Write a Page, Have a Dance Party

by jenna on January 21, 2010

Hello :)

Hope y’all had a good Thursday. Today reminds me of those “Thirsty Thursdays” we had in college where beer was, like, a dollar. However, I am reminded of this today not in terms of alcohol but just because its still raining so hard! Rain = water = thirsty? Get it? Maybe I’ve just been staring at the computer for too long.

This morning I busted out the juicer and made some juicy juice before bootcamp:

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I used half an apple, a kiwi, 1 stalk celery and 1 small beet in this. Delish. Also had a little trail mix to keep me going strong through my workout:

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And, I swear, today was the hardest bootcamp class yet! Most days its just Anna and I and is really laid back but today we actually had other students come in and take the class (the shock!) so it was more formalized. Started with a series of 10 sun salutations with double chatarungas with each one (those will work your triceps like none other!) then moved on to jump switches, leaping chairs, leap frogs, jumping jacks, plank flows, forearm balance & handstands and then finishing with about 20 minutes of abs. Its going to hurt to laugh tomorrow for sure. I did become obsessed with DJ earworm because that’s who we listened to during class…love his mashups and have been playing them all afternoon. No big deal: just a dance party with Dexter and I. Jealous? It used to be “write a page, do a handstand” but now its “write a page, have a dance party”. Woohoooo

Came home and inhaled a whole wheat pita with hummus and tempeh for lunch:

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And then after writing a bit (made it to 25,000 words today–HALFWAY POINT!!!), made the snack that changed my life.


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Behold: toasted millet bread with coconut butter and raspberry jam. Da da da daaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes, when I get really excited by something I eat, I will moan out loud and make highly inappropriate noises. This usually only takes place in the comfort of my own home so it’s all good. And this, my friends, was one of those occasions. The coconut butter melted completely into the toast and it was beyond words. This snack alone was worth the price of both the millet bread and the raw coconut butter. SO.freakin.good. Must repeat asap!

This snack also held me over from about 2:30 all the way to 7:15 when I went to dinner at Willi’s Seafood, one of my favorite Healdsburg restaurants. I love this place for a lot of reasons but mainly because they have small portions! It was perfect because neither one of us was all that hungry so we just got three small plates to share between the two of us.

First up: spinach salad with blue cheese, pecans, dates and bacon:

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Probably one of the better spinach salads that I’ve had at a restaurant.
Next, we shared an interesting dish called “scallop macaroni”:

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This was very unique. It wasn’t cheesy like I expected but I liked it anyway. I can’t even remember the last time I had pasta?! Not on purpose but it’s just not something I cook a lot of or order out. This satisfied all my pasta cravings till I go home in two weeks and get to eat my mom’s fettucine with escarole and brie :)
Finally: miso salmon!

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It was the perfect amount of food. I left feeling satisfied but not stuffed by any means and clear headed since I drank water instead of wine. ;)
Because I had some more room in my belly, I broke open this bad boy:

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Gahhhhh this is my favorite flavor yet!!! I LOVE this stuff. Love, love, LOVE it! Why don’t they make coconut ice cream stores?! I prefer this over “real” ice cream any day!
Off to READ! Currently reading this book and am loving it. G’night!

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Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Yaya! Congrats on reaching 25K. Must feel great! I took my first hot yoga (Bikram) class tonight and really enjoyed it – definitely going to feel it in the a.m. I can see why you love the practice of yoga so much. Thanks for the inspiration. Night!

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Babycakes January 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

LOVE DJ earworm to pieces! And I must try this Millet/Gina bread and coconut ice cream that everyone’s been raving about forever! Glad you enjoyed the restaurant so much :)

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Meghan January 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

That is my FAVORITE ice cream!! I started eating Purely Decadent when i was on a vegan and sugar free diet to combat my H. Pylori infection, and have since found the cookie dough flavor. Since I also have Celiac Disease, this is the perfect ice cream! I have never seen another cookie dough ice cream that is gluten free, dairy free and soy free! Amazing!

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courtney January 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Congrats Jenna! It’s all downhill from here ;)

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kellsey January 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm

omg. Dance parties = my fav. You are an amazing woman Jenna…but I bet you already knew that! Xoxo

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Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm

When I work on my thesis, I usually write at Starbucks or some coffee shop. I should totally start “write a page, do a handstand and/or dance party” traditions in the coffee shops! On a serious note, congratulations on hitting half way!!!

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Tay January 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

So that flavor was better than mocha almond fudge??

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Hooray for the halfway point!! Keep chugging along.
I definitely moan when I eat delicious food and flavor combinations! It makes it taste THAT much yummier. That bootcamp sounds intense! I wish we had something like that around. Maybe you can write one for us….after the book that is :)

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Karla January 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Congrats on getting to that half way point! Today I went to the store and looked in the health food section for that millet bread (my guess was that it would be next to the brown rice bread and tapioca bread?). No where to be found!

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Ashlei January 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love coconut butter or oil on toast, with pumpkin pie spice.

