Dessert/ Dinner

Clearing My Mind

Hi 🙂

I hope everyone is doing well. You know when your brain is so jammed packed full that you can’t fathom anything more…that was me today—in a constant head spin! However, a four mile run helped enormously and now I feel much, much better. It was actually one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time. It had just finished storming outside so it wasn’t tooooo hot and I just blasted my ipod and was alone with my thoughts for 39 minutes. Love it.

Before I went I did snack on an Oikos + MixMyGranola (I felt like I was back at The Summit!)—


I honestly think the number one thing that has improved my runs is GATORADE! Seriously! The weak, watered down gatorade I sip while running helps me soooo much. I haven’t had a post-run headache since I started!

Dinner was super casual and easy. I kicked up a box of Annie’s Mac & Cheese with some feta, sharp cheddar and fresh ground pepper and served it alongside a wild alaskan salmon burger (honey mustard on top!) and a bell pepper.

Plus a splash of vino! 😉
Sometimes simple is clearly better.


Ahhh Pure, I will visit you someday!!! I love these raw gingerbread cookies though….you would never know they are made basically all out of cashews! Gingerbread is actually my favorite type of cookie and these are pretty darn good.
Time for my new book. I’ll announce the winner of the Avocate giveaway at breakfast because you still have two hours to enter!! Go, go, go!

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    August 18, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Glad you had a great run!! Have a lovely evening!!!


  • VeggieGirl
    August 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Cookies from Pure Food & Wine/One Lucky Duck ALWAYS make everything better 😀

  • Jolene (
    August 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    That Anne’s mac look way better than when I made it!! I’ll have to jazz mine up next time too!

  • Allie Katie
    August 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I just DROOL when I look at Pure and One Lucky Duck’s website. It’s ridic. I will make it there someday!

  • Spotty Prep
    August 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I so want to go to Pure Food and Wine as well! Or have a million dollars so I could go to town ordering from their website….that would work, too 🙂

  • Deva@Vorilee
    August 18, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Your dinner looks delish! 🙂

    August 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Whatcha reading now? I’m always in the market for new good books to read (especially since grad school starts up next week and I’ll need a break from text books!)!

  • Lizzy
    August 18, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    running always helps me clear my head to. i believe its the best medicine!

  • Maria
    August 18, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I’m glad to hear that run made you feel better. That’s what I miss most about running (on a running break)!

    Love your simple but tasty dinner! The raw cookie sounds amazing!

  • Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum
    August 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    that salmon burger looks so good. honey mustard is my favorite condiment..i love dipping chicken nuggets in it mmm 🙂 Have a great night!!

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection)
    August 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you finally got in a good run! 🙂

  • Nikita
    August 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Any form of exercise helps clear my mind too! Did the extra padding underneath the soles help make your run smoother? Hope it wasn’t painful! tc.

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    The gingerbread cookie looks yummy!

  • Sarah
    August 18, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Pure is on my walk to work!! Hee!!

    Let me know if you need anything from there and I’ll send it along. :o)

  • Stephanie L.
    August 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I agree with the Gatorade theory, its helps me keep hydrated so I don’t feel lightheaded after a long run. I remember in high school before and after my track races I would chug Gatorade and feel great hours after my race. Oh and I too would love to visit Pure Food and Wine someday!

  • Susan
    August 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Ugh, a jam-packed mind is the story of my life lately! Happy you had a stellar run, sometimes my workouts are the only break I get to clear my head 🙂 Still gotta try Gatorade, perhaps for this week’s long run? Enjoy your night!

  • Evan Thomas
    August 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Simple meals definitely help me clear my mind, and it’s so refreshing sometimes not to have to deal with a thousand different flavors but just taste cheeeese 🙂

  • Jocelyn
    August 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    mmmm I want that cookie!!

  • Eve
    August 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Gatorade is really amazing for runners, I recommend it all of the time. Glad it’s working!

  • stacey
    August 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    My husband and I were in New York this past weekend for the NYC half marathon and we went to Pure Food & Wine for dinner Sunday night. I’m so happy that I was able to eat there! And my meat and potato loving husband really enjoyed the food! I would go back to NYC just for Pure Food & Wine:)

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    August 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Annie’s Mac is my favorite!

