Visions of Paris

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 1, 2009

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This morning’s breakfast brought back visions of my Paris 2007 Spring Break.


(That’s a crepe in my hand – with nutella + jam!)

When Heather posted the recipe for her version of protein crepes, I knew that I needed to make them as soon as possible. I love crepes! When I went to Paris my sophomore year, I ate one almost every day (along with the most amazing baguettes and breads), and was very intrigued by a recipe that focused on eggs + protein…a new twist! Here’s what I came up with:


I halved the recipe proportions and used 3 egg whites and 1/2 scoop of Jay Robb whey protein powder. I chose the chocolate flavor :) I whisked the ingredients together until they were just slightly lumpy (I think it’s impossible to make it smooth because it’s egg whites and powder), then cooked up 2 medium-sized crepes in a frying pan on medium heat, flipping each crepe over once. I only needed about 2 minutes per side per crepe, just as Heather said.


When all was said and done, I topped each crepe with a layer of PB2 icing (click link for the recipe) and a handful of fresh blueberries. These were ah-mazing! I loved the eggy texture and the fact that I was getting great taste AND a protein punch. I can’t wait to make them again. Thanks, Heather!


To complete my Parisian experience, I had coffee…Coffee COCOA :) By the way, for those who asked for a tutorial on how to make it, I will definitely include a video in my future FAQ page!! For now, here is the recipe, for those who may have missed it.


This breakfast kept me full for a really long time! I was able to get through a morning of studying for my Economics of Gender final on Tuesday (yes, you read that right…a FINAL – the joys of being on the quarter system). Eventually, I decided to take my reading with me to the gym to be more productive. I grabbed my all-time favorite bar for fuel.


Hi ZBaR! I missed you! I told myself I wouldn’t buy them again until I had dwindled my bar supply. Fortunately, the other bars are almost gone, so I bought myself a new box :) These taste just as good, if not better than, a brownie to me.

At the gym, I did my step + bike workouts for 45 minutes, plus a condensed arm workout. I’ve been running low on time this week, and have been slacking a bit on my P90X workouts. I will be sure to factor that in to my final analysis. When I got back, I was definitely hungry for lunch. I decided on a “SET” wrapspinach, egg and turkey on a La Tortilla Factory wheat wrap.


I also snacked on a delicious Braeburn apple + cinnamon with light string cheese.


I spent the rest of the afternoon continuing to study and becoming more addicted to Twitter. I also did some much needed chores such as laundry and cleaning my room. It’s amazing how fast time goes on the weekends. Sooner rather than later, it was time for dinner. I couldn’t wait to use my new sauce:


After seeing it all over the blogosphere and hearing rave reviews, I finally decided to pick up a jar of Bone Suckin’ Sauce at Whole Foods this weekend. And what better way to use it than on tofu?!


I blotted and sliced a block of extra firm tofu and added 4 tbsp. of the sauce total, spreading it evenly on each side. I then topped one side of the tofu with black pepper + chipotle spiced rub. Bake at 400* for 50 minutes, flipping once at about 40 minutes.


It was so delicious! Definitely “bone suckin'” good 😉 I had 1/2 of the block and am saving the other 1/2 for lunch tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Alongside the tofu, I cut up a gigantic red pepper and served it with 2.5 tbsp Sabra hummus.


I love when I can finish a dinner and feel fully satisfied. An update on the intuitive eating: it’s been going pretty well so far. I find that I’m still eating at roughly the same times of day just because my body is used to it, but I’m also making sure to ask myself whether or not I am truly hungry. I think the true test will come during the week, so stay tuned!

To end the night on a sweet note, I had a cup of rice pudding with 1 tbsp. Barney Butter. Yum!


I’m currently watching the 2-hour Brothers & Sisters special. It is INTENSE. What an emotional roller coaster – and I still don’t even know what’s going to happen. Love this show.


Have a Monday,


{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hangry Pants March 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm

You look so cute in Paris!!!! I love your crepes. Something tells me we’d have fun eating lots of bread on vacation together. 😀


2 Pearl March 1, 2009 at 9:57 pm

you are SO adorable and pretty in paris and your eats look so delish!


3 Emily March 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Hi Jenn!
I love nutella…it sounds like it’d be great on a crepe!
I’m also having a contest on my blog for a BPA-free Nalgene bottle!


