Mexican Made Healthy

Hey friends!

Oh my gosh, I feel SO SO SO much better than I did yesterday. All day long yesterday I had zero energy and felt almost sick I was so lethargic. Today, on the other hand, I have oodles of energy and feel at the top of my game. I’m giving credit to my super Green Monster this morning, obviously!

I was actually just answering a question about this in the comments to a reader who asked me how long a GM keeps me full. The answer is about 3-4 hours. Really. Smoothies never used to keep me full but I think my body has gotten used to them and now if I have anything heavier (like oat bran yesterday), I just feel so bloated, heavy and tired all day long. I’m not saying a big bowl of carbs in the morning is bad—oatmeal is great for you—but I just feel so incredibly energized and full of life when I drink a green smoothie instead. The boyfriend agrees!

So this morning I was pretty productive and wrote another article for True/Slant on how to keep your take-out meals healthy! Check it out here! I also shipped off the Super Charge Me cookies to Amy and brought over some for my parents as well. I may or may not have nibbled on half a cookie (from my parent’s batch, not Amy’s lol) while I ran around. 😉

For lunch, I met Ryan at our favorite casual spot–Burrito Boarder! I LOVE this place because they are so laid back and friendly. Plus, going there makes me think of my brother with all the surfboards hanging on the wall; he would have loved it! Anyways, they are very eco-friendly and healthy and I love being able to customize my lunch. Today I got a baja grilled fish burrito bowl….extra spicy!


In my bowl I had:

  • grilled mahi mahi
  • lettuce
  • extra helping of black beans
  • jalapenos
  • cilantro
  • onions
  • corn
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • mexican cheese sprinkled lightly on top



SO GOOD. I saved a ton of fat & calories by opting not to get a tortilla or white rice. But you already knew to do that if you read my article. 😉 Of course I doused it with extra hot sauce and shared Ryan’s chips as well! These chips are hot and worth every single calorie. There are some things a girl just should never say no to.

Off to work on Blog Summit stuff then hit the gym for a treadmill run! See you tonight!

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  • rachel
    June 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    ahhh that looks delicious! i love fresh mexican food.

  • brandi
    June 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    that burrito bowl looks awesome! and fresh + hot tortilla chips are always worth it 🙂

  • Genie
    June 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    That burrito bowl looks SO GOOD! You have just inspired tonight’s dinner! 🙂 THANKS!

  • Jenny
    June 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    so when do we hear dets about the blog summit?
    im so excited!!!

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm


      Very, very VERY soon!!!!

  • Heather
    June 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Lunch looks FAB! I had a similar issue with hunger yesterday. I have been having fruit smoothies for breakfast & add in pasturized egg whites for extra protein. They keep me satisfied well until lunch time but yesterday’s bowl of oats didnt. I was starving just a couple hours later!

    Power to the smoothies 🙂

  • Jess
    June 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    The burrito bowl looks delicious!
    <3 jess

  • Janie
    June 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Jenna-

    Your recipe was posted on The Mushroom Channel today:) It looks delicious! I never thought about doing mushrooms in tacos, but what a great idea! I’m definitely going to try it soon!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    June 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I totally know what you mean about a big bowl of oats in the morning it just weighs me down and makes me feel too full and headachy. A nice light cool smoothie is much better!!

    I think im having a burrito bowl today too haha small world!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    That looks AMAZINGLY delicious!! Glad you had a great lunch with Ryan. I LOVE Mexican food…MUST check that place out.

    Have a great rest of the day…looks light we might get some rain =)

  • Jocelyn
    June 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    mmmmmm that looks soooo tasty

  • Kathryn
    June 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    For you green monster lovers out there. Do you freeze your bananas without the peel on so you can drop it right into the blender? I dried to defrost a banana with a peel on yesterday in the microwave and it just turned to mush!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    June 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Warm tortilla chips are the best. Lunch looks yummy! Can’t wait to hear about the blogger summit!

  • Lindsey
    June 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! Your lunch looks fantastic and very very yummy!

  • Tasha
    June 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love reading your true/slant articles. I have been writing for years and would love to do something similar. Do they request articles from you or do you post at will?
    Honestly I am fascinated by what you do in regards to this blog, your other nutrition articles and your certification. I have recently became a stay at home mom and this is exactly what I need to do for me!

  • Katherine
    June 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    MMMmmm mexican food! That burrito looks delicious, and so healthy! By the way, I’m glad your energy has returned 🙂

  • kailey
    June 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I am so with you in that oat bran is wayyyy too heavy in the summer!

  • Jenna
    June 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD!! This fish salad looks amazing!!

