Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch


 So, my new class should be very interesting!

I think I have found my niche in breads, but I love learning about it all, and making petit fours isn’t too bad either 😉 Basically, this class is all about that. Petit Fours. And pies and cookies. Cute little pastries that you see in the window of Parisian shops. My chef instructor is actually quite famous and has been on the food network a bunch because she single handedly started up this brownie company that completely took off. Most recently she was on the show “Unwrapped” and her episode will be airing again on April 30th apparently. It’s just funny because she can’t weigh more than 90 pounds. She’s the tiniest woman I have ever seen! She also was on the Rachel Ray Show recently too and has worked at a number of famous resorts. Last night we just made pie crusts to use the rest of the week. Tonight we are making a whiskey-pecan pie and an apple custard pie. Pictures will be taken, no worries!

This morning I woke up and had my usual pre-workout snack (half a banana with almond butter). I hit the gym for a 30 minute circuit workout, much like the workout I did the other day and detailed to you all. I warmed up for 5 minutes running on the treadmill, then did walking lunges with weights (lunge down, curl up 10 pound weights), calf raises, chest press, pushups, crunches, tricep pulldowns, and rowing for my back.

When I got back around 8:00, I packed my lunch and made a smoothie and a waffle with jam for breakfast. In my smoothie I put a banana, some frozen strawberries, 1 cup of fat free soy milk and about a tbsp of almond butter. It was delicious—creamy and perfect for being hot and sweaty after the gym. I need to make smoothies more often!


So, in my lunchbox today I am trying a new soup. I rarely ever buy canned soups because they usually turn out to be gross but this one caught my eye (maybe because it was 2 for $3) at Whole Foods last week. The ingredients are incredibly simple and all natural and, if I eat the whole container (which I will), it will be about 16 grams of protein! Awesome! I’ll let you all know how it goes. I like to pack warm things like soup in my lunch because I’m ALWAYS cold. Especially at work! Plus, it is easy for me to eat and answer the phones at the same time without having a wad of sandwich in my mouth. I also packed some spicy blue corn chips and green grapes that the roommate left behind when she left 🙁




For my snack, I packed a pear and some pecans. If the soup really fills me up for some reason I might save my grapes as well for my snack. I like to have options so I don’t get bored!


Have a great Tuesday, yall!

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  • nicole r.
    April 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    i dont remember who asked the other day but hello whomever! currently, i am technically still an undergrad senior. i was accepted into medical school in my sophomore year, and have been taking classes since junior year. when i officially matriculate in august, i’ll be taking less classes than other first years, though i don’t graduate early. last semester i completed my major, after having suffered through 2 years of an overloaded course schedule and finally am taking nothing but electives + a class to complete my other easy (easier?) major + med classes this semester 🙂
    last semester i didn’t have even nanofraction of the free time i do now, so i know what you’re saying about lack of time in college, believe me!! plus i have senioritis to a moderatelyyy indescribable extreme

  • nicole r.
    April 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    also i really like your glass jenna, did you get that at anthro also?

  • Rhodeygirl
    April 8, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    oooohh your glass is so so cute! i love it so much!

  • jenna
    April 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    That’s not mine—it’s my roommates! I’m not sure where she got it. Probably home goods or target.

  • erica
    April 8, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    mmm, a smoothie and a waffle.. perfect breakfast! are those lifestream waffles or are those the van’s waffles? i don’t know which ones to get on a normal basis, they’re both so good. 🙂

  • Romina
    April 8, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Your instructor sounds super interesting! Never underestimate the small people. 😉 Can’t wait to see what creations you make together!

  • jenna
    April 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm


    I really don’t know! It was just one random waffle in my freezer without a box! I had to eat it to get rid of it!! Haha

  • arimcg
    April 8, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve had that soup…it’s pretty good. I don’t usually like canned soup, either, but I think the Health Valley lentil is good, too.

  • Cara
    April 8, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    The class sounds really fun. I hope you enjoy your lunch as much as your smoothie.

