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Hand Over Your Desserts!

Hey friends!

Sorry for the delayed post! My Thursdays are crazy-busy with work, lunch, bible study, bike……..the list goes on. But tomorrow is Friday so its all okay 🙂

THANK YOU to those that donated and also those that contributed a dessert recipe!!!

My mouth was seriously watering as I looked over all the recipes I have so far. Everything looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! I need more though! Please, please, please send over your recipes to . It doesn’t have to be fancy and can be a recipe that you make all the time and have changed maybe an ingredient or so to “make it your own”. I can’t wait to see the finished product…I know it will be fabulous!

This morning I started off my day with more hot carbs and nut butter (hehe):


This would be a delicious toasted Rudi’s Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bagel with pumpkin seed buttah and raspberry preserves! YUMO!

I just LOVE this pumpkin seed butter.


You can’t be the stats for anything in the world. One serving of two tbsp is equal to 10.5 GRAMS OF PROTEIN (!), 160 calories and 13 grams of fat. Plus, it is green and tastes totally nutty and delicious! This awesome snack definitely kept my engines going for about five hours til’ it was breakfast time!

This morning I broke out these bad boys


These little “cookies” are 100% raw and are so crisp, delicious and addicting!! I crumbled a few of them over my morning bowl of oat bran, along with almond butter and 1/2 banana for a yummy treat of a breakfast


Delicious and filling…I loved the little crunchy cookie bits in my almond butter! 🙂

We finished everything at superman pace this morning and I got home early, around 11:45. I wasted no time in getting lunch on the table! Here is my Rudi’s 7 grain + flax wrap stuffed with 1/4 cup Cedar’s roasted garlic hummus, 1 orange bell pepper, 2 stalks celery and 1/4th of an avocado



I was so stuffed after this monster of a wrap that I didn’t eat the cheese! I DID manage to fit in two tiny squares of organic dark chocolate though 😉

After I ate I (almost) immediately set off on my bike. I really wanted to get in a decent bike ride before I was due at Sarah’s house for bible study at 1:30. So, I put on the Garmin, helmet and RoadID (obvious essentials) and off I went! And I’ll proudly say it again, I LOVE MY GARMIN! Today I set it on bike setting and I just loved how it tracked my distance and everything..told me when to cycle faster and when to slow down—it was awesome! Between getting to Sarah’s house and later getting home, I cranked out a hot and sweaty almost-10 miles and got my heart rate pretty high up there. I was feelin’ the burn for sure!


Too bad my Target bike is the slow kid in the group even though I pedal with all my heart and soul. Seriously…people lap me on their super cool road bikes like its no one’s business. Good thing Sarah is letting me borrow her road bike for my triathlon this summer (thank you, Sarah!!!!!!!)! Her bike has 21 speeds and mine has 6…….maybe that’s where the problem lies? 😉

During our bible study time, I snacked on this yummy bar:


And then when I finally made it home (after being locked out and waiting for my mom to get home from work), I heated up this delicious dinner:


I realize now looking back that I HAVE been eating a lot of frozen dinners lately, which is rather unlike me because I love, love, love to cook! However, this is a good example of when real life gets in the way! Between my 3 AM wake-up call to working on my feet for 9 hours a day, blogging, reading blogs, emailing, working out, bible study, walking dogs, making breakfasts for upcoming days…………….I just can’t do it all! I know there are many of you that feel the same way, no?!

That’s why in situations like this, Amy’s is a GREAT alternative. Actually I think it is the best alternative! This meal was absolutely delicious and contained 21 grams of protein, 380 calories and 17 grams of fat. I think I am in love with Amy’s tofu because no matter what, it is always chewy and perfect! In this meal, it was seasoned with Mexican spices, sprinkled with cheese and served on a mini corn tortilla. Also included in the meal were creamy black beans and delicious roasted potatoes. I would definitely buy this again! Thanks, Amy! 🙂 And also, don’t forget for those that participated with me in Meatless in March, I will be giving away a huge Amy’s gift box in just a few days!


I served my entree with salsa on the side and hot sauce drizzled all over the place! I also had the sweetest, ripest mango I have EVER had. No seriously! It was soooo mouth watering yummy!