4 Melissa S. March 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm

love the paris pic! so jealous you’ve been there!


5 Bec March 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Those crepes look great, I’ll have to try it some time :)


6 peaceandpeanutbutter March 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Your breakfast looks so DELICIOUS! I will definitely be trying this out! I’m also waiting on some PB2 samples to arrive, and the first thing I’m going to try is that ‘icing’! Thanks for the great ideas!



7 ttfn300 March 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

HOLY COW i’m watching it now via my dvr to avoid the commercials. oh my golly i’m on the edge of my seat :) need to try those protein crepes!


8 Erin March 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Those are my fave bars too! Just can’t beat chocolate!
Those crepes look so good!


9 carolinebee March 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

haha “running low on time”..dontcha hate when it just runs out on ya!?? I’m excited for B& hasn’t aired yet ova here!


10 Julie March 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Hey girl that tofu looks so good :) Everytime I try to make it I think I put too much weight on it to drain the do you drain yours? Whats the deal with that PX90 stuff? Is it good? It seems like a lot of money..where do the workouts take place? I’ve heard so much about it and I wasn’t sure what it was like


11 Jenn (eating bender) March 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Julie ~ As far as tofu goes, I pull the whole block out of the box and give it one initial press with a paper towel. Then I dump the water out of the box, put the block back in, and cut it into equal slices (8-10 depending on how thick you want it). Then I stand the slices upright in the box and give each of them a squeeze with a paper towel. I then let them sit in the box for another hour or so, letting more water drain to the bottom of the box. Then I come back and give each slice a final squeeze before putting them on the pan. It seems to work ok, so let me know if it works for you!

For P90X – it’s basically a set of 9 workout DVDs and an eating plan that a lot of people have seen success with. I got it as a Christmas present and chose to focus more on the workouts rather than the eating plan, since I’m already happy with what I eat! I do it from home (all you need for most of the workouts is a set of dumbbells, a mat and sometimes a chair), and I’ve really been enjoying it so far. I’ll do a more formal review once I’m finished with the 90 days – I want to give it the time and explanation it deserves. But I hope that answers some of your initial questions!


12 Sara March 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Yum, your crepes look great! :)


13 sue March 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

cute paris picture, and the crepes look amazing!


14 Rose March 1, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Aw, you look happy in Paris! The crepes from this morning look good. And it looks like the bone-suckin’ experiment was a success – v. tasty looking tofu.


15 Lora March 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm

we MUST go to le creperie here in chicago…the best sweet/savory/ crepes and french onion soup. omg its making me wanna go asap!


16 bobbi March 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm

ooo la la! Love those creps, I gotta try them! I also love that Z bar, it is really good crumbled in oats:)


17 alessa March 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm

those crepes sound great! i loooved paris when i went, and also ate a crepe everyday! i wish they had crepe stands all over the US! :)


18 Caroline March 2, 2009 at 12:02 am

I know I’ve said it before, but…you’re making me miss my PB2, which sadly sits in my pantry in Alabama. I can’t wait to try that icing!

I see that Bone Suckin’ Sauce all the time around here…I’m not sure, but I think it’s produced locally in NC.


19 Sarah March 2, 2009 at 12:07 am

Your crepes look good, but you said Nutella, and now chocolate hazelnut deliciousness is all I can think about…

Great job on the Intuitive Eating. I find I’m not getting enough protein, but maybe I’ll go I’ll catch up tomorrow. I think just one of your crepes would put me ahead of the game!


20 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 2, 2009 at 12:57 am

Mmmm, those crepes look so good!


21 Lara March 2, 2009 at 2:52 am

Your Paris photo is so cute!! I love your version of the crepes, too–I’ve gotta get acquainted with Mr Jay Robb so I can make some of these :)


22 Leng March 2, 2009 at 3:24 am

I love crepes. If I could eat them everyday I SOoOO would! wait….I just realized that I have all the stuff to make them… 😆 I’m going to be making crepes pretty soon also. There’s this crepe shop that I always go to. They make the perfect crispy crepe to go with the warm nutella and banana slices.

Thanks for the link on how to make your coffee cocoa. It looks so good and I’ve always wondered what you did. Looking forward to the vid clip!


23 Jen March 2, 2009 at 4:23 am

Great idea for those crepes! pass me a fork! mmmmmmm!! 😀
SET wrap, hahah genius!


