Healthy and Sane

Hanging on to summer

September 12th, 2009 · 11 Comments · 30 minute meals, beef, breakfast, chicken, oats, salad, snacks, yogurt

Man, the weather in Boston is dreary. I know many of you are super excited for fall but I am just going to stay in denial for a little longer if you don’t mind 😉 It’s rainy and cold… and I want summer back! I’m hanging on to summer for as long as I can by incorporating fresh summer fruit into nearly every meal. At least my mouth thinks it’s still summer 😆

Breakfast: banana pb&j oats with fresh organic Maine blueberries


I love it when peanut butter melts all over the warm oats! This was a great bowl of creamy oats. I have stove-top oats down to a science by now 😀


Mid-morning snack: Pro Bar fruition cran-raspberry bar from the Summit swag bag:


It was like a larabar with oats. I really enjoyed the raspberry flavor, and this bar was generally delicious. My only complaint is that it’s maybe slightly too sweet. One of the ingredients was brown rice syrup, and I think the dates could have provided enough sweetness without the need for additional sweetener.

Lunch was great! It was based on this recipe from Cooking Light for roast chicken salad with peaches, goat cheese, and pecan. Really I just followed the recipe to make the dressing, omitting the minced shallots, used some organic pulled chicken that I had leftover from last night’s pulled chicken sandwich and then added a nectarine from the farmers market and of course goat cheese + pecans. Nectarines + goat cheese + pecans = heaven! :mrgreen:


So Delicious 100 calorie coconut ice cream mini for dessert! Perfecto 😀


Mid-afternoon snack: yogurt parfait – rest of nectarine from lunch, organic strawberries, raspberries, and Erin Baker’s peanut butter granola layered between plain oikos. Light and healthy!


Dinner: cheesy/tomato bolognese over ww pasta. Once again, excuse the picture quality 😳



Late night snack: dry roasted almonds + organic espresso chocolate. Just what the doctor prescribed 😉


I’ve been really embarrassed by my pictures in the house lately. During the day, I actually go outside into our backyard and bring my table placemat to take the pics, but at night it’s dark in there (and cold) so I have to deal with the lighting inside. How do you take pictures indoors when natural light is unavailable? Do you have fancy lights set up? Tripods? I hate the yellowish tint over all my photos! Help!! 😀

Enjoy your weekend! I still have some body aches from the flu, but I’m determined to meet up with a friend for a run on Sunday. My body is aching to move.

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11 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Kate G.

    my favorite nuts are pecans! so that salad pretty much sounds amazing :) looks like from your eats you are feeling a bit better, that is good to hear!

    good luck on sunday with running! i have ran four times this week which is good for me considering im a gym addict (elliptical stairmaster etc…) haha

  • #2 - Lauren

    I’ll admit to being one of the fall-obsessed members, but this rain sure does stink.

    Your lunch looks fabulous! Lovely combination of ingredients.

    I have a similar problem with yellowish overhead lights in our apartment, so I generally take photos on a side table with a softly lit table lamp off to the side. Not ideal, but I work with what I have!

  • #3 - Tiffany

    I really love Fall usually, but this Summer was so lackluster that I can’t help but resent the changing season just a little. Even though each day takes us one step closer to Halloween season, which is really the finest season of them all!

    ….as for the photo quality/color, I don’t know what to suggest. Maybe a macro shot in the kitchen? The lighting in there didn’t seem bad.

  • #4 - Lele

    Boston is sooooooooooo dreary. Like you, I think summer is the best. I mean, fall is okay when there are crisp sunshiney days of walking by the river watching the crew teams and all that, but this is not that. This is a deluge of cold rain.

  • #5 - Marina Levtov

    So nice that you are holding on to the summer berries. They’re getting to be at that price point when I know they’re not in season :(
    This morning was kiwi in my yogurt. But, hey sweet potatoes, pumpkin, pomegranate…all good stuff we have to look forward to.

  • #6 - Ali

    weather here is gross too! :((( i don’t want fall yet.. just a couple more weeks of sunshine please! haha

  • #7 - Steph

    Your salad looks delicious!

  • #8 - Elina

    Kate G. – the salad was fabulous. You should try it :) And I pretty much would have killed to go to the gym 4 times this week. You should be very happy with that! 😀

    Lauren – thanks for the suggestion. I’ll look into getting a table lamp maybe…

    Tiffany – yeah, unfortunately it’s no good in the kitchen either. Maybe once we’re done putting more lights in… 😀

    Lele – I hear we’re going to get a few nice days soon. I’ll try to soak them in 😀

    Marina – kiwis. Yum :)

    Ali – I’m routing for sunshine. I think it may get a comeback for us. *fingers crossed* 😉

  • #9 - angieinatlanta

    Your eats look delicious, especially the peanut butter and jelly oats!

    I have no problem with the impending fall season; it’s the winter that I’m not excited about. :-/

    I’m sorry about your lighting issues; does a lamp work? Like, you could direct the light on the food?

  • #10 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Your eats are looking great–so balanced as usual :)

    I struggle with pics and that yellow tint, too. I usually go by the window and get that light during the day, and at night just turn on as many lights as I can to get it right. My camera has a function that takes away some of the yellow, so that helps a little. For what it’s worth, I think your photos look great.

  • #11 - Elina

    Angieinatlanta and Lara – thanks for more lighting suggestions. I think I found a lamp that may solve this little problem. We’ll see tonight :)