, but they seem to all cluster around a certain range. The higher number seems to come up more often in searches, so that’s what I generally go by.

    Seiyou Kabocha (100g raw)
    Calories – 91
    Fat – .3 g
    Carbs – 20.6 g
    Fiber – 3.5 g
    Protein – 1.9 g

    Nihon Kabocha (100g raw)
    Calories – 49
    Fat – .1 g
    Carbs – 10.9 g
    Fiber – 2.8 g
    Protein – 1.6 g

  65. January 23, 2010 7:53 am

    Katie, Vegetable of the gods…I love it!

  66. January 23, 2010 7:55 am

    Thanks Maya, Those numbers for the Seiyou sound more reasonable than the ones I’ve seen here in the States.

  67. January 23, 2010 12:34 pm

    Loved my sticker collection, especially the puffies. The ones with the googly eyes were most coveted. Gotta try that roast Kombucha. Sounds addictive!

  68. January 23, 2010 3:57 pm

    Not weird…. the stickers I mean! I used to collect them too. I want some kabocha.. I think I found one, I bought it but haven’t made it. It looks orange in some spots though… super ripe?? I don’t know.

  69. January 23, 2010 5:05 pm

    Nicole, I always look for the kabocha with the orange spots. In my experience, they are the best tasting. Enjoy!

  70. January 23, 2010 10:07 pm

    do you know the difference between the two kinds of kabocha? now i’m totally curious πŸ™‚

  71. January 24, 2010 9:10 am

    No Mandy, I don’t. I think I’ve only ever bought the Seiyou.

  72. January 25, 2010 9:46 am

    I wonder the same thing about kabocha! I usually just figure its probably the same as pumpkin. But when I eat the skin, I don’t count the skin as calories. Lol. πŸ˜‰ More fiber, whatevs. Its good, and its good for me. I love that you eat so healthy Heabs, but when you go overboard on kabocha or accidentally make a 700 calorie breakfast, you just go with it. And say heck, I enjoyed it at the time. So who cares?

    Loove ya. xoxo


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