A Full Agenda

by jenna on July 24, 2008

Ugh! I’m reporting with more crazy internet problems. Brighthouse seriously needs to get their stuff together because I’ve had nothing but problems this year in this apartment! My roommate called and they are coming out Monday afternoon to “fix” it (right), so right now I must resort to the tiny bubble of wireless connection I get sitting outside on the steps of my apartment. It works for right now but it isn’t the best situation!!

I really liked that “Flax and Fiber” bread I had my sandwich on today. It was very chewy and “wholesome” and didn’t taste like cardboard. All the ingredients are all natural and it has four grams of protein per slice! My sandwich was nice and filling with my peach and around 2:00 (my usual snack time) I had my string cheese and almonds…..but I found some “honey mustard and onion” pretzel bites under the desk and had a small handful of those too…..maybe around 6? Yummy carbs!

Speaking of carbs, that’s what was for dinner tonight! I had some frozen tofu in the freezer so I quickly defrosted it in hot water for about 10 minutes then sauteed it in my cast iron skillet so it got nice and springy and crunchy on the outside. I combined that with some organic pasta sauce from Whole Foods and some whole wheat pasta. I also had a spinach salad with grape tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar on the side. This meal has gotten me through some serious library nights when I was an undergrad. I always made it because its SO easy and QUICK and keeps me full for hours because of the super proportion of carbs and protein. I highly recommend this!

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I’m bringing another Dessert shake for later with 1/2 cup soy and 1/2 cup water. This worked really well last night and was very satisfying. I’m not going to have much time at all for a break tonight with my practical going on, so this is something I can sip while I work!

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Tonight’s agenda is:

sugar cookies

peanut butter cookies

chocolate chip cookies

white chocolate sauce

marshmallows

temper chocolate for s’mores

Let’s hope I can get all that done in 5 hours! I’m going to have to work fast and be very efficient with clean up. I need to get everything done so tomorrow night I can just make the nougatine as well as icing for the cookie monsters and then plate it and be done!

Wish me luck! 

ps—-what’s your favorite night-time snack? ;)

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Amy July 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Jenna,

I have an idea for your next video posting. I would love love to buy a cast iron skillet. I think they are better to use than non stick. But they seem so complex- when I was reading about seasoning it and how not to wash it with soap and then dry over the fire plus they are heavy. Needless to say, I have resisted buying one out of intimidation. I was thinking maybe you could make your oatmeal pancakes and then show us how you clean up the cast iron? I completely understand if you don’t want to make that a video though.

Do you find the cast iron to be very heavy?

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darien elaine July 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm

oo, a little fat-free vanilla ice cream with lots of cinnamon powder. yumm.

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Lisa July 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Definitely steamed milk…
When I was working with my trainer to get fit before my wedding she wouldn’t really let me eat after 5:00pm. It was fantastic for leaning out while I was working on my arm muscles but I CAN NOT sleep if I am hungry. So I started steaming milk with my espresso machine and adding a little sugar-free Vanilla syrup. Very satifying and helped me to sleep soundly as well.

Jenna – How do you prep your tofu for sauteing? I’ve heard about a whole pressing process…?

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Ashley July 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Is that a dish your pasta is on? Or is that somehow the tablecloth?

It’s so pretty!!!! Where did you get it?

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Danielle July 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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Emily July 24, 2008 at 9:38 pm

This sounds weird, but my favorite night time snack is cottage cheese on a rice cake. A little protein, a few carbs, and about 100 calories.

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Kat July 24, 2008 at 9:39 pm

CEREAL with almond milk! The only problem is I can’t stop eating it :) Maybe I should start eating popcorn again!

Kat

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 24, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Chocolate chip cookies, yogurt, or cereal.

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Nicole July 24, 2008 at 10:11 pm

My favorite night time “snack” has to be hot chocolate. I can never get enough of it, even in mid-summer.

