Healthy and Sane

The weekend is coming to an end

December 1st, 2008 · 7 Comments · chicken, meals on the go, salad, snacks

The weekend is coming to an end but I definitely feel like I just had a mini-vacation.  There is something about having 4 days off work and not rushing to go somewhere.  Traveling vacations are great (I absolutely love traveling) but once in a while doing absolutely nothing (well, almost nothing) at home for 3 days (I’m not counting Thanksgiving because it was pretty busy) is also a great treat!  So let’s get to today’s eats…


We were totally out of fruit (*gasp*) and I’m trying to use up the sandwich thins I bought last week before they go bad, so that was the inspiration for today’s breakfast.  It was simple really: egg, bacon and cheese on a sandwich thin + some Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee with skim milk and agave.  It was lower on calories compared to my usual breakfasts, but sitting on the coach all day doesn’t burn very many calories so I didn’t get hungry again for a while :)

Close up pic:


I planned today’s lunch in my head yesterday, so when my husband and I were preparing the pizza, I kept a little bit of chicken to star in today’s salad.  I used iceberg lettuce as the base, added grape tomatoes, cucumber, buffalo chicken and some toasted sliced almonds.  No dressing necessary… the buffalo sauce added plenty of flavor!  The sliced almonds were the best part though – they complemented all the other ingredients really well.  I’m glad I threw them in the salad at the last minute :)

And after doing a quick calorie calculation in my head, I realized this was super low-cal, so I made a little dessert… a leftover chocolate banana pancake with a small spoonful of peanut butter.  I warmed up the pancake and the peanut butter melted all over it.  OMG – so good!


I did another routine from Jillian’s “Winning by Losing.”  I used the gym in our apartment building so it didn’t have all the cable machines her routine suggested so I substituted a few moves, but I still worked on my chest, hamstrings, biceps and abs.  I warmed and cooled down on the ET for 5 minutes each.  Total workout time = 60 minutes.


My husband and I promised my parents we would go see them today so dinner was kind of on the go.  I didn’t want to eat at their place, because they only cook unhealthy things and the other option was take-out, so we stopped by UFood on the way there and I had their amazing chipotle chicken sandwich (tender chicken breast with melted jalapeno jack, spicy chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and sweet red onion on toasted ciabatta bread).  I ordered it sans onions and seriously, I was kind of speechless for a while after saying how good it was like 10 times! :)  My belly was very happy!! 😀  I love UFood!!!  Healthy fast food – brilliant! 

I ate the whole thing and practically licked the plate clean :)


Once we got to my parents house, I munched on some strawberries.  They were so sweet and juicy, and despite being full from dinner I couldn’t stop myself from digging in.  We took the rest home, so here is a little re-enactment picture:

I also had a tiny piece of this almond bar my dad just brought from Barcelona… it’s basically almonds, honey and sesame seeds.  Very delicious and definitely calorie dense so I just had a taste because my dad was really excited about it, and I actually had plenty of calories to spare.

Daily calorie total: 1205

We’re back home.  I’m off to prepare some food for tomorrow and hopefully plan out the rest of the week’s eats.  We’ll see how ambitious I feel… it’s getting late.

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - K

    That breakfast sandwich and your lunch dessert look great!

    Gotta love these “mental health” vacations :)

  • #2 - Lara

    Hey Elina! I’m sure you’ve covered this before, but if I may ask, what is your idea calorie range? I’m just nosy about these things! I guess it goes with food blogger territory 😉
    Everything looks delicious and balanced as usual!

  • #3 - Elina

    Lara, I always aim to stay within 1200 and 1650. This provides me with a wide enough range that I can plan my meals around. As you can see from the blog, I typically stay on the higher end of the range (and sometimes completely blow it when I go out or hang out with friends) but on other days when I’m not too hungry and/or am awake for less time like on some weekend days, I just make sure to never go below 1200 and I’m happy! Hope that helps!

  • #4 - Sharon

    I’m drooling over your chocolate pancake. That peanut butter topped off looks amazingly delicious. I love how, like you said, it melts! =)

  • #5 - Bridget

    your salad on this post and pizza the other day is making me crave buffalo chicken so bad!!! YUM! I love those sandwich thins, they are the greatest. I still haven’t been to UFood, but I really want to try it out soon. That sandwich looks so good!

  • #6 - Amanda

    how stinky I can’t find those sandwich thins!! I think they would be yuuummy for pizza anda ll kinds of things

  • #7 - Elina

    Bridget, you should totally try it! I love it, if you couldn’t tell from my previous posts :)

    Amanda, I don’t think those sandwich thins are all they’re cracked up to be. Honestly, I’m not going to buy them again, but that’s just me! Actually my husband wasn’t impressed either…