Product Review: Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie (chocolate chip)

Ok, I have seen these on shelves everywhere. Usually at Dicks Sporting goods, but then once I started to recognize them I saw them at gas stations and vitamins stores. I was always hesitant to grab one. What cookie sold to a health perspective can actually taste any good? Also, how in the world do you make a cookie without eggs, and moreover, a Vegan cookie sounds gross. Right? Wrong. After a bit of research online, I was convinced to stop over to the local Vitamin Shoppe and buy some. To my luck, there was a huge poster saying “Sale on protein bars and snacks” with a picture of the cookies I was going in to buy listed as one of the items on sale. IMG_2711

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Birthday Cake Waffles

Today is my husband’s 32nd birthday. Since we are traveling opposite places tomorrow and have early airport calls, we celebrated at dinner last night and today I got up early to make him an extra special birthday breakfast: eggs, bacon & birthday cake waffles.


I have been starring at pictures of waffles on instagram for a few weeks (yes I follow food accounts) and today  was the perfect day to get a little creative with breakfast and make something instagram-worthy of my own. So here’s how I made the best birthday cake waffles I’ve ever had…

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Friday Favorites: High Protein Chocolate Cherry & Banana Oats

When we first moved down south, I got really into the overnight oats craze. Since then, I have not spent any time on them, much to the dismay of my husband who really seemed to enjoy them. Since we had a bunch of “almost finished” items like chia seeds, rotten bananas, oatmeal, and a cup of skim milk left I decided to get creative and turn all of these items into a high protein recipe.

Using bananas as my base, I mashed the three rotten pieces of fruit on the bottom of the bowl, added two cups of uncooked oatmeal, one fourth cup of dried cherries (chopped), our last greek yogurt cup (black cherry flavored), two tablespoons of chia seeds, one tablespoon of honey, one cup of skim milk and one scoop of chocolate protein powder. After stirring all ingredients until well mixed, I reached for four of our mason jars and began heaping 3/4 cup portions into each. Once secured with their own lids, into the refrigerator they went for the night. (Or at least 6 hours!)  Continue reading for the full recipe and nutritional information!    Continue reading

Giveaway winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Penton, the winner of this week’s giveaway. I’m excited to work with you and hear what you have to say about the Double Chocolate Brownies!

Thank you to everyone who reached out and participated. It’s fun getting to see others who are interested in the same kind of products I am. And a BIG THANK YOU to Nature’s Bakery for providing all the fun treats and products.

Stay tuned for Friday Favorites later today! XO

Last call for giveaway!

The brownie bar giveaway from Nature’s Bakery expires tonight, with a winner chosen tomorrow. Please be sure to enter by completing the following steps:

1. Follow Nature’s Bakery on Instagram (@naturesbakery)

2. Follow GingerJams by putting your email in the right side rail of this page or clicking the follow button. 

3. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you’ve done both of these steps! 

These could be yours!  Winner announced tomorrow! 


Let’s eat: Easy summer veggies 

Since the summer weather has kicked in (and more so since we bought a grill) I feel like I haven’t actually spent much time in the kitchen come dinner. Usually I marinate meat the night before, tuck it in the fridge and prep a salad while Jarob mans the grill. Not much effort required and pretty great dinners if you ask me. 

Well yesterday I was reading up on these cute foil packet veggies you can make on the grill. I was all set to make them until we got home from work and the gym and realized we had no foil. So, I did the next best thing I could think of and decided to marinate and bake them in the oven. They did not disappoint. I eyeballed everything and just added a few things I thought would taste good. Here’s what I did:

1 squash, 1 zucchini, 1 red pepper, cut into inch slices, tossed in 2 TBSP of olive oil and sprinkled with oregano, basil, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Then baked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and broiled on high for another 5, toasted to slightly brown edges. 

These veggies were our substitute for French fries and outside of the small amount olive oil, they are pretty healthy. Lots of color and lots of fiber 🙂  …and most importantly, easy to make! 


Please don’t forget, it’s the last day to enter the brownie giveaway! A winner will be picked tomorrow! 

Week before a race…

The Hotlanta Half Marathon is SUNDAY! Meaning 3 full days stand between me and 13.1 miles. I have to admit, these last few weeks of running have been really exhausting. I almost feel like I was in peak performance mode a couple weeks back and now my body is just overran. I’ve also just now looked up the elevation chart and read some reviews online of past races and WHOA! Everyone complains about the hills. This course looks pretty challenging. Scenic, but hilly. Last year I guess it torrentially downpoured shortly after the last corral was out and people ran miles and miles in sopping rain. (That ain’t me). It’s also supposed to really crank up in humidity this weekend and be a high of 97 degrees. Lord have mercy. Luckily, we will be running into the heat with a 7am start.

Can’t you see I’m getting a little psyched out? Haha. I am excited, don’t get me wrong… Just a little scared! It’s also the first half I’ve done alone! Usually I can count on my trustee brother in law to step up to the plate… but he had major knee surgery over the last year and we’ve also moved pretty far away from the Chicago area.

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Friday Favorites: A ME DAY

Today, my Friday Favorite is pretty self-explanatory. I believe in caring for yourself and treating yourself as often as you can. Today, I didn’t have to work, be anywhere, or adhere to a strict schedule. I was able to sleep in a tad bit (7:30am), meet a friend at the park for a walk, go to the gym, take a nap, clean the house some more, do a Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred workout and catch up on some Netflix. In prior years, a day like today would have stressed me out unbelievably, because nothing on my achievements today was considered “productive” however, I’ve come to really tune into self-care the last few months and believe a day like today helps to reset and rejuvenate so I can be a better me moving forward the next few days. While these are easier to have when my husband is out of town (as he currently is) and while we don’t have any kiddos yet, I’m interested to know how the wives and mommies out there squeeze in even a “me moment” with their schedule chalk full of craziness.

here’s me showing off my guns sweaty face and frizzy hair after finishing the shred workout..



Also, anyone watching anything good on Netflix? I could use a new binge-watch series!