Equal Calories and Chickpea Salad with Parsley, Lemon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

by Joanne on November 2, 2011

An email from Fit Day explained that not all calories are created equal even if 200 calories is 200 calories.

For example, fiber rich food: fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans all require a lot of chewing. This slows the consumption process down. In addition, healthy fiber rich foods keep you full longer.

Protein takes a long time for your body to break down. It also makes you feel full longer which curbs your appetite and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Fats are the necessary evil..oh they really aren’t that evil if you eat the right kind. They satisfy the body. Healthy unsaturated fats help to deliver nutrients efficiently to your cells, keeping you feeling good.

Beware of those liquid calories. While you can create some pretty healthy smoothies and such, they won’t keep you satisfied and full as long as if you were able to chew your food.

  • Balance out your nutrients.
  • Practice portion control.
  • Analyze food for nutrient dense calories and not empty calories.

These practices will ensure you maintain a healthy weight and healthy body.


running diary

I think I pushed it over the limit in my speed training this week.  As I ran on the treadmill at marathon pace, my hamstring PINGED me.  Ok, let’s be honest.  I WAS going faster than my marathon goal pace  B  U U T T T  it was on the treadmill and aren’t you suppose to run faster on the treadmill WITH an incline to mimic road pace?  I thought so.  The infamous “PING” didn’t happen until mile 8 but when I continued the run outside for a 4 mile cool down, that PING got more frequent and more severe each time.

I was a good little runner when I got home because I put my leg on ice.  As for the rest of the day, my left hamstring didn’t neglect to remind me what I had done earlier in the day.

So dear running diary, I’m hoping you will remind me that when I get 3 weeks out from a race and I begin to think pushing the envelope is worthwhile, you will magically reveal those pages and remind me of what will happen if I don’t proceed with care.

A Bon Appetit International Recipe suggestion and what a terrific suggestion it was.


A healthy and filling salad that refreshes as well as fills.


Serves 6

2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ TBS ground Cumin

1 15 oz can Chickpeas, drain and rinse

2 medium cucumber, peeled , seeded and diced

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup thinly sliced sun dried tomatoes packed in oil

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp minced garlic

pinch crushed red pepper flakes

salt and black pepper to taste

Combine the oil and cumin and set aside.

In a salad bowl, add the chickpeas, cucumber, parsley, tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Toss with the lemon juice then top with the oil and cumin mixture. Serve at room temperature.


Let’s not forget, it’s nutritious too!  Enjoy.

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  • At 2011.11.02 07:35, claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine said:

    This is at just the right time for me! I started my diet and my strenght training last week, down 5 pounds already, although i dont feel stronger yet… this recipe is perfect for me the protein and lemon cleanses. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your run~

    • At 2011.11.02 14:21, Joanne said:

      Wahoo! 5 lbs. Way to go Claudia.

      • At 2011.11.02 07:41, Heather said:

        Just this week I was trying to explain to my son how a 200 calorie breakfast of poptarts isn’t the same as an apple and pb toast!!
        Hope your hamstring feels better. Give it a rest day – I’m sure it will thank you. 🙂

        • At 2011.11.02 14:21, Joanne said:

          I would never have reasoned the poptart vs. apple & pb thing when I was his age. I would be poptart all the way.

          • At 2011.11.02 08:25, Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn said:

            That’s definitely something important to consider when making food choices and I think if I try to remember it then I’ll be even more motivated to choose the good stuff!
            Your chickpea salad with sun-dried tomatoes looks delicious, those colours are fabulous 🙂

            • At 2011.11.02 14:22, Joanne said:

              Thanks. The salad really hit the spot.

              • At 2011.11.02 09:30, Sophie said:

                MMMMM,…I love easy yet so flavourfull salads like this one! Cumin & chickpeas together is always a winning team!!! 😉

                • At 2011.11.02 14:22, Joanne said:

                  It was easy. Fresh cumin (as opposed to ground) to soak in the oil over night would even be better.

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