Healthy and Sane

There is a standup comedian in my house!

January 14th, 2010 · 23 Comments · beef, Boston, breakfast, dessert, man meals, oats, salad, snacks, yogurt

– Why does everybody want to hang out with a mushroom?

– Because he’s a fun guy! (funghi – get it?)

This joke is brought to you by my husband. He came up with this brilliancy while I was cooking up mushrooms/funghi for dinner and saying how much I love them. He plans on going on tour with this one as his opening joke. 😉 I was laughing hysterically, mostly at how silly my husband is. lol

So now that we got some silliness out of the way, I need to share with you that over the last few days, I’ve gotten back to some bad old habits. After dinner I’ve been craving cookies, but since we don’t have any, I’ve been trying to fill the void with just random stuff in the house – even though this was putting me above my calorie allowance. What’s the point of carefully counting all day if at the end I just blow it for no reason?! The magic of calorie counting seized to work and I need to do something about it. It’s time to bring back a daily treat! This will screw up my pretty numbers, but I don’t care. It’s about finding the right balance, and I’m determined to get there. Let’s see if it helps. Of course I’ll keep you guys posted! :mrgreen:

[Still laughing about the joke above…]


Banana oats (1/2 cup dry) topped with Barney Butter, banana slices (the other half of the banana) and dried cherries


Man, I hate the lighting in my house!! This picture looks so sad. Do you think a fancy SLR would help the situation??


UFood UBistro salad with chickenorganic mixed greens, tomatoes, feta, walnuts, cranberries, chicken + blueberry-pomegranate vinaigrette




Not bad for a healthy lunch on the go. I was actually going to get their falafel wrap that sounded amazing (and I’ve been on a falafel kick since trying Oleana’s spinach falafel) but at 730 calories, I said no thanks!


Plain oikos, grapes + Nature’s Path pumpkin flax plus granola


So delicious, healthy + filling!


A little wrinkly apple in the work library…



The kitchen remodel is officially starting on Monday, so last night I made Adam one of his “man meals” before he takes matters into his own hands and goes out to buy something like that. I made his absolute favorite – a steak and cheese sub, but on my own terms – healthy and natural.


We used a lean cut of grass fed beef, mushrooms, organic baguette (unfortunately getting whole wheat was a definitely no-go with Adam) + American cheese. Everything was bought at WF – nice and fresh!


The baguette was actually warm when we picked it up. Just look at this gorgeous crust!! This dinner was amazing – super flavorful without the grease you get at sub shops.  (I cooked the meat and the mushrooms on the skillet with a non-stick spray, then added them to a baguette, topped with cheese and broiled the open-faced sandwich in the toaster oven).


After dinner I ate 2 clementines, some pecans from their bag, a spoonful of Barney Butter (straight from the container) and then decided to stop the madness and made a few cookies (from this cookie dough).


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I was definitely boredom eating and even gave myself a bit of a stomachache. 😳 Let’s hope a yummy cookie earlier in the day will make for a more satisfying evening – sans random snacking!

What are your post dinner rituals?

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Adrienne

    1. Perhaps your husband will enjoy (dumb jokes that are funny)

    2. If you can’t spring for the DSLR now, maybe try a tripod? It always helps me in super low light conditions, even when I’m using my point and shoot :)

  • #2 - Husband Adam

    I love the oatmeal! His recent comic about printers was hysterical.

  • #3 - sister inna

    last night — after dinner i had a bowl of cereal. it’s my dessert usually… but then i decided i wanted something else. so i had the mint chocolate bark we had leftover from a holiday party. oh man :( i, like you got a stomachache after.

  • #4 - 24carrot

    I love making these kind of “manly” sandwiches, much healthier and very satisfying.

  • #5 - Mae

    Lighting in my house is a problem too… Don’t worry about the cookie habit, I’m sure you’ll snap out of it soon!
    Everything looks delicious though! Have a great day!

  • #6 - Evan Thomas

    After dinner I always have something chocolate and then a bowl of oatmeal and peanut butter to cap the night off.
    I love UFood! But I haven’t been there in months. I definitely want to drop by one for their chopstick chicken ubowl.
    And great sandwich! Over the weekend we’re doing something like that: revisiting american chop suey but with whole wheat elbows and vegetarian fed beef

  • #7 - Kelly

    I think you have to learn to be patient with yourself. Some habits will enevitably creep back, but that’s entirely natural. You have to keep reminding yourself tomorrow is a new day. Last night I went out to dinner with co-workers so even though it was all about moderation, the WW points still added up. But today it’s back to my sensible routine. I love that you were able to bake up just a couple cookies. That’s such a smart idea. It makes me think that perhaps I should make up a batch of cookies, scoop them onto parchment paper and then freeze for when I just want to make one or two. I find that leaning into my cravings is better than trying to avoid them because in those situations I often eat more.

  • #8 - Shannon

    i think i dSLR will only help if you get lots of accessories for the lighting… because the regular flash will still be too harsh for low lighting. have you tried using a desk lamp or something like that?

