Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Simplicity is Golden

I definitely got my veggie bases covered tonight!


Call me crazy, but I’m just really craving veggies! Tonight I threw together another oldie-but-goodie—Veganomicon’s Corn & Edamame salad. I have made this before and LOVE it. It is so simple but yet so satisfying! I also a deliciously sweet garnet yam, half a HUGE carrot with a little pb and a Voskos yogurt with a drizzle of organic honey. It was a very simple but yummy dinner. I liked the yogurt but I have to say, I do prefer a thicker style of greek yogurt (like Fage, Oikos or Chobani). The big pro to Voskos is that in one cup you get a full 8 ounce serving, which contains 24 grams of protein! However, once I stirred the yogurt up, it was only a tiny bit thicker than just normal yogurt. I like my greek yogurt super super thick….maybe I should try the low fat variety instead of fat free next time? I’ll be on the lookout!

For dessert, a delicious super charge me cookie!


Today I DID conquer my 3 mile-ish run….barely! I could definitely feel those dang shin splints coming back and, for some reason, that hummus sammie from lunch was RIGHT THERE the whole time. Don’t ya hate that?! I was getting pretty frustrated. Oh well. All I need to do is make it through this race on Saturday and I’ll be fine. Today I started running for 6 minutes and walking for 1 minute to pace myself (I tend to run like a bat out of hell then burn myself out quickly)and honor my achy shins. After Saturday I think I might have to stick to occasional treadmill runs, which don’t seem to bother me as much. I’ll save the great outdoors for long walks with the doggie and sweaty bike rides ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow at work I got the go ahead to test out some vegan cake/cupcake recipes! I told my manager I think our store would greatly benefit in offering vegan bakery options because we have a lot of vegetarian/vegan shoppers and employees! He said why not and so tomorrow I’m making the basic vegan chocolate cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, along with the fluffy “buttercream” frosting that goes along with it. Pictures to come of course! I’m excited!

Its time for a bubble bath + bible study + book.

See you tomorrow!

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  • Beth
    February 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Congratualtions on getting your store to improve its selection!

  • Bec
    February 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I am excited to see those vegan cupcake pictures!

  • Jen
    February 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Congrats on the vegan inclusions!! And I feel like Debbie Downer for saying this… but will there be any legal/copyright issues with a store selling products made by using someone’s published recipe? I’m sure you are modifying it, but thought maybe I’d point it out? I’m sure they will be delicious!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    SWEET POTATOES!!!!!!!!

  • Erin
    February 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Simple is often best! I’ve been in a veggie-ful mood today as well.

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    February 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    That sweet potato looks so good!

    Now what is in a supercharge me cookie?

  • haya
    February 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    i know someone with that book and everything she has made out of it looks FAB and i’m not at all vegan.

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    February 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Mad props for getting your bakery to try out the vegan options! I love how you and your boss work so well together and he listens to your suggestions!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I love that platter of goodness!

    Too cool that you get to make the vegan cupcakes. You are so assertive…I love that!

  • Shelby
    February 23, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Love that salad, it’s one of my favorite recipes in that book.

    Can’t wait to see the cuppers! That’s so exciting how your boss is letting you make them =)

  • Heather
    February 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Whoa, if you start selling vegan cupcakes/cookies, I will drive down to Tampa from Orlando and buy them all for the sole purpose that you guys can keep selling them. that would be so awesome! yay to you for offering that option. I mean, it makes the most sense if Greenwise is trying to compete with Whole Foods so I think it’d be smart.

  • K
    February 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Glad you brought the vegan cupcake idea up! I’m sure they’ll sell like hotcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m the same way with treadmill running – I get HORRID IT Band issues when I run outside but not when I run on the tread. I wonder if it has to do with pavement v. plastic?

  • Marissa
    February 23, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Yum! My IT bands have been bothering me when I run. Sometimes it’s better to just do different forms of exercise

  • skinnyrunner
    February 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    im excited to hear how the vegan cupcakes go. i tried one once about a month ago and couldnt even eat it all! hope yours turn out much better!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Oooh I can’t wait to come to Greenwise to check it out!

  • Emily
    February 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Its so cool that you’re going to introduce vegan cake and cupcakes to the store! Can’t wait to see some pictures!

  • Michelle
    February 23, 2009 at 6:18 pm


    It’s so cool that you’re bringing so many cool and different recipes to the bakery and that your manager is WILLING to give it a go.