  • Holly
    April 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I’m sure you have answered this before, but it’s just a really short question. Would you say that you usually stick to about 30 minutes of exercise when you do workout typically? Seems like you usually don’t work out more than that each day. That’s what I usually do, so I’m just wondering. I used to work out like 60-90 minutes a day, and that is just WAY too much for me.


  • Clara
    April 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    mmm, I love smoothies after working out. Sooo refreshing and satisfying 🙂

    I haven’t tried that kind of soup, but it looks good. When I eat canned soup I usually have the Amy’s brand – have you tried that? The minestrone and lentil are really yummy and healthy, too!

    Wow, your new class sounds amazing. Pastry work is a real art form, I’m sure. Good luck!!!

  • Phoebe
    April 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I tried that soup recently and while it tastes fine it is about the worst color I’ve ever seen (gray). I will eat ANYTHING but I had to really force myself to taste this soup. I ended up dumping a ton of pepper and curry powder into it to change the color a bit and make it taste better! It’s too late for you to pack curry powder but maybe you won’t mind the color!

  • Karen
    April 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I am so jealous! I would love to learn all about petit fours. Enjoy your class!

  • LolaFunk
    April 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Do you really only eat 6 pecans? I love pecans 🙂

  • Betsy
    April 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    your new class sounds really fun! i love making little petit fours…it’s such an art though! and it’s nice to hear that you think you found your niche! that’s basically the point of going through all these different classes-finding something specifically you love. congrats on that!

  • BethT
    April 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Can you share the name of your instructor? Her background sounds so familiar and it is driving me crazy because I can’t think if I’ve seen her on Food Network!

  • Katie B.
    April 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    You mentioned you use WestSoy nonfat soymilk. I use WestSoy too and tend to switch it up between Nonfat vanilla and lite (low fat) plain – I switched over from regular milk about a year ago and initially found the nonfat plain too watery. Is the amount of fat in the lite bad for you/should it be considered discretionary calories like 1% milk would be?

  • JennS
    April 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Hey Erica, it looks like you do a good job to be so young. are you in college? i see you model jenna a lot, wish i had that control 🙁

  • Lori- the pleasantly plump vegan
    April 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    oo, i love that glass! i love anything butterfly.
    i’ll be on the look out from yr instructor on those shows. that’s exciting!

  • erica
    April 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    JennS – I’ve always been a healthy eater, but Jenna has influenced my eating a great deal.. she’s an inspiration to me. 🙂

  • JennS
    April 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Erica, i think its really great younger people have that lifestyle.. just out of curiosity, was your family healthy? that has a large part to do with it in today’s society…. i read on the Eatlikeme blog, cristin answered a question about a child having diabetes from being severly obese.. this is a problem with our society.

  • Danielle
    April 8, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Jenna and fans of her blog 🙂
    I just started my own and although it’ll be a while before I put anything really interesting I was thinking that I should give a shout-out since once my traveling begins I’m not sure if I’ll be able to. Intrigued? Check it out:
    Thanks! Ooh bread, there’s nothing better. Just send the extras my way 😉

  • erica
    April 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I live with my mom, and strangely enough, I was the one who got her more in tune with eating healthy rather than the other way around. I’ve always been interested in nutrition which is why I’m going to school to become an R.D. 🙂

  • jenna
    April 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Yes it seems I do work out on average 30 minutes a day. Who has time for more?! I get so bored at the gym and would much rather be at a yoga class but a girl has to keep her figure! 😉


    I occasionally have Amy’s soups. I like the lentil one!


    Oh, I don’t know. I just took a small handful. I also had a chocolate covered brazil nut. I like pecans but not too much of them because they make my mouth feel funny. I’m weird, I know.

    Yay Danielle! I’ll be looking at your blog for sure 🙂

  • Jill
    April 9, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I love Amy’s soup, but have never liked the health valley as much – not as flavorful or as much variety!

    How do you limit to just five pecans? Is that a normal amount or not, it seems small.

  • jenna
    April 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm


    I don’t know what the “normal” amount is. I don’t really like to eat pecans plain but I was in a rush and out the door and needed something so I just grabbed a couple. I knew my soup would hold me over pretty well anyways (which it did) because it had 16 grams of protein and fiber in it.