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Grains on the Brain

Happy Tuesday to you!

This day has been a little more hectic than most, mainly because at 4:15 my third coworker called in sick and, therefore, left all the work for two of us. And let me tell you, we do a TON of work in the early hours of the morning….I was so busy that I didn’t get to eat breakfast until 8:30! Good thing I had a great early morning snack—

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8 oz of Greek yogurt + a crumbled Weetabix biscuit with a drizzle of agave. Great combo of protein and carbs to fuel me for the next five hours!

I couldn’t wait to finally eat breakfast though because I brought something totally new this morning! Let’s play “guess that grain”!

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If you guessed barley you were correct! Having been inspired by both Chocolate Covered Katie and Heather, I finally got around to making blended grains last night in the Vita Mix! Basically, I cooked 1 cup dry barley on the stove yesterday afternoon for 45 minutes. Then, I took 3/4 cup of the cooked barley, combined it with a splash of silk light vanilla and pureed it in the Vita Mix until smooth and creamy…adding a little extra water because it was dry. This morning at work, I stirred in a whopping spoonful of almond butter.

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It was great! VERY filling….I ate this at 8:30 and was set until 1:00, no problem. This is definitely the best use for my Vita Mix so far! I can’t believe how totally CREAMY the grains get! Girls, you are geniuses! =) I will definitely do this again in the future. Like maybe tomorrow?! πŸ˜‰

As for lunch, I had a special date!

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(please excuse my gross white uniform and been-up-since-3 am hair)

Anne P and I have been planning on getting lunch now at Greenwise for almost a month and today was finally the day! Anne teaches English in the Czech Republic and is here for her spring break…how cool is that?! I had so many questions for her and am totally obsessed fascinated with her life. We both got mix-and-match lunches from the deli and salad bar and shared some very garlic-y hummus!

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This is a big salad with organic greens, snow peas, bell peppers, corn, red onions, grape tomatoes and a sprinkle of feta topped with vegan quinoa salad (full delicious dried cranberries and sunflower seeds!) and a big ol’ scoop of hummus for dressing. I ate a ton of hummus because it was soooo good! Probably 1/2 cup in total?

My favorite Fuze to drink:

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The CURE is you, Erica!!! =)

After lunch we chatted some more and she bought some of my oatmeal bread! Then, I drove her home like a good date should :). We are hopefully planning to get together one more time for a run before she goes back to Europe on Saturday.

When I got home I decided to do something different than the typical yoga, run or strength routine at the Y. The day was absolutely glorious so I decided to take a bike ride! Actually, should I say, an outdoor spinning class, because this was not your typical bike ride! I rode for 40 minutes and really challenged myself the whole way with a series of gear intervals and speeds. My heart rate was way up there the entire time and when I fell got off the bike, I stretched and stretched and hydrated with a cold glass of coconut water.

Not long after, I headed to the kitchen for some grub. On the menu tonight: baked tofu with veggie risotto and honey carrots

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I bathed 1/3 block of tofu in:

  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • splash of rice wine vinegar
  • splash of tamari
  • drizzle of agave
  • tons of red pepper flakes

Then I baked the thin slabs at 400 for about 15 minutes per side. The flavor was wonderful! The risotto was courtesy of my mom, who prepared it before work. She did tell me she used onion, bell pepper, parmesan cheese and veggie broth in it though and it was creamy and rich.

I also had a side of vitamins—

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I am really trying to get better with taking these bad boys.

And for dessert, some organic super dark chocolate:

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**Awesome news for my Meatless in March friends!!**

Amy’s Kitchen has so generously offered a recyclable and durable shopping bag full of Curried Dal Soup (my favorite!) along with a cute Amy’s soup mug to one lucky Meatless in March participate. So, on the last day of the month when I do the random drawing, the winner will not only receive a big batch of home cooked Super Charge Me cookies, but also a present from Amy’s!

