Behind The Butter/ Breakfast

Don’t Be Fooled!

Good Morning–Happy April Fools Day! 😉

Who knows what will happen today…I am dating a huge practical joker that actually set his phone alarm early this morning to sneak onto my laptop to blog an april fool’s day post!!!! I think he wanted to photograph pepperoni and sausage and say I changed my eating habits! Haha! Good thing I caught him in time!!!!!

This morning I started my day with scottish oatmeal made with half almond milk and water, blueberries, banana, almond butter and a little bit of maple syrup. I made Ryan peanut butter toast on the challah bread that I brought home for him and he loved it! I also packed him a special lunch to take to work today but I can’t reveal what’s in the lunch box because I know he reads this and I told him not to peak until lunch time!!!!! 😉 I can’t wait until I have kids and can pack their lunches every day—I just love it!


I’m headed upstairs to the gym here to do some cardio before I meet my mom to go to the library together. Then, at noon I am meeting my friend, Kate, for lunch at our favorite Thai place! SO excited about that! See you this afternoon!

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  • Susan
    April 1, 2008 at 1:18 pm


    In one of your posts, you mentioned your weight. I weigh that much, but am almost 5 inches shorter than you and people always tell me that I need to gain more weight. So I imagine that you must hear that a lot since you are so tall and even thinner. I am genetically lucky in that I have a fast metabolism. My dad even jokes that our groceries look like he is raising multiple football players.

    Anyway, my question is do doctors not hassle you to gain more weight? Do you find people assume of you have an eating disorder? Gosh forbid I ever order a salad and people jump all over me! I hate that unfortunately we live in a time that ed are rampant, so automatically people assume thin person = ed. Doctor’s and people comment’s or looks can be pretty presumptions! How do you deal with these things?

  • Susan
    April 1, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    opps…I meant presumptious.

  • CR
    April 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Awww, Ryan’s post would’ve been funny! You should’ve let him do it! 🙂

  • Beth
    April 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Jenna, I know you love to roast veggies, and I would love to try roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts, but don’t understand how I am supposed to mix the ingredients? What do you put on the veggies? How do you mix the garlic in with roasted veggies? Do I just use whole gloves? I have no idea on proportions of anything such as garlic, salt and pepper or oil. Sorry for the ignorant question!

  • Beth
    April 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    p.s. I agree Ryan’s would have been funny 🙂

  • Romina
    April 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Oooh, can’t wait to hear what surprises are in store! Yummy breakfast. =) Blueberries rock my world.

  • Cara
    April 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I love packing lunches for people too!

  • Tammy
    April 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm


    Thanks for the roasting vegtable question. I would like to know also!

  • hk
    April 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    too funny, haha I’m sure Ryan has something else up his sleeve, be careful 🙂 Have a great first day of “real” break!!
    happy april!

  • Nadia
    April 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Susan,

    I’ve been skinny my entire life due primarily to a vegan diet since I was 14 – started because after months of stomach aches a doctor’s visit revealed that I can’t digest meat or dairy! Genetics has a little to do with it (mom was very thin also around my age) but it’s mostly a very healthy diet. Only a few people have ever assumed I have an eating disorder because they see me eat and I eat plenty, believe me.

    I used to get very annoyed and upset when complete strangers would randomly tell me I’m skinny – I always just retorted back with “Really, I had no idea”. At this point in my life though it doesn’t affect me anymore. If I want a salad for lunch, I’ll have a salad. Are people judgmental? Sometimes yes but I just ignore it. The worst is at work…My co-workers assume I don’t eat because I always go out during my lunch hour. I need the break! Besides, they usually get take out and I always bring in a packed lunch to save money. Although they’ve accepted it at this point I know they are still uneasy. I find that people will be judgmental regardless of how much you weigh, how much you eat etc. As long as you’re healthy and don’t deprive yourself that’s all that matters. I just remind myself that I’m living a healthy life for myself not anyone else. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Nadia
    April 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm


    That would have been a fun little April Fools prank 🙂

    Btw my sister spent the weekend with me and I packed up her lunch on Monday morning and thought the same thing…can’t wait to have kids so I can do this everyday haha

  • Anne P
    April 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    ha, ryan you should have done it!! that would’ve been hilarious. the title could have been “jenna hearts meat”

  • jenn
    April 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    haha that would have been funny. I don’t know if I would have fallen for it tho! Happy April Fool’s!! Hope you are enjoying your first day of spring break!

