No, We Did Not Elope!

by Jenn (eating bender) on April 2, 2009

My April Fool’s prank on my parents went pretty well yesterday! The origination of the prank is kind of a long story, so I’ll spare you. But please know that I have nothing against eloping – I just wanted to see my parent’s reaction! Yesterday I sent them the following email:

Hi Mom & Dad,

I have some news. After a spontaneous decision, Bobby and I decided to elope last night. I know that this may upset you, but we want you to know that it wasn’t because we didn’t want you there.

I can talk to you more about the details later, but I wanted to send you a message so that the initial shock could wear off.


My mom knew it was a trick because she had already pulled a prank on my little brother, but Papa Bender called me and told me that he fell for it for a few minutes! He then sent me this email:

That’s interesting..

What will you tell your brother?

Mom and I are having another child. I guess they will have immediate in laws.

He is just sooooo funny! Papa Bender actually sends me a joke via email every day. He gets them sent to his email from some comic site. He is the ultimate corny jokester, and now you know where I get it from! What is your favorite April Fool’s prank of all time?

When I wasn’t being absolutely hilarious yesterday, I made some great meals! I let myself sleep in again (to a more modest 9:30 am this time) and decided to create a Heather-inspired breakfast.


Yes, my friends, I made Blended Avocadoatmeal. The bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tbsp. Barney Butter (also in honor of Heather, who gave me my first crunchy jar!)


It was my first-ever blended grains experience. The creaminess of the bowl is hard to resist, peeps. And honestly, if at first you think it odd to add avocado to oatmeal, I dare you to try it. Avocado is a fruit, after all – and we all know how good fruit is with oatmeal! If your still unsure, have some Coffee Cocoa on the side 😉


Later that morning, Bobby came over to watch a movie for class. He needed a VHS player and so I decided to watch the movie with him: Wall Street. It’s from 1987 (the year I was born!) and it was pretty good. Getting to see a younger Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas was fun. Eventually, we got hungry and decided to make lunch.


I had a Whole Foods coupon last week, so I decided to buy some cold smoked salmon because I loved it so much at home. I paired 3 oz. with 2 tbsp. dill hummus (for those who asked, I didn’t make it myself – the brand I found is Tribe) and a handful of spinach in a FlatOut wrap. There was also a dill pickle on the side. It was a delicious and filling combination.


And because we were watching a movie, I helped myself to another Coffee Cocoa to sip on.


After the movie and the boy left, I took the opportunity to get out in the sunny, somewhat warm weather and take some pictures for my first photojournalism assignment. I haven’t quite figured out how to load the pictures onto my laptop, so I can’t use the camera for food yet. But it’s so nice!

I came back and discovered a package filled with goodies:


Kelly from Sequel Naturals has introduced me to a really cool new program called Thrive in 30. It was created by the founder of Vega, Brendan Brazier, who is a professional triathlete and bestselling author. Here is some information about the program:

Thrive in 30 is a free 30-day program developed by professional triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Brendan Brazier. The program was designed to increase knowledge about plant-based nutrition, optimize physical and mental performance, and offer a fresh approach to total body health.

This is a month-long journey based on The Thrive Diet; made accessible in an easy-to-follow and engaging program guiding health enthusiasts to make life enhancing change. InThrive in 30’, participants receive 12 emails over a month, each  touching on a different key health-enhancing topic. In addition to written content, each lesson includes a brief and intimate video segment where Brazier reviews key principles and provides suggestions on how the ideas can be seamlessly applied by anyone.

Here’s a sampling of the topics covered:

· Alkaline vs. Acid—Why Your Body’s pH Matters

· Nutritional Over-Achievers and How to Harness Them

· Food Sensitivities—How to Reconnect Your Diet and Your Body

· Superfoods + Fitness = Your Route to Optimum Performance

· How What You Eat Has Global Impact

So far, I have learned a lot about the importance of incorporating more whole foods into my diet. If you’ll notice in my posts this week, I have really made more of an effort to add more of these foods to my meals. Although I do eat meat, I recognize the importance of the “plant-based diet” for many people and see no reason why a meat-eater can’t incorporate some of the same habits into her lifestyle. I highly recommend you check out the Thrive in 30 link and see for yourself. I basically get a 5-minute video in my inbox every other day full of great information! Thanks, Kelly!

