Vitamin D Overload

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 16, 2009

Thank you to everyone who has entered the blogiversary giveaway so far! I really appreciate all of your sweet comments and best wishes :) Every little ping! in my inbox makes me smile.

After a morning of margarita oats – not really, but the bowl was pretty awesome – I headed to the pool to catch some Vitamin D. Trust me, with the Chicago winter we went through, I had a major deficiency πŸ˜‰ When I got back inside, I made myself some “ice cream” in the Vita-Mix.


It looked and tasted just like sorbet! I combined 1 cup of frozen “festival blend” fruit – pineapple, papaya and mango – with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 a banana and 6-8 ice cubes. The ice bues really kept it frozen and gave it the sorbet consistency. Yum!

Eventually, I got hungry for a little something more, so I made a breakfast repeat from yesterday.


It was the same combination of 1 cup Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt and 1 cup Kashi Go Lean, with just blackberries this time. Still deliciously creamy.


[Lunch Net Sugar: 6g]

After lunch, I chatted on the phone with Miss Sarah, which is always great :) She has been baking up a storm today, and as soon as I got off of the phone with her, I was inspired to whip up something in the kitchen myself!


I have been meaning to try out Maggie’s Oat Bran Mini Scones for a while. I didn’t have any brown rice syrup this time, so I substituted in 1/8 cup brown sugar in her recipe. I kept everything else the same, with one minor addition…


Instead of raisins, I smashed up 2 servings of TRADER JOE’S PEANUT BUTTER FILLED PRETZELS! Oh yes. I got the idea from VeggieGirl, who uses the pretzels in own her delicious goodies. I put the pretzels in a bag and smashed them by hand, then added them to the batter.


I then shaped the batter into a ball and spread it out flat on a cookie sheet until it was roughly level and formed a circle.


I then baked the scones at 350*F for 25 minutes and cut them into 16 even triangles.


Nutrition Information (per slice):

  • 82 calories
  • 3g fat
  • 12g carbohydrates
  • 2g fiber
  • 1g sugar
  • 3g protein

These make a great snack with hardly any added sugar πŸ˜‰ I had one with Coffee Cocoa after my afternoon run. I went roughly 3.5 miles up and down the mountain. It was a challenge in the hot sun!!


[Snack Net Sugar: 7g]

Dinner tonight was a fantastic Papa Bender creation!


He’s goooood. The bright sauce was his take on curry, which consisted of equal parts chopped green onions, apples, and light butter heated on the stove for 4 or 5 minutes. Once the ingredients are heated and softened, you add in equal parts light whipping cream and chicken broth with roughly 2 tbsp. flour, 2 tsp. curry powder and a dash of lemon juice. Continue heating the ingredients until they thicken and voila! The man is a genius. I put a little on everything, which included a small piece of sockeye salmon:


A small piece of chicken cordon bleu (ham + swiss cheese) and steamed broccoli:


And last but certainly not least, steamed bok choy!!


It was so so good! Great combination of flavors, as always :) I had a glass of vino alongside the meal.


[Dinner Net Sugar: ~2g? Although really, there wasn’t anything added to this meal]

After dinner, we immersed ourselves in 24 (amazing!!) and CSI: Miami (my brother loves it). I went back for another oat scone and topped it with some PB + grape jelly for dessert.


[Dessert Net Sugar: 7g]

Combined with breakfast, I was right at about 25g of added sugar today. As the days go on, I’m finding that it’s pretty easy to avoid added sugar in my diet. I was really eating it out of habit, even though I enjoy foods without added sugar just as much. I haven’t felt like I’m giving anything up at all, which is key to sustaining this habit for the future.


Thanks again to everyone who has made this day so special for me. I have blog love for you all!

Blugs + Blisses,


1 Maggie March 17, 2009 at 12:01 am

Oh man what an awesome substitution! I will definitely have to try those pretzels in the recipe :)

2 *Andrea* March 17, 2009 at 12:31 am

csi miami is one of my fav shows :) love the sorbet and the scones!!! healthy comfort foods = amazing

3 watcat March 17, 2009 at 1:51 am

Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

4 Moran March 17, 2009 at 2:24 am

Those look SO good!
I have watched CSI Miami two years ago and it was quite good!

5 Erica March 17, 2009 at 3:53 am

Please catch some rays for me Jenn! Glad you’re enjoying your time at home! Great baking project- love the addition of the PB pretzels. Hope today is just as good as yesterday

6 MizFit March 17, 2009 at 4:18 am

Ive never seen ONE CSI anything.


somehow it has become my ‘thing’ :)

7 coco March 17, 2009 at 4:43 am

mini scones look delicious~~~ so creative way to use pretzels πŸ˜€

8 Haleigh March 17, 2009 at 4:56 am

I must try that scone recipe, they look amazing idea to add the pretzels into batch! And papa bender sure knows how to cook, looks fantastic!!

9 Bec March 17, 2009 at 5:26 am

I am going to make these scones asap!

10 marafaye March 17, 2009 at 5:35 am

Those scones look AWESOME!!!! I love that Papa Bender made such a balanced and delicious meal, even though I could not tell for the life of me that the bok choy was bok choy.
Glad you got some sun!!!!

