Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

My House, The Bakery

Well, hello!

I realized I haven’t shown you my groceries in a while so here ya go! To be honest, I’ve been sort of inconsistent about grocery shopping lately….usually just running to the health food store a few blocks away mid-week to grab another bag of spinach or bunch of bananas rather than doing a regular shop once a week. However, I want to start cooking healthy meals at home more and that means planning a list and sticking to it rather than just grabbing this and that! (I’m all about impulse purchases at the grocery store..oops).

  • grapefruits
  • oranges
  • carrots
  • 2 bags spinach
  • bananas
  • apples


  • yogurts
  • quinoa bread
  • crack trail mix
  • raspberry jam
  • agave nectar
  • hummus
  • Kashi cereal
  • tomato paste & sauce
  • tomato soup

Lunch was packed and brought to the studio. I had a big apple:


Plus a wheat flatbread with laughing cow and hummus + a crispy orange bell pepper…my favorite!


I procrastinated writing for awhile by cleaning my house and baking Miss Polly’s homemade nutri-grain bars!! Polly, you are a genius….and these were SO easy to make! However, I’d call them “raspberry crumble bars” instead because they definitely were not healthy enough to be considered a nutri-grain bar. Lots of buttah in this one…but oh, so good! I have a soft spot for anything with a crumble topping and raspberry jam and these were right up my ally.


I also made some snobby joes out of Veganomicon. I had a bunch of already steamed lentils in my fridge that I needed to do something with so this was super easy to just throw together and will make great fast meals all week. For dinner I had a scoop of ’em with avocado and a big salad with some annie’s goddess dressing and a slice of quinoa bread toast (my new love!)…plus grated goat cheddar on top of everything 🙂

2nd of the day:

And there just might be a third. Who knows. I already have some in baggies to take to the girls at the studio tomorrow and to give my neighbor. I just can’t keep stuff like this in the house because I WILL eat seven of them. And like it.
In terms of training today, I had great intentions but fell short. I was supposed to go on a 90 minute ride and then once I got out there it started POURING freezing cold rain. Call me a wimp but I just couldn’t swing it. Cold rain + wind = snotty nose and scary wet roads. I did manage a 35 minute ride, which I guess is better than nothing but I’m going to have to make up for it later in the week….
Okay…back to microsoft word! Bonne nuit!

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  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full
    March 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Laughing cow & hummus are two of my favorites! And I’ve never heard of snobby joes but I like it 🙂

  • Kati @ Living Well
    March 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I saw those bars on Polly’s blog! So yum! Much better than a nutri-grain bar…gosh, my brother and I helped my dad work a paper route when we were little and I would have a nutri-grain bar every. morning. around 4:00 am before we headed out..needless to say I got sick of them! Glad you got some groceries! It’s such a nice feeling to be stocked and ready to cook! Oh- and the goddess dressing. I bought some 50% off the other day…but I don’t think I like it! :/

  • Mastering Public Health
    March 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Mmm, Nutri-Grain bars. A childhood favorite! …That is, before we discovered Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins dunked in milk….

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    March 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Those bars sound incredible. I’m the same way with baked goods, I just keep going back for more! I made granola this weekend and had to pawn it off on my friend and grandparents to keep from eating the entire container in one sitting 🙂 I have to get a copy of Veganomicon….everything I see from it looks and sounds fantastic! Have a great Tuesday!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    March 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I am the SAME WAY with sweet stuff like that. I”ll eat it and eat it and eat it – and freezing it doesn’t work because I LIKE frozen goodies!

  • Kelly
    March 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Huge impulse shopper. Most of the things I purchased today ended up in my cart while I waited in line to check out. Whoops!

  • Amanda Meadows
    March 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I love laughing cow cheese and hummus but never thought about combining the two! I am really excited to try though 🙂

  • maggie
    March 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Awesome purchases!


  • Julie
    March 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Don’t feel bad about cutting your ride short- I’m training for my first 5K and literally 2 mins after I left my house this morning it started dumping buckets (I live in the east bay, so maybe the same storm?) and I also got a runny nose. : ( I’m not tough enough to run in icy rain so I went home, but as soon as I got there, it cleared up and got beautiful (grr) so I started my run all over again.

  • Kaitlin
    March 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t have mass amounts of baked goods in the house either, I’ll eat them all! I always try and pawn them off on the roommates to keep my cravings down!

  • Ameena
    March 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Love the snobby joes…since I stopped eating meat a few years ago I have craved ground beef so much! I wonder if this recipe would conquer my craving for sloppy joe’s!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Too dangerous to ride on slick roads in the rain IMHO. Did that here too, totally clear then thunder, then downpour! I was at Whole Foods today (genuflect). So, all is right with the world. hehe.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Our TJ’s groceries look very similar. Their Navel oranges are super succulent! I’d ask you for the raspberry bar recipe, but I’m assuming it’s top secret since it’s going into your book? Happy writing!

