Dinner/ Lunch

Not Your Average Big Mac

Everyone at work LOVED the chocolate croissants! I mean, those things were gone in 20 minutes flat and I brought in a good number of them! I love making other people happy through food 🙂 For my lunch today I packed a simple, but good, tofurkey sandwich on Ezekiel bread with honey mustard and a ton of spinach. I also had a very large fuji apple. The protein, carbs and fiber of that meal kept me going for a few hours til I stopped and had a break, eating my snack of mixed nuts (brazil nuts, cashews and dried cranberries) with a navel orange. Brazil nuts are my favorite nut in the whole world. I can’t find them all the time so I don’t buy them all the time (that and they are more expensive) but they are SO delicious and buttery and satisfying. They have a higher fat content than any other nut so it keeps me satisfied only eating two or three. If you have never tried them you should….you will be in for a treat! I think chocolate coated brazil nuts would be to die for…I might have to make that at home! With my snack I also drank some hot tea that I brought with me. Its so convenient to bring tea bags with you places because hot water is usually free and its a great pick-me-up.




Dinner tonight was a Sunshine Burger with spinach, ketchup and melted FYH mozzarella cheese (actually really liking this stuff second time around!!) on a toasted Ezekiel English Muffin. I also had a huge salad with carrot, broccoli slaw, and bell pepper and drizzled with Annie’s dressing. Easy to make and clean up. Gotta love those! We are just preparing for practical tomorrow night in class so I won’t be coming home with any more pastries til tomorrow. Tonight I’m just making the doughs and fillings so they can sit overnight in the cooler and firm up. It should be an easy and short night (I hope!).



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  • Susan
    March 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Jenna and yoga experts:

    I did the cobra today as a stretch after exercising, but I am doing something wrong. My right shoulder blade/shoulder area literally kills. Any tips on how to come into the position correctly? I was trying to pull my shoulder blades in- maybe too hard? Thanks!

  • Susan
    March 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    p.s. Jenna what type of container do you use to store you left over spinich and red pepper, etc?

  • Ashley H
    March 20, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    jenna I was wondering if your waffles in the recipe section could be turned into pancakes? Thanks!

  • jenna
    March 20, 2008 at 9:42 pm


    Sounds to me like you just went to fast, too hard. That’s a tough posture for your back and you have to slowly ease into it. The slightest push can cause pain. Def. rest it and go slower next time! I keep my spinach in the bag it comes in and put my red pepper in a sandwich baggie.

  • Cara
    March 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I love brazil nuts too. i generally only get them when they come in a trail mix I buy. They are hard for me to find as well!

    I hope you have a great day. Your food looks amazing yet again 🙂

  • Meghan
    March 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    MMM I love brazil nuts! Whenever someone has a little dish of nuts out at a gathering or something, I always find myself picking out the brazil nuts. They’re SO good!

  • S
    March 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    you made chocolate croissants (that you yourself wouldn’t eat due to its unhealthiness) and found joy in feeding them to other people?

    that’s real nice.

  • Susan
    March 20, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks…….I actually was doing upward dog (I confuse the two), which I think is a harder posture.

  • Kara
    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    As always, I’m lovin the website. Two things:

    One, I too love Brazil nuts. I can’t buy them in bulk because I would eat them too fast (despite their rich texture, I can still eat a gross amount in one sitting). Trader Joe’s has a few trail mixes with Brazils that I buy – and always pick out the BNs first!

    Two, I am slowly transitioning to what I refer to as my 70-20-10 diet (70% vegetarian, 20% vegan, 10% omni). As a result, I’m eating a lot more fruits, vegetables and beans (with some nuts, soy and dairy for protein). My question for you (sorry to be blunt) is, did you or do you experience undesireable intestinal reactions to a plant-based diet? I hate the thought of giving up so many yummy salads and fresh fruit, but it’s getting to be a tempting solution!

    Thanks for all your work!

  • ash
    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    none of the healthly products you guys have in the states can be bought here (in Australia) dont supose any one knows any good products i can get here?


  • Grace
    March 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    So I am having an insane craving for sweets lately…I’ve never been a sweet addict before. I’m more of a spicy salsa addict. Does anyone know what may be causing this? I’m thinking back on my diet, and all I can think of is I’m lacking a some fat lately (unintentionally). I wonder if that’s a connection.

  • LT
    March 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm


    I am the COMPLETE opposite…I’ve been a sugar/chocoholic my whole life but recently not nearly as much! I’ve definitely increased the amount of healthy fats, like nuts, in my diet but also I’ve increased the whole grains…I think the combo of fat, fiber, & protein is the key.

    Or maybe it’s related to stress or hormones! that’s when it gets me.

    Try frozen bananas if you’re craving ice cream…so.good.

  • Romina
    March 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I can only imagine those croissants were gone fast! It’s such a satisfying feeling when people enjoy something you put so much effort into making. =)

    Mmm… that sunshine burger looks so good. They need to hurry up and send them to Canada so I can try one.

