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Recent Eats: Bolognese, Scallops + The Best Apples

Oh my gosh. Today was nuts! I literally didn’t stop moving all day.

For those of you who love “day in the life” here’s brief synopsis of mine.

5:30-9 a.m. – gym…train 3 clients and meeting
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – home for breakfast, write first PBR blog post, respond to comments and so many emails, Run Charlotte Run social media
12:30 p.m. – 3 mile run
1:15-2:20 p.m. – shower, eat lunch, pack up for the rest of the day
2:30 p.m. – Metro management team meeting
4-7 p.m. – studio to teach back-to-back yoga classes. Covered the earlier class for a sick friend. Start on Run Charlotte story in 30 minute break between classes.
7:30-9 p.m. – meeting at Whole Foods about an upcoming project
9-11:00 p.m. – home and heat up leftovers for dinner, finish Run Charlotte story, emails, make tea and eat a snack, second blog post

The days literally pass by in warp speed. Time flies!

Okay, here’s a look at recent eats this week. I’m proud of the eats because they’ve been mostly homemade and healthy despite work insanity.



Daily smoothies. Lots of coffee. The perfect fuel to start the day.



Leftover pizza and salad.


Salad with a mix of arugula and Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch, avocado, honey goat cheese, carrots, cucumbers, celery, chicken breast, dried cranberries and pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds.



On Monday I made a big batch of bolognese sauce with local grass fed ground beef and lots of veggies. I served it over spaghetti squash with parmesan. I’ve eaten this twice this week.


I rarely eat salads for dinner but I was craving one on Tuesday. Arugula, spinach, carrots, celery, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, feta, tomatoes, avocado and honey dijon chicken breast.


On Wednesday night I met friends for wine and dinner. I ordered the most amazing, to die for, killer scallops of all time. They were the size of golf balls and served over a creamy butternut bacon mixture.


And we plowed through two orders of truffle fries for the table.





It’s honey crisp apple season! I stocked up on organic honey crisp apples last weekend at Trader Joe’s and have been eating them with peanut butter for a snack. So good!

What’s your favorite type of apple? For me it’s a tie between a pink lady and honey crisp. I do not care for red delicious or granny smith. And any “mealy” or “soft” apple is a no go for me! I need cold and crisp!

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  • Charlotte October 2, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Jen! get your hands on some black arkansas apples when they’re in season late autumn. have you ever had them? they’re a little tart and sweet and look beautiful..google them. so different looking and intense flavor, amazing for baking or just eating. honey crisp are delicious as well but these are a whole different texture and experience. 🙂 <3

  • Sam @ Pancakewarriors October 3, 2014, 12:11 am

    Yum Jen your ears look great! I love how jam packed your day is yet you sound so chipper when you talk about it! Your passion for your work comes through in our words! Thanks for sharing your day! I’m with you on the mealy apples – bleh!

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:39 am

      thanks sam! i truly love what i do!

  • Lisa October 3, 2014, 5:40 am

    I love Honeycrisp!!! Also do you have a recipe for your Bolognese sauce? Thanks and have a great weekend!!!!

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:40 am

      hey lisa! i’m posting the recipe this week.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 3, 2014, 5:58 am

    Fuji apples are the best! And I’ve been having strange cravings for the classic Macintosh lately…weird! Also pacific rose are amazing but only in season for such a short time!

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:40 am

      i don’t think i’ve ever tried pacific rose. i shall keep my eye out for them!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 3, 2014, 6:32 am

    Love Honey Crisp this time of year and always love Granny Smith and Pink Lady. I can’t eat any of the other apples (actually have an apple allergy but these three work for me, most of the time lol)…

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:41 am

      that’s so interesting that you have allergies to certain apple varieties and not others!

