Breakfast/ Lunch

Caffeine Headache + Amazing Lunch!

Happy Good Friday!

Wow, what a day I have had. I need a nap. Asap. 🙂 I know coffee isn’t a “bad” thing but I’m trying to detox my system a little bit so today was my first day without it and BOY OH BOY DID I FEEL IT. Caffeine headache, I am there. Sleep? I need some. I started my day with this powerful smoothie to replace my usual 4 cups (gasp! I know!!) of black coffee



I used:

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 banana
  • BIG handful spinach
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed buttah for protein! (each tbsp has 5.5 grams!)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 cups cold water
  • a few ice cubes

And, WOWZA, it made 32 ounces of amazingly yummy green smoothie! I sipped on it all morning long and while I still felt incredibly sleepy without my usual jolt of caffeine, it was nice and expanded like a balloon in my tummy to keep me full until breakfast.

Breakfast was a huge chocolate-cashew-banana breakfast cookie!


Made with 3/4 cup oats, 1 spoonful cashew butter, 1/2 scoop protein, 1/2 banana, 3 tbsp almond milk and a few chocolate chips. After which I broke down and bought a Yerba Mate at work because I NEEDED A BOOST!

Since I was not eating lunch until around 2:00 with Abbie (!!!), I snacked on this Primal Strip to give me a boost of protein and keep me going!


And, as for lunch, it was AWESOME!!! I met Abbie, who I have become very good friends with via the blogworld, and we went to lunch at Grassroots…my favorite! We had so much to talk about it (crazy how well you feel like you know a person when you read about their life every day!!) and chatted for hours. She even brought me goodies!! Her homemade raw donut holes (DROOL), dehydrated apple pie cookies, chia seeds (which I have been looking for everywhere and cannot find!), dried pineapple and fruit leathers!!! gah!!!!!  THANK YOU ABBIE!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

We started off at the restaurant ordering the live sprout wraps to split since we were both starvin’ marvins


These were delicious. Delicately wrapped cabbage, carrots, cucumber and sprouts in rice paper and topped with sesame seeds with a yummy dipping sauce! We both had one and it was the perfect thing to start with!


Look how pretty!!

And then for my entree, I totally branched out and finally ordered the raw “spaghetti” with treatballs!!!


No words can really describe how delicious this was!!!!! The zucchini had been spiraled into looooooong spaghetti noodles and was lightly tossed in a delicious “alfredo” sauce with high protein treatballs made from nuts and live sprouts. I was expecting the treatballs to be on the mushy side, but they were firm and chewy. SO good! Look at how cute Abbie was, spiraling her noodles!



I love how I felt so light and energized after this huge plate of “pasta“. It was actually very filling though and I could not even finish it all! Note to self: get a spiralizer ASAP! 😉

Of course we could not resist dessert!!


The special of the day was a vegan double chocolate brownie with vegan coconut ice cream and it was 100% too die for. Bliss is all I can say……….the brownie was warm and the ice cream was so rich and delicious. Sigh.

To drink, I had an unpictured glass of iced organic hibiscus tea.

After lunch, we went back to Greenwise so I could show Abbie around the store and educate her on all my breads. 🙂 She loved it but I’m super jealous that she has Trader Joes everywhere and I still have never been to one!!!

I’m home now and about to attempt a nap. I just might be able to do it today since I have had no coffee! Tonight for dinner is a total 360 from is my brother’s 19th birthday today (!!) and we are all going out to this local rib and bbq place for dinner. I really am NOT craving this sort of food after my fantastic and healthy lunch but I’m going to be a good sport since it is HIS birthday. We shall see if there are any healthy options on the menu! 😉

See you in a bit!

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  • LadyLara
    April 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I probably won’t be the only one to say this but– 4 cups of coffee habit! Could this contribute to your sleeping issues?

  • girlatastartup
    April 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Yum, I had raw “Spaghetti,” at a raw food restaurant here in LA and it was good. I can’t get over the fact that its made from zucchini and you feel really clean after eating it. TGIF, Jenna!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    April 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    That wrap looks DELISH!
    and the vegan brownie and ice cream? omg. so jealous! What a fun lunch – I wish I had a restaurant like that near me, I’d love to try out some raw dishes that were professionally prepared!

    hope your headache feels better, get some rest 😉

  • erin
    April 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    oh, YUM- what a yummy food day you’ve had. I just know this is how all the food in heaven will be. drool

  • polly
    April 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    YAY for no coffee (girl, I bet you will feel amazing once you get used to it!) and yay for cutie Abbie and raw yummies and GREEN smoothies and fun to come celebrating your precious little brother. HUGS all around for all of THAT! 🙂

    Questoin for Jenna or any other breakfast cookie makers!!