Its 5:15 and time for tea, bath & book. Wind down mode starts now.

ps—Awesome giveaway coming tomorrow at lunch! Stay tuned!

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46 Comments

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Aww I think you look adorable in that pic! I really wish I had a proper blender or something so I could give these blended creations a whirl. Yours looks so good! The Amy’s Curried Dal soup really is the best I’ve had so far! Have a great night’s sleep and wonderful tomorrow!

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    VeggieGirl
    March 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    So much yum in this post; and hooray for a fun lunch meet-up!! πŸ˜€

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    carolyn~
    March 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I have been hearing a lot about coconut water. WHat are the benefits of it?

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      jenna
      March 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

      Carolyn,

      Coconut water contains a ton of potassium as well as electrolytes and is all natural! Its great after a long workout to re-hydrate yourself.

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    What a fun lunch date. And YAY for Meatless in March Giveaways!!!

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    Erin
    March 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    blended bowls are so amazing!!

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    Marissa
    March 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Meatless March is such a great idea!

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    Mel
    March 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, what wonderful eats! It all looks so good!

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    chocolatecoveredkatie
    March 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Yay!!! I know it’s dorky, but I get so excited when someone tries the blended grains, because it’s just so yummy (not to metion so much fun to make). We were twins this morning, Jenna, b/c I had blended barley too :).

    Your dinner looks beautiful too. You always eat so well!

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    Anne P
    March 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Yay! I heart you and your oatmeal bread πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to meet up again!!!

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    polly
    March 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Gotta try coconut water! Also… yay for bike ran extravaganza and fun lunch and early morning crazy followed by new grainy breakfast. Also… Erica IS the cure… amazing grace, baby!!

    Love to you, sweet Jenna!! I am lovin’ my book so much… I am passing it on to my friend Jenn when I’m done.

    Massive hugs… and WHOPPING spoons of almond butter are the ONLY kind of spoons of almond butter!!! πŸ˜‰

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    Kati
    March 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    My parents used to have a vita-mix…it was great! Maybe I’ll try blended grains in my magic bullet :>

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    Shannon
    March 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Awesome. I am so excited for Meatless March. I am even making TOFU for my first time ever tonight. Can’t wait. πŸ™‚

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    Run Saraaah
    March 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Mm…your baked tofu looks SO good I’ve decided to heat up some that I have in the freezer for dinner. The risotto looks delish too πŸ™‚

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    hk
    March 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    YUM! I have to hop on this blended grains bandwagon! Looks great, too bad I don’t own a vitamix…but nonetheless I’m pumped to try this recipe πŸ™‚ glad you enjoyed your date-lunch, sounds fun!!

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    megan
    March 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    What a great day! Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner all look so, so, so good! I like how you added Agave to the tofu. I bet that tasted really good πŸ™‚
    Have a good night, Jenna!

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    Heather
    March 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    These blended grain bowls are looking amazing! I wonder if I can produce the same results with my immersion blender — I’ll have to try! Doubt it’ll be as creamy, but oh well. That’s so awesome about Amy’s — yay for everybody going meatless!

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    Spiceaholic
    March 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I just discovered your blog — I was very happy to see Weetabix in your first picture! πŸ™‚ Love that stuff.

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    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    March 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Jenna,
    So glad you liked the blended barley and that it kept you fueled all morning. Thanks goodness for the Vita-Mix, huh? I don’t know what I did without mine.

    I’m green with envy that you are able to ride your bike outside. It was in the teens in Nashville today. Brrr. That being said, I did take an amazing Vinyasa flow class in a heated studio. I could not wait to get in there out of the cold and sweat!

    Have a wonderful night with plenty of restful zzzzz’s. πŸ™‚

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    Shelby
    March 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    HORRAY FOR BLENDED GRAINS! I have a bowl almost everyday =)

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    Natalie
    March 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Love your dinner! And I really need to hop on this blended grain bandwagon. πŸ™‚

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    Allison
    March 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    If you think Katie’s blended grains are genius, you should try her banana bread blender cereal. Best breakfast I’ve ever eaten!

