Veggie Crunchin’


Today’s dinner was boring leftovers. Well, they aren’t boring to me because they still taste amazing and I’m totally addicted to this Cooking Light pasta salad, but for blog purposes I guess leftovers are boring. I did pair the pasta salad with a big old veggie salad full of lettuce, carrot and grape tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I think I got my fill of fiber for the day with all that crunching!!  Tomorrow I’m planning on making another new meal from Cooking Light so that will probably be more exciting for you all ;).


For a snack later I had this genius idea to bring with me a pack of Go Lean instant oatmeal. My work station is right next to the microwave and I can just heat this up in a deli cup at school and have an instant hot filling snack! I’m planning on eating that around 8:00.


Now for the exciting stuff. I have always really liked to read Oxygen magazine because I think they have great nutrition and exercise advice. I actually have gotten my exercise routines straight from the pages and sometimes bring the magazine to the gym with me so I can do the featured exercises straight out of it! I really enjoy the column, “Raise the Bar” especially and today when I was wandering around Barnes and Noble before work, I found the columnist’s book and cookbook there!


Tosca Reno has written two books about eating clean and I glanced through them, saw the amazinggg spread of totally delicious looking recipes and just had to buy them both. These books look sooo great! It’s obviously not about a “diet” in the standard sense of the word (and I’m obviously not trying to lose weight)—-it’s all just about eating healthy….more of a lifestyle approach. I’ve already made my way through the first book (skimming it at work) and I’m totally impressed. Everything looks really great and theres some great nutritional advice in them. So, if you are at the bookstore and need a new cookbook, grab this! I basically formulated my entire grocery list for next week around her cookbook so I will let you all know then how it goes!

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  • erica
    July 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    That pasta salad looks fantastic.. I’ll have to make it someday!

    And I, too, have both the eating clean books, and I love her approach to health and nutrition. Not to mention how terrific the recipes are! Enjoy!

  • ModelBehavior
    July 29, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I have never even heard of oxygen magazine, I will have to check it out along with the books! Thanks for the tip!

  • hk
    July 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Too funny, we’re totally on the same brain-wave today- I just picked these two up! I’m a total advocate of clean eating- can’t wait to see (and try) what these books have to offer in the way of delish, nutritous food 🙂 have a good night, too!!

  • Erin
    July 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I love Tosca. Her recipes are rockin. So is her body. She’s got it all!

  • Amanda B
    July 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    (not sure if you read my comments)

    I am looking at the pasta recipe and am wondering if you can suggest any substitute for the tuna. I don’t eat tuna, but want something similar to the amount of cals and protein. Chicken, perhaps?

    I’m about to Google “haricot verts” because I had no clue what they are…

    This was a great issue of Cooking Light; I found a ton of recipes.

  • BethT
    July 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I read Oxygen once and thought it was too body-builder-y.

  • Alicia
    July 29, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I read oxygen magazine as well and used to buy it every month but stopped when it got too expensive. I don’t live in the US so have to pay for freight, taxes etc.

    I got sick of seeing overly muscular women so began reading the other more ‘fluff’ fitness magazines but I still read oxygen every month. The bad thing about oxygen is that it’s so focussed on clean eating that my diet looks bad compared to what the fitness competitors eat.

    For example, I love the abs of the fitness models but I find that life is more important than restricting the diet to achieve those washboard abs.

  • smjohnson30
    July 29, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I have all 3 of Tosca Reno’s books; the workout book, eating clean book, and cookbook. I agree, it can be a LITTLE too extreme, because most of us aren’t bodybuilders in competition, but she does have a good message to share. The recipes do look fantastic, especially if you want some all natural ones with nothing processed involved. I have yet to cook many of them, but I will hopefully incorporate a few in the near future! I have also picked up some good information from the workout book. She is really into weight training to sculpt the body, and I get bored with my routines, so I change them once a month, and the different exercises she discusses for each body part really help keep my routine fresh.

  • Megan
    July 29, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I want to get those books so bad. I may have to go to Barnes and Noble and peruse them this weekend. I love Oxygen magazine too and always see her in it.


  • VeggieGirl
    July 30, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I LOVE Oxygen Magazine; and I love their Clean Eating magazine as well.

  • Sydney
    July 30, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Hey everyone..
    I just wanted to say I started an eating disorder support blog!


  • Carrie
    July 30, 2008 at 1:03 am

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good strength training video for weights, etc. I have never weight trained before. I just do cardio and my body shows it. I would like to tone up. I am what is known as a skinny fat person. Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!!

  • kath
    July 30, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I have a question for everyone:

    what is your favorite fitness magazine?

    I’m thinking I’d like to subscribe for some extra motivation & tips; but have no idea which one to choose!
    ~ thanks!

  • Leigh
    July 30, 2008 at 2:04 am

    i thought at first that the girl on the cover of that book was naked and was holding fruit and veggies over her chest. it’s been a long day.

  • evan
    July 30, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Jenna- do you ever read Fine Cooking? I feel like you would like that magazine. Many of the recipes are pretty balanced but meant for people who love to cook–and they can easily be adapted and made your own. I think it may suit your gourmet tastes more than Cooking Light! 🙂

  • HangryPants
    July 30, 2008 at 2:45 am

    I’m a weirdo I guess because I love leftovers. Are these recipes in the August Cooking Light?


  • Carrie
    July 30, 2008 at 3:25 am


    I really love to read Women’s Health and Fitness.

  • Erica
    July 30, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Oww….thanks for finding/pointing out those cook books, I may buy one of those!

  • sue
    July 30, 2008 at 11:57 am

    the eat clean diet books look great! i’ll definitely check it out! 🙂

  • jenna
    July 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm


    I’ve actually never read that. I’ll have to look it up next time I’m at the store. Thanks!

  • Tosca Reno
    July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    You definitely have got the Eating Clean message down pat. Thanks for giving my books a shout out and helping to spread the word of Eating Clean. It certainly is a lifestyle… and one that everyone can maintain, not just bodybuilders. Thanks again.

  • Kodi
    July 30, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I love Oxygen mag and have since highschool, the pictures and articles are so inspiring. I have toyed with getting Tosca’s book in the past, but wanted to get a review first….so I will be looking forward to what you think of the recipes. Thanks for bloggin 🙂 Good luck on the practicals!