Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Sugar Mama

Well, I have to get to school early tonight because tonight is the night we are starting our sugar practical! We are working all night tonight on the centerpiece and have until 9:00 tomorrow night to finish it. Sugar is definitely more challenging than I thought and my burned and blistered hands prove it….hopefully tonight goes smoothly and we get everything done we need to!

This afternoon I was cold so I fixed a warm snack of cinnamon raisin ezekiel cereal (1/2 cup with 1/2 cup soymilk)….I popped the cold cereal in the micro for 1 minute and it became more of an oatmeal consistency. Very yummy!


I felt the need to stretch later so I did about 15 minutes of a lunchtime flow yoga download. I’m loving having more time on my hands these days (unfortunately it will be very short lived—a month from now I will be working full time!). Gotta enjoy it while I can!

For dinner tonight I made my favorite baked tofu with sweet potato fries, kiwi and a salad:



I used half a big block of extra firm tofu from Whole Foods and a basic marinade of toasted sesame oil, agave nectar, red pepper flakes, salt and garlic powder.  I was actually so stuffed after eating all the tofu and fries that I didn’t eat the spinach of the salad—only the carrot and cucumber.

For a snack later I’m bringing a Balance Pure bar and an apple. Hopefully it won’t be that long of a night!


Have a great night, everyone—tomorrow is Friday!

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  • VeggieGirl
    September 4, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Sweet potato fries + kiwi = YUM!!

    Good luck with your practical – you’ll ace it, for sure!!

  • natalie
    September 4, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Dinner looks great Jenna!

    Good luck tonight, I hope you don’t get any more burns!

  • Evey
    September 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Your dinner looks so good.. I really want sweet potato now!

    Good luck on your practical.. all this hard work will pay off soon enough!

  • Grounded Fitness
    September 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    mmm sweet potato fries…

    breakfast looks delish…im going to have to pick up that cereal- i love hot cereal


  • HangryPants
    September 4, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I love warm cereal – especially grape nuts and all bran – with milk.

    How long do you bake the tofu for and on what temp? I like how yours looks almost burnt – must be crispy!


  • gina (fitnessista)
    September 4, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    mmm ezekiel cereal heated up is so satisfying!
    i loooooove sweet potato fries and that tofu looks awesome- i like my crispy, too 😀
    have fun at class tonight! can’t wait to see your sugar creation!

  • Megan
    September 4, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Your cereal looks so good. I may have to give it a try!

  • melissa
    September 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Hey everyone, this is a random question but I know there are a bunch of runners who read this blog, so I figured this would be a good place to ask my gross question…last weekend I ran a half-marathon and now one of my toenails feels like it’s about to fall off! It has not bled, there is no blood underneath the nail, it just feels loose and is a little painful when walking and wearing sneakers. Any ideas on how to remedy this? Can I continue to run, and if so, should I tape the nail down or use a bandaid? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

  • Christie I.
    September 4, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Those sweet potato fries look awesome.

    Good luck tonight!

  • Rae
    September 5, 2008 at 12:24 am


    Tape it down, youre still ok to run! A new nail is growing underneath the old nail, it should fall off when the new nail is ready, in a few weeks. A little gross but nothing to worry about!

  • suzanne
    September 5, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Can i ask how you make your favorite baked tofu??

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    September 5, 2008 at 12:49 am

    good luck on your tes! 😀

  • Alli W.
    September 5, 2008 at 1:06 am

    haha melissa! that happened to me after my first half. it’s totally sick when it falls off, but no worries!! just tape it down. also, depending on the toe, you might switch shoes for ones with a bigger toe box. that’s what was recommended to me and it’s much better. also, always keep your toenails clipped short. that’s all my advice!! all my friends made fun of me for weeks, and i spent the whole summer w/ a bandaid around my big toe b/c i was so grossed out!

  • michelle
    September 5, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Quick question: Do you make your own sweet potato fries? If so, how? Just cut up and bake??? Is it that easy or do you have a secret recipe??

    Thanks and hope your running pain goes away for good!!!


  • Gliding Calm
    September 5, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Hey Jenna! Your dinner looks right up my alley! YUM! Can’t go wrong with baked tofu!!

    Thanks for the comment about my feet….ugh injuries are so frustrating…and I know you understand! It makes my heart go out to you too… hearing how excited you are about new shoes, new Chi-running techniques, and new discoveries of training styles…and having to wait to heal. I guess that’s life?! I don’t think I can say my body has felt 100% ever since maybe freshman or sophmore year of high school?! Ha! I can’t even remember. Injuries definitely come with the territory. Anyways…. good luck to you tonight in school, and can’t wait to hear about your runs once you are healed and on your way! I completely agree with the Chi Running technique as well (from what it sounds). In skating, I found that after doing years of Pilates (yes- YEARS- it took so long to build that body awareness), and I was able to learn how to keep my core strong…the stress on my other joints (back, neck, legs, knees, etc) was lessened greatly. I look forward to hear how it works for you!

  • jenna
    September 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm


    I do—SO easy :). I take a sweet potato, peel it and slice it thin. Then I put the fries on a baking sheet, spray with pan spray and sprinkle with sea salt and cayenne and bake at 425 for 30 minutes, turning halfway through. They are my favorite!!


    Yes! Sorry when I wrote last night’s post I had meant to explain more but then my roommate (who is never here) walked in so I hung out with her. I stole Gliding Calm’s recipe for the tofu and it’s amazing! I buy the tubs at whole foods and one tub gives me two meals of tofu. So I press and freeze the tofu then defrost and rub with:

    1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    2 tsp rice wine vinegar
    garlic powder
    squirt of agave nectar
    red pepper flakes

    and then I bake it at 425 for 30 minutes, turning the pieces halfway through. They get all crusty, golden and chewy!