A Healthy Weekend

Happy Memorial Day! As promised, I’ve gotten my act together and returned to (mostly) healthy living.

On Saturday I headed to D.C. to celebrate my BFF’s bachelorette party. Before I left New York, I ran 10 relaxed miles in about 1 hour, 26 minutes (8:38 pace). I usually run longer than 10 miles for my weekend long run, but since the Brooklyn half was only a week ago, I decided to keep it on the short side. Whenever I travel I try to fit in a quality workout before I leave – I’ve realized that running is so much harder to fit in when you’re out of town!

Jen was an excellent hostess and served up all sorts of delicious (and healthy!) foods. Some of the highlights of our “girl’s night” included: summer fruit salad

fruit salad

Homemade guacamole and tortilla chips


Fresh veggies and Ranch dip


Spinach dip and cubed bread

spinach dip

Saltine Cookies (Jen’s Family Recipe)


  • 1 1/2 sleeves saltines
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • peanut butter and chocolate chips (1 cup each)


  • On a foil-lined tray, line up the saltine crackers – fit them in tightly so there are no gaps (you might need to break some in half in order to make them fit)
  • In a saucepan over low heat slowly melt the butter and sugar
  • Pour the butter-sugar mixture over the saltines and bake for 8-10 minutes (375 degrees)
  • Remove from oven and while saltines are still hot, top with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips, spread with a spoon until smooth
  • Allow to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours and then break up into pieces

saltine cookies

saltine cookies

And of course, some adult beverages were enjoyed 🙂

megan and jen

Bachelorette Party

On Sunday morning, I set out for a morning run and helloooooo summer! It was hot. I ran about 4 easy miles in 35 minutes (8:45 pace) and then re-hydrated with ICED COFFEE. Isn’t this drip coffee contraption the coolest thing ever?

iced coffee

I spent the rest of my day sunbathing on Jen’s deck (yay, suburbs and real houses!), eating delicious leftovers, and then bus-ing it back to NYC.

During the ride back to the city I could not stop thinking about that spinach dip (yeah, I’m weird), so I made a stop at the grocery store for supplies and then whipped up my own “healthified” version. If you’re not a fan of creamy dips, this might not be for you, but I love it. Makes eating raw veggies FUN!

Healthified Spinach Dip (serves 8, each 1/2 cup serving contains approx. 100 calories, 7 grams protein, and 2 grams of fiber)


  • packet of Knor’s vegetable soup mix (or other dry vegetable mix)
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 oz water chestnuts, chopped
  • 8 oz light sour cream
  • 8 oz 2% Greek yogurt
  • 8 0z 0% Greek yogurt


  • Mix everything in a bowl until combined and then refrigerate 2 hours before serving
  • Enjoy with fresh veggies, crackers, bread, or pita chips

spinach dip

spinach dip

Just finished a lovely 7-miler in Central Park with Jacqui (woo! sports bra run weather) and am plotting a frozen yogurt excursion….Enjoy the day!

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Question: What’s your favorite type of dip?

  • Jen

    You forgot about the apple crisp! 😉 Thanks for coming down! Had such a great time!

  • Guacamole all the way, yum!

  • My favorite dip is peach salsa! I could easily just get a spoon and go to town!

  • Hummus or babaganoush, definitely. Not a fan of cream dips. But yours looks like a good version of the much-loved spinach dip, I’ll have to remember that for our next party.

  • SO. MUCH. FUN.

    why does this weekend have to end? everyone is having so much fun around the blogosphere – i love it!

    and i LOVE the looks of that spin dip. i am also a HUGE fan of spinach dip with cubed bread. in fact, it is one of mama everythingtarian’s specialties.

    happy mem day me lady 🙂

  • p.s. saltine cookies rule. end.

  • I love guac! Definetly had some today:)

  • Guacamole or hummus all the way!
    This looks like such a fun weekend! I’m mega impressed that you can fit in all that running whilst on the go. Major props. Yep, I said “props”.

    Happy froyo eating!

  • saltine cookies???? I need these in my life

  • Whoaaa. So does that machine make the coffee cold, without you having to chill it? It’s an iced coffee maker? That’s amazing. Totally useless not in the summer, but incredible.

    Every time I think about dip I remember that song “When I dip you dip we dip.” I like artichoke dip with oily pita chips. Yes.

  • Jen

    @Sarah – it’s not an iced coffee maker. We actually boiled the water before pouring it over the grounds. But it’s very easy to make iced coffee with – just put enough ice in the cup. It works all year round!

  • @Jen – I get so excited when you comment! Yay. Also, I am so sad that I didn’t take any photos of the apple cobbler (sad face). Recipe???

    @Sarah – I love your references to early 90’s pop/hip-hop music.

  • I admit, I like “bad” dips…clam dip, YUM. Hummus is good too though!

    Glad you had a great weekend away – and soooo bummed I missed out on running yesterday. Argh, stupid headache.

  • I do the same thing – I will start thinking about a food and then I have to stop and pick it up and make it or else the craving just grows stronger. That dip looks amazing and now I want some!!

  • Quac and hummus are my two ultimate favorite dips! Looks like a fun weekend, I look forward to having warm sunny runs here in Washington hopefully soon.

  • Ellen

    Looks like you had a fun weekend! I fit in two runs while I was in Southampton over the long weekend. It felt good to sweat, and it certainly made me feel less guilty about my indulgences (hello, smores!). Ohh and I looove artichoke dip and salsa! So good, so easy 🙂


  • Nice! Nothing like healthy food to offset the adult beverages. haha. Next time I’m pregnant though I’m definitely going to try do it over the winter because it’s summer and I miss cold and refreshing adult beverages!

  • those saltine cookies are a great idea

  • Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks 🙂

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