Snacky McSnackster

Hi friends!

How is your Saturday afternoon going? Much to my delight (and surprise!), I have had ZERO discomfort or pain all day long in the shin region. This is definitely a first for me because usually after a run, especially a long run, I do feel some sort of discomfort afterwards. Not today! Maybe it was the skirt?! (just kidding, hehe). However, I am taking mucho precaution! Some things I haven’t mentioned before—-I do walk about 1/2 mile to warm up and 1/2 mile to cool down after each and every run. Definitely helps! Also, I have been taking anti-inflammatories lately on my doctor’s advice. For the past couple weeks, I have been taking an Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory 3x a day that I actually found out about on Runner’s World! It is an all natural Ayurvedic herb called Boswellia that is often used to holistically treat such things as arthritis and general inflammation. My doctor suggested I take ibuprofen as well so here’s the spread:


I also have been icing like its my job. Seriously, I ice whenever I sit down to work on the blog. 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Actually I am icing right now! This morning after I ate breakkie, I iced and then did my very favorite thing after a long run—soaked in a long, hot bath!!! I LOVE to do this after I ice. I take a shower so I’m all clean and then I fill up the bath, add some natural mineral muscle soak and then just sit and stew in it for about 20-30 minutes. It feels so lovely, I highly recommend it!

Then, obviously, it was time for a snack—


Need I say more?

A little while later I had some lunch….a toasted Arnold’s Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin stuffed with a morningstar farms burger, Sabra’s greek hummus and feta


Followed by two thick juicy pineapple rings


Unfortunately my mom couldn’t come and lay out by the pool with me today…my brother had a little “fender bender” with the car (everyone is okay though) and she had to be at home to deal with it all. So, I laid by the pool by myself for an hour and read some new magazines and then came in and took a yoga break! I did 20 minutes of YogaDownload’s Yoga for Runners and it felt amazing to stretch after this morning.

Then it was time for another snack! A toasted Kashi Go Lean waffle slathered with Naturally More peanut butter and raspberry preserves


And then an iced coffee with 2 shots simple syrup + skim milk while I was shopping for a baby present for a shower I am attending in the morning!


I found the CUTEST “make your own baby food cookbook” at Williams-Sonoma. They are gift wrapping it for me right now and I have to pick it up in a few! When I have kids I am seriously going to be that mom that makes all her own baby food. 🙂

I’m just relaxing right now, waiting for my man to come home from the high seas. We are supposed to have date night tonight! I am also thinking it is time for another snack…I see a Chobani in the fridge with my name on it….. 😉

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  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    April 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I love that baby food book have you seen the do it all processor thingy that goes with it. It steams the vegs and then purees it for you! how awesome is that! Oh yeah when I have kids prenatal yoga and homemade baby food has my name written all over it!!

  • Sharon
    April 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Love William Sonoma! And I need to find some Morning Stars products!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Hooray for no pain and for FOOD PORN!! 😀

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    April 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    The baby food book sounds so cute!!!
    I agree with you about the walking as a form of warm up and cool down – I think it really helps me mentally too, like I KNOW I am ready to start running and stop.

  • Clean Veggie
    April 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    yay for no pains 🙂 thats great to hear!!
    mmm love your veggie burger combo with the hummus and feta! Im going to have to try that!

  • kristi
    April 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Woohoo!! I’m so happy for you that you aren’t having any pain!

    Hope you have fun on your date night!

  • FoodsThatFit
    April 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I love the make your own baby food idea! I’ve always thought I would be the “granola mom” that did that as well 🙂 I can’t sew or do a lot of other domestic things, but I do know how to puree!

  • Stefanie
    April 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Oooo date night! Sounds like fun! A lot more fun than working (which is what I’m doing right now). Hope you two have a good time!

  • Bec
    April 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    mmm iced coffee, its too cold here today for that! I am jealous!