11 glidingcalm March 17, 2009 at 5:35 am

ahh vitamix ouce cream! ahhh scones!! ahh bok choy and salmon!!! :)
Go Papa Bender GO!

12 Lauren March 17, 2009 at 5:36 am

Those TJ’s PB-filled pretzels are soooo addictive! Great idea to incorporate ’em into your scones.

13 VeggieGirl March 17, 2009 at 6:17 am

I need more Vitamin D, haha πŸ˜€


14 Sarah March 17, 2009 at 6:53 am

wow those scones look so good! I’m glad that I inspired you to bake a little bit. I am hopelessly addicted to those pb pretzels-honestly the bag doesn’t even last a day around me!

i definitely need to come out to arizona to visit for papa benders meals AND for the sun. Guess what? It’s another cloudy day in pittsburgh! soak up the sun for me girl : )

15 Krista March 17, 2009 at 6:59 am

Those scones look great! Especially with your special additions! :)

16 Kate March 17, 2009 at 7:01 am

omg! I am copying down this “sorbet” recipe!!!It sounds so perfect for vaca!btw Chi-Town was AWESOME. Even though it was quick-we did everything and went everywhere we could-plus the weather was gorgeous while we were there. Happy st patty’s day!

17 ksgoodeats March 17, 2009 at 7:04 am

I totes feel ya on the Vitamin D deficiency! That faux-bet looks delish :)

Oh my goodness – I may have to make those oat scones!! YUM!

18 gina (fitnessista) March 17, 2009 at 7:06 am

i’m a little late, but happy, happy blogiversary to you!!!
the sorbet looks amazing and so do those mini scones πŸ˜€
PAPA BENDER STRIKES AGAIN! everything looks amazing… haha next time you come to az, you might just find me on your doorstep begging papa bender to cook for me
hope you have a happy st patty’s day <3

19 brandi March 17, 2009 at 7:12 am

yum – I was waiting to see what Papa Bender whipped up!

20 Missy (MISSY MAINTAINS) March 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

Thanks for the shout out!! Your scone looks delicious!!

21 Marisa (trim the fat) March 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

Those TJ’s pb pretzels are DAN GER OUS!!!!!! I bought them “for the kids” once and guess who ate the WHOLE bag???????

22 Betsy March 17, 2009 at 7:41 am

Mmmm that sauce looks delish!

23 Danielle March 17, 2009 at 7:46 am

I would do anything for a big dose of some Vitamin D! Maybe that’s why I’m so cranky lately?
That scone looks great!

24 Rose March 17, 2009 at 8:14 am

Wow. That scone looks delicious. I must give that a try!

Glad you’re enjoying the rays :)

25 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

Thanks a million for the shout-out! I’m loving the “sorbet”. And the scones. And Papa Bender. He may cook for me – you tell him that. :)

26 Hangry Pants March 17, 2009 at 9:48 am

The scones really look amazing! Enjoy the sun. πŸ˜€

27 Sara March 17, 2009 at 9:53 am

Those scones look great! I love the idea of adding the pb pretzels to them. Yum!

28 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 17, 2009 at 10:10 am

Jenn, your scones look and sound delicious. I loved your dessert serving with PB & jelly. Glad the no added sugar thing is going okay, and that you’re feeling good about it.

Oh my gosh, I need some Papa Bender curry sauce in my life. The man is a genius!

Soak up some Vitamin D for me. :)

29 Marissa March 17, 2009 at 10:38 am
30 zestycook March 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

Bender….. Those scones!!! WOW…. zesty would like one or two :) Congrats on your anniversary.

31 lauren (athlEAT) March 17, 2009 at 11:10 am

great looking scones! and i am OBSESSED with 24…such a good show.

32 Lara (Thinspired) March 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

Margarita oats?! How did I manage to miss your post on those? Must. find. it. now!
Glad you’re getting your Vitamin D fix :)

33 jesslikesithot March 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm

jenn! your marg oats and that dessert w/ the pb & j looks sooo yummy!! you are so creative, i’m in awe! hahaha

34 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

The scones look great!

35 Marianne March 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Nice scones. I bet they are awesome with the pb pretzels in them :)

And I was totally wondering what that white food item on your dinner plate was. I kept looking at it, and couldn’t figure it out. I’m like, it’s not white asparagus, and it kinda looks like it could be a whole squid, but I don’t think it is. Then when you said bok choy, I could finally see it.

36 Emily March 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Ahh, the Vitamix ice cream looks so good. I really want a Vitamix!

Love the fresh blackberries, too. Delicious and beautiful.

Thanks for the contest shout-out!

37 Pearl March 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

those scones look great! so earthy and mmm oaty :)

i love the blackberries addition!

38 Caroline March 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Is there anything a Vita Mix can’t do?! Sigh.

Those scones sound crazy delicious. Not too far off from my oatmeal version:)

39 elise March 18, 2009 at 9:15 am

pretz-oat scones! wow! creative.

i love bok choy

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