Breakfast

New Cereal!

Morning!

Well, today is the start of my new program!!!! Tonight at 6:30 I start “Baking Principles” class for the next 3 weeks and it goes until 11:30 every night! ah! My sleep schedule will def. have to be altered…I need to learn how to sleep in!

I ate a light breakfast this morning because I’m going to go on a run in about an hour before work (I have to work from 10-4). I bought this Ezekiel Almond Cereal at the store last night and a serving of that heated up with some hempmilk, bananas and agave nectar. Yum!!!! It was SO good and surprisingly filling! Tastes sort of like grapenuts! I am a fan of hot cereals and this one heated up wonderfully. It was a little expensive ($5 for a box) but really healthy and yummy.

I’ve packed my lunch today and will be posting it around 4:30 when I get home! Have a wonderful Monday!

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Edited to add: It’s 9:30 and I just had 1/4 cup more cereal with 1/4 cup more hempmilk as a snack before work. This cereal seriously rocks!!!! yum!!

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60 Comments

  • Reply
    VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Mmm, the contents of your breakfast bowl this morning look ESPECIALLY enticing. The Ezekiel cereal are quite tasty – ESPECIALLY with hempmilk, bananas, and the agave nectar that you added :0)

    Can’t wait to hear about your baking class today – good luck and have fun!!

    Happy Monday!!

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    Kristin
    February 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I was eyeing that cereal at W.F. and I think I might get it know after your good reviews! Approx. how much did you use to fill you? Not wondering calorie-wise, more satiety wise… we seem to have pretty similar stomachs!
    Have a great first class! =)

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    Ashley
    February 18, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Have a great class tonight!! I’m so excited for you. Also, won the boyfriend’s heart over last night with the chocolate chip cookies. Mine didn’t get that large even though my batch made the same amount as yours. 🙁 I’m doing a little test this week because i’ve realized that the cleaner and healthier I eat the better I feel all day and week long. So, this morning I had one of your favorite breakfasts (almond breeze, oats, pb, and banana) after a great long workout. I’m going to explore the site for a lunch idea later (think the skinny gal “chicken salad”), and i’m making this amazing teriyaki tuna burger recipe for dinner with napa rice wine vinegar slaw! Also, have you ever heard anythign about the Viking Culinary classes? Bo bought my the intense 3 day basics class for Christmas and i’m going next month sine we have a Viking Culinary School down the road in Ardmore (i’m in the Philadelphia area). Thanks!!

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    Syb
    February 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I just started reading your blog, but I love it and all the delicious food you always have! I was just wondering about those huge chocolate chip cookies 🙂 Is the recipe for them posted on this site somewhere? Thanks!

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    jenna
    February 18, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Kristin,

    I had 1/2 cup cereal with 1/2 cup hempmilk and a banana…I totally was not anticipating it being filling but it was!!! Really! Usually I need a whole cup of granola to fill me but this cereal was wonderful and filling because it was so protein packed (its considered a “complete protein”). I’m actually thinking about having 1/4 cup with some more hempmilk as a midmorning snack before I go to work, I liked it that much!!!!!

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    Erica
    February 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    I, too, have been eying that Ezekiel cereal whenever I go to whole foods, but I always feel as though nothing will fill me up like my morning oatmeal! I guess I’m wrong! I’ll have to try this, I want to get the flax one. 🙂

    Jenna, (another!!) quick question.. do you have any fun ways I can fill pita pockets? I picked some up at whole foods and don’t really know what to do with them. Any ideas other than hummus? Thanks!! Have a great day, and hope baking class goes well tonight! 🙂

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    Lynn
    February 18, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    So I tried the chickpea cutlets last night with the agave nectar sauce and they really were delicious!! They looked a little gross when forming the patties but they turned out great! I highly recommend them, thanks Jenna for giving me the idea! Good luck with your new schedule!