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    Red Head, Yellow Dog
    March 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Isn’t it awesome to find delicious food with equally amazing nutrional stats?? I love it!! that salad with hummus looks sooo good! Using hummus instead of salad dressing is the greatest!

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    RuntoFinish
    March 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I never thought of blending the barely that’s a fun idea! I need to mix up the morning oats so that’s great!

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    blueberrybabe
    March 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    this might be a dumb question but what is tamari? is it the same thing as soy sauce? thanks!

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    Becki
    March 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    hi. i’ve been subscribing for a while but i’m not sure i’ve commented before… what’s this random drawing you’re talking about? i never win things but like to try!

    p.s. i think i ate that same dark chocolate today, right before spin class (bad idea)

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    Becki
    March 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Oh and how do you feel about food combinations? I’ve been reading a raw food detox book and though it seems logical, it also seems like a lot of work to avoid combining different food groups.

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    What a great day!!!

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    Meg
    March 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I have decided to join you for meat free March! I don’t really eat meat anyways (I’ve had it 4 times since January 1st), so I’m really a flexitarian. The thing is, the meat I have had has not been good at all. I had meat on late night pizza, chicken fingers and chicken wings. If I’m having meat I want it to be good, worthy of being eaten. So I’ve decided to go completely meat free for March and hopefully when April rolls around I will make more conscious choices about the meat I eat! Thanks for the idea!

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    Meg
    March 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I sure wish I had a Vita-Mix. Those blended grains look so yummy and creamy!

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    zestycook
    March 3, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    That blended barley looks really yummy! I am also liking your salad and i am addicted to hummus πŸ™‚
    zesty

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    Emily
    March 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Looks like a fun day (minus the whole 3AM part!) lol πŸ˜€

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    K
    March 3, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    So many delish eats – tofu, risotto, salad+hummus, carrots πŸ™‚

    Glad you had a fun lunch AND survived the last minute sick day from your coworker!

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    Kath
    March 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    ANNEP!!!!!!!

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    Jenni
    March 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    ALL of your foods looks amazing today! especially those blended grains, though. gotta love a filling breakfast like that! i’ll have to keep this in mind next time i go grocery shopping…

    your workout sounds like it was great, and the coconut water sounds like a tasty way to cap it off. hope you’re having a lovely evening!

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    Michelle Hisae
    March 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Those blended grains look awesome. Kind of like oat bran. Did it taste/was the consistency similar to oat bran?

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    Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    March 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I think you should have two winners at the end of the month and give one the cookies and the other AMYs because I dont know it just seems like more people would benefit. I mean its your decision I just thought I would put in my two sense.

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    Emily
    March 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Your salad looks great! Glad you had a fun lunch!
    Can’t wait to hear about the new giveaway!

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    Sharon
    March 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Oh wow, love it!!!!! TOFU!!!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Glad you had a great day!

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 3, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Your “up since 3 am hair” looks better than my “just washed it and styled it hair” so no apologies are necessary πŸ˜‰

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    Jess
    March 4, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Bah! I guess wheat berries. Barley looks delicious blended up like that.

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    Kelly
    March 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I love the picture of you in the background of the oatmeal shot. Too cute. I’m also a huge fan of baked tofu. I made some last night adapted from a Bobby Flay recipe that was actually for salmon and cannot wait for the 10 minutes until lunch to pass so I can eat it.

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    Erica
    March 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I was excited to see your Pink Ribbon Komen on your Fuze bottle then I scrolled down and saw, ME! Thank you dah-ling! I am feeling closer and closer to being cured every day! Love you!!

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    Mindy
    March 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Jenna! How are you liking the coconut water as your post-workout drink? I just bought a small 11oz box to try!

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    EatingRD
    March 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I’m so jealous you have a vitamix! Those are awesome for blending all kinds of wholesome goodness, but they are so darn expensive. Looks yummy!

    -kristen

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