Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone

Well, it’s still pretty dark outside this morning but the rain has stopped and the wind has died down a bit. I slept like a log last night (due to the rain and tylonel pm haha) and feel great today! According to my workout schedule, Wednesday is my rest day. However, I’m trying to make my rest days more of “active rest days” now where I practice yoga or take a long walk and stretch to help me with my impending training. Nothing strenuous, just nice relaxed movements.

This morning I woke up at 7:00 and plugged in one of my YogaDownloads (Morning Flow) to do. It was great! My body was desperately in need of stretching and the 30 minutes was gloriously spent stretching and toning each body part. This is really going to come in handy when I start running more. My old yoga instructor actually was a marathon runner himself and had run tons of races all over the country. He told me that yoga and running really do go hand in hand with one another because of the stretching aspect. Yoga can also help you with your speed, as it lengthens your leg muscles. I believe YogaDownloads has a “Yoga for Runners” that I think I’ll download in the near future!

I didn’t eat a snack before yoga, as I did not need one, but I was pretty hungry for breakfast afterwards! Last night I put a bowl of overnight oatmeal in the fridge to set and I thoroughly enjoyed it this morning! Here’s what I used:

1/2 cup Scottish OatsΒ  soaked overnight in 1/2 cup water and a pinch of sea salt

1 spoonful almond butter

1/2 big banana

1 plain fatfree chobani

cinnamon and sprinkle of pure maple syrup


It TOTALLY hit the spot!!! I haven’t made this in awhile and forgot just how smooth, creamy and delicious this breakfast is! Not to mention, protein packed due to the lovely 18 grams of protein in the yogurt along with the almond butter and oats :). The only problem was that I was quite chilly after eating it so I made some English Breakfast tea to warm back up.

I packed one of my all time favorites for lunch today: almond butter and jam on a wheat pita. Don’t know what there is about it, but this combo blows regular pb&j out of the water. Something about the chewiness of the pita….? It’s SO good! I used a big spoonful almond butter, a little all natural Raspberry preserves and a whole wheat pita. With it, I packed 2 hard boiled egg whites and a red delicious apple.


And a snackie! A lovely Kashi Go Lean Roll bar for a snack later on. These always keep me full for hours!


I hope everyone has a wonderful HumpDay! Soak up some sunshine for me because sure ain’t any here to be found πŸ˜‰

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  • caitlin (see bride run)
    August 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    yoga for runners sounds fun! πŸ˜€

    the weather is actually suppose to get worse as the day goes on – booo!!!

    indoor running time, it is!

  • rhodeygirl
    August 20, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    i just had one fo your waffle sandwiches with pb and a banana for the first time. at first i didn’t like it but by the end i was obsessed. it was sooooo good! thanks for the inspiration!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 20, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Looove that PBJ Pita!!

    It’s super-sunny here, so I’ll send some rays your way πŸ˜‰

  • arielle
    August 20, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I have decided that I can’t keep good preserves (strawberry is my favorite, but raspberry is good too) in my house because I eat it with a spoon.

  • C
    August 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    That almond butter and jam on pita looks pretty tasty! I like that combo on a whole wheat wrap. Heck, I think I like almond butter and jam on anything!

  • mags
    August 20, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    hi jenna… it seems you haven’t been eating more snacks like you were the first few days after you talked to your friend the trainer. have you decided you don’t need the morning snack or are you making meals bigger now?

  • Teddy
    August 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Hi there!
    I’m curious, why don’t you eat the yolks? Do you just not like the flavor?


  • Betsy
    August 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    there is nothing like a good pb & j. i swear.

    i thing that yoga is the perfect compliment to running and that’s the reason i started taking classes again! i think it’s making me a better runner.

  • BethT
    August 20, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I have that Yoga for Runners from Yoga Downloads – it’s great. I got both the 30 min and 1 hour workouts. Lots of good runner’s lunges and similar stretches.

  • Shandi
    August 20, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Hi I was just wondering what your FAVORITE download from the YogaDownload website is. I want to try one, but i’ve never done yoga before so I want the best experience πŸ™‚ Do you just watch them on your ipod while doing them? Thank you so much!

  • jenna
    August 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm


    Sometimes I eat a morning snack and sometimes I don’t. I just eat when I’m hungry and I found that I really don’t need a big snack because eat lunch pretty early anyways. I did have some grapes this morning that I forgot to mention though!! I’m not eating according to any plan really—my friend’s plan was very interesting and I get some great ideas but I really just eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. I tried to incorporate some more healthy fats in my daily diet (more nut butter and larabars) and I think that’s helping. I also find that on non-stenuous workout days, I really don’t eat as much as I would on a day where I run for an hour. When I start training for my race I’m sure my daily consumption will go way up, but for right now I’m pretty relaxed. A piece of fruit midmorning between breakfast and lunch works nicely for my body!

  • jenna
    August 20, 2008 at 2:49 pm


    I don’t really want all that fat. One yolk is fine but I’d rather stick to one yolk and two whites or just two whites. I prefer to get my fat from nut butters and fish like salmon. There are vitamins in the yolk, which are good for our body but I don’t want to slam down two yolks everyday when the white is what I really want (protein!)

  • Anne P
    August 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I was also wondering about your absent egg yolks… what gives? They are good for you! Are you just throwing them away??

  • jenna
    August 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm


    If you have NEVER done yoga before I definitely would not recommend YogaDownloads. I thinka class setting is important so you can fully understand the posture and not start practicing wrong moves (which is easy to do!). When you are starting out, a yoga instructor is vital so you can really learn the moves and then once more experienced, you can start practicing on your own via yogadownloads! I would suggest checking out your area for different classes!