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    Anna
    February 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Jenna, I was wondering if you could guesstimate on the calories in a tall soy misto with black tea…just curious, b/c Starbucks doesn’t list it in their nutritional stats. Thanks!

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    shred
    February 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    the ezekial cereals and food for life products in general are awesome. they’re made from sprouted grains, which digest like vegetables are also a “complete protein,” as jenna said, meaning they provide the eight amino acids that the human body does not make (and therefore needs from external sources). for the woman who lives in england (i’m sorry i don’t remember who you are), look for a brand of breads/cereals/baked goods that uses sprouted or “live” grains. that will probably fulfill your nutritionist’s demands. I would be surprised if you didn’t have them in UK — the UK seems pretty progressive in its food market . . .

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    Becca A
    February 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Have fun in class! The longer I’m in college, the more appealing culinar and pastry school sounds…

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    Sarah
    February 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I was planning on giving those ezekial cereals a try, after loving the raisin bread that this brand makes. Now I have real incentive after seeing the good reviews of it…:) I’m adding it to my shopping list, the next time that I visit a whole foods. Yum!

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    Sydney
    February 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, I’m going to Orlando for a weekend coming up, and I was just wondering what some of the healthier choices at Margaritaville and Hard Rock Cafe are, if you’ve been to either of these places. Thanks a bunch!

  • Reply
    arimcg
    February 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I’ve had that cereal and love it, too. It is super filling!

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    shred
    February 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    for those of you in the UK or europe or wherever you can find them, SUNNYVALE makes great sprouted breads. SO yummy.
    here’s what it looks like (they make breads of all different grains. this one is wheat. there are hemp and rye and more . . . )
    http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/713205_Sunnyvale_Organic_Sprouted_Wheat_Bread_400g.html

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    Jess
    February 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Hey guys! That cereal looks Fab (LOVE almonds) and, not being a huge cheese fan, I can’t wait to try my own version of a vegan pizza sometime at home (although I am definately not vegetarian or anything, I love t experiment with recipes!).
    Well, it seems like I always miss the introductions, so here it goes:

    Hi everyone, I’m jess. I’m 19 (20 in june) and live in sunny southern california. Currently I go to school down here for Literature and I’m very interested in writing, travel writing, and education. In the fall I’m transferring to Nor. Cal and majoring in Lit with an education minor, and after that I’d Love t join the peace corps and do some travel writing and help some people! I Love love to cook. I’m actually one of those on here struggling with trying to regain a healthy balance with food (restrictive eating taken too far) and am now trying to be okay with gaining some healthy weight. It’s proving to be a bit of a mental struggle- but Jenna’s tasty recipes and healthy attitude are Definately helping! Thank you all so much for having such a supportive and accepting group of gals here- I really love reading each day. Oh yeah, and I’m All over that facebook group! Haha. It was really great to meet everyone
    -jess
    p.s. I tried making some whole wheat vegan oatmeal cookies the other day (recipe called for banana and applesauce, no oil… curious) and they turned out Awesome! If anyone would like the recipe just let me know!

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    Mallory
    February 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Jess-

    I would love that recipe! I also hear where you are coming from with the mental struggle. I think it is a daily challenge that we are going to have to face, but with the support I have found here I think we can do it! (Sorry, slightly cheesy!)

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    linds
    February 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    umm Jess anything with oatmeal and cookie in the same sentence has to be good… Could you post your recipe?? Thanks 🙂

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    fashionista
    February 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    hi.everyone.

    I thought I would finally introduce myself as well :

    Love the blog. Have been a reader since the beginning!

