Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Running On Peas


I’ve literally been on the go all day and away from my laptop (gasp!). My eats were rather random today but tasty nevertheless!

Breakfast was something different….an almond butter and banana sandwich on TJ’s quinoa bread. For some reason I just wasn’t feelin’ the oats this morning.


I hit up a 9 am yoga class and it.felt.AMAZING. More than amazing, actually. My hips (right hip especially) has been SUPER tight lately but after some good long pigeon and triangle poses, I’m feeling soooo much better. Thank you, Anna! 🙂

After class I grabbed a yogurt, an apple and some coffee for a snack:


And then had an early lunch before taking the boy to the airport in san francisco because he’s going out of town for the next few days. There was meatloaf and mashed potatoes available but I grabbed this three bean salad instead (from the local gourmet-ish grocery store) because I’m not the biggest meatloaf fan and I wasn’t very hungry anyway (however, HE loved his meatloaf and mashed potatoes. tehehe boys). 😉 This salad was actually pretty tasty though and I had another apple with it to boot!

Snackie snack from the depths of my purse:
After almost pulling my hair out in california rush hour traffic, I finally got home around 5:30 and heated up (fast!) a bowl of split pea soup from the other night.
Love putting an egg on top! Really bumps up the protein and filling factor.
Now, I don’t know if I would try this at home but I actually went on a run an hour after eating this dinner. Split pea soup as a pre-exercise meal? Absolutely. However, let it be noted that I have a tummy of steel (knock on wood) and can pretty much eat whatever/whenever before exercising. I headed over to the local high school track and ran 2 miles on the springy ground! Gosh, it felt better on my shins than concrete…I honestly don’t know if I have ever run on a track before (we didn’t have one at my high school) and I might be addicted now. I can see how anything over 2 miles would be boring going around and around but there was a baseball game going on and I pretended I was 17 again, running laps around the football field in the Florida heat during varsity tennis practice.
I had an interesting idea for a post-run snack:
I mixed together in my favorite green mug 1/2 cup TJ’s high protein cereal (a kashi go lean knock-off!) + 1/2 cup almond milk mixed with 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder. I mixed the almond milk and the protein powder together first in a little bowl and then poured it over the cereal. It was SO GOOD! Actually, it reminded me a lot of cocoa krispies…when the milk turns chocolatey from the cereal, ya know?! My mom only let my brother and I have “sugar cereals” for dessert…never for breakfast…so this was a fun nostalgic “treat”. Definitely will be repeating it soon!
I’m BEAT. Finally got really into my book last night and looking forward to soaking my sore muscles in the tub then cozying in and reading the night away.

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  • Olivia
    April 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I was looking back at old post and noticed that you wore that blue dress you are trying to fit into during a very sad time of loss. You mentioned that you lost 7 lbs during that time. Wouldn’t that size be smaller than what you normally were? It seems like you would have you go below the weight that is healthiest for you to fit back into it. I mean during stressful and emotional times people can get a little too thin

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    OH MY GOSH your dessert sounds amazing!!! I was wondering, what kind of protein powder do you use? I’ve been trying to find a good one.

  • Maria
    April 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    yum! the cereal sounds amazing! what protein powder did you use?

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    April 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I so so so wish my tummy would toughen up! I can’t eat anything within 4 hours of running. FOUR!! It’s crazy. I get cramps if there’s a pebbly of rice in there haha.

    I love running on the track although I never do it really. I do find that it is much softer.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    April 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I’m jealous of your stomach of steel! I have to wait at LEAST 2 hours…

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Hahaha I literally JUST posted about my random on the go eats. I was running all day too! That soup looks great and I love the egg addition!

  • Kerry
    April 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ohhh, why are there so many haters floating around on blogs lately?! If you wanna wear that dress again, DO WHAT YOU WANT! Whats wrong with toning up, anyway!? Clearly you’re still eating and drinking! Sheesh! haha. 😉

    Anyway, love all the posts as usual. I like your creative food ideas- especially that dessert. Dying to see the boys face. Maybe a name? 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    April 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Wow what a busy day!! Love the idea of adding the egg to your soup!!

  • miranda
    April 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    love the cereal idea!! My mom only let us have “sugary” cereal for desert too, and to this day, it is still a treat to me. I’ll have to try it! Glad you enjoyed the track run too-don’t you wish sidewalks felt like that??

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I love your healthy twist on cocoa krispies. That apple looks like King Kong compared to that yogurt! Oh, how I love mondo-sized apples.

