Breakfast/ Product Reviews

A Vacation in My Mind

Hey friends!

Still at my parent’s house, plugging away! The other day when I wrote the post on True/Slant about how to stay healthy when ordering take-out, I had a TON of questions of what do I, personally, eat when fast food is the only option. You ask, I provide! Here’s Staying Healthy, No Matter What: Part II. 🙂

I got a surprise in the mail this morning, which is making my life a whole lot more comfortable!!


This Book Buddy is PERFECT for those of us that sit with a laptop all day long! A big cushy pillow straps onto your laptop (holding tight with cute colorful ribbon) and lets you type away in comfort. This will be getting a lot of good use!
I ate lunch at my parent’s house today and dove right into the Amy’s “quarter pounder” veggie burgers I covet from their freezer. I love these burgers because they are so substantial and have 21 grams of protein in them!
I had mine with a light laughing cow cheese, honey mustard and broccoli slaw on a whole wheat Arnold’s sandwich thin. PAPAYA (!) and watermelon on the side!

I do love my tropical fruit and papaya is just so darn pretty. Oh, how I wish I were on a tropical vacay right now!

It has sort of a different taste though because its not very sweet. My mom said a great way to eat papaya is with a lime squeezed over it!
I haven’t even gotten around to washing my face yet today. How gross am I? Today IS my “off” day at the gym but I think I’ll walk on the treadmill at 4:00 just to stretch my legs (and watch Oprah…obvi). 😉
Hope everyone is having a great day so far!
Just an FYI: today is the LAST day to vote for yours truly for the Murphy-Goode dream job! Tomorrow they close off applications and pick the top 50 candidates!! ahhhhh!!!!!

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  • Help Meghan Run
    June 18, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Oh man you’re making me crave an Amy’s burger…haven’t had one in forever! I totally voted for you and am sure you’re going to the next round. 🙂 Make sure you tell us about it!

  • Erica
    June 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I love the laptop pillow! I work from home at least one day a week- I am going to consider getting one of these puppies. Yummy looking lunch- I love broc slaw! Going to vote for you now 😉

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    June 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    No worries on the lack of face washing…I haven’t showered and its been almost two hours since I got home from the gym. And you thought your papaya wasn’t very sweet…

  • Katherine
    June 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    The laptop pillow is adorable!! I always spend the evening with a pillow on my lap and it drives my husband crazy – he’s always worried the (his) laptop is going to slide off and crash to the floor.

    My vote is in for you!

  • K
    June 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Cool laptop pillow! Plus it’s pink 🙂

    Off to vote!

  • Maria
    June 18, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    That papaya is still very pretty though–love the color. I heard the smaller papayas were sweeter and meant for eating plain, while the humongous ones are mostly for cooking (i.e. Thai papaya salad).

    That Book Buddy does look very comfortable and cute too 🙂

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Cool laptop pillow! Sometimes when I’m working on my sofa, my laptop gets hot and sticks to my legs, bleh. I also love broccoli slaw + the Amy’s burger. I’m getting hungry, it’s time for lunch!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 18, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t feel bad about not washing your face yet – I worked out for an hour this morning and was done by 8:15 but didn’t make it into the shower by 10 because I was so immersed in writing!

    I was wondering when we’d here more about the Murphy-Goode job; I’ve already voted from all three of my different email addresses!

  • karen
    June 18, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Jenna!! just wanted to tell you I LOVE your blog…it’s the only one I HAVE to read every day.
    Thanks for your faithful blogging, I am truly inspired by you! 🙂

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    June 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    That burger looks great with the slaw!!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    What a great invention! I need one of those asap!

    Amazing lunch too! I don’t think I have ever had raw papaya- looks good though.

    Great way to spend the 4pm hour. Walking is enjoyable to me and doesn’t feel like exercise. It’s a great way to unwind.

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • ryan
    June 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Just for all those morning comments about changing me, I had to make sure to let everyone know I am still in charge, plus you always tell everyone to listen to their body, well it was Pepperonni Pizza day for lunch today!!!! hahaha vegetables be damned

  • Panda
    June 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Try papaya with just a tiny drizzle of honey. It’s a really delicious combo.

  • brandi
    June 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    that book buddy is so cute!

    i love the colorful lunch

  • brandi
    June 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    and ryan’s comment is hilarious!

  • Susan
    June 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Ohmygoodness, I love that laptop pillow!! It looks like a much better option than my current laptop on a book on a pillow set-up now 🙂 Good luck on the job!!! Sending lotsa good vibes 🙂

  • Rose
    June 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    That book buddy is fun 🙂

  • Sarah
    June 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    That fruit is so pretty! I might have to get my husband a book buddy, he sits that computer on his lap for a loooong time 😉 Good luck with the dream job!

  • Run Sarah
    June 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    That book buddy looks awesome, I need to get one!

  • Acadia Durham
    June 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm


    Have you completely gone off oats? Your post on True/Slant made it sound like they’re a thing of the past for you…

    • jenna
      June 18, 2009 at 7:15 pm


      well I’ve never been an oat eater in the summer. Right now its about 95 degrees outside with 100% humidity ! And my amazing meal smoothies have been giving me more energy than oats EVER have! I think I might be a convert…..

