Healthy and Sane


January 7th, 2010 · 24 Comments · Boston, breakfast, dessert, Ellie Krieger, salad, shrimp, smoothies, snacks, sweet potato

I’ve been restless all day today, in a good way. I’ve been just super happy and chipper and couldn’t sit still. I just kept day dreaming about our new kitchen, thinking about how well I’ve been doing in general with my diet and exercise this week, how awesome my blog readers are and how I can’t wait for Friday night! 😉 It also helped that I had 3 things to look forward to – 1) a fun lunch date with Mary Kate; 2) a great boot camp class after work; and 3) a yummy home cooked dinner. Could you contain yourself with all this excitement? 😆


A “green” monster + a power bran muffin


In the monster – 1/2 frozen banana, frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup skim milk, large handful of baby spinach + Amazing Grass Green Food packet… it kind of came out black but still delicious :) I loved getting so many servings of fruits and veggies by 8 am!


The bran muffin was toasted from frozen and was still yummy although a little dry.


[405 calories]


1/2 cashew cookie larabar. I love this flavor!!


[105 calories]


Lunch was the aforementioned date with Mary Kate at Tossed. I got a giant salad with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, mandarin oranges, snow peas and cajun shrimp + dijon mustard dressing on the side (I used about a tablespoon).


So much veggie awesomeness!


After paying I realized adding the shrimp cost $5!!! 👿 I will say the shrimp was delicious. 😀


[~272 calories]

Mary Kate, I had a great time catching up with you. I’m looking forward to future lunch dates :)

When I got back to my desk, despite feeling uncomfortably full, I wanted chocolate in a bad way. A little calcium did the trick. Taking vitamins is so hard. lol 😆


[30 calories]


The craving for a baked good hit later in the day. This chocolate brownie zbar really satisfied me today. I used to eat these all the time and forgot how good they are. I think I need to stock up  – these are great and are only 120 calories!


[120 calories]


Dinner was unphotogenic but very delicious. I made Ellie Krieger’s nutty sweet potato soup, hosted by Popsicles and Sandy Feet this week on CEiMB. I think a dollop of greek yogurt on top would have made it a little prettier but we are all out. I tried crumbling some goat cheese on top but it just sank. 😕 In any case, the soup was hearty, flavorful and just the right amount of spicy (I used 1/2 amount of cayenne). The only little problem I had with it was the texture – my peanut butter didn’t melt that well. Once in a while there were pb chunks on the spoon. Not the worst problem but I was hoping for a super creamy consistency. Probably my fault.  On the side I enjoyed 1/2 FFL english muffin with some four pepper goat cheese. A perfect meal on a cold winter night! :mrgreen:


[399 calories]


Once again I haven’t had enough calories during the day. I was craving white chocolate and I was cold. I grabbed a piece of chocolate and went to the cupboard for tea… and then I saw hot chocolate packets! Brilliant 😎


These are fancy shmancy French hot chocolate packets we got at a gourmet cheese store last year. I used 1/2 cup of 1% milk, 1/2 cup hot water and the whole hot cocoa packet to make my hot chocolate. This was so rich and satisfying that I ended up only eating 1 little square of the white chocolate. Yay for listening to my body and being reasonable around yummy foods!!

[~155 calories]

Total calories consumed: ~1500

I’m going to dinner at Oleana in Cambridge tomorrow night with the hubs. Calories will not be counted at dinner but every bite will be enjoyed. This is how I keep myself sane! :mrgreen:

Happy Thursday/Friday (if that’s when you read it)!!

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24 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Cristina

    As for soup, I love Amy’s lentil soup. It’s so amazing!

  • #2 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    The cashew Larabar is my favorite too! Soup is all I want on a cold night.

  • #3 - Jena

    Great eats!!

  • #4 - Lauren

    I can’t wait to read about Oleana!

  • #5 - MelissaNibbles

    That salad looks delish!

  • #6 - sister inna

    the salad and the soup both look soo good. great color all around too 😉

  • #7 - Husband Adam

    The soup was very tasty. However, i don’t think our vita mix liked it because it spewed it all over us and our walls when we turned it on! Still need to learn how to use that beast :)

  • #8 - Adrienne

    OMG, have SO MUCH FUN at Oleana. I went there for the first time a couple of months ago and I really want to go back and try the vegetarian tasting menu!

  • #9 - kitchenbelle

    Hi Elina, It was so nice catching up! The time flew by. :-) Looking forward to more lunch dates.

    Mary Kate

  • #10 - sister inna

    hey adam — did you guys leave one corner of the top off? the recipe warns that if you don’t — it’s going to explode….

  • #11 - Kelly

    I definitely have those days too and try to lean into it by doing more active exercise. You always seem to have such fun lunch dates. Tossed is a good choice. Not sure where in Boston you work but it would be fun to meet you for lunch sometime.

  • #12 - Mae @ OhhMay

    Adaro are SO delicious… That looks like a fun lunch!!

  • #13 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    If only all the major nutrients were made of chocolate… 😉

    Or rather, maybe chocolate IS a major nutrient!

  • #14 - TheLocalGuide

    Nice food :)
    I like how you include the calory values on each meal.

  • #15 - Evan Thomas

    I always forget how good clif z-bars are, and then I have one and think it puts fresh baked goods to shame.
    I never realized you were a Boston blogger! I’ll have to look at your restaurant reviews to figure out where you recommend eating

  • #16 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    You’re doing so awesome on your resolutions!

    I’m inspired to do a good work out tonight:)

  • #17 - Elina

    Cristina – thanks for the recommendation! My husband HATES lentils so I can’t really make that. A perfect thing to enjoy when we don’t have access to the real kitchen.

    Lauren – I’ll be sure to write a review. I can’t wait for the dinner!! :)

    Adrienne – the veg tasting menu sounded really good to me too. I have no idea what to get – so many yummy sounding dishes.

    Innz – the vitamix is a different breed. I think we just overfilled it.

    Kelly – let’s definitely get together for lunch sometime. I’ll shoot you an email.

    Diana – I am SO with you 😉

    Evan – well, I would go that far. Nothing beats a real fudgy brownie. Mmm. Yes, I’m in Boston. Definitely check out my page. I try to update it frequently.

    Diana – thanks 😀 Have a kick-ass workout!!! Happy Friday.

  • #18 - Nutritioulicious

    The Adora chocolate calcium supplements are great! A good way to get chocolate and calcium in – and much better than trying to swallow down chalky supplements!

  • #19 - Shannon

    Glad your feeling so good! Have a great weekend :)

  • #20 - Mary

    Thanks for cooking along with me. You are right..goat cheese would be perfect with it.

  • #21 - Tricia

    Yum, the salad looks great!

  • #22 - Kerstin

    Yay for fun lunch dates :) I have hot chocolate for dessert after dinner all the time in the winter too!

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