Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

It’s Not What You Think!

If you didn’t know better, you might think I was eating a Big Mac for lunch because that’s what it looks like!!! Of course it isn’t..the thought of that makes me want to gag, and this is nothing short of a wonderful leftover black bean burger on an Ezekiel english muffin with a little bit of cheddar cheese, some ketchup and a ton of hot sauce. SO GOOD. Seriously. I want to make a huge batch of these and just stick them in the freezer (I already have one in the freezer right now!) so I can just have a delicious, filling meal pronto. It’s worth it to buy Veganomicon just to have this recipe because its amazing.

I went on a rather longer run than I normally do this morning. I went back to my old marathon-training routine and did a 40 minute run instead of my usual 20-30 minutes on the treadmill. This felt amazing…its beyond gorgeous outside and it felt great to stretch my legs. I always run for 3-4 minutes and walk for 1 minute the whole way and I feel like I always get the best workout this way. I guess its just what works for you. I could never run 3.5 miles without stopping (I would die), but I have run almost 10 miles before using this “secret”…and I would never run any other way now! It really maximizes your distance.

Off to run errands and then back to study/get ready for my practical tonight!


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  • Cara
    February 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    That looks MUCH better than a big mac! mmm. Good to know your secret. I usually do interval running but increase the intervals each time. I finally went on a run without the interval running and actually could run the same amount of time but without stopping. It was interesting i thought. Everyone is different, but I do think I prefer interval running.

  • arimcg
    February 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    mmm…I love black bean burgers with cheddar!!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    HAHA!! I love your infinitely healthier Big Mac alternative lunch :0D

    Your workout sounds great – especially since the weather is so lovely where you are!!

    Good luck with your practical tonight!!

  • Beth
    February 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Can someone tell me if sesame oil is good for you? I am going to Whole Foods for lunch and want to get some of their kale cooked in sesame oil but want to make sure this oil is good for me first!

  • Annie
    February 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I definitly think that looks ten times better then a big mac! Ive been wanting to make black bean burgers for weeks, but settled for Red Kidney bean burgers because I couldnt find a decent black bean recipe. I really do have to buy that book, everything looks amazing!

  • Hallie
    February 29, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Question about the burgers: could you make them using another type of bean? I’m not a big black bean fan…I know, picky picky!

  • Sarah C
    February 29, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Its so funny, in highschool I used to get a two Big Mac Meal with fries and a large coke practically EVERYDAY for lunch (I would switch off with Taco Bell and Wendy’s for variety :)) and I actually weighted about 5 pounds less than I do now (I’m now a jr in college) Funny how that works huh?!?! Now just driving by Micky D’s and smelling the grease makes me want to vomit! Thank goodness!

  • LT
    February 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Beth – yes it’s good for you! Hope you enjoy your lunch!

  • erica
    February 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    mmm, kale sauteed in toasted sesame oil is so fabulous, especially with a drizzle of agave. yum!

  • Lori- the pleasantly plump vegan
    February 29, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    i need to try this recipe.

  • Lauren
    February 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Sarah, I hear you…I didn’t really frequent McDonald’s, but I definitely enjoyed it once and awhile back when I was in middle school/high school. I haven’t been to a fast-food establishment in years, though, and I don’t miss them at all. Now that I know so much more about the additives, chemicals, etc. used in so much of the food produced for those chains, the idea of eating food from them again kind of repulses me!

    I don’t personally eat meat, but I have no qualms about other people eating it. But there are SO many better places to get your meat from than fast-food restaurants!

  • Beth
    February 29, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I’m eating the kale now and it’s delicious!! Whole Foods has the best salad bar!

  • Jana
    February 29, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I totally agree on the running technique.. I use it too and it gets me very far. I used to get really bad headaches when running long distances, now that I take 1 minute walking breaks, they’re gone!

  • Romina
    February 29, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    When I’m done with my massive amount of chickpeas, I’m going to crack open a can of black beans and make those burgers! They look amazing. =)

    Ick… I had one big mac my entire life, and it was the last time I EVER went to McDonalds (Feb 2002). I have no idea how people can eat something so disgusting.

  • Ashley H
    February 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I think its interesting that that running technique works for you because I think it would be a total failure for me. When I run I like to shut off the world around me and just run. If I had to think about stopping and going it would make it too complicated. To each her own I guess 😉

  • Grace
    February 29, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Jenna or anyone else: What is a good affordable red wine? I love having a glass of wine and just wanted to see what your suggestions are.

  • Jenn
    February 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Grace, definately try “Barefoot Cabernet Savignon” or “Jacob’s creek Shiraz blend”

  • Beth
    February 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Grace – I also like Barefoot wines! I think Yellow Tail wines are good options as well. Go for the merlot!

  • nicole r.
    February 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm


    Usually pinot noirs are pretty inexpensive, especially those from Australia and New Zealand. I second the Barefoot suggestion, and also recommend Yellowtail or Four Sisters. Also, Francis Ford Coppola (surprisingly?) makes GREAT & affordable wine. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you that sells alcohol (i know this is rare) they have a FANTASTIC wine selection and their prices are absurd. I’ve seen wines of the same vineyard at my liquor store for $3-4 more than TJ’s charges.

  • Maggie
    February 29, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    Since you’re putting on ads and really amping up the site, would you mind adding an RSS feed? I just discovered Google Reader and would love to include Eat, Live, Run on my daily updates. Thanks!


  • Betsy
    February 29, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    sometimes i feel like i’m the only person who’s never eaten a big mac! They always looked disgusting to me. But that black bean burger, THAT looks quite tasty.

  • mcdonalds
    February 29, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    mcdonalds big mac is actually very low in fat. (4 g)

  • Kristin
    February 29, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I’m sure a big mac has NOTHING on that fabulous looking creation! I can’t wait until I have a few extra $$ to splurge on Veganomicon… I’m already excited to try the recipes!

  • jenn
    February 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    hey Maggie,
    I use the Mozilla Firefox web browser, and there IS an RSS feed. Click on the little orange box on the righthand side of your address bar, then choose subscribe to this feed using “Google” from the dropdown menu. Hope that helps…

  • Emily W.
    March 1, 2008 at 12:18 am

    According to http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutrition.index1.html ,
    a big mac has 29g of fat and 10g of saturated fat.

    Veganomicon is definitely on my list!

  • Jill
    March 1, 2008 at 5:41 am

    I’m with Ashley H, that running technique would be way hard for me! If I stop, it just is so much harder to start again as I ended my routine.motion, hehe!

  • mcdonalds
    March 1, 2008 at 6:42 am

    29 grams of fat aint got nothing on me
    its good fat made from olive oil..