Healthy and Sane

Cookies for dinner

February 3rd, 2010 · 27 Comments · breakfast, chicken, dessert, salad

I’ve had cookies on the brain all day so I’m appropriately starting this post with lots of cookie pictures. How delicious do these babies look?


As mentioned in last week’s post, I bid for and won a few baked goods in the bake sale for Haiti. One of the scrumptious cookies I was lucky enough to win were Heather’s peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies . I knew they were arriving today and I could not wait for them! I even had an extra kickass workout during lunch, just so I could enjoy a cookie or 2, guilt free. It’s all about planning, people! 😉


The cookies arrived at my office around 4:30. What I failed to plan for is how delicious they would be and how hard it would be for me to stop munching on them. Me, alone in a cube with TWO containers of cookies… dangerous!! Most of them were broken in the first box I opened so I ate a bunch of broken pieces. Who knows how many cookies that added up to. I know it was a lot. I caught myself in the act at some point, continuing to sneak yet another little piece and quickly brought the rest of the container over the our secretary’s desk. I got a few compliments later on: “Outstanding!” was one of my favorites. Short and sweet (err, pun not intended). Thanks, Heather, for donating your baking skills, time and cookie ingredients. Without a kitchen, I’ve been missing homemade goodies and these were delicious. Super crunchy and VERY addictive!!

Look, this one wants to get out of the container… Where are you going, little guy? You want me to eat you? Mwahaha… ok, now I’m being weird. 😆


So I ate a bunch of broken cookie pieces and called them dinner. My hunger never came back and I assure you I ate plenty of calories today. Hopefully the rest of my eats balanced the cookies out a bit. Let’s see how I did…


Barney Butter and raspberry jelly + banana sammie on Vermont spelt bread



I was still hungry after this so I grabbed a juicy gala apple. Much better!


[All together = 435 calories]


Man, was I snacky this morning. I wonder if it’s because I didn’t have any coffee in the morning (we were out of milk)? 😕

Chocolate covered edamame


[100 calories]


[70 calories]

Lindt cinnamon truffle


[75 calories]

Good thing my workout took care of it all (as in cleansed me and rebalanced me… I’m not referring to the calories burnt – that’s now how I do it :) )


I started with an awesome spin class. Actually today’s class was a stage 5 cycling class… from the fitcorp website: A focused and challenging indoor cycling workout that incorporates the same training and techniques found when riding outdoors. Each workout is appropriate for both the beginner and elite athlete to build solid, all-around fitness. This class is particularly beneficial for those who like to ride outdoors, are preparing for a long ride, charity event (PMC, MS, etc.) or competition.

The class is taught by a cycling coach. He’s pretty hardcore. I asked him to look at my bike set-up today and he pulled out a ruler or something else fancy looking. I LOVED today’s class!

After a 40+ minute sweaty “cycling” class, I went on the treadmill. Not sure where I got my energy from but as soon as I jumped on, something took over me. I planned to do 2 miles (since I missed my 3-miler yesterday, I want to make it up in chunks this week) and I ROCKED those 2 miles! At some point I was running at 7.2 mph, incline 1 or 2. I’m coming back, baby!! I also walked for 1/2 mile and stretched for 10 minutes. Today’s workout was fa-bu-lous.


Another jumbo salad: mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, grilled chicken, pom seeds and goat cheese + 1T Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette. This dressing really grew on me. I wasn’t a fan at first.



[253 calories]

The cookies were the rest of my eats. Oh and there is this garlic pickle I’m currently munching on while typing this post. I think there is crack in those pickles because I get the shakes when I run out. I eat one nearly every day. Sodium, shmodium… 😆



Do you think my contractor is telling me something?

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I think they don’t want me in the kitchen. Got it, guys!

We have new floors!!!


Pretty, no?


I’m off to enjoy some more cookies watch the Biggest Loser. :mrgreen:

What was the most delicious thing YOU ate today?

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27 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    After days of eating super healthy greens and beans I made spicy chicken sausage and peppers. My body needed it and it was delish!

  • #2 - Shannon

    ooh, was that stage 5 class taught by tom? he does one at longwood tomorrow that i’m taking. i’ve been the past 2 weeks and LOVE it, as it’s much closer to training outdoors!

    yay for cookies and that fabulous salad :)

  • #3 - Shannon

    i meant to add, look at you doing a brick (bike-run), you’re getting ready to do a tri 😉

  • #4 - One Healthy Apple

    Love the floor! I have had cookies for dinner lots of times! No shame in that!

    The most delicious thing I ate was my homemade sushi. It was ugly, but goood!

  • #5 - Ally

    Yay, good on you for thinking about exercise balancing you, not the calories! Big step :) Go chick.

    P.S. Man I want those cookies.

  • #6 - Helen

    There is a cinnamon version od Lindt truffles….I must find these! The most delicious thing I ate today was the three pieces of Terry’s chocolate orange, Hazelnut flavour. So healthy!

  • #7 - Shannon

    Wow! Your kitchen is really coming along! I’m sure the process feels slow to you though as you wait to have things back to normal.

