Treated to Lunch

Yum! I got to enjoy a fun lunch at my favorite health food store deli today with my mom. I got my favorite (of course!) the hummus and kale salad on a sprouted grain wrap. The wrap is chock-full of quinoa tabbouli, roasted red pepper hummus and garlicky kale salad. It’s pretty much the best thing ever created. And they serve it with the most addicting veggie chips. My mom and I shared the portion you see on my plate.

I also ordered this intriguing all natural ginger ale. I don’t do soda, as a general rule, but this was sweetened with pineapple juice and contained a whopping 17 grams of fresh ginger. There was nothing artificial or weird used. I only a little less than half of it though because it started getting a little too sweet for me. This is why I usually just stick to water or herbal tea!


I’m off to lay in the sun and read my book: Into the Wild. Ryan and I rented the movie last night and it was amazing. VERY intense but I absolutely loved it and the book (so far) is not failing me! Books are always better anyways…..

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  • Katherine
    April 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Jenna and Jenna’s readers,

    Could you explain to me why when making eggplant parmesan or chicken parmesan you bread it in both flour and breadcrumbs? I’ve never understood what the flour does.

    Also, I was wondering if you (and/or readers) notice a difference in satiety between steel cut oats, Scottish, and rolled oats or quick oats (depending on what you all have eat). Thanks all πŸ™‚

  • karla
    April 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    mmm yummy, everytime you post that wrap with those chips i get really jealous!

    that movie is sooo amazing, you know the guy that gives him the boots in the movie is the real guy that gave him the boots???? creepy huh?

    enjoy the sun!

  • erica
    April 3, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    i wish i could try that amazing wrap for myself! i get jealous each and every time you have it.. haha! and those veggie chips really are addicting, they lasted in my house for only a few days!

  • Anne P
    April 3, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Oh I loved “Into the Wild”! The book is MUCH better than the movie, as per usual. Very sad, but riveting story. Enjoy it!

    Also, what’s the deal with those veggie chips you keep having? Are they actual veggies? Or just potatoes made to look like veggies or something? How are they made?

  • Anne P
    April 3, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Also, I made the chickpea cutlets last night – you were right, they are super tasty!! My roommate liked them too, and neither of us are vegetarians πŸ™‚

  • AshleyP
    April 3, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    John Krakour is one of my absolute favorite authors!! You must read Under the Banner of Heaven, such an amazing book! And Into Thin Air too….

  • JennS
    April 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Suggestions please! What are some good beach reads? I am getting ready to go to Jamaica on my HONEYMOON!

  • nicole r.
    April 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    They are actual veggies!! My whole foods sells those exact ones and they’re literally the most delicious things in the world!

  • Anne P
    April 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    really?? how are they made chip like??

  • Vegan_Noodle
    April 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Lunch looks tasty. I make an exception to my no soda rule occasionally for ginger ale/soda as well.
    We watched Into the Wild a few nights ago as well, and really enjoyed it. Beautiful scenery. Need to go read the book as well.

  • ChocolateCoveredVegan
    April 3, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve eaten cupcakes/cake for breakfast before too! Hey, if you can have oatmeal for a snack, then why not cake for brekkie? ;o)

  • Ryane
    April 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I loooooove Reed’s Ginger Brew! I like it’s sharpness.

  • Beth
    April 3, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    JennS – have you read Eat, Pray, Love? It’s a favorite of mine. Have fun on your honeymoon!! I’m gearing up for mine in August!

  • Kath
    April 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    So jealous of your spring break when I’m here studying in the rain πŸ™ Lunch looked so fun!

  • Jen
    April 3, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    JennS, have you read The Other Boleyn Girl? It was a total page-turner, and I think it would actually make a good beach read. For something lighter, maybe Sophie Kinsella’s new one, Remember Me?

  • JennS
    April 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Is eat, pray, love honeymoon material?

  • melissa
    April 3, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I tend not to drink soda also (not as a ‘rule’ but simply because it’s too sweet for me) so I know what you mean.

    Also, you said a couple posts back that you didn’t eat white rice as a ‘rule’- seems like there are a lot of rules- and someone asked why. I was curious as to why the ban on white rice also. I know that brown is much more nutritious and (IMO) tastier, haha, but I’d like to be able to go out and enjoy japanese food and not All places offer brown rice… yet. So as long as most of our grains are whole, why is white rice something to be avoided?

