Breakfast/ Lunch

Summer Salad and Storms

Happy Humpday!

I got in late last night from school and that, coupled with walking a puppy around midnight, determined that I was not going to get my necessary sleep last night! I realized though that I have worked out now for 5 days in a row and it’s time for a rest anyways, so this morning I rested! My arms are suuuuuper sore anyways from my workout yesterday. Seriously, they are sorer than they’ve been in a very long time. Yay!

Last night in school we made souffles! We made one sweet and one savory and Jack and I chose to do a lychee souffle and a calzone inspired souffle with cheese, sundried tomatoes, garlic and mushroom in it. Both puffed up all pretty in the oven and I had a small taste of each. I’m not big on the texture though. Very soft and sort of mushy. The flavor was good though!ย  My bar was wonderful last night. I really really enjoyed the Kashi Roll bar and it definitely filled me up and kept me going with ample energy until midnight. I liked how chewy it was and the taste was very good for a protein/energy bar. I will be buying more of these in the future!

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This morning, I had some extra time with no workout, so I made some oatmeal for breakfast. I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1/2 cup water, a spoonful of almond butter, 2 chopped dates (!) and a small chopped banana. It turned into the perfect fluffy bowl! I also had a mug of hot english breakfast tea but I think I will need something a little stronger later on when I get to work….I’m still quite tired!

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I’m doing something different for lunch today—something I’ve wanted to do for months actually ever since I bought my tiny basil plant from the farmer’s market and gave it life on my balcony. ๐Ÿ™‚ The other day at the store I bought one of my favorites, REAL mozzarella cheese! So, today, I combined one of the mozzarella balls (chopped) with a handful of my basil and about a cup of chopped grape tomatoes for the ultimate summer salad. I made a simple vinegrette dressing with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of dijon and a splash of balsamic. I didn’t use all the dressing on the salad, there was a tiny amount left over. I basically coated my salad with the dressing then poured off all the extra.

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I also packed a hard boiled egg white (for more protein power), a sliced kiwi, some kashi crackers (1 serving) and, for a snack later, a yogurt and cherries.

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It looks like another summer storm is headed my way! Hopefully I’ll stay dry until I get into work…

Question of the Day: What is your favorite post-workout breakfast combo? OTHER than oatmeal! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

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52 Comments

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    Kristin Point
    July 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I love eggs, they’re always on my breakfast rotation. Egg whites on toasted whole wheat bread or english muffin with hummus is sooo good (I love hummus on eggs!). Instead of hummus sometimes I put salsa which so super good too. I also put cheese (cheddar or swiss) on the egg whites to mix it up. I also really like the trader joes or morningstar breakfast patties on egg sandwitches also, that reminds me I should get some I havent had them in a while!

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    Jess
    July 23, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    0% Fage + 1 cup any Kashi cereal. Holds me over WAY longer than milk+cereal….so much protein! I can’t do oatmeal after my 6 mile runs in the summer…..too hot!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    July 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    What pretty souffles!

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    Heather
    July 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Lovely souffles!

    My husband would go NUTS over than mozzarella salad… yum. Great idea!

    My fave post workout (and anytime, actually) breakfast is greek yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, sliced almonds and honey. Perfect.

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    polly
    July 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Favorite after yoga treat…

    smoothie of frozen banana, peaches, almond milk, and some wheat germ. Maybe throw in some spinach to make it GREEN!

    Jenna, for a fun video, maybe do a combo video like “pancakes and planks” or “pie and push-ups” showing a fav recipe and a fav yoga pose or exercise! Whaddya think?????????? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    lexi
    July 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    probably a banana!!

    hi jenna! i usually dont leave commets but i read your blog ALL the time ! :o) if you ge a chance i gave you an award at my blog! you much deserved it!

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    Alex
    July 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Chocolate milk and OJ!

    Okay, I know that sounds weird, and technically it wouldn’t count as “breakfast,” but whenever I am out doing long runs, those are the two things that I crave. Normally it goes back and forth. Like, mile 12 = OMG I would kill for chocolate milk. Mile 16 = OJ! I need some OJ! So sweet and refreshing!

    What can I say, I have schizophrenic tendencies when I run. Whatever gets me through. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amy
    July 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Yogurt, lots of different fruits, and some kind of yummy cereal all mixed together.

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    VeggieGirl
    July 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    My favorite post-workout breakfast OTHER than oatmeal is the following smoothie/shake:

    VeggieGirl’s Post-Workout Chiller

    – 1 cup hempmilk

    – 1 banana

    – 1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, cherries…)

    – 4 Tablespoons of Living Harvest Hemp Protein Powder

    Blend all ingredients until smooth (I blend it twice). Enjoy!!