  • Nadia
    April 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm


    Also with regard to whether doctors tell me I need to gain…whenever I go for physical check-ups everything turns out normal…no vitamin deficiencies or anything so I’ve never had a doctor tell me I need to gain weight despite the customary weigh-ins.

  • Ashley
    April 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Nadia- how did your doctor find out that you cannot digest dairy or meat? I have been having alot of tummy troubles lately and one of my doctors suggested I might have a lactose intolerance but I need proof. Thanks!

    PS On the skinny thing, I always feel awkward when I order the healthiest thing on the menu because people think I am trying to lose weight or something. but I just have to ask myself is my health and happiness more important than convincing people that I eat. People say that it is hard being overweight because of the way other people react to them but I think being thin is just as hard. Jealousy can be vicious!

  • AshleyH
    April 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Jenna- I had the most amazing cereal for breakfast that i think you would LOVE! Peanut butter Puffins! So peanut buttery!! Give them a try and you’ll be hooked. i wanted to eat the whole box this morning (and almost did!) 😉

  • LT
    April 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I’m totally avg.-sized…never been skinny or heavy…but even I feel kinda awkward sometimes when I’m eating out and I get something “healthy”!! I think it’s b/c the other people almost feel guilty that they’re eating junk & so they judge you and try to justify their own unhealthy eating by putting your healthy eating down…or b/c they think you’re judging them for their unhealthy order.

    ….I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about the psychology behind food-ordering before…..

  • Nadia
    April 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I think there are several tests available to see if you’re lactose intolerant. The only way to know for sure is to have one of these tests done. I had a test done, like I mentioned, when I was 14. My doctor told me not to eat for a few hours before the exam. He then took several blood samples over a 2-hour period to measure my blood sugar level. Basically if lactose is incompletely broken down, the blood glucose level does not rise and it didn’t in my case. That’s how he diagnosed me as lactose intolerant (it’s actually pretty severe for me). As for the meat thing that was self-diagnosed…I was getting similar symptoms from eating dairy products and meat products and my doctor suggested cutting out meat for a couple of days to see if they would go away and they did. I never had any tests done for meat intolerance (I don’t even know if they exist) but I didn’t eat meat or dairy to avoid the cramps, bloating, and a host of other annoying symptoms. Around the age of 18 I read up on veganism, became very ethically/morally against consuming/buying meat-related products and adopted it as a lifestyle.

  • AshleyH
    April 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks Nadia. I have a doctors appointment thursday so we will see.

  • Tammy
    April 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    For all of us yogart lovers!

    Yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm has announced a voluntary recall of its 6 oz. cups of Organic Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt. The recall comes after some consumer complaints reporting plastic and glass fragments in cups of that yogurt, though no injuries have been reported. The affected cups have the following date codes stamped on them: Apr 13 08, Apr 14 08, Apr 15 08, April 25 08 and Apr 26 08.

    Customers who have purchased the cups can return them to the store where they purchased them for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact Stonyfield Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-PRO-COWS or email

  • LisaR
    April 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    For you ladies who like to pack lunches for others….I hate you!

    haha not really but I’m married and while my husband doesn’t normally bring his lunches from home, I have packed him a few but I pack mine EVERYDAY for work. All I can say is that it’s such a chore for me b/c it fits into my time of getting ready for bed and takes me about an hour EVERY night. I pack my lunch (make sure I have enough food for my lunch and a snack and that its a healthy lunch!) pick out my clothes for work and my gym clothes for after work, and then clean up my HUGE mess I ALWAYS seem to make in the kitchen as I pack my lunch! Ugh…it gets pretty redundant and old real fast.
    Hopefully when we have kids I’ll be able to quit my most glamourous job of an interior designer (lol not really:) and stay at home so then I’ll have more time to pack their lunches and maybe get creative and leave them little notes and cute surprises inside!

    ok…so maybe I am a little excited about that now…I CAN DO THIS!