    Thanks for answering, have a great thursday!!


  • ibex hk
    April 3, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    yum, lunch looks great! I so wish I could be working on my tan, too-ENJOY!

  • Kelly
    April 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Katherine – I imagine the kind of method you’re looking at is flour, then egg, then bread crumbs? If so, it helps the egg stick so that the bread crumbs and egg can adhere better.

  • Beth
    April 3, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Different Beth, there seem to be so many repeats of names πŸ™‚

    Jenna Since you typically pre-cook you oatmeal, how much do you cook them at night? All the way trough? Mine was a weird consistency rock even with microwaving this morning. I used rolled oats and cooked with milk the night before.

  • jenna
    April 3, 2008 at 7:46 pm


    White rice is the same thing as white bread, as I’ve said before. It is basically junk food and empty carbs for your body. Nothing good can come out of it! now, you are totally fine if you enjoy it sometimes at a japanese restaurant…but what I’m starting to do is specifically ask for brown rice. It’s usually like 50 cents more but worth it because brown rice is healthy and white rice is not. It relates to the fact that there are 2 different kinds of carbohydrates. Simple and complex. As we know, simple is not good. It spikes up your blood sugar then leaves you to crash. It contains little to no fiber, yet has calories. Complex, on the other hand, contains fiber and protein and will not cause the sharp spike to your blood sugar, thus regulating your body more and leaving you full for longer. When I say I have a “rule” I’m mostly saying it very lightly. It’s not as if I have a little notepad with a set of “rules” I have for myself. But…it is known that soda and products that are white (white flour, white bread, white sugar, white rice) just don’t DO anything for us. I would rather fill my body with fuel that it likes. Plus, I don’t like the taste of white rice. It sort of sticks to the roof of my mouth. I grew up never being allowed to eat white bread or white rice so it sort of stuck πŸ™‚


    I don’t cook my oats the night before anymore because I have much more time in my mornings now. I usually only cooked steel cut oats at night though and, yes, cooked them all the way through then reheated with some soy milk or hemp milk in the morning. Why don’t you try making overnight oatmeal instead if you are using rolled oats? Combine 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup liquid of your choice and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning it won’t be hard as a rock and you can add whatever you want and heat it or eat it cold.

  • sweet basil
    April 3, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    ANNE P

    the veggie chips are the same as the veggie chips they sell @ Fresh Market (at least they look identical!). Tthe fresh market ingredient list notes that they do have oil and salt in them. So Im not sure if they’re fried? I want to believe they are just dehydrated and totally heatlhy, but but there’s a good chance they are just fried. I would imagine they are much like a potato chip, only made with carrots and other vegetables.

  • sweet basil
    April 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    regardless-they are delicious and addictive!

    speaking of addicting foods you can buy in bulk aisles…

    has anyone tried the WF carob covered raisins? I love these! i wonder if i can somehow justify them as being healthy…??:)

  • Betsy
    April 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    i’m also not a big soda fan-waaay too sweet, although i’ve seen this ginger brew around and have wanted to try it. i LOVE ginger, i think i eat it/drink it in some form everyday (ginger tea, hard candies, dried ginger), so I might have to buy some.

    sandwich looks really good. you should try to recreate it at home!

  • Cara
    April 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I need new books to read!

    Also your wrap looks heavenly.

  • Eliza
    April 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    does almond butter have to be kept in the fridge???!!! someone help me πŸ™‚ it doesnt say to refrigerate or anything! its the kind they grind at the store.

  • Heather NC
    April 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I’m probably the only person who didn’t like “Into the Wild”. While I thought the movie was well directed and acted, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for his sister. I also really got annoyed when I read that he was only 6 miles from a National Forest campground. If he had taken a map with him, he would’ve known that and lived.

  • LolaFunk
    April 3, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I really really want to try those veggie chips!
    Also, Im making those cupcakes soon, yummmm!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    mmm, kale :0) how lovely that you got to have lunch at your favorite place!!

    enjoy reading ‘Into The Wild’ – I’ve heard good things about it, overall!!

  • Romina
    April 3, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    That ginger ale looks interesting. I’m not one for soda either, but it looks yummy!

  • molls
    April 4, 2008 at 5:04 am

    ditto heather nc. i couldn’t get over his selfishness. his poor family.

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 4, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    I would LOVE to recreate that wrap! it sounds so amazing! And yet another recipe with kale! I’m going to buy it this weekend!