    Makes 1 serving.

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    jenna
    July 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Lexi! I’ll have to check it out!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah
    July 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    1 cup plain, fat free yogurt with 1 tbsp flax, 1 cup frozen berries (they taste better than room temperature) or a banana, and 1/2 cup kashi heart to heart. Plus coffee!!!

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    Sarah
    July 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    oh, and those are layered/mixed together.

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    Justy2003
    July 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I’m weird and eat my oatmeal BEFORE my morning workout. So, my go-to post-workout snack is most people’s pre-workout snack…a banana with a tbsp of peanut butter…yum! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Apparently I’m a little backwards…

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    lauren
    July 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I have been reading for awhile – but this is my first comment – love your blog – it inspires me to eat healthier!

    After my morning runs – my favorite breakfast is kashi go lean crunch topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries and skim milk.

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    Sloane
    July 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I have to say that I have a german shephard/lab mix and he is awesome! He doesn’t have the pointy ears (which I’m glad about) and he loves swimming! Sometimes he’ll be all wet when we get home because he got so hot (it’s FL!) he just jumped right in without us! You have to be careful with their hips as they grow older, though.

    My answer to your question would be cottage cheese and fruit! Protein-packed, cool, crisp, yum!

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    Amanda
    July 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Jenna! I have been following and loving your blog for a while now, but have yet to comment! I really admire your balanced approach to eating healthy and exercising/yoga without going crazy about it – it has definitely helped me to put things into perspective!!

    As far as your questions of the day
    – regarding the arm exercise: I recently took a step class and we did inclined pushups with three risers underneath the step .. that added a different element to pushups that I had never gotten from doing them regularly.
    – my favorite post-workout breakfast is toast with honey and a little peanut butter with banana slices .. yummm.

    Keep up the great work, you’ll be hearing from me more often ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amanda

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    Kimberly
    July 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I think I’m one of the few people who really does not go in for oatmeal!

    After a good workout, I love a good strong quad-shot Americano, followed by some toasted Eli’s Health Loaf topped with tahini, honey, and cinnamon (or if I’m in a savory mood, with tomatoes and black pepper.) Alternatively, when I’m craving something cold, I’ll grind up about an ounce of almonds or sunflower seeds, mix them into a big bowl of berries or melon, and top it with some yogurt or kefir. So refreshing!

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    emmy
    July 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Jenna – I know this is a busy time for you (especially w. the roomate coming back, which sounds exciting), but I was wondering if you could give some quick information about culinary school. For example – what was the application process like? how much did you know about cooking before you applied? I feel like I might be missing out on a lot of happiness by telling myself that “culinary school is not a possibility right now”

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    rhodeygirl
    July 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    a mini smoothie with a small handful of strawberries, half a banana and a splash of oj (and ice of course) + a multigrain english muffin with pb + j.

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    Victoria
    July 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Definitely a fruit and soy milk smoothie post-workout. I love them, and they’re perfect for me because after a really hard workout, I’m almost never in the mood to eat.

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    Ally
    July 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Probably a banana and light yogurt or whole wheat english muffin. I love almond butter.

    I can’t really get into oatmeal in the summer even though I like it.
    I’m not home to make omelettes or I would, 1 egg + 2 additional egg whites.
    And too much milk bothers me plus I tend to overeat cereals.

    Will you post a pictures of Dexter and the puppy please??

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    Tina
    July 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Your salad looks delish! I love that combo!

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    Anne P
    July 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    my fave breakfast (post-workout or not!) is a big bowl of kashi heart to heart cereal with banana, lots of berries, and lots of skim milk ๐Ÿ™‚ or sometimes greek yogurt with blueberries and a cut up peach, and a muffin or toast or something on the side. ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m not a huge oatmeal person, i only have it every once in awhile!

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    Chris
    July 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    My favorite post-workout breakfast is a cup of skim milk with a sugar-free Carnation Instant Breakfast, a whole wheat bagel square with 1 T. of almond butter and 1 t. of rasberry jam, and a cup of strawberries with pineapple. I could eat this every day but make myself switch for variety!

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    Nicole
    July 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Lately my favorite breakfast has been an english muffin with dark chocolate peanut butter and strawberry jam! It always hits the spot.

    I’ve been craving kiwi so badly this week! It looks delicious.

