Healthy and Sane

What are pepitas?

November 25th, 2008 · 10 Comments · 20 minute meals, breakfast, favorite recipes, salmon, Uncategorized, yogurt

Hi bloggies!  I’m going to try to make this quick because this day is totally getting away from me (and I’m considering waking up early for a morning workout – yeek!).


I had a beautiful breakfast today… just look at it!  It has (almost) all of my favorite stuff.  TJ’s nutty american trek mix is my crack of choice!  Today’s bowl had about 3/4 c yogurt, 1/2 large banana, some pomegranate seeds, a serving of the best trailmix ever and some Kashi Go lean cereal.  Perfect!

Very soon after polishing this off, I grabbed a cup of coffee with a half&half pod and a teaspoon of agave nectar.  I realized that I really hate office coffee!  I need to come up with a better plan because it’s just bitter and nasty… it does have caffeine though, so I keep going back for more :)


I knew that today was going to be another busy day at work, but I also knew that I just don’t feel well when I don’t work out (especially since I didn’t work out yesterday and if for some reason I ended up skipping today, that would make it 2 days in a row… unacceptable!).  So I made sure to sign up for a spinning class during lunch.  And for some pre-workout energy, I snacked on a juicy pear.  Yum! (Btw, that book is there just to make a pretty background… I wasn’t reading it during work, hehe)


Today’s spinning class was tough!  I was still sore from the dvd workout on Saturday and I was tired because I only got like 5 hours of sleep so I seriously thought I was going to die the entire time.  At some point, while wishing that someone would just end my misery for me right there, I had a thought: “Next time you want to eat something unhealthy for no reason whatsoever, remember how hard you have to work to undo it!”  Yeah, I will be sure to remember those wise “words” next time!  I thought I was dragging, but after class the guy next to me told me that I was so fast that 10 minutes into it he decided he couldn’t keep up with me.  So sweet!  Thanks random spin guy! 😀


Lunch was quite simple: leftover chicken from last night over some fresh organic lettuce, some grape tomatoes, 1/4 avocado, dressed in 1T of Annie’s goddess dressing.  I thought it was going to be boring, but it was surprisingly satisfying.  Of course, I would probably eat just about anything covered in goddess dressing.  That stuff is good!

And for “dessert”, I had a dark chocolate adora disk.


Bringing yummy snacks to work sometimes gets me in trouble.  At some point I remembered what I had planned and could not get it out of my mind.  So I had to give in and have it a little earlier than originally planned.  It’s ok, it actually kept me full for hours until dinner.  I had another one of my pumpkin chocolate and peanut butter chip muffins (edited to add: it appears that the page for the original recipe is missing; I’ve updated this link with my new version of these muffins) + some tea:

So indulgent!  I was proud that I could be so satisfied with a treat that I made myself.  If I got this muffin (who are we kidding, little cake) in a restaurant, I would love it, but this came from from my own kitchen.  Very cool!


I planned dinners for Mon-Wed this week since we’re spending Thanksgiving at my sister in law’s and there probably will be leftovers for Friday.  Tonight’s dinner was one the fastest to make and since by the time I got home from work it was already nearly 7:30pm I wanted to make something fast.  On the way home, I stopped by Trader Joe’s to buy pepitas!  I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what they are, because my husband and I spent quite some time in a super market yesterday, searching for these babies.  I knew they were Mexican seeds (like pumpkin seeds) but they were nowhere to be found.  Fortunately, Trader Joe’s had a few varieties of them… who knew they were so popular?  I love TJ’s! :)

So dinner was salmon with pepita-lime butter based on this recipe from Eating Well.  I seem to be going through stages where I pick a magazine (or a cookbook) and make a bunch of stuff from there for almost every meal.  Don’t worry, I will be making stuff that’s not just from Eating Well, but this dish was delicious (and so were last night’s roasted root veggies) so they’re doing something right in their test kitchens!

I also made some boil-in-a-bag brown rice and microwaved some peas.  Yes, it was a quickie dinner so I had to make shortcuts!  I had a serving of the salmon, 1/2 cup of brown rice (drizzled with lime juice) and about 1/4 cup of peas.  Here is my plate.  The salmon was amazing!!!

And of course I had to finish the meal with some dessert, so I had 1/2 serving of Trader Joe’s chocolate covered edamames.  I was trying really hard to stick to only 1 treat a day with added sugar (which today would be the pumpkin muffin), but apparently I’m weak :)

These were delicious as always!  Another thing I have to pre-portion into baggies immediately after coming home from TJ’s, because otherwise I eat the whole package.  Crack #2…

Total calories for the day: 1654


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Ok, that wasn’t that quick… 😛

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10 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - K

    TJ’s trail mix looks amazing! I’ve never had pepitas, do they taste the same as pumpkin seeds? Dinner may have been quick but it looks so professional!

    Have a great Tuesday!

  • #2 - inna

    i thought pepitas was just the spanish word for pumpkin seeds…. like instead of saying 2 words you say one?
    i want to let you know that i am making the muffins tomorrow ( i even had the hubs buy me muffin pans)! i am so craving one right now it’s not even funny :( you are trouble

  • #3 - Elina

    Yeah, I think you’re right about pepitas… I think they are the same as regular pumpkin seeds, just grown in Mexico. Those muffins are delicious! I’m not trouble, you’ll thank me! 😀

  • #4 - inna

    i said trouble

  • #5 - Grounded Fitness

    oooo that breakfast looks so good- I love cashews!

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Kelly Turner

  • #6 - Tina

    Those muffins look delish!

  • #7 - crack babies |

    […] What are pepitas? … is my crack of choice! Today’s bowl had about 3/4 c yogurt, 1/2 large banana, some pomegranate seeds, a serving of the best trailmix ever and some Kashi Go lean cereal. Perfect! Very soon after polishing this off, I grabbed a cup of coffee with a half%26half pod and a teaspoon of agave nectar. I … […]

  • #8 - Kathy

    Where the receip for the pump. Muffin

  • #9 - Kelly

    Hello. I just found your blog and it seems quite enjoyable and useful.

    I clicked the link to your “pumpkin chocolate and peanut butter chip muffin” hoping for the recipe, but instead found info on lighting and a recipe for Lite Mac-n-cheese.

    Is it possible to get the recipe for the pumpkin chocolate and peanut butter chip muffins?


    • #10 - Elina

      Hi Kelly – I’m so sorry for the mix-up. It appears that the page with the original recipe no longer exists (that’s why it brought you back to the Healthy and Sane home page). Since that’s the case, I started making these muffins with a new recipe. I updated the link above to reflect that, but here it is just in case:
      Glad you’re enjoying the blog so far! 😀