Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Messy but Good!

Well, my wrap today for lunch turned out much better than yesterday even though it was nearly impossible to close and eat!!! I made a hummus/veggie wrap with about 4 tbsp or so of hummus, a carrot, some cucumber slices, lettuce and celery. Like I said, it was quite hard to close! I also had a fresh sliced pear and now I’m sipping on peppermint tea, my favorite way to end a meal (besides a piece of dark chocolate, that is!).

I just got back from the gym where I did 25 minutes on the precor machine, then I steamed and showered. Now I’m off to run some errands then come back and do my reading/hw for tonight!



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  • Romina
    February 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Ah veggie wraps. I always have the hardest time holding them together! I always just end up eating a lot of filling on the side. But they’ve got great crunch to them, and it’s nice to have something so huge and be so low calorie.

    Great lunch!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Definitely looks like your wrap-lunch has been redeemed!! So colorful and packed with satiating ingredients – yum!! Gorgeous pear, as well.

    Have fun running errands!! :0)

  • Susan
    February 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Jenna, looks good!

    Just curious now that you go to sleep later etc. what time are you getting up since you seemed to do a lot around before noon!

    Veggiegirl, yesterday you told me the importance of cleaning veggies. Like I said I am totally new to cooking and mom doesn’t cook so she is not a resource. How do I clean things like brocolli and cawliflower. Those large heads are rather itmidating! Do I keep the big stem? Any advice on what not to buy (like how to tell if it’s old, fungus etc) Thanks so much! I really appreciate any advice you can provide.

  • Susan
    February 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    sorry itmidating, is supposed to be intimidating!

  • Heather S
    February 20, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hey girls! Just curious what brand of hummus do you buy? Thanks!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    my favorite hummus is the whoe foods fresh made “traditional hummus”

  • linds
    February 20, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    blueberrybabe i believe that was post #900000 right there ๐Ÿ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    February 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm


    I want you to have as much information on this topic as possible, so that you don’t shun delicious, nutritious, FRESH vegetables!! :0) Check out this link about broccoli (talk about how to buy, select/store, clean/prep):


  • Susan
    February 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    No way…..that’s insane (referring to linds comment)

    Jenna, my schedule is more like your new schedule and I was curious do you just sit around for an hour waiting for food to digest before you work out. I hate it, it seems like such a waste of time.

  • Emma
    February 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    jenna- what kind of tortillas do you buy? whole wheat im guessing, but what brand?

  • Emma
    February 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    jenna- what type of tortillas do you buy? whole wheat im guessing, but what brand?

  • ecs
    February 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    blueberrybabe – in response to your post yesterday evening, i’m a fellow nyc-er (live on the UES, work in chelsea)!! are you also located in manhattan?

  • Dee
    February 20, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Speaking of lunch, I made the meatless sloppy joe’s last night – DELISH. Could have eaten the whole recipe, but managed to resist and save some for lunch today. I gave my husband a bite and he ‘had to admit that he liked it even though it was fake meat’! Can’t wait to try all of your other fabulous recommendations!!

  • Jenn
    February 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    is anyone in VA?

  • Rachel
    February 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I am Jenn! In Arlington, VA

  • Alessa
    February 20, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Hi guys! I posted this in the breakfast section, but then realized there were already comments for lunch.. so here I am again to repost this….Ive been reading for awhile and have never actually commented.. love this blog, and it always keeps me entertained when I have downtime at work! I eat very similar to you Jenna.. but dont always have time to cook, I work until almost 8pm every night! Christin, I live in California too. Just thought Id chime in since all the New Yorkers are bonding! haha.

  • Danielle
    February 20, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    What part of Westchester are you from? Iโ€™m from Valhalla, itโ€™s the town right about White Plains.
    City girls (blueberrybabe, arimcg, etc),
    We should all go out to eat one day/night! Allyson and I can ride into Grand Central together (right Allyson?, haha). Itโ€™d be great if we could do it when Veggiegirl is visiting. Oh and maybe we could even fly Jenna up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paula
    February 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Rachel and Jenn, I’m in Arlington, too!

    As are Alex and Anne. Anyone else?

    Dude, we should really all get together soon! Hahah, anyone free for lunch on Saturday? LoL… or dinner! We could hit up Sunflower Vegetarian in Falls Church (I’ve never been!), or Pizzeria Paradiso in DuPont, or wherever!

  • melissa
    February 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Hi NYC Girls!

    I live in Astoria, work in the West Village. Maybe we can meet up sometime.

  • Beth
    February 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm


    I also use Whole Foods brand roasted garlic hummus. The garlic flavor is subtle, unlike others I’ve tried.

  • Emily W.
    February 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I like Athenos Hummus!

    I am in TX….any fellow texans?

  • Patricia
    February 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    is anyone in GA?

