Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Jenna Juices, Part 1

Wow! I have had QUITE the Saturday and it’s only 12:45!!!

First things first though, this morning I got up around 5:15 and headed downstairs for some pre-bike fuel


I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on optimum pre-workout fuel and have read that the best quick source of energy is food that is rich in fructose (fruit sugar) and also incorporates glucose and medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acid), or MCTs. These fatty acids go directly into your blood stream for quick energy and coconut oil is one of the best sources of this! So, this morning my snack was a banana (fructose) with a tbsp of cacao bliss coconut butter (MCTs + fructose rich agave nectar). It was delish, of course, and gave me the energy I needed for my hour bike ride!

During my bike ride, I traveled about 11 1/2 miles (my “tricycle” is soooo slow) and burned 535 calories! And don’t worry, I didn’t hit any innocent runners while I was out although I really wished the whole time I was one of them!! 🙁

I was gone just long enough to really start to get HUNGRY. I should have packed some coconut water or something in my camel bak! Right when I got off my bike, I immediately noshed on some juicy green grapes that somehow managed to miss the camera’s eye and then I felt a lot better. My body needed those simple carbs asap! Next time I will know to bring a sports drink or something like a date (the fruit, not Ryan although that would be fun) with me when I plan to exercise at high intensity for an hour.

After eating about a handful of grapes, I started on breakfast! Was very excited to test out this new product—


Basically, this is just chia seeds with almonds, dehydrated apples and cinnamon mixed in. The instructions on the back said to take two tbsp and mix it with either 1/3 cup water or milk and then let stand for 5 minutes to thicken. I mixed mine with almond milk and nuked it in the micro for 30 seconds to heat it up. While it DID thicken, it didn’t thicken to Jenna-thickness (I love super super thick oatmeal!). So, I transferred the creamy glob to the Vita Mix and blended it with a banana for 10 seconds…..then I topped it with a huge scoop of raw almond butter!



While this concoction tasted ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, it was not that filling for someone that had exercised for an hour. It was very very yummy though….nice and sweet and thick with the banana blended in and I loved the almond and apple bits!

After I ate I took my daily greens (by the way, the 15% coupon code is now working on the site!)—



This time I used the regular green powder (as opposed to the berry flavored) and mixed it with half POM juice and half water.


MUCH EASIER mixing it with the POM juice. I highly recommend trying this if drinking it plain with water ain’t your thang!

Then, I showered up and hit the road with my mom to go to the farmer’s market!!! And oh! what a great time we had…..I think I ate my way through it with all the samples though!

There were little dessert stands…..


With mud pie samples, which I tried…obvi


An amazing pasta stand with every kind of pasta you could ever imagine….


We bought one of the blends and my mom is going to make a gourmet feast with it next week!

Oh, and you can’t forget the cheese stand!!!


I tried a sample of their aged and extra sharp cheddar and it was divine. SO cheap, too! I got some fresh buffalo mozzarella for only $2 and my mom got a big wheel of creamy brie for $2.99!

I started to get SUPER hungry though when we were there and everything was looking soooo good. When I saw the Thai food stand I HAD to get lunch to go!


I mean, seriously. Doesn’t that look AMAZING?! I got a cup of the vegan curry (tons of veggies in a spicy coconut broth) for lunch to take home and a fresh mango-water!


Mango water = Bliss. It was half freshly juiced mango and half ice water and was so refreshing! My mom and I shared this as we walked.

I loved the local honey stand and all th fresh veggies…..I felt like I was back in Paris! Check out these two pictures…first is this morning and second is at my favorite farmer’s market that was right down the street from my apartment in Paris—-



The first thing I think is “DANG I need highlights.” (hahaha) The latter picture was almost two years ago now…….sigh. I miss Europe so much!

We left the market this morning promising we would be back with CASH (we didn’t have cash this morning and had to write checks for everything!) and with empty tummies. Those goat cheese and tomato crepes were calling my name! 😉 On the way home though we took a wrong turn and got incredibly lost…….and I was incredibly hungry.……so out came the curry!



The FLAVOR of the curry was amazing, but it was one of those impulse “I am starving NOW and I need food…don’t care what it is!” moments when I got it. After it cooled, the curry sauce totally soaked into the giant ball of WHITE rice on the bottom of the container and just wasn’t that appealing anymore. I really don’t eat white rice very often anyways ,and eating a big container of it then just wasn’t going to do anything for me. So, I ate all the veggies off the top and had a few bites then didn’t finish it.

And then we FINALLY pulled into the driveway after driving what felt like an eternity and I SCREAMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A Breville Elite Fountain Juicer had been dropped at my doorstep!!!!!!


I am seriously one lucky girl. I knew that the company was sending me a model to review on the blog and I was SO EXCITED to receive it!!! I mean, this thing is top of the line and SUPER nice. Naturally, I dropped all my bags of stuff and raced to open the box and assemble it!


