by Jenn (eating bender) on July 11, 2008

I have arrived at my destination – and I have Internet access! At least for tonight…I’m not sure if I’ll have it all weekend, but here are today’s eats!


I woke up feeling not-so-hot. I didn’t get much sleep this week, and it finally started to catch up with me. As a result, I wasn’t in the mood for a big bowl of oats. Instead, I made myself a small bowl of cereal, with 1/2 cup of TJ’s High Fiber O’s and 1 cup of Nature’s Path Puffs.

I used 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk and added the last of my Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter to provide a little more substance.

I also had some Coffee Cocoa to try to wake myself up – though caffeine unfortunately has little effect on me. I’m one of those people that could drink three gallons of coffee (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration) and then go take a nap. In fact, I can pretty much take a nap anytime, anywhere!


Breakfast held me over until about 10:00 a.m. I snacked on the last of my juicy red pears – I’m going to need to get more of these!


We actually had another office meeting with lunch (sorry, no photo!). I had some salad with a drizzle of ranch dressing, 1 small diced red potato, 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple and 1/2 of a veggie sandwich. The sandwich was actually really good – it had zucchini, red pepper, spinach and mushroom on a small roll. I’m not sure where it was catered from, but it was by far the healthiest free meal we’ve had so far this summer.


I was really cold in the office for some reason, so at about 3:30 p.m. I decided to grab myself a mocha from Hannah’s Bretzel. It was actually organic, which I was excited about!

I asked for it with skim milk. Look at the foamy top – YUM! It warmed me right up.


Of course, I couldn’t go to Hannah’s Bretzel and NOT get a whole grain bretzel!! I knew I didn’t want to spend money on a meal at the airport either, so I picked one up to eat as part of my dinner.

Gosh. I can’t get over how good these are. I could eat one for every meal of every day without anything else and be one very happy camper. Of course my body wouldn’t be as pleased as my taste buds if I did that 😉 But seriously, they taste so doughy and fresh, no matter how long they’ve been out of the oven.

To top off my dinner-on-the-go, I tried a new Clif bar: the blueberry crisp flavor.

Believe it or not, even though I swear by Clif ZBaRs, I’ve never had a full-fledged Clif bar before. I was actually very impressed – it was plenty big and tasted like a blueberry treat. It was a little sweeter than I might have liked, but perhaps it was just this flavor. So that begs the question…

What is your favorite Clif bar flavor?

It’s time for me to hit the hay – and hopefully sleep in a little tomorrow morning :mrgreen: I need to rest up for the busy weekend ahead! Hopefully I will have continuous Internet access – if not, I will be back on Sunday!

Sweet dreams :)

1 Kristie July 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm

I’m so jealous of your access to such delicious bretzels. We don’t have anything like that around here, at least not as far as I know. But I’ll bet if we did I would probably want one for every meal as well.

As for Cliff bars, the only kind I’ve ever tried is the Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch. It was pretty good but I want to give some of the other flavours a try.

2 Caroline July 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Sorry to hear you’re a little worn out today. I hope you get some rest this weekend.
I’m the same way with caffeine–it just doesn’t do anything to me. At school, it wasn’t uncommon for me to have a Diet Pepsi right before bed…
As for Clif bars, I have only had the mini Clif bars, but I LOVE the chocolate brownie flavor.

3 Sarah July 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I am SO jealous of those red pears. my grocery store is still out. boo. And that bretzel looks out of this world. I think I might have to come to chicago to get myself one of those.

also, I hate to be a pain but I just switched over to wordpress (SO MUCH BETTER than blogger!!!) so my new address is

Sorry to be a pain. I just figured that since I want to actually get serious about this blogging business, I might as well get myself a good website.

Have a fabulous weekend!

4 addicted2pb July 11, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I haven’t actually tried the Clif bars yet… I should though. I’m kind of addicted to (yes, peanut butter) the Clif Nectar bars, though. They’re soooo yummy (especially the Dark Chocolate Walnut one!)!

Coffee doesn’t do much for me to help me stay awake either, but espresso is an entirely different story….

5 lindzakins921 July 12, 2008 at 7:02 am

Clif bars – its very difficult for me to pick my fave so here are my top pics (in no order):

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
Chocolate Chip
Crunch PB
Chocolate Chip PB

I’m glad you liked the Blueberry one, i’ve seen it but have been afraid to try it!

6 ChocolateCoveredVegan July 12, 2008 at 7:48 am

My favorite Clif bars are hands-down the maple one and the oatmeal walnut one… but Z bars are my true loves ;o).

Oh, and here’s the link to why I use chopsticks:

Now you’ve got me craving pears, so I need to go remedy that…

7 Allison July 12, 2008 at 9:09 am

That bretzel looks delicious! I love doughy breads like that! I haven’t tried too many Clif bars (yet!), but the oatmeal walnut is one of my favorites so far!!