  • arimcg
    February 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Betsy, Murray’s is exactly what I posted about! I love love love their bagels. Luckily I don’t live in Chelsea or I would be in big trouble. Whole wheat everything is quite possibly the best invention ever! I am not sure if they are 100% whole wheat either but they’re definitely better than the white kind, and since I eat one maybe once every 3 – 4 months, I don’t really care!

    Blueberry, I can’t remember exactly what I said but I think I recommended Spring Street Natural, Angelica Kitchen, and probably Pure Food and Wine? I like Red Bamboo too.

  • Beth
    February 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Emily W – I currently live in Chicago but grew up in Texas and will be moving back there in a few months!! Where do you live?

  • Beth
    February 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Does anyone have a favorite red wine that’s not too expensive?? I have a dinner party tonight and want to take some good wine!

  • Mallory
    February 20, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Emily- I’m in Texas! I’m from Dallas but am at school in Fort Worth right now! Where are you?

  • Nicole
    February 20, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    oh my god Murray’s is the BEST. There’s also a little place on 53rd & 3rd (it’s this tiny, no name place…i think it says “hot bagels” on it, like every other bagel place haha) that rivals murrays and they have this delicious fat-free spinach spread you can put on your bagel.

    i miss new york ๐Ÿ™ bagels and pizza in boston are disgusting

  • Betsy
    February 20, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    blueberrybabe (and other new yorkers)
    I live in manhattan too! i wrote a โ€˜getting to know youโ€™ post last week, but havenโ€™t been able to make a comment since. 100% whole wheat bagels?? hmmmโ€ฆi like Murrayโ€™s bagels. have you had them?? theyโ€™re THE BEST!! although, iโ€™m not sure if theyโ€™re 100% whole wheat, but they do have whole wheat everything bagels, which are a truely wonderful find!

  • Betsy
    February 20, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    ahh!!! didn’t see the responses. sorry for the double-post!!

    If i lived in the West Village, i would probably go all the time. Thankfully, I live in the East Village, and the best we have is Bagel Zone on Ave. A, which has AWFUL bagels, and I’m never tempted. Therefore, I can justify a Murray’s ww everything with the trek there and back.

  • Justy2003
    February 20, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I’m a relatively new Texan ๐Ÿ™‚ Moved to Houston in June for a job…anyone else in the area?

  • Allyson
    February 20, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Danielle- I live in Harrison, work near Valhalla tho! Fairly new to the area…Love that Whole Foods is so close! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenn
    February 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    ๐Ÿ™ im about two hours south of arlington

  • melissa
    February 20, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I know and respect that everyone has different reasons for being vegan or vegetarian. I was wondering how you felt about raw goat cheese, as a dairy option. It is much easier for humans to digest than cow’s milk products and because it is not pasturized the nutrients and enzymes are available for the body to digest more readily.

    Just wondering your thoughts. I like the Alta Dena and Shiloh farms brands.

  • Marissa
    February 20, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I’m close to Arlington, I live in D.C. near Eastern Market.

  • LT
    February 20, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I’m in TX too. From Austin, but go to school at A&M in College Station…..Austin has spoiled me though and I go back every chance I get!!!

  • Allyson
    February 20, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Does anyone know how to store avacado once its sliced? I tried to put it into a container in my fridge and it kind of developed these brown spots on it ๐Ÿ™ (posted this on Kath’s too)

  • JennS
    February 20, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    allyson what you did is the best way of keeping it, the brown spots are fine for a couple of days ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annie
    February 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Hey I remember yesterday one of the other BOston girls was asking about cheap places to eat, and today I was looking on Boston.com and they have a HUGE slideshow of all cheap eats in and around boston. Its all kinds of different foods in all the different neighborhoods, but thought it might be helpful.


  • Mallory
    February 20, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    LT- I am going to Austin this weekend to visit some friends and can’t wait! I always have so much fun when I go there!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 20, 2008 at 7:41 pm


    I posted this on the previous post, but I’ll say it here too – that would be SO much fun to meet up with all of you, while I’m in NYC! :0)

  • Kelly
    February 20, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Anyone know where I can get the chickpea cutlets recipe?

  • TimeofButterflies
    February 20, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I’m in Houston! (north side)

    I know Jenna’s not an omnivore anymore, but looking at those wraps gets me in the mood for some healthy chicken fajitas. I’m going to have to hunt up a good recipe…or come up with one myself…!!!

  • Anne P
    February 20, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Hey guys! (This is Anne from Arlington, VA… I saw someone else post under the name Anne yesterday — the one who gave up bread and cheese for lent… that was not me!!!, so I am now “Anne P” henceforth) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway! I agree with Paula we should all get together! There’s a ton of people on here in the DC area apparently. I need to figure out my schedule for this weekend…

    Kelly, the chickpea cutlets recipe is from the cookbook Veganomicon. If you search Jenna’s page for “chickpea cutlet” the post when she made it should come up — I think she included a recipe link.