  • JennS
    April 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    hey a question for all the vegans out there who are vegans but NOT because of medical issues. why be a vegan? i mean, if you want cheese eat cheese why get this stuff that looks like it and tastes like it but isn’t the actual product? isn’t this steering away from the “whole” and “natural” idea. to get milk and cheese from a nut it has to go through a lot of processing.. where as cheeses, good chesses, is basically a natural bacterial process.

  • Mandy
    April 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    JennS- totally agree with you!! Those processed vegan ‘burgers’, cheeses and ‘milk’ are so far away from being whole and natural – why not just eat the real thing? And then honey for example too – natures’ candy if you ask me (yes, bees work hard to make honey only for us to take it away, but then – plants work hard at growing fruits and vegetables (to reproduce!) only for us to take it away – same thing).

  • Mandy
    April 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    edit to add:
    i re-read my comment – and i didn’t mean it so sound so harshly – sorry ladies! What i mean to say was that I also agree with JennS, and that I truly wonder how you vegans out there made the decision to turn down all the natural products, and go for ‘replicas’? Again – apologies – hope it doesnt start anything I didn’t mean to 🙂
    have a great day!

  • erica
    April 1, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    that would’ve been so funny had ryan posted!

    jenna, i have a quick question regarding oats. how do you get such a voluminous bowl of oats with just 1/2 cup dry? it always looks like it’s to the tippy top of the bowl! also, when/how do you add the banana to the oats? i’ve been doing mine the same way for a while, and was curious how you do yours.

    anyway, have a great day! i hope you’re enjoying your spring break!!

  • Mandy
    April 1, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I hope this isn’t too personal of a question… but does anyone here deal with IBS at all? I tend to find I can’t eat a lot of foods any longer… one being salads and beans of any kind, which saddens me!! But curious if anyone else has to deal with this, too?

    Thanks 🙂

  • Katie
    April 1, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I second your question, JennS. I’m not sure I understand how eating Tofurkey, fake cheese, fake eggs, etc. is really healthier than actually eating the real thing. Is cheese so bad for you? Veganism seems like it can definitely get away from the idea of whole, natural foods. I’m really interested in what vegans have to say.

  • nicole r
    April 1, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    i’m not a strict vegan, but am transitioning to becoming one. people don’t stop eating dairy, etc because it’s not healthy–its because it comes from animals. i think it would be hard to last as a vegan without having some moral grounding in what you’re doing, and i would say at least 98% of them do. i actually quite like dairy, and am not lactose intolerant, but the reason i decided to finally give that up as well and become full vegan is because of how cruelly most dairy products are obtained. i’m italian, i think i might be composed partly of cheese, but i would rather not eat it if something has to go through pain for me to do so. obviously processed products (such as tofutti cream cheese that still has hydrog. oils) are MUCH less healthy for you than the whole product, but again, it’s the cruelty aspect of the food product that deters vegans from eating it. for me, because i like cheese and other dairy products, i would choose to eat follow your heart cheese or soy yogurt because no animals are involved there. never was a meat fan, so tofurkey doesn’t draw me in the same way.

  • Nadia
    April 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I agree completely with Nicole r…while I am lactose/meat intolerant, which forced me to be a vegetarian, I don’t consume any eggs or honey either because of the same reason…it comes from animals. I also don’t buy anything that is made from animal byproducts and make sure any products I use were not tested on animals. Veganism is more than just the food you consume. It’s a lifestyle and I’ve never met a vegan who started (or stayed) a vegan because he/she was trying to lose weight or adopt a healthier diet. Instead, a staunch moral and ethical choice to exclude animals for food and products or whatever else is far more important.

  • Maggie
    April 1, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Just to jump in on the vegan thing…

    I’m a vegetarian and I’ve considered going vegan because of the animal aspect. What I’ve done instead very carefully shop for my dairy products/eggs. I only drink organic milk that comes from smaller farms, which are known to treat cows better. Also, I only eat free-range, certified organic eggs.

