Behind The Butter

i have a secret

I still like healthy things.

I know everyone here thinks that I went three sheets to the wind last year, threw out my spinach and shouted “give me pork or die!!!” to the heavens. And I can see how one might infer that from what I make on the blog. It’s my passion to make the drool-worthy treats you see on the blog (like it’s a cake decorator’s passion to decorate beautiful wedding cakes)….but in reality, I still eat pretty healthy in my day to day life.

Not saying I don’t try each and every treat you see. I do. But I think eating all those cupcakes makes me crave hummus even more, you feel me?

Can I pause right now though and tell you just how amazing that pulled pork turned out to be last night? A reader just emailed me to ask me “how much of the fat do I take off the pork butt before making sandwiches”. My answer? Was that really an option? Do people really strip off the fat from their pork butts before eating? Isn’t that the whole point in enjoying a succulent, juicy pulled pork sandwich?

The question bewildered me.

But back to healthy!

Here are two “healthy” things I’m digging now:

Sweet heavens. I tried the Barre3 workout yesterday (via dvd) for the first time and this morning I hurt in places one should never feel pain.

Barre3 is a fusion of ballet barre, yoga and pilates designed to give you a challenging, yet uplifting, full body workout. If you don’t have a studio near you (which you probably don’t seeing as Barre3 is a relatively new thing and studios are still limited), I highly recommend checking out the dvd.

Or taking a pilgrimage to Portland (for a number of reasons).

Hey, remember this stuff? Well, guess what? I still kinda like it. Especially the new vanilla chai infusion flavor. It’s cinnamon-y and vanilla-y and I like to make creamy banana smoothies with it now that the weather is getting warmer and I’ve eaten all the cinnamon raisin bagels in Trader Joe’s.

Drinking one of those pretty much gives you a hall pass to eating all the bacon you like.

You want more healthy? Try this. Then eat a cupcake and stop your whining.



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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey
    May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’m impressed with your ability just to TRY the delicious looking treats you make and not eat the whole batch! Though I guess you might get slightly desensitized since you always make incredibly delicious looking treats…

  • Kelly @foodiefresh
    May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Haha! Everything in moderation, even moderation. πŸ™‚ Bring on the pork butt and the cupcakes. You can only take so many photos of kale salad afterall. πŸ˜‰

  • Denise
    May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Love it, thanks for this post! And checking out that work-out NOW

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    May 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    That Barre3 sounds very intriguing… I haven’t hear of it until now. Thanks for sharing — I’ll have to see if I can rent the dvd from our library πŸ™‚

  • RunEatRepeat
    May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I recently went “back on the grass” and am loving it πŸ™‚

  • Kristen
    May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve been wondering about barre classes but wondered if the DVDs were worth it- thanks for the thumbs up!

    One of the things I love about your blog is that I can tell you have a healthy balance. You like to live a healthy lifestyle, but also embrace the bacon, the pulled pork, and the cupcake. I definitely identify with that πŸ™‚

  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen
    May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    best. post. ever. love your blog!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I love that you have healthy recipes and still make stuff like Smores cupcakes (and those poptarts filled with marshmallow fluff!)!

  • tina
    May 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    if you like barre3, you’d LOVE The Dailey Method!!!

    there are a ton in the bay area, a new one in LA, and coming to San Diego! Outside Cali, there are 1 (almost 2) in Arizona, 1 in Vancouver, 1 in France, and 4 in the Chicago area!

    By the end of next year, we’ll be expanding to St. Louis, Missouri, and more!

    oh yeah- and theres a new DVD (you can buy online)- and it’s AWESOME!!!

  • ChΓ© @ Knight at the Restaurant
    May 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Heh…could you say Barre3 “strips off your pork butt?”


  • Mansee
    May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, you are just wonderful. The only thing I can whine about is not having enough time (or kitchen space!) to try all your amazing recipes πŸ™‚

  • Chad @ thebreakupnote
    May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    One of the best days of my life was when I stopped counting fat on nutrition labels and worried about other more detrimental things like TOO MUCH SUGAR AND SALT, you know.. things like that. So bring on the pulled pork!

  • MMiller
    May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Jenna, you can tell just by looking at you that you still eat healthy foods! You just know how to balance your food! You can eat all of the stuff you make because you balance it out with the good stuff! I don’t always have that!

  • katy {of} katy loves.
    May 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Just a bit excited that there’s a new vanilla chai flavor of amazing meal, sounds SO good! May have to try a sample of that and must get to Whole Foods soon!

