Lunch/ Product Reviews

Yoga Wednesdays

Good afternoon! Sorry this post is a wee bit late but Wednesdays are my yoga days and, wow, did I ever need it. Before I left though I was able to crank out a new True/Slant article—this time on my personal experience with finding a healthy balance. Good stuff!

In preparation for a late lunch and rigorous practice, I snacked on a broken piece of an Uncle Kracker + babybel cheese

I ate this snack around 11. I still was pretty full from my waffle but knew I would starving if I didn’t have anything. Yoga was from 12-1:30 and was awesomeeeeee. Jen, the instructor, blasted some awesome music (everything from funky rap to Amos Lee) and we just flowed. My legs are totally going to be hurting tomorrow from her “standing leg series” (warrior three to half moon to revolved half moon back to half moon to dancer to standing splits to regular splits WOWZA) but the long savasana at the end was worth all the sweat.

I got home around 1:45 and busted into a new lunch I found buried within the black hole of my pantry:
How interesting! I was totally intrigued by this a few months back and bought it, only to have it disappear behind countless bags of flour and sugar. I sort of struggled as to thinking what I could fill the sushi with but then remembered rotisserie chicken + hot sauce + avocado!
So basically you “steam” the rice in the microwave (or on the stove if you are super cool and don’t own a microwave like me) and then you take the little nori wraps and put some rice in them with your choice of fillings. Mine were a tad bit messy but did the trick! It was a nice break from my usual salad or sandwich and I love the taste of nori!
With soy sauce (and hot sauce!) for dipping —
And to top it all off, another extra juicy peach!


I thoroughly enjoyed myself, clearly.

In other interesting news, there may or may not be a super sweet giveaway on the Healthy Living Summit website! Click here to check it out and see for yourself! 😉
I love Yoga Wednesdays but it really does act as a full day activity. When I checked my Blackberry after class I saw I had 40 new emails (!!) and countless things to catch up on. Here I goooo!

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  • Shannon
    July 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    lol why do you not have a microwave? just curious because I know you were selling yours in the garage sale.

    • jenna
      July 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm


      that was a huge backfire and Ryan is still sort of mad at me about it. Our kitchen is TINY so I told him it would be best to sell the microwave and then my parents move (they are moving soon) we can take THEIR microwave and install it above the oven into the wall. Well…weeks have gone by and we still don’t have the microwave and don’t even know now if it will fit there…so we are microwave-less.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    July 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Nice lunch! I saw Annie Chun’s sushi wraps and was intrigued, but super intimidated! Doesn’t look too hard, though! I think I’ll pick up a package next time I see them 😉

  • Kati
    July 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Yum! That sushi look so good 🙂

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    July 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    What a creative lunch! I love Dr. Kracker seed breads 🙂

  • leslie
    July 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    ohh, fun lunch! my dream in life is to be able to do that yoga sequence you just described. seriously, wow.

  • Whitney
    July 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That peach looks super delish!

  • polly
    July 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    woohoo for yoga wednesdays! That series ending with real splits… I am totally stealing that. 😀

    I love your article for True/Slant… it was perfection. Love you, girl!! i got your email…. you are the SWEETEST!! I promise we’ll meet someday soon… cannot WAIT!!! until then, I will blow you a kiss from WDW next week… it’s gonna be a humdinger HOT one!! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. that is so cool about the Bible study!! Me too, not sure what one I’m joining at my church yet, but will figure it out when I see all the options…. XOXO

  • katey
    July 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Ive always wanted to try those sushi rolls! they look hard though!

  • Allison
    July 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    what a fun lunch!

  • Jess
    July 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Nice lunch – looks like a great Yoga Wednesday! I’ll have to try those sushi rolls sometime though.

  • Rachel
    July 29, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love the True/Slant topic – I find it so refreshing and inspiring to remember that bloggers who I see as really ideal models of health OF COURSE have struggled to find their own sense of balance, which reminds me that I can do it too.

    I love the cute little sushi wraps!

  • Julia
    July 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    What a fun lunch! Love me some sushi!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    July 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    The true slant article was great!

    Glad you enjoyed yoga!

  • Jessica
    July 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Yummy looking lunch!!!!

  • Meggilizz--Meggie's Munchies
    July 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Oooooooooh! Looks great! 🙂 And much better than my lunchtime sushi experience. 🙁

  • Kara
    July 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Too funny – because last night I also found my Annie’s Sushi wraps in the depths of my cabinet (also my first purchase/try) and made some yummy avo rolls! I would definitely get them again and try to make my next batch prettier and more interesting.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    July 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I’m so bad at rolling sushi! Yours really don’t look that bad — at least you can still pick them up without falling apart on you! 🙂

  • Jenna
    July 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve been eyeing these…..yours looks great.

  • MarathonVal
    July 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I love making sushi – just did it last week for the first time and it’s so much fun, and way cheaper than eating out at a sushi lounge!!

