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Give Me Greens And No One Will Get Hurt

Holy Greenie!

You all must have REALLY wanted those greens, huh?! I LOVED reading about all your green veggie ideas!! Everything sounded fabulous and I got some great veggie ideas! With that being said, the winner of the Amazing Grass giveaway is……….

Comment number 422—Paige!!!

Paige says, My favorite green veggies is broccoli. Roasted with olive oil and garlic. So simple and delish!” Congratulations, Paige! Please shoot me an email with your mailing address so we can get your greens package right out to you!!! =)

Anyways, how is your humpday goin’? Mine is going very well…I got a raise at work today!!! Nothing huge, but every penny counts! To celebrate, I’m getting my hair cut and highlighted on Friday afternoon. What should I do?! I don’t want to lose the length but I want something a little more trendy…. I LOVE getting my hair done. My co-worker’s girlfriend works at an Aveda salon in town (my favorite!) and is doing it for a discounted price. Yeah, baby! πŸ™‚

To get back to the food, I started this lovely humpday with an amazing bowl of holiday chia pudding!

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Every bite was bliss. I’m telling ya—you HAVE to try this recipe. Who knew raw pudding could be so good…..and so healthy?! I love eating desserts at all hours of the day, like 3:30 in the morning! Chia seeds are SO good for you, too. Read more about them here. This bowl (I probably had two servings?) was incredibly filling and good thing, because my morning was INSANE and I didn’t end having breakfast til almost 6 hours later! holy moly!

I also had a healthy serving of greens, as usual. Drinking the greens in water is getting easier every day. Just takes some practice I guess! I totally blame the greens, by the way, for the AMAZING energy I had all morning. Not a drop of caffeine! I was like energizer bunny on crack actually. Even my boss commented on how fast I was working. Ryan wanted to bring a loaf of bread to one of his clients today who is from Germany and claims he can’t find “any good bread here” so Ryan wanted to prove him wrong. I busted my butt to get the sunflower flax done and out by 8:30 so he could pick it up! I hope he likes it!

Breakfast was very late but delicious!

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I made more blended oat groats yesterday to take. This is so easy to make the day before and pack to take with me. I did the same thing as yesterday—soaked 1/4 cup groats in water overnight, but then blended them with a new and fabulous ingredient!!

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So Delicious Coconut Milk

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  • Dairy Free / Lactose Free
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids
  • Excellent Source of Vitamin B12 (vegetarian friendly)
  • Formulated for Maximum Calcium Absorption
  • Cholesterol Free
  • No Trans Fats
  • Certified Vegan

I used 1/2 cup of the vanilla coconut milk to blend with my groats and it did NOT disappoint, let me tell you! It made the groats incredibly creamy and I recognized just a slight hint of coconuty goodness. For only 90 calories per 8 oz serving, this is a great dairy-free substitute! I also added a whole banana, cinnamon and a half scoop of Sun Warrior to the Vita Mix and then this morning I topped my creamy (and raw!) creation with a big ol’ scoop of the good stuff—-

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This is my first time trying Naturally Nutty Almond Butter and I have to say, I am a fan! It tasted a little nuttier than regular almond butter because of the addition of ground flax and hemp. Here’s the nutritional info…looks fab!

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I like the fact that there is no added sugar, of course, and hemp seeds are SO good for you! Love those healthy fats, baby! πŸ™‚ I also have on hand the White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter as well as the plain almond butter so reviews for those will be in the not too distant future.

Those groats really are filling! I was going strong all morning long and after work snacked on one of these bad boys on the way to the pool:

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And then I had my best swim practice ever!! I really pushed myself today and swam freestyle laps for the whole 30 minutes (with only one kickboard drill in between). I kept saying “just one more lap, then you can rest…” over and over to myself and just kept on going! Honestly, I could NEVER have done this a month ago. I love the feeling of improvement in sports and I feel like I have improved 100% in swimming. I have never been a swimmer…never had swimming lessons…never even LIKED to swim but now I feel so much more comfortable and much stronger than ever before! Even after my triathlon, swimming is definitely an exercise I will keep up in the future!

