Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

When In Doubt, Use Cans

Hi guys!

How goes your Memorial Day so far? Instead of going to my spinning class, Ryan and I decided to go running together.


Okay so maybe I was more excited about starting the holiday off by exercise than he was! 😉

We actually make good running partners because we each have “injuries” (running hurts Ryan’s back and running hurts my shins) and have to go slow. Today we ran a slow, easy 2 miles and then walked for about another half mile or so. When we got back, I did the first circuit of Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred using…….soup cans!




It was interesting. I got hungry though so I stopped after the first circuit and Ryan made us post-workout recovery shakes!


To serve two we used: 1 frozen banana, 2 pieces curly kale, 1 scoop strawberry soy protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, a scoop of wheat germ and a few strawberries. I was pretty impressed…it was delicious!

However, I was hungry again pretty soon after and made an early lunch! I haven’t had almond butter in two days and that is two days too long in my book so today’s lunch revolved around the good stuff 🙂


I layered a heaping scoop of it on a toasted Kashi Go Lean waffle and then topped a Trader Joe’s dried banana on it for some chew (and since we are out of fresh bananas). On the other waffle, I smeared some raspberry preserves. Out of this world deliciousness, I tell you! I also had the remains of the Fage 2% (probably only 1/4 cup or so) topped with raw cacao nibs.

Look at gooey and delicious this waffle sammie was!


For dessert, I totally broke into one of the fantastic UK chocolate bars that Jo sent me!



Ryan just headed out fishing again (he’s hardcore I tell you!) but since I reached my fishing max with yesterday’s little adventure, I opted to stay home. We somehow seemed to have already eaten through a week’s worth of groceries over here so I need to hit up the store for some essentials. 😉 When Ryan gets home this evening we are having our own Memorial Day celebration by grilling out hot dogs. Well, Ryan is eating a hot dog and I’m going to eat a soy dog. I have a little bit of a complex with meat hot dogs. I’m sure some of you know what I mean. No details since its lunch time. I’m also going to get some veggies to throw on the grill…..maybe eggplants, peppers and onions? I love grilled veggies!

I hope whatever you all do you enjoy your day. Both Ryan and I have grandfathers that fought in World War Two and we are all so blessed to live in this great country!

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  • polly
    May 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Hey cutie!

    LOVE the soup cans. 😉

    Also, the pic of R is perfect. 🙂 XOXO Almond butter-less for 2 dyas IS INDEED 2 days too long, woman! hehee

    My grandpa was a war vet too, so let’s honor them today! Enjoy your grilled yummies tonight, sweetie!

    oh! I tried my hand at Jenna-baking today. Emphasis on TRIED. 🙂 I actually came up with a pie crust that is mostly almond butter and whole wheat flour. I also made a peach pie glaze with fresh peaches instead of the jell-o stuff I use for strawberry pie. It was an experiment for sure, but hubs was lovin’ it, as he already ate half a pie. 😉

    I will post the recipe tomorrow on YIY. Anyways, just thought you’d be all proud of Ma Ingalls for giving it a whirl today with the almost RAW dessert! 🙂 XOXO

  • Annabel
    May 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hahah workin out with soup cans, love it!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Haha what a great workout! Gotta love soup can creativity =) Glad you guys had a great morning. Enjoy your afternoon!

    Oh, and that wafflewich…YUM!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    May 25, 2009 at 11:16 am

    ahahahah, I love the pic of you are Ryan…that is so cute! You’ve got a good guy there! 🙂

    Your lunch looks absolutely fabulous…and I’m going to go make my lunch right now. Have a great day!

  • Sheri
    May 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Love the soup cans! Your arms looks great to BTW! 😉 That waffle smammie sure looks yummy! Need to go make my lunch for some reason I am hungry now!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I love using soup cans for workouts!

  • Jenny
    May 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

    haha way to imrpovise with those soup cans girl – work with whatchu got! glad you and the boyf had such a great work out together!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

    The waffle sandwich looks good! I love grilled veggies too, especially grilled zucchini

  • Recipes for Creativity
    May 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I’m happy you’re eating a soy dog! Hot dogs were the first meat I gave up oh so many years ago since they totally freaked me out! The grilled veggies sound awesome and you enjoy your afternoon, especially since you’re not on a fishing boat!

  • Gina
    May 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I tell my patients to use can for weights all the time! They always laugh at me, but it’s a super idea!

  • LK- Healthy Delcious
    May 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    your arms look so good!!! thats it- I need to start lifting again.
    I love veggies on the grill.

  • KT
    May 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I just read your guest post on Kath’s website, and I loved loved loved reading about your experience in Paris! I visited there during my European backpacking trip, and I loved every single pain au chocolat 🙂
    My mom went to Paris when she was in her early 20’s and went to Les Deux Magot and drank a hot chocolate. I re-created this when I was there… best hot chocolate of my life! Even though I was drinking it on a sunny patio in 30 degree weather 🙂
    The picture of yourself in front of the cafe brought a smile to my face and made my monday morning much brighter. Thank you so much!

