Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch


So, I know it’s definitely not strep throat because I’ve had strep throat a million times growing up and I don’t have a fever or anything. It’s also definitely NOT mono. I’ve had mono before…spent six days in the hospital with mono. It’s not that either.

I don’t know what it is to be exact but I honestly feel fine. Yeah, my tonsil is swollen but I don’t have a fever or even a headache. Since I have the best doctor around coming straight to my house tomorrow morning (that would be my MOM), I think I’ll wait before I run out to a walk-in clinic and get antibiotics that I probably don’t even need.

In the meantime, I went to the gym and did legs via Summer Shape Up. I didn’t stay for cardio and might hop on the treadmill later…not sure. After my workout I came home and ate a three- egg white omelet with string cheese and berries:

And then….lentils!

Friends, it’s just getting started. The next week is going to be filled with lentil lunches, chickpea dinners, pea soup and split pea smoothies.
Okay, maybe not split pea smoothies. You get my point.
This was delicious though! Last night I prepped this Quinoa, Corn and Lentil salad and couldn’t wait to stuff my face today.
Here’s the recipe to serve one:
1/4 cup green lentils
1/4 cup dry quinoa
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp tamari
1/4th tsp cayenne
pinch of sea salt
pinch of black pepper
Cook the lentils in one cup of simmering water for about 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.
While the lentils are cooking, also cook the quinoa separately in 3/4 cup water for 12 minutes. Fluff with a fork and then add to the cooked lentils.
After you cook the quinoa, rinse the pot and fill with a little more water to cook the corn briefly in. This only takes about five minutes. You don’t want mushy corn. Add the corn to the mixture once cooked and then toss with the sesame oil, tamari, cayenne, salt and pepper. Let cool in the fridge before eating or, for best results, let sit overnight.

One split pea smoothie, coming right up!

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  • Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    June 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Mmmm those lentils look SO good!! Hope you feel better soon 🙂

    • Catriona
      June 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      I had tonsillitis earlier in the year, it started exActly the way you described (no I’ll feeling just a sore throat) and then it started to get really bad over about 5 days after the initial symptoms! I was in bed for a week and couldn’t breathe properly. Had to take penicillin for ages and
      it was really awful! I suggest pumping yourself full of echinacea and vitamins and not pushing yourself too hard! Hope it doesn’t get worse!

      • Catriona
        June 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

        Didn’t mean to do this as a reply, sorry!

    • Jready
      June 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Go to dr Carroll in healdsburg. No appts you just walk in. He is the best

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    yum yum yum…i like this legume battle! i think i’ll be making that Indian lentil dish you made last week soon… 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    June 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I think I want to make lentils for dinner now. I wonder why

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    June 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I hope it clears up in your throat. Moms always make it better. 🙂 That dish looks delicious.

  • Sarah
    June 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Hey, Jenna~Just wanted to put in my two cents re your throat. A few times I’ve had ulcers pop up in my throat when I’ve been really tired or really stressed. If they’re small and if you avoid acidic foods (and rest and relax!), they usually go away after a few days. However, some cases are worse than others, and it may require prednizone or something to get rid of them. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Kacy
    June 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Moms do know best! I hope you guys can figure out what the deal is.

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Bookmarking this recipe. Thanks!

    Feel better 🙂

  • Claire
    June 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I think I may just have to make this for dinner since I have all the ingredients…

    Oh, and split pea, chickpea, lentil meals are so good, so it definitely will be a tasty week!

  • Helen
    June 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Mum’s are always the best doctors (or nurses!) I hope you feel better soon. How strange that you feel ok except for one tonsil! I love the look of your lentil recipe, can’t wait for more!

  • Sarah
    June 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    split pea soup = yum!
    split pea smoothies…not so much 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    June 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I’m the same way…if I don’t feel like death, I don’t go to the doctor. It’s not necessarily a good thing…but I totally understand!

    Have so much fun with your mama!

  • Jtrump
    June 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Just wanted to say that I have had those symptoms and turned to be an abscess on my tonsils. Not fun for sure and needed immediate attention. However, after drained felt better than ever!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Yum! Thanks for sharing that lentil + quinoa recipe, Jenna. As a single gal, I appreciate that it only serves one! I’m always on the lookout for easy, single-serving recipes. 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Oohh I’m such a legume/lentil fan – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Kellie
    June 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I bet you could add all kinds of veggies to that dish or serve it over a bed of spinach. It looks great.

  • Monique@That's What She Said
    June 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Mmmm the quinoa lentils look AWESOME. Hope you feel better 🙂

  • Therese
    June 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I freaked out about a swollen lymph node a while ago. I felt fine, but one gland on one side of my neck was just bulging! I finally asked my dad (an ER doc) about it after it’d been there a few days and he said that my lymph node could be swollen because it’s trying really hard to fight off an infection or irritation. Sure enough, I never did get sick and the swelling went away after a week or so.

  • KatieTX
    June 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds like a pesky virus! Sleep + tea hopefully will cure you! I always want my mom when I am sick too!

  • Karen
    June 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Moms have a way of making everything better, have a fun time hanging with your Mama….

  • eatmovelove
    June 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I think I’ll have to bust out some lentils…

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    June 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I think our bodies know when the Momma’s coming … this is why we feel a little sick. To get take cared of 🙂

    Hope you’ll feel better!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Thank goodness for Dr. Mom. I never get a fever with strep, but I’m sure you know your body best. Just an FYI in case this time is different!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    June 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I love lentils, but I’m not sure I how often I could eat them! I hope you don’t get sick of them before the challenge is over!