  • Ellie Lawrence (marathonrunningrd)
    March 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    LOVE Snobby Joes, although I call them Sloppy Lentils cause I don’t think legumes are ever snobby 🙂

  • Niki F
    March 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Baked goods are a serious weakness for me! If I made those, I’d have to either give them away right away or they’d be consumed by me! Wish I could try just one, but then I’d have to figure out what to do with the rest! 😛

  • Lindsay
    March 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Is that a honey crisp apple? They are the best kind.

    I have started eating hummus since I have been following your blog. Hummus on Wheat Thins is my favorite!

  • kate
    March 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    im such a sucker for impulsive purchases! i allow myself a few extras that arent on my list for sanity purposes!

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
    March 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve been the same way lately, just in a hurry and running in & out of the store, but not really shopping. I need to desperately though, my eats are getting pretty boring :p Those bars look amazing!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Since you’re going to Paris–will miss the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara this year–3 day event really fun. They added 3-days in Laguna end of April this year. Might want to grab a posse and go. Can fly into Orange Cty airport and short drive to Newport Beach, Balboa Inland (Jolly Rogers), Fashion Island, and Laguna. Some events are in conjunction with Ritz Carlton there. Just FYI. Last Cali bash before go. Boo-hoo for California!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    March 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Those bars look so good. I’ve made bars from Polly’s site before and I absolutely LOVED them too. Way too risky to have in the house too haha.

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    March 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    ….oh and I meant to say, i’m going to Paris next month for a few days on a trip. I’ve been before but love it! Anything you think I DEFINITELY have to go and see this time around? Other than the obvious of course.

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    March 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    quinoa bread… sounds great!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I wish I had an oven! Those bars look wonderful.

    I, too, am all about the impulse purchases. What can I say, I’m indecisive when it comes to food. Oh well!

    Hope you have a great night!!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hhehe, I love looking at people’s grocery shopping – I swear I’d be amazing on checkout till 😛 dream job!! (well, for like 2 hours, then I’d get bored….)

  • The PFB @ Paris Food Blog
    March 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    those are the best oats!!!

    also i love seeing what people buy at grocery stores. the voyeur in me???

    a bientot
    the paris food blague

  • Becky
    March 9, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Yikes! It seems like that rainy NorCal weather is interrupting your training! I live in a wet climate too, and in order to get my outdoor workouts in, I’ve learned that if I wake up in the morning and it’s not raining, I have to go do the workout then. You can’t count on the weather staying dry all day so you have to take advantage of it when it’s nice out (or at least not pouring!).

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    March 9, 2010 at 2:21 am

    ooh caN I just say that i have never come across quinoa bread…….sounds delighful 🙂

  • christie, honoring health
    March 9, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I love snobby joes. I actually made something similar last night and we put them in brown rice wraps with greens and goat cheese. It was delish!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 9, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Yeah, I don’t think I could face a 90 minute outdoor ride in adverse weather conditions either. 35 minutes is still good, though!

    QUINOA BREAD?! How widespread is this wonder grain? This is the first I’ve heard of it.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    March 9, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I’d love to try that quinoa bread, it sounds so good!

  • Lizzie
    March 9, 2010 at 3:38 am

    How good are oranges?? There are some lovely ones around at the moment!

    What’s that brand of flat bread you used for your lunch? I love the semi-thick kind, but I just can’t find any at various supermarkets. I don’t like ‘spot shopping’ (as my mum calls it) either. But sometimes one banana a day isn’t enough 🙂

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I feel you on those impulse purchases….aka why I have so many snack bars piled up in my pantry and about 8 jars of jam in my fridge. WHOOPS! I love making real dinners and planning time to cook. At the end of a busy day, I find it so relaxing and am always satisfied knowing that I am treating myself to some good eats!

  • amanda
    March 9, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Did you hear about the new laughing cow cheese flavors that are coming out soon? I am pretty excited and I love them also on my pitas too. I also smear them on portabella mushroom caps (the inside!)

  • Kelly
    March 9, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Nope I won’t call you a wimp, I wouldn’t ride in the cold or the rain- and a combination of both equals NO way!

  • eatmovelove
    March 9, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Not a wimp. Anything is better than nothing.
    As a baker/cooker – what’s your most “important”/”needed” kitchen tool Jenna?
    Also, do you do most of your writing at home? At night or during the day? I find I am so lazy after work and just can’t get myself together…plus I eat all night long when I’m home…is that a problem for you?

  • Becky
    March 9, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I am so bad about eating everything I bake – it’s hard to resist goodies waiting for a tummy! I am such an impulse shopper, too. I have to limit trips to Whole Foods and TJ’s or I’d be broke!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

    If I bake, I must give them away. Time at home is dangerous around yummy goods. BTW I impulse buy at whole foods all the time. It’s disturbing the kind of rush I get from groceries!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    March 9, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I’m the same way, I usually plan to give part of anything I bake to someone else! Those bars look yummy.
    What are snobby joes?

