Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Heavenly Pudding

First of all, CONGRATS Miss Bobbi on an amazing finish time at the Boston Marathon today!!!! I thought about her as I was working around 5:00 this morning…thinking she is getting on the bus now and heading over to the race! How exciting!! And the fact that it is her birthday….! Amazing!

Well, I have to admit, I was a little nervous going into Level 3 of The Shred this afternoon after all this talk, but honestly it wasn’t that bad!!!! I thought it was EASIER than Level 2! Now maybe that’s because I didn’t do the crazy cardio that Jillian was doing because of my shins (substituted arm punches in squat position instead), but the walking pushups were my favorite! A trainer I used to work with had me doing those bad boys and let me tell you, they bring RESULTS!

After shredding, I went into my favorite relaxing yogadownload class, the 20 minute Hip Opening Flow. This feels sooooo good and I love all the pigeon poses and deep twists. I always feel so wonderful after! After that was done, I was still in a yoga mood, so I checked out Miss Polly’s Yoga for Healthy Shins and Knees class!!! This class is only 10 minutes long and it was like it was made for me! The stretches felt amazing on my sore shins and, as always, Polly’s enthusiasm brightened my day! Love you, Pol!

After all that strength and stretching, I needed something to pick myself back up! So I made the most interesting juice yet, in my beloved Breville of course!



I used 2 carrots, 1 apple, kale, kiwi, 1/2 cucumber and a big knob of spicy ginger for an added kick. It was yummy! I loved the addition of the cucumber, which added a wonderful cooling effect to the juice. With my juice, I had a two egg white fluffy for some protein:


Later, for dinner, I was lucky enough to snag leftovers of my mom’s infamous slow cooker pulled chicken!!!! I have had sooo many recipe requests for this from yall, but unfortunately I cannot give it out due to copyright issues but it IS fabulous and it hails from the ever yummy Southern Living Slow Cooker Cookbook. I had my portion on a baked garnet yam with more all natural BBQ sauce drizzled on top and it was finger lickin’ good!


And then, for dessert.…..I actually tried something new and am SO GLAD that I did because it freakin’ rocked!!!!



I’ve been reading all about everyone (Heather & Abbie!) trying Kristin’s Raw Holiday Chia Pudding for some time now yet, for some reason, I haven’t gotten around to making it even though I have all the ingredients. Well, today I had some extra time so I whipped some out in the Vita Mix. Unbelievable. Really! I can’t believe this is so healthy and raw….definitely one of the best raw foods I have come across. I loved the combo of spices and the coconut made it divine. Such a heavenly treat…make this tonight—you won’t be sorry!! And it really isn’t just a dessert, either. I’m totally planning on snacking on this tomorrow! 😉

Well, friends, the time has come again for me to sign off and get ready for bed. As we all know, 3 AM comes way too early! Have a great rest of your evening 🙂

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Glad you had a great day! That pulled chicken looks and sounds great. And the juice is beautiful as usual.

    Good night girl, get lots of rest!

  • K
    April 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    That pudding sounds delicious as does the egg white pillow of love 🙂

    Hope you get some rest tonight!

  • katie s
    April 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I agree, I liked level 3 much more than level 2!!! And your dinner + dessert looks amazinggg!!

  • Run Sarah
    April 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    That pudding looks fabulous! I haven’t checked out Polly’s knees and shins video yet so I will have to do that today as my legs are quite sore.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 20, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations to Bobbi!!


  • Lisa D
    April 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    hmm, this juice is not as pretty as your previous versions but I am sure it tasted nice with all those goodies in it! Glad you liked the chia seeds this way!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I need me some CH CH CH Chia seeds. Think the ones from my Chia head would work? 😉

    Have a good night!

  • Anais
    April 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I’m very tempted to try juicing, but it seems to use up a lot of veggies…

    Also I was going to make the chia pudding TODAY but didn’t have coconut so I passed 🙁 Soon though 🙂

  • Marissa
    April 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    That pudding sounds great!

  • emily
    April 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    i love some chia. i always have some on hand to whip up quick, healthy “desserts.” i need to give that recipe a try; the ingredient list looks great!

  • Sharon
    April 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    WHOA, that chicken looks sooooo goods!

  • laura
    April 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    which swimming pool are you going in Tampa?

  • RUnToFinish
    April 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    isn’t bobbi the best!

    i really have to try this chia pudding too. I love my smoothies, hadn’t thought about using the ginger, good call!

  • Bec
    April 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    that chicken looks fantastic!

  • brandi
    April 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    your juice is such a pretty color!

  • Jess
    April 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    It’s definitely because you didn’t do the cardio – that’s the hardest part by far in my opinion! The rock stars and the squat jumps are killer.

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    the pudding looks DELISH and that pulled chicken and yam looks awesome — don’t you LOVE home-cooked food?

  • Hallie
    April 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Glad to hear your Shred 3 review! I’ve been scared to move on, haha.

    I love pulled chicken (and pulled pork). I’m making pudding tonight too…but um, it’s totally the Jello (cook and serve) HFCS-laden kind. Don’t judge me, people!

  • Melissa
    April 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Love the BBQ/yam combo.

  • Jaclyn
    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I want to tria chia! Where can you find it?

  • FitFoodie
    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Yum! The BBQ looks awesome with the sweet potatoes.

