Healthy and Sane

Healthy snack ideas

June 11th, 2010 · 23 Comments · beef, breakfast, sandwich, snacks

Thank you all for your super supportive comments on my last post. Getting it out there really helped me. I was a lot more centered yesterday and much much happier. Getting the day started with pilates (yay, I made it!) helped too. It was great knowing that I already got one workout in before even heading to work. I am not a morning person so I can’t do much more than yoga or pilates this early but that’s still a great start. Plus both of these workouts are great mentally too. They remind me to slow down. Anyways, I feel great so thank you!!

I’ve been thinking recently about how my snacks got pretty boring lately. I often just grab a fruit to-go:

Sometimes I add something else for satiety…

Sometimes it’s fruit and nuts in dried form (a.k.a trailmix)

…sometimes it’s just nuts:

And then there are various bars that are oh so convenient:

Once in a while I get a little more creative and I LOVE snacks like that…

Baby carrots + almond butter

1/2 Food for Life english muffin with Barney Butter and 1/2 banana (one of my favorite snacks!!)

Ww toast with hummus and 1/4 avocado

Baguette with baba ganoush and tomatoes

Crackers with edamame hummus

Baby carrots with hummus and 1 hard-boiled egg

I need to revamp my snacks. What are your favorites?

Onto yesterday’s eats…


German fitness bread with cream cheese, kiwi, strawberries and pecans

Close up shot:

This was so hearty and satisfying. The fresh fruit was so sweet and paired nicely with the tangy cream cheese and earthy bread. Yum! :)


I decided to treat myself to a lunch at the farmers market yesterday. I think I’m going to start doing that once a week. It just felt so special… plus I’m supporting local farmers, right? 😉

The Prudential Center farmers market (open Thursdays 11:00-17:00)

The swiss bakers table caught my eye

They had 2 kinds of sandwiches and the guy talked me into the lettuce, tomato, pickle & turkey (and mayo apparently) sandwich. He was 99% sure that the turkey was organic since supposedly the owners pride themselves on all ingredients being organic.

This guy came on a PretzelBaguette – oh my!

So I went on their website after getting back to my desk and I see nothing about the use of organic ingredients. I’m pretty sure this was NOT organic turkey but I still ate it. Not eating it would not make a statement other than a hungry Elina. 😉 The bread was the most amazing thing – a soft pretzel in a baguette shape. Fantastic. I’m going to choose the vegetarian option next time or just buy the PretzelBaguette and assemble my own sandwich. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this lunch! :mrgreen:


1 banana, 1/2 apple pie larabar, 1 orange (after workout) <– see, boring!!


Pilates reformer class in the am. I’m still on the fence. I LOVE the studio (it’s Boston Body btw) but I think I need some heavy lifting/bootcamp classes in my life to feel complete. And since these classes aren’t cheap (I got a discounted deal for just a few sessions before), they would have to replace my gym membership and everything else. So we’ll see. I have a 30-days unlimited mat membership that I have yet to activate and I think it may be more my speed. Plus it’s a lot cheaper so if I absolutely love it, then it’s more likely to become part of my routine. I’ll keep you guys posted, of course. 😉

After work, I also went to the gym for some cardio. I NEEDED it. Even that’s an understatement. I didn’t have my running shoes (only old sneakers) so I didn’t want to run (much) so I thought I’d try Janetha’s slow paced treadmill workout (with increasing inclines). Yeah, I thought it was going to be all walking but… I don’t know about you but I can’t walk at 5.0. I got to 4.6 but even that got a little too much at 8-9 incline. I basically stuck between 4.4 and 4.5 mph and used Janetha’s incline recommendations. After about 17 minutes I decided that running actually wouldn’t be so bad. I finished the 30 minutes at 6.6-6.7 mph at 1.0 incline. That felt good. I need to bring running shoes to the gym next time. It felt weird running in those babies. After the treadmill, I did like 3 minutes on this weird stepmaster type thing (you move the legs sideways) but it was sooooo boring I couldn’t handle it. I grabbed a jump rope and did that for maybe 30 seconds and then an elliptical with a tv freed up. Sweeeeet. So I did 17 minutes on that, again using Janetha’s “moves” – elliptical HIIT. I was sweaty and happy by the end. After a little stretching and it was time to get moving.


My grandmas from Israel are in town so I rushed to my parents’ house after my workout (and a shower of course!). We ate dinner there.

Short-rib + polenta prepared by my dad. It was really good.

+ a little plate of hummus, tomatoes and pickled radish

I went back for more hummus (on 1/2 toast) and more pickled radish after this. Yum! And had a glass of Pinot Noir that my dad got me for my birthday. It was the same wine I had last time at Bin26 and declared it was my favorite wine of all time. It was still good last night. Not sure if I can give it the same mark though. Maybe I need to taste it one more time, just to be sure. 😉

And that’s how you do it. Sorry for the crazy long post. I guess I was in a chatty mood. 😆

Don’t forget to enter the RPS giveaway. I’ll declare the winner in my next post.

