Breakfast/ Lunch/ Product Reviews



This is me being hard core. I’m like “MOVE OUT OF MY WAY NOW!!!!!”

Hahahahahaha love it. How are yall doing today? Tomorrow is Friday!!! Unfortunately, I have had horrible cramps (yucky) all day long and actually left work an hour early because of them! Oh, how amazing something like a hot stone massage would feel right now. Sigh.

I did have the pleasure though of trying a new bar this morning for an early snack!


Ingredients include: dates, agave nectar, apples, raisins, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, raw cacao nibs, walnuts, brown rice protein and sea salt.

Each bar has 11 grams of fat, 200 calories and 6 grams of protein.

I was very impressed with this bar! I especially LOVED the crunch of the cacoa nibs (the “chocolate chips”) and almonds! I also love that this has brown rice protein in it, because that’s one strike against larabars….no protein!They taste good but don’t keep you full. I had this bar at 3:40 this morning and was fine until breakfast at 8:00. No snacking! Now THAT’S the ultimate test! These bars seem very hard to find but are readily available on amazon in all flavors.

Breakfast was more blended oatmeal with 3/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup silk light vanilla, 1 cup water and 1/2 scoop chocolate protein. I was sort of upset though because I added a “secret ingredient”—


But I couldn’t taste the five or so chocolate chips I put in! 🙁 Also, I added too much liquid and my oats turned out to be on the soupy side, which was a little blah this morning. See how the big scoop of almond butter sinks??!

Like I said, I left work an hour early today because I just feel under the weather. No other reason besides hormones but still….a girl has gotta milk that excuse as much as she can sometimes! Lunch was weird because we have ZERO groceries in the house (but my mom is at the store right now, never fear!!). All I was craving was a smoothie with bananas but no bananas….then I thought maybe hummus…but no hummus……FINALLY, I just dug this out of the freezer in desperation:


I have always been impressed with Quorn products and love that they are soy-free! Not that I am against eating soy, but I try to stay away from the super processed kind. These little “chicken fingers” are actually made from mushrooms and have 11 grams of protein per four piece serving! Plus, they taste and have the texture of a real chicken nugget.

I had four of them with ketchup, celery (the only veggie I could find) and a yogurt


I was still pretty hungry though so for “dessert”, I had a date with almond butter


Which was SO delicious that I had another! Seriously, dates and nut butter are a match made in heaven!

The whole day at work I was very blah and all I wanted to do when I got home was lay down……but, I think that a little exercise will help me feel better so I’m going to head out for another 40 minute cardio bike ride in a few minutes. Exercise usually helps alleviate cramps and it is so pretty outside. I think I’m going to take my camelbak, too, because last time I got so thirsty!

See you for dinner!

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  • Lauren
    March 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Great race pic!
    I couldn’t agree more about dates and nut butter – little nuggets of heaven 🙂

  • brandi
    March 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    great race picture!

    i hope the cramps go away! I hate ’em!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Haha, you ARE hardcore – love it 😀


    Almond-butter date = mmm….

    Hope the “blahs” go away soon!! Hang in there!!

  • Marissa
    March 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Great photo! I tried the Quorn mock chicken strips and found them to be VERY dry. I’ll have to check out the nuggets!

  • Jenn
    March 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Jenna, what kind of dates do you buy? Are there fresh ones or in the bulk like at Fresh Market (do you have those stores?) or packaged? I’ve never bought them, so I need to know what to look for:) Feel better!

  • Erica
    March 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I like that those “chicken” nuggets are soy-free. I have to stay away from too much soy, so I will have to look for these. Have a great ride…hope you feel better soon! xoxo

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    What a fantastic picture!! You should frame that along with your medal 🙂

  • polly
    March 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    grrrr I love it!!! THAT is focus, baby!! Are you sure you weren’t running toward Ryan holding a beautiful warm bagel and a new pair of Target sandals??????? hehe just kiddin, my hard core runnin friend!!

  • Michelle Hisae
    March 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Isn’t it so amazing how much natural sweetness dates have?!? I love them. Try sticking a roasted, salted almond in one – SUCH a good combo.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Great race face! Hope your pantry and fridge get super stocked today!!!

  • Jen, a priorfatgirl
    March 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I love your picture! Totally captures the energy! I too like Quorn products but haven’t tried the chicken wings yet – they look YUMMY!!

  • joyful
    March 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I love that there is even nut butter smeared on your finger in the date/nut butter picture! You are highly involved with your snack. MMmmm

  • Victoria
    March 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Ugh. I’m having the same problem today. I’ve tried a few of the Pure bars, but I’ve never seen that flavor. Looks good!

  • Emily
    March 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Sorry you’re not feeling well! Physical activity usually helps me too! Enjoy your bike ride!

    P.S. Fierce race picture! 🙂

  • Shelby
    March 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Mmm, I love that Purebar!

  • Natalie
    March 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the bar recomendation, I’ll be on the lookout for it!