    I also closely read the lables of the food I eat, I don’t want anything too processed or artificial. I do enjoy veggie burgers but not the ones that are supposed to taste like meat, rather the ones that taste like veggies or beans. Mostly I just cook for myself for the most part and bring leftovers into work to avoid a lot of processed food.

    I believe that this is the best of both worlds for me… as I want to eat mostly all natural foods, yet also want to be good to animals and the environment (the meat industry does massive damage to our environment…).

    Jenna, I just found your blog and I love it!! Great inspiration. 🙂

  • Allison
    April 1, 2008 at 7:18 pm


    Packing lunches does not get better or easier once you have kids. It is just one more thing to add to the already very long list of things to do! I have two kids and I don’t know any moms who look forward to packing lunches. Especially when you are packing for kids like my son. He likes Peanut butter and he likes bread, but if you put the PB on the bread…ahhhhhh….stop, it’s gross….I don’t mean to burst anyone’s bubble, but it is like when I was in a book club with a bunch of single women who talked about how much they liked cooking dinner for their boyfriends and all the married women agreed…not when you have to do it EVERY NIGHT!

  • jenn
    April 1, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Nicole R, you just made me lol when you said you think you’re composed partly of cheese.

  • jenna
    April 1, 2008 at 8:46 pm


    I don’t know how it comes out so much!! I use scottish oats mainly, which are much thicker cut than regular quaker so that might have something to do with it. I add the banana before cooking so it “melts” into the cereal. Good luck!

  • erica
    April 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Jenna! I’m going to pick up some scottish oats and give them a try soon! I was so excited that my mom had bought blueberries today, which means I can put them in my oats! Mmm!

  • Becky
    April 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm


    Really. They are. I had a friend try them once who isn’t really into natural cereal, and she loved them! She even said they tasted like peanut brittle! Ahh, so good.

  • Ella
    April 1, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I would agree with the other posters in defense of veganism.
    It certainly isn’t healthier just to be “vegan” (case in point the tofutti cream cheese or the soy milks/cheeses with stabilizers or even animal casein).

    However, if you start reading vegan books for recipes, etc., you start to read about the horrors of dairy and eggs (let alone meat), and once you know about it, it’s hard to enjoy it any more.

    Plus, consuming animal products is terrible for the environment, so it clouds my perception of myself if I eat them (sounds odd, I know).

    It’s tough here where all the massive food companies have tried to sway vegans into eating junk by producing processed versions of the food we all gave up, but like in any other eating lifestyle, one just needs to be vigilant. Hope that helps too!

  • Katherine
    April 1, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    To begin on the Vegan topic, my reasons for being vegan are both due to digestive and moral issues.

    As far as fake meats – I choose not to consume them – partially because they contain wheat gluten (which I am sensitive to) and also because they seem unnatural. I would rather consume beans and grains which have proteins in them than fake meat.

    I do however cosume tofu – although it goes through a long process – the process is quite natural and there are no additives or preservatives – just as meat goes through a “process” before it is ready to be sold at the supermarket tofu goes through a process before it hits the shelves. If you think about it meat is processed by raising animals – feeding them (not sure what they are fed) and taking care of them on farms until they grow enough to send them to be slaughtered, cut and portioned into containers to be sold. What I am getting at here is that the term “process” can mean several things – and it is not necessarily a bad meaning unless something is genetically modified, processed in a lab, or made to become unnatural in some way.

    I do not see anything unhealthy about eating tofu or drinking non-dairy milks. Non-dairy cheeses are questionable – although they have quite heafty list of ingredients in them – I do eat it on occassion because I enjoy it – just like I enjoy chocolate :).

    When reading this remember that I am new to this and still learning about health and lifestyle – trying to break away from government “health” guides led by the Dairy, Meat, and Grain Corps. These are just my current thoughts.


  • Kat
    April 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I posted above as Katherine and will start posting as Kat since there is another Katherine and it is better not to confuse everyone 🙂