Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Getting My Girl Power On

Hello everyone!

Before I forget:

HUGE giveaway in the morning!!!!!! Stay tuned, you don’t want to miss this… me!

Now—I hope you all have had a happy healthy afternoon. 🙂 I snacked on a pre-exercise Super Charge Me cookie—-

And then headed upstairs to run on the treadmill since it was storming and I didn’t feel like getting soaking wet in the parking lot. I had a GREAT run!! Total time was 40 minutes—I ran for 20 and walked for 20, all while watching Dr.Oz on Oprah. I don’t want to say everything is perfect now with the orthotics though because I am sooo scared of jinxing myself! All I know is that I’ve run a few times now, am slowly increasing my mileage and have zero pain whatsoever. Now my main priority is to keep on staying healthy while slowly increasing my mileage…..race day is in 4 months and counting! I SO have time…right?! 🙂

My brother was always so amazed at my ability to even run three miles without stopping. The brief times we did get together and go outside for a run he whined the whole time and was baffled how I could possibly have the endurance to run so far! I would run in the grass and John on the sidewalk, shirt off and tanning oil on to “kill two birds with one stone”. He was so proud of me for committing to run a half marathon to support cancer all the way out in San Francisco, and even told his teachers in school how cool he thought that was. So, I’m not only running this race for the thousands of people that can’t run and are in hospital beds with cancer, but I’m also running for my brother. He would like that.

Now before I start getting all teary eyed, let’s bring on the food! I sort of treated myself to the perfect evening.

First of all there was dinner though—


A BIG salad bowl with:

  • just about an entire bag of organic greens
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes
  • blueberries
  • a Sunshine Burger
  • almost a serving of Mary’s Gone Crackers (love these!)
  • 2 scoops Sabra’s hummus
  • hot sauce! obviously 🙂


It was delicious!! Especially when served with the last bit of the French wine from the other night…..

In front of The Sex & The City movie 🙂
If that’s not great I don’t know what is. I rented this and “He’s Just Not That Into You” from Blockbuster this afternoon mainly because I can’t seem to get through a movie without crying and I’m just craving girl power goodness. Tomorrow night I shall watch the latter!
Of course there was the last slice of vegan carrot cake for dessert….sniff sniff 🙁
Pretty much the best dessert EVER. I will be making this again soon. I am seeing vegan carrot cake cupcakes in the very near future! 😉
I am in the process of making Ryan a special dinner! He’s been so stressed out lately that I thought he could use it. I’m making him a cheese quesadilla in a spinach tortilla (the boy actually owns a quesadilla maker) and fish that he caught a few weeks ago and froze. I defrosted the fish (I think its hogfish) and seared it in a bit of extra virgin olive oil with Old Bay seasoning and then drizzled his favorite mojo sauce on top. He’s on his way home now—hopefully he will like it! 🙂
As for me, the movies over and I’m relaxing with a cup of tea. I can’t even tell you how much better I feel today than yesterday….last night at this time I was already getting into bed to read. Thank goodness for ENERGY in the form of greens! 🙂

Thank you all for the e-cookbook recipes!!!! I’ve been working pretty hard on it and so far the book has about 40 pages. Lookin’ good!!! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes myself. If you haven’t already, please send me your recipe + picture (f you have it) to so you, too, can be included! The book should be ready for donation purchase early next week after I put the finishing touches on it. Again, the book will “sell” for $10. I’m hoping this fundraiser will be even bigger and better than the last one!

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  • Jocelyn
    June 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    sounds like the perfect night! 🙂

  • blueberrybabe
    June 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    jenna and readers- i would LOVE any salad dressing recipes for the cookbook! i HATE bottled salad dressing but whenever i try to make my own it never tastes good. any help would be much appreciated!

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    June 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Is it bad that I’ve seen SATC the movie so many times that I know what part you were at in the movie when you took the picture?! Cant wait for the giveaway!

  • Amanda
    June 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    MMM I had suuuch a similar salad for dinner, using Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs and sun dried tomato & basil hummus! I am not much of a crier at movies, and He’s Just Not that Into You surprisingly made me cry!!!