    -My name is Lisa Holowaychuk
    -I am 23
    -Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (holla to the Canadians) BUT have been living in Cape Town, South Africa for the past 3 years!
    – I moved here to be with my boyfriend who I met working on a cruise ship (Royal Caribbean) 5 years ago. I was dancing & he was one of the Dr.’s & after our first date I knew he was IT. We dated 2 years long distance and after that we just HAD to live on the same continent. SO I moved to Africa (crazy I know! He was born and raised in Cape Town) as he (Ian) had just started specializing, which is another 5 years of schooling, therefore it was easier for me to move!
    -I love being active (spinning, hiking with the dog, circuit training) & also love eating healthy foods. I do eat meat (chicken, turkey & I LOVE FISH!, but have not eaten red meat since I can remember) I definitely eat a balance of vegetarian & meat meals and I also enjoy dairy, eggs, etc. My mentality is just eat what YOU love, and what works for you, and nothing else matters!
    -I am also addicted to chocolate raisins!
    -I was on my way to getting my Social Work degree (completed 2 years), but after my last holiday home to Canada ( I just got back 2 weeks ago) I realized I could not deny my passion any longer. I’ve ALWAYS loved fashion…but never thought I could pursue it as a career. Well near the end of 2007, during my 2nd year of finals I just came to the realization that Social Work was just not for me. I knew I could be content doing it, but was I passion about it? Not at all!!! Where as fashion…ah…it gives me that tingly feeling inside. ANYWAYS… I am now on my way to pursue my passion + dream…

    Well this is insanely long. I just wanted to say hello & to just let everyone + Jenna know how incredible this blog + community is. Lets all just keep on rocking + shining! I am also on facebook!

    hearts.
    L xx.

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    natalie
    February 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    hello! i was wondering if anyone knew of chicken cutlets that are vegan. possibly soy free? i think veggiegirl will be able to answer this one! I looked at quorn’s naked chicken cutlets and to my surprise they weren’t vegan!

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    Kat
    February 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Anna – here is a link to the nutritional information for the Mistos at Starbucks. Black tea would be the same as coffee since both have few (if any) any calories.
    http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_beverage_detail.asp

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    Carrie
    February 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Hi, Jenna,

    I made your olive oil cake last night for my family and they all loved it, of course. Thanks for the recipe!

    I have offered to bake my brother’s wedding cake in June … It will be a small, casual wedding and after the easy, satisfying experience with the oo cake, I kind of want to make several for his wedding. His fianceé wants chocolate though, so I was wondering if you think adding some cacao to the oo cake would work out … I am sure I’d have to do some experimenting, but I thought you’d probably be able to tell me if I’m crazy or not for wanting to mess with such a perfect recipe! If you or any readers have other suggestions about wedding-cake baking, I’d appreciate it.

    Thanks so much. I love your blog and appreciate all the time you put into it.

    Carrie

  • Reply
    Anna
    February 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks Kat! I was looking under espresso the whole time…ah, Mondays 🙂

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    Jess
    February 18, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    whole wheat vegan oatmeal cookies!

    1 1/2 (or one super large!) banana
    1/2 c. applesauce
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1/3 c. brown sugar
    1 c. white whole wheat flour (I had leftover from when I made jenna’s
    amazing foccacia bread!)
    1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    2/3 c. oatmeal

    Preheat the oven to 350*. Blend bananas, applesauce, vanilla and brown sugar (if your banana isn’t overripe you can soften it in the micro). In a separate bowl, mix flous, baking powder, salt, and sinnamon. Mix wet ingredients into dry. Stir in oatmeal (and whatever other goodies you want! I would have probably made choc. chip ones but didn’t want to buy an Entire bag of vegan chocolate chips, haha). Drop by scant tablespoons onto a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy! 😉
    This will make 28 cookies at about 40 cals each, but you can easily make them double the size and they’re still a healthy and tasty treat!

    Thanks for the Support Mallory- I Know we can do it! If you ever want to talk or rant about anything feel free to email or facebook me- jboudevin@yahoo.com (and that goes for everyone! Haha).

    Enjoy the cookies, I’m off to work (barista-time!)

    -jess

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    Ashley H
    February 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Could you heat up any cereal? How should I know?