And another one bites the dust:


Okay. I have seriously been eating my WEIGHT in nut butter lately! But I just love it so! 🙂 No one else in my family helps me out with eating the almond butter…its just my addiction and I really do eat about a whole jar every week and a half all by myself.

Tonight I scraped down the sides of this near empty jar so I had some topping for my warm VitaBrownie!


(sigh in contentment)

I am SO happy tomorrow is Friday! Unfortunately my love is going out of town all weekend with “the boys” so I am flyin’ solo. Tomorrow should be interesting as I actually am going to see a new sports medicine doctor regarding my shin splints! The pain is NOTHING like it was last fall (thank God!) but with Team in Training practice starting in 6 weeks, I just want to be sure I take all the precautions and train the proper way. Part of me thinks I am just plagued with shin splints forever, but I’m still hoping and praying for a miracle. This doctor I am seeing tomorrow sounds really great and has worked with Tampa’s professional sports teams a lot during training. Hopefully he can show me some strengthening exercises and get me on the right foot (no pun intended) to start my half marathon training!

And tomorrow night I am very excited to take a Jenna-night. Every girl needs a night to herself once in awhile right??! I feel like so often we get so busy with everything that we forget to take care of the most important thing…ourselves! So, tomorrow night I am picking up Indian take-out, drinking red wine and passing out watching a movie. Good thing Ryan found me this coupon to my favorite Indian place!

A free chai tea sounds faaaabulous.

As for now……….g’nite yall! =)


please pause and check out Sarah’s weekend plans on her blog. It just made me almost spit my water across the room because I started laughing so hard. That is all. 😉

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  • Gen
    March 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I had the same exact thing for breakfast! ok well not totally exact same thing. I had almond butter with cherry preserves on a honey-wheat bagel. It was the first time I had it and boy it was GOOD. I’ve seen the combination on your blog and thought to myself i oughtta try it. It kept me going til lunch. I usually get ‘tummy grumbles’ by 10 am, but this time i didnt get hungry til closer to 12 pm 🙂 thanks for giving me great ideas for breakfast! you’re a great role model!

  • life coach jen
    March 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Your night to yourself sounds fab!

  • life coach jen
    March 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Okay, I gotta write again since I read Sarah’s weekend plans…hilarious! I don’t envy her one bit!

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    March 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Enjoy your evening all to yourself tomorrow! We definitely all need those once in awhile. I was to try go raw products so badly! I saw a bar at whole foods a few months ago and promised I’d grab it the next time I was there — I haven’t seen anything since! so sad ;( hopefully they’ll re-stock them soon. Have a great day!

  • Runeatrepeat
    March 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I need an evening to myself! I never do that, but I’m going to now that you suggested it 🙂

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    March 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I will definitely try to come up with a recipe for you Jenna!

    When you said “pumped out an almost 10 miler” i thought you meant you ran! I was thinking “whoa!! amazing!” and then realized you were on your bike.. in which case, still a wicked work out!!

    Have a great night! I can’t wait until tomorrow either… TGIF I say!

  • Amelia
    March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I ADORE those Amy’s Mexican meals! I usually pair them with a salad and they are a good sized amount of food. So good.

    Enjoy your “Jenna-night!” 😛

  • Eat, live, love, dream
    March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I have a true nut butter addiction as well. My husband doesn’t eat any nut butters! So, I keep throwing out jar after jar and think. I’m actually eating all these?!

  • K
    March 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I love having K-nights!! They’re the best – no getting ready, no worries, nada! I love the abundance of nut butter in this post 🙂

  • haya
    March 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    don’t forget that the wheels on road bikes are quite a bit bigger than the wheels on your bike, so it’s a lot easier to go faster.

    ohhhh your vitamuffin looks so good. i wants it! i’m baking tonight!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    There’s a lot of “Sarah” in this post. That’s never a bad thing…I kinda dig the name!

    Is it bad if I’m envying your night in tomorrow night? Gotta love a coupon!

  • Emily
    March 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Enjoy your night tomorrow, Jenna! We all need girl-night sometimes. 🙂
    I just had Indian food last night, and I love it soo much!

  • Trish (girlatgym)
    March 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    YAY to a night all for yourself. It’s so important to have some down time every so often. I love having a chance to just relax and do nothing. Totally gets my energy and focus back.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Enjoy your Jenna night!! how fun!

