MMB – What’s a foodie girl up to in summer?

Hi Everyone,

I hope your August is off to a great start!  Are you enjoying summer?  I hope you are making the most of these warm and bright days and making sure to either get out in the mornings or the late afternoons and beautiful evenings!  Last night, we went to see the band East Bay Mudd that was playing in the San Ramon civic center park.  T Moran is Ryan’s drum teacher, so we wanted to see T in action.  So, what was the Allan family doing on a Sunday night?  We were dancing!  Woo hoo!  East Bay Mudd is a R & B soul band that resonates with the the energies of bands like Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, and Bruno Mars!  Dancing is such a great way to get exercise in without even realizing that you are exercising!  You can check out their site here if you want to learn more:    

East Bay Mudd is playing this coming Saturday night in Danville for music in the park.  Check them out if you are around!

August 10, 2019
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Town Green
420 Front Street
Danville, CA94526

We also had the opportunity to go to the A’s game yesterday and I have to brag on a place to get healthy food!  Yes, it’s possible to purchase a delicious veggie bowl at the coliseum!  So, if you are headed out to see the A’s play but are dreading the food choices there, you have a couple of options.  Head out to the food trucks that they have in the courtyard where you can find a myriad of different choices, some healthy and some not, but at least you are in the driver’s seat, right?!  Also, check out Nourish which is on the main floor close to section 225, I think?  It’s a cart that has noodle or salad bowls with choices of chicken, beef, or tofu and is loaded up with all kinds of delectables such as; marinated cucumbers “Thai” style, steamed green beans, broccoli, kimchee, and awesome sauces like red coconut curry.  Check out this pic of me about to enjoy my bowl!  Of course, you gotta have a good beer if you are going to the game 🙂  I gotta tell you, the bowl was delicious, so check it out next time you go to the game.  Remember – Nourish!


O.k. so the other thing I wanted to share is the type of special dish I will make on a Saturday night.  Many times people ask me, “Jen, what do you actually eat?”  It’s always tough juggling nutrition when you are a foodie girl and a fitness girl, but I try my best to balance both worlds by working out as hard as I can as often as I can and eating nutrient dense foods as often as possible.  So, what do I eat on a Saturday night?  Here is a sample and it will look something like this:


Grilled Alaskan Halibut with a Tropical Salsa, Thai Coconut Ginger rice, and a mixed salad with citrus vinaigrette.


Purchase wild caught halibut if possible – this was a medium size filet weighing about 2lbs.  I bought this at Whole Foods for $21.99 per pound, so about $42 bucks for 2 lbs,  but it’s worth it.


1/2 cup of chopped pineapple

1/2 cup of chopped mango

1/2 red bell pepper chopped

1/2 cucumber chopped

1/2 small red onion chopped finely

1 jalapeno chopped finely without seeds

1/2 bunch of chopped cilantro

1 large clove of garlic chopped

1 lime juiced

pinch of salt and pepper

3 T of extra virgin olive oil

Add all ingredients to a bowl and let refrigerate for a couple of hours.


 2 cups of water

1 cup of brown jasmine rice

1 tsp of ginger

1 cup of coconut milk – reduced fat


Your choice of greens and veggies – I made a citrus vinaigrette with honey mustard, golden balasamic vinegar, lime juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper.


3 hours before eating, prepare tropical salsa.

1 hour before eating, bring water to a bowl in a medium sauce pan and add rice and ginger.  Let simmer until liquid is absorbed and then add coconut milk and keep lid on another 30 minutes to steam on low.

30 minutes before eating, prepare halibut in cut steaks and season with salt and pepper.  Grill to the point that fish is still moist with juice – about 20 minutes for 2 inch thick pieces of fish

Meanwhile, prepare salad in a bowl.

Plating – Spoon rice onto plate and place fish directly on top of rice.  Spoon tropical salsa on top of fish.  For salad, you can either put in a separate bowl or on the side of the plate next to the fish. 



Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core is at Jen’s Studio Tuesday!  Class times are:  5:45pm to 6:30pm, 6:40pm to 7:25pm, and 7:35pm to 8:30pm.  I need three people to run a class, or two people who are willing to pay a double charge to run a class.  Please let me know if you’d like to join us on Tuesday night!


  1. Cardio Fusion is at Jen’s Studio Thursday – one class only from 5:45pm to 6:30pm.  I am juggling work life with mom life and will have a house full of kids of a birthday sleepover 🙂 


  1. Park Fitness this Wednesday at 9am!  Come out and join us for another park fitness day! Class is 45 minutes.  The more the merrier!  All fitness levels are welcomed!


  1. Boot Camp this Saturday – TBD.  I’m still waiting to find out if I will be away on a boy scout campout, so I will let you know if I am teaching Boot Camp later this week.  Thanks for your flexibilty!