    Speaking of Veganomicon… Jenna and VeggieGirl you will be excited to know I’m going to buy the book! I’m not vegan or even vegetarian for that matter, but it certainly comes highly recommended by you all and looking at it in the bookstore today it seems like it includes some really interesting stuff. I’m eager to branch out! And can’t wait to try the chickpea cutlets ๐Ÿ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    February 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    **Anne P:

    That is FABULOUS!! Seriously, Veganomicon is a GREAT cookbook for anyone, whether they are omnivores or herbivores – enjoy it!!

    Actually, speaking of Veganomicon, I’m about to go bake some Pumpkin-Cranberry Scones (which is a recipe from that cookbook) – “see” everyone later!! :0)

  • VaGirl
    February 20, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Hey Jenn!

    I’m from Va, born and raised in Richmond. Where abouts are you??

  • Anne P
    February 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Man I could go for some of those scones right about now!!! I’ve been SO hungry all day today for some reason and nothing seems to fill me up!

  • cat
    February 20, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Paula, Rachel, Jenn, Alex, Anne, Marissa — my name is Cat and I’m in Adams Morgan. Let me know if you decide to meet up!

  • snobird
    February 20, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Hey NYC girls- I have a suggestion for bagels — Ess a Bagel is my handsdown favorite…the whole wheat are great, but I am a pumpernickel, tofutti, lox kinda girl (it’s heavenly)….My boyfriend lives in the city and I visit about once a month- each time visiting 21st and 1st to get my bagel fix- anyone here in Chicago? Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Meghan
    February 20, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Me too, Anne P! Which is awkward because I took a day off from running today…

  • Jenny
    February 20, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve been reading Jenna’s blog for awhile but I am making my first post because I HAD to get in on the NYC discussion. I live on the upper west side, and though it is not known for its culinary delights, anyone who enjoys reading eatliverun MUST make a trip to fairway market (75 and broadway, i think there’s one in brooklyn too). Their claim is the best produce in the city and it is SO. TRUE… and cheap! They have an incredible variety of organic and other products including an entire department devoted to olive oil – what more could you ask for? I could spend a day there. Sigh.

    Anyway, Jenna I love your blog. I go to medical school at columbia and have been shocked at how little nutrition we are taught as future doctors – but I am learning a ton from you!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Ok New York Ladies!!! what is the best way to organize this get together? do we think it is actually possible!? lol. since VeggieGirl is THE celebrity we should organize the event around her obviously. maybe someone who has time (not me right now) could get all of the bloggers who are from nyc on one email chain. otherwise we could just try and get together with some random groups! we don’t have to be SO organized about everything ๐Ÿ™‚

    FOOD QUESTION!!! i asked this morning and no one responded ๐Ÿ™ i am wondering what the difference is between honey and this agave nectar product? thanks

  • snobird
    February 20, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Beth- do you have a trader joe’s around you? If so, their house wines are great and the prices are unbeatable…if not, I like a pinot noir by chateau st. michelle (my favorite reisling if you ever need white is by the same vineyard as well!) good luck shopping!

  • Beth
    February 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm


    I’m in Chicago too! I am actually going to the Trader Joe’s downtown after work. Thank you so much for the wine suggestions!! I’ll definitely try one tonight.

  • Christin
    February 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    yeah TJ’s is the best place if you have one around…Purple Moon Merlot is my fave red wine from there…

    The nice thing about Trader Joes is they put little labels near the wines telling you what goes good with what…if you know what they are serving, that will help you as well!

  • Evie
    February 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm


    I am from Chicago, but currently am away at school.. are you from Chicago as well?

    Any other Chicagoans here?

    I second blueberrybabe’s question… what’s the difference between honey and agave nectar (NEVER really liked honey, so was wondering what others think of it)?

  • Eliza
    February 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    any Mainers!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am sick of this weather!

  • Christin
    February 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I don’t know about agave nectar, but I HATE store-bought honey…I get mine from my local farmer’s market from local (beekeeprs? producers? don’t know the right term)…I get a really great whipped honey…I don’t know if you have those, but if you do it’s worth a try!

  • Christin
    February 20, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I just read this article from a raw foods diet perspective, which analizes agave nectar, it’s content, uses, and nuttritional value. It also talks briefly about honey as an alternate sweetener, but I though i would post the link in case anyone is interested…


  • Emily W.
    February 20, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I live in Houston….specifically Kingwood! I am going to college next year and wanted to go to UT or Texas Tech but will probably just go to U of H for my first year so that I can save money and live at home! I had no idea there were so many people from Tx!