  • Maria
    July 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Wow, that lunch looks amazing! I have to go look around for that kit. Or I can just make it from scratch too I guess 😉

  • lindsey
    July 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    love the article! so good 🙂

  • Matt (No Meat Athlete)
    July 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Interesting, I wonder how they keep the sprouted rice from going bad in the pantry? I guess because it’s dried again? For example, Ezekiel stuff is always kept in the freezer. Who knows?

  • Eve
    July 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    That’s such a neat kit, I love sushi & nori 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    July 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Glad youga was great. So bummed I missed it! I really wanted to come! =( Had to do the doctor thing though.

    Hope you have a GREAT rest of the afternoon!

  • Lizzy
    July 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    savasana is definitely at least 75% of the reason i attend yoga 🙂 the sushi wraps loook delish!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Gotta love a good yoga session!!

    And I hope you get the microwave soon! haha…but it does force a person to get more creative, and it looks like you had an absolutely fabulous lunch with no microwave necessary. YUM! 😀

  • Sarah
    July 29, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Holy smokes! You are a busy lady 😉

  • Cynthia (It all changes)
    July 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Yoga wednesdays sound amazing! And I like your homemade sushi bit. I might have to try this sometime.

  • Adi (
    July 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Your lunch looks so cute! I love when lunch is in a bunch of pieces. 🙂

  • Ada
    July 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve tried that sushi before but I didn’t know they sold a brown rice version! I love serving the sushi as appetizers at parties since it looks hard to make when really you can just microwave the rice and it’s super easy!

  • Angharad
    July 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I too am sans microwave…at first I thought I would hate it but I actually love not having one! For one we actually would not have space right now in our teeny kitchen! But even if we did I prefer the old school use of the stove top over microwaves of heat anyday…oats just taste so much better that way, that’s for sure!!

  • Susan
    July 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    What a neat idea for packaged food! I know what you mean about long yoga sessions. My bike rides are always much longer than all my other activities, and I lose so much time when I’m out there for 2+ hours!

    I lived without a microwave for 5 months once. Made my power bill higher from using the oven so much!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    July 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t have a microwave either. None of the cool kids do. 😉

  • Denise (apple hill adventurer)
    July 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Hey jenna!
    I just started doing yoga, and I feel great! I have been teaching it to myself though (no schools or classes around in the boonies where I live), so I am not sure how right I am doing it, but it really makes running less hard on my knees!

    I always used to see those sushi things in the market when I was going to university .. I think its way cheaper to just buy nori and rice!

    Have a great rest of your day girl!

  • Organic Ashley
    July 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    That standing series sounds great but I am a little worried about how you get from standing splits to regular splits. That sounds like an accident waiting to happen. scary.

  • megan
    July 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Love that lunch! And the new article at True Slant. Very helpful…thank you 🙂
    Enjoy the rest of your afternoon, love.

  • Rebecca
    July 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I love your peach face!! That lunch looks yummy!! I’m going to a pilates class in an hour!!! I love yoga/pilates!!!

  • Allie Katie
    July 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Aw you are such a cute writer! I love that you threw in ‘chex mix’ as one of the things you gave up!! Too funny! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Taylor
    July 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Check out that peach!! I have the same ginormo Costco ones. They’re delish though!

  • Tracy
    July 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Love the TS article – great job!

  • Katherine
    July 29, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Mmmm homemade sushi! looks sooooo good!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    July 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Interesting idea-chicken inside a sushi!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    So glad to hear that you enjoyed yoga. Sounds like a great class and a wonderful way to break up the week!

    What a neat lunch. Those sushi wraps do look good… I love your fillings!

  • Evan Thomas
    July 29, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I tried that Annie Chung’s and it all fell apart on me 🙁 tasty though

  • Leianna
    July 29, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Sushi and hot sauce sounds amazzing. Two things I loveon their own butsound interesting together. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    July 29, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Yay for Yoga days!!

  • allijag
    July 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    MMM – hot sauce – it can go on ANYTHING! 😀

  • She-Fit
    July 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Your peach looks so good… so glad I picked some up from the grocery store today 🙂

  • Stacey
    July 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Today was my yoga day too! And at the end of it, I too, am thankful for savasana!! It seriously makes me want to fall right to sleep 🙂

  • Lisa
    July 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    My husband bought me a really cool sushi making kit for Christmas. I went and bought the rice, nori sheets and sesame seeds to make them with. Everything has been sitting in my pantry until today, when I saw your sushi post. So, I tried making some for dinner. It didn’t come out half bad! Thanks for inspiring me to try it!!!

  • ari
    July 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    that was a great true/slant article. i really enjoyed it, but i’m a little confused because in it you wrote that you gave up crackers?

  • WholeBodyLove
    July 30, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Make your own sushi rolls! How fun! I really liked to true/slant on finding balance. I had no idea that you had struggled with fad diets and numbers on the scale. What a great inspiration.