Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

How To Relax

Hi guys!

It’s funny that when I relax from school I actually relax by cooking/baking! So I relax from the stress of too much baking with more baking……hmmm…..anyways, today after breakfast I hit the gym for a quick lower body workout. I did some lunges, squats, kick backs with resistance, hamstring curls, calves, treadmill…a little bit of everything. I wasn’t feeling particularily motivated though for some reason. By Thursday I’m sort of on my last leg and just want to get the week over with. haha.

Ahh, it was nice to eat at home for lunch today! I made homemade soup to have with my whole wheat bread that my Chef brought me last night. Here’s the recipe for the soup. It was SO delicious!!!

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup 

Serves 2

1 butternut squash, peeled and diced,

1 sweet potato or yam, peeled and diced

1 tsp curry powder

6 ounces vegetable stock

about 2/3rds cup lite coconut milk

dash of sea salt

1/8-1/4th tsp cayenne pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 400. Combine the sweet potato and squash chunks and spread out on a baking sheet. Roast for about 25 minutes until tender.

2. Put the cooked veggies in your blender with the remaining ingredients. Puree, season and serve!


Again, this soup was soooooo good. I’m so glad I have some extra for work tomorrow 🙂

After lunch I went to Whole Foods to get some groceries. Somehow “some” always ends up to be too much. Here’s what I got:



Then, since I’ve been such a bad recipe tester lately and have had no time for anything I baked up a sweet treat. Lindsay’s Apple Crisp Muffins! They were really yummy and perfect for an afternoon snack or as part of your breakfast with a fruit smoothie. I’ve never really been a muffin person….I’ve always been a cookie or cake person and muffins to me equal cupcakes which equals cake. But not these! These are super healthy, contain no added fat, no white sugar and no white flour. Plus, they have fruit in them! Sweet!



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  • Nadia
    April 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    your grocery trip looks fabulous 🙂 not sure if this is your first time trying the pad thai with tofu frozen meal but I’ve bought it several times even though I stay away from frozen meals and it’s actually quite good.

  • Becca A
    April 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Mmm, that split open muffin with the big chunks of apple looks so good! Yet another thing to add to my list to try! I relax by baking as well. When I get super-stressed about school its all I can think about doing!

  • Stacy
    April 17, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Where can I find the recipe for the apple crisp muffins

  • erica
    April 17, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    What a delicious and easy soup recipe.. I’ve gotta give that a try!

    And those muffins look great as well! I’m glad you’re enjoying your day off Jenna!

  • cara
    April 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Oh man I love that pad thai frozen meal you got! sooo goooooooooooood. I have it in my freezer right now… maybe I will eat it tonight 🙂

    Also your soup sounds awesome. Mmm.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Baking is quite relaxing for me as well – too bad I haven’t had much time for it, with schoolwork. Enjoy it for me!!

    Mmm, I LOVE spicy soup :0)

    Another delectable recipe from Lindsay – looove apple-muffins!!

    Ironically, I’m on my way out the door right now, to head to Whole Foods, haha!! Looks like you had a successful shopping trip :0)

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    grrr, I wanted to be a tester too! :-). I have to admit I feel a little relieved, because I would probably mess up every recipe! The muffins looks so good…

    And the soup too! I’m craving soups lately…

  • Danielle
    April 17, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    that sounds like such a delicious lunch! i can’t wait to try the soup!

  • ibex hk
    April 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    yum to all of your baking and cooking! I love soups like this one, looks so hearty and good 🙂
    Have a great Thursday off!

  • arimcg
    April 17, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Muffins look great!! I love apple anything, pretty much.

  • Alli W.
    April 17, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Those look delicious, Jenna!! I’m glad you finally got a day off!

  • Laura
    April 17, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Where can I find the recipe for the apple muffins??

  • jenna
    April 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I believe the muffin recipe is on Lindsay’s blog (www.happyherbivore.blogspot.com) still but I’m not sure because she might have taken them off for revision for the cookbook. I signed a confidentiality agreement though where I cannot give away any of her recipes because I’m just a tester and the final product will be in her cookbook!

  • Melissa
    April 17, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Hey Jenna! I’ve been reading your blog now for months and LOVE it! I actually have had a LONG road with food and just started a new blog yesterday to hold myself accountable for the things I do/eat. Do you mind if I add your site to my blogroll?

  • Romina
    April 17, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I agree full on that baking is soothing, some people think it’s crazy, but there’s something about spending time with food that’s relaxing. =)

    Mmm.. that soup sounds fabulous, and those muffins look divine! I’m really excited for Lindsay’s cookbook, she’s amazing. =)

  • jenna
    April 17, 2008 at 8:54 pm


    I would be honored!!

  • happy herbivore
    April 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Jenna you ARE a chef! look at how beautiful your muffins came out!

  • kristin point
    April 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Is that silk creamer in your grocery trip?

    Just wondering because I love it!