  • Janet
    April 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “icing like its my job” – Hehe, it kind of is your job, vegan cupcakes and all, right? Ok, sorry for the bad pun. 🙂

    Glad you are pain-free!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    What a great baby gift! I hope your friend has a mini food processor or Magic Bullet, makes it quick and easy!

  • nadia
    April 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    yay for being pain free! I’m confuzed though – are you taking both aleve (naproxen) and ibuprofen? (those are both NSAIDS or anti-inflammatories).

    • jenna
      April 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm


      Sorry to confuse you! I am just taking Aleve.

  • brandi
    April 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    that’s awesome that you’re not having any pain! hooray for date night – we’re having one tonight, too 🙂

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I saw that baby food cookbook too! I’m definitely buying it for my earth-mother friend who just found out she’s pregnant! Great looking food today too, but how exciting about the lack of pain!

  • kerry
    April 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    You totally inspire me! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time but I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment! You make everything look so easy, simple , healthy and delicious!! I wanna try out Jillians workouts, too.

  • K
    April 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I’m glad you’re not in any pain!! Your running ritual sounds fantastic – hope it continues to help 🙂

    Pineapple = summer in my book! Have fun tonight!

  • Run Sarah
    April 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    So glad to gear you aren’t in pain- shin splints are awful. I loovee iced coffee too- perfect on a warm day.

  • Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    April 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve recently started using arnica cream for my running related aches and pains. It’s an all-natural pain relief cream and I found it at whole foods. I’ve read some reviews on the Runner’s World forums and it seems like a lot of people have been helped by it. Have fun on date night!

  • Maureen
    April 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    That’s a really thoughtful present! When you said icing, I immediately picture you eating icing. Oops!

  • Anais
    April 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Loved your tips on the shin splints! They’ve been bugging me too, so I’ll be sure to try some of those things 🙂

  • Samantha
    April 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I know you love your tea and coffee drinks. I tried this one for the first time this morning and love it so I thought I’d pass it along…

  • Alison
    April 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Your “snack” looks really good. Is it a date with peanut butter?

  • Hallie
    April 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    That’s awesome that you were pain-free! Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come 🙂 (or…not come?)

  • Meg
    April 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    OMG, I so almost titled my post yesterday “snacky mcsnackerson”. Crazy!!

    That’s so good that you’ve been pain free today!!!

  • ace
    April 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    When I was rowing a lot, I survived on Boswellia and Arnica Gel. Sometimes they’re hard to find (depending on where you live), but when I went to London every street corner had a “Boots” (pharmacy like Rite Aid or Walgreens), and every Boots had a whole Ayurvedic section! Reason #72 I should move to the UK, haha…

  • Emily
    April 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    OMG! My cousin is having a baby soon and I need to find herr a unique and thoughtful gift! That sounds great for her!

    I just discovered the date/PB combo and it ROCKS!

    Enjoy your date night!! <3

  • Lisa D
    April 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    That’s a great gift! If you ask me all mothers should do that because its CHEAPER and healthier! At least know she will know her options! Warming up and cooling down isn’t just good for your shins, it’s good for your muscles too. We learned all about it in Nutritional Biochemistry!

  • Lindsay
    April 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I absolutely love williams and sonoma… I went there today with my mom and they were handing out cupcakes and waffles… yummy!! They were absolutely delicious!! Jenna, I have a question… do you live with your boyfriend all the time now??? or do u still live at home during the week??

    • jenna
      April 5, 2009 at 4:17 am


      No, no….we aren’t going to live together until we are married. I just stay here on the weekends because it makes life so much easier!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I had Date Night tonight, too! Ciao Bella! (we had italian for dinner, hehe)

  • healthy ashley
    April 6, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Hey Jenna- I suffer from shin splints to and this Boswellia sounds great. Where did you buy yours?

    • jenna
      April 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

      Healthy Ashley,

      I got mine from Greenwise but I’m sure you can find it at Whole Foods or any other health food store!