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    Nicole
    February 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Those cookies sound awesome! I hear both of you on the “getting past being restrictive” business. Hard yeah? I just recently brought peanut butter back into my life and the hemp milk was a big deal too (but it’s delicious so I’m so happy i got it!!!). It’s funny for me since I study biology, so I know the science IN EXTENSO behind what makes food healthy/unhealthy, yet find it SO hard to get past the “oh this has more than 40 calories and 0.002g fat, and is thus off limits” mindset. Trying hard though!

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    blueberrybabe
    February 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Helllloo ladies! Ugh I am like the ONLY person working today booo! First of all VeggieGirl I never got to say how SWEET that was of you to send Jenna the cookbook! Ur the best! And Jenna I am so excited for you to start your baking class wooohooo! O no work calls… I will post at lunch!

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    sara F
    February 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Jess-
    I really enjoyed reading your “introduction” because we have a bit in common. I’m also 19 and a university student (though not in sunny california, but the cold midwest) I don’t know exactly what i want to major in, but I’m studying spanish pretty intensely and hope to do some time studying abroad or in the peace corps to work on my speaking. I too have struggled with overly restrictive eating, but now that I’m eating soooo much better I’m working on putting on a few pounds, or atleast maintaining. And finally, I too LOVE LOVE to cook! Anyway, all that to say, I’m glad to meet you 🙂

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    Nicole
    February 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    ashley–

    usually if it has oats or is clustery like granola you can heat it. small cereals, like grapenuts, or very large cereals like shredded wheat also can be heated. flakey cereals, things that are in shapes (cheerios, etc)–don’t heat them.

  • Reply
    fashionista
    February 18, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    hi.everyone.

    I have read + loved the blog since the beginning.

    I thought I would finally introduce myself as well :

    -My name is Lisa Holowaychuk
    -I am 23
    -Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (holla to the Canadians) BUT have been living in Cape Town, South Africa for the past 3 years!
    – I moved here to be with my boyfriend who I met working on a cruise ship (Royal Caribbean) 5 years ago. I was dancing & he was one of the Dr.’s & after our first date I knew he was IT. We dated 2 years long distance and after that we HAD to move to the same continent. SO I moved to Africa (crazy I know! He was born and raised in Cape Town) as he had just started specializing which is another 5 years of med school, therefore it was easier for me to move!
    -I love being active (spinning, hiking with the dog, circuit training) & also love eating healthy foods. I do eat meat (chicken, turkey & I LOVE FISH!, but have not eaten red meat since I can remember) I definitely eat a balance of vegetarian & meat meals and I also enjoy dairy, eggs, etc. My mentality is just eat what YOU love, and what works for you, and nothing else matters!
    -I am also addicted to chocolate raisins.
    -I was on my way to getting my Social Work degree (2 years completed), but after my last holiday home to Canada ( I just got back 2 weeks ago & was home for 6 weeks) I realized I could not deny my passion any longer. I’ve ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS loved fashion…but never thought I could pursue it as a career. Well near the end of 2007, during my 2nd year of finals I just came to the realization that Social Work was just not for me. I knew I could be content doing it, but was I passion about it? Not at all!!! Where as fashion…ah…it gives me that tingly feeling inside. I finally feel like myself again.ANYWAYS… I am now on my way to pursue my passion + dream…

    Well this is insanely long. I just wanted to say hello & to just let everyone + Jenna know how incredible this blog + community is. Lets all just keep on rocking + shining! I am also on facebook!

    hearts.
    L xx.

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    fashionista
    February 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    sorry do not know why that got posted twice!

    L xx.

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    Emily W.
    February 18, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Can’t wait to try the cookies Jess! Where did you find the recipe?

    Has anyone ever tried the Iced Tazo Red Tea Latte at Starbucks…what’s the verdict?!