    Congrats and I hope that you’re enjoying baking!


  • Cyclist Kate
    February 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    LOVE that corn and edamame salad! It makes such a great take-with lunch!

    I really like that chocolate cupcake recipe, but I have to say I have a better one! This is the recipe I’ve been making since way before I started vegan baking and it’s the one I always come back to.

    2 c. sugar
    2/3 c. cocoa powder
    3 c. white flour
    2 t. baking soda
    1 t. salt
    2 c. brewed coffee
    1/2 c. vegetable oil
    2 T. cider vinegar
    1 T. vanilla

    Sift dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients. Whisk everything together until there are no lumps. Dump batter into greased and floured pans (or cupcake tins). For cakes, I bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until done, cupcakes at 375 for 18-20 minutes (though you might adjust the temp/time to the kind of oven you’re using).

    I SWEAR these come out perfectly every time, and are so incredibly moist and chocolatey….aaaah.

    Also, the vanilla cupcakes in vctotw are awesome! Love them!!!

    Have fun tomorrow!

  • the Clean Veggie
    February 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    mm sweet potato ๐Ÿ™‚
    i had a very simiarly dinner – but I had fage with a banana and cereal

  • the Clean Veggie
    February 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    *similar. wow sorry for the typo

  • Sharon
    February 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, that is so cool introducing vegan options!!!!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    What a beautifully bright dinner!!

  • Emily
    February 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Your dinner looks great. Sometimes I just crave veggies!
    Hope your shins feel better, too.
    And I can’t wait to read about your vegan baking adventures!

  • allison
    February 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    where can i find the super charge me cookie recipe?

    thanks! love your blog

    • jenna
      February 24, 2009 at 11:59 am


      The recipe for SPM cookies can be found in Dreena Burton’s cookbook—-Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.

  • Danielle
    February 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    What a great veggie-full dinner!
    Can’t wait to see what you bake up tomorrow. How awesome that your boss encourages you to try new things!

  • Lauren
    February 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I get veggie cravings for dinner all the time. Sometimes a plate full of veggies just hits the spot!

    Good luck on the incorporated running into the workouts. I know its so hard to start up at first, but it gets so much easier (as I’m sure you know!) Keep up the amazing work!

  • brandi
    February 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    i hope the running goes well – it is much easier on your joints on the treadmill….there’s less shock absorbed thanks to the treadmill material, so it should feel a lot better.

    yay for vegan options!

  • leadingladylis
    February 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Jenna- I used to get shin splints too when I ran, but someone taught me a really good exercise to help prevent that: walk backwards on you heels for a few minutes at the end of your runs. This strengthens the muscles that running doesn’t strengthen, thus evening out the pull of your well-developed calf muscles. It gets funny looks at the gym, but it works for me! Good luck with your running this week!

    love, Lis

  • Amelia
    February 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    That’s great that your boss is open to your suggestions. I’m sure your vegan baked goods will be a hit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kasey
    February 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I’m so excited that you’re making vegan cupcakes!! Ah, I wish I was in Tampa – I’d buy a dozen!

    I used to get shin splints too – now I only get them when I run too fast or more than six miles consecutively. I kind of found that if I ignored them and ‘ran them out’ they’d go away – but that’s just me & could be terrible advice. Make sure you are running in good shoes!!

    The edamame & corn salad looks delicious- I just ordered Veganomicon so I’ll try it. And I really need to make my own hummus!!

  • Kasey
    February 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Iโ€™m so excited that youโ€™re making vegan cupcakes!! Ah, I wish I was in Tampa – Iโ€™d buy a dozen!

    I used to get shin splints too – now I only get them when I run too fast or more than six miles consecutively. I kind of found that if I ignored them and โ€˜ran them outโ€™ theyโ€™d go away – but thatโ€™s just me & could be terrible advice. Make sure you are running in good shoes!!

    The edamame & corn salad looks delicious- I just ordered Veganomicon so Iโ€™ll try it. And I really need to make my own hummus!!

  • Kimberly
    February 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Have fun tomorrow — I have no doubt that in a few years, you will be opening up your own veg-friendly bake shop! I would invest ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Meg
    February 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Yeah for introducing vegan treats to the bakery!

    I love corn and edamame together!

  • Michelle Hisae
    February 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Don’t you love those ALL veggie dinners sometimes!? It’s a huge infusion of vitamins and green goodness! Haha.