  • K
    June 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    How sweet of you to make Ryan a special dinner – I’m sure that will cheer him up!

    Hummus + hot sauce? That’s music to my ears!

  • Maria
    June 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I want to watch that movie–I still haven’t seen it. I watched He’s Just Not that Into You for the second time yesterday. Good chick flick 😀

    That huge salad looks delicious! I love hummus and sunshine burgers, it gives so much flavor and yumminess.

  • Sarah
    June 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    What a perfect evening!

    Don’t worry about only having 4 months until the 1/2 marathon. I am a lot less fit than you (trust me I am!) and I ran one with three months of training. I’m sure you will rock it!

  • Nicole
    June 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I’m having a night like that as well! You’ve gotta love the girly nights!

  • Katherine
    June 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Great evening! I loved the Sex and the City movie (though my husband’s opinion differed) and your special dinner for Ryan sounds delicious. Have a great night!!

  • Run Sarah
    June 16, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Your salad looks awesome! I watched He’s Just Not That Into You last night and liked it!

  • Help Meghan Run
    June 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I love He’s Just Not That Into You. 🙂 Haven’t seen it since the theaters, though, I think I need to rent it! Love the relaxing night.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Kind words about your running inspiration 🙂

    What a great evening! Both of those movies are so great!

    That’s nice you are cooking for your man. I am sure he will love it. Men love a lady who can cook them a nice meal.

    Have a great evening

  • Anna
    June 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I made that cake two days ago and I agree- it was the BEST cake I have eaten! It is incredible!

  • junghwa
    June 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I was just wondering, do you have to cook the sunshine burger? if you do, how do you do it? do you use the microwave or stovetop?

    sunshine burger interests me a lot esp with its awesome short and sweet ingredient list but I have no clue how i am supposed to cook it.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    What a FUN evening =) Gotta love nights like that.

    I’m sure Ryan will LOVE his dinner! Hope you are nice and cozy at home. Enjoy your night!

  • Nicole
    June 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I made some carrot cake cupcakes with a lemon cream cheese frosting during the fall from Ellie Krieger’s book! they were so good, but I am going to try your recipe.

  • Tracy
    June 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Hey Jenna! Did you already share the recipe for the carrot cake? Looks so good!

    • jenna
      June 17, 2009 at 9:49 am


      Yep–the link is on a previous post. Find it here!


      I usually just cook it quickly in the microwave although I’ll admit that they taste better if you take the time and cook them for five minutes on the stove! I love them because they are so quick, easy and HEALTHY! 🙂

  • Matt
    June 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I bet Ryan will love it. I would!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    June 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Sounds like a great evening. Way to care for yourself!

  • Danielle
    June 16, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Your salad sounds fantastic! I have to remember to get some sunshine burgers… I’ve been dying to try ’em. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the film (it’s a good one)!

    As for Ryan, he’s one lucky guy, I’m sure he’s going to be loving his special meal.

    And finally, I second the carrot cake recipe! PLEASE 🙂

  • Fitzalan
    June 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! I haven’t seen He’s not that into you…how is it?

    And how great is it to be back running after a hiatus?! It definitely makes you appreciate running more….both the exercise portion and the sanity check it gives you.

    Happiness Awaits

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    What a lovely evening! 🙂

  • Holly
    June 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Jenna- I am looking forward to the new recipe book for sale! I missed the last one and was wondering if it was too late to purchase that one or if I could donate for both once this goes on sale? You might have some other readers and/or new readers that might like the dessert one as well!

  • Jess
    June 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Your dinner looks lovely! Sunshine burgers sound great!
    <3 jess

  • Amy
    June 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I made the carrot cake as muffins tonight and they were delish — even without frosting! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Lovin’ that carrot cake…yum! And supper looks delicious too, of course. 😀

  • april
    June 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    “He’s Just Not That Into You” is really cute! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Bec
    June 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Enjoy the girl movies!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Jenna, I’m so glad to hear that the orthotics are working out for you. I think you finally found your answer! And it’s so wonderful that you are running, in part, for your brother — what a beautiful thing to do. Every time I watch the Sex and the City movie, I cry, because it came out RIGHT AFTER my own wedding, and the scene when Carrie trys on “the dress” reminds me exactly of when I tried on my own. It was even big and fluffy like hers. I think you’ll really enjoy He’s Just Not That Into You — it was a better movie than I expected. Hope you and Ryan enjoyed dinner!