I wasted no time and immediately washed all the parts in warm soapy water and then assembled it! It was incredibly easy to put together (I’m telling you this and I can’t put together ANYTHING) and the manual could not have been clearer to understand. I have a full review coming on this product next weekend so you will have to wait til then on all the specific innovations of the Breville, but I did make some of my favorite juice today!


My favorite juice that I always buy at the health food store is a combo of organic beet, apple, celery, ginger and carrot so that is, of course, the first thing I tried!

IT WAS SO EASY! I was in awe! I didn’t have to peel or core anything and everything just went right in the feed tube! LOVE IT! And look how much juice I got!


Which I promptly served on ice—


The taste??

BETTER than the one I buy! And I saved $5! I think it might have been better because I made it myself, but who knows. The juice was slightly sweet, rich and had a kick from the ginger. Freakin’ amazing, I tell you. I served my mom a sample and she readily agreed—


Just look at what was left over from the juice!


All the peels & pulp were very dry, which meant I extracted the most juice possible! Yay! This really only took about three minutes to clean, also. That’s the best part!

Whew! That was a doozy of a post.

Ryan is out of town on business all day but he is coming back this evening and I am making homemade pizza for us with the delicious buffalo mozzarella I picked up at the market! As for right now, I’m off to walk the doggy, head over to the Y to do my shin strengthening exercises, and do some laundry. Then start on the pizza crust!

See you this evening!

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  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    April 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Wow!! You ARE one lucky girl!!! How awesome! The juice looks so good!

    ….and that market…can I just say looks amazing! How fun!

  • Gena
    April 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Congrats on your first juice, my dear! You’ll never go back!
    Check out my blog later today for my advice on what to do with juice pulp!!!

  • eatavegan
    April 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Good thinking Gena — I was about to say, save all that pulp and do some baking, raw or not! Just imagine all the yummy carrot and beet cakes and cupcakes… Yum!
    Congrats on your new juicer, can’t wait to see all the combos you come up with!

  • Melomeals: Vegan For $3.33 a Day
    April 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    How exciting to receive that juicer.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Oooh, so many Farmer’s Market goodies!! And I love the juicing!!

    Can’t wait to see the homemade pizza!!

  • Lauren
    April 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Wow, awesome juicer! The farmer’s market looks awesome 🙂

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    April 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Oh I wish we had farmers markets here. I live in Eastern Europe and they are scarce.

  • Bec
    April 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    sounds like you’ve been busy!

  • K
    April 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    You can take the girl out of Europe but you can’t take Europe out of the girl! I miss it too 🙁

    What a fun juicer!! I love the color of your juice!

  • Angelea
    April 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Hooray for the juicer! Can’t wait to see the reviews.

    I’m still trying to pull the trigger for the Vita-Mix. My parents have one and I am crazy about it! My Dad makes this frozen peanut butter dessert in it that is insanely yummy.

    I’m onboard with the 30 day challenge. I ordered my AG stuff just now! Anxious to try it…I always peruse the green superfoods section of Whole Foods but have never been able to decide which one to go with.

    Thanks to Amazing Grass for the coupon code!

  • Amy
    April 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, that is so awesome! I’ve only just begun to explore the world of blending juice – made my first green monster shake the other day. So good!
    Also, I just made the supercharge me cookies, and OMG, soooo good!! I even used oat bran instead of quick oats, and agave nectar instead of maple syrup — because I didn’t check whether I had everything before making them – but they tasted great! These might become a staple for me, especially as a pre-run treat!

  • Runeatrepeat
    April 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I did day 1 of the Amazing Greens challenge today 🙂 not too bad, let’s see how it makes me feel…

  • emily
    April 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    that juice looks amazing – gorgeous color! a juicer is definitely on the list of toys i want (right after the vitamix). am still researching brands, models, what my price range should be. i am looking forward to your full review!

  • brandi
    April 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    what a fun day! our farmer’s market was open today, too, but we don’t has as many choices as yours yet! we get more vendors as the spring/summer come on.

  • emily
    April 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    that’s super exciting, I can’t wait to see what you juice up!

  • Lisa D
    April 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    That’s an exciting package. I wonder how green powder would be in homemade juice?

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    April 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Holy Crud! You are one lucky blogger!
    I can’t wait to visit that Farmer’s Market. My mother-in-law was telling me about it last time I visited. I got spoiled by all of the amazing Farmer’s Markets and roadside farm stands when I lived in Lancaster, PA. There’s nothing like Amish produce, etc…. It is so fresh and pure. A-MAZING!

  • Lori
    April 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I want a juicer too!!