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Allie July 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I second warm milk (microwaved, not steamed – no steamer!), or frozen fruit bars/popsicles (i love these http://www.frutstix.com/products/index.html or homemade).

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BethT July 24, 2008 at 10:26 pm

POPCORN!!!!

My favorite brand is Pop Secret Homestyle, which actually uses real butter and not the fake butter junk. It is so tasty and comforting, but also high in calories so I don’t have it too often.

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Kelly L. July 24, 2008 at 10:28 pm

My favorite nighttime snack is either ice cream, frozen grapes, z bars (but I can’t eat just one), or popcorn if I’m really hungry. I usually just have to have something sweet even it’s small. :)

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Lisa July 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Woops, never mind Jenna, I just found my answer in the FAQ section!

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Every Gym's Nightmare July 24, 2008 at 10:33 pm

i got excited because i thought the giant white hunks in your pasta was cheese.

tofu is good, too, though. i guess ;)

http://www.groundedfitness.com

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AshleyH July 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm

My favorite lat night snack when I’m home is a Tofutti Cutti. But when I’m out of the house or dont feel like ice cream I like cereal or graham crakcers with peanut butter. Can you tell I have a major sweet tooth! ;)

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Sara July 24, 2008 at 10:45 pm

My favorite nighttime snack is a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter on it! Delicious and very comforting. :)

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faith July 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm

my favorite night time snack is very similar to Sara’s. mine is toast with apricot jam and a drizzle of honey! sweet and satisfying

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alicia July 24, 2008 at 11:20 pm

My night snack varies. I will usually have camomile tea with honey to help me relax for bed. If I’m hungry, I will eat anything from biscuits to cheese. Nothing specific.

My brother actually has that dessert protein powder but since I don’t take protein powder anymore, I haven’t tried it. Good to know that it tastes alright. :)

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Andrea July 24, 2008 at 11:26 pm

technology can be SUCH a pain sheesh!

my favorite nighttime snacks are: 100 cal kettlecorn/popcorn bags, a baked apple with cinnamon and fage (for dipping), vitamuffins (chocolate flavor only)….. fruit and chocolate usually satisfy my sweets cravings ;)

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Amy July 24, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Ice Cream or cereal

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courtney July 24, 2008 at 11:44 pm

my favorite night time snack is fruit, rasins, or chocolate soymilk.

I have a question about cooking dry lentils, I just bought a bag of them and it doesn’t have instructions on how to properly cook one serving (1.4) cup of lentils. Jenna or someone else who knows, could you tell me how to cook my lentils!? haha, thank you!

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nicole r. July 24, 2008 at 11:45 pm

i have always loved fruit at night. my great grandma (nonna) used to cut up peaches for me when i was really little at our summer house, and ive always found fruit to be the best thing to fix your night time hunger.

then again, open boxes of cereal and/or so delicious almond vanilla ice cream always call my name on those nights when i come home at 4am less than sober…

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Victoria July 24, 2008 at 11:58 pm

I really love a bowl of cereal with vanilla soymilk as a “before bed” snack.

Good luck tonight!!

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Kelsey July 25, 2008 at 12:09 am

Aw, I hate when there are internet issues! Hope it’s fixed!
I used to be soo against late night snacking, but lately I have been straying from my norm and getting my frozenness on. Frozen yogurt is such a delight, especially in the summer! I just tell myself to work out the next morning…
:]

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VeggieGirl July 25, 2008 at 12:28 am

Favorite night-time snack: big ol’ bowl of fresh, seasonal fruit.

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Andrea July 25, 2008 at 12:33 am

fav night time snack= grahm crackers dipped in chocolate pudding! yum =)

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Amanda K July 25, 2008 at 1:18 am

oh my gosh…. light vanilla yogurt mixed with mango and a little honey…. HEAVEN ON EARTH!

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Kristin Point July 25, 2008 at 1:48 am

sliced apple dipped in cottage cheese or yogurt :)

Good luck!

