Healthy and Sane

Celebrity sighting

June 29th, 2009 · 16 Comments · Cleaner Life

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my previous post. I am back on the CLC wagon and am looking forward to the rest of the ride. Somehow the day got away from me so I didn’t get a chance to work out yesterday, but I’ll make up for it today :)

What I did have a chance to do, though, is check out Boston’s Health and Fitness Expo yesterday. I’ve been reading about these types of events on blogs for what seems like ages now. I was imagining larabar and goo samples everywhere, polar and garmin coupons and I don’t know what else… maybe booths with fancy performance socks or something 😉 Unfortunately, this particular event was kind of lame (just lots of hospitals and a few ghetto products sprinkled in)… until Katy spotted the Biggest Loser guys. Where? Oh yeah… that’s Mike and Ron!!! I am a HUGE fan of the show, and seeing those guys (ok Mike) kind of brought the 16 year old in me. I really wanted to talk to him, but there was a huge line to do just that and I had to get to work. Boo to adult responsibilities :) I did get a chance to snap a few photos (from a weird angle)… here is the best one:

Mike + Ron from the Biggest Loser

They looked just like on the show! So so cool. Helen was there earlier, but I don’t really like her much so I’m not upset I missed her. Some lady told us that Mike’s brother lost 60 lbs already. That’s so great. Maybe they should bring him in for the next season. Ok ok, I’m done rambling. Maybe this is only exciting for me. I went back to work, and once in a while was thinking about this little celebrity sighting. I was thinking about what I’d say to them if I did stand in that line? I think I’d want to ask them if they were hungry standing there for hours? 😆 Are you a fan of the Biggest Loser? What would you say to Mike and Ron if you met them?

Yesterday’s eats included some vegan berry pie for breakfast, and then this…

Egg white omelet with mushroom, spinach, canadian bacon, light on the cheese, light on the oil + dry whole wheat toast at the Trident Cafe:


The Healthy Chocolate at the Expo (just acai berries – no sugar)… yeah, tasted like fake chocolate. No surprise there.




For dinner I made an amazing summer squash gratin from 101 cookbooks. This was pretty labor intensive (it took me probably close to an hour to slice and dice everything, make the breadcrumbs, make the sauce) but it was worth it in my opinion. I used fresh basil to make the sauce, halved the amount of oil (and added a little bit of water to the sauce instead) and only used 1.5 T of butter for the breadcrumbs instead of 4.  So many complex flavors. I really loved it! Can’t wait to have it for lunch today again. Unfortunately Adam said there was too much squash there for his liking so I froze his leftovers for a dinner in the future. We’ll see how it keeps :)


I also ate my last chocolate macaroon :(

Perfect way to end the weekend (ha, that’s lobsters on the tv – we were watching food shows)!


Oh wait, last question… I went crazy buying everything in sight at the farmers market on Friday and now have a whole bunch of root vegetables (beets, turnips). I went through lots of old Cooking Light and Eating Well magazines for inspiration on how to use these up but the best I could come up with was just roasting these babies and adding them to sandwiches, salads or over some ww grains. Any ideas from you guys? Thanks! 😀

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16 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Shannon (The Daily Balance)

    beets are AMAZING paired with goat cheese 😉

  • #2 - Daria (Summer of the CSAs)

    It’s hard to beat roasting root veggies. Once they’re roasted you can puree them in a food processor with some salt and a little oil for a fab soup.

    I had my own Boston celeb sighting a few weeks ago. Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block was getting his hair cut at the same salon that I go to. Apparently he lives in Jamaica Plain. Who knew!

  • #3 - Kelly

    I love your celebrity sighting. The NKOTB stuff always cracks me up because apparently my boyfriend’s great uncle was their high school principle. If you need recipes for the beets I would try the dish I just made from epicurious. It was SO good and easy to lighten.

  • #4 - Jenny

    omg those two were my fav. on biggest loser!! so jealous you got to see them :)!

  • #5 - sister inna

    youre so cute.. i dont watch that show but ive totally been in situations where i spotted someone i really like on tv and would LOVE to say hey to… but am always too chicken. maybe we should put together a simple list of questions/ comments for this kind of thing, just so we’re ready 😉
    that dinner looks soooooo good i love zucchini. you can mail adam’s leftovers to my address

  • #6 - Elina

    Shannon, I totally agree – goat cheese is the first thing that pops in my mind when I think of roasted beets :)

    Daria, that’s so funny. I wasn’t really around when he was popular (I mean I was alive, hehe, just not in this country) that I had no idea he was living in JP. Good idea with the soup, if I have the guts to puree those cuties.

    Kelly, that recipe looks awesome! This could very well be what I make, if you don’t mind me being a copy cat :)

    Jenny, Mike was my favorite too… and Tara (because she kind of reminded me of me towards the end of the show – the whole crazy perfectionist part 😉 ). I was kind of upset that Helen won, but she deserved it for sure. I hope she gains a bit of weight though. She was sickly skinny in my opinion.

    Innz, haha. I totally already have the whole conversation with them in my head. Too bad it’s only in my head 😆 I didn’t talk to them because of the long line, not because I was chicken (I don’t think…). You would have loved our dinner, btw. If you have too much time on your hands (like 2 hours) you should make it. Oh but make sure to buy a really good knife or a mendaline or else you may cry a little while slicing veggies paper thin.

  • #7 - Lauren

    What about beat and/or turnip chips??

    Very cool about seeing Ron & Mike – I didn’t know about the expo, but I totally would have gone had I known about it ;).

    The gratin looks great… I’m putting in on my list!

  • #8 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Way to go getting back on the wagon! I bet you could make some fantastic soups by roasting and blending your root veggies. :)

  • #9 - Heather (LilyBeans)

    I am so jealous you got to see Biggest Losers! Tara was my favorite.

    I like making whipped root veggies. They are like healthier mashed potatoes!

  • #10 - Anne K.

    That’s so cool that you got to see Mike and Ron. I’d want to tell them congrats, and that they’ve been a huge inspiration.

    I love roasted root veggies! I either dry roast them (spraying the pan with nonstick spray), or spray them with a little spray and put some herbs on them. Then I stick em in the oven at 400 or so until they’re as cooked as you want them to be. Delicious!

  • #11 - Alison

    I wish I saw more celebrities. It’d be fun. Actually I probably wouldn’t recognize half of them.

    I never watched BL but I’d like to do so next season.

    Too bad the “healthy chocolate” wasn’t any good.

  • #12 - Elina

    Thank you all for your recipe suggestions. I think I’m going to have to pick up even more root veggies on my next farmers market trip, so I can try them all 😀

  • #13 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Not a Biggest Loser watcher but I would probably still feel star struck because I am like that. Definitely if Jillian was there, I would have been like a lovesick teenager.
    I do root veggies just in the oven with EVOO, kind of boring but why change a classic? :)

  • #14 - ttfn300

    LOVE beets, especially with goat cheese :) you could try them as chips (even in the microwave!) i can’t think what else i’ve made…

    that summer squash dish sounds awesome, too!

  • #15 - kirwin

    I love Biggest Loser and all-things-jillian! Not a big fan of Don Ron, though.

  • #16 - Elina

    Kirwin, I agree – Ron was doing a little too much “game playing” but I liked Mike and thought he deserved to win. :)