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    gv
    July 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    yikes! glad you’re taking a break. muscles only grow at rest, ya know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    i’m a big fan of egg white/egg beater omelets with mushrooms, red and green peppers and spinach. usually with trader joe’s tandoori naan. but i work out after work, so that’s usually my dinner.

    my favorite other breakfast related foods:
    grapenuts with unsweetened chocolate almond milk and frozen cherries (almond milk freezes up really well and makes chocolate icy clumps around the cherries)
    or
    plain shredded wheat and bran with walnuts, frozen cherries and regualr skim

    mmm… sadly it’s only coffee for now in my cube. back to work!

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    BethT
    July 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I love an Ezekiel English muffin with peanut butter and sliced banana…mmmmmm.

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    Michelle
    July 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Thought I’d actually speak up today! I read your blog daily and I just never comment so today I am breaking the trend ๐Ÿ™‚

    I LOVE oatmeal in the morning (one of my favorites, aside from adding PB to my oatmeal, is oatmeal with canned pumpkin and a little brown sugar and cinnamon added in…mmm tasty) but other than oatmeal, I’ve been loving a yogurt/granola combo in the summer!

    I’ve been using about a cup of vanilla yogurt, a handful or two of fresh blueberries, and (my new favorite granola discovery) a serving of Bare Naked Peanut Butter Granola!!

    This granola is out of this world!! I know in the past you’ve mentioned really enjoying the Nature’s Path Peanut Butter Granola (as a cereal I believe). I picked up a box awhile back at a Whole Foods I happened to be near (there are NO Whole Foods near me…tear.) and it was awesome!! Well this granola, I think, is even better!! It has a similar taste to the Nature’s Path brand, but has some bigger chunks and just an overall better taste and consistency!

    That’s definitely a favorite summer breakfast for me lately! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!!

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    runjess
    July 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I like to combine different cereals and fruits. For cereal, I usually pick a very healthy, low-calorie one and top it with 1-2 other kinds that are still healthy but a little higher in calories and sweetness.

    Today I had:
    Cheerios
    Kashi Autumn Harvest
    Nature’s Path Peanut Butter Granola
    Silk Light, Plain Soymilk
    Banana
    Strawberries
    Blueberries

    And yes, it all fits in one bowl ๐Ÿ™‚

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    tfh
    July 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I’m with BethT– the Ezekiel muffins with nut butter and half a sliced banana (or jam) are a filling treat with a good balance of carbs and protein. I sprinkle a little flaxseed and cinnamon on mine, too, and salt if I’m using unsalted nut butter, since I’m usually craving something a little salty after a run!

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    AshleyH
    July 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I agree with the others that yogurt is way more filling than milk (but I cant have dairy) so I like to mix soy yogurt, 2 types of granola, a banana,and flax. Yummy and creamy. I usually make it before I run and then put it in the refrigerator and when I get back its thicker and everything has melded together! YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Betsy
    July 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    ummmm-oatmeal?! shoot! you asked for no oatmeal. then i got nothing for you.

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    Emily
    July 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Peanut Butter and Jelly on 2 slices of whole wheat bread! YUM! (Throw in a small glass of CREAMY skinny cow fat free chocolate milk to really send things over the top!) Great protein and carb combo!

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    arielle
    July 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    The savory souffle sounds awesome.

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    Amanda B
    July 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I’m like a pariah–I hate oatmeal.

    After my workout (at least an hour of running, plus arm work, plus abs, sometimes leg/glutes), I like to eat toast with peanut butter OR turkey bacon.

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    Chef Erin
    July 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I prefer working out in the afternoon (actually, I really prefer working out at about 9pm- but I’m in school then.) My favorite post work-out snack is dill pickles and a cup of tea. Totally weird, right? For some reason, after working out, I crave pickles. Probably the salt…

    On our souffle day, Alia and I made “strawberry margerita souffles”. They were tart lime with a strawberry coulis. I like the texture of fruit souffles a little better- there’s no egg yolk, so they’re like puffy, fruit flavored meringues.

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    SDF
    July 23, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I also prefer working out in the afternoon but that’s because early mornings are the death of me! After my afternoon work out I’ll usually just make dinner.

    But the occasional time that I do work out in the morning it means I’m eating my breakfast at work so it has to be something I could prepare the night before and eat at my desk. My current favourite is 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup Vector cereal and 1/2 cup Honeycombs. Delicious and filling (plus gives me all my food groups )

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    Jo
    July 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Hey Jenna – I was introduced to your blog by KERF (after your guest appearance!) and wanted to say how much I enjoy it.