    Glucose and fructose are absorbed into the blood for quick energy but fatty acids are not. They are actually absorbed into the lymphatic system (they need to be converted before being used for energy). Just learned in class 🙂 Lipids are not good if you are trying to get quick pre-workout energy.

  • bobbi
    April 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    wow you are one lucky girl I WOULD KILL for one of those ok not really but soooo cool, love all the pics!

  • bibixs
    April 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    a farmer’s market! how exciting!
    i want a juicer so bad by the way!
    have a great weekend jenna 🙂

  • Kate (Foodie on a Mission)
    April 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I love farmer’s markets. Sadly, our’s here doesn’t open for a couple weeks, but man, I can’t wait!

    LUCKY DUCK! I so wish that I could afford a juicer. And there you go, getting one for free! Hahah…

  • Ryan
    April 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Congrats on the juicer! A tip to make cleanup even easier- grab some extra plastic produce bags from the grocery store and line the pulp bin with them to save you from having to clean that piece

  • Ellie
    April 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Sounds like a FABULOUS day! Is that market in Paris Edgar Quinet market? I studied abroad in Paris this winter and loved going there.

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    April 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    oh I am so jealous!! I want free things delivered to my door!! especially kitchen appliances.

  • Taylor
    April 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, lucky you! That juice looks amazing, I wish I had one! 🙂
    But, the food market looks great. Wish there was one around here..

  • Run Sarah
    April 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    That juicer looks awesome, I had no idea they made it so easy. I may have to invest in one!

  • Sharon
    April 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Wow, delicious! And those mud puddles look good!

  • ari
    April 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    that mango water looks SO good. mangos are prob my favorite fruit.
    i noticed that your bag is from the fresh market. do you shop there? i’ve never been there, i usually shop at whole foods but next year i’m moving to tallahassee for school and there’s no whole foods up there. there’s a fresh market though so i was wondering what your opinion is on whole foods vs the fresh market? thanks! 🙂

  • Sarah
    April 18, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    wow, that farmer’s market looks fantastic!! I so wish I had something like that around where I live! I’m not a juice drinker, but the juice concoction looks great! I picked up a sample of the amazing grass greens at WF this morning (I wanted to try it and see before I committed to so much of it). I also grabbed a sample size of the green vibrance as well. Can’t wait to try them out!

  • Emily
    April 18, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Your farmer’s market trip looks awesome. I’m jealous! Can’t wait to see your juicer creations! 🙂

  • Alison
    April 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Wow! Congrats on the juicer. Looks like you’ll have a good time with it. The farmer’s market looked fantastic too.
    Thanks for the info on pre-workout snacks. Have you read anything about how long before your workout you should eat for maximum energy? I’ve heard 30 min-1 hr, but haven’t looked into it much.

  • Jessica
    April 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Aww you had such a fun day Jenna!!! Farmer’s Markets are the greatest! My dad used to always drag me to them every weekend when I was little and I hated it…..but now I willingly go every time! 🙂

    That juice sounds great, I loveee and miss fresh juice so much!

  • lina
    April 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Just a tip with Ruth’s Hemp Cereal. Try mixing it in to your oatmeal when it’s almost finished cooking. The apples and raisins rehydrate and it is super amazing!!! So much better than eating it on its own 🙂

  • healthy ashley
    April 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats on the juicer!

    And what farmer’s market did you go to? It doesn’t look like Ybor though that’s the only one in the area I know of!

    • jenna
      April 19, 2009 at 5:30 am

      Healthy Ashley,

      We went to the St. pete farmer’s market in downtown st. pete. It is every Saturday morning from 9-2 from october-may….fabulous!!!! It was HUGE!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 19, 2009 at 12:51 am

    That’s so cool that you got a juicer! The juice you made looks awesome!

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  • Lauren
    April 19, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Hi Jenna – I don’t normally comment, but thought I’d mention that a couple years ago I bought a huge tub of the Amazing Grass chocolate superfood at Whole Foods after trying a sample. My favorite way to drink it was with some Almond milk (I used the unsweetened Almond Breeze brand) and I would also mix it into my oats as a substitute for cocoa powder. Just thought I’d suggest that for any of your readers who wanted to try it but wanted were gun-shy about drinking it with water. Hope someone finds this helpful!

  • Jess
    April 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I love farmer’s markets. I’m going to Europe this summer, so hopefully I’ll find one in Paris as well!

  • Leng
    April 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Oh wow that is a monstrous juicer! I have the Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer. I wonder is this machine hard to clean? And can you put just about any fruit or vegetable in there?

  • Breville Juice Fountain Elite
    July 15, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Wow you got a Breville for free, Im envious. Anyway it is the best juicer I have ever used. I have been able to create concoctions I didnt think possible. I got pumpkin, apples, berries and grapes and it was a terrific juice. I love the fact that clean up is so easy, it saves a lot of time in the kitchen.