  • Run Sarah
    March 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I need to try out pumpkin butter, my current obsession is almond butter but they are all so good! Hopefully tonight is relaxing for you, it seems like you have been so busy lately!

  • Marissa
    March 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Yay for amy’s!

  • Brittney
    March 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    That VitaBrownie looks delicious 🙂

  • runningwithin
    March 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I want that VITABROWNIE! I can’t find them anywhere : (

    So funny that you talked about how we need to take care of ourselves, I just did a post on self-care and self-love. Hope you engoy your me night, they’re my fave!

  • Jess :)
    March 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    An action packed day sounds like fun to me! I’ve been sick at home with the flu for four days. I miss being out in the world!!! Haha, lovely eats and yay for Amy’s! I’ve been getting to the bottom of PB lately too…it’s soo good right off the spoon!
    <3 jess

  • Meg
    March 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I love staying home on a weekend night sometimes! It’s so relaxing!!! Have fun tomorrow!

  • Sarah (now in FL)
    March 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for the shout out, Jenna. I’m glad that the trials of my life are so amusing to you! 🙂 I’m excited to see you Sunday.

  • laci
    March 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I just bought those raw vegan “cookies”! 🙂

  • Heather
    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Have you done a review of those ThinkOrganic bars yet? I keep seeing the raw/vegan ones at WF but haven’t given them a try yet.

    I know what you mean about eating frozen meals. I looove to cook but working full-time, going to school and going to the gym after work means that dinner is sometimes a frozen meal. Like you, I am all about the Amy’s! I had a black eyed pea rice bowl today and it was SO GOOD! It’s amazing to me how fresh everything tastes when it’s frozen. Love them.

  • Lisa D
    March 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    if you can wait until monday i’ll definitely send a killer dessert recipe your way. it really is awesome and vegan i just need to find it and type it and i’m going away this weekend so just wait til Monday!

  • kim
    March 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    i know I shouldn’t be, but sometimes I feel bad for dining alone when my mom is at home. I should treat myself well…

  • RuntoFinish
    March 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    OHH MY I bought the bowl that matches your plate cause it was on sale and cute!!!

    agreed Amy’s are fantastic sub when you don’t have a chance to cook fresh foods.

    I need to checkout this sunflower butter

  • Meg
    March 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    YUM! Pumpkin seed butter sounds so good.

  • brandi
    March 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    sounds like you had a good day – and I totally understand the frozen dinners. Sometimes you just need quick meals! At least the Amy’s ones are healthy.

    I’ll try to send some recipes to you this weekend 🙂

  • Sharon
    March 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Oh wow, delicious eats. Bagel looks great, and that wrap is yummy!

  • Victoria
    March 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I emailed you a recipe. Good luck with the ecookbook! Your Friday night sounds fun! Enjoy your you time.

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    March 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    How have I never put nut butter on a chocolate dessert before? I don’t think I’ve lived!!

    And way to go on the run, very impressive Jenna!

  • Jessica
    March 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Have a fun night in tomorrow Jenna!!! All your snacks and meals today look so delicious and colorful as always!

  • Ansley
    March 27, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Oh my gosh Jenna, I hope you find this hilarious – One of the ads on this site was for, and I quote “Gay Thug Dating”. It had a picture of a guy with his hat on to the side and had a box to click and ‘search your zip code!’

  • Tina
    March 27, 2009 at 4:59 am

    That Pumpkin Seed Butter sounds amazing! I have been looking for some alternative nut butters but it’s not all that easy to find here. I have my peanut butters right now, but I want to try almond butter, sunflower seed butter, soynut butter and other butters. I wish we had Barney Butter or Peanut Butter & Co. here!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 27, 2009 at 5:52 am


  • Sarah W.
    March 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I could really go for some Inidian food right about now! Too bad I’ll have to settle for a veggie burger most likely 🙁

  • Caroline
    March 27, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Hi Jenna! I just wanted to say that I love your blog. You’ve inspired me to put more effort into my own healthy living and to create my own blog to help hold me accountable. Thanks!!