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    KatieB
    February 18, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Don’t worry blueberrybabe – I’m stuck at work too! I even had to go in 2 hour s EARLIER than normal today…..good thing i have this great blog to entertain and distract me 🙂

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    Nicole
    February 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    ive had their hot red tea just black and i love it—red tea (really called roiboos) is SO good and really really good for you, so i imagine the latte would be pretty good too

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    Beth
    February 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Jenna,

    Your wrap yesterday encouraged me to try tabouli today and I LOVE it! I made a sandwich on Ezekiel bread with garlic hummus, tabouli, spinach and cucumber – it’s delicious!

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    BethT
    February 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    What brand of hempmilk does everyone like? I just bought Hemp Bliss, which was on sale at Whole Foods, but it only has 5% daily calcium 🙁 So bummed!! Any thoughts on a higher calcium brand??

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    Beth
    February 18, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    BethT – (My last initial is also “T” :)) I currently use Living Harvest and love it. It says 46% calcium on the label.

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    Erica
    February 18, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Jess, I’m definitely going to try those oatmeal cookies tonight! Yum!!

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    babycakes
    February 18, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Beth, the Living Harvest hempmilk is the one with 46% dv for calcium (this is the brand Kath loves in the vanilla flavor – it also comes in plain and chocolate) I am still waiting for an unsweetened version to come on the market. There is too much sugar in all of these! But here is the Living Harvest website. Their other hemp products are wonderful – vegan, organic, and raw 🙂

    http://www.livingharvest.com

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    VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    **Beth T:

    You MUST buy the Living Harvest brand – Hemp Bliss is TERRIBLE (sorry, but it is, haha). My obsession is Living Harvest :0)

    **Blueberrybabe:

    You’re too kind :0)

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    AshleyP
    February 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    BethT- I second loving the Living Harvest hemp milk. I got vanilla this weekend and I think I’m going to give the plain a try when I run out…has anyone else tried the plain? What do you think? The vanilla has 18 grams of sugar per serving, which I’m not crazy about. I think the plain may be an acquired taste, but I think it might be worth it!

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    VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    **AshleyP:

    I drink the plain all the time (and the vanilla as well) – it has a more subdued flavor (not as sweet), but definitely still delicious and satisfying.

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    Beth
    February 18, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I use the plain Living Harvest and think it’s great. I prefer my milk with less flavor though so it more closely resembles plain skim milk.

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    AshleyP
    February 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    sounds good then! thanks!

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    BethT
    February 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    DARN IT! I should have asked before buying 🙁 Should I return it do you think? Or will it be palatable in oatmeal?

    Darn, darn, darn 🙁

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    Jade
    February 18, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Jenna,

    You do a great job on this blog, but I just want to let you know, since I am one of your audience members and you are, presumably, writing for an audience that I’m no longer going to read it, which is a shame, because you do a great job. However, I feel like a fish out of water for namely, two reasons:

    1) I do not, have never had, and will never have an eating disorder.

    That apparently seems to be the norm around these food blogs, and that’s kinda sad. Also, I’m not like “OMG I AM WAY TOOO SKINNY”. I have a couple of pounds to shed, but I love myself. It kinda makes me sick reading about all these commentors having eating disorders. I don’t want to be that way, and if that’s the outcome of reading these blogs, I had better stop.

    2) I am not, have never been, and will never be a vegetarian.

    I LOVE STEAK! AND CHICKEN! ALSO, FISH, SEAFOOD, TURKEY, DUCK, PORK! oh so delicious. I have read Skinny Bitch and I have plenty of vegetarian friends, and that is their choice, and yours. However, the point I am trying to make is that this also may limit some of the readership you will have. Or if you’re going to go vegan, at least don’t try to sway those of us who love our meat.

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    Ashley H
    February 18, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Nicole- Thanks! I almost nuked my raisin bran!! But I think I will try microwaving my shredded wheat instead lol!

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    Kelly T.
    February 18, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    hey jenna!
    Just wanted to let you know, even though you dont eat meat anymore, im using your recipe for cooking a whole chicken tonight. Ive always been really intimidated by the idea of cooking a whole bird, but im going to give it a shot. cant beat the price and the leftovers!