After I got home I refueled with my favorite juice combo with added cucumber for an extra kick!

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This is called “apple pizazz” at my local health food store and I just love it. So refreshing, especially with the added cucumber!

I also had a piece of Ezekiel toast with an ounce of raw goat cheese. I love simple yet satisfying snacks like this!

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Cheese really is something I don’t think I could ever live without. I swear. You can take the girl out of France but you can never take France out of the girl. πŸ˜‰

I was going to shred again today but, honestly, shred without the cardio is just sort of “meh” to me. My shins are feeling SO GOOD with the break from running and I don’t want to add any extra stress right now (like Jillian’s insane plyometrics). So instead, I just answered some emails and then got to COOKING! For the past two weeks I have had the most intense Indian food craving. Ask Ryan…its all I have talked about! I’ve been trying to figure a time to go get take-out from my favorite hole-in-the-wall place but Friday night just seems sooooo far away and I needed it NOW!

So I made this:

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Channa Masala

Serves 4-6

  • 1 28 oz can peeled whole tomatoes in juice
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas
  • BIG glug of olive oil (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 heaping tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • big pinch red pepper flakes
  • pinch dried cilantro

1. In a large pan or dutch oven, heat the oil to medium high and add the onions. Cook the onions for about 10 MINUTES or until deeply caramelized. I know it can be scary to cook onions for that long because you think they will burn, but if you have enough olive oil in the pan (and you should), you will be fine. They should be this color or a tad darker….stir occasionally:

2. Add the garlic and spices and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the water and bring to a simmer for another 2 minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes (crush ’em first) and juice and bring mixture to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the chickpeas…stir well to combine and cook for about 10 minutes on medium low.

4. Serve with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt or plain. This dish only improves with time…the flavors intensify and it is even better on the second or third day! My favorite way to serve is along side hot whole grain naan. Obviously. πŸ™‚

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It was delicious! I served my portion, of course, with half of a whole wheat naan that I had warmed up til toasty in the oven. It hit the spot perfectly. Next time I am going to make it even spicier though…I like my Indian food so spicy that it brings tears to my eyes!

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SO glad I have enough for leftovers! I still might get Indian food Friday night but this was a pretty darn good substitute.

Dessert was a little piece of heaven—

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This has to be one of the best 100 calorie treats out there. When I was a kid, my favorite dessert was ice cream sandwiches and these bring so much melty delicious nostalgia. I have to say, I am not a big strawberry ice cream fan though, so I do prefer the plain vanilla Turtle Mountain ice cream mini sandwiches. However, if you ARE a strawberry ice cream fan, you will love these!

Thank God tomorrow is THURSDAY!!!! After work I am racing my bike over to Sarah’s house for week 8 of our Esther bible study and then biking more after that….followed by hopefully some YOGA at home. I need it!

Have a fabulous evening, my friends. I will see you tomorrow!

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62 Comments

  • Reply
    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Your Channa Masala looks to die for!! Ow wow, I just got a huge craving. =)

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    VeggieGirl
    April 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    TOO MUCH FREAKING DELICIOUSNESS!!! STOP THE TEMPTATION!!! πŸ˜€

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    Alison
    April 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Love the channa masala. Indian food rocks! I prefer to cook it at home since most restaurants load everything with butter and cream. But at home, it can be delicious AND healthy.

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    Mel
    April 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Oh moy goodness, it all looks so yummy! I really want to try the coconut milk now!

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    Help Meghan Run
    April 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I have actually never made Indian food at home before, I think I need to try. That recipe looks very doable. Yummy breakfast!

