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Beastly Appetite and Product Reviews!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all are having a nice Saturday evening. I’m relaxing and about to take a bubble bath and read a magazine—-love it! 🙂 This afternoon I rested on the couch with Dexter for about an hour but didn’t fall asleep, unfortunately. I am sort of a spaz and can’t fall asleep during the day because I always have a lot on my mind and always think there’s something I should be doing instead of resting. Not good! It did feel nice though just to lay down and I think it helped with my exhaustion even though I didn’t actually fall asleep.

When I arose, I had a pure protein bar (see review below!) and some strawberries for a snack to get me all fueled up for the gym.


It was starting to rain and I could have easily thrown in the bag and just turned on a movie, but I knew I would feel better after a workout, so I headed over there. Here’s what I did:

couple minutes on treadmill to warm up

3 sets of triceps kickbacks. 15lbs. 12 reps each (I have never done these before and already my triceps are sore from them!! They really work ya!)

2 sets of overhead triceps extensions. 20 lbs. 12 reps each.

3 sets of triceps dips on bench. 12 reps each.

3 sets of dumbbell shoulder raises. 10 lb dumbbells. 12 reps each

3 sets of bent over lateral raises. 5 lb dumbbells. 12 reps each

3 sets of hammer curls. 15 lb dumbbells. 12 reps each

3 sets of bicep curls with cable extensions. 10 lbs. 12 reps each

total workout time: about 30 minutes or so

After doing this today my arms felt like jelly!!! I think it was those new kickbacks I threw in to switch up my triceps routine. I will be sore tomorrow for sure! 🙂

While I was working out I decided that since I was so good and saved money on lunch today that I would buy my dinner at Whole Foods before I went grocery shopping tonight. Immediately when I saw the fire grilled, thin crust margarita pizza in the deli I knew I NEEDED a piece!!!! So, I got a slice of that and also got a big salad at the salad bar that consisted of mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, a couple of pieces of tofu, onion, kalamata olives and broccoli (with balsamic vinegar drizzled on top).


The pizza was absolutely, without a doubt heavenly but went down waaaaay to fast. I knew it really wasn’t the “proper” way to refuel after lifting weights but I wanted it anyways so I got it. About ten minutes after eating dinner I was hungry again! The pizza seriously went right through me. I drank some water and tried not to shove the entire store into my shopping cart.

But I still managed to come home with all this (plus a furry beast):


Sad news!!!!!!! Whole Foods was OUT OF CHOBANI!!!!!!!!!! I asked someone who worked there and they checked in the back and said Chobani stopped sending it to them :(. Please, Chobani, come back! I miss you! No one else in the area sells it and now I fear I will never be able to find it again! I filled my cart with Fage and Oikos (the stoneyfield farms greek yogurt) because they were a dollar off with the special coupon. The woman that searched for Chobani for me felt so bad when she saw my face that she gave me tons of coupons for the other stuff!

When I got home, the first thing I did was break out a snack. I had an Oikos (which really wasn’t bad at all. Tasted the same as every other kind but it did have less protein….) with 1/4th of a plank (see below review) and some strawberries. I was very hungry!


When I think back over my eating today I really don’t think I ate enough calories. I was doing good with breakfast, but I need more than an almond butter sammie and some fruit for lunch to keep this body going…especially on days I am lifting weights! I made up for my not-so filling dinner with a healthy, satisfying nighttime snack and now I finally feel full and well.

Tomorrow I am running (and timing) 3.1 miles first thing in the morning so I will need to fuel myself accordingly for the rest of the day! I don’t think that will be too hard though because I have special lunch date with one of my favorite bloggers tomorrow!! 😉

Finally on to the product reviews!!!
Pure Protein Bars


These bars sure do pack in a ton of “candy bar-like” flavor in their shiny wrapper! I actually felt more like I was chowing down on a snickers than a protein bar because there was no “protein-y” taste at all. Just chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

I went to the Pure Protein website to copy the nutritional facts for yall that have never tried these before. Here they are (these are for the S’mores flavor I had for a snack yesterday):

INGREDIENTS: Marshmallow Cream Layer (Maltitol, Milk Protein, Sorbitol, Palm Kernel
Oil, Nonfat Dry Milk, Lecithin, Salt, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate), Chocolate Coating
(Maltitol, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cocoa (processed with
alkali), Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose), Hydrolyzed Collagen,
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whey Protein Isolate), Glycerin, Soy Crisps (Soy
Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Maltitol Syrup, Water, Natural Flavor, Marshmallow
Pieces (Sugar, Corn Starch, Fructose, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural Flavor,
Salt, Soy Lecithin), Milk Chocolate Drops (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor,
Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor), Canola Oil, Peanut Flour,
Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Ascorbic Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate,
d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, d-Calcium
Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate,
Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin), Salt, Sucralose, Soy
Lecithin, Milk Protein Isolate, Wheat Germ, Almond Meal.

Directions: Adults, for best results drink 8 fl. ounces of water or other liquid with this bar.