  • Annie D.
    May 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    LOVE 30 day shred. We’re doing that tonight!!

  • Emily L.
    May 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Those soup cans remind me of when I was a five year old and used to pop in my mom’s jazersize tapes jam out 80s style! Ohh nostalgia…

  • Amanda
    May 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    grilled veggies are the best! and the only time i want a hot dog is at a baseball game. i can never resist them there!

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Haha, cans are a great substitute. Regular weights are PRICEY! Then you have to go and buy multiples…cans are a budget girl’s best friend. 🙂

  • spicygranola
    May 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    You should advertise for Campbell’s soup! I can see the tag line now “Get Souped Up Muscles!”. Grilled veggies are yum, eggplant is my favorite but zucchini and portabellos are good too.

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    HAHA wow I love the usage of soup cans!
    Happy Memorial Day, Jenna! I wanted to say I enjoyed reading your guest post on KERF – it is interesting to hear an American perspective on us Europeans!

  • Nicci
    May 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Loving the waffle Sammie….cute and delicious looking.

  • Nicole
    May 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I can’t wait to dig into my grilled soy dog and veggies too 😀

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 25, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I might actually try using cans for weights now! 🙂 I had AB today also after a couple days off, and it was so delicious. Mmm enjoy the grilling.

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Beth
    May 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Nice plank pose. You look buff!! The soup cans must be working.

  • Amy
    May 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    “I got hungry though so I stopped after the first circuit ” Jillian would not approve!!
    jk – she would, you’re active and you know your body. But I still heard Jillian yelling at you when I read that. 🙂

  • jessnyc
    May 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    lol ryan’s face pretty much sums up how i feel about running too! 🙂 love it.

    have a great memorial day!

  • Jessica
    May 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    That lunch looks sooo delicious Jenna, I may have to try those Tj’s dried bananas!!

    AND PS I made your “meatless sloppy joes” two nights ago and they were a HIT, my mom and I loveeddd them, and had them for leftovers yesterday!

  • kim
    May 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    i love the space of your new home! Do you guys eat dinner at the counter? And I spot some wine glasses. 🙂

    • jenna
      May 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm


      Thank you! We eat dinner wherever….sometimes the counter, sometimes the coffee table, sometimes the high top table. We don’t really have a “kitchen table” yet but hopefully we will someday soon!

  • kailey
    May 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    jenna your too cute using cans for weights! i bet it was a great workout though!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    May 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    you’re so resourceful with those soup cans. enjoy your private cookout tonight!

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    May 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Nice cans! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    My grandfather was a butcher, and though he isn’t a vegetarian, he refuses to eat chicken OR hot dogs. That says it all right there.

  • FitFoodie
    May 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Great idea to improvise! I love waffle sandwiches…my fav is 2 kashis with PB2 & Cherry Preserves.

  • K
    May 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Hot dogs make me shudder – ewwwww! I’m glad you ended your nut butter streak! A day without nut butter should be illegal 😉

  • Bec
    May 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    love the nike shorts I have very similar ones in pink!

  • bibixs
    May 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I have those shorts but with a purple side! 🙂

  • Michelle T
    May 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    ahhh i love love love those pictures of you doing the shred with the soup cans. It looks like new dance moves someone could whip out at a club. heheheheh
    Your early lunch sammie also looks fantastic!!! Are kashi waffles your favorite or do u have another brand that’s up there?? I’ve been craving ’em for a while but there’s so much to choose from I’m lost!! 😛

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    OMG- that breakfast looks soooo good!!!

    Nice workout! 🙂 I would totally be okay with one day of fishing too haha

    Have a great evening with the soy dog bbq!

  • april
    May 25, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Jenna! I am taking my first Bikram yoga class tomorrow and have signed up for a ten day course. Is there any tips or suggestions that you could give me? I’m really nervous! What is your typical breakfast before class? The class I’m taking starts at 11:15 so it is right before lunch. Do you recommend eating a snack before or after class? Thanks for all your help! 🙂

  • brandi
    May 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    glad you had a good workout! i hope you guys have had a great day 🙂

  • Sarah
    May 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I feel the same way about hot dogs, yuck. I just can’t do it anymore. I love meatless dogs though! Haha. Enjoy your cookout tonight 🙂

  • Leah
    May 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Do you find your compression socks working? Do you think they would help with tight/strained calves?

    • jenna
      May 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm


      Unfortunately I don’t find these silly socks doing ANYTHING as my shin splints seem worse than ever right now! Sorry 🙁

  • Caroline
    May 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Hehe, this post reminds me of when my mom used to do Richard Simmons’s Sweatin to the Oldies tapes with clam chowder cans. I thought it was quite fun to join in as a 5 year old!

  • Sarah (now in FL)
    May 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Score! Another Ryan picture!

  • Scott
    May 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Butt down and back straight on those pushups!

  • db
    July 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    this is so uncanny, I did my workout watching my laptop sitting on the table, also did it bare feet. Will be wearing shoes next time, cos when I went to do the lunges, my feet would slip cos they were getting sweaty LOL.

  • Hillary
    September 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Buff lady!