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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    Mindy
    April 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    i don’t like strawberry ice cream either! unless it’s the really really fresh stuff with fresh strawberries and stuff πŸ™‚

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    Shandi
    April 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I want to try that juice recipe, but generally am not a huge fan of carrot juice can you really taste the carrot in this juice or no? I love the red color and it LOOKS delish, but if the carrot taste is noticeable I dont know if I’d like it. I’m also definitely going to have to try the Chia pudding!

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    Katherine
    April 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    mmm they should make it chocolate and vanilla!!! … and gluten free πŸ™‚

    When i was a kid i always ate all the chocolate and vanilla and left the strawberry in the neopolitan – my brothers would demolish anything…

    Do you find that your “lunches” are filling? I wish I could convince my office to buy juicer so I could make it at lunch! YUM

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    Rachel
    April 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Your blog has given me so many ideas of things to try today!

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    Lesley
    April 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I love getting my hair done, too! And at a discounted price?? Even better!!

    The women’s group is doing that bible study right now buuut I’m not in it. I didn’t have time to go when they are holding it … do you like it?

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    Michelle
    April 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I love Channa Masala!! I just had it out at an Indian place for the first time last weekend!! And I buy that whole grain Naan all the time…so buttery and delicious!! πŸ™‚

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    The juice looks so pretty!

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    Ashley
    April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Naan makes the best pizza dough ever! I love using it for that!

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    K
    April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I’m sure your bread will prove Ryan’s German client wrong! Cheese is definitely the one thing that keeps me from going vegan – it’s WAY too delicious!

    That Indian food!! DELISH! Thank you a thousand times for the recipe!!

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    MaryBe
    April 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Way to rock the swimming! And high lights are the best thing ever – well no maybe naan is!

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    Marissa
    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    That coconut milk looks good!

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    Runeatrepeat
    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I wanted to make Indian food tonight too, but I’m out of naan. Boo.

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    That may be the best day of food I have ever seen on Eat Live Run. Seriously.

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    Sharon
    April 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Mmmmm, everything looks great!

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    Melissa (Nibbles and Wiggles)
    April 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I have a really great hairdresser and I have found that if I just let her do her thing I come out with the most fantastic haircut, but if I throw my ideas at her it pretty much sucks.

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    ariana
    April 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    i’m so excited to try your recipe! i had channa masala for lunch today and was going to search some blogs for a recipe.

    thank you!!!

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    *Andrea*
    April 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    whole wheat naan… DROOL!!! soo good

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    kim
    April 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats on your raise! Life just doesn’t get any better, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚ You deserve all the goodness, girl.

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    Michelle
    April 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats on the raise, that’s awesome! Your Indian food looks amazing!

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    April 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    WOWZA Jenna! Everything sounds divine! Thanks for that awesome channa masala recipe, too! Must make it. Have a great night and Thursday πŸ™‚

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    NJ
    April 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Baking question… if I have a recipe for a cake that is three layer (three 8 inch round pans) can I make about the same amount of batter for a 13×9? I want to make it 13×9, then cut in half and layer it square (with it’s frosting). What do you think?

    Also how much AP flour to use for 2 and 3/4ths cake flour?

    Thanks in advance!

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      jenna
      April 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      NJ,

      Hmmm I have to think because I never make 13 x 9. I would THINK so but not 100% on that. You might want to google it or , dare I say, wing it?! hehe πŸ™‚

      You can just sub AP for cake ounce for ounce but I don’t recommend it. Cake flour has a lot less gluten and will yield a much more delicate crumb and texture. AP flour will make the product more dense and heavy. Not what you are looking for in a delicate pastry or cake!!

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    zestycook
    April 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    YUMMMM! Jenna I am starving big time now. I love the little ice cream sandwiches!

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    runjen
    April 22, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Okay, now I am dying for Indian. Where did you find the garam masala? I assume that is a spice?? Sorry if that is a dumb question. Also, where did you find the whole wheat naan? I wonder if I could find this at WF’s?

