Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Carbo-Loading Tuesdays

Hey hey ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m in such a happy mood today. The sun is (well, was) shining, I got a manicure (woops), I did yoga and ate pizza for dinner. Love, love, love.

Yoga was awesome—since I’ve really started to up my cardio for my century bike as well as 12K race training (want to do this in May!), I’m finding I look to yoga less as a workout (read: I don’t PUSH myself so hard all the time) and more as a moving meditation to center myself and stretch out my achy muscles. Tonight’s class was an hour flow, which is a bit gentler than power. Basically, we move slower but hold the postures longer…it really helps ground me because I tend to fly through sun salutations in power classes sometimes without really paying any attention to form. The slower paced classes really help me with posture, form and alignment…and who doesn’t love to hold warrior two and crescent lunge for minutes on end? ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I got home from yoga, I made a pizza. Tuesday nights are my new carbo-loading night (I rationalize this so well) because Wednesdays are my long bike ride day and I need all the energy I can get. I got some pizza dough from Trader Joe’s the other day and topped it simply with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and diced red bell pepper. So easy…I need to get this dough more often!

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Extreme cheesy goodness! I also had a salad with spinach, sliced jicama and celery with Annie’s dressing.

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If you have never tried jicama, you must!!!! It’s one of my very favorite veggies. My favorite way to eat it is sprinkled with cayenne and lime juice. I just love it!
Dessert was a piece of this delicious chocolate bar I got in my Pigs & Pinot goodie bag:

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Daaaaang! I don’t know what exactly this was, but it was aaaaaaaaamazing. I really had to use all my will power not to devour the whole bar.
Currently icing my shin and writing my Health.com post. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the raffle for Lucie’s hats!!! I will be picking a winner tomorrow night and would love to see some more people buy tickets because right now there’s not many so your odds are really good to get a super cute hat for only $5.

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49 Comments

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    you mean every day’s not for carbo-loading?!?!! guess i didn’t get the memo ๐Ÿ˜‰ seriously, your pizza looks incredible…i already ate dinner, but i’m really jealous now!

    hope your ride is FUN!

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    Samantha
    March 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Love carbs and mmm that pizza looks so tasty!

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    March 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    TJ’s pizza dough is simply the best. You can’t be 99 cents!! I always say I want to try and make my own but then I just go to TJ’s and buy one ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jicama is amazing. I ate a huge one the size of my head almost every day when I studied abroad in Mexico. My host family thought I was nuts.

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    Strawberry
    March 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    That pizza looks delish!! I started a Pizza Club in San Francisco with my best friend…it’s not really so much a CLUB as it is an excuse to try out new pizza places.

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    Lauren @ A Fit Foodie
    March 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I love pizza as a carbo loading meal. I’d rather have that than pasta any day for carbo loading. Looks like your pizza was perfect!

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    Tilly
    March 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    What do you do with the REST of your pizza?!?

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    Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    March 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Darn your pizza photos. I have a 2 1/2 pound sicilian pizza in my freezer that is calling my name. The only problem is that it’s for my bf’s dinner on Saturday night, oh that and it’s a sausage pizza and I’m vegetarian.

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Love TJ’s pizzas. Today missed American Apparel in SF, looked up on line, lots of stores including in Napa. I love black leggings & needed some—very popular in Paris. Wound up doing a post-
    and add the AA link. http://tinyurl.com/oe4ezq

    Now am dying for a pizza and manicure—on Fillmore in SF there’s a good pizza place on corner of California and Fillmore down a blk from La Med and a very good manicurist on left side up a couple blocks towards the Bay. Manicures in The City are $8 outside can be $35…as they are here–forget that!
    http://tinyurl.com/oe4ezq

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble
    March 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    hahaha! I’ve become the same way where in my mind yoga is “not a workout”. Sometimes a 3 mile run feels like it’s “not a workout”. I try to always keep active no matter what I’m doing, but at what point do we decide yoga is “not a workout” and just a healthy adjustment to the body. Too funny!

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    March 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Oh man, I’ve been craving really cheesy pizza lately — just got back from a long hike in the cold snow and rain and all I could think of was PIZZA. Had a cup of soup instead. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Jamie @ Tearaveler
    March 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

    You should toss your pizza onto the grill next time – sooooo good! It tastes like Neapolitan style pizza and is definitely worth testing it out!

    Slow moving yoga is just as tough as power sometimes with those long held poses! It feels like time is just inching by in the muscles!

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    Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I’ve never even heard of jicama…maybe I need a google date!?
    Good luck on your long bike ride today!

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    Jessica
    March 24, 2010 at 1:18 am

    i LOVE jicama too. its perfectly sweet and crunchy. i made an jicama and apple slaw salad before. it was really good!

    the pizza looks so good – super gooey with the cheese. nice!

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    The PFB @ Paris Food Blog
    March 24, 2010 at 1:25 am

    oh gosh if there is anything i love more than jicama it is homemade pizza!

    good luck tomorrow (today?)

    a bientot
    the paris food blague

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    March 24, 2010 at 3:35 am

    That pizza looks absolutely delicious!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 24, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I love that cheesy, simple to make pizza. Yum!

    Jicama has always been one of my favorite veggies. For some reason, it reminds me of family get togethers. We always have a crudite plate to nosh on, and jicama is usually involved.

    Enjoy your bike ride!