  • She Rocks Fitness October 3, 2014, 6:42 am

    Oh those scallops and those fries…DROOLING! Oh your schedule seems so similar to mine. Thursdays and Mondays KICK MY BUTT. It is non stop insanity and when I get home I literally just fall into the couch and can hardly talk…HA! Have a beautiful Friday! XOXO

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 3, 2014, 9:32 am

    ooo give me some vino and that pizza!!

  • Jen October 3, 2014, 10:11 am

    favorite apples are Macouns, new discoveries are Jazz and Diva apples – I’m with you cold and crisp! Going apple picking tomorrow 🙂

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:42 am

      i’ve never heard of macouns. what are they similar to?

      • Beth October 8, 2014, 5:04 pm

        Macouns are my favorite too, but they’re super hard to find. I only find them at farmer’s markets in the nyc area and saw some at whole foods the other day. they are like mcintoshes but smaller, slightly sweeter i think and WAY crunchier! cold and delicious!

  • emily October 3, 2014, 10:21 am

    Amen! Apple should be cold and crisp..

  • Mandy Singer October 3, 2014, 10:45 am

    I heart your coffee cup!! Keep kicking butt, you are so motivating 🙂

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:42 am

      thank you so much mandy! i appreciate the encouraging words! 🙂

  • Katelyn October 3, 2014, 12:06 pm

    I loveee honeycrisp apples! So glad they are back in season! I’ve eaten one every day this week with almond or peanut butter!

  • Tracy October 3, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Honey crisp is my favorite! I’m so glad they seem to be more available now than in the past.

    I’m obsessed with TJs cruciferous crunch and pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds!

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:43 am

      what’s your favorite thing to do with the cruciferous crunch?

  • Julie October 3, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Love Honeycrisps – just had 1 for my morning snack! 😉 Braeburns are my faves – I think they taste a lot like Honeycrisps but are much cheaper. I agree wholeheartedly – cold & crisp!! Those scallops look amazing!

  • Taylor October 3, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Have you posted the recipe for your bolognese on the blog before? I’d love to try it!

    • Jen October 3, 2014, 2:40 pm

      no but i am going to post this recipe!

  • Felicia October 3, 2014, 5:07 pm

    I am a Pink Lady addict! Nothing compares anymore… it’s just gotta be that cold, crisp and juicy. Glad to hear there are others that understand 🙂

    Also, would love to try this bolognese! I’ve made your paleo banana bread and gluten-free, refined sugar-free mini carrot cake cupcakes and LOVED both. Thanks!

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:44 am

      hey felicia! thanks for trying my recipes and i’m excited to hear they’ve turned out well for you. i will be posting the bolognese this week!

  • Hayley October 3, 2014, 5:42 pm

    You get the award for prettiest salads on Instagram!

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:44 am

      thanks girl! i love getting creative with them!

  • Kacy October 4, 2014, 6:50 am

    Pink ladies are my fave! I like to use Granny Smith apllea though when baking apple crisp because they are so tart, they seem to balance the too-much sweetness from all the brown sugar goddess. Loving some spaghetti squash right now…. And those scallops.

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:45 am

      hey kacy – yes, totally agree on the sweet/tart balance when baking!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner October 4, 2014, 10:21 am

    It’s breakfast time and now I want scallops! Those look so good!

    I hate mealy apples too, but it is amazing the difference between a red delicious apple from the store and one straight from the tree. From the tree they are so crisp and sweet. I don’t know what they do to them from tree to store! (I probably do not want to know)

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:45 am

      i don’t know that i’ve ever had a red delicious straight from the tree. and yes, i think sometimes there is a rather long transit from tree to shelf to fridge that probably doesn’t do the apples any favor.

  • Tara October 4, 2014, 10:00 pm

    I love pink ladies and Fujis. Granny Smiths I. Baking but if I eat one straight up I get heartburn for some odd reason. Looooove bolognese !

    • Jen October 6, 2014, 11:46 am

      the granny smiths give you heartburn or all apples? i think if it’s just granny smiths it makes sense because they can be aggressively tart/sour.

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