  • Jen S.
    April 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Some people are ridiculous… obviously you know what’s best for you. I read a lot of blogs and you have a very healthy attitude towards food and exercise and are a huge inspiration to a lot of readers (including me 🙂 )

    Anyways… The soup with the egg looked really good… I have a can of Amy’s Organic Split Pea in my cupboard and I might just have to try that.

    How long are you going to keep us in suspense about the boy??? No fair!

  • Carrie
    April 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Varsity tennis? Me too! Knew we were soul sistas. 🙂 Love the hardboiled egg on top of soup idea, I looooove hardboiled eggs.

  • Lisa
    April 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Running on a track feels amazing in comparison. I have a track literally next door to my house but rarely run it. Even though it’s better for my joints, I get bored running in a circle. And tips?

  • adrienmelaine
    April 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I do not have a stomach of steel- I would not be making friends at the gym after a bowl of pea soup- I am somewhat jealous of you for that!

  • Mastering Public Health
    April 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Haha, before reading, I thought your banana was parsnip in the first picture. I 3rd the request for boy information. Nice dessert!

  • Veronica
    April 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    You are a wonderfully beautiful person. I think you have a wise and balanced idea of health – in body, mind and spirit. You are YOU through and through which is why your blog is so addicting. So if you wanna wear a blue dress and you’re willing to do what it takes to get there, then wear that blue dress dangit! And wear it proudly with a smile on your face.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I am VERY thankful for my iron stomach too! I haven’t gotten ‘sick’ since 7th grade – wahoo…knock on wood.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    P.S. cuteee post title

  • M
    April 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Isn’t it more fun to keep the boy to yourself?I would….;)
    Seriously ain’t nothing wrong with a little privacy!

  • lola
    April 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Stomach of steel? Woow i’m so jealous, right now my stomach s giving me so much trouble 🙁 i’m going to cut back on caffeine, dairy, artificial sweetners and wheat to see if any of it is causing it.
    Delicious post work out snack! I did the same once with special k and it was good too 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    i LOVE three-bean salad! that reminds me that i need to hit up the local italian place soon… 🙂

  • Gabrielle
    April 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Hey Jenna! I see that you’re a pretty big TJ’s fan. I work at one in Maryland, and as an ambassador from the best store in the world, I was wondering if you’ve ever had our almond and peanut butters with flax seeds? I just tried them recently, and holy hannah are they amazing. They come in squat plastic jars and have a red or green top (peanut is red, almond is green) From one TJs/nut butter fan to another, you should definitely give them a try!

  • Diana
    April 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    That cereal thing sounds awesome! I’ll definitely try my own version soon 🙂

  • Julia
    April 14, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    A good yoga (or pilates) class is really so helpful when your body hurts, and you’re right: it’s a perfect way to start your day with:)

    x Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Mama Pea
    April 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Running on Peas?! You’re stealing my shtick! 😉

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 15, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I can’t eat a heavy meal before running…I normally have to run on either an empty stomach, or just a piece of fruit! VERY jealous of your steely stomach 😛

  • Snowflakes and Sunshine
    April 15, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Great idea about the running track – I’m definitely going to investigate and see if there are any near me. It’ll hopefully be kinder on my knees than concrete!

  • Sandy
    April 15, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I’ve got pretty dresses that I need to get into by June for all of my son’s wedding festivities. I totally am with you on toning up and feeling fabulous. I think it is a very healthy mindset instead of “my body is changing so I’m just going to let it.”

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I always eat cereal with protein and milk! It’s yummy!

  • katherine
    April 15, 2010 at 3:35 am

    i don’t reply often, but enjoy your blog! i was in santa rosa two weeks ago and loved it – glad you are thinking about moving there. we ate such amazing food. also – i love love love that you keep the boy a mystery. i am such a fan of privacy and wanted to acknowledge your choice to keep it. cheers!

  • Stacey
    April 15, 2010 at 3:57 am

    What a busy day. Yes random food choices but good ones none the less.

  • Michele
    April 15, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Is this powder the chocolate amazing grass?

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 15, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I love three bean salad…or four or five bean salad 🙂

    I agree that running on a track is SO much more cushy than running on the street…but it gets so boring!

    Delicious snack idea!

  • Heather
    April 15, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I’ve been enjoying your posts lately, Jenna! I feel like you’re back to your old self…throwing in random, fun tidbits from your day. It’s so refreshing. Stay lovely and God bless!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    April 15, 2010 at 4:46 am

    We only had sugar cereals for dessert growing up as well. Somehow my little brother managed to convince my parent’s that honey nut cherrios were okay though. I may have to revisit the track idea – I’ve only ever run on one once but maybe it would be good for me?

