Healthy and Sane

Orange takes over

March 8th, 2010 · 18 Comments · breakfast, pumpkin, salad, sausage, snacks

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my last post. I knew there was no reason for me to beat myself up over what happened, especially since I made the best choices based on all the information that was available to me at the time, but I’m not going to lie – finding out that Saturday accidently was such an indulgent day ruined my 11 mile run on Sunday morning. My head just wasn’t in it. The best thing I could have done was to forget it and move on, but somehow I just wanted to give up on everything. I did have my friend Molly to keep me company on my run. I asked to walk pretty much every other minute (or so it seemed). If you are a runner, you know that voice in your head that tries to tell you to stop because it would be just so much easier? The voice you usually ignore? I let that voice get the best of me. Molly was such a great sport, though, and indulged my wishes. Together we finished a little over 9.5 miles but I’m not sure how much of it we actually ran – maybe 7-8? I know it’s still something to be proud of and I’ve moved on for real this time. Lesson learned. :)

Oh and btw, you all were right. I was not hungry at all today due to a very indulgent weekend (yesterday kind of became indulgent again) so I still nourished my body but consumed less calories than usual. I guess it does balance out. Wanna see what I ate today? πŸ˜‰


TJ’s organic fiber blueberry muffin + coffee



[265 calories]


2 clementines and a sample packet of somersaults – still love them!!


[140 calories]


As usual on Mondays, I get to come home for lunch. I made a small detour through TJ’s to stock up on veggies. The star ingredient was Gena’s carrot miso dressing (found through Soap & Chocolate).


The dressing came together quickly since I had all the ingredients on hand and the vitamix is a beast. πŸ˜† It was almost “whipped.” Since I couldn’t just eat it with a spoon, I decided to make a salad. Might as well, right? πŸ˜‰

Mixed greens, steamed broccoli, shredded carrots, chopped cucumber, shrimp + miso carrot dressing


Here are all the greens + shrimp!


To be honest, something was missing there and the whipped texture of the dressing was actually a bit strange. I was imagining it would taste like the dressing you get on house salads at Japanese restaurants but that wasn’t the case. Also, I may have overdone it on the ginger or maybe it was missing salt? After a few bites of the salad I went to the fridge for water and noticed a jar of spicy Italian pepper rings. For some reason those sounded appealing and they really saved this meal for me. My mouth was on fire… in a good way! :mrgreen:

Dessert: caramel oikos. Oh yeah, that’s the stuff! πŸ˜†


[All together – 280 calories. I was actually shocked to find how low that was!]



[180 calories]

WORKOUT – Monday’s usual – Rack it Up. I just love that burn!!


Ever since trying Shannon’s savory pumpkin bread pudding, it’s been on my list of must make meals. I knew Adam would love it. I mean this screams “man meal”, since bread, sausage, cheese and sour cream are the main ingredients. This dish even made it to my top 9 homemade meals in 2009  – it was that good. Tonight Adam finally had a chance to taste Shannon’s masterpiece – made by moi this time. πŸ˜€


The verdict? He LOVED it! I know my husband so well. πŸ˜€ I thought Shannon’s execution was a bit better but I still enjoyed it.


[450 calories]

This was one hearty dinner, let me tell you. I am STUFFED hours later!! No desire for dessert or anything. I think one of the key “tricks” for avoiding over snacking is to have super filling meals. This was the perfect example of it. Could be a little heavier in the veggie department but I sure took care of that during lunch. πŸ˜€

Total calories consumed: 1316. I can’t believe how crazy full I am for such a small amount of calories. I guess I’m like a camel – I stored this weekends’ eats for later. πŸ˜†

Looking at this post, apparently I ate a lot of orange foods. So just for fun – what’s your favorite orange food? Any favorite way to consume it?

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18 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Jen

    Great job! See, that is always what happens! Induldge now, save for later. :)

    I would have to say sweet potatoes – baked in the oven with a sprinkle of cinnamon – YUM!

  • #2 - Dominique

    Mmm…that pumpkin bread pudding looks and sounds delicious! Do you think I could sub the sour cream with lactose-free yogurt?

    Just finished catching myself up on your posts and I’m glad to see that your meals evened themselves out.

    BTW, where do you get Somersaults from?

  • #3 - Megan

    Hello! My fav orange food would have to be carrots! And I know this is really weird but I like putting them raw in between a bagel to make a carrot bagel sandwich! I love it!

  • #4 - Shannon

    Running is so mental! If my head isn’t in the game, my run is awful. Good for you for trudging through and for moving on from the disappointment.

  • #5 - Elina

    Dominique – I think you can definitely sub yogurt for sour cream. It just creates a “bath” for the bread. :) I got those tiny bags from the company as part of their promo but I’ve bought the regular sized bags on their website and on Amazon before. They also sell them at Pete’s Coffee & Tea if you have one around you.

    Megan – that sounds like such an intriguing combo. Do you add anything else to this bagel sammie or just carrots?

  • #6 - Mellissa

    Orange is my favorite color- my tea mug is orange, my new kitchen is going to be orange, and my favorite food is cheese (which can be orange-ish).

  • #7 - sister inna

    carrot muffins πŸ˜‰
    i’m making some tonight hehehe

  • #8 - Jamie in Arkansas

    My favorite orange food is SWEET POTATOES. I love them roasted, mashed or baked. I always cook several when I make them, and then I get to enjoy them all week! They’re so sweet and delicious. Like dessert! :)

  • #9 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Yay for carrot miso dressing! It’s totally my fave! I’m surprised you didn’t love it, though. For me, it does come out pretty much just like the salad dressing at Japanese restaurants, and definitely not whipped texture! I kind of like to do it in the food processor though. Maybe try that? You may have “whipped it into submission” in the Vitamix, so to speak, hehe. Give it another chance! I just adjust the flavors to my own taste. :)

  • #10 - Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    Definitely sweet potatoes!! Yum :-)

  • #11 - Shannon

    ooh, glad adam liked it :) you just made my day! wow i love so many orange foods… oranges, roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots… yum!

  • #12 - Lara (Thinspired)

    That is a lot of orange foods! Even the packaging for the Oikos and Cliff bar are orange πŸ˜‰ I had a similar moment this morning when I packed carrots as well as clementines in my lunch. Hmmm…I think my favorite orange food might be carrots, because they’re so versatile. We have a TEN POUND bag of organic carrots in our fridge right now!

  • #13 - Sophie @ yumventures

    I love sweet potatoes and winter squash! Orange foods are definitely the best in the winter :) Glad to see you are feeling better today!

  • #14 - Cara

    Hi Elina! I was going to say, that dressing sounds delicious and I have just found some other recipes that are inspiring me to pick up some miso (I’ve never cooked with it). Maybe the dressing could be doctored up with some spicy since that seemed to make it better for you!

    And regarding orange vegetables? let’s just say, I am known in some circles as the Pumpkin Princess :) But I don’t discriminate and I love and use all winter squash – and carrots and sweet potatoes! My mother claims I ate so many orange veggies as a baby that I kind of turned that color πŸ˜‰

  • #15 - Gabriela (froyolover)

    Amazing pics!
    See, Elina? YouΒ΄re body know it all.
    Have an amazing Wednesday, girl!
    Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,

  • #16 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    I eat baby carrots like they are going out of style!

  • #17 - Jenna

    great eats today!

  • #18 - Dominique

    No Pete’s around here and sadly I can’t order foodstuffs from the US Amazon site. :( I’m going to have to check out some other sources–no luck at Whole Foods yesterday–but I didn’t really check that hard as I was on the search for other stuff.