And that’s my fave flavor of the coconut milk ice cream too. I second the need for a coconut milk ice cream store :)

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Sally Kate January 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I have seen coconut butter at my local market and knew I would love it but because of the calorie content I havent bought it. Now i feel like Im going to have to!!! Also when I went on a vegan diet for a few weeks last year I tried out coconut bliss’s dark chocolate and it changed my world. I agree that there should be places that only sell coconut ice cream- it reminds me of gelato alot, and there are gelato shops all over the place!!

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Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) January 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

That dinner looks amazing, especially the “macaroni”. YUM! I fell in love with coconut ice cream a couple months ago, I started with the cookie dough. SO yummy! That slight flavor from the coconut milk just makes it. Also, you can get $1 off at coupons.com! Just a tip. :)

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Chloe (Naturally Frugal) January 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I also love the coconut ice cream – it’s perfect for someone who is dairy free like me!
Glad to hear that your class is getting more students, even though it was a little harder today I’m sure it was fun to have other people with you.
Also – looks like a great dinner, Yum!

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ruby red January 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Yum!!! I love that ice cream flavor too. Almost as much as the mocha almond fudge w/ coconut milk. :) Is that Natural Ovens millet bread? That stuff is the shizz too. Thanks for the coconut butter/bread snack idea – methinks I will adapt it with fig jam on top.

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Danielle (Coffee Run) January 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I totally agree, someone needs to open up a coconut ice cream shop!
And I’ll have to try that snack combo

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Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl January 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Oh, the ice cream looks delish! The juice does, too – LOVE beets in my juice! YUM! :-D

*smiles*
Michele

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Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Congratulations on reaching the half way point with you book! That’s a huge accomplishment!

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adrienmelaine January 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

DJ Earworm is awesome, but have you gotten into Girltalk yet?! You can download their album for free of myspace and it’s amazing!

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emily January 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

next time you’re in the city you should hit up Maggie Mudd’s in Bernal Heights ..
http://www.maggiemudd.com
they have the most insane coconut based ice cream EVER. You can also buy pints of some flavors at Whole Foods around the bay area…but if you go to the store they have way more flavors (try the memphis mudd pie!!!) and will also make you a whole vegan hot fudge coconut ice cream sundae!

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Suzanne de Cornelia January 22, 2010 at 12:32 am

Congrats on being 1/2 way there. Everything looks delicious. Got caught up in projects didn’t go to the store. Baby organic carrots out of the pack. Mmm. Am SO glad to hear that Dexter is getting his dance on. Book sounds great too, and thought you’d like this JFK quote about the life of an artist:

“The life of the artist is, in relation to his work, stern and lonely. He has labored hard, often amid deprivation, to perfect his skill. He has turned aside from quick success in order to strip his vision of everything secondary or cheapening. His working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline.” JFK

Resonated with me when was writing novel.

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 22, 2010 at 3:32 am

Thanks for sharing that awesome coconut butter/jam snack with us. Your effusive review makes me want to go out right now and find some c.butter!

Your dinner looks DELICIOUS. That restaurant sounds AMAZING. I can’t wait to move back to CALIFORNIA NOW. :)

My family told me that the weather was pretty wet lately. Hope the sun pops out soon enough for your sake!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 22, 2010 at 3:40 am

Congrats on getting to the halfway mark! :)

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Madison January 22, 2010 at 4:08 am

Yum! That spinach salad looks delish!

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Jil January 22, 2010 at 4:18 am

Congratulations on reading the 25,000 mark! That snack looks and sounds really good, and of course your dinner sounds absolutely delicious. That salmon looks divine.

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simpledaisy January 22, 2010 at 4:27 am

That bootcamp class sounds awesome:)
Have a great weekend~

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 22, 2010 at 4:36 am

sometimes I also get very excited for my eats . . . I wrote in one of my posts recently “do you ever just shriek” when you get a good snack idea?!?!

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diana(mymarble rye) January 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

i see you had DATES in your salad with your DATE. I kid, but seriously I’m nosy and I want happy photos. BTW I’ve been wanting to try that icecream but I wanna know if it’s really worth the 6 bucks!

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amanda January 22, 2010 at 4:53 am

Haha I have moaned from food before too! You aren’t alone

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Sara January 22, 2010 at 4:57 am

That scallop macaroni looks divine – super yum.

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Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 22, 2010 at 5:06 am

Congratulations on reaching your halfway point – that is quite the accomplishment!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 22, 2010 at 5:11 am

Congrats on reaching the halfway point!

I just tried that flavor of “ice cream” myself, and yeah…I ate the entire 1/2 pint in 2 days. WHOOPS! :-)

That workout sounds killer.

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Marla January 22, 2010 at 5:43 am

Jenna, one day will you write a book perhaps about the life changing year you have had this past year? Mostly I’d be interested in your words on working your way through grief, could be relatable to so many of us out here.
Truly love your writing style and look forward to books in future, whether lighthearted food romps across Europe or introspective ,
darker reads with flickers of your irrespressible sunshiney spirit.
All the best in your writing endeavours.

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 22, 2010 at 5:45 am

An impromptu dance party makes everything better! :D

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Kalli@fitandfortysomething January 22, 2010 at 6:10 am

I am so sick of the rain tooooooo…..I hope it clears up for the weekend.