    And your salad looks so pretty. =)

  • ChocolateCoveredVegan
    March 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Haha the title of your post is too cute ;o)

  • nicole r.
    March 21, 2008 at 12:28 am

    hey susan–

    so cobra is supposed to be a really gentle, restorative pose. your hands should be forward of your shoulders and your ENTIRE body except as low as your lower ribs should be ON the mat. keep your forearms down as well. you probably felt too much tension in your shoulders because your back maybe wasnt feeling too flexible today, and your shoulders had to absorb the strain. always remember in cobra to relax your shoulders, keep them down and even direct your focus to bringing them down as far away from your ears as you can. if you were doing sphinx, where your arms are straight and your hands are aligned with your shoulders so your stomach can come up from the mat as well, again you probably experienced the same problem of hiking your shoulders. to prevent this, just try to arch your lower back a bit more. to increase flexibility in your back try doing plow pose (do you know this one? lie on your back with your arms by your sides, put some pressure into your hands and then swing your legs back straight over your head so your gaze is directed at your thighs as your feet try to touch the floor behind you). don’t force sphinx or cobra (they’re supposed to be relaxing!) just, as jenna said, ease into them and they’re so helpful for relaxing your back and stretching your front.

    hope i helped, and feel better!!
    ps: upward dog is the same as sphinx except you press into the tops of your feet to get your legs off the mat so all your body but your hands and tops of feet are off the mat.

  • kay
    March 21, 2008 at 1:33 am


    How are your migraines after becoming a vegetarian again? Do you see an improvement?

    I like brazil nuts but my favorites are almonds and walnuts! In the south, brazil nuts have a bad nickname (can’t find a better word for it )…… “@@@ toes.” They use a bad word.

  • nicole r.
    March 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

    question for anyone who knows the answer:
    when making hummus from dried beans, you cook them first yes? so, soak overnight, then…how exactly am i cooking them? i usually use canned beans, but have heard the cooking liquid from dried works really well and that dried beans taste better so i thought i’d give it a try. any help would be much appreciated 🙂

  • Lindsay
    March 21, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Jenna ~ I do a similar thing w/ keeping tea bags in my purse… It is definitely a great idea!

  • Emma
    March 21, 2008 at 2:40 am

    you are so right about the tea bag thing! I always carry around a few in my purse and pretty much any food stand/restaurant/coffee cafe will give me a decent size cup of hot water for free!

  • Katie
    March 21, 2008 at 3:03 am

    HELP! Jenna, could you pleeeassseeeee have your mom post the recipe for her BBQ chicken sandwiches (i think they were in the crockpot?)? I made them once and then all your recipes disappeared and we’re having guests that I would really like to make them for!
    PLEASE anyone who can help!
    THANKS A MILLION–I’m desperate!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 21, 2008 at 3:03 am

    No surprise that everyone at work loved the chocolate croissants – they looks MARVELOUS!!

    Brazil nuts + Sunshine burgers + apples = great foods to include in one’s daily meal plan :0)

    It’s almost the weekend!

  • Danielle
    March 21, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I’m in Orlando! My entire family is actually in honor of the Easter holiday. We have a ton of fun-filled things planned for the weekend but it’s up to me to choose a place for Saturday’s dinner… have any suggestions? I’m the only health-conscious diner but eveyrone else is pretty easy going and considering I trust your opinion completely I was hoping you could choose a nice restaurant. I’ll take tips from readers too! Thanks girls, I really appreciate it.
    In response to recent blog post… O. M. G. Everything from school has been looking so professional and fabulous and I find myself impressed each day that you can stay so focused on healthy food. Not sure if I could handle the temptation :). Btw, whenever you start working at a bakery, let me know, I’d love to taste one of your delicious creations!

  • Andrea
    March 21, 2008 at 3:47 am

    i was reading the comments on EatLikeMe blog and read that some people refrigerate their PB. does anyone else recommend this? i’ve always just kept it in the cabinet but maybe i shouldn’t be doing this??

  • amy
    March 21, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    If the pb is all natural with oils it should go in the ref. so it does not spoil. The oil will settle to the top, but just mix it up and it is as tasty as ever!

  • jenna
    March 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm


    i still get migraines…mainly around that time of the month. for me, my migraines are much more stress and weather related than food related. i’ve been dealing with this issue for so long though that i usually know how to handle them. not fun, but that’s life!

    Nicole ,

    You usually simmer the beans after soaking for about 1.5 hours until they are tender. hope that helps!


    I’ll ask my mom!


    I have to recommend Roy’s of course because I work there (but won’t be there because I have the day off). Roy’s is mainly seafood and its really really really good. I haven’t experimented too much with the orlando restaurant scene mainly because i have no extra money and an in school every night i’m here! If you like seafood, def. try Roy’s though!


    I’ve never kept my PB in the fridge and its totally fine. I think you are fine! 🙂