WARNING: This product contains sugar alcohols, which may cause gastrointestinal
discomfort. Excessive consumption may have a laxative effect.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size 1 Bar (50g)
Servings Per Container 1

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 45
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 17%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Potassium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohol 12g

Ok. TONS of ingredients here!!!!!!!!! In my every day life, I like to stick to foods and products with a short list of ingredients where everything is easily pronounceable. This is definitely not the case!!! However, would these be okay in a pinch or as an occasional afternoon snack? Sure. I really enjoyed the taste and, when you are running around and not able to eat your usual yogurt and fruit (maybe?), these would be quick to toss in your purse. Granted, they are not as natural as Larabars, which I reviewed last time, but they also have tons of protein, which Larabars lack. My favorite thing about these is the texture. They are a double layer bar and the top layer is sort of a “creamy” layer. I secretly like to scrape the entire top layer off with my teeth then eat the bottom layer. Sort of like an oreo. Haha 🙂 They are definitely like the “health food junk food”.

I think these work best in situations where you have a lunch lacking in the protein department and you are looking to make up some of those g’s in the afternoon. Or pre-workout. So to answer the question, “Would I buy these again?”—–you know, I would. I liked the flavor a lot and even though they aren’t as natural as my usual snacks, the protein content is great and they give me enough fuel to make it a couple hours before dinner. I don’t think that I would eat one every day of my life, but I would definitely buy a couple to stick in my purse for emergency hunger situations. Seriously, folks—-they really do taste like a candy bar!

Honest Foods Granola Plank


Now HERE’S something you can feel great about eating every single day! I have seen these “planks” featured on virtually every food blog now for the past six months but have put off buying them for myself for a couple reasons. 1.) It’s expensive!!! This was $5.00! 2.) It always looked really crunchy and I don’t really like crunchy cereal or granola because it hurts my teeth to chew. I like soft, chewy oats and granolas! 3.) 1/2 of the plank = 250 calories! That seems like a lot! And I thought breaking it into pieces might be messy and unnecessary.

But tonight I was feeling frisky so I finally bought some at Whole Foods. Right when I got home, I knew I just had to try it to get a taste of what everyone was talking about! I had 1/4th of a plank (kind of annoying to cut) on top of some greek yogurt………and, it was yummy!!!! Totally not what I was expecting because it actually was quite moist and chewy as well as packed with wholesome flavor. It worked very well as a little snackie on my yogurt! The ingredients are very simple with oats, nuts and seeds and dried fruit. I’m thinking it would also be delicious in a bowl of soymilk topped with sliced bananas and strawberries.

So would I buy this again? I would! I really liked it, and the taste/texture/ingredients won me over even though I still feel like you don’t get too much bang for your buck when half of the plank is 250 calories. I didn’t feel like I had very much in my bowl (I had 1/4th plank) and it equaled 125 calories! It was still good though and very filling. Full of yummy wholesome ingredients so it’s definitely worth the calories. It is expensive, but if you ration it and use it for snacks, one box should last you a little while. Very tasty!

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  • HangryPants
    August 24, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I think it’s interesting how the pizza varies at different WFs, even within R.I. there are different styles.

    I am sorry about the Chobani and hope they bring it back for you.

  • polly
    August 24, 2008 at 12:35 am

    fun post, Jenna! 🙂

    I am not sure if you saw my questions about eggs and organic produce, but would love to know your expert opinion!

    happy evening and Dexter is sooo cute!!!

  • natalie
    August 24, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Pictures of Dexter always make me happy. 🙂

    Jenna, I’m not sure if you mentioned this already, but how did you like the coconut larabar? I finally found them along with the pb ones today!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 24, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Love the Whole Foods dinner, grocery haul (and Dexter!! haha), and the product reviews!! Oh and Runner’s World magazine is a great resource 🙂

  • Victoria
    August 24, 2008 at 12:45 am

    That pizza looks delicious. I wish we had Chobani here. I usually eat Fage, but I just bought Oikos for the first time today. Thanks for the product reviews!

  • jenna
    August 24, 2008 at 12:48 am


    No worries, I didn’t forget about you! In regards to your question, I cook my eggs in a nonstick skillet coated with canola oil pan spray. It only takes a second until they’re done. I just add some salt to them…no water or anything but if you wanted fluffier scrambled eggs you could add a splash of milk. I haven’t mastered the microwave your eggs method yet. Does anyone know how to do this? It would definitely save time!

    About the organic produce….it’s sooo expensive. When I shop at whole foods I buy it (obviously because its all they sell) but when I shop at the regular store, I don’t usually. It’s obviously much better too because there are no icky pesticides used, but when you are on a tight budget its hard. I read you really only need to focus on buying organic produce when you eat the skin of the fruit…I usually eat all the skins so that doesn’t help me too much! When I can finally afford to live, I will definitely buy organic but right now its hard to buy 100% organic, all the time when the rent is due…and the bills….blah!

  • jenna
    August 24, 2008 at 12:49 am


    I liked it alright but I liked the PB one much more. the coconut one seemed a bit too rich for me. I like the nuttier tasting ones better!

  • Steph
    August 24, 2008 at 1:36 am

    aw dex is so cute. i think i’m going to have to try the granola plank.