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eliza July 25, 2008 at 2:27 am

sliced apple with cinnamon heated up yummm!
or hot chocolate
:)

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Kimberly July 25, 2008 at 2:43 am

Favorite nighttime snack? Two Ryvita topped with peanut butter and either honey or melted Ghirardelli chocolate chips, accompanied by a cold glass of chocolate almond milk :)

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erica July 25, 2008 at 2:47 am

nighttime snack = fresh fruit, or chocolate of course!

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Maureen July 25, 2008 at 2:49 am

Favorite = Paradise Bakery chocolate chip cookies. i have those maybe 2-3 times per week.

Most often nighttime snack = Kashi Go Lean Turtle Roll or chocolate chp Fiber One bar.

(can you tell I like dessert :) )

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Becca A July 25, 2008 at 11:42 am

Ice cream or I cut up some fresh fruit, add some cinnamon and warm it for a few seconds in the microwave. I top it with some oats, granola, or crumbled cereal…Instant mini-cobbler :)

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C July 25, 2008 at 11:50 am

My favorites are cereal or salty/sweet popcorn.

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mel July 25, 2008 at 12:09 pm

hmm… either a mini bag of kettle corn with a couple of hershey kisses, or an apple or banana with pb or almond butter and sometimes yogurt parfeits or a pudding cup! I have a snack everynight before bed bc I always wake up starving (It doesn’t always work! haha). Does anyone else wake up so hungry? I eat a big dinner around 6:30 or 7:30 and have a snack before bed and still wake up so hungry (even though I eat prob 2000-2500 cals every day)

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Amy July 25, 2008 at 12:24 pm

opps…forgot to say my favorite night time snack. Mine’s pb- yep straight pb by the spoon. or to make portable pb with toast.

Jenna, have you read/do you read any books or magazines on yoga ? Or do you just focus on practice? There are all these books explaining yoga poses and there is even a yoga magazine. Since you are a big reader I wanted to hear your thoughts.

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Melanie July 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Hey Jenna – I’ve never cooked tofu and I really want to try it and this looks like it might be the perfect dish! What kind of tofu did you use? Firm? Did you use any seasonings while sauteeing it or just by itself?

Thanks!

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Michelle July 25, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Hmm..my favorite night time snack…who can pick just one!?

I love…

Oatmeal w/PB or with a couple chocolate chips on top

Ice cream!!!!

Yougurt with granola

Dry cereal

Yum Yum :)

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jenna July 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Ashley,

That dish is from Target and was like $1.99!!! I LOVE it! I got it about 3 months ago but they might still be there….

Amy,

I got this Le Creuset (sp?) one for christmas and LOVE it!!!! It’s amazing…heavy, yes, but amazing none the less. To season it initially, I oiled it and put it in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. You really should never put water on your cast iron. When I’m done using it, I just wipe it down with a soft cloth and sometimes wipe it with some veggie oil. That way, the “seasoning” stays in it. Its actually a very healthy way to cook because you don’t have to use much oil/butter/grease because the pan already has flavor in it and, if you season it the right way and take care of it, it becomes non-stick in time. I usually just spray it down with some pan-spray before each use. They might be a little costly, but it will last you a lifetime if you treat it right!!

Lisa,

When I buy tofu, I put the whole block under the heaviest book in my kitchen and let it “press” for 30-40 minutes. Then, I divide that block into about 4 servings and freeze each one. When I want it, I just defrost quickly with the bag in boiling water or let it sit and defrost in the fridge overnight. This makes the tofu chewy and dense. It really does change the texture to more fork and knife! I love it this way..

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jenna July 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Danielle,

Thank you , my dear! I will get to that this weekend when I have more internet connection and time! Thank you!! :)

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Trina July 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I just saw this post and had to insert one of my favorite dessert/snack options :) I buy the sugar-free pudding cups (double chocolate!!) and dump that on top of some crumbled graham crackers and top with some whip cream! Instant parfait! I know, not the healthiest…but at least it suffices for a serious dessert craving some times!

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