  • Lauren
    March 27, 2009 at 7:05 am

    I totally hear you on the frozen meals thing. I find that I have been resorting to a lot of them lately. I just got a promotion at work, which is very exciting but entails slightly longer hours. That, coupled with my training for a marathon and other responsibilities (most importantly, spending time with my friends and boyfriend!), keeps me very busy! I too love the Amy’s line of frozen entrees, because you genuinely know that you’re feeding your body well. I’m also a big fan of the Kashi entrees, and the frozen pizzas…so yummy! As of late, I’ve been eating the Amy’s burritos on a pretty regular basis; I’m still waiting to get sick of them =) Might not happen.

    I’m sure that once you acclimate more to your hectic schedule, you will feel a renewed energy to cook. That being said, I’m still always so impressed by your meals–you do a great job of incorporating all food groups into your days, and seem to add your own touches to prepared or frozen meals. You totally put me to shame! I can’t wait to do some cooking this weekend…

  • mh
    March 27, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I can’t wait for the give away!! I have a nut butter obsession too! I consume it multiple times a day! I have a question for you Jenna or anyone that wants to chime in! I have not been eating meat, therefore I feel like I have been lacking in protein (my main sources are eggs, tofu about once a week, cheese, almond butter) but how do you all feel about protein powders? I asked my mom who is a nurse and she said they can make you gain weight. Now I don’t want to gain weight by any means but how do you all feel about protein powder? Thanks!

  • Meredith
    March 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

    The first thing I noticed was the Lily bedding. I used to be sooo addicted and then I went broke. So that problem just worked its self out!

  • Danielle
    March 27, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I so agree with you on the Amy’s meals, they are just too easy sometimes! Not to mention absolutely delicious!

  • Melissa
    March 27, 2009 at 9:43 am

    HAHA, I totally thought you ran that… I’m doing the math in my head and WOW that’s fast. Then I re-read the paragraph and saw you biked. DOH!

    Good luck with the Dr. hope you get some good news.

  • Megan
    March 27, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I also can go through a whole jar of nut butter in 7-10 days. 14 servings per jar? No way! It’s more like 7….hehe. Good luck with the sports doctor! I recently started seeing a sports chiropractor for Active Release technique and I think it is helping….

  • Jess
    March 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Your blog makes me crave nut butter. Good think I have pb packed for lunch.
    Good call on borrowing a bike. Road bikes are ridiculously expensive and one reason I don’t do triathlons (the other being hatred of swimming).

  • Holly
    March 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

    There’s no shame in frozen meals when you’re trying to get things done! You are a very busy lady…and I know (for me) if it’s between spending time with friends/family and cooking a meal, I take f/f time in a heartbeat and heat up that frozen meal. 🙂

    I have a Garmin question for you- I REALLY want to get one, and you said it tells you to speed up/slow down when you’re biking? Does it do this when you’re running, too? That is so awesome. Okay, seriously have to get one now!

  • Kate
    March 27, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I always feel bad putting my frozen meals up onthe blog too! But seriously, you can’t beat Amy’s! I am so w/ you girl-and I mean they are awesome nutrition wise. I figure breakfast is actually more important for me to make, so I don’t feel bad if one meal is frozen. I’ve never tried that one! I’ll look for it today!

  • hk
    March 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    girl’s nights are the best!!! so glad you’ve found some amy’s frozen meals that work for you, I love Amy 🙂

  • Shelby
    March 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Hell yes for nut butters!!!

    I must try that pumpkin seed butter!

  • katecooks
    March 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    sometimes taking a night for myself is one of the most fun things i can do! mine usually involve sweats, movies, and yummy food! hope yours is just as good 🙂

  • ZEE
    March 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I notice a lot of the foods you eat are “raw”. Are you following a raw diet? Could you tell me more about this kind of diet and your thoughts on it?


    • jenna
      March 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm


      That’s funny you would notice that; that’s not something I would even think of when I look at my daily meals which usually include cooked egg whites, cooked oatmeal, wraps, protein bars, protein powder and hot dinners…..I’m definitely NOT following a raw diet but I do think that food is best for us when it is as least processed as possible. I am very interested in raw cooking and baking and the health benefits that follow but going raw is not something that I think would work for me.

  • sirenjess
    March 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Hey Jenna, just wanted to let you know that in this months runners world there is an article on shin splints and how to stretch them. 🙂