A Little Something More

For some reason I just really wasn’t feeling having leftovers for dinner tonight so I saved my Thai chicken and brown rice for tomorrow’s lunch and instead had a super filling and tasty dinner of Wild Alaskan salmon burgers (from Whole Foods) on a Rudi’s whole wheat bun with a light laughing cow cheese, some broccoli and cucumber slices with 2 tbsp of hummus. The laughing cow with the salmon burger was a totally delicious combo that I had not tried yet and salmon always really fills me up because of all the healthy fats. I also had a square of organic dark chocolate for dessert (I have a square of dark chocolate after every dinner but never mention it because its a daily occurrence).


For a snack later I’m bringing a scoop of my chocolate protein powder (not the Dessert powder you see, my all natural one) with half soymilk/half water to mix with around 8:00 or whenever I start to get hungry again.


Tonight should be another early night for me unless (knock on wood) something goes drastically wrong with my yeast. I’m making the American Rye bread tonight along with a whole wheat fougasse. Two pretty simple formulas and I’m hoping to be home around 10:30 again. This is so much better than getting home at midnight every night!!

Thanks for all the great discussion regarding this morning’s question. My favorite pre-workout snack WAS a half a banana with pb but as I increased the time and intensity of my workouts, I am finding that I need a little something more. Today’s baguette with pb worked perfectly! I think the combo of bread and nut butter is always a winner and it really gets you through that cardio session and lunges session! Another great pre-workout snack, in my opinion, is half a cliff bar. I LOVE the chocolate chip peanut butter flavor. This was always my favorite pre-run snack when I was training for races last year.

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  • smjohnson30
    July 31, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    my morning gym sessions are fixed on time, so i don’t get a lot of cardio in on top of my heavy weight session, but i still need something to curb my hunger until breakfast. i have found the mini luna and clif bars at target work perfectly! they are about 100 calories each. if you are doing 20+ minutes of cardio and a substantial weight routine like you did in one sitting today though, i could see needing something more like a soyjoy bar, an eas light bar, or even a protein shake with carbs in it before you tried to tackle that!

  • nicole r.
    July 31, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    jenna, i love your thermos! is that target? i feel like i saw it there today…

    and i totally agree with the 1/2 banana and peanut butter!! i go to either exhale’s core fusion or this fantastic hot vinyasa class (anyone in nyc or boston metro area: go to prana power yoga!!) almost every morning. anything else makes me feel weighed down almost to the point of nausea, but i noticed when i don’t eat anything i cant power through the classes how i’d like. such a perfect pre-workout snack!

  • april
    July 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Does the protein shake taste just as good with half milk, half water or does it taste better with all milk?

  • Meghan
    July 31, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    okay so I just made a protein smoothie with that whey powder…vanilla flavored with almond milk and frozen berries!! OMG!!! I HATE PROTEIN POWDER usually..but this was SOOOO good! It was so creamy and voluminous..seriously, everyone needs to try this..it made so much and I finished every last drop it was so yummy! Thanks 🙂

  • lizz
    July 31, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Jenna, I am a new reader to your blog and as a swimmer with muscles.. I must say that I love your excitement for muscular arms! I think the reason why your pb on bread worked better this morning than the your banana and pb is because bread offers more carbs than banana and carbs give your body instant energy for working out, while the pb(protein) gives you lasting energy. I practice 6 mornings a week and find that if I eat something with equal carb and protein it satisfies me longer than if i eat something with more protein than carb, so that I can keep giving it my all. This morning I did not eat enough and found myself backing off more in the last set than I usually do. also adding a little banana to your bread and pb will keep your muscles from cramping and allow you to do more reps/more weight. hope this helps!!! keep up the good work!

  • Andrea
    August 1, 2008 at 1:12 am

    mmm laughing cow cheese goes well with almost anything! i bought the chocolate protein powder you use at WF yesterday and made a smoothie with frozen banana, rice milk, and a little PB. overall it was a great combination and really kept me full for hours! good luck with the bread baking tonight. you’ll rock it 😉

  • caitlinbo (see bride run)
    August 1, 2008 at 2:56 am

    oh man nothing works like bread and PB for a snack… put a few slices of banana inside and wooooow!

  • Kimberly
    August 1, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Jenna, how did that Amy’s soup hold you over this afternoon? I love soup for lunch and am a big fan of the frozen Tabatchnick line, but the whole cook-in-bag process is sort of a nuisance. Anyway, just wondering if I should give Amy’s a whirl… thanks!

  • Little Black Dress
    August 1, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Jenna, good for you for listening to your body. And that salmon/cheese combo looks fantastic!

  • ClaireDille
    August 1, 2008 at 4:40 am

    I didnt get a chance to chime in this a.m…my fave pre workout snacks are apples and bananas with pb (before yoga) or toast with banana (half) and peanut butter before a long run. Also, I love the oatmeal raisin walnut clif bars…definitely my favorite flavor and I am not usually one for raisins!

  • Heather
    August 1, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I just found that protein powder you talked about a few days ago (the one with the goateed guy on the label) at Kroger and am SO excited to try it! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  • jenna
    August 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm


    So glad you liked it! See?! Its not like any other protein powder I’ve ever had (most taste like chalk)!!!


    I think so. I have never used all soymilk unless its in a blender to make a smoothie. I wasn’t tooooo fond of all water, but when I mix in half soymilk to the water, it instantly becomes really creamy and delicious.

  • Michelle
    August 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Salmon burgers!! YES!!

    Everything you eat always looks sooo good! I may be a copy cat and eat what you eat!!! Well, not exactly but most of the good stuff!!!