    I cant’ wait for more info on the blog summit!!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Kathryn, yes, peel your banana before you put it in the freezer!

    Jenna, your tie-in between your article and your lunch today made me laugh, you did follow your own advice!

  • Julie
    June 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I feel the same way about green monsters! I’ve had one for breakfast every day since Saturday, and feel so energized! I’ve cleaned up alot of my eating too, doing my own “clean life challenge” so I think that contributes to it as well, but man! GM are so freaking good! Just like you I don’t feel bloated (all day) as if I’d had a big carb-y breakfast. I’m satisfied, but not full. I use Jay Robb egg white protien powder in them, and when I add protien powder + peanut butter I stay full for 4-5 hours. Unbelieveable, but true. I rave about them to everyone and wish I jumped the bandwagon sooner!

  • K
    June 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    That Mexican dish looks seriously good! I love getting all the toppings in a salad form!

  • Maria
    June 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for answering my question, Jenna!

    I am craving Mexican food now, that bowl looks delish 😀

  • Danielle
    June 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Wow that looks so good, and now I’m craving mexica food!

  • Sarah
    June 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Your lunch looks so delish that I wanna lick my screen!!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I know what you mean about the oatmeal loading you down. I don’t know why it never seems to do that in the winter, but in the summer I’m always looking for something a little lighter and colder that will still hold me over! GM give me just that! Still, I like having a little dry cereal or a few whole grain crackers on the side just to get a few solids in me.

    YUM to the lunch! Wow, you definitely went HOT on that one! 😉

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • She's Eatin'
    June 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I liked your article! Maybe your next one could include some examples? I find myself pressed for time a lot and I HATE having to do take-out or fast food, and I never know what to order. I can follow the guidelines you gave but I’m dying to know what YOU eat when forced to go to a drive-through…and it’s even harder when you don’t live in a big city with all kinds of “healthier” options. I live in the land of cheeseburgers and fries–most people don’t know what hummus is! I would LOVE some tips from you about what items, specifically, to order….

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I love burrito bowls! Whenever I go to Chipotle, I get the burrito bowl (no rice or sour cream) or the burrito salad. All the goodness of mexican food but for much less calories!

  • Sarah
    June 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I am so inspired by all your article writing! That’s something I hope to start doing more of myself here soon. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • april
    June 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    That’s interesting about the smoothie! I still crave carbs in the morning no matter what! lol

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    June 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    looks delish <3

  • JB
    June 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    ooh, hot chips! sounds good! blue corn chips and red corn chips are so much more fun than just the yellow ones! 🙂

  • Maya
    June 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I agree with green smoothies–mine aren’t as pumped up as yours, but I do have a green monster food baby in my belly for at least 3 hours!

  • KPearl
    June 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I have been following your blog for about a week now and love it! I have two questions about green monsters. I want to make one so bad don’t have a Vitamix blender and can’t eat bananas. Is it possible to make one in a regular blender and what fruit would you recommend? I’m worried the spinach will get caught in the blades-lol. Thanks 🙂

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm


      No worries!! Ryan uses a regular old blender (a black and decker crush master to be exact…find it at Target!). As for the bananas, my best vote would be to try frozen mango chunks! I think that would be really, really good!

  • Emily Eats
    June 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    That salad sounds so good! I think I’ll make something similar for dinner 🙂 I just have green juice for breakfast and find I feel better too. It took me a while to get there, but I don’t even think to have oats/cereals now.
    Have a good afternoon!

  • Tammy
    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    It’s so awesome that you’re writing all these articles for True/Slant. I love all the great tips!

  • Tay
    June 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Jenna, your article looks great! While we may all know how to order healthy, it’s surprising how many people out there are oblivious to restaurant foods! It’s so great to encourage and enlighten people! Keep it up 🙂

  • Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    June 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Yum the burrito looks amazing. Mexican is pretty easy to make healthy and still be really good. Of course the chips are worth it 🙂

  • Carolina Girl
    June 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I just had a GM for dinner. Yummmmmmmyyyyy! I’m addicted =) That burrito looks to die for.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    June 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    glad you’re feeling more energetic today!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    salad looks AWESOME! I can’t wait to hear the details of the blog summit! 😉

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 16, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Glad you had a better day 🙂

  • Caroline
    June 17, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Yum! What a tasty lunch!

  • Michelle
    June 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I totally don’t see why Mexican food doesn’t look like that everywhere!! MY i absolutely love the colors!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing..i would devour that as a second lunch if i could. hehehe

    P.s. I’m hosting my very own Big Lucky Giveaway and I hope you’ll come check it out!! 🙂