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Recent Eats…Featuring Tacos & Bacon

Happy Tuesday! This morning I trained a client, worked out, taught yoga and practiced yoga. I have my first photo shoot for my book in a couple of hours. Many of you have asked for more details on the book…it’s about core training, specifically planks, and will be photography heavy with written descriptions of all of the exercises and will also include 10 complete core workouts. My hope is that it will be a resource for a wide audience…home workouters (I made that word up), gym enthusiasts, trainers, group fitness instructors, etc. It won’t release until April 2015 but you’re hearing so much about it now because all of my materials are due in the next couple of months. We are starting photography today and I am nervous but excited!

Time to catch you up on what I’ve been eating lately. I have so much to catch up on and blog about in general. The creative juices are definitely flowing lately. I think it’s this spring air and sunshine! πŸ™‚



This was actually Sunday brunch…whole wheat sourdough with light mayo, avocado, applewood smoked bacon and an egg. This was really, really good. I need more bacon in my life.


I joked on Instagram that I had crossed over to the green smoothie dark side. I got a little crazy with this one…kale, peaches, mango, kiwi, avocado, almond milk, liquid egg whites and apple. It actually tasted great. The avocado makes the smoothie creamy and the egg whites make it fluffy. It also satisfied me for quite a while. The Vitamix was key in getting a smooth blend in with this crazy mix. Everything was perfectly pureed.



I had the BEST lunch before leaving Geneva last Friday. We ended up at Bien Trucha thanks to a reader recommendation on Instagram (Y’all…I’m SO in love with Instagram lately. It’s definitely my favorite social media site of the moment. I like how visual it is and all the interaction that takes place between people.) The food was wonderful. So fresh and flavorful. We shared these home fries with cilantro-serrano aioli as well as grilled corn withΒ epazote-butter, lemon-aioli, queso cotija and chile piquin.


Pork belly tacos with salsa verde, cucumber and queso fresco.


Tuna tacos with celery aioli, arugula and avocado.

So grateful for an awesome local recommendation. I loved the town of Geneva. It was cute and had great shops and restaurants.


And here’s a much less exciting lunch at home. Simple sandwich and salad.



Shredded brussels sprouts cooked with diced applewood bacon, honey-dijon marinated chicken and roasted baby carrots.


This is a sad dinner. I was full speed ahead making Thai green curry until I discovered that I didn’t have a can of coconut milk in the pantry. I converted it into a stir fry instead using Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce. Not the same but got the job done. In general, I’m not really into stir fries.


Dinner at a friend’s house. Salad, mashed cauliflower with truffle oil and a chicken kabob. It’s nice to eat grilled food again thanks to our weather!

What is your favorite social media site?Β 



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  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 11, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Social Media site would be a tie between facebook and instagram. I can waste way too many hours on each of those. All of this food looks SO delicious! Looking forward to hearing more about your book!

  • Brittany @ Proteinandpumps March 11, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Instagram is my favorite by far! Can’t wait to hear about what all you have going on…espeicially the photo shoot. Good luck, you will do great.

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! March 11, 2014, 1:31 pm

    I can’t get enough of grilled foods. I am loving Instagram lately as well. Love that gallon size of almond milk you posted : )

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 11, 2014, 1:36 pm

    Instagram is my favorite as well. It’s the easiest to keep up with as well!

    And those tacos look great – thinking about how I can recreate at home. πŸ™‚

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 11, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I’m obsessed with instagram too! I use it more than any other. All your food pics look awesome and I feel ya, I’m not big of stirfries either.

    I can’t wait for your book!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 11, 2014, 1:40 pm

    I really only use instagram these days…I never go on twitter and can’t stand facebook all that much either…I agree with you regarding instagram and why you like it! Regarding the Island Soyaki, is it me or is it not as good as it used to be? I find it overloaded beyond overloaded with the sesame seeds these days and the taste seems off with each bottle I buy. Maybe they changed it? Who knows.

    • Jen March 11, 2014, 6:13 pm

      hmm, i haven’t noticed but i’ve only used it once or twice over the last few months. i’ll pay attention next time. i did notice tons of sesame seeds.

  • Emily March 11, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Your food never fails to make me feel hungry! All looks incredibly tasty. I am inspired…

  • Shannon March 11, 2014, 1:45 pm

    I am alllll about Instagram. And I love blogging on Wordpress, obviously πŸ™‚
    My blogs and Instagram friends are what keep me entertained through my day!

  • allie@sweetpotatobites March 11, 2014, 2:09 pm

    I’m intrigued about egg whites in a smoothie – does it taste eggy at all?

    I love doing a kale/pineapple/avocado/almond milk blend. So good!

  • Liz F. March 11, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Def instagram. It’s so interactive and visually appealing!!

  • Allison March 11, 2014, 4:14 pm

    oh man, all your food looks SO good!

  • Hayley C March 11, 2014, 4:55 pm

    Is it safe to put egg whites in your smoothie? I make green smoothies every morning in my vitamix and this would be a fun twist!

    • Jen March 11, 2014, 6:12 pm

      yes, the liquid substitute that i use is pasteurized and safe to eat without cooking!

  • She Rocks Fitness March 11, 2014, 8:01 pm

    All that food is just flat out YUMMY! My favorite social media outlets are probably Instagram and Twitter. So happy for you and what is happening with this book…High-Fives to YOU!

  • Rebekah March 11, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Hmmmm this looks delicious!! You should consider posting a recipe for the home fries with cilantro-serrano aioli. It looks amazing πŸ™‚

    • Jen March 12, 2014, 9:10 am

      i ordered them in a restaurant so not sure how it’s made…but it sure was delicious!

  • Gina March 12, 2014, 2:11 am

    Hi Jennifer, this is a really strange question but I’m really curious! When you post photos of sandwiches you have at home, it’s usually half a sandwich – do you just keep the other half for leftovers? Or is the half for purposes of photo taking? Haha :p

    • Jen March 12, 2014, 9:09 am

      hey gina – actually i usually just make a half of a sandwich because i use oversized bakery bread. you can just use one slice and cut it in half and make a half sandwich. no leftover half!

  • Molly @ Mollysmusingz March 12, 2014, 9:19 am

    OK, this is actually so funny I had to share… I was reading your caption for the first sandwich picture (what ingredients were in it, sourdough, mayo, avo, bacon) and looking at the smoothie below and thought you were saying that was what was in your smoothie!! hahaha. Needless to say, I figured it out πŸ™‚

    • Jen March 17, 2014, 12:54 pm

      hahaha! yes, i will also put the description UNDER the photo! πŸ™‚

  • Kate March 12, 2014, 8:00 pm

    I just love Instagram πŸ™‚
    And oh man, I can taste those pork belly tacos through the screen! My husband and I recently moved to DC from Geneva, and Bien Trucha is hugely missed by both of us.

  • Laura March 16, 2014, 4:35 pm

    You know if that happens again, you could just throw some cashews into the vitamix with some water (1 cup:1 cup) and make cashew cream. Different region,but a fair number of Indian curries use their versions of cashew or almond cream instead of dairy creams as a base for the sauce and I’ve subbed the coconut cream for nut-based ones in the past in Indian and Thai curries before- gives a fun twist!

    • Jen March 17, 2014, 12:55 pm

      oh, thanks for the tip! i didn’t have any cashews either. clearly i need to restock. i love that idea for switching it up though!

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