I decided to try the Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion out first:


It boasts a great ingredient list of plant-based foods that have protein, fiber and Omega 3 EFAs. I combined this packet with 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 cup water, 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries and 5 ice cubes. It made a very generous portion!


My overall impression of this smoothie packet was that it tasted great with the addition of fruit. It was a bit grainy and you could definitely taste the “greens,” but I actually liked both of those qualities because they were offset by the sweetness of the fruit and juice. I really felt like I was getting a well rounded mini-meal out of these glasses. And, in reality, I was!


After what I will call Dinner Part 1, I headed to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the Stairmaster and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. I was still pretty sore from my more intense workout the day before, so I just kept it to cardio. Then I came back and made Dinner Part 2: a scrambled egg white topped with provolone cheese and Goya.


Mm, so melty and salty! I will definitely be using the cheese + seasoning combination again!

Then I had to buckle down and get to work. I already have quite a bit on my plate as far as work goes, and I have a tendency to procrastinate early in the quarter, so I’m hoping to avoid that. Of course, while I was studying, I got the urge and couldn’t fight it, so I had a Strawberry Kombucha.


I know – 3 days in a row? Well, I got them on sale (for those who asked, they were 1/2 off)!


I’m off to get ready for my full day of classes!

Rabbit Rabbit (1 day late!),


1 Meghann April 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

I should have told my parents I eloped, that would have been a good one. I’m not even sure I even talked to my parents

2 Moran April 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

Oh this wrap looks so good!!!
OMG if I played this joke on my parents – my dad would FLIP!!!!

3 Sharon April 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

Hahaha, your dad is awesome!!

4 VeggieGirl April 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

HAHAHAHA!!!!!! Amazing prank 😀

I don’t like the Vega products’ taste :-(

5 Lara April 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

That is too cute–Papa Bender is the coolest blog dad 😉

6 Sarah April 2, 2009 at 9:00 am

haha funny trick! i would be angry if you eloped because then i wouldn’t be at the wedding, hehe!

i’ve never tried smoked salmon with hummus but I bet it would be good!

Can’t wait to chat tonight : )

7 sweetandnatural April 2, 2009 at 9:00 am

Hahaha – I totally say Rabbit Rabbit on the first of every month! I learned it from The Babyisitter’s Club Little Sister books that I read back in 1st and 2nd grade!

8 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

Hahaha love the prank!! And delicious eats. I’m glad you are now addicted to Kombucha, just as I am. I hope they are on sale soon in my area!

9 Virginia April 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

avocado oatmeal?!?! i have never heard of that but now I have to try it!

10 Shelby April 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

That smoothie sounds amazing! And I’m loving the oats =)

11 brandi April 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

haha, great prank!

I don’t have smoked salmon as often as I should – that wrap looks awesome! good luck with all your school stuff :)

12 cocoeatsandcritiques April 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

Cold Smoked Salmon is my fav!!!
Today after I go to the gym I’m going to head over to TJs and get me some for a wrap.
I usually have it with a layer of cottage cheese, cayenne, and spinach or arugula. amazing with a side of scrambled eggs. It’s a great way to get a whole bunch of protein after a good workout.

Thanks for the shout out!!!

Your strawberry kombucha reminded me that I have a new one in the fridge waiting for me!!! It’s a brand new flavor so I’ll test it out and tell you what I think!!

13 Bec April 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

what a funny prank to pull! That smoked salmon wrap looks amazing :)

14 inmytummy April 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

You were born in 1987? That makes me feel really old! I was born in 1978.

15 Sara April 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

Ah ha ha ha! That’s a great prank. I love your dad’s response. My dad would have said something very similar. :)

16 Alli April 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

I love the prank!

