Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Good to be Blond

Hi guys!

Well I took the plunge today and joined the Y! I’m super impressed…I never knew such a nice facility was only about a quarter mile from my house! All the machines are brand new and they have a plethora of classes, including yoga and spinning. I’m sure I will still do tons of yoga podcasts and downloads in my living room, but the Y is a nice alternative option for my non-yoga days. Very affordable, too! They have a great lap pool as well as tennis courts. I’m going to try to work on Ryan to join as well since swimming is his exercise of choice (I lay out, he swims. It works). This afternoon I biked over there and after all the meet and greet stuff, I stayed to workout! It was already 2:30 though and I was starving, so for the second time today, I dug deep into the bottomless pit purse and pulled up a treasure: about half a clif bar!


As for my workout…it was nothing crazy! Just a warm up on the elliptical machine and then some upper body and abs. Would you even believe it was the first time in TWO MONTHS that I have strength trained?! During the past two months I haven’t noticed a change really in my body tone, but I would like to go back to strength training a couple times a week for health benefits (makes for a stronger chaturunga!) and just to keep some variety to my exercise.

This afternoon I also walked Mikan for about 35 minutes…it was glorious!

And then for dinner, I cooked up one of my favorite meals for my dad and I since my mom is traveling for business—-


Veganomicon’s Pineapple-Cashew-Quinoa Stir Fry!

Major healthful yum there. This one pot meal is PACKED with healthy things like edamame, bell peppers, quinoa, pineapple, cashews and fresh herbs…..I just can’t get enough. I have made it before and it remains a favorite. Incredibly filling, too! The recipe does require quite a lot of prep in the form of slicing, dicing and chopping veggies though, so save it for a weekend….I actually find it therapeutic to stand and mindlessly chop. The same way I like to stand and stir risotto. Anyways, this recipe is also great leftover and all the prep is definitely worth it because it tastes out of this world!


As Spring slowly comes into the picture, I like to eat lighter meals versus heavy casseroles, meat dishes and stews. Its always a good idea to eat according to the seasons and spring just has so many yummy veggie options!

Oh, and here’s a quick tip! You can EASILY peel fresh ginger with a spoon!


Betcha didn’t know that one, huh?! I actually just learned, too, from my old boss during my internship. All you do is hold the ginger in one hand and then use the spoon to scrape off the peel. It comes off cleanly and easily….then just chop it up! Wonderful!

For dessert, I pulled out blondie # 2 from Whole Foods:


I have tried Glenny’s brown rice marshmallow treats and loved them so I was eager to try this, as I am still craving the perfect blondie. As compared to my not-so-good blondie last night, this treat had MUCH less calories and fat and ingredients that were 75% organic and all natural.


The verdict?

MUCH better than last night!!! This blondie was chewy and dense with no grainy texture. It did have a bit of a “healthy” taste to it, and I’m guessing that is because it is made from soy and whole wheat flour (as well as wheat protein isolate). It could have used a few more chocolate chips, but I was overall very pleased with this product. Next time I’ll have to try the brownie! My plight though is that these are sold individually and rather expensive (each blondie is $1.99). I wish they came in a package!

I am all set to start my new book tonight! I can’t wait! 3 a.m. is going to come way too early tomorrow 🙁

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  • VeggieGirl
    February 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Gorgeous stir-fry!!

    Ehh, those blondies 😉

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    That stir fry looks wonderful! I love meals like that!

  • Heather
    February 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    that stir fry is one of my absolute favorite recipes from veganomicon! it tastes good cold, too.

  • Natalie
    February 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Jenna I’m jealous of your vegan eats today!

    I haven’t made that stir fry in forever!

  • Julz
    February 22, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I LOOVE THOSE BLONDIES! Great Nutritional Profile too… Jenn, you HAVE to heat it up next time and with (my choice) ff reddiwhip and fresh rasberries ohhhh man! Savored slowly with a fork, it was TO DIE FOR! I have one of those brownies for tonight so we shall see how it compares! xo

  • Shelby
    February 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I love that recipe, I need to make it again. YUM!

  • Erin
    February 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Dinner looks to die for!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    What a great looking springy meal! I can’t wait for more seasonal fruits and veggies!

  • Kimberly
    February 22, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I actually knew the ginger tip! 😀 I think the internets taught me that one. The quinoa dish looks SO refreshing!

    I just joined my local Y and am pretty happy with it 🙂 The atmosphere is more laid-back than large corporate-owned gyms, and the staff members all seem to take such pride in their facility.

  • kristi
    February 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve got spring/summer fever big time and can’t wait for yummy seasonal foods. I am SO looking foward to grilling outside on the grill all summer long!

  • jane
    February 22, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    oh, i’ve made that quinoa dish before it is SO good!
    thanks for the ginger tip 🙂

  • Amelia
    February 22, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for the ginger tip! Aww I wish it was Spring for me. I’m still all about the warm comfort foods and soup here in NY. Hopefully Spring will be here soon! 😛

  • Runjen
    February 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Congrats on joining the Y! There is a Y in my hometown and it is fabulous! If I ever moved back that way, I would join it in a hot second.