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      jenna
      April 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      Runjen,

      I found it in the spice section of my local store! Its a mix of several different spices and once you taste it, you will hooked. I LOVE the stuff! The whole wheat naan is also from my local store….right alongside the flatbreads, pitas and regular naan. I’m SURE you could find it at WF.

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    Jenna
    April 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Your indian food lookz SsOOOOOOOO good!!!! As does that holiday pudding….I’m off to the grocery store to get ingredients! πŸ˜‰

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    Run Sarah
    April 22, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Dinner and your juice both look amazing! I love those mini snack bars too, they are my favourite late night snacks.

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    Oh She Glows
    April 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Those green bars look amazing! I wish we had access to all the foods you guys have in the US!

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    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    April 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Ok, I think I’m going to have to try this recipe – I made Red Lentil Dal & Saag awhile ago – and it did NOT end well!!

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    meg
    April 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    So many delicious products in this post! I definitely want to try all those coconut products!

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    Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    thanks for sharing the recipe! LOOKS DELISH! πŸ˜‰

    congrats on the raise, girl! I’m sure it’s well-deserved πŸ˜‰

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    Sarah
    April 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    The SO products look great- I’m going to have to try and find some the next time I go to Whole Foods (assuming that they carry them there).

    I tried some of the amazing grass “greens” and they didn’t do anything for me. They actually made my stomach upset and I felt really sluggish all day. I did try the green vibrance though and it was amazing! I guess not every brand works for everyone. Glad you enjoy it though!

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    Hangry Pants
    April 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I just had Indian in a jar last night and it inspired me to want to make some homemade stuff. Perfect timing Jenna!

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    Kaye
    April 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Girl!
    I know you said nothing drastic…but I HAVE to get my two cents in. You would look ridiculously hot with a sleek bob and lighter highlights!

    K

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    Angelea
    April 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Hooray for the raise!

    I have some So Delicious coconut milk yogurt in my fridge right now. This post makes me want to eat it RIGHT NOW! I’ve tried the ice cream and it’s leaps and bounds better than any other non-dairy ice cream I’ve ever had.

    PS-Got my package from Amazing Grass today. Woot woot…I’m in on the 30 day challenge now!

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    Amandaaa.
    April 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Yayyy! For the big winner!
    Those ice cream sandwiches look
    awesome. Banana Split? Delish!

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    Jessica
    April 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Ohh can’t wait to see the new haircut Jenna!

    All of this food looks so fresh and delicious….makes me wish I was already in my 20’s, and living on my own so that I could prepare all these juice drinks & indian dinners! πŸ™‚

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    Caroline
    April 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    So much great stuff in this post!
    I love the idea of adding hemp seeds to nut butter–I am definitely on a hemp kick lately.
    I had no idea Amazing Grass made bars too–I’ve sampled their powders, and they live up to their name (AMAZING).
    Need those Banana Split sammies ASAP!

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    bibixs
    April 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    OMG! that’s what i call food porn! Yummy!!!!

    Today i found chia seeds at the grocery store, i can’t wait to try it!!

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    Sarah
    April 23, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I absolutley LOVE naan. Last time I bought it, I spread a little EVOO on it, topped with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, and broiled till it was warm and crispy. SO GOOD!

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    Shelby
    April 23, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I need your eats!!!

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    brandi
    April 23, 2009 at 6:59 am

    congrats to Paige!

    those nut butters look so good! All the flavors sound amazing. I can’t wait to see your reviews of the others.

    Enjoy your Thursday!

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    Elizabeth
    April 23, 2009 at 7:07 am

    what a wonderful day!!!!!!!!
    i really need to start drinking green drinks!
    i too love chia pudding-absolutely fabulous! and that nut butter looks wonderful!
    I MUST TRY THOSE MINIS!!! 100 calories you say? I used to LOVE “fatboys” (ice cream sandwiches. yes that is their real name) as a kid. And, even though i haven’t had one in years, i love tofutti cuties. soy delicious here i come!!
    how do you like the green bars!
    GREAT POST!