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 15, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I have random cravings for banana-PB toast for breakfast every once in a while, too. It’s so simple but SO tasty. 😀

  • Jenny
    April 15, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Lol, I don’t k ow if my body would allow me to run on pea soup

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    April 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

    I tend to eat whatever before running, too, BUT my body will go all wacky on me if I try to eat eggs before a hard workout. I can have them after, but before? Nope!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 15, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Whatever works for a pre-run snack, right?? =D


  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 15, 2010 at 5:12 am

    That cereal treat sounds great. I’m going to have to check out that brand. I’m all for Kashi knock-offs if they’re cheaper!

  • Kelly
    April 15, 2010 at 5:14 am

    That does look like cocoa crispies! Yum!

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 15, 2010 at 5:23 am

    My weak stomach is supremely jealous of your steal one. Your after-run dessert looks delicious! Hope you’re still taking some time for yourself while you’re running around 🙂

  • Brittany
    April 15, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I love using use chocolate protein powder with cereal. One combo I came up with that is really good: chocolate protein powder, kashi go lean cereal, and almond milk. Then top it off with sliced strawberries and bananas. It’s like a cereal banana split!!

    I hope you are doing well Jenna!

  • eatmovelove
    April 15, 2010 at 5:39 am

    That’s my breakfast!!
    My stomach is wreaking havoc with me though no matter what I eat…I think I combine too much…a case of the TOO’s especially late at night…and alot of nut butters. And yet I cannot stop! Makes me so icky though .
    Are you still writing now?

  • Devon
    April 15, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I hate hate hate meatloaf, and my entire family thinks I’m weird because of it.

    I’m dying to try that Cookie Dough Luna Bar!

  • Abby
    April 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

    That’s a good idea for cereal! And I’ve been stuck in San Francisco rush hour before…not pretty. Not pretty at all. It’s funny because Pittsburgh’s rush hour is no big deal at all.

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 15, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Love that mug!

  • Jil
    April 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Oh that sounds awesome!! Ohhh Cocoa Crispies – I remember how my brother and I had to CONVINCE my mother to buy us sugary cereals…she always hated them (for obvs reasons, I see now) but we usually came to an agreement on Kix. 🙂

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    April 15, 2010 at 6:48 am

    There’s no track near me, but I did find a dirt (with a little gravel) trail around a lake so that’s much better on my body than the sidewalk. 🙂

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 15, 2010 at 6:50 am

    It’s been forever since I’ve run on a track! It would be a good idea for interval runs!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    April 15, 2010 at 7:12 am

    My stomach is made of steel, too! I can eat the hugest plate of food, then step right outside of my door and run three miles. Don’t you just love that?

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 15, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Totally jealous of you stomach of steel…wish mine was!! 🙂

  • Kelly
    April 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I am also curious about what type of protein powder you use!

    • jenna
      April 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

      I use either Jay Robb protein powder or Designer Whey!

  • amanda
    April 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Ohhhh I never saw that Luna flavor before. It looks delicious!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    April 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I wish I knew where a track was near me, it would be a lot better for my knees which have started hurting. But I agree, anything more than 2 miles would be killer..boredom wise. I need yoga in my life again! My wallet hasn’t been letting me go to classes lately, but hopefully soon!

  • Katie
    April 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

    My mom was the same way about sugar cereals… even now they are still such a treat when I have them!

  • Joey
    April 15, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I love your EAT LOCAL mug! 🙂

  • Molly @FuelHerUp
    April 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Haha…my track event is now the 10k- 6.2 miles on a track! Luckily racing makes it a little less boring, but it’s hard to keep track of the laps! (In high school the longest distance was the 2 mile, which was my specialty…funny how my definition of “long race” changed!

  • Kate
    April 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Ha I did almost the exact same thing once last year- I wanted kashi g lean but was out of milk so I used a free sample I had of chocolate soy milk– it was delicious!

  • Shawna @ Balancing Me
    April 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    You know, I’m going to give the new track at my local high school a try. I’ve been running on an old asphalt track lately. (I’m running on the track because I’ve been nursing a shin injury. I don’t want to get too far from home/transportation if it gets too sore, so the track has been my friend lately).

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    You must have a stomach of steel. I can’t eat for 2 hours before I run or I get sick.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    April 15, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I love egg on soup. Especially a lightly fried one that kind of oozes into the soup… makes it so rich and creamy tasting!