Behind The Butter/ Exercise/ Fitness


Can we all just take a moment?


Thank you.
I needed a cookie like a little kid needs the tooth fairy tonight. I don’t know why but I just did. All day I’ve felt really drained and I did end up going to the gym to do an upper body workout (no cardio though–resting my leggies for battle), which brought me some initial energy but then I just crashed. And burned. And baked Dreena Burton’s vegan oatmeal raisin cookies (recipe out of Eat Drink and Be Vegan) but since I don’t really roll with the shriveled dried grapes, I improvised with smashed chocolates that have been in my pantry for entirely too long.
That became this in five minutes flat.

And, after 11 more minutes, look what popped out of the oven!
These cookies not only taste amazing but they are also probably the healthiest cookie I know of. I rationalized baking these because I realized they would be PERFECT for Caitlin and I to take to the race on Sunday! Eating one of these after 37 miles might just give me the power I need. Good gracious.
My dessert also featured a scoop of mint chip coconut milk ice cream. Heaven, my darlings. Pure, unadulterated heaven on earth.
Back to dinner.

Channa masala with Mary’s crackers, plain yogurt and cilantro. Oh baby, it was HOT!
Pre-exercise snack:

I finally restocked my almond butter. Why do I play these cruel games with myself and buy the cheaper peanut butter instead? Clearly almond butter is just one of those ingredients that is worth the extra $2.00.
The boy is coming over to a) unscrew my garlic container b) unscrew my pickle jar c) unplug my kitchen drain and d) hang my pictures.
I shall feed him chickpeas.

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  • Cole
    May 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Those cookies look heavenly. And yes, almond is soooo worth the extra moolah!

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie)
    May 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, massive chocolate chunks in that cookie. AMAZING!! Love it. I would give anything for a warm cookie and milk right about now..delish! Excited for you and Caitlin!! Don’t fret, the extra seven miles may test you but you’re going to defeat them. You’ll be amazing! Remember how strong you are. You’re so capable of 67!

  • holly the healthy everythingtarian
    May 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    i seriously just need to bite the bullet and buy eat drink and be vegan. its about dang oatmeal cookie time!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    May 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I would like to come over for dinner – I promise to unscrew jars and hang pictures. πŸ˜‰ Seriously, dinner looks fabulous and I wouldn’t mind a chocolate cookie for dessert.

  • Jenny
    May 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Chickpeas in return for manly manual labor is such a good trade off!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Those cookies look INCREDIBLE. Caitlin is one lucky girl!

  • amanda
    May 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    hey I was wondering if u are gonna be involved back in with the healthy living summit since u are not going to France anymore? It would be cool =) but if u are too busy with other things thats cool too =)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    May 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    YUM! LOVE LOVE LOVE those cookies πŸ™‚

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    LOVE fresh cilantro—that looks sooooo good. Cookies too!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    May 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I baked today also!! I used white chocolate chip though. πŸ™‚ Your eats today included EVERYTHING I love…seriously…cookies, Indian food, and I JUST bought those Mary’s crackers…seriously…I’m stuffed but still drooling over your food.

  • Claire
    May 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Oatmeal chocolate chunk (chip) cookies are my ultimate favorite combo…seriously delish! I can’t wait to read about the race this weekend. Have fun with the boy!

  • Danielle
    May 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Those cookies look absolutely divine! Can I just also say that I am loving your beautiful voice that has been so brilliantly shining through lately? “I shall feed him chickpeas.” Haha, I’m sure he’ll love ’em πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I was so hoping you would say that that ice cream was coconut milk ice cream. I want to try a new flavor but the price ticket always turns me off. But it will be worth it.

    And I need to look at my library for that cook book. I’m on a cook book fast after I bought 5 in three weeks.

  • Lorin
    May 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Those cookies look really good! I need to search for that recipe!

  • jenny (green food diaries)
    May 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    hehe, love it. the cookies look delish! i really need to get onto ordering EDBV from amazon.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Caitlin is one lucky lady!

  • Camille
    May 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Boyfriends are great for that kind of thing… only if I fed mine chickpeas, he would immediately close all jars tightly and take the pictures back down.

  • Stacy
    May 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    hahah, did you over use the garbage disposal already?!