    When I’m not having porridge (yes, I’m from the UK!) or Kath’s oat pancakes, my favourite things are:

    1) a cup of mixed fruit chopped up with yoghurt, sugar-free jelly (yes a little weird I know) cereal mix (see below) and a mix of dried fruit and nuts

    2) a cup of mixed fruit and my cereal mix – basically I love to mix up cereals so I have a large tub which I fill with loads of different stuff – the one at the moment has a mix (roughly, I think) of two types of granola, museli, all-bran, Vogel’s Ultra Bran, Soya & Linseed Cereal, grapenuts, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and then I sprinkle a tsp of another mix I make of seeds, wheatbran, wheatgerm, golden and brown linseed and flax powder – soooo good!

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    Jo
    July 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Ps – can’t believe you’ve only just discovered dates – I love them!!! Medjool are my favourites.

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    angelcubbie
    July 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I usually have oatmeal, but if not, I have muesli (I know still oatmeal but kind of different right?) made the night before with yogurt, almond milk, almond slivers and fruit or oatmeal pancakes made with oatmeal, cottage cheese, egg whites and topped with banana and syrup. I also love Nature’s path peanut butter granola with yogurt and a banana. so good

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    ModelBehavior
    July 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Reading your post makes me realize I need to up the anti on my strength training, I haven’t felt sore in a quit a while!

    Favorite brekkie post workout:

    2 whole grain waffles with pb in the middle and raspberry syrup on top. Yumski!

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    Serena
    July 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Smoothies are great after a workout, but reading these comments reminded me about a breakfast I used to eat all the time and forgot about – two slices of whole grain toast with apple butter and cottage cheese (mixed or layered), sprinkled with chopped walnuts and cinnamon. So tasty healthy – I am going to have to make that again soon! any kind of fruit butter would work – pear, apple, peach…

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    Allyn
    July 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I have never tried souffle as I’m not sure I’d be a fan of the texture either, but yours look beautiful.

    Favorite post workout “meal” is homemade whole wheat banana muffin with peanut butter and a big ol’ glass of water. It’s hot in Mississippi, too!

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    Michael
    July 23, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Wow, Kimberly, a quad-shot Americano? That’s four shots of espresso or did I read that wrong?

    I know I’m a guy but I drink Muscle Milk after a workout. I don’t recommend it unless you like drinking chalk, but I’m usually rushing back to school or work after the gym.

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    Sara F
    July 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    My current favorite breakfast is a Cuban treat. Pan fried plantains (with a little sugar, not much oil) on sprouted wheat bread with a glass of soy milk. YUM!

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    jackie
    July 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Smoothies are def my all time favorite.

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    Nicole
    July 23, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    That’s just the cutest little souffle ever.

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    Aimee
    July 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    The other 1/2 of the banana (ate other 1/2 pre-workout) on english muffin or toast with 1 tbsp PB. & Milk either before or after.

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    Chandra (Eating to Live)
    July 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    It’s so satisfying to feel sore (in the good way) after a workout ๐Ÿ™‚

    That salad looks great!!

    Hmmm… favorite breakfast post-workout… definitely something cooling. It usually always involves yogurt. Something like some nonfat plain yogurt (or a 6 oz container of nonfat cherry-vanilla flavored… yumm!) with Kashi, and then a mix of fresh + dried fruit (dried blueberries and goji berries are so good!). I like to make a big parfait!

    You souffle looks amazing – but I hope you get a better rest tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

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    greenpeeps
    July 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Jenna, yours is one of the blogs that I follow daily–in fact, I’ve been reading for awhile now and have never posted a comment, so first of all props to you for your hard work on the blog and for generously sharing your thoughts and ideas. When I saw the breakfast question I couldn’t resist posting, as breakfast time is one of my favorite times of the day! Lately, one of my favorite post-workout breakfasts has been a (single-serve) container of 0% Fage folded with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and 1 small mashed banana, and topped with 1/4 to 1/2 cup peanut butter granola (I love Erin Baker’s). Just thinking about it makes me want to eat some, yum!

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    Kimberly
    July 23, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Michael – yep, you read that right. A grande four-shot Americano for me, please (or “The Defibrillator,” as my friend likes to call it.) I don’t care for strong American-style drip coffee, but I adore the taste of pure espresso.

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    alicia
    July 24, 2008 at 12:02 am

    My favourite post-gym meal is a typical local breakfast in my country. It consists of toasted white bread with kaya ( sweet coconut egg jam), 2 soft boiled eggs with soy sauce/pepper and a cup of tea with condensed milk. I always look forward to this yummy treat after the gym. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like you, I am trying to be lean yet build muscle.

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