  • Kim
    May 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I just did my first Barre 3 workout yesterday! It was on my On Demand. Omg, such a hard workout!! I literally couldn’t sit certain ways that night because my legs started to protest! lol

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    May 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I need to check out Barre3. Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for sharing. It’s good to know you still include green things in your daily diet too. Although I sort of figured you did. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    May 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Okay, so this vanilla chai Amazing Grass sounds intriguing, but I had a really bad experience with Amazing Grass (as you remember! You were there for it!) Do you have to chug this stuff like it’s a shot, or does it actually taste good? Does it get gritty in the blender?

  • melissa
    May 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    lol…love it!

  • Em
    May 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    πŸ™‚ Lovely.

    It’s all about balance, girl.
    Spinach on the one hand and pork booty on the other. Amen.

  • melissa
    May 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    so…i just left a comment and when I hit submit someone else’s name, email, and website came up on the leave a comment fields…dunno whats going on? but like i said before…I LOVE THIS POST πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    May 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Oh my gosh! I MUST try that Barre3! The very reason I love yoga and pilates is that it reminds me of ballet!

  • lisa ellisen
    May 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    There is a barre class here in santa rosa! It’s called Bar Sculpt at is at the Annadel Dance and Fitness Center off Montgomery Drive. Check here for the schedule:

  • Kayla
    May 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Haters will hate.
    In other news, you are my favorite and I love your honesty.

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    May 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I still like healthy things too……..but nothing beats your treats πŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    May 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Um I officially LOVE Barre3. Yes, you feel pain the next day! (Is it weird that I actually kind of like post-workout pain?)

    I also love this post. Your blog just keeps getting better and better! Keep it up.

  • Amanda
    May 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I worked out at the Bar Method, here in Chicago, for several months. It looks similar to Barre3. It was an amazing 1-hour workout except for the fact that I couldn’t work out for days after I attended a class b/c I was so sore!

    ps-Love your blog – I’ve been reading for about 2 yrs now!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    May 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I have heard great things about the Barre workout. I would love to take a studio class and I bet in San Diego if I do some checking, I could find one. Or the DVD will just have to do, right!

    I love that you balance pork butts and cupcakes with Amazing Grass and kale salads. I dont do pork butts <—TWSS. haha
    But I do do plenty of coffee, sugar, desserts but I balance it with yoga, water, and lots of veggies. Most days anyway πŸ™‚

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    May 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    OMG that barre workout sounds awesome – I miss ballet. Thanks for the link!! πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

    • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
      May 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      wah? I’m not katie…. something’s up with your blog, lovely Jenna (i’m sure you know). Heidi xo

      • Baking 'n' Books
        May 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        YES! The same EXACT thing I’ve been saying the past two posts! When I go to comment – someone else’s address is already entered in the fields…and my comment comes under someone else’s name!!

        You might want to check it out Jenna…??

        And – I always knew you were healthy and ate healthy things.

        • Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
          May 19, 2011 at 7:17 am

          That happened to me the other day too…just on one post though. On another post, I showed up as me. Weird!

          • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
            May 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

            Yes, this happened to me too – Baking n Books, your info came up in my comment field but luckily I saw it and changed it before I submitted my comment…weird stuff

            And, I was going to ask, this might be a dumb question but how can you do the workout at home without a “bar” thingie? It looks interesting!

        • anna
          May 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

          she never said she wasn’t healthy and didn’t eat healthy things! She has a BALANCE with all foods and exercise.

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    May 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    You must have the will-power of gods not to eat all the delicious food you make here ! Seriously! I am bad and if I see something in front of my it’s hard to resist…

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    May 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    all about balance. still trying to figure that our since I’m a Libra. haha. but i really like how you approach life. everything in moderation and enjoy it. πŸ˜€

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    May 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Mmmm Barre3 looks exactly like my favorite studio class in the Houston area and like the beloved Core Fusion classes/DVDs that I’m addicted to…definitely excited to check out this DVD and add it to my collection!

    Speaking of healthy things, have you ever tried for classes? They are streamed from real classes so it’s more engaging than a DVD (you seriously feel like you’re there!). You should try a Core Fusion class there…amazing!!

  • Natalie @ will jog for food
    May 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Looks like I need to try these barre classes! There was one on livingsocial in my area today..hmmmm

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    May 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    One of the women I teach yoga to tried Barre at this new place that just opened up and wasn’t a fan. The moves were good and everything, but she said the instructors were pretty terrible. Maybe I should recommend the DVD to her.

