Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Crazy in the Kitchen

Things got a little crazy in the kitchen today:


Wow. I can’t believe I just opened that picture up to the internet. Actually, I can’t believe I posed for that picture at all!!!!!! I was just feeling incredibly giggly and saw these HUGE kitchen tools so I knew a blog picture had to be taken. I laughed so hard I cried actually.

ANYWAYS!!!! Let’s do a quick recaparoo! For breakfast this morning I had my delicious banana pumpkin overnight oats


The mix consisted (per usual) of: 1/2 cup oats soaked in 1/2 cup water overnight. Mixed with 1/2 cup oikos, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1/2 of a mashed banana and a big spoonful of almond butter….drizzled with agave, of course!

And then later this morning I had the bar that changed my life:


Ah yes, you might be thinking that I eat these all the time…..and why yes, I DO eat these bars all the time but today was first day I actually took the time to heat up the bar like the package instructs. OH MY GOSH. I was awestruck. Without words. My mouth was experiencing pure bliss…………..when heated, these amazing bars soften and taste EXACTLY like a hot chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven. Seriously. Even pure protein doubters (ahem Arielle) should try this because they taste nothing like the regular pure protein bars. They taste a million times better! It put me in an amazing mood for the rest of the day. Looooove it!!!

I also had this Tazo Passion tea, which I am obsessed with:


And then around noon (I was STILL pretty full from my bar….3 hours later!) I unveiled my lunch, which was incredibly random but I was pretty stoked about it.


I was doubting this lunch last night when I packed it. Whenever I try new things I’m always nervous they won’t fill me up and I’ll be left with 4 more hours of work and an empty stomach. But this combo, inspired by a reader’s suggestion, really did the trick! I baked the sweet potato at work in the micro (4 minutes) and then topped it with a half cup of whipped cottage cheese and sprinkled cinnamon on top. On the side, I had carrots and a big spoonful of peanut butter—a classic gliding calm combo!

I got some weird looks from guys at work but they always look at me weird when I eat my lunch since it’s always so “healthy” (jenna-food). This lunch energized me and filled me up perfectly….it also tasted GREAT! I will be re-creating this probably next week. SO SO SO much better than a boring sandwich!

I left work at 3:00 and snacked on a date stuffed with pb on my way to the gym….


Where I did a short upper body strength routine. It was short because my arms were a still sore from Body Pump on Wednesday and when I started lifting weights proved to be a lot MORE sore than I thought they were! I thought they could use the break πŸ™‚ My quads are also SUPER sore from Body Pump + intense spinning class last night. Here’s what I did in the short half hour I was there:

5 minutes jogging on treadmill to warm up

3 sets of 21s with barbell—20 lbs

3 sets of lat raises—5 lbs, 10 reps

3 sets of shoulder press—12 lbs, 10 reps

2 sets of triceps pulldowns (only 2 sets because I realized my triceps were SORE!)—50 lbs, 12 reps

3 sets of incline press—30 lbs, 10 repsΒ 

After the gym I snacked on an oikos on the way home:


Today at work I baked a new batch of pumpkin whoopie pies because Ryan has been wanting to try one for months!


Flourless chocolate cakes:


Amazing focaccia (I brought home a loaf today!):


Along with the usual rolls and pies. We were cut short today because we did a massive hour long deep clean, where I scrubbed, mopped and polished everything in our station. It was actually a workout in itself!

Ryan is on his way over here and should be here around 7:30! Betty is making dinner and we are having grilled shrimp, chicken and veggies (bell pepper, mushrooms and onions). She also made a dessert that I think Ryan is going to love——–“Incredibles”, which are her famous version of homemade Reeses peanut butter cups. Don’t freak out everyone, I will get the recipe tonight and post it with my dinner post either late tonight or in the morning! I have yet to taste it but saw it in the fridge and, well, they look pretty incredible. πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow we are going to play golf at the yacht club’s golf course (employees get to play for free hehe) and my dad is actually driving over to play with us as well. Hopefully it will be a gorgeous day and I’m looking forward to spending it outside….even if I just drive the cart and don’t actually play golf. I will post again either later tonight or tomorrow morning!

Have a wonderful Friday!

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  • joanne
    November 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    With all that wonderful food info, the thing that stuck in my mind most from your blog was that you are able to play golf. Please give us a thought or two here in the N.E. where it’s a whopping 25 degrees – severe weather expected! Have a great time… don’t get too hot.

  • Justy2003
    November 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    That first pic is pretty funny! What in the world are those huge kitchen utensils used for?! They’re gigantic!

  • Oh She Glows
    November 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    That picture of you is ADORABLE…don’t feel embarassed I do embarassing stuff all the time πŸ˜€ Were you trying to imitate a baseball player? lol

    The food looks amazing. Thanks to you and Gliding Calm for the great sandwich-less lunch idea!!!