17 Danielle April 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

Your dad’s email is hilarious!
I didn’t do anything for April fool’s day but I have some great ideas from all you girls for next year!

18 charzilla April 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

Avacado oatmeal sounds intresting! I’m not a big oats person. Too much prep for me! I’m glad you played a real April fools day joke on your parents. People on campus were using Hofstra letter head to make fake letters about cars getting towed. It was pretty funny! The wrap looked awsome!

19 Melissa Good Taste April 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

That wrap looks great! Omg, great blog!

20 Rose April 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

Haha. Cute prank, Jenn!

21 eatlivelovedream April 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

Hah! You sneaky little daughter! Very cute! I actually fell for it for a second when I glanced at that because it was the first thing I saw!!!

22 runsarah April 2, 2009 at 10:24 am

Love the prank…and your coffee cocoa looks so delicious!

23 ksgoodeats April 2, 2009 at 10:30 am

Hahah! Way to go with the April Fool’s joke! Isn’t crunchy BB the supreme nut butter? I adore it oh so much!

HOLLA ’87 BABIES!! Best year ever in my opinion 😉

Rabbit Rabbit reminds me of old school Nickelodeon when they would have “Today is….blahblahblah DAY!” and the first day of the month was always rabbit rabbit day!

Thanks for your super sweet comment on my blog! It made me smile from ear to ear – you’re one of my besties too 😀

24 Betsy April 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

What a great prank… I’ve never been a prankster but I bet my parents would be HAPPY to hear that one – they wouldn’t have to pay for our upcoming wedding. 😉

And I’m loving the spring-y oatmeal bowl! :)

25 Melissa S. April 2, 2009 at 10:43 am

hahah! great prank! i was totally going to do that w/ my parents too!

and the best one i pulled was on my brothers. i told them at 5am that it was snowing outside…in southern california. i mean really? totally fell for it, ran outside in their boxers and i locked the door. April Fools! hahaha!

26 plentifulplants April 2, 2009 at 10:43 am

That oatmeal sounds awesome, you should enter it into this week’ BSI: Avocado!

27 matt April 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

28 Sarah April 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

No offense, but I think I like Papa Bender’s joke the best! OMG, would you just die?!

I’m very intrigued by this Thrive in 30 concept. I’m going to checkity check the link, thanks!

29 Alisa - Frugal Foodie April 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

Fun prank, they caught on quick though! That smoked salmon looks soooo good, it is calling out to me!

30 coco April 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

your parents are soooo fun!!! 😀
thanks for the link to Thrive in 30! I’m signing up! :)

31 Pearl April 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

hahaha that prank is so fun and hilarious!

32 snackface April 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

Haha my parents would die if I said that! They’d never believe me, though. PapaB is too funny! I don’t do the salmon, but that wrap looks great. Good luck with getting started on all the work- I know I already feel behind!

33 Marianne April 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Wow, now I feel old. I was 8 in 1987!

That salmon totally looks like tomato slices to me. I keep looking at it, and my brain keeps saying “that’s not salmon, it’s tomato”. Perhaps because it’s cold smoked?

Interesting to hear your take on the Thrive in 30 program. I received an email from them yesterday about it, so I’ll have to check it out.

34 carolinebee April 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

haha i love cheeesy Dad jokes, they’re best kind! It’s so funny b/c we talked about we both TRY to like oats but just never make them…i’ve been eating them for like, the past 3 mornings and they are slowwwlllyy growing on me! Looks like we have the same persistence 😀 I’m gonna try this avocado craziness next for sure. AND i freakin’ love that you have a VHS old school, you should save that for future millions ;D

35 healthy ashley April 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

How funny your dad played along!

I want to try avocado in my oats!! Yours look TASTY!

36 Sweet and Fit April 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

thanks such a good april fools joke! your dad is too cute =) and smoked salmon wrap…yum!

37 *Andrea* April 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm

i had the SAME e xact bfast. delishhh

38 Erin April 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm

It’s fun you have parents that wouldn’t flip out over that prank!