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    It’s funny – at lunch I was just saying how I’m craving a spinach strawberry salad. It’s official, I have to have one asap!

  • Merrie@ Strawberrylaces
    May 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    That workout looks like so much fun! I hadn’t heard of it before but now I’m going to have to try it. I love pilates so I’ll probably love it too! Great blog, I’m loving reading what you post πŸ™‚

  • The Teenage Taste
    May 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    That is exactly how I feel. Eating an occassional (or even daily, in my case!) treat is fine as long as you eat healthy most of the time.

  • Mallory @forkvsspoon
    May 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Love this post. It is all about moderation! Checking out the workout dvd right now!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    May 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I was wondering about you! Glad to know you’re still eating healthy πŸ™‚ jk.
    My yoga studio has barre classes but I’ve yet to try one!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs)
    May 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I actually have that jar on my desk right now! It’s great with hemp milk, although I wish it’d break up more int the shaker.

  • Mama Pea
    May 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I think this is your best post ever πŸ™‚

  • meagan
    May 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    in my book pork butt *is* healthy.

  • Melissa @
    May 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    i can’t wait to try barre3!

    i discovered amazing grass through your blog months (years?) ago and still can’t put it down. very excited that it’s almost summer, AG smoothies are that much better in warm weather.

  • Carly
    May 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    We have “Pure Barre” classes here. I took my first class Friday, my second class Saturday and woke up to attend class on Sunday, but couldn’t even move I was so sore! One hell of a workout – it’ll kick your bootay!!

    May 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I LOVE barre3!! my sister is an instructor up in Portland, OR. The best workout in the world!!! I do the b3 dvd all the time. However, there is nothing like the pain of the real class!!!! You must try it out in person!!!

  • Rebecca
    May 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Amen, sister! It’s all about the balance, and ENJOYMENT of life.

  • jenna k
    May 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    ooo, i’ve been wondering what to mix with my sample packet of vanilla chai amazing meal. banana sounds lovely πŸ™‚

  • Aimee
    May 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Where have the Adam mentions been lately? Miss hearing about you & your Texan honey. πŸ™‚

  • Kristene
    May 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I just found your blog, and it’s terrific! I took a Barre3 class when Sadie hosted one in NYC – it was fabulous! I’m so excited to see that Amazing Meal has a vanilla chai flavor; I love their chocolate option.

  • 5ohwifey
    May 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    How much do I love this? HAHA “eat a cupcake and stop your whining”. check. Also, I want to try this barre workout too! Sounds so fun

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    May 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I love when I hurt in places I’ve never hurt before after a new workout! Kinda weird, but true! haha

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    May 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Although I personally prefer to see more healthy recipes, your honesty and personality makes looking forward to your new entries refreshing!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    May 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Props to your willpower for just trying the sweets – I don’t have that strength!!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Lovely Jenna πŸ˜‰

  • McKayla @ Green Groats
    May 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I like your mindset! Fun post πŸ™‚

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    May 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of barre3 but I’m intrigued.

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    May 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I just bought a sample packet of amazing grass to try because I remember seeing it on your blog so often back in the day πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to trying it in my oats tomorrow πŸ™‚

    Barre looks awesome as well, I don’t think I would be able to walk afterward! πŸ˜›

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    May 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love ballet inspired yoga and pilates moves so I should totally try this……although not really excited about hurting in places I should never hurt.

  • Natalie
    May 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Barre is such a great class! Loved every sweaty moment of it. I am not sure if all classes are in hot yoga rooms but the class I enjoyed was extra hot!

    I have a secret for you. You are amazing! Simply Because. No explanation needed.

    Off to day 18 of my 30 day buckram yoga challenge=pre fuel of blogging and cookies.

  • Jaime
    May 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I have been doing Xtend Barre here in San Diego (ballet/pilates combo but we get to move to Black Eyed Peas instead of Vivaldi, haha) and I LOVE it! I bet its pretty similar to your Barre3…I did ballet for about 12 years so its fun to get back into it without the leotard and tights! haha!! πŸ™‚

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    May 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I admire you for having real balance in your life! your blog is called eat, live, run, But I’ve never read about a post about running. are you a runner?

  • Khushboo
    May 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Ha ha this post made me laugh! Closet healthy blogger ;)! Its admirable how well you’ve hit a balance! I actually tried Amazing Grass because of you+i was pleasantly surprised! I’ve only had the choc flavor but the vanilla chai is so up my alley!