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    Kelly T.
    February 18, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Jade-
    Im a little confused and offended by the eating disorder comment. I havent seen an eating disorder comment in a looong time. and when there is one, its praising jenna and the blog for giving them an example of what healthy eating looks like, since it is nearly impossible for people to find one around them. also, since when did eating disorders turn contagious? I am a personal trainer that used to work with eating disordered patients, and trust me, its a disease. they dont want to be petrified by food. lets cut them some slack. I dont see anyone deciding the stop reading this blog because a reader has diabetes or anemia, both of which are effected by food. thats ridiculous.

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    Meghan
    February 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t think that Jenna tries to offend any of us carnivores. Personally, I will probably never give up animal products or meat, but Jenna HAS inspired me to realize that protein sources besides meat can fill me up. Heck, I bought vegan “ham” slices today as well as veggie cheese! I’ve realized that these products allow MY body to function better on my runs (which I go on soon-ish after lunch). Thanks for helping me be culinarily creative, Jenna!

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    Mel H
    February 18, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    boo Jade! Your comment was really uncalled for. I used to have an ED in high school partly bc I didn’t have positive eaters like jenna (and others on the blog) to look up to. This blog helps me realize food can be wonderful and nutritious and not something to feel guilty about. Women are supposed to support each other, not treat them like they have a contagious disease. Unfortunately eating disorders are rampant in our society bc we are all too obsessed with image and diets…unlike jenna’s blog. I have never been a vegetarian nor willi ever be but that doesn’t mean i don’t enjoy some of jennas ideas and meals…thats ridiculous. I’m glad you will not continue reading if this blog is not for you..it just leaves more room for positive contributers!!

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    Amy
    February 18, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Hey y’all,

    Might have to repost if this post gets low readership (I’m guessing Jenna will be posting again soon) but can anyone recommend a favorite gluten-free blog or recipe/lifestyle resource? I know there are many resources and blogs out there and I’ve seen a lot of them, but I haven’t found a favorite or a ‘most useful’ one. Before I start investigating what’s out there, I thought I’d ask. I need to learn about gluten-free cooking and baking. (And reading new blogs could take me away from Jenna and Kath!) Anyone else gluten intolerant??

    I found out I had a gluten sensitivity a couple years ago – and thought it was just a sensitivity (and I went through a period of trying to deny the problem – I didn’t want to be the gluten girl that can’t eat bread!) – but I found out just a couple weeks ago that ingesting it has been wreaking havoc on my body, and I have to cut out gluten/wheat = a lot of foods!!

    I am open to gluten-free products, but I will be the first to admit many of them don’t compare to the ‘regular’ gluten products.

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    Amy
    February 18, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Oh, and that raises an issue – Jenna, I know you say the gluten is essential to your chickpea patties…..but if I must avoid it, is there a possible substitute ingredient?? An acceptible poser to do the binding?? They sound so good!

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    linds
    February 18, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Amy,
    My little brother is a celiac and hasn’t been able to eat anything containing gluten since he was diagnosed around age 9 or 10. So I definitely understand your plight and ate my fair share of gluten-free food growing up as my mom didn’t always want to make 2 different dinners. We are extremely careful about keeping his gluten-free food away from ours, because even a few bread crumbs can hurt your system! I know some of the gluten-free food tastes a little weird (the bread especially…eww…) but rice pasta is pretty good and while I don’t know of any blogs in particular I know from experience that it is NOT hard to come up with a varied and satisfying gluten-free diet!! It’s important to do your research- reading food labels religiously is important but sometimes you won’t even know a product contains gulten because it’s there in such a small amount- for example, some spice mixtures contain flour but they don’t list that on the label.
    My mom has been ordering oatmeal from a company that doesn’t process any wheat so it is considered gluten-free, she mail orders that.. and you can buy special flour mixtures to make gluten-free baking actually taste really freaking good, I mean you can’t even tell the difference sometimes!! If you have any specific questions I can try to help you out, I grew up with it so even though I don’t have the allergy myself I feel like I know quite a bit about it 🙂