8 lexi July 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

your blog is so AMAZING! i just fount it and when i looked at your pictures my jaw nearly dropped to the floor they were so talented! and now, im running to the store because of you, because i want a nice juicy pear! red of green will do! :oD

9 sweetsandsweats July 12, 2008 at 9:41 am

Oh my god, I NEED a whole grain bretzel.

Favorite Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip

10 Katie July 12, 2008 at 9:45 am

Sounds like a great day! I like the Banana Nut Bread Clif Bars, but I haven’t tried all of the flavors.

Love your blog!

11 Jenn July 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

Kristie ~ I wish I could send some bretzels your way! Thanks for the Clif tip :)

Caroline ~ I drink coffee before bed all the time! And I’m planning on trying the chocolate brownie mini-Clif soon :)

Sarah ~ You SHOULD come to Chicago!! Can’t wait to check out the new blog design!

addicted2pb ~ Yes, I tried that nectar bar – it was yummy!! Hm, perhaps I should compare coffee and espresso to see if something similar happens to me.

Lindz ~ Thanks so much for the Clif tips! I will definitely pick those up next time :)

CCV ~ Thanks for the Clif tips – ah yes, ZBaRs will never be matched :) Thanks for the chopsticks link too!

Allison ~ Thanks! Looks like I need to get that oatmeal walnut flavor pronto!

lexi ~
Aw, thank you so much! I’m going to check out yours now :)

sweetsandsweats ~ Thanks for the tip! :)

Katie ~ Mmm..banana nut bread sounds perfect! And thanks, I’m going to check out yours :)

12 VeggieGirl July 12, 2008 at 10:44 am

Hooray for internet access and whole-grain bretzels!! :0)

The Banana-Nut Bread Clif bar is quite good.

13 Every Gym's Nightmare July 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

wow, thats a pear? i thought it was a mango. and that bretzel looks delicious- plus whole grains? i’ll take two please.

i like the carrot cake one. i dont know many other people that do, but that just means they are always in stock at the store.

14 blueberryhil July 12, 2008 at 3:47 pm

What variety of pear is that? It looks yummy.

15 Katie July 12, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Thanks! What are red pears like? I’m not sure I’ve ever tried one before…I thought it was a mango at first. I really like a good pear every once in a while, especially Asian pears.

16 glidingcalm July 13, 2008 at 10:42 am

Sorry to hear you werent feeling well Jenn! I hope you have an amazing time this Weekend though! I laughed at your caffeine comment…lately I’ve been drinking WAYY too much coffee. I really need to cut back!

And I checked out Hannah’s Bretzel website! That place looks so neat…not only whole grains, but bio-degradable containers and pro-green! That’s awesome! Someday I’ll have to try it!

17 fitfoodjunkie July 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I have never tried cliff bars but I might have to now after seeing you liked the blueberry one ( i am obessed with blueberries and their flavor). i dont really like coffee but hte picture of yours always makes me want one because the whip cream looks so good on top haha

18 Aimee July 13, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I haven’t met many Clif products I that were bad in my book but, some of my favs are:

Cool mint chocolate
Carrot Cake
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Black Cherry Almond

My husband and I order them in bulk from Amazon, it is a pretty cheap way to order Clif bars including Z-bars. They often run monthly specials with $10 off a $39 bar purchase (so we stock up on lara and clif bars then).

19 Betsy July 13, 2008 at 9:20 pm

that bretzel looks soooo amazing!!

my ab fav clif bar is maple nut. the chunks in it are fab! i also like the chocolate peanut and the carrot cake. mmmmmmmmmmm

20 Jenn July 13, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Liz ~ Thanks – I’m definitely going to try that one because I love banana so much :)

Kelly T ~ Hm, carrot cake huh? Maybe, maybe…

blueberryhil ~ It’s a red d’Anjou pear – my favorite!

Katie ~ The red pears taste a lot like any other pear, but in my opinion are even juicier and sweeter!

Em ~ Yes you will most definitely have to try it!

fitfoodjunkie ~ The blueberry one was definitely awesome if you like blueberries. Thanks for the coffee compliment :)

Aimee ~ Thanks for the tip! I will definitely check out Amazon now :)

Betsy ~ Thanks! I can’t wait to go to the store and stock up on all of these flavors now!

21 ashley July 14, 2008 at 10:42 am

I dare you to blend your Coffee Cocoa tomorrow :)

22 Little Black Dress July 14, 2008 at 11:12 am

Omg. That bretzel looks like heaven. So glad you had fun with yoru family!! I like the cinnamon raising Clif bar- like an oatmeal cookie!

23 Jenn July 14, 2008 at 2:26 pm

ashley ~ I’m always up for a dare :)

Anna ~ Mm, cinnamon raisin sounds right up my alley!

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