39 Erin April 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Your dad is a freakin’ hootinannie! He has such a great sense of humor! I can see where you get it :)
I agree. Even if you eat meat you can still reap the benefits of plant-eating. Yay!

40 Meghan Telpner April 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Funny that you posted on Vega and smoothies today, I posted on smoothies this morning (green ones and I am leading a green smoothie cleanse in a couple weeks). Vega is one of the few protein mixes that I think can work for a lot of people. Have a look at what I put in my morning power drink!

41 bobbi April 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm
42 Heather Eats Almond Butter April 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Ha ha. Both you and Papa Bender are hilarious! I fell for so many April Fool’s jokes yesterday – I do every year!

Jenn, thanks for the shout-out and so glad you tried the avocado oats. Isn’t the creamy factor amazing? Your bowl looked beautiful – much better than the poo oats I made yesterday. :)

I’m doing the Thrive in 30 too and expecting some Vega samples soon. I really like what Brendan said about cortisol levels and stress as I truly believe stress is the underlying cause for so much of the world’s illness.

Good luck with all of your school work, and I still drooling over that melted cheese photo. YUM!

43 Emily April 2, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Love the blended grains in the cute birdy bowl. And your flat-out wrap, which I have not been able to find anywhere!

Sounds like your family has a great sense of humor!

44 lilveggiepatch April 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm

That’s a great prank! My parents would FLIP if I told them that.

45 theskinnyplate April 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Nice prank!!

46 Chocolate-Covered Katie April 2, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Yay! I love your oatmeal creation :)

47 Jessica (jesslikesithot) April 2, 2009 at 8:37 pm

haha, love the april fools joke! papa bender seems like such a fun guy!!

the oats look great, I have always wanted to try the avo in my oats after seeing it on heather’s blog, and I am glad to hear that someone else loves it!!

48 Emily April 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm


Haha! Sounds like your April Fool’s Day prank was a hit! I made coffee gel with Agar agar in a coffee mug and gave it to my mom EARLY in the morning. She didn’t think it was too funny until after I gave her a REAL cup of java! Once caffenated we had a pretty good chuckle! 😉

Have a great day!

With Love,


49 ttfn300 April 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

hehehe, you and papa bender are awesome :)

50 Jane April 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

you say “Rabbit” on the first day of the month too?! i thought my family was the only one that did that haha. i don’t even know where it came from! we treat it like a contest and try to say rabbit to each other before the other person remembers to say it :)

51 TorontoGirloutWest April 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

That wrap looks toooo delish to be true!!! Yummers! 😉

52 broccolihut April 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm

You totally reminded me that I have some of that same Smoothie Infusion in my cupboard–after all that whining about not having any protein powder…

53 wholefoodswholeme April 3, 2009 at 6:20 am

good one!! your dad is classic, no wonder you make me laugh hahaha! I WANT THAT WRAP – i love smoked salmon than ANYONE (i mean it!!! i’ll fight you if i have to) and now have a crazy craving for it. damn. the blended bowl looks fantastic too, i’m dying to try the avocado addition – i tried blending the other day with my hand blender but it seems too weak to do anything, i’ll have t drap out the big blender and not be so lazy!

54 Mariposa April 3, 2009 at 6:43 am

that is too funny about the joke!! and good thing your dad played right along! : ) i think my parents would have dropped dead!

55 Aimee April 3, 2009 at 7:45 am

Love your email to your parents!

56 Hangry Pants April 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

hahaa I think my parents have pulled that one on me as well. I would have told them Mark and I eloped, but at this point, they would probably be pleased. 😀

57 luckytastebuds April 3, 2009 at 1:58 pm

heehee what a great prank jenn. Good thing your parents are such pranksters too! My parents would have called me while they were still flipping out and my mom would probably be in tears. hahaha

I LOOOVE smoked salmon too!! I still haven’t gotten my hands on flat our wraps, but I”m worried they’ll be dry! I have a feeling your avocado oats will soon be a new blogosphere food trend. heheheh Though I probably won’t be participating in this thought-leading experiment. :) Hope you have a fabulous weekend Jenn!!

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