  • kristen
    August 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I have been meaning to tell you this since the last time you mentioned your gatorade was hot during your run. I always take an ice cube tray and fill it with gatorade and freeze it over night that way while I’m running the ice melts and the melting gatorade gets watered down from the water. I am always sure to freeze the gatorade because the cubes melt towards the middle to end of my run when I need a little extra something. Glad to hear your run went well today. I love how much a good run clears my mind and makes me feel so great afterwards!

  • Courtney
    August 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    My new job has kept me from running as much as I’d like – and not having an “outlet” really got me emotionally wound-up. I totally know how you feel about runs helping “sort stuff out!” 🙂

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    There’s nothing like a good run to clear your mind 🙂

  • Lizzie
    August 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Great run!! I looked all over the block for Pure when we were in New York last time and could not find it at the address – I really believe I was in the right place (even though I am the most directionally/geographically challenged individual out there!). Need to try again next time I’m there.

    One of my friends/clients does her own ‘abundant living’ show on You Tube and took a little trip to One Lucky Duck:

    Hmmm . . I think a wheatgrass shot might be a good chaser for that cookie 🙂

  • Nina
    August 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    yay for good runs!!

  • Jil
    August 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Mmm. Your dinner looks so good…so comforting! Honey mustard is probably my favorite condiment…ever. I put it on waaay too much stuff. haha I absolutely love gingerbread cookies, too…I’m going to have to try that cookie!

  • Katie
    August 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for the inspiring post! Gave me the last push I needed to night to get out the door instead of hanging on the couch and being a potato!

  • sherri
    August 19, 2009 at 12:00 am

    i love annies mac n’cheese! my thing is to add red pepper flakes and mix in greek yogurt (greek gods brand). yummy!! either smoked salmon or fresh dungeness crab is a great addition and company worthy :). glad you enjoyed your run.

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 19, 2009 at 12:04 am

    A run outdoors really does do wonders for the mind. My daughter LOVES Annie’s mac and cheese! I always throw some frozen veggies in while its still really hot and it warms them into a lovely little meal.

  • Caroline
    August 19, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Love how you doctored up the Annie’s mac n cheese!

  • Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri)
    August 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

    One of the goals on my Bucket List is to have dinner with my husband at Pure.

  • cali
    August 19, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Glad you had the chance to decompress. You deserve the mental break after all that planning and rushing and traveling. Have a great Wednesday, Jenna!


  • britt
    August 19, 2009 at 8:45 am

    simple is definitely better sometimes. my meals have been simple and comforting all week. in fact, i had the exact same dinner on monday night but had green beans instead of a bell pepper.

    i’m so glad you found clarity after your run. i have been exhausted the last two days so i haven’t ran but i was craving a good run right before bed last night. it does wonders for the mind.

  • Sarah
    August 19, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Glad you had a good run, can’t wait to see who wins the contest!! 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 19, 2009 at 9:08 am

    That’s what I love most about running I think…it does wonders for clearing up my head too. 😀

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 19, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Simple dinners are the best – especially when you are winding down. Glad you had a good night!

  • Anne Marie@her new weigh
    August 19, 2009 at 9:25 am

    My husband swears by Gatorade, even when he’s not running! He has a very physical job (shipping and receiving) and drinks Gartorade all the time. He says it helps give him energy.

  • One Year No Diets!
    August 19, 2009 at 9:39 am

    That mac and cheese looks awesome!

  • Jenna
    August 19, 2009 at 9:48 am

    yum those cashew cookies look grand!!!!!!!!

  • Ali
    August 19, 2009 at 10:54 am

    You pretty much have me convinced I need to try Gatorade during my runs too! Mac and cheese looks sooooo good! Yum!

  • Annie's Homegrown
    August 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Feta looks like an excelent addition to the mac and cheese, it looks fantastic! Have you tried our new 5-grain Elbows and Cheddar?

  • Sarah R
    August 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Jenna- my husband tried a new electrolyte powder this weekend that he really liked. He had been drink Gatoraide, but the amount of sugar in it was bothering his stomach while he was working out. This weekend he tried Heed. I know that you’ve been watering down the Gatoraide and thought you might like to try something else! Just FYI 🙂

  • Suzanne
    August 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Just ate there (finally after living here for 2 years!) tonight and now I feel like I am going to explode!!! So good!