24 healthy ashley March 2, 2009 at 5:35 am

1. You are so gorgeous!

2. I want your crepe!

3. I feel like the only person who hasn’t been to Paris! I should go, huh? :)


25 coco March 2, 2009 at 5:44 am

your eats are always so fancy!!! Really can’t believe that you’re undergrad student! So happy for you girl to have a healthy life style! 😀


26 Erica March 2, 2009 at 5:58 am

I have been dying to try making crepes since seeing them on Heather’s blog! I love that PB2 icing, def making it when I get my PB2 in the mail! That bone sucking sauce is very popular down here in SC! Have a good Monday!


27 Lindsay March 2, 2009 at 6:42 am

those crepes look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im going to try your PB2 icing idea soon :)

i need to get my hands on that bone suckin’ sauce!


28 VeggieGirl March 2, 2009 at 6:42 am

I haven’t been to Paris since summer 2003 – I miss it!!!


29 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 2, 2009 at 6:46 am

Oh Paris…how lovely. And nutella…SO GOOD!


30 Lauren March 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

Yay for crepes! I must have eaten a dozen nutella crepes when I visited Paris… soooo good.

The tofu looks deeeelicious, and rice pudding is one of my faves – yummy eats!


31 cleanveggiex3 March 2, 2009 at 6:58 am

oh my your crepes look fabulous!! love the berries on top too.
tofu looks divine!


32 Yasmin March 2, 2009 at 7:19 am

Yum! All your food looks good…I remember my trip to Paris when I first discovered Nutella. Sinfully good!


33 Beadie March 2, 2009 at 7:21 am


That tofu sounds fabulous!


34 snackface March 2, 2009 at 7:27 am

Aw, Paris looks/sounds wonderful! You look so frickin cute in that pic! Nutella and jam crepes sound like a perfect, decadent breakfast, too. Although, your rendition here looks fab as well. Good luck with the start of another week :)


35 Shelby March 2, 2009 at 7:51 am

Paris?! I’m so jealous! I’ve always wanting to travel but have never been out of the country (except for Mexico).

Now I’m craving some crepes…this weekend perhaps.

My mom eats 2+ Choc. Brownie ZBars EVERYDAY! She can’t get enough of them and we always have to buy the big case of them haha


36 jenngirl March 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

J’adore Paris!! And those crepes sound awesome!!

I need to catch up on Brothers and Sisters!

Good luck with your upcoming final! :)


37 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

Bonjour Jenn,
So glad you liked the crepes. They’re not so light and airy as those lovely Nutella filled French crepes, but pretty good considering all the protein they contain. So glad you liked them and thanks for the shout out!

I’m trying to get into Twitter, but I’m having a hard time. My brother emailed me last week saying he was disappointed that I wasn’t using it, and so I gave him my login and password and said go for it. I laughed all week as my email inbox was bursting everyday with all these new people sending me “thanks for following” messages and comments about my blog. Scott (my brother) was returning all the messages trying to talk about almond butter and doing my status updates. So sweet, but I told him I would take over this weekend. I keep forgetting to update.

Bone suckin sauce – I’ve got to try that. I always look at it, but then end up buying Annie’s or TJ’s BBQ. Maybe I’ll switch it up this week.

I was wondering about your P90X workouts – I’m looking forward to your conclusions and summary of the workouts. Have a good protein filled week Jenn…try not to gawk over Mr. Robb’s bulging biceps every morning. Hehe. :)


38 martiniwindow March 2, 2009 at 8:36 am

I love crepes! I am half French and we make them all the time, I just love how you can put anything in them.

Zbar’s are my favorite too. My cabinet is stocked!

Your tofu looks perfect! I will be trying to make mine look like yours!


39 Sarah March 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

mmm i had the best crepes in paris–i want to go back!

have you tried heating up the z-bars? It’s beyond awesome. 20 seconds in the micro and you have what tastes like a freshly baked cookie or brownie. A-MAZING.


40 seeleelive March 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

all the eats look Seriously delicious!!! i cant wiat to try ur parisian bfast when i go home for break next week. wooohoooo!! and coffee cocoa!

yummy, my dad has been using bone suckin sauce for years now and i am so glad everyone loves it too!! its great on everything…even salad (mixed with olive oil of course!)