  • Michelle Hisae
    June 16, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I bet Ryan would have LOVED Sex & the City…I guess he’ll just have to wait until you watch it again. 😉

  • emily
    June 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I loved the Sex and the City movie (my husband did too actually!) You are going to really enjoy He’s Just Not That Into You – it is super funny and has some touching moments.

  • Still Life in South America
    June 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I love girly movie nights.

    I just have one question about your crackers: Why is Mary Gone? 😉

  • Layne
    June 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Can’t wait for the e-cookbook to be ready…I need some new dinner ideas!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 16, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    That’s such a sweet story about your brother! I’m sure he’d be so proud of you for pushing yourself to run the marathon despite the setbacks. 🙂

    Dinner looks so amazing. What a simple, fabulous mixture of goods. YUM!

  • yolie
    June 17, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Hahaha, that’s really funny Jenna! Last week I went to the video store for the first time in, like, forever, and rented the exact same two movies, lol! The Sex And The City one was so good, I was actually really pleasantly surprised! And the other one is sweet too, happy endings rock! 🙂 Yay for treating yourself, your evening sounds gorgeous. And congrats on the run, that is so lovely what you said about your brother and what inspires you to run. Take care! Big smiles xyx

  • Kelly
    June 17, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I just watched “He’s Just Not That Into You” this past weekend. I hate to be the one to break this to you but you MAY cry at the end, I teared up a bit haha. Sorry!
    But most of it you will just enjoy 🙂

  • Maya
    June 17, 2009 at 2:24 am

    That is so sweet about the half marathon and your brother. I have a little brother too, and I hope he grows up to be as sweet as your brother sounded.

    I think if I had those crackers I would just randomly laugh to myself about the name (Mary’s Gone Crackers!) but I’m strange.

  • Liza
    June 17, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Aww, I actually really liked Sex & The City! And I’m not much of a chick flick person. 😛

  • Heather
    June 17, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Hello darling!

    Girl power is something we crave on the occasion and when we get it, it’s like a big slice of heaven! The “Sex and the City” movie is perfect to cure that craving – and “He’s Just Not That Into You” tops the list too! Can’t wait to see what you think of it!


  • Amanda
    June 17, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Glad to see you’re running is going well.
    I watched He’s Just Not That Into You last night.. SO GOOD, I’m not much of a crier when it comes to movies, and, well – I cried!

  • Emily
    June 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Glad your running is going well! I still haven’t the the SATC movie… may have to rent or borrow it from someone soon on a night when the husband is out.

  • Rachel (
    June 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I’m not much of a runner either but since I have started putting cardio back into my routine I’ve found that I can go a bit longer (for faster) each time I do it! I always hated running because I’m just no good at it! I’m more of a weightlifter myself, BUT I’ve been enjoying my runs lately!

  • brandi
    June 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

    glad you had a good night – good salad, wine, cake and movies? Perfect!

    I love that your brother would run + tan at the same time – that’s funny 🙂 I think it’s awesome that you’re running it for him, too.

  • Kimberly
    June 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

    That cake looks delicious. Is the recipe somewhere on your site? I’m new here, so I’m not sure how this all works yet!

  • Sarah
    June 17, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Hooray for girl power! Those are both good movies 😉 Hope Ryan enjoyed his special dinner.

  • Danielle
    June 17, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I love SATC the movie and I haven’t seen He’s just not that into you yet, but I plan on it.
    I bet Ryan loved that dinner!

  • Kate
    June 17, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Both of your (you and Ryan’s) dinners sound great! Mmm… cheese quesadillas bring back childhood memories for me.

    Glad to hear your orthodics are helping! I have plantar fasciitis and I too have to wear them when I’m running, and even just around the house or neighborhood. Wouldn’t want to risk injury a second time!

    Have a great day!

  • Rebecca
    June 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Ohhh myyyy, that cake looks amazing!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Sounds like a fun night!