  • arielle
    November 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Hmmm…I am suspicious but I will give this thing a try for you. I’ve never even seen one here before, though. I’ll have to do a little research.

    Also, that picture is hilarious.

  • Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    November 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Loving that photo with you and your “hat”!
    Your oatmeal looks so creamy…..
    Sounds like you have a fun evening and weekend up ahead of you! πŸ™‚ Golf carts always remind me of the show “Jackass…..” haha! Don’t get too crazy out there πŸ˜‰

  • nikki
    November 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    where is everyone getting the canned pumpkin? i cant seem to find it!

  • ModelBehavior
    November 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I cracked up of the pick of the yogurt in the car! I normally don’t think of yogurt as an “on the go” snack lol, too cute!

    nikki, it’s in the baking isle grocery stores, by the canned cherry filling, just make sure you don’t get “pumpkin pie filling” on accident!

    JOANNE your in NE? Me too, are you in Lincoln? Omaha? some itsy bitsy town I’ve never heard of? Do share!

  • Allison
    November 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    hahahaha…great pic! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Haha, that picture is so funny!

    Have fun with Ryan!

  • Pearl
    November 21, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Does anybody know where to buy the Hot n’ Healthy Pure Protein bars? I’ve looked at several stores and can’t seem to find them! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Shelby
    November 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Cute picture!!! haha

    And delicious Pumpkin Oats =)

  • Gliding Calm
    November 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Oh Jenna! That is hilarious. You look straight out of the movie Troy or Gladiator. Amazing. I’ve seen those pure protein ones, but haven’t picked one up yet. If it’s as amazing as you say, maybe I ought to go try one!

    Oh and your garbanzo-butternut squash-cous cous lunch from the other day looks AMAZING.

    Thanks for the carrot + PB shout out. Appreciate! It’s damn good, aint it?

    have a great night & weekend!

  • Sharon
    November 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Hahaha Jenna! Thanks for sharing such an awesome picture! Have a great weekend!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    HAHA!!! That photo of you is totally priceless πŸ˜€


    Have fun with Ryan!!

  • Rachel
    November 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    lol cute hat!

    Have fun with Ryan this weekend! I can’t wait to hear about the “incredibles”!!

  • Mara
    November 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    HILARIOUS picture!!! I have a picture of my sister (the pastry chef) in a ginormous mixer bowl holding a whisk of a similar size… you must all come from the same cloth!

    I love the random lunch too… classic!

  • carolinebee
    November 21, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    That picture is so silly, I love it, I always get in silly moods like that. Have a fun weekend, fake golfing and all!

  • Mel
    November 21, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    That pic is too cute. Looks like a fun day work!

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your time with Ryan!

  • Jennifer
    November 21, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Hilarious pic!!!!

    I LOVE baked sweet potatoes with cottage cheese and cinnamon. Try with a drizzle of real maple syrup, mm!

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    November 21, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Have SO much fun with Ryan this weekend! I love PB and chocolate, so I can’t wait to see Betty’s recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Megan
    November 21, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Love the picture! So fun! Your sweet potato looks delicious!

    Enjoy dinner tonight and have fun tomorrow! I bet you can’t wait to see Ryan!

  • rebecca
    November 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    What c ute picture of you! It’s hilarious!!! And that bar sounds amazing! ( the granola bar, lol)

  • Becca A
    November 21, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Haha, I love your sense of humor Jenna! And I have the same worry whenever I try something new for breakfast or lunch.

    check the baking aisle…just make sure its not the pumpkin pie mix!

  • Angie
    November 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I have never seen kitchen tools that big. What a fun picture! As usual everything looks tasty. I can see why Ryan wants to try the whoopie pies, they always make me drool. LOL

    Have a great weekend!

  • Andrea
    November 21, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    hashahahah looooove the picture! too funny!!

  • Shannon
    November 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Ha! I love your kitchen armor! I too am obsessed with Tazo passion tea. Last night I mixed it with diet chemical infested 7up and it was to DIE for!

  • Megan
    November 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Jenna, you crack me up with the picture! I hope you’re enjoying your evening with Ryan!

  • Kelly Olexa
    November 21, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I make Pumpkin Spice Whoopies every year and they are to die for!! And I just came across a recipe for Red Velvet Whoopies; can you imagine??


  • hk
    November 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Haha too funny! Have an awesome weekend with ryan- yahh!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 21, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    oats are beautious, as always πŸ˜€

    Great pic from work!

    Hope the soreness heals!!

  • Nellie
    November 21, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    haha you are too much fun, jenna!!!
    banana pumpkin overnight oats look beyond divine. I neeeeeeeeed them asap!
    of course everything you baked today looks scrumptious!

  • HangryPants
    November 22, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Jenna, you make me laugh and you make me hungry. πŸ˜€

  • runjess
    November 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    My first few spin classes made me sooo sore. Especially my inner thighs.
    “Incredibles” sounds like an apt name for a homemade Reese’s.