    Props to you for keeping up with running – I’ve never had shin splints, but I always saw the track girls in high school who had them and were always icing their shins. Be careful, though – you need those shins for life! (:

  • Natalie
    February 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Yay for bringing up vegan desserts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    sorry for the running struggles!! it’s just an ongoing endless process to find a way to run that works for you, isn’t it?!

    veggie-ful dinner + superchargeme cooking. what could be better?

  • Caroline
    February 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I’m with you on the Greek yogurt thing–the thicker the better!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    February 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Jenna, your veggie filled plate looks like my kind of dinner. I’m with you on thickness factor when it comes to Greek yogurt, and nothing beats Fage!

    Have you ever tried trail running? I never run on the roads anymore, but I love a good run in the woods on a dirt trail as does my body!

  • Michelle
    February 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Hey Jenna!! I read your blog every day all day long!! I just wanted to comment on your shin splints. Not that you haven’t heard this before, but I think the runners you wear may have something to do with getting them. I was working out with a pair of sneakers I absolutely loved, but after my workouts I always had shin splints. I changed my sneakers to a lighter in weight shoe and found out that the shin splints stopped. Just thought I would give you something else to try to be able to alleviate your pain a little. Hope it helps!!

  • Jenn
    February 24, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I love the Greek Gods yogurt! Have you tried it? The one with honey in it is so yummy, and super thick, too! Oh, I tried your mom’s spaghetti caserole in the slow-cooker recipe for my family…great! It made tons, so I can freeze half and get it out in a couple of weeks and not have to worry about fixing dinner! PS: Good luck at your race Sat!

  • Victoria
    February 24, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Very cool you guys are doing the vegan cupcakes. Those are so yummy!

  • Jenna 2
    February 24, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Thats so great you are making recommendations to your manager and he is letting you do it!! great job!

  • Sarah
    February 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Can’t wait to hear how your cupcakes turn out. My friend actually made contributions to that book!


  • Emmy
    February 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I really like your blog, I also love baking, and your posts are really fun to read, keep up the good blogging:)

  • Jess
    February 24, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Yes, I do hate running with food in my stomach. I can always feel it.

  • Leah
    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Great post today! Dinner looks great!

    I love the title of this post! I’m all about simplicity!!
    Hence my blog name!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura
    February 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

    What’s the difference between garnet sweet potatoes and the other varieties? I noticed them at Whole Foods the other day-what kind is better to make sweet potatoe fries?

  • Runeatrepeat
    February 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    You are doing great with the runs ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mytastytravels
    February 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, their 0% greek yogurt is super thick and it’s like having dessert. I like to dip everything in it and use it like sour cream too. Yum! Did you post those charge me cookies recipe? Those look yum ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jenna
      February 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm


      I have never been to a TJs! We don’t have any in FL yet…..that recipe is from the best cookbook EVER—Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton.

  • Anonymous
    February 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Jenna I have been reading your site for a while and I have to ask a question that has been buggin me for just as long! I was a vegetarian for a while and still only eat a little meat, just like you, but when eating foods like broccoli and even hummus, I get the worst gas, which is so embarassing. Forgive me for making an anonymous comment, but I feel really stupid! How do you deal with it tho?

    • jenna
      February 25, 2009 at 2:37 pm


      Eating more fiber (broccoli and other veggies) DOES cause gas. The only remedy to this is to keep on eating it and eventually your body will get used to it. If you all of a sudden consume an enormous plate of raw veggies if you don’t do that usually, you will have a tummy ache. Raw celery does this to me! Your body has to get used to it and it is important not to overdo it. I think the recommended amount of fiber daily is only about 40 grams. Of course you can go over but be careful and go slow!

  • Neela Marijana
    February 25, 2009 at 1:03 am

    hey jenna,
    i’ve been reading your blog quietly for over a year and that all the way over here where I live in sunny SINGAPORE!!! yes you even have fans over here. i must tell you that i still struggle alot with accepting my body and giving it enough nutrition and i am always so glad to come to your blog and see how wonderful your approach to food and nutrition is. thank you for being such an inspiration

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  • Laura Brandon
    March 5, 2009 at 12:45 am

    I walked on the treadmill for a year before trying it outside, and the first time I tried it, I started developing shin splints. Didn’t stop, though, till I could barely walk, and then proceeded to take 8 weeks to heal. Will be sticking to the treadmill from now on.