  • Red Head, Yellw Dog
    February 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    yumm that does look good! I need to use more quinoa!

    good tip about the ginger! I learned once that it was good to freeze the ginger before peeling it. Worked well! Maybe a combo of the two tips will make it breathlessly easy?? Enjoy your book!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    ooooh that quinoa dish sounds so good! and so funny how you seem to have a little trail of bar “fragments” in your bag, haha. sleep tight, and have a good morning!

  • Erin
    February 22, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I always see those blondies around and avoid them b/c I’m scared they will be too healthy. I’ll have to give them a try based on your recommendation.

  • K
    February 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    That blondie looks pretty good! Of course your dinner looks AMAZING 🙂

    Hope work goes well tomorrow!

  • brandi
    February 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    congrats on joining the Y!

    That dinner looks so good. I love pineapple and cashews AND quinoa, so I need to make this!

  • Meg
    February 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    That quinoa looks amazing!

  • Ryan (Chasing Daylight)
    February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    That stir-fry looks out of this world! It’s official…I need to buy that book.

  • Beth
    February 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Quinoa looks great.

    I’ve been craving blondies lately and the Glenny’s taste too chemically to me. Do you have a link to the VeggieGirl’s blondie recipe you liked? It seems that she has a few.

  • emily
    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    your dinner looks AMAZING! I need to suck up my vegan fears and buy that cookbook.

  • emily
    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    your dinner looks AMAZING! I need to suck up my vegan fears and buy that cookbook.

  • emily
    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    your dinner looks AMAZING! I need to suck up my vegan fears and buy that cookbook.

  • emily
    February 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    whoopsie, sorry about the double post!

  • Ashley H
    February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Hey I bought quick oats at Whole Foods in the bulk bin. I have to microwave my oats tomorrow at work. How long do I put them in?

  • BridgetP
    February 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Yum! Congrats on joining the Y, belonging to a gym is a great way to mix up your workouts! Have a good Monday 🙂

  • Emily
    February 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Congrats on joining the Y! I think it’s nice to have exercise “options.” Your quinoa stir fry looks delish, too!

  • Sharon
    February 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Oh wow, congratulations!!
    And love your eats!

  • Anne P
    February 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    yum i love that stir fry recipe. i tried that when i was still living in DC… a lot of prep for sure, but worth it! although it made SOOOOO much i was totally sick of it by the end of the week! should have made it when others were around to eat too!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 23, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Who even knew that a blondie could be made to have 100 calories?! That is outrageous…and wonderful!

  • coco
    February 23, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I want to try that blondies!!! Where did u find it Jenn? in which section of the WF?

  • gina (fitnessista)
    February 23, 2009 at 7:59 am

    the stir fry looks OUTTA CONTROL delicious!
    so cool you joined the y and you can take spin classes 😀
    glad the blondie was better than the other one… i looked at those yesterday when we did our 2nd whole foods shopped- should have grabbed one
    hope you have a great day <3

  • Sarah W.
    February 23, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I’ve been eyeing that recipe in Veganomicon and now I think may try to add it to the menu in the coming weeks! YAY! it has all my favorite foods in it!

    I’m actually making a quinoa pilaf that my hubby created tonight for dinner 🙂 yum!

  • Monica
    February 23, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Congrats on joining the Y. Now hook me up with some of that quinoa. I got the Veganomicon for x-mas… I’ll be sure to check out the recipe.

  • NJ
    February 23, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I love the Y except for all the kids. Lotsa kids.

  • Danielle
    February 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Eating in season is the best there is 🙂 glad you had such a fantastic meal to go along with the methodology! Enjoy the Y!

  • Sarah
    February 23, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Great tip about the ginger. And your meal looks fabulous!

  • Kate
    February 23, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Congrats on joining the Y! I think that’s awesome, and it is a fabulous deal for what all they have.

  • Jenni
    February 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

    that stir fry looks like absolute perfection!
    congrats on your y membership! i joined in high school and never looked back 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    February 23, 2009 at 9:43 am

    congrats on joining a gym! i never strength train and know i should… that blondie looks yum.

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    February 23, 2009 at 10:00 am

    that quinoa stir fry looks A-mazing! I really need to buy that book – I heard so many bloggers rave about it!

  • Danielle
    February 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Congrats on deciding to join the Y, I belonged to the Y in high school and loved it, unfortunately it’s so much more expensive then all the other local gyms now I couldn’t continue paying that price.
    That dinner looks delicious!

  • Jess
    February 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Let us know if you’re super sore from the weight lifting or if yoga helped minimize it. Interesting experiment for fitness geeks like me.

    And thank you for the ginger peeling tip!

  • Jen, a priorfatgirl
    February 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

    That’s my favorite of all favorite Cliff bar flavors! I never find 1/2 eaten ones at the bottom of my purse…cuz I always eat the whole thing! 🙂

  • the Clean Veggie
    February 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

    i really need to find those blondies.
    they sound so good 🙂

  • Lauren
    February 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    The stir-fry looks awesome! I love adding fruit and nuts to grains.

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