Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Green Power


I made it out this morning and had a great hour ride! Took a new route and it was gorgeous. Hilly, but really pretty. Unfortunately I forgot my water bottle (hate that) but just filled up a lot when I got back in.

After my ride, I ate a super charge me cookie, took a nice long walk to loosen up my legs and then came home and rolled around on my Yoga Tune Up therapy balls for a little bit. The balls are made with a special rubber compound that grips the skin and grabs at muscles and connective tissue. When I ran long distances, I LIVED on my foam roller but I think I like these little balls even more because they’re so portable and easy…plus, unlike the foam roller, you can position these little guys right where you feel the pain.


Lunch was a HUGE salad! I’ve definitely hit my greens quota for the day, no? πŸ˜‰



I used spinach, red bell pepper, avocado, leftover roasted chickpeas, hummus and salsa with a kiwi and a TJ’s whole wheat middle eastern wrap on the side. These wraps are delicious and super chewy!


I’m off to write for a couple hours then work the desk at the studio before heading to Napa for an Echelon Gran Fondo event tonight!

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Sounds like a nice ride! I can’t imagine the gorgeous sights you see!

  • Jil
    March 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Yay for a great ride! That salad looks phenomenal. I love TJ’s breads and wraps. Delish!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    That’s great that you got a good ride in!

    Have fun at the event tonight!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    March 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    So great that you’re doing the Gran Fondo charity ride! My morning might have been smoother if I had started with one of those cookies instead of the Girl Scout Do-Si-do I grabbed on the way out the dor πŸ˜‰

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    wow that’s a LOT of green…way to go! hope you have a blast at the grand fondo event tonight! i bet it’s going to be a BLAST πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Great work on the bike ride! I need to try using a foam roller πŸ™‚

  • Christie
    March 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I know you’re super busy, but gave you props in my blog and wanted you to know/ hopefully look. A direct link to it is below…

    Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    March 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I love adding hummus to my salads! With a little sriracha sauce you don’t even need dressing.

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Glad you got out to ride!

    I had a big salad with hummus today too! That is pretty much my standard lunch on work days!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Your GM this morning has me craving one. I need to start drinking those more! Sounds like you had a great ride. I just discovered the foam roller and I love it! I will have to check out therapy balls soon too!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    You’re having quite a green day : ) Nothing like fresh, raw veggies!

  • Jenna
    March 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    mmmm..that salad looks bursting with flavor combos!! πŸ™‚

    have a blast in Napa tonight

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I had a kiwi, tomato, chickpea and balsamic vinegar salad the other day – it was to die for! Chickpeas and kiwi go surprisingly well together πŸ™‚
    Congrats on getting the ride in πŸ™‚

  • Beth
    March 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    How do you roast the chickpeas? I just heard of using them roasted in taco’s today and thought that was an awesome idea!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    March 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Great work on the bike ride! ooooh and that salad…YUM!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Green power makes me feel do good! Yes you’ve totally hit your quota for sure.

  • Ameena
    March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    One can never have too many greens in their life! Great salad.
    So glad your ride went well and the weather held out!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Mmm love seeing fruit in salads as of late – Spring is in the air!

    Good luck with writing! Have a good rest of the day πŸ™‚

  • Kati @ Living Well
    March 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I need to use my foam roller more! It’s the good kind of hurt :-/

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    March 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Great job on the ride….you are tough!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    March 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I love those tj wraps, they are so soft and very versatile.

  • Kaitlin
    March 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I love being able to exercise outside when its gorgeous out, glad you we able to…That salad looks delicious!!

  • Rachel
    March 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Can you please post the recipe for the cookie? Thank you!

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    What is better than a SCM cookie for a post-workout snack? I can’t think of anything, glad you got to get a ride in!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    March 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    What a great ride, and that salad looks amazing! I totally love the kiwi! And the TJ’s wrap sounds amazing! I’m really wishing I had one near me right now. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    March 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I am glad you got your ride in! Awesome!

  • Alexe @ soyaetchocolat
    March 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I have yet to try hummus in a salad. I’m not sure about the mix of textures but, since everything that I’ve tried after seeing it on your blog tasted good, I may as well try that too! Salsa must be good too, I think I’ll try to do my own!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Have fun at your event tonight! Sounds like a fun time!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    you’ve inspired me to have hugeeee salads for lunch/dinner on a regular basis! IT’S sooo good! Frank’s hot sauce is the best dressing!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    i keep meaning to pick up those wraps! they look so good–but i always end up sticking with the naan. they look like they’d make aaaamazing individual pizzas!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    March 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I love the gorgeous weather, it makes me want to eat big huge salads like that- looks fresh and summery.

  • Allison K
    March 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I need to buy ED& BV just for that recipe—-that is what it’s from right?

  • Tara
    March 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I hate forgetting to bring my water bottle…esp when I just filled it up!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I was going to say that TJ’s has the best bread, but they really have the best everything. Your salad looks beautiful and beyond satisfying. Great job on making it out for the bike ride!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I’m so jealous of your gorgeous bike rides! I bet those views are incredible πŸ™‚
    That balls sound awesome!!!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    March 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hahaha I just had ELR minimized on my computer and it said “eatliver” I was dying!
    Great bike ride, and I’m so excited for your adventure dans Paris!!

  • Katharine
    March 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’m a little late to the game but just wanted to say how AWESOME I think it is that you’re taking life into your own hands. France will be nothing short of wonderful and I can’t wait to read your blog while you’re there! πŸ™‚

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    March 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I’m so excited to move to Chicago where I’ll be somewhat close to a TJs like an hour or so. Which if I’m headed that way already is very doable.

  • theemptynutjar
    March 4, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Jenna – do u ever get bored when u write sometimes….like u start something and then get bored….or whatever…i wonder if i have brain freeze, idea not good, or what!

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    March 4, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Sounds like a great ride! I’m fond of my foam roller, but I haven’t grown to love it, yet. It hurts! Any tips for using it?