  • Katers
    February 20, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I’m all for the NYC meet up! I’m on the UWS too, Jenny! I’ve never tried Fairwary; I make the trek all the way down to 14th st. for Trader Joes! The price and quality make it totally worth it in my opinion, even if it’s so crowded you can’t move.

  • Nicole
    February 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm


    I love Fairway!! I could be in there literally for hours on end. Awesome that you go to CU med—I worked at Columbia-Pres summer in the peds ED—hopefully residency will call me back…

  • Becky
    February 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hey snobird – I’m in Chicago!

    I think sometimes I check this blog just for the references to warm sunny florida ๐Ÿ™‚

    Does anyone have a tip on a light way to prepare broccoli rabe? I’m making it as a side dish to risotto tonight, and would like to keep it fresh and simple since risotto can be rich. Can you steam it?

  • blueberrybabe
    February 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Jenny where do you live on the UWS? I live on 58th and 8th… but i have a feeling you live a little higher ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    February 20, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    ah I wish I lived closer!!!!! I want to play, too!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™

  • Shannon
    February 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I’m pretty sure there are no Georgians here!

    BUT I spent two summers in Manhattan on 85th and CPW. I’m jealous of everyone who lives there!

    That wrap looks absolutely fabulous! I love love love hummus and really need to buy some on my next grocery trip.

  • Sarah C
    February 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    oh goodness, so many yankees read this blog! at least jenna is a southern girl, too! ๐Ÿ™‚


    I made some delish! chicken fajitas the other night for the bf and myself, so I thought I’d share my recipe.

    I marinated chicken breasts (which I thinly sliced) in about a 1/2Tbsp of olive oil, chili powder, cinamon, garlic, salt and pepper, and honey. I let that hang out in the fridge all day. When it was time to cook I started a whole sweet onion and pepper thinly sliced in a big skillet with cooking spray. After they started to get soft I added the chicken and marinade. Served on whole wheat tortillas and garished with low fat white cheddar, lettuce, tomatoe, and fat free plain yogurt! They were so yum! Don’t be scared by the cinamon…it makes the dish!

  • LT
    February 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Becky – boil broccoli rabe in water for 6 mins (until crisp-tender). Drain & plunge the broc. in ice water to stop the cooking. Then sautee in just a bit of oil and garlic, add salt/pepper/whatever else you like. Hope you like!

  • Nadia
    February 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    i’m from NY too…just moved from Mott street to Queens ๐Ÿ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    February 20, 2008 at 10:36 pm


    you’re so fun, haha!! are all the NYC’ers in the Facebook group? we could start an email chain on there, through the message feature…

  • Jenny
    February 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I live at 90th and columbus – like you said a little higher than you blueberrybabe. We really should figure out a get-together… maybe the union square farmers market when it gets nicer again!

  • Becky
    February 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    thanks LT!

  • Becca A
    February 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I’m jealous of all the New Yorkers too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Alyssa
    February 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I’m so jealous of you guys who live in NYC and can get together! Anyone from MN?

  • TimeofButterflies
    February 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm


    I live in Humble! I actually teach at a local high school (not Humble, not Kingwood…) so I’m a bit older than you…I graduated from Univ. of Houston and absolutely LOVED it there. I definitely got a stellar education — it’s what you make of it, not necessarily the institution itself.


    Thanks for the recipe! I drooled a little bit. Definitely NOT afraid of cinnamon…mmm!! Fajitas this weekend!

  • snobird
    February 20, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Beth, Evie, and Becky-

    so great to know you girls are so close- just recently moved here for graduate school and about to begin working full-time in June! Moved from New Orleans so this weather is sending me for a bit of a tailspin…made white bean and esccarole soup today at my boyfriend’s mother’s suggestion as to “comfort food to stay warm” hoping that spring comes soon!

  • Emily W.
    February 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Just to clarify:I was not trying to put down U of H at ALL! My brother is going on 3 years there and he loves it. The only reason I said that I was just going to go there for the first year or two was because it does not really offer my intended major!

    It is cool that so many people of so many ages read this blog and can relate to it all the same! I enjoy this blog and the readers comments so much! (I think this blog gets more comments than any other blog I read)

    Thanks Jenna and fellow readers for making this blog so great!!!

  • Janine
    February 20, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I am from Chicago too…suffering in this freezing cold!

  • Melissa
    February 21, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Agave is a raw nectar made from the catcus plant. Just like tequilla. It has a super low glycemic index so diabetics can often use it, where as honey effects blood sugar levels. Agave is vegan. Agave tastes much lighter and is more pourable, but not thin. I love it.

  • Kelly
    February 21, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Emily and TImeofButterfiles- I’m from H-Town too! (Pearland actually). Are there any others? I work in the Med Center so I’m everywhere really. I did my undergrad at Texas A&M (Gig Em’ Ags) and my Masters at University of Houston- Clear Lake. Glad to meet you!