Healthy and Sane

Baking soda is almost like baking powder, right?

February 10th, 2009 · 23 Comments · chicken, sandwich

I am much happier today.  All of your comments meant the world to me and made it that much easier to stay focused on my goals.  I actually didn’t beat myself up over yesterday at all, but my stomach did remind me of my overeating until mid-day when the hunger finally struck.  I was confronted by free bagels and girl scout cookies in the office, but none of that seemed even remotely appealing.  Maybe yesterday’s train wreck saved me some calories today after all… It all balances out in the end, I guess.  Anyways, I’m just thinking out loud now, let’s move on :)


You see, this was supposed to be the best meal of the day (or at least part of it):

Heidi's corn-bread

I’ve been meaning to make Heidi’s cornbread recipe for ages and today’s dinner was supposed to be bbq inspired.  What goes better than corn bread with a pulled chicken sandwich?  Nothing I could think of 😀  I was super excited about this.  I stopped by the grocery store after work, bought all fresh ingredients – no haircuts here…fresh corn (instead of frozen or canned), fresh buttermilk (instead of dry).  I even had progress photos of everything and it all looked so promising.  I couldn’t wait to dig into this baby!  The result – it tasted like baking soda.  Wait what, there was no baking soda in the recipe!!  Yep, I used baking soda instead of baking powder!!!  Really?  I had to throw the entire beauty away.  I’ve never screwed up this bad before.  So so sad :(  Thankfully I still saved one ear of corn so that ended up being my side dish.  Ok, so not all was lost :)  I will definitely be making this cornbread recipe again though.  I think Jiffy has some junk ingredients in there and it’s definitely not whole wheat.

So I guess this is where I show you the rest of my dinner sans the corn bread…

Pulled bba chicken sandwich with corn on the cob and grape tomaotes

For the sandwich I used Country Bob’s all purpose sauce on the chicken (full review of the sauce + giveaway to come soon!) and TJ’s ciabatta roll for the bread.  Yum! :)

pulled chicken sandwich closeup


Last peanut butter chocolate chip scone

Lunch: turkey/hummus/pickle sammie on Food for Life english muffin + baby carrots and rest of pickle

sandwich closeup

Food for Life english muffins rock and Sabra hummus goes well with everything!  This sandwich was fantastic! 😀

Clif Mojo mountain mix bar

And look what we got in the mail from my parents in law…


They’re so sweet!  I’m keeping this box closed though.  Dinner was crazy filling.

Total calories for the day: 1514


I really wanted to get a run in today.  I was seriously craving it.  The plan was to start with a pilates class (since I missed my weight lifting session at the gym today and I still want to do one tomorrow) and then do an interval session on the treadmill.  I wasn’t hungry at all until 1pm when I went to the gym, so I didn’t have my usual pre-workout snack.  Well of course the second the pilates class started my stomach started growling like crazy!  I knew there was no chance in hell I could get through 50 minutes of the class, then do my run the way I want it, shower and only then eat.  I stayed for the entire pilates class (which was great btw!!!) but went straight back to work after that and made my lunch.  I was planning on maybe doing a run after work, but that never happened.  It’s ok, the pilates class was really great and I need to remind myself that even if I’m not sweaty and dying at the gym, it can still be a great workout… just works your body differently.  Oh, and my HRM was saying that my heart rate was 0.00 when I put it on so I took it off – that mean no workout stats.  Not sure what was up with it.  Hopefully it will come to its senses for my workout tomorrow 😀

See you tomorrow for a hump day update 😛  I’m cooking dinner with some girlfriends so that should be fun! :)

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - not sister inna

    I would have totally substituted baking soda for baking powder and vice versa and not thought anything of it- good to know! Sorry about your cornbread though :(

    ps- where do you get those mojo bars that look so delicious?

  • #2 - Sharon

    Oh my gosh, me and my friend did that when we were trying to make gingerbread houses! LOL!!!

    But oh wow, tasty tasty eats!!

  • #3 - Liz

    That used to happen to my HRM, too. I would just go to the bathroom, take it off, and add some water under it, and put it back. Sometimes it just needs a quick reset. Or turn it off and turn it back on again. But the thing that worked best for me was getting it wet (a few drops of water) underneath the censor, and just shifting it around a little bit.

  • #4 - One Healthy Apple

    Nice job getting back into it today! I would so add baking soda and not think twice until it was too late. Your dinner looked great either way! Have a great one!

  • #5 - Lara

    I’ve done that before too and totally tasted the soda-taste…almost salty/grainy. Too bad, it looks like a great recipe. I have to admit to using/loving Jiffy, but that’s only because I’ve never really thought about a homemade healthy version! At least now you know for next time!

  • #6 - ttfn300

    ooh, bbq, i need to make me some soon!!

  • #7 - Elina

    Inna, I’ve bought the mojo bars at Whole Foods before (and have seen them just about everywhere) but actually after trying the mountain mix kind for the first time and absolutely loving it, I bought 2 boxes of it on Amazon (one for work, one for home). They are SO good!!!