  • Lisa
    June 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve had the same thing going on lately and no idea what it is! It’s been weeks and it still hasn’t come on as a full-fledged illness.

  • Jenny
    June 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Get well soon!

  • Brooke
    June 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Jenna! Thanks for telling us about that OpenSky tea offer… I’m currently sipping my delicious tea out of my cute little tea pot. 🙂

  • Jessica
    June 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  • Heather Rose
    June 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    That dish looks great, must try this week!

  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
    June 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Looks awesome! Hope you get the okay from Dr. Mom – I hate taking medicine if I don’t absolutely *have* to

  • MMiller
    June 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Hope your throat is magically better by the time Dr Mom gets there! In the past 5 days, you have spent 12 hours or so on an airplane…how could you not get sick? I always take either airborne or Emergen-C before I fly and the first day at my destination!

    I need to try quinoa again! I wasn’t thrilled with it the first 2 times I tried to make it!

    Feel better!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    What great lentils!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Tonsils…I had mine removed when I was 2…so I have no idea what they look or feel like. Feel better!!!

  • Kendall
    June 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    So the same thing happened to my tonsils last year. Can you feel the white spots when you swallow? Do they feel hard and in the way? [this is not the time for TWSS. ha] I went to a throat doctor, and he said it was a viral infection…meaning it would go away, but come back. He recommended removing my beloved tonsils – not happening right away, but maybe sometime when I can bare not talking for a few weeks. Anyways, the rough spots went away, and I’ve never had them that bad again.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    That lentil salad looks so delicious and easy! I can’t wait to give it a try.
    Feel better soon. 🙂

  • Kasey
    June 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Great looking lentil salad! I must try this. Hope you feel better soon. I’m battling a sinus infection over here 🙁

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    June 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I like the idea of the egg whites with string cheese, gotta remember to try that.

  • Katherine
    June 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I live in a large city and let’s just say I went to a minute clinic when I had not-strep and everyone else there was getting drug tested for court documentation. hope you have a better experience (I know that won’t be happening with mom fixing it all!)

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    That lentil/quinoa salad looks delicious!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I still call doctor mom before officially hitting the doctors office. I have great insurance but I’ve had so many medications that I don’t want to take anything unnecessary.

  • Jo
    June 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Yeah I’m sick too. I have some sort of stomach bug. It’s only been two I miss working out!
    Also people keep making snarky comments because I they know I eat healthy and they’re like “You eat healthy! You are not supposed to get sick!” And then they’re like, “Oh I guess all that healthy eating stuff is nonsense.” Ughhhh. I’m like when did I ever say I thought eating well would make me never get sick? It’s the worst. Does stuff like that ever happen to you?

  • Julie
    June 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Seems like you come down with something very often. Try taking Probiotics. They are excellent a strengthening the immune system.

  • Mae
    June 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    🙁 I’m sorry your throat is still weird!! That recipe looks delicious!
    For what it’s worth, I would say go get a throat swab for the heck of it. I had the same thing (No fever, no sore throat, just white patches) and I thought no big deal because it’s different from how I usually get strep.
    Buttt, 3 weeks later when I was CRAZY sick I finally got diagnosed with strep. Boo.
    Anyway feel better and keep up the legume recipes, I love them!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    That sounds good!! I need to give lentils a try.

  • AB
    June 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Have you considered tonsillitis? Also, check out the Mayo Clinic Symptoms checker site.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Fredricka
    June 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    You have some unsettled business. Don’t be afraid to figure it out.

  • Faith (gracefulfitness.wordpress.com)
    June 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    LOVE the legumes! What a great challenge, they are so versatile yet I tend to always do the same things with them over and over. Good luck!

  • runnerforever
    June 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Feel better girl!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I hope you find out what it is soon, so you can make it go away!

    I have never tried lentils, they always seem so labor intensive to cook.

  • Kaye
    June 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I’ve never had lentils, and so many health bloggers are participating in this challenge and it’s really piquing my interest!

    Anyhow, other people have said it, but those symptoms do sound like tonsillitis. I’ve never had it, but a few weeks ago, I came back from a concert with one side (just one side) of my throat feeling super swollen. Everything else was fine for a day or two, but then it totally escalated into a crazy headcold. So maybe the other symptoms are coming along? Hopefully not though! Keep your head and feet warm, just in case!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    June 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Love the lentils!!! I want to make that soon!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    June 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Love the lentils!!! I want to make that soon!

  • Sarah (OC2Seattle)
    June 7, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Hooray for Dr. Mom, but please, no split pea smoothies 😉

  • cyndie
    June 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I always read your blog, never comment, but you are describing exactly what I had the other week. I didn’t have any other symptoms (no fever, no cold symptoms), so I thought I was fine. I even convinced my boyfriend that I wasn’t contagious and that it was okay to kiss me….after twelve days though I woke up and it was just so swollen and painful. I was only in intense pain one night though – then went to the doctor, got antibiotics, and was fine.

    feel better!

  • Sabrina
    June 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I am having a major craving for a red lentil smoothie. Can you make me one please?

  • Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife
    June 8, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I love lentils. Thanks for sharing that recipe! That would make GREAT leftovers!!

  • jessica
    June 8, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Moms always know best!

  • Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc
    March 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Hi Jenna! I tried this recipe for lunch this afternoon, and I totally loved it. It’s really satisfying, and tasted fabulous. I didn’t have frozen corn, so I ended up using carrot slices instead of corn. I also tossed in some raisins, and that added an extra sweetness to the salad. This recipe is certainly a keeper! Thank you so much!