    I am famous for eating the broken pieces of cookies. I always told myself that when they break the calories spill out! Wouldn’t that be nice if that were true!?

  • #8 - Elina

    Shannon – yep, taught by Tom. He’s awesome, isn’t he? And ha, I still don’t know how to ride a REAL bike. No tri for me any time soon. Maybe in like 5 years when I’m bored running marathons. Haha

    One Healthy Apple – homemade sushi sounds delicious. What was in it?

    Ally – yeah, I LOVE exercise – it’s not about the calorie burn for me. I just don’t feel right on days I skip my workouts. It’s like my medicine. :)

    Helen – yes, there is a cinnamon version. Orange wrapper. Go get ’em!! 😉

    Shannon – yes, it feels SO slow. They are targeting finishing by next Friday (except for the backsplash). I can’t wait!!! Oh and I only wish the broken cookies’ calories didn’t count. That WOULD be awesome! 😀

  • #9 - Sara

    Hi Elina! I’ve been reading your blog for a while. I’m now delurking haah.

    those cookies look so good!!


  • #10 - Elina

    Hi Sara, thanks for delurking! I love getting to know my readers 😀

  • #11 - Sophie @ yumventures

    I love workout days like that! And days with cookies for dinner =) I’ve never heard of chocolate covered edemame…is it good?

  • #12 - Kelly

    Love the floors! So jealous of the remodel. Have I said that enough times already?

  • #13 - Heather @ (The Single Dish)

    So happy to hear you got the cookies and enjoyed them!!! Too bad they all broke-I guess that is what happens when you ship them! But broken cookies are awesome because you can eat so many more :) Enjoy!

  • #14 - sister inna

    i had the most amazing dinner at an incredible mexican restaurant last night 😀 the food was so good i couldn’t even convince myself to fit any dessert in! now — YOU know that means DAYMN hehe
    maybe i’ll take you there sometime if you ask nicely 😉
    i ran some of that cheese off this morning too 😀

  • #15 - Nicole (dishin')

    Mmm cookies for dinner! All of your food looks delicious and your kitchen is looking good too. Can’t wait to see the end result!

  • #16 - Evan Thomas

    Oooo those cookies look good. I definitely wouldn’t resist them

  • #17 - Kristen @ Change of Pace

    I saw so many things in your post I want to try! Those cookies, chocolate covered edamame, lindt cinnamon truffles! Yum yum yum!

  • #18 - Heather @ (The Single Dish)

    To answer your question here too: I make large cookies!!! Minus 10 cookies from whatever I sent you- 6 got burnt and 4 wouldn’t fit in the containers!!

  • #19 - Elina

    Sophie – chocolate covered edamame is awesome. You don’t actually taste the edamame – just a crunchy thing inside dark chocolate. SO good! I buy these at Trader Joe’s.

    Kelly – haha. You did 😉

    Heather – I definitely enjoyed them, and so did my co-workers. They’re almost all gone. I hope I don’t devour them tonight. I’m going to try to be a good girl but with cookies you never know… 😀 Oh and I don’t know how many I got since they were mostly broken. Any clue how many I received? Just want to estimate how many cals each cookie is.

    Innz – I’ll ask nicely, promise. Good job on going for a run in the morning. I still can’t get into that. Oh well, we all have our strengths.

  • #20 - Annabel

    omg how does chocolate covered edamame taste?! Sounds amazing!

  • #21 - Elina

    Annabel – they are a little salty and COVERED IN CHOCOLATE. No really, like I told Sophie, you can’t really taste the edamame – mostly the chocolate and the crunch. They’re super addictive… I have to put them in little baggies right after buying them or else the whole container can be gone in 1 seating.

  • #22 - Michal

    Chocolate covered edamame = amazing!
    I actually just ate the most amazing green pudding smoothie mess or whatever you want to call it. It was so thick and fluffyl becuse I purchase xanthan gum and used it for the first time :)

  • #23 - Jenna

    Yumm cookies!!

  • #24 - Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me

    Yum I love cookies! Nice floors!

  • #25 - Liz

    I’m not sure how I didn’t know about these cinnamon truffles before now, but maybe it was best that way. OMG!! Lindt truffles are a huge weakness of mine, and I’m not even really a chocolate fan. Cinnamon + truffles?? Eek. I might have to hint to Ryan about that being a good VDay gift :) Pickles are another weakness, but not as much as green olives. I literally cannot keep olives in the apartment because I will finish off the jar in like two days. Talk about high sodium…

    Love the floors!

  • #26 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I love your floors! How exciting!
    I don’t think I’ve ever tried POM seeds in a salad. That’s a great idea. I LOVE fruit in salads :)
    Pickles…ewww! I think we have fairly similar tastes in food, except I have now found at least one thing we differ on! 😉
    Hmmm. I think the most delicious thing I have eaten (so far) today was my homemade chicken and veg soup (from Ellie)! I did the broth homemade, and I think that made a big difference :)
    Happy Friday, Elina!

  • #27 - Chou

    I like your dissection of what you eat, it’s very interesting from a personal and nutritional perspective. You may be interested in joining in my one-month iron man meets iron chef blog event (see here) . . . Happy Friday. :)