    Liz, thanks for the HRM tip. Now that I think about it, I probably didn’t wet it enough. Hopefully it will be back to normal today 😀

    Lara, I agree that Jiffy is totally delicious (and hello – so easy!) but I’m definitely making my own next time… and I’ll never make this mistake again, that’s for sure!

  • #8 - Tiffany

    That’s too bad about the corn bread-at least it looks delicious! (Be aware though, if Kyle finds out you’re attempting cornbread, the requests will never end!).

    Also, I have a proposal for you that I think you might like (I certainly know I’d love for you to participate). As a foodie, I think it’s a really brilliant idea, and I think you might get a kick out of it, too. I’ll let you in on it the next time I see you.

  • #9 - Melissa S.

    i’m glad you’re feeling better today. i’m trying my best to feel better today too!

    and love the scone in there…i’ve got one i plan on having today!

    sorry about the baking soda incident! that sucks!

  • #10 - Elina

    I’m intrigued, Tiffany! :) And I didn’t know that Kyle loves corn bread. That’s actually goo to know because Adam is not a big cornbread lover so I always end up eating more than I should 😳

    Melissa, hope you feel better too! Just think about how great it feels to treat your body the way it deserves. I know it doesn’t always work, but hopefully it will today 😀

  • #11 - Katie

    Kudos to you for staying strong through your pilates class and remembering that even if you aren’t dripping with sweat, its still a workout and good for your body! I on the other hand am having the opposite experience – I am sweating so much in the new yoga power class I told you about that I think the other girls are starting to think I have a problem…great…

  • #12 - K

    As soon as I saw your title I was like, “oooooh nooooo!!” Still looks great though :)

    Congrats on not giving into the free bagels – I would have so given in!!

  • #13 - Elina

    Haha, Katie – I KNOW you’re exaggerating. I’m sure you’re not sweating more than others. And if you are, just bring Michael (from the Wed/Fri class) with you… haha, then those girls will have something to stare at! 😉

  • #14 - sister inna

    how is it that you are the only one having those pb choc chip scones? is adam completely oblivious to the fact that you made them? i know if i was living in the same house as those puppies you’d be fighting to even taste one! 😀 your dinner looks awesome even without the cornbread, i love fresh corn

  • #15 - Elina

    Innz, can you believe he wasn’t even interested in them?!! I made him have a bite because I just couldn’t get over how amazing they were and he said: “I see how they’re good, but it’s just not my thing.” Hehe, more for me! I actually brought one for Katy to share the love. I miss them already. Should I make another batch this weekend for you? :)

  • #16 - Mandy A

    I’m glad you’re feeling better today!!!

    That stinks about the corn bread!!! Everything of Heidi’s looks SO yummy… I can’t wait to hear your review when you make it again :)

    Your food looks so yummy! I love the FFL english muffins, too!! My fav thing to put on my burgers and sandwiches!

    Hey, how are the peanut butter chocolate scones? Are they filling enough on their own for breakfast? Or more for a snack? I may make those this weekend! :)

    Have a great day!

  • #17 - Elina

    Mandy, you should definitely make those pb scones. They’re about 400 calories each, so I say they’re better for breakfast than a snack. The first one I ate really kept me full for a while, but it was the weekend and my eating schedule is always off on weekends. I thought I could even make them smaller next time (maybe cut the circle in 6 instead of 4) so I could have some fruit on the side. The second time I had one, I went on a little binge fest so I don’t know how well it held me over. I don’t think I was hungry, though – just in a munchy mood. And yesterday my stomach was freaking out so I wasn’t hungry for almost 5 hours after eating one. I think the biggest thing is that they are amazingly delicious so you want another one right away (or something else) but if you just let your body recognize the calories, then it’s a filling breakfast. It does have peanut butter and whole wheat flour so the healthy fats and whole grains should have staying power. Ooh sorry – that was long. You should definetely make them, though!! 😀

  • #18 - Kelly Turner

    i always mix those two up. and have no idea what function either one of them serves, which doesnt help.

    Kelly Turner

  • #19 - ashley

    wow i always love cornbread with real pieces of corn inside. makes it so much better! loved all your eats today, everything looked amazing. esp that chicken sandwich with that sauce YUMMM

  • #20 - Lisa

    Oh no I had a baking disaster also on Sunday with muffins! It was my first real disaster too! I usually forget or mess things up a bit but in the end whatever i’m making comes out ok. But not these muffins! Anyways I feel your pain. I’m on a mission now to make them right though haha.

    And good for you resisting girl scout cookies! That’s a tough one.

  • #21 - sister inna

    yes pleeeez 😀 you can throw some cherries in there too 😉

  • #23 - HangryPants

    I’ve used baking powder instead of baking soda and it works ok, but I know baking soda has a really strong taste. Too bad as I’ve wanted to make that cornbread for awhile too.