  • jenna
    August 20, 2008 at 2:54 pm


    I DO eat the yolks sometimes (I ate one with lunch yesterday) but prefer the whites when I have other healthy fats in my meals (i.e. nut butter) and am just looking for another lean protein source without any added fats. One yolk + 2 whites is great though…depends on your personal preference!

  • Anne P
    August 20, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Ah, just saw your response. Why don’t you buy one of the liquid egg white cartons and eat them that way then so you don’t have to waste the egg yolk? Just a thought πŸ™‚ Good luck in the hurricane!!

  • jenna
    August 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm


    It’s more expensive πŸ™ Gotta save as much as I can! It’s about $1.50 MORE to buy the liquid egg whites, plus I like the egg whites hard boiled with salt and pepper.

  • Anne P
    August 20, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Oh boo, fair enough, then! πŸ™‚ Well, have a lovely day!

  • Heather
    August 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I totally agree about the yoga/running combo! I just bought a yoga for athletes DVD that features practices specifically for runners.

    That PB&J looks delicious!

  • runnershigh
    August 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Glad you survived the storm with flying colors! Running and yoga are complimentary but did you know that runners can do TOO MUCH stretching? Especially as you increase your mileage, increased yoga can actually put you at greater risk for injury. I did research on this a few months back after my former cross country coach made a few comments. I’ll try to send that research your way…

  • tfh
    August 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Funny, I was just reading this article on yoga for runners:

    My favorite DVD is Baron Baptiste’s “Unlocking Athletic Power” because my hips always feel so open after I practice– and it’s just over 25 minutes.

    I’ll see what I can do about sending Virginia’s sunshine down your way…

  • runjess
    August 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Good for you for doing yoga. I like the “idea” of yoga, but never seem to be able to fit it in my schedule. Definitely good for the sore legs.

    What brand of pita is that?

  • ModelBehavior
    August 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    scottish oats? that’s a new one! Is that the kind of oat (like rolled, steel cut etc) or is that just how you prepared it?


  • angelcubbie
    August 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Jenna! I make muesli about once a week and I was wondering for your muesli when you make it with water rather than milk, do you add the yogurt and the banana the night before or do you just let the oats soak in the water the night before and add the yogurt in the morning?

  • angelcubbie
    August 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    By the way everyone, if you go to the Chobani website you can print out a coupon to save 50 cents on it. Oh and does anyone know if they sell Chobani or PB Larabars in San Diego? Please say yes! Jenna, you should be a professional review writer, I just read your review and you have me wanting to eat 10 of each now, lol

  • Danielle
    August 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Sending some figurative sunshine your way! Oh and just an f.y.i. the 20-minute Yoga for Runners workout is free on the website for a limited time only πŸ™‚ I just “bought” it yesterday!

  • BethT
    August 20, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Angelcubbie, I looked on their web site (Chobani’s) and they are not currently selling anywhere in California (I live in CA too). So bummed. I do buy PB cookie Larabars all the time, though.

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    August 20, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    i cant stand it any longer. im going running in the storm!

  • Andrea
    August 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    flexibility is soooo important for running! i used to run track and my stride was sooo much better when i stretched more πŸ™‚ lunch looks delish~! are the pitas by ezekiel too?

  • Janna
    August 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I dunno if anyone’s asked you this before but do you wear a watch? I think you mentioned you had a Polar one? What kind in particular? I’m trying to buy a watch, but there’s so many options and I’m kind of lost on what features it should have.

  • steph
    August 20, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    glad your doing okay after the storm! do you have any pita brand reccommendations? i forgot how good they are!

  • angelcubbie
    August 20, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Aw, thanks for looking BethT : ( I saw that on their site too, I think I was just hoping there was some mysterious Chobani Fairy someone would tell me about that delivered here lol I’ll look for the PB larabars next time I’m at the store though!

  • angelcubbie
    August 20, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Janna- I wear a Polar F5 and I love it!! It’s like having a personal trainer with me all the time because I can see how high my heart rate is and it keeps track of calories burned, how many days I exercised, etc. I got it for like 80 on sale and I feel it was so worth it.

    Oh and Steph, I love the Sahara Whole Wheat Pita’s, they’re 140 calories and super soft and chewy.

  • twinks
    August 20, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Jenna…those kashi roll bars are ten times better if you nuke em for about ten seconds!

  • jenna
    August 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm


    I have a Plolar F5 that I wear when I train (running). I LOVE it! It’s so easy to keep tabs on my heart rate and lets me know how many calories I burn. It’s really great!


    The night before I just mix the oats with the water and put it in the fridge. In the morning I add the yogurt, banana and AB


    I love the Toufayan (sp?) whole wheat pitas. They are incredible if you zap them in the micro for 15 seconds. mmMMmm whole grain chewiness!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 21, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Mixing yogurt into the oatmeal sounds interesting! Maybe I’ll try it one day!

  • michelle
    August 21, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Just wanted to tell you that i really love what and how you eat! I think it makes total sense, the diet you follow! It always sounds so appealing to me!!! Thanks for sharing…I am psyched about the chobani yogurt! You know forgot to mention, today i had a fage yogurt and it said honey flavor so i open it up and the honey was separate from the yogurt in a little cubby area! It was actually kinda neat that way because you get to control how much honey you eat!! Just an FYI!!!