Love Me Some Seaweed

I picked up a wrap for lunch from my favorite health food store here. They were out of kale salad though so I got hummus, quinoa tabouli and arame (seaweed salad). The combo was actually really good. I don’t feel that well today though. Haha yes, I am probably a little hungover but I have more of an anxious feeling deep down. Tomorrow morning my grandfather is going in for a 5 hour open heart surgery to see if they can save him. Its very very risky and the survival chances are about 50/50. My mom is still up there and I guess the hospital has a private room that my family will be waiting in while he is in surgery. You all have been so good with your kind comments and concerns so please keep him in your thoughts tomorrow morning!


I’m off to the store to pick up some almond butter then back to pack up and get back to Orlando!

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  • Alli W.
    April 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Best of luck to your grandfather. He is in my thoughts of course (as are you!).

    I have a question about fiber. I was at whole foods and saw these muffins that had 13 grams of fiber. That seemed like a lot to me. I know fiber is great for the body, but these were really little muffins (the nutrition label said 80 kcals, so you can imagine how little!). My question is, can the body digest that much fiber in one little serving?? It’s great if so, but it seems like some would not be absorbed. Just curious! I didn’t get them because I wasn’t sure. ..

  • Kristen
    April 20, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Wishing you and your family all the best. Hang in there and know that there are a lot of people pulling for your grandfather.

  • Alyssa
    April 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I hope things go well! I’ll keep your family in my thoughts and hope he makes it through alright tomorrow. I hope you and your family are doing alright!

  • Kat
    April 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    I hope the surgery is successful. I am keeping your family in my mind. It is amazing what doctors are capable of today – of course not everything is under the surgeons control – but I hope that it works out.

    You look like you had a fantastic evening out last night – pub crawls can be so much fun! Those veggie chips continue to look amazing – I have no idea where I can get them in Vancouver – but I keep looking. 🙂


  • Romina
    April 20, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I wish your grandfather success in his surgery, and a full recovery.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 20, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Mmm, that hummus, quinoa tabouli & arame wrap sounds so enticing and delicious! Yum!

    I’m keeping your grandfather deep in my thoughts, and will pray that the 50/50 survival odds are in his favor. Hang in there!!!

    Have a safe trip to Orlando; and stock up MAJORLY on the almond-butter!! ;0)

  • Julz
    April 20, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Wow. My heart was racing while reading about the surgery, so I can’t imagine how you’re feeling. My family and I will continue to pray for you all, especially your grandfather. Try to keep your spirits up through this time! We’re all here for you <333

  • ibex hk
    April 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    thinking of your family~ lunch looks great, have a safe trip back!

  • Mel H
    April 20, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    aww Jenna! u and your family are still in my prayers. God has a plan for everything and everyone and I know everything will work out for the best! hang in there sweetie! hearing things like this makes me realize how precious life is! stay positive- hope you have a great great day

  • Em
    April 20, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Sending my prayers to your grandfather and a successful surgery

  • Courty
    April 20, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I will definitely be thinking of you and your family and praying for your grandfather, Jenna! I hope you feel better soon.

  • Alli W.
    April 20, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Hey everybody. I saw this article on NY Times and I thought you guys would appreciate it:

    It provides a pretty good list for which foods to buy organic when you’re in a budget crunch (and who isn’t these days?!).

  • Meredith
    April 20, 2008 at 9:29 pm


    Your grandfather and family are in my thoughts.

    Wanted to let you know that I picked up some Taleggio at Whole Foods today because I remembered you raving about it. I just had some myself and gave a few samples to some friends who stopped by. We all loved it!

  • Clara
    April 20, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    God bless you, Jenna, your grandfather, and your whole family. I am also praying for the best.

    Thank you for all you do in this blog. You are an upbeat and inspiring read; thanks for brightening all of our days with your yummy food and delectable pastries. I wish you all of the luck in your future! 🙂

  • babycakes
    April 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Jenna, your grandfather has been in my daily thoughts and prayers, which is where he (and your entire family) will remain.

    I love hummus so so much! Your wrap sounds delicious! I have never tried any of the seaweeds (I admit I’m bit scared!) but their nutritional profile is stellar, so I should really put my fears aside and try one.

    Hope you’re all stocked up on almond butter now! I am never without it.

    Allie, honestly 13 grams of fiber is nothing! 😉 I aim for 50+ grams of fiber per day, which is easy with all the fruits and veggies I eat. I wouldn’t worry about 13 grams at all! (although I should say that if you’re not used to eating a good amount of fiber it could cause some abdominal discomfort until your body gets used to it). But in general, the more fiber the better! (preferably from whole foods)

  • Jennifer
    April 21, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Jenna, I am slowly losing my grandmother to Alzheimer’s, so I know exactly what you mean about that feeling in the pit of your stomach. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Mmm, seaweed salad… I wonder why this is so difficult to find in restaurants! It couldn’t be tastier…