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    Helen
    March 24, 2010 at 4:13 am

    mmm look at the cheese on that! I love the idea of adding your own topping to the base, it looks so nice. Also that pig bar looks amazing too. I’m going to check it out for sure.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Mmmm, I love that TJ pizza dough. You should try the herb one if you haven’t already– it’s really tasty!

    That pig chocolate is too cute.

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    Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    March 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

    It seems appropriate that there is a jumping pig on your fancy chocolate bar. I’m would have trouble not pigging out on it. I love mint infused chocolate.

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    theemptynutjar
    March 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

    yum – cheesey pizza!
    i just read a post saying all the reasons not to eat dairy….yeah, sounds legit…BUT,,i cannot do without my cheese and yogurt…sounds weird i guess…but love it!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    March 24, 2010 at 4:54 am

    The pizza looks fantabulous! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m the same way with yoga lately. I use it as more of a way to stretch out my tired, achy muscles on rest days. It’s still a mini-workout, but mostly I focus on getting limber and loose again. Love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Becky @ flybynyght
    March 24, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Your pizza looks delish!!! Your pizza is a good metaphor too (I know that’s what you were going for :P), sometimes simplicity is the easiest and the BEST.

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 24, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Carbo-loading is the best. That pizza looks incredible! And that truffle…. mmm, I love me some chocolate! =D

    xo
    K

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    Jenny
    March 24, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Carbo loading is my favorite!

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 24, 2010 at 5:21 am

    mmmmm pizza. I’ve never tried that dough from TJ’s but have seen it – glad to hear its good!

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    diana(mymarblerye)
    March 24, 2010 at 5:22 am

    my bf got that chocolate truffle bar and swears by it…I should have made him give me a bite! I’ve had jicama at restaurants but never had the courage to buy it and prepare it myself. How do you chop that thing?

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    Cole
    March 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

    The pizza looks definitely amazing!

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    eatmovelove
    March 24, 2010 at 5:27 am

    God – if I wasn’t soooo freaking full right now – I’d be all over that…i’d also eat the whole thing….and, oh yeah, the salad…
    and agree with Heather – everyday day is a carbo day.

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    March 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

    What a great day, Jenna!! I hope Wednesday is just as awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    That pizza looks like gooey perfectness!

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    eatdrinkandbemerrynyc
    March 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

    No need to rationalize pizza. ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s delicious!
    Sara

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    Lauren (Health on the Run)
    March 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Hi Jenna! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and so I just wanted to comment to say hi. And to say that TJ’s pizza dough is the best — so cheap and so delicious! What kind did you have? If this is just the plain one, you’ve got to try the herb and whole wheat varieties…those are my favorites! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    lucie
    March 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

    the pizza looks yummy!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

    The pizza looks great. I’m surprised Friday isn’t carb day, too. Because it’s just wrong not to eat pizza on a Friday. Or is that just me?

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    Stina @ Girl Can
    March 24, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Okay, seriously, where is this illusive Trader Joe’s pizza dough?! I can never find it in my TJ’s! Of course my Trader Joe’s is always packed so I’m probably just missing it. All I ever find the is Tabula Rasa pre-made crusts.

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    Danielle (Coffee Run)
    March 24, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Your homemade pizza looks perfect! Carb loading is def. necessary before a big exercise day ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    March 24, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I’ve had some trouble with the TJs pizza dough in the past. Did you bake it a little first before adding toppings? I’ve found that if I don’t, it doesn’t really get very crispy… in fact, the center stays a bit soggy!
    I was using the whole wheat version though, so maybe it’s a different beast than the regular kind…

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Loooove TJ’s dough. Yum!

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    March 24, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Their pizza dough is so good and so easy. I love making my own pizza so it can be healthy and not greasy.

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    Angharad
    March 24, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Umm excellent reason to carbo-load! There is always a good reason to be found for pizza though, isn’t there?!

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    Lauren @ louisianagrown
    March 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I’ve never even heard of jicama. What can it be compared to?

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    Anais
    March 24, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Do you cook the jicama or do you eat it raw?? I actually dreamed that I was eating jicama last night so now I really feel like I should get some ๐Ÿ™‚

    Those Truffle Pig bars are SO dangerous!!! My fave are the peanut butter one and the white chocolate raspberry ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Krystina
    March 24, 2010 at 7:21 am

    For some reason I love holding warrior 2 for minutes on end, but crescent lunge is a pain. There’s something almost peaceful about the warrior positions that I really like. My favorite pose is plow, though!

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    Amanda Meadows
    March 24, 2010 at 7:35 am

    That pizza looks absolutely wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ I will most definately have to make some very soon!

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    Sarah
    March 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

    How did you only eat 2 pieces?!! I want to devour it through the screen! mmm!

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    Katharine
    March 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

    That TJ’s crust is on my list of things to try there and your pic made me want to run out and get it NOW! Mmm. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katherine
    March 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    That is the cutest truffle pig ever! I didn’t know what the inside looks like!

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    Kim M.
    March 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Bay to Breakers is so fun! I did it last year with my whole family. I’m glad to see you’re able to run some distance again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Liam O'Malley
    March 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I’ve heard great things about Bay to Breakers, I think I might try to come out to the west coast for the 100th anniversary race next year.

    I need to start working with some jicama. It’s good stuff.

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    Pure2Raw Twins
    March 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I love Jicama. So happy to hear that you like it too ๐Ÿ™‚

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