    Can I make one with NO protein powder? I have never had protein powder of any kind (not even sure what they taste like!) but I’d love to just make it with nut butter, nut milk, oats, etc. IS that possible? Thanks in advance for ANY advice!! I want a cookie for breakfast! 😉

    You can email me if ya want!


    • jenna
      April 10, 2009 at 6:28 pm


      Gina (Fitnessista) is the QUEEN of the breakfast cookie but I’m SURE you could make it and just not add the protein. Just do however much oats you like (I use 3/4 cup), 1/2 naner, 3 tbsp milk sub and a big scoop of nut butter and press down on a plate overnight! Do tell me how it works…I bet it would be yummy! 🙂

  • Gena
    April 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    It’s hilarious that you had zucchini pasta today, given that I made it last night! Hope you loved it! I def recommend a spiralizer.

  • Anais
    April 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Ok your entire meal looked SOOOO delicious!!!! I’m hungry just looking at it!! I actually make zucchini pasta sometimes, but the zucchinis are too small so they’re not nice and long like pasta 😉 Still delicious though!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my gosh what an amazing lunch!! So glad you guys had fun. The food looks incredible.

    Have so much fun celebrating your brothers birthday!

  • FoodsThatFit
    April 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Lunch was so much fun! I made it to Brooksville and chomped down 2 of your cookies already! Oh my goodness!!! Those are seriously the best cookies I have had before, I must find that recipe 🙂 Thanks so much for showing me around today, your store and baked goods are beautiful, and so are you 🙂


  • Laura
    April 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I love how smoothies can make you feel so full. 🙂 Yours looks really good!

    I wish I had a restaurant like that here! We have a few vegetarian places in DC, but I’m not aware of any specifically raw ones.

  • Nicole
    April 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    That restaurant looks so so good! I will have to stop there on my trip to Florida!

  • Marissa
    April 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    That raw food looks great!

  • Bec
    April 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    those rolls looks amazing!

  • Jessica
    April 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Jenna!!! You HAVE to go to trader joe’s if you ever get the chance!!! You will absolutely love all of the desserts, trail mixes, dried fruit, hummus!!! Everything is so good!

    Your raw pasta looks great, I have had zucchini pasta once before about a year ago and it was so filling but still so good!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I love Abbie! I swear that girl has boundless energy with all her kitchen adventures and that’s not even counting her marathon running.

    Your smoothie looks great, and I’ve often wondered since I am “juicerless” if it would work.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm


  • Leanne
    April 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    You’re so lucky to have cool restaurants like that… Everything looks fabulous!

  • Meg
    April 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like you ladies had such a great lunch!!! That zucchini totally looks like spaghetti!!! I’ve never head of a spiralizer before, but I totally want one!!!

    Hope you got a good nap in before the b-day festivities commence!

  • K
    April 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Oh wow – I am DROOLING over here! That meal looks fantastic!! I am also jealous you got to try her raw donuts!! Good luck finding something healthy tonight – cornbread has veggies in it?! 😉

  • Alison
    April 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve never been to a raw foods restaurant. There’s one somewhere in Minneapolis I think. Your pics and other people’s comments have me really intrigued.
    Also, cute photo of you holding the camera. I always end up looking like a big blur when I take a photo of myself. 🙂

  • Erin
    April 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I’m not a big fan of raw, but I’m slowly learning a bit more of it. I must say, that lunch dish looks really good. Esp the treatballs!
    And you can’t go wrong with warm brownies and icecream, vegan, raw, or regulare. 🙂

  • Run Sarah
    April 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    All that raw food looks absolutely amazing! Yum 🙂 I should try to replace coffee with smoothies, I find I am making smoothies in the PM for an extra boost but an AM one would be nice too.

  • Matt
    April 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Never thought I’d say this, but that pasta actually looks kinda good…

  • Meg
    April 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Check out that vegan dessert! YUM!
    Happy birthday to your brother!

  • Sharon
    April 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Your dessert is delicious!

  • jsr
    April 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I would love to know the answer to Polly’s question as well. Can you post the info on here? Thanks!

  • Anna
    April 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I need to get myself to a raw restaurant, STAT! Those noodles look so good!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    April 10, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I can not wait to try that place! In the words of VeggieGirl (shout-out!) “Holy Yum!”

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    April 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I try and do alternatives to coffee too…but it’s just never the same 🙁

  • Brittany
    April 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Your sprouted wrap is one of the prettiest foods I’ve seen in a long time. i totally want to recreate that sometime soon!

  • Caroline
    April 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Wow! Those wraps are gorgeous–makes you appreciate the beauty of simple veggies:)

  • sue
    April 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    wow what an amazing meal! the colors in the sprout wrap are so pretty!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I LOVE spring rolls! I just don’t know where to find that casing for them. Some sort of asian market? Have any ideas?