  • Emily
    May 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I have got to comment to say that I love your blog!! I just found it via a link from someone’s running blog last week and I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot ( : I’ve already tried 4 of your recipes and loved them, and am seriously rationing out all the archived ones I want to try (parceling out my use of butter and other ingredients and trying to figure out how to work them all in). The recipes are amazing and I love the way you write and sense of humor- thanks!! ( :

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    May 19, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I love the balance you have with eating, Jenna! I’ve just started getting more into yoga but have so much to learn. You’re my inspiration! πŸ˜€

  • jane
    May 19, 2011 at 4:29 am

    hahaha i love it! and btw that salad looks yummmmmm!

  • Shannon
    May 19, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I love Barre3! The program I watched was On Demand through my cable, but the instructor was just so graceful in all of her movements. I guess that’s the ballet aspect. Coming from the world’s biggest clutz (I ran into my doggie gate this morning that has been in the same place for years & seriously scratched up my leg), I need all the help with grace that I can get!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    May 19, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Very nice response Jenna :).

  • Redhead
    May 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I love this post like I love cupcakes. Kudos to you, Jenna.

  • duffy
    May 19, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Ok – so I emailed about taking off the fat only because I made the recipe once and it didn’t taste good. The meat tasted slimy because of all the fat. I wondered if I had missed something – either not taken off some of the fat, or not cooked it long enough. I’m bewildered, too. Whenever I mention making pulled pork sandwiches, my husband winces now.

  • Lori
    May 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Amazing Grass and I’d love to try the Vanilla Chai infusion…but for $42.99 for a 15 serving container? Yikes.

    The Barre3 DVD for $19.95 is a decent price…I may have to try that.

  • Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
    May 19, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Great post, haha! It’s obvious that you don’t eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner because you don’t, umm, weigh 400 pounds! It’s all about balance and you have found it!
    Thanks for sharing the Barre3 workout, I’ll check it out!

  • amy leclerc
    May 19, 2011 at 8:17 am


    We are so thrilled you loved your barre3 experience. Hope you keep up your DVD practice and of course, would love to see you in one of our *real* barre3 studios soon!

    Amy Leclerc
    barre3, director of business development
    barre3, instructor

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    May 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

    This made my day πŸ™‚

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    May 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Is Barre3 anything like Physique 57? If so, I’m down! I’m a big fan of Amazin Meal as well – aside from being jam packed with healthy stuff, it gives you that psychological ‘I’m doing something good for myself by consuming this’ effect, which is just as powerful πŸ™‚

  • Katie P
    May 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I adore barre3! My step-sister in their master trainer at the Oklahoma City location and I got to take a class with her last time I visited, it was fantastic. I loved the ache I felt the next day on all my tiny muscles I don’t use very often. I wish there was a studio here in the Bay Area. I found a place that does something called Barre Fusion and that was similar but not quite as good.

  • Alyc
    May 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    All in moderation!! It’s easy to see how important diet and exercise are to you, and life is meant to be enjoyed – not endured…so eat treats! and pork!

  • Martha Lilian
    May 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I definitely am a fan of the barre-based fitness craze and am always looking for things I can do at home. I’ll have to try out this DVD!

  • Katrina
    May 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I love healthy stuff, and am happy when you post about both types of foods. That yoga/pilates DVD looks intense. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristin Murdock
    May 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I am totally afraid of Barre3. I had no idea they had videos, but now I’m tempted to order one so I don’t go to the class and make a complete fool of myself in front of all the pro yogis and ballerinas. πŸ™‚

    • amy leclerc
      May 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Kristin! There is absolutely NOTHING to be afraid of at barre3. We welcome all ages and fitness levels. We love diversity in our classes! Our goal is to have each client work at their own truth level.

      Let me know where you live and I’ll make sure you get a warm welcome when you do decide to try us.

      Amy Leclerc
      barre3, director of business development
      barre3, instructor

  • Sadie Lincoln
    May 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Everyone at barre3 is buzzing about this post because we ADORE Eat, Live, Run and honored to be featured by Jenna! Thank you for all your interest. The 3 in barre3 is a symbol of balance and many of you describe Jenna’s inspiring food philosophy as balanced. A perfect fit! Stay tuned for more at-home workouts!

    Sadie Lincoln,
    founder, barre3

  • jennifer sundstrom
    May 23, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Hi Jenna!
    Thank you SO much for this!!!!! I miss the healthier side of your blog and would love to see a balance of healthy and “naughy” blogs! How about a greeen monster throw back? I would love ot see what you are mixing these days!
    Love you!

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