    Love the date and AB combo. 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 5, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Hope you feel better!! And I agree, dates and PB are AMAZING!

  • Tina
    March 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    LOVE the photo!

    I was curious about those Pure bars– thanks for the review!

  • Olga
    March 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    aaww sorry about the cramps but its good you got to leave work early!

    hahaha I love that picture. You do look really hardcore!

  • Sarah
    March 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hope you feel better! And the photo is great.

  • Samantha
    March 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I’m with you on dates being addictive! For boat events I make them stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in turkey bacon. YUM!

    Those PURE bars are great! Our wee little health store had them BOGOF this week so I loaded up!

    Thats a great race pic, shows your determination. Here’s hoping the cramps are waning and you bounce back quick!

  • Nicole
    March 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Have fun on your ride, and I hope you feel better! I have been meaning to try the Pure bars ever since I saw them on VeggieGirl’s blog. I think I should go buy one!

  • Fit Mommy
    March 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Those are some great ideas for food! Love the dates and almond butter. Would love to try.

  • Leah
    March 5, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Love the race photo!

    I use Quorn products a lot. I really like to use them as a meat substitute… and their cheaper than meat!

  • Kati
    March 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I have felt (still do) the same way today 🙁 just hormonal blah and wanting to go home…3 more hours :/ Hope the rest of your day is nice!

  • Danielle
    March 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Great race photo, you’re floating!
    I’ve always been a little afraid of fake chicken products but these look good I’ll have to take a look for them at the store. I’ve loved eating no meat it’s been just over a week for me now, it’s pretty easy but I do miss chicken, great sub for lent.

  • K
    March 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    You look so determined in that picture – love it! Thanks for the Pure Bar review 🙂

  • Julia
    March 5, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Jenna, I have a random question for you (and anyone else who’d like to chime in!) I remember you mentioning once on your blog that you used to have a roommate that you had a difficult relationship with regarding health and food…I can’t remember the details, something about how in retrospect, you think you two kind of tried to sabotage each other? Sorry if that isn’t correct. I bring it up because I am dealing with a similar situation with my current roomie – she is a very thin girl (as in 5’2″ and 105 pounds at most), who has been a dancer her whole life (thus doesn’t partake in “regular” working out), but constantly complains about her body image. I know that it isn’t my responsibility to reassure her that she looks great, and I know I can’t change her own personal image of herself. But I’m wondering if you, or anyone else, has any advice regarding my responses to her? After comments like, “eating carrots and guac for lunch, yay for getting skinny again!” or “i’ll stop eating if i have to in order to get the stomach i want”…I just literally don’t know what to say to her, so I usually resort to, “oh ok” or “that’s good” or “well just be healthy about it,” etc.

    Again, I realize that a lot of this is her problem — not mine. But I find that living with someone and hearing this kind of crap gets on my nerves and sometimes even makes me feel bad about myself – and I’ve worked hard to make peace with my body! Any thoughts?

    Thanks for reading!

  • hk
    March 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Your picture looks FIERCE! awesome, haha 🙂 I just bought 2 of these PURE bars to try out, I’m glad you gave them a positive review…I’m excited to have mine now 🙂 feel better, I hate woman issues- blaahhh!!

  • Runjen
    March 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Love the pic! Hope you feel better. 🙁

  • FoodsThatFit
    March 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Oooh Dates and nut butter is my favorite combo! Have you tried warming up the date first for a couple of seconds in the microwave and then adding nut butter? It is SO GOOD! Another thing I like to do is put a piece of date in between 2 small slices of banana with some nut butter spread on the middle, that is another good combo!

    You look like a serious runner in that pic! Way to go! You look strong and fast!

  • Haleigh
    March 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Great race photo Jenna! I am sorry that you weren’t feeling well today, cramps are the worst! They make it to where you feel like you can’t be productive at all! I have been looking for those Pure bars everywhere! Maybe I just need to make a 20 min drive to the whole foods near my house and hope that they are worth it!

  • Jordan (FlowsDownYellow)
    March 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Ugh feel you on the blahs, my Tuesday morning was full of them! Congrats on the race. I’m running a 4 mile race in Central Park on the 22nd, very excited!

  • RuntoFinish
    March 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    sometimes i feel bad on days when it’s super nice out and i just have to get home and recoup by running 😉

  • Run Saraaah
    March 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Awesome race photo – SO intense! I have only tried Quorn once after my prof brought some in to try for one of my microbiology undergrad classes…I wonder if it’s available in Canada now.

  • Meryl
    March 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

    eek, you have inspired me to run my first 5k…which is tomorrow!! I am totally not a runner- as in, I used to beg to get out of gym class. But I’ve been training and somehow built up to a 5k 🙂

    I have been reading and memorizing verses like crazy because I think im just going to repeat them in my head the whole time 🙂 the Lord is my strength!

    Thanks for sharing your experience!