  • Jill
    March 9, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Quinoa bread?! I didn’t even know that existed, I need to look for that STAT.

  • Abbey
    March 9, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Haha I love your honesty Jenna. Don’t worry about it…everyone has a day when they crave sweets! 😉 Good luck on your writing!! 😀

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 9, 2010 at 5:11 am

    WOW those bars look awesome! Sometimes, you just need to bake!


  • pol
    March 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

    hi little sis!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have come out of hiding! 😉 I am so glad you love the bars, and yes girl they are like crack bars. hehe Have a fabulous day and wish you were here with me today in Indiana… we could do yoga and chat away for hours. 🙂 Here is the verse for my yoga workshop today, love you!!! ~ P

    But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be. Jeremiah 17:9

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 9, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Ooh, quinoa bread– I’ve never tried that! Yum!

  • Carolyn
    March 9, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I’ll have to keep my eye out for quinoa bread!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 9, 2010 at 5:42 am

    those bars look wonderful! I’d probably eat all of them and like it too if I had them lying around mi casa!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 9, 2010 at 5:43 am

    those bars look wonderful! I’d probably eat all of them and like it too if I had them lying around mi casa!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    March 9, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I have to freeze baked goods to prevent me from eating them all. Good luck with that 🙂

  • Jil
    March 9, 2010 at 6:14 am

    What a great idea for lentils!! I’m definitely trying that.

  • Laura
    March 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

    what kind of trail mix do you get from tjs?

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 9, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Love that you cleaned your house before writing. Whenever I’m on a deadline to write I find so many things to distract me–like cleaning my nails perfectly before I can type.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 9, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Love this post!! The hummus and laughing cow sounds amazing together… can’t believe that I’ve never tried that!!! did you know that there are new laughing cow flavors coming out?! Oh yeah!!!
    Your dinner looks fabulous. I adore goat cheese. And those bars…yum…

  • Tricia
    March 9, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Is the quinoa bread a TJ’s purchase!? I need to try that, I love quinoa 🙂

    I also have a random wine question for you! I went on a wine tour in VA last weekend (which was awesome btw) and no one seemed to be able to answer this for me. Ok, so raisins have a decent source of iron…, what about wine??! (I don’t necessarily drink vino for medicinal purposes, but I’m just curious and no one seems to know!)

    • jenna
      March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

      Quinoa bread IS trader joe’s brand….and its awesome. Light and fluffy with seeds! Mmmmm

  • MMiller
    March 9, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I wouldn’t bike in the rain either! And WOW, Quinoa Bread??? I’ve never heard of it! Definitely need to find that! Where did you find it? And I hear ya about the impulse buying at the supermarket! I am sometimes glad that my Whole Foods is about 40 minutes away! But since it is, I overbuy when I do go! I’m sure I would do the same thing at TJ’s if I had one! I so wish they would come to SW Florida! And those Raspberry bars really do look great! I used to bake all the time and would take it to work so I wouldn’t eat it all! Now I don’t work! So I don’t really bake much anymore!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    March 9, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Quinoa bread?! Heck yeah! How is the texture of this bread? Chewy like the Millet bread?
    Those bars sounds amaaazing. I’d make some if I didn’t already have too many baked goods from this weekend in my house!
    Good luck on the writing 🙂

  • Alison
    March 9, 2010 at 7:09 am

    bring on the crumble crack bars!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 9, 2010 at 7:16 am

    LOVE getting to see your groceries! i totally understand you not finishing the ride…when weather hits it’s usually better to just turn back! you can send me some crumble bars, i won’t mind 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I thought I got through a lot of fresh produce in a week… that is impressive Jenna!! 🙂

  • Lauren
    March 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Just curious… do you wash your spinach before use?

    • jenna
      March 9, 2010 at 10:39 am


      I should but I don’t . I buy the prewashed stuff and just don’t have time. So far, so good.

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    March 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I’m sure those bars are delicious – one reason that I really shouldn’t make them! Once I start eating something, I have a hard time stopping at just one.

    Your dinner looks delicious, though!


  • Tali
    March 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Quick question – I keep looking for millet bread at Whole Foods and can’t find it, nor have I ever seen Quinoa bread. Is that where you’re getting them from? Are they in the regular bread section or should I be looking someplace else?
    Thanks so much!

  • La
    March 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    baking=#1 procrastination activity! but then, like you, i bake and then i can’t stop eating what i made! your bars look phenom.

  • Michelle
    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 am

    My name is Michelle and I am addicted to the homemade “NutraGrain” bars. These little crack monsters may not be “healthy,” but they are far better than a “real” NutraGrain bar… have you ever read that ingredient list!?!?!