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    linds
    February 18, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Oh and I made the chickpea cutlets last night and I really don’t think there is a substitute for the wheat gluten. If you are still hooked on the idea of a chickpea pattie, the weightwatchers cookbook (trust me on this one) has a recipe for one that uses cornmeal. It doesn’t have the same texture as the ones Jenna made, but they kinda taste like falafel are really good, I have made them a few times. Here’s a link to a site that wrote a review on them, the recipe is included:

    http://www.fftimes.com/node/76271

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    VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    **Amy:

    Check out these blogs (especially the first one):

    – Gluten A Go-Go http://glutenagogo.blogspot.com/

    – Gluten-Free Girl http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/

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    VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    **Amy:

    There’s two gluten-free blogs that are GREAT resources: “Gluten A Go Go” and “Gluten Free Girl”

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    Jess
    February 18, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I also found the eating disorder comment a little out of line. I think the reason that those with a will and strength to recover from any sort of restrictive eating look up to jenna (and the support on this blog in particular) is because she shows a healthy, and fun relationship with food. Even if you don’t have any sort of distorted eating habits, isn’t that what we should all be striving for? I absolutely don’t think that the “outcome” of reading this blog or any other healthy food/lifestyle blog would be an eating disorder, and I didn’t really understand that part of your comment.

    Thanks to everyone who has been really supportive of everyone else- it’s amazing to have such an open communtiy. Now to all those trying the cookies- you won’t be disappointed! I added a little extra cinnamon, just ’cause I love it, haha. But they aren’t Exactly cookie texture- very very similar though, just a little hardier (I think from the whole wheat flour). I got the recipe by combining a couple of ideas I had gotten looking at recipes online and then asking one of my vegan friends for a tip (although I had to be super discreet as the cookies were a surprise for her!). So it was definately an experiment, I think they’re Awesome though.

    -jess

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    Nicole
    February 19, 2008 at 3:16 am

    I think most people with eating disorders hate that they have them, because in most cases (and my own), it wasn’t a conscious decision to develop one. I didn’t wake up one morning with the intent of eventually making my heart stop. Those who like it, and don’t want DESPERATELY to stop…I’m not sure how to explain them. Eating disorders are not explained correctly in the media/to the general public. Know that it’s NOT a weight thing—I think it’s rare that people really set out to be skinny—for me it was a control/perfectionist/ignoring my needs for good grades/anxiety issue. My appearance never bothered me.

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    Kristie
    February 19, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Good ness girls/women/people —

    I don’t think Jade meant that this blog was causing ED’s, just that many of the readers appeared to either have one that they were trying to get over or had one. I know it wasn’t phrased in the nicest way, but I don’t think there was any reason to “boo” her. This blog is open for everyone’s opinion, right?

    Reading the comments on some of the posts by both Jenna and others has sometimes made me feel like I am un-natural and well, a heathen or something to eat meat and have dairy products. I know this isn’t their intention, but it does come out. And to be fair, there do seem to be a lot more comments about girls who have had EDs in the past who are trying to gain (or just girls who are trying to gain) than there are about girls who are trying to lose. Those aren’t bad things, but they’re not way off base.

    Just trying to fight for free opinions here without attack 🙂

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    Sara
    February 19, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I too have suffered from an eating disorder for over 10 years. I am not trying to stir up any conflict, but my psychologist has told me that reading blogs about food and magazines about health and fitness are just making the situation worse. I know this but I can’t stop. I think that is why all of us are on here. It is a problem and just further enhances our obsessions with food. Please know that I love this blog, but it might be extremely detrimental to us with EDS to continue reading. I rationalize that I am just getting good ideas and seeing how “normal” eaters eat. I tell myself that it is not hurting me, but I know in my heart that it isn’t helping me. Please know that this is coming from the heart. It is not an attack by any means. It is from someone who is silently suffering.

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