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TC January 22, 2010 at 6:16 am

Oh my gosh, that books is awesome! My parents actually went to Bhutan a year-ish ago and my mom read the book in anticipation and then gave it to me. It was kind of life changing for me in a really amazing way. Maybe I’ll read it again! Hope you have a great day!

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jenna January 22, 2010 at 6:18 am

:) yum that millet bread, coconut butta and jam looks sooooo wonderful!! Sounds like you had a great day

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Jen Papaya January 22, 2010 at 6:23 am

Hey Jenna
I’ve been reading all over blog world about this millet bread. where do you get it? brand? do you make it? help?

And congrats on being halfway there. home strettchhh!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 22, 2010 at 6:25 am

Happy half way point!!!

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eatmovelove January 22, 2010 at 6:34 am

oh I wish we had cookie dough flavor here!! just the vanilla or chocolate . so i’ll settle for breyers ;) whatever.
love books.
who won the tea anyways?!!!

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skinnyrunner January 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

congrats on halfway! DANCE PARTY!!

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Paige (Running Around Normal) January 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

So thankful Fitnessista showed some Millet bread on her blog. I love it toasted with just a dab of Earth Balance. YUMMM!
Love that you celebrated each page with a dance party:D

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Sophie @ yumventures January 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

Your boot camp class sounds great! I have been looking for something new to try — maybe they have one at my gym! And congrats on the book, I can’t imagine writing that much. Way to go!

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PippaPatchwork January 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

That juice looks delicious! What kind of juicer do you use?

When I was in Australia, all the hotel breakfast buffets had juicers and it was wonderful to drink something made of purely fruits and veggies without all the sugar, etc.

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MMiller January 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

Woo Hoo! 25,000! Must feel so good!
Now I have to keep an eye out for millet bread and coconut butter and coconut milk ice cream! They all sound so good!

I just saw Julie and Julia and was thinking of you through the whole movie!

Need to have some dance parties soon!

Glad you are coming home for a visit! Hope the sun will shine for you!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

Congrats on the halfway point!

I’ve never had coconut ice cream but you are making me curious….

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

I love good work out music. I feel like it really intensifies my involvement in what I’m doing.

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Heather @ (The Single Dish) January 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

Congrats on the halfway point. All the food from dinner looks amazing! I have never had coconut ice cream, might have to try it.

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katherine January 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

Congrats on reaching the halfway point!!

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Haleigh January 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

Dance Party!! Awesome :) I have never tried coconut milk ice cream… but I have never really been a fan of ice cream made from alternative milk products. Maybe because I expect it to taste like real ice cream and it doesn’t. Congrats on the half way mark!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

you’re hilarious…i love the inappropriate noises comment (probably because I do the same thing…embarrasses my husband!) that spinach salad looks like perfection.

congrats on hitting the halfway mark! :)

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Jenna January 22, 2010 at 7:26 am

What kind of trail mix is that?!
You sure had your fill of coconut today- bread and ice cream look fab!
Dinner looks great as well ;)
Jenna

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 22, 2010 at 7:27 am

millet bread with coconut butter and raspberry jam sounds fabulous!! i need to find all the elements and make some of my own :)

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kate January 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

i have got to get my hands on some of the cookie dough flavor! looks amazing!

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anne January 22, 2010 at 7:39 am

That book looks amazing! I visited Bhutan a few years ago and loved! Have to add it to my list…

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Lauren @ louisianagrown January 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

You’re my hero. Is there ever a time in your day where you just sit on your butt and twiddle your thumbs? Doesn’t seem like it!

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jenna January 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

Lauren,

I sit on my butt pretty much all day long! But instead of twiddling my thumbs, I tweet! ;)

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Katharine January 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

I didn’t even know coconut butter existed! Can it be found in Whole Foods?

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jenna January 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

Katharine,

Yep! I got this at Whole Foods.

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Jessie @ thehappinessinhealth January 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

Whew! That life-changing snack looks pretty good over here. What a day for coconut! Is your tempeh raw or cooked? I’m looking for a good way to eat tempeh without the bitterness. I don’t want to give up on it! As an RD-to-be, I think I would have a hard time suggesting tempeh to clients right now without making a face (that wouldn’t be good!).

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jenna January 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

Jessie,

That was raw…I prefer it seared in a little coconut oil but when push comes to shove, I just eat it straight out of the package. Its an acquired taste ;)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

I’ve never heard of coconut butter.. looks so good! As does the ice cream. I used to hate coconut but now I can’t get enough.. go figure!

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Niki January 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’ve never tried coconut butter or ice cream!! I must change this problem asap!!

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sassy molassy January 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

Jenna, I think you need to do a little video of some of these things you speak of in your bootcamp class… leaping chairs, double chattarungas (i don’t get the double), eagle abs things. I just want to see exactly what you’re talking about. Much appreciated! ;)

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alexe @ soyaetchocolat January 23, 2010 at 7:28 am

Thanks for the link to DJ earworm’s website. I’ve been listening to the demo for the last hour at work (don’t worry, I have headsets!). ;) A dance party would totally make my day right now but I think my coworkers would start to worry about my mental health… I’ll wait until I get home.

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