Healthy and Sane

Let the eating begin…

November 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Boston, restaurant reviews, Uncategorized, yogurt

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Even if you’re reading from outside the US, maybe you can just take a moment today and think about something you’re thankful for!  Why not, right? 😀

I didn’t post last night because we ended up spontaneously going out and I came back tired and tipsy :)  So let me recap yesterday’s eats.  I think I started the Thanksgiving eating a little early :O


A workout didn’t happen yesterday.  I went to bed early, in hopes of getting up early to get to the gym for a run, but I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t fall asleep for over an hour and this just meant there was no way I was able to get up at 5:30 am to exercise.  Unfortunately after a long day at work, I didn’t have the energy nor the desire to exercise either :(  There is always another day to get a workout in.  Right?  Maybe that day is today 😀


Breakfast was kind of a typical one, except I added some kiwi fruit for a little tropical flavor and some pretty color :)  This bowl contains about 3/4 c nonfat yogurt, 1/2 banana, 1 kiwi fruit, 1 serving of TJ’s nutty american trek mix and some Kashi GoLean cereal.  Delicious as always!


Being the day before Thanksgiving yesterday, I was racing against the clock to get things done before people left (I think days before holidays are kind of unofficial half-days for many people).  I had a lot of work and around noon, realizing there was no way I could take the time to prepare my lunch (it required some assembly) I grabbed an apple out of my drawer.  It stopped my stomach from growling for a little while :)


At some point later, between 2 meetings, I decided I had to make food as I was quickly starting to become grouchy.  This girl needs to eat! 😀  Lunch was very simple and honestly not that satisfying, but I had no time to think about things like that.  I made a “hot dog” with 1/2 Whole Foods organic garlic parmesan chicken sausage (those are awesome!!) on a ww bun + lettuce/tomato/cucumber salad with 1 T Annie’s goddess dressing.  I really don’t like lettuce like that.  This was crispy and fresh but I much prefer mixed greens.  I also found this little jello in the fridge. I think it was bought like last year.  It made for a quick, low calorie dessert.  I won’t be buying them again though because I’m sure it has artificial sweeteners.


I was finally at a good stopping point (and exhausted!) a little before 5pm.  The office was pretty much deserted at that point and I decided to make my exit.  I started thinking about unhealthy foods to treat myself after a crazy busy day and before I could do too much damage I grabbed this guy:

I used to think these tasted just like real brownies, but that’s definitely not true.  Yesterday I tasted a strong raisin flavor.  It was still yummy but definitely nothing like a real brownie… a lot less calories too, that’s for sure!


After a lot of lounging around on the coach, my husband decided he needed to get out of the house.  My cooking is going to have to wait a few more days… We went out to a local restaurant called Church.  This place has a really nice vibe but unfortunately it’s often too empty so we end up somewhere else.  Yesterday we decided to check it out (with a Plan B in mind in case it was closed or more likely empty) but we were pleasanty surprised to see the bar hopping and a few other tables with parties 4-8.  We grabbed a table in the bar area and enjoyed a few drinks and some dinner.  I told my husband I’m probably the only person that’s trying to be healthy that ate out (read: ate unknown amount of calories) the day before Thanksgiving.  So many people work out extra or cut calories days before, in preparation of this holiday (since there will be a lot of food consumed throughout the day) but it was important for me to hang out with my husband and enjoy some time out of my kitchen and apartment.  The pictures came out quite unattractive as the light was hard to work with, but the plates were definitely beautifully presented.  Oh and our waiter was the coolest :)

I started with a glass of the Spanish Tempranillo.  I’ve never had this kind and wanted to give it a go.  It was filed under the Rustic Reds category… I enjoyed this glass.  It was sweeter than I expected.

And they also promptly brought a basket with 2 large slices of very fresh bread and the most amazing garlic herb butter.  I had 1 piece with a very thin layer of the butter.  It was great!  No picture, sorry… it came out pathetic looking.

For appetizer, my husband and I split the bbq spareribs with jalapeno cornbread.  I actually had a craving for ribs and cornbread a few weeks ago and kept on mentioning it ot my husband as a dinner we should add to our splurge night.  This appetizer took care of the craving, but with a small portion (and hopefully with a fraction of the calories).  Perfect!  The ribs had some onions in the sauce and the cornbread was a bit dry, but I am a fanatic of cornbread so I still ate my piece and a bite of my husband’s 😀  So this is the whole plate… I ate 2 ribs + 1 (+1/3?) of the cornbread.

For my entree, I ordered the small portion of the homemade potato gnocchi with wild mushroom ragout and fresh sage.  It was nice, but not amazing.  Here’s my plate… I probably ate about 2/3 of it.

And because I was slightly disspointed with my entree (again it really was good for what it was, I think I just wanted the mac&cheese and should have ordered that), I got dessert.  For the first time ever in my life, despite the fact that they had a molten chocolate cake on the menu, I didn’t order it.  I was trying to be a little more adventerous and ordered the creme brulee (ok, it had a thick layer of chocolate ganache on the bottom and came with a chocolate nut bark, so it wasn’t much of a leap from my usual orders, but still… I didn’t order the molten chocolate cake!).  This was a huge portion.  I shared it with my husband and ate about 2/3 of it.  I was stuffed!  This was rich and delicious… very chocolaty too (which is a good thing in my book).  It was also slightly salty which made it a little more complex and different.  This was a good way to end dinner.  Oh, I also had about 1/2 glass of a cabernet.

I practically couldn’t breathe after finishing this (and definitely couldn’t finish my glass of wine) so we crawled back home and I jumped straight to bed… and slept for over 10 hours!

I’m about to start baking some dessert I plan on bringing to our Thanksgiving gathering (my sister in law is hosting it) and hopefully hit the gym.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone again!  I hope you have a wonderful day 😀

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