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    Tina
    April 23, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Vanilla almond butter sounds delicious!

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    Kelly
    April 23, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Your comment about cheese cracks me up. I was actually thinking that back when you went Vegan. I can easily give up meat, eggs, and other forms of dairy but not cheese. I’m actually in the process of taking a 6 week class to get a cheese certificate and have class again tonight. I cannot wait!

    Congrats on the raise!! It sounds like you’ve been doing a great job at work so you deserve it.

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    Jess
    April 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I love making Indian food. It’s surprisingly easy, although sometimes I get too slapdash with measuring the spices and get it wrong.

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    Danielle
    April 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

    You better not be able to take the France outta a girl πŸ˜‰

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    skinnyrunner
    April 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

    yeah for raises and getting your hair done! i love to get mine done too.

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    Kelli
    April 23, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Those are the ice cream sammies i’ve been looking for. I swear the whole foods near does not carry them. Unless someone hides them from me or they are too good and gone by the time i’m there.

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    Janet
    April 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Hey Jenna

    I think I had chia seeds before.. do you mind taking a picture of the soaked chia seeds so I can tell for sure if I am thinking of the same thing? Thank you

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    Erin
    April 23, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Jenna- I’m a big fan and have only commented a few times and now I have a France question for you.

    I’m a college student studying abroad next year in France. I try to eat as healthy as possible and exercise and it’s not too difficult on a college campus where I know what I’m eating and have food readily available in dining halls to choose from. I will be living in an apartment in France and will be cooking for myself. What can I expect from French “grocery stores”? I’m scared I’m going to miss my regular staples- oats, peanut butter, and some processed foods I’m guilty of loving- but this will probably be good for me.

    Also, would it be weird to run on the roads in France. It’s obviously normal in America but to my understanding it’s not common in Europe. Is this true?

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      jenna
      April 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm

      Erin,

      French grocery stores are a LOT smaller than our stores. I freaked out at the beginning of my stay as well because, like you, I lived on a diet of oats and almond butter. It took a few days (haha) but soon enough, I became RIGHT at home with a croissant or muesli and yogurt for breakfast every morning, a large salad for lunch and a rich dinner + dessert every single night. And I lost weight while I was there! Ahhh i love it. When I cooked for myself in Paris I made a lot of salads with fresh produce (check out all the farmer’s markets…there are tons!), omelets and soups. I think I ate a 2 egg omelet 3x a week…with a glass of red wine and baguette of course! Your body gets used to eating a certain way and eating the French way IS a big shift for most Americans, but after a few days or so you will be right at home. How could you not, with amazing food everywhere?! And I ran on the streets in Paris a few times although I practiced more yoga than anything. I saw other runners…it wasn’t too weird!

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    The Healthy Apple
    April 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Jenna,

    Your Channa Masala looks AMAZING! I think you just gave me an idea of what to make for my dinner tnitey!!! I’m so excited as I love chickpeas and this receipe is healthy and looks so tasty. Hope the weather in Florida is nice today…the sun is finally shining here in Manhattan…yeaaa!!!
    Best,
    The Healthy Apple

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    Judy
    April 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Jenna, I just discovered your website this past week and am really enjoying it. I have only recently decided to get more serious about nutrition and sites like yours are SO helpful and give me so many wonderful ideas.
    I’m in Tampa too! I live in Valrico, but work out by the airport.
    Great to “meet” you!

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    Michelle Hisae
    April 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I love do-it-yourself indian. And wheat naan? Yum.

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    Danielle
    April 23, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I need to buy some Naan soon it’s been way too long since I’ve had any, I don’t think I’ve had it this year at all yet!

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    Ozlen
    April 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    How is the protein content on teh coconut milk? That is important for me as I find that protein does fill me up and I dont “crash” after meals. Thanks!

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