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    My snacks have gotten a lot more boring since I’ve been packing them to bring to work with me. Usually they’re very similar to the first few you mentioned – fresh fruit, almonds, a bar, etc. But some other ones I’ve done are: cottage cheese with fruit, chopped hard-boiled egg mixed with a laughing cow cheese to make an “egg salad,” which is then eaten on crackers, and turkey slices wrapped around pickles.

    Have a great day! :)

  • #2 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    Pretzel baguette? That sounds amazing! My snacks are REALLY boring. I usually just pack fruits and veggies to bring with me to work!

  • #3 - shelly

    My favorite snacks are a banana and peanut butter, rosemary triscuits with cottage cheese and pepper (so much protein!), ricotta mixed with a little honey and cocoa powder eaten with strawberries or raspberries, pears and almond butter, apple slices with cinnamon and maca, goat cheese and blueberries,half a grapefruit with agave (it’s extra good if you can top it with brown sugar and broil it for a few minutes but that only happens on the weekends), rye bread with butter and tomatoes, greek yogurt with berries, etc…
    I also made a small salad that was a really satisfying snack the other day. It was spinach with fresh blueberries, almonds, Parmesan, and olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. It tasted really fresh and the sweet and salty flavors gave it a nice complexity. Plus, spinach, blueberries, and almonds are like health in a bowl. :)

  • #4 - Heather

    Pretzel breads are da bomb!
    Your breakfast looks amazing, btw. How creative! It’s like your own personal fruit pizza!

  • #5 - Notes from the Fatty File

    Your snacks look awesome to me. I am drooling at the strawberries on the bread. My favorite snack right now is frozen mango chunks. They are icy and cool and I feel like I’m eating tropical bon bons.

  • #6 - Kerstin

    Mmmm, that pretzel bread looks amazing – I need to check out the farmer’s market!

  • #7 - janetha

    those snacks are NOT boring! thanks for the holler on the moves. i always LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos. you are an awesome photographer :) have a great weekend!

  • #8 -

    fruit or eggs…. or even hummus are my fav snack ideas! but i have to make sure i hard boiled my eggs the night before.. otherwise i cant be bothered to wait for them hehe

  • #9 - amy

    hi….about two years ago (may 2008) i was in boston and saw you running around lunch hour by the charles river. i wrote to you about my celeb spotting! i’m back in my favorite city and will be looking for you while i run! i have been meaning to comment about how good all your meals look. you don’t just grab and go; you always take the time to make a delicious looking meal. i also appreciate how honest and real you are on your blog. thanks for the reading enjoyment.
    amy from los angeles

  • #10 - Beth @ DiningAndDishing

    I am definitely not creative in the snack dept. on weekdays. Almost always go with a Cliff Bar for my daily snack! On the weekend yogurt, fruit and flax is my (kind of) more creative go to :).

  • #11 - Jenna

    Your snacks look so fancy and delicious! I especially love the baguette one: ) And I am sooo jealous of your breakfast!!

  • #12 - Monique@She's Going The Distance

    mmmm pretzel :) what are somersaults?? (the food, not the action, ha). I’m intrigued!

    Beautiful pictures, as always!!

  • #13 - Amy

    question about that treadmill workout— what do you do with your arms? do you hold on?

  • #14 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I love how you always eat such colorful foods. The avocados, strawberries and other fruits and veggies are so beautiful!

  • #15 - Elina

    Amy #1 (hehe) – I was *this* close to running by the river again today but I ended up spinning. Maybe I’ll see you around town. :)

    Amy #2 – Oh no- I definitely don’t hold on. That would freak me out. I just move them like I would if I ran outside. 😀

  • #16 - Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter

    My favorite snack is a microwaved apple with cinnamon on it. I then crush Annie’s cinnamon bunnies on top to make a healthy apple pie essentially. It’s so great for cold and rainy days.

  • #17 - christina

    why in the world have i not mixed carrots w/ pb? i mean i put it on everything else! i eat hard boiled eggs w/ hummus a lot! mmmm and cottage cheese w/ canteloupe, just like everyone else. haha

  • #18 - Carly

    I usually go to fruit, greek yogurt, snack bar, carrots and hummus, sliced turkey. Sometimes I’m bad and I sneak some cookies or brownies in there… moderation… (or not)

  • #19 - Liz

    I am crazy boring with snacks sometimes too! I think once I find something that works I stick to it. I eat an english muffin with PB and a banana almost every AM. I also enjoy 3/4 cup of nonfat plain yogurt with 1 oz of nuts as s snack daily. So boring and predictable! :)

  • #20 - Lynn @ The Actors Diet

    mmmm….pretzel baguette! i’ve had a pretzel croissant at the bakery my cousin works at, swiss bakers in reading, ma. they were INSANE

  • #21 - Shannon

    I’ve seen these pretzel breads and I really want to try it! Looks wonderful! I love that its farmers market season again. I need a weekend free of studying to get out there!

  • #22 - runnerforever

    I love how so many of your snacks have some healthy fat in them. So good for you and filling!

  • #23 - sophia

    Oh I LOVE that pretzel baguette!!! That’s pretty amazing. Love the chew and the hardiness of it! I also love your breakfast. Pretty colors, refreshing taste, and great nutrition.

    These days, my snacks are ice-cream, or peanut pancakes. I had 3 ice-cream cones today!