  • katieP
    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    that pudding looks delish! as well as the juice!
    i just bought a weeks worth of veggies to make natalia rose’s green lemonade! cant wait!

  • katieP
    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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  • Beth
    April 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Yummm..pulled chicken. I’d also love to try the Chai pudding.

  • meg
    April 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I definitely have to try that pudding!

  • Alison
    April 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Wow…that chicken looks wonderful. I’ve been doing some Yoga Download workouts too.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    April 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Ohhh, that chicken looks soo good!! Good idea to serve it on a sweet potato bed!

  • Taylor
    April 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I love the juice, it looks so good! If only I had a juicer! :\
    Oh goodness, I could never get up at 3am. Even if I did go to bed super early.. Good luck 🙂

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    April 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I know – so excited for Bobbi!!!! I’m hoping to watch some highlights of the marathon later.

    I love pulled BBQ chicken – definitely a part of my Southern heritage. 🙂

    Sounds like the raw chia pudding was a bit more successful that the chia protein smoothie. 🙂 I think it’s all those yummy spices. Mine lasted me a few days – makes a great oat topper. I need to make more soon. Thanks for the shout out and have a good day tomorrow!

  • Erin
    April 20, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Pulled bbq chicken is so good. It’s been too long since I made it. Yum.

    Good for you for Doing Level 3.

    If you get a sec tomorrow, swing by my blog to check out the auction/bake sale I’m hosting to raise $$ to fight cancer.

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    April 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I’m visualizing what a walking push up would look like, and I’m pretty sure what I’m imagining can’t be right! 🙂 I’ll have to look that one up!
    Dessert looks … interesting… yet tasty! Very cool.

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks
    April 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Jenna, you NEED to stop showing all the delicious juices that you have been making!! Gahh, I need a juicer!

    I am going to try that pudding recipe asap!

  • Angelea
    April 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm


    Where are you getting your juice combo ideas? Cookbook? Blogs? Just experimenting? So interesting!

    My hubby drinks a cucumber gin (Hendrick’s), but somehow I never thought of it in a juice!


    • jenna
      April 21, 2009 at 12:31 pm


      Well, I have been making my favorite combo that I get at my local health food store. But beside that, I’m just making it all up and hoping that it works! So far it has!!

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I make some shredded BBQ chicken in the crockpot that looks just like that. I don’t know about the whole “recipe” thing I just throw a pound of chicken in the crockpot with a bottle of BBQ sauce, lol.

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    April 21, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Love your dinner!

    Great workout today. I am waiting for my 30 Day Shred to arrive in the post. I can’t wait to try it.

    That pudding looks amazing- thanks for the link to the recipe!

  • FoodsThatFit
    April 21, 2009 at 12:12 am

    It is 2 a.m. and I want some Chia Pudding!!! Yum, your pic looks awesome!

  • Matt (NoMeatAthlete)
    April 21, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Jenna, what’s wrong with your shins? I went through a lot of shin trouble (shin splints and a stress fracture) with running, but I made some big changes and haven’t had problems in 4 years! Also your juices always look so good and healthy, I need to start doing that. Is there anyway to easily add protein powder to the juice (without transferring to another blender)?

    • jenna
      April 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm


      Ugh…I have CHRONIC shin splints, meaning every single time I run, I get ’em! I’ve changed the shoes, iced, ran on the grass, saw a therapist…the whole 9 yards…and I still overpronate. I’d love to learn the “secret” to how to run pain-free because, clearly, I haven’t found it yet! 🙁

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 21, 2009 at 5:50 am

    The juice looks great!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 21, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Dang, you can fit a lot into those juices! I love using ginger with fruit.

    Try this: combine frozen pineapple and fresh blueberries in a bowl. Dice up crystalized ginger and add to bowl. Let sit until the pineapple has defrosted a little, and VOILA! A refreshing snack with the most perfect flavor combination!

  • skinnyrunner
    April 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

    that chicken looks delicious!!! i want some.

  • Danica
    April 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Sounds like you had such a fun day! That chicken looks amazing.

  • Danielle
    April 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I need to get my hands on a juicer I can’t believe how great the juice looks!
    And that chicken looks to die for!

  • Emily
    April 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    You are really making me consider a juicer! And what an inventive way to dress up a sweet potato!

    I tagged you on my blog! 😀

  • Matt (NoMeatAthlete)
    April 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Hey Jenna, I don’t know if it’s a “secret,” but it has worked for me and it can’t hurt to try 🙂 I changed a bunch of things all at once, so it’s hard to say which made the difference. I started running on softer surfaces, like you said you did. I overpronate a little so they had me in a stability shoe, but I switched to a neutral shoe with much more cushioning. I did ankle and calf stretches before and after runs. But the very biggest thing that I think made the difference was changing my stride rate. I increased to 180 steps per minute, which at the time felt very unnatural, but I have heard it’s the optimal rate. You are in the air less this way, so you have much softer impacts, just more of them. Just look at a watch every once in a while, or listen to a song on your ipod with that particular amount of beats per minute until you get used to it.
    I’m not so good about stretching anymore, I’m back to almost always running on roads, and I’ve switched to a lighter shoe with less cushioning. But I don’t get the shin splints and stress fractures anymore, and I attribute it to the faster stride rate, which has become habit now.
    Give it a try! And by the way, I love your blog!