  • Marina
    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Mhm, cookies and ice cream. Sounds delicious, my favorite ice cream was actually that in between a cookie :))

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I totally prefer peanut butter over almond butter! It could be cos the selection in England is crap…but PB all the way! Hope you had a good evening πŸ™‚

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    May 20, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Haha, my boyfriend also opens me jars and such πŸ˜€

    Love the cookies!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 20, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I agree…cheap peanut butter stinks.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 20, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Mmm, sometimes you just need a cookie. Fabulous!


  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 20, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Oh my gosh…that would totally be my type of cookie. Oats, raisins, big chunks of chocolate. Perfect! πŸ˜€

  • Erin
    May 20, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I love fresh cilantro–while it’s available, I put it on everything.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 20, 2010 at 5:39 am

    That’s why I got married. Now I can have cans opened whenever I want. πŸ™‚

  • eatmovelove
    May 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I’ve taken to banging jars off of the counter when they’re upside down around the rim, then give it a “kick/pat” on its bottom …and – off pops the top much easier.
    Works like a charm…
    Too good actually – I’ve had many a Salsa jar explode in my face that way…

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist
    May 20, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I can’t believe your race is so soon!! Can’t wait for the recaps πŸ™‚

    Sometimes you just need a cookie and that is that.

    Just as an aside, I laughed at your tooth fairy comment. When I was like 6 I put my newly lost tooth under my pillow and when I woke up in the morning I ripped my pillow up so fast to see with the TF had left me for my little tooth. I found NOTHING! My mom had not woken up when she was supposed to!! I was so upset and my mom had me put it back under my pillow. The tooth fairy made a special trip that afternoon and left me a few extra bucks for forgetting! haha!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

    yes those cookies will be perfect for your ride this weekend!

  • Abby
    May 20, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Those cookies look delicious!!

    And you should make your own Almond Butter!! It’s so easy! All you need is a food processor… and almonds, obviously! πŸ˜‰

  • Stacie
    May 20, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Those cookies look delish!!! And I agree — it’s always worth it to spend more money on good nut butter, but then I DO have a huge obsession with it… oh well!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 20, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Those cookies look awesome – I agree…replacing raisins with chocolate – never a bad idea. πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 20, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Sometimes, you JUST need a cookie.

    I’m half-way through Sarah’s Key, and loving it!!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I’m actually a big fan of raisins but those chocolate chunks look much better πŸ˜‰ I also LOVE coconut milk ice cream. I’ve only ever tried vanilla and top mine with Ginger People Ginger Spread- delish! Have you had the coconut milk yogurt yet? So good!

  • Kelly
    May 20, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Lol so this past spring my fiance was coaching football in addition to his regular job and was NEVER home. The first thing I had to do was buying one of those jar opener things because I couldn’t unscrew anything by myself haha

  • Shelly
    May 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Haha I did something very similar last night! I made a big batch of whole wheat shortbread cookies, sandwiched a little raspberry jam between 2 of them, and at them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Bliss!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

    sometimes you just need a damn cookie, and that’s all there is to it πŸ™‚ at least they were healthy!

  • Kati
    May 20, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I just wanted to write and say how great it is to read your blog everyday. You give great cooking, exercising, and healthy living advice! I actually tried a version of your oats this morning with sliced bananas and almond butter. So delicious! I’m not sure why I didn’t think to add more ingredients to oats before.

    I just started my own blog and would love you would check it out. Thanks Jenna & rest up those legs for your big ride! It is great that you know your limits and even if you had to pack down from the original 100, you are still pushing yourself and getting out there to help a great cause. Happy blogging!


  • Lisa
    May 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I would eat all your dessert when you weren’t looking. πŸ˜‰ Delish!

  • Evelyn @ cheers2healthy
    May 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Cookie & ice cream = good choice!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    May 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Once you start eating almond butter, peanut butter really just doesn’t suffice – except maybe in cookies . . .

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    May 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I need a cookie right now. Must bake.

  • Stacey
    May 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I just got some more peanut butter and I agree that almond butter is so much better. But a little variety is always nice.

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby
    May 21, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Bahahahahhaah! What boys are good for: unscrewing everything! Even if it doesn’t even need to be unscrewed. πŸ˜‰ Just because.

  • Rebecca
    May 23, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Well done on only having ONE cookie – i could never just stick to one…especially when they look as good as yours! πŸ˜‰ x