  • #9 - Shannon

    and, umm, i feel your pain. i was doing good, then bonked :(

  • #10 - Good Taste. Healthy Me

    Once dinner is over I usually have a little piece of chocolate or a cookie and I’m good. For some reason before dinner snacking is my worst issue!

  • #11 - Jess

    I am the worst after dinner, I always need something sweet! I have some good go-to after dinner treats though that tend to work: fiber one cookies (recipe on the side of the box, SO GOOD!), fat free/sugar free chocolate pudding with a bit of cool whip on top (good calcium bonus), a small piece of chocolate with some fruit or something so it still feels like a treat, but a healthy one. Or even sometimes, if I still feel sorta hungry, I’ll have a few handfuls of fiber one cereal or, just tried Special K chocolate and found that to be a good after dinner snack that’s not too bad for you. :)

  • #12 - Nicole (dishin')

    That steak and cheese looks amazing! Especially on that bread, yum! And, those cookies? To die for. I’m actually not a big snacker at night. I usually eat a little later (7:30 pm on average) so I don’t normally get too hungry or bored before bed.

  • #13 - Betsy

    If I eat early – around 6-6:30 I have the hungry horrors afterwards. I am the most pleasant when I have a 3pm ish snack and eat dinner around 7:30 pm.
    After dinner I like to do NOTHING!

    LOL @ fun-guy. I love jokes like that!

    What did the big tomato say to the little tomato?

  • #14 - Shannon

    After dinner snacking is always the toughest for me. I find I do better if I plan for a treat. I look forward to it.

    I love sharing couch time every night with my husband and the kitties. We all pile on the couch to watch a favorite DVR’ed show.

  • #15 - Maria

    Glad you are listening to your body and going to enjoy a treat a day. It is much better than going crazy over it:) Funny joke too:) Ha!

  • #16 - Erin

    How I love Barneys Butter in my oatmeal sadly I am out and have been using honey instead.

    My post dinner ritual I usually eat around 5:30 I know super early but then I give my food until 7:30-8 to digest and head to gym then home shower and bed. I really would like to work out in the mornings but my body just can not adjust to that.

  • #17 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Yeah I’m sorry but there’s definitely something to be said for a really fresh baguette, whole wheat or not! I learned that in Spain, where my “madre” would buy a fresh loaf for my lunch EVERY DAY. Holy moly.

    After dinner I try to make dessert a couple pieces of dried fruit…figs, dates with nut butter…I almost always want more than I put on my plate, but I find that after I’ve drunk my peppermint tea, I don’t want anything else! SoI try to trust that memory, knowing I’ll be totally full once I’ve had the tea.

  • #18 - Jenna

    Salad, cheese steak, and triple chocolate cookies look fab!

  • #19 - Carly

    Way to listen to your body. For those of us with a massive sweet tooth… it is WORSE to avoid the sweets. The cravings just get worse. I agree with you that it is better to have a treat (or 2) and eat healthy the rest of the day, then give them up and end up going out of control.

    Post dinner ritual – watch TV while doing work and eating dessert. Lately my dessert has been homemade whole wheat pumpkin apple bread. I froze the loaf (since the recipe made two) and just dug it out of the freezer this week. I toast it and smear on some cinnamon raisin PB. YUM! Last piece tonight :(

  • #20 - *Andrea*

    ahaha that’s a cute joke..perfect for foodies 😉

    those cookies look DELICIOUS! i loveeee chocolate. 180 cal for 2 isn’t that bad at all!!

  • #21 - Busy weekend ahead

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  • #22 - Elina

    Adrienne – haha, awesome! Oh and these pics are taken with a tripod. I think my camera needs to go. :(

    Kelly – you should definitely make a batch of cookie dough and freeze it. I’ve done it before and it works great for freshly baked cookies without much hassle (upon a little investment upfront). 😀

    Shannon – I’m going to buy a desk lamp this weekend! I’m determined to fix this problem. I hate how the pictures make my delicious food look so sad.

    Good Taste – oh yeah, before dinner snacking has been bad here too. I’m trying to at least go for healthier snacks… or some of the veggies I would eat at dinner anyway. It works on occasion 😀

    Jess – thanks for the snack ideas!

    Betsy – lol. Glad you appreciated Adam’s comedic skills 😆

    Erin – I would go through a Barney Butter withdrawal for sure! Honey is good and all but you can’t beat BB 😉 Oh and I am DEFINITELY not a morning person either. I like the idea of getting in a workout early on, but my body just doesn’t function well at that hour.

    Diana – a fresh baguette every day sounds like heaven to me! I like how you try to remind yourself of what worked yesterday. I need to get back to really listening to my body instead of eating too much and then regretting it after the fact.

    Carly – what a great little ritual. I think it’s time to make some more pumpkin apple bread. 😉

    Andrea – I agree. they aren’t big but 80 cals/cookie is quite good.

  • #23 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Post dinner rituals:
    On a good day-tea
    On a bad day-dessert snacking :/