Horn Tootage and Plant Protein

by jenna on August 5, 2008

Last night in school I got good news that pretty much rocked my entire night. I got the highest grade in the class on my creme brulee on Friday night!!!! Not to toot my own horn (toot, toot) but it made me feel pretty darn good after feeling like I totally botched the first couple nights. Then, I was given my overall grade thus far for the class as a whole and it was a 96 (further toot-toot)!!!! I think that’s because there’s some major curve going on but whatever, its an A and it makes me very happy and less stressed out. Logically, I can’t understand how I have an A so far when it seemed like I did so awful the first week, but I can’t complain!

Last night I got everything I needed to do done and tonight will just be assembly of the final products. I left around 10:15 and was in bed by 11 but my mind was racing and I couldn’t fall asleep for what seemed to be hours. :( I still woke up at 6:40 though to work out!

This morning I had a piece of flax & fiber toast with a smear of peanut butter on it before heading to the gym. Here was my workout:

2 minutes on treadmill to warm up

Triceps routine: Going straight through 5 reps of straight-legged bench dip, 10 reps of rope pressdown (25 lbs) and 15 reps of overhead extension (15 lbs). After completing all three exercises, rest for 2 minutes then repeat, doing each exercise three times.

3 sets of seated shoulder press (20 lbs)—12 reps

3 sets of dumbbell lateral raise (10 lbs)—12 reps

3 sets of biceps curls with the cable machine, 10 lb resistance on each arm —12 reps

3 sets of hammer curls (15 lbs in each hand)—10 reps 

When I got home I had cottage cheese steel cut oats using a half cup of regular 1% cottage cheese (couldn’t get to Fresh Market to buy the whipped kind), a spoonful of peanut butter and a sliced banana. It was yummy and fulfilling.

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For lunch today I packed lentils & brown rice. Yesterday I boiled some lentils with some cayenne and chili powder in the water and I portioned them out in separate containers in the fridge to eat all week. I also made some brown rice and did the same. So, this morning, I combined a serving of lentils (1/4 cup dry) with a serving of brown rice (1/4 cup dry) to have a great lunch with a perfect protein/carb proportion.  I’ll dump on some Sriracha at work and BAM! I’ve got a tasty, healthy, one-dish lunch!

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I also packed a string cheese and a plum to eat with lunch and…………a packet of barney butter with a sliced apple to have for a snack later! Yay for almond butter!!

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I need some coffee!!!!!!  

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Littleblackdress August 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm

The lentils and rice looks absolutely fabulous. What a great idea!

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claire August 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Those almond butters are just too cute!

Congratulations on your great grades!

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arielle August 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Congrats on your grades! I need some little packs of peanut butter.

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~C~ August 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Congrats on the awesome grade!

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HeatherBakes August 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Congrats on the grade! That’s awesome, Jenna!

Um, what’s Barney Butter??

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erica August 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

I’m loving those almond butter packs.. they’re absolutely perfect to take with me while I’m in school. Off to the website I go!

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Tina August 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Congrats on your fantastic grades! :)

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Trina August 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm

We all knew you would do great Jenna!! It’s obvious from all of your beautiful results you have shown us :) Congrats!

Can anyone tell me what lentils are like? I know it is pathetic that I don’t know, but I don’t have much offered in way of groceries where I live…

Next time I make a trip out of town I was going to stop at Whole Foods and try some new stuff out. Any suggestions??

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ModelBehavior August 5, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I love those packets of almond butter, but the only store I know that carries them sells 10 packets for $16!!! that’s insanity!!!!

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Janie August 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Question about lentils:

How long do you think they keep in the fridge? Also-have you ever tried freezing them? Do they freeze well?

I have a delicious lentil salad in my fridge, but I have quite a bit left and I’m worried about shelf life.

Thanks so much! Love the blog!

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Cat August 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm

That’s wonderful news about your grades! Congratulations!!

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Congrats! That is awesome news!

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caitlin (see bride run) August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm

jenna, i’d love to finally meet you and ryan! the wine room sounds like an excellent choice! i have to control myself around their cheese cave (they have a fancier name for it, but i can’t remember it)! when’s ryan going to be in town next? future husband and i are going to go to tampa the weekend after next (the 16th) and hit up busch gardens if you guys are interested in joining us!

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Lauren August 5, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Congratulations on your A, Jenna! You definitely earned it.

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ClaireDille August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Yay, good job! And that is my exact tricep routine…so good!

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Alyssa August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Toot that horn!

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VeggieGirl August 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm

CELEBRATE!! :0)

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AshleyH August 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Congrats!!
Oh and I loved the random I need coffee at the end it made me laugh out loud!

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angelcubbie August 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Hey Jenna, I know that you believe in eating every three hours, mini-meals and I follow kind of the same schedule but I notice you tend to eat more three square meals and snacks (Which is very similar to me) most of the research I’ve done on mini-meals recommends eating 300 calories or so every few hours, however most of my meals are closer to 400-500 and my snacks around 200 (Afternoon) 150 (evening), do you think eating fewer calories but more equal ratios is better? I know you don’t calorie count, but would you say that your meals are typically higher than 300 calories and if so, wouldn’t your body still be digesting the prior meal by the 3rd hour mark? Just curious as to your opinion. Hope my question made sense. Thanks, love the blog!

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Erin August 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I have always whipped my own cottage cheese. I just put some regular fat free cottage cheese in my mini food processor and I turn it on for about 20 or 30 seconds. An immersion blender would probably work as well if you had a small one.

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Nicole August 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Congrats on your creme brulee grade. That is awesome!

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Nicole August 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Also, I’m going to be in the Tampa area. Are there any restaurants that you’d recommend?

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tfh August 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm

great job on the creme brulee! esp. fantastic because unless I’m remembering wrong, that was something you weren’t even super-excited about making.

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Kate August 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Hi Jenna–I don’t think I’ve commented before but I’ve been checking in just about every day for a few weeks now so I though it was time! Fantastic blog. I’m also a working student, so it’s great to see how you fit it all in.

Your lentil lunch is what prompted me to post! I’ve lately been making a dish from the cookbook Veganomicon (fantastic book, by the way). It’s pretty much lentils and brown rice, but they’re cooked together with a cinnamon stick and some cumin, and while they’re cooking sliced onions are baking in the oven to be tossed in before serving. I love it! Very easy and a little more interesting than plain-jane lentils and rice. It’s also great cold.

Also, Janie–lentils freeze wonderfully! I often will make a double batch of the above dish and freeze 3/4 of it to thaw as needed. I usually will only keep cooked lentils in the fridge for 2-3 days, though.

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HangryPants August 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Well I want to devour everything you make so seems like the grade is well deserved! Congrats!

Heather

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Andrea August 5, 2008 at 7:34 pm

great job! hard work pays off :)

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jenna August 5, 2008 at 8:35 pm

angelcubbie,

Great point! Let me clarify when I mean “mini meals”—I think its better to eat continuously throughout the day than have three large (600) calorie meals. You’re right, I don’t count calories, but I’m just guessing all my meals range in the 400 calorie range and my snacks around 200. If I ate a 600 calorie meal, I think I would be stuffed for about 6 hours, which is longer than I want to go without food and that makes it also difficult for the digestion. You could break up your meals even further and have six 300 calorie meals a day or whatever you want, but this works for me well!

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