41 eatingbirdfood March 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

I love your picture in Paris! And, your crepes look delicious.

I’ve seen the Bone Suckin’ sauce, but haven’t tried it yet. Your tofu looks so good!!


42 Krista March 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

Great day of eats!!! :)


43 Emily March 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

All of your food looks great – the tofu and crepes are definitely on my to-make list. :)

Good luck on your final!


44 sweetandnatural March 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

I love the pic of you in Paris! It’s one of my favorite cities – love walking around the streets and taking in the environment and culture.


45 Marians eats. The Italian way March 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

I just bought All of Trader Joe’s Z-bars yesterday I think!? Love them:)
Thanks for posting how you made the tofu! As you know, I’m tofu newbee!!


46 Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

Oh delicious looking crepes and wrap!


47 brandi March 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

I want to go to Paris – someday.

I did bbq tofu the other night, too – so good!

Good luck on your finals!!!


48 balancemycake March 2, 2009 at 11:08 am

Aw what a cute picture Jenn! :)
Those crepes look delish!!

So does that tofu! I bought tofu (cubed) for the first time this weekend to make during the week; I’m very excited to give it a try…I’ve never made it myself! I’m thinking of trying it in a teriyaki stir-fry…any suggestions?

Happy Monday!



49 Ryan March 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Yum…crepes and tofu! I love your picture…so cute!

I watched B & S too…wayyyy dramatic!


50 ksgoodeats March 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Ah Paris’s baked goods always got the best of me! So good :) Love your rendition!

Tofuuuuu – now that I’ve jumped on the ‘fu train, I am CRAVING some just by looking at yours!


51 lauren March 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

what a cute picture of you! and i am loving your crepes!


52 CabotJen March 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I LOVE the idea of using that awesome Bone Suckin’ Sauce on tofu – very cool! That’s the best BBQ sauce I’ve had outside of a little mom-and-pop place in West Memphis, Arkansas.

And don’t get me started on crepes… lol


53 Sarah March 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

oh yum, how amazing do those crepes look?? can i have one? please?

good luck on your final tomorrow!


54 Paige March 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I just discovered chocolate brownie Z Bars — and they are AMAZING! I totally agree, it’s just like eating a real brownie!


55 Danielle March 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Yummy crepes! They look amazingly good!


56 luckytastebuds March 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Jenn, two things. First of all, it would be such a waste if you didn’t launch your own health food line/product/recipe hub…i don’t know HOW, but you have such great, creative non-boring breakfasts I wish I were more like you!! Nutella crepes are awesome for sure! I also baked a bbq tofu last night, but I overbaked them and some of ’em look like tofu chips. hahahaha

Second…teeheehee, that goofy picture totally cracked me up. Study abroad is always SO awesome!!!

Good luck on finals!!! Home stretch girl, home stretch!! Keep up the hard work!


57 justine March 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Your crepes look great!! I am glad everyone is trying them!!



58 Kristie March 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Jenny Jenn Jenn! You went to Paris… I am MEGA jealous. I want to gooo.
I also want to make some of these super protein crepes, they look maaaarvelous. Most especially with that delicious “icing” of course!

That WRAP. ..Turkey AND egg? Holy delicious protein overload! I need to try that combo! AND the Bone Suckin Tofu looks baked to complete perfection. You are too pro at making the BEST looking foods.

The intuitive eating thing is HARD. I always try to eat when I’m hungry but sometimes I just WANT to eat my meals at certain times. Or it’s just more convenient. If only hunger could be more easily turned on and off! Glad to hear it’s going pretty well for you though. I’m going to try harder to be more intuitive about it right along with you. Our bodies know what they want when they want it, right?


59 Erin March 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

What a gorgeous picture of you.You’re such a natural beauty!
I’m impressed with your intuitive eating skills!


60 Meg March 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Brothers and Sisters was awesome. I agree that it was very intense!

Love your tofu! I have been wanting to try that sauce.


61 Jenn (eating bender) March 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I love you all! Thank you for the sweet comments about my Paris picture :)


62 glidingcalm March 3, 2009 at 6:15 am

wowie Jenn! your food looks amazing………uh, obviously. It ALWAYS does!

totally want to try those protein crepes someday… I just can’t get myself to stray from pumpkin banana oatmeal!!

love the wrap, love the TOFU (ahh looks soo good), and I love the hummus and veggies.



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