  • Melissa
    August 24, 2008 at 2:33 am

    ohhhh…wait till you try the maple one…that one is sooooo good! you can smell the maple the whole time and it’s divine!!!!

    thanks for the product reviews!

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    August 24, 2008 at 3:12 am

    cant wait to meet you tomorrow!

    oooo those planks look good. and your review makes me want them even more…. i think im going to break down and purchase them! 🙂

  • jessica
    August 24, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I get so jealous everytime i see your whole foods bounty lol… We have nothing of the sort around here- not tj’s, no earthfare, no whole foods. We have wegman’s with a decent selection of organic healthy foods, but not whole stores… Oh well 🙂 I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and i just want to say that i really do enjoy it. You have such a great attitude about food and exercise and health in general. It is nice to hear. Where do you find your workouts? I have been doing a lot of cardio for the past year to lose weight, but i really want to start toning now- mostly at home because i need to use my gym time for cardio still, but are there any websites you can recommend to find a good, well rounded at home toning workout? Thanks!

  • fitnessista
    August 24, 2008 at 3:45 am

    yeahhhhh pure protein!!! i’m so glad you liked them 😀 they’re definitely great snacks when you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to pack “real” food- and you can’t beat 19g protein 🙂
    all of your whole foods goodies look amazing!
    i have the granola planks in my pantry (from kath’s contest) and have been too afraid to try them because of the sugar and calorie content… after reading this, i’m gonna have to finally break them out and try some with yogurt tomorrow 🙂

  • jessica
    August 24, 2008 at 3:45 am

    also wanted to say- i totally know what you are saying about being a spaz and unable to nap. I do the exact same thing- all the time. It drives people crazy cause i am just always going going going….

  • Gliding Calm
    August 24, 2008 at 4:10 am

    Hey Jenna!!
    Dexter is so adorable!!

    I’m so sorry your WF’s isn’t selling Chobani anymore. That is a real bummer…especially because I can find them at SO MANY different stores where I live…which is a good thing, when I eat them practically everyday. Do you have a Trader Joe’s near by? Their greek yogurt is fab too.

    Thanks for the grocery pic… I LOVE LOVE 365 Extra Firm Organic Tofu, and I often eat 2/3 to one whole block in a sitting. MM mmm good.

    And WF’s pizza is definitely delicious….and they almost ALWAYS have pizza samples at the stores I go to, which is awesome….but I always crave the variety of their hot bar more than a pizza. It always seems weird to me too when I see people carrying out the big box (large) of pizza to bring home. I guess it’s just that good? WFs is pretty amazing though…I’ve told my Mom many times, that a hot bar meal there is better than almost anything I can get out to eat…high quality, great variety, healthy choices, etc.

    Wow, novel comment. I’m leaving now!! Thanks for the reviews!
    Happy Sunday!

  • Annie
    August 24, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Hey Jenna, Sorry if this posted twice, but I dont think my first comment posted. Anyway, I dont knwo if you can help me with this or not, but I thought you might have a good idea. Most nights, I cant run untill pretty late (8 or 830), so I end up eating dinner around 630 or 7, waiting a while for it to settle, and then heading out fo rmy run (3-4 miles). I know that your suposed to eat somthing after running, so for example tonight i had banana mashed up with PB and some dry cereal . The problem is that eating this late keeps me so full, even through the morning, making it hard fo rme to eat breakfast.
    I somtimes struggle getting enough cals throughout the day, so I def want to be able to refuel after running, but have you ever had this type of schedule, and do you have any tips on what I could eat to make it easier on my tummy and not so filling?
    Thanks for any advice you can give!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 24, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for the Honest Foods Granola Plank review. I have not tried them yet because I can’t find any in the stores, but I also thought that they would be crunchy just judging from the photos on the blogs. I’m glad to hear that they were moist and chewy! If I do find them, it would be a nice treat and I’ll be sure to make them last for a while!

  • Christie I.
    August 24, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the product reviews! I have been trying to find the planks and they don’t seem to be around me at all 🙁

  • michelle
    August 24, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    YES on the plank! I have been wishing you did a review and here it is!! Next time i make a whole foods run i am going to certainly buy it!!! I love that kind of stuff!!!

    Thanks Jenna!


  • runjess
    August 24, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    No wonder I couldn’t find Chobani. I really, really like the Oikos though, and it’s cheaper than Fage. Will have to try the WF pizza.

    Ok, I’m officially angry that my RW magazine hasn’t come in the mail yet.

    Personally, I think those protein bars look a little shady. But yeah, once in a while when you’re in a pinch isn’t going to kill anyone.

  • LocalSpice
    June 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    You can buy Chobani on amazon!!!

  • Nora
    January 24, 2010 at 7:39 am

    For snacking I love, love, love kind fruit and nut bars. They are are plain and simply dried fruit and nuts with organic rice crisps fuzed together. I like Larabars, but these give me the crunch I need…It’s essentially trail mix in bar form. Starbucks has also started to carry them…PERFECT pick-me-up with tea or soy lattes! My favorites: Fruit and Nut and Date and Walnut.