  • Ashley @ On The Rocks
    June 18, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I really wish I could get my hands on some Arnold’s sandwhich thins. I STILL cannot find them in So Cal!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    June 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Drool…. papaya… yummy…

  • Kati
    June 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Great articles on fast food Jenna! I try to pick health-ier choices too when eating out…OR I order what I’m craving/sounds good and eat only part of it. Depends on how I feel :>

  • Callina
    June 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Ok, I gotta ask–and maybe you’ve answered this question before, but how do you score all that fun loot?! Do you find companies and ask for samples, or do they just send it to you? I’m dying to know! (not that I’m trying to score free loot for my tiny blog or anything, but I may be a teeny bit jealous!)

    • jenna
      June 18, 2009 at 7:14 pm


      Well that is the good part about my job. People do send me free things. It sort of makes up for me being incredibly poor! 😉

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    June 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I really like papaya. I was a little scared of it until I visited Thailand a while ago… they eat a ton of it there! It’s out on the breakfast table every day, along with pineapple and mango and other tropical fruits… I became obsessed, especially since it’s not that common here in my native Chicago!

  • Amanda (My Summerizations)
    June 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    i love love love waffle fries! i’m on the hunt for sweet potato waffle fries. is that asking for too much of a good thing?

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    That was a great True/Slant article. You’re right — we do have similar views when it comes to food! Good luck with the “dream job!” You deserve it!

  • Rebecca
    June 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    WOah! I love the laptop pillow! Perfect!

  • mh
    June 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I like your article! I thought you would have said pita pit was one of your fav’s!! And subway now carriesv veggie patties and theyare so good!! they are morningstar

  • Angela
    June 18, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    haha I love that you are such a big oprah buff like me!! 🙂 I always workout to her show…and The Drs…

    I love that laptop buddy!!!! WOW! Never seen those before!

  • Angela
    June 18, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    PS- Congrats on the awesome sidebar pics!!! You DID it!!!!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    love the broccoli slaw addition to the burger! I think I would like the added ‘crunch’ it would provide! off to vote for the Murphy-Goode dream job! GOOD LUCK!

  • Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    June 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I die for your book buddy pillow!!! I love sitting around with my laptop ontop of a throw cushion but I know it’s bad for the comp without the air circulating beneath – looks like this pillow solves it! Hmm, note to self for the xmas list… 🙂

  • Kristie
    June 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I LOVE that book buddy idea. I might have to invest once school starts up again. Or try manufacturing my OWN which could get interesting…haha.

    I’ve tried papaya once and although I thought it was good, I did find it to be pretty darn plain. I’ll have to try the lime squeeze next time.

    Best of luck in making the TOP 50!

  • Linda
    June 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Good luck with the contest. I just submitted a vote for you. If anyone can do a great job for the winery, it will be you.

  • Kristilyn
    June 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    LOVE the laptop pillow! I always use a pillow anyway, when I’m on the laptop, because I’m usually layin’ on the couch (yeah, I’m cool like that). I read your article on what you eat at a fast food restaurant (via your Twitter link) and loved it! That’s like Arby’s here … I love their spicy curly fries. I just can’t say no sometimes! But you gotta live, right?
    One question for you: I’m heading out to the family’s place for a BBQ on the weekend and offered to bring salad. Do you have any suggestions for an easy and light vegetable salad and an easy and light fruit salad? I’m nervous about going because I have a bad tendency to overindulge. Would it be wrong if I brought an Amy’s burger for the BBQ’er to make?
    Tried Papaya the other day and it does have an odd taste … like a mild kiwi or something. Good, but I’m still a little unsure …


  • Katie
    June 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Cool laptop pillow! That looks super comfy! I really want to love papaya, but I just don’t. I keep trying it hoping that I like it because it’s so colorful and exotic, but I’m just not a fan. I think it is literally the ONLY fruit I don’t like!

  • Danielle
    June 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    That laptop pillow is too cute!

  • Jess
    June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Love your laptop pillow! Papaya looks delicious!
    Great lunch!
    <3 jess

  • sue
    June 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    the book buddy is so cool. i actually burned my leg with my macbook so that’s really useful!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    That book buddy is such a GREAT idea!!

  • Michelle
    June 18, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    holy moly!!! you’ve just made me miss papaya – OFFICIALLY!!! THey’re pretty cheap at Trader Joe’s!! 😀 Chinese people say that papaya + milk = blossoming of the “twins” the natural way. teehee just an idea!

  • Natalie
    June 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    That burger looks really good! I’ll have to try it out 🙂

  • Matt
    June 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    LOL at Ryan’s comment!

  • Erin
    June 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Your mom is right–papaya is EXCELLENT with a little lime! 😀
    Check out my post on this delectable fruit here:

    So…I went to the Tampa WF on Tuesday (I’m in Orlando, and rarely out there), but when did they get rid of the juice bar?!? I was craving a Waldorf like mad!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I’m loving that laptop cushion! What a great idea… I’m totally looking into that! 🙂

    OMG that papaya looks amazing. Can you believe I’ve never tried papaya before? I should definitely look for some this summer.

    Enjoy your “off” day!!!

  • Kristen
    June 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    omg…Ryan is hilarious!

  • michelle
    June 18, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    ever tried paw paw. I love it. There’s also this awesome fruit that I blogged about the other day ‘aztec fruit’…it has the conistencey of an avocado but it’s sweet. YUMMY!

  • Danica
    June 18, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I LOVE the book buddy – so cute!
    Ok off to vote now! Good luck, good luck!

  • Ingrid
    June 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    papaya is EXCELLENT with fresh lemon squeezed over top too, with the papaya super cold from the fridge!