Apples, Pho and Soft Bread

Hi guys! Oh my goodness, the apple pies turned out SO GOOD!!!!!

I should know because I just had a large forkful for my after-lunch dessert! 🙂 I’m feeling much better today and the only bad thing is that the doctor put me on a very strong antibiotic that makes me feel sooo sick to my tummy…so I waited and just took it now after lunch so I wouldn’t feel sick at school. I have my glass of ginger tea waiting but I hope it doesn’t make me feel as bad as it did yesterday. My breakfast this morning (swiss oatmeal) held me over quite well and I snack on 1/2 cup of grapes around 9:30 while the pies were in the oven during class. Really, grapes were all I needed because of all the protein, carbs and (good) fat in my breakfast! Def. will be making swiss oatmeal again soon!!!

For lunch, I finished off the rest of the pho, minus the noodles, which overnight dried out and were kind of gross. I was curious to see how much chicken was left so I plopped my bowl down on the scale first and weighed each part out. What I got was 2 ounces of white chicken breast meat and 9 ounces of chicken broth. I didn’t count the bean sprouts, cilantro or basil because they are basically nothing. Pretty healthy, though! I also had a slice (about 1.25 ounce) of my amazingly soft oatmeal bread that I baked yesterday. I put some promise light on it to make it even softer and it tasted amazing. I need to get this stuff out of the house before I eat it all!! On the side I had 1/4 cup tabbouli salad just for some more whole grains. I love that stuff! Then….the best part was the large (it really was a huge bite!) of apple pie. We made three 4″ pies today in class and of course had to bring them home. My bite was amazing….sometimes with a really good dessert it’s all you really need to feel satisfied. The crust was light and flaky and the apple filling was sweet, cinnamony and wonderful. I might be having some more for dessert later…. 😉





I’m guessing that this lunch (monster bite included!) was about 389 calories.

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  • arimcg
    January 9, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    There is nothing like apple pie – i really like the kind with crumb topping. So good.

  • Sara F.
    January 9, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    glad to hear the biscotti turned out well. The white chocolate sounds like and excellent addition. I often drizzle mine with a little bit of extra dark chocolate. Makes for a super sweet breakfast on the go. I love a little chocolate at every meal 🙂

  • Sara F.
    January 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I had a question about calorie intake and exercise. I am very active. I was a cross country runner in high school and never quit. Through the winter I run about three days a week between four and five miles each time. I also hit the gym two days a week to do a little bit of weights for my upper body and thirty or forty minutes of cardio. I’m 5’7″ and about 110 lbs. I generally consume about 1,800 calories a day (give or take depending on what sweet treats are around 🙂 ) after that much food I am typically satisfied and full. anyway, if i’m eating a balanced diet, is this enough calories for my body to be properly nurished? There’s a million “calorie calculators” online, but they all say something a little different as does my doctor and the nutritionist I visited about a year ago. anyway, just interested in your opinion. All the running demands a lot of my body (especially as mileage increses) and I want to make sure I’m keeping it happy…sorry for the incredibly long post!
    Thanks for the fun blog…feel better

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Sara,

    You and I sound very alike except you are an inch taller and weigh ten pounds less than me! 🙂 You sound like you are quite active and also very thin….you say you usually eat about 1800 and feel satisfied? I’m sure that is probably so…all bodies are different and some days I feel satisfied eating only 1500 and some days I’m still starving after I ate 1900. You really cant tell someone how many calories they “should” eat a day because only that person knows their body well enough to feed it when its hungry and stop when its full. I do know that when I was training to run a marathon and averaging about 15 miles a week, I was much more hungry! I felt like I could never get enough food..that was my body telling me to give it more fuel! If you say you eat 1800 and always feel satisfied, not hungry, then that is probably the right number for you. If you feel hungry at the end of the day or tired in the afternoon, you probably should eat more. But, it sounds like you end each day being full so I wouldn’t worry. Just remember, if you are hungry…EAT! Don’t try to wait until the next meal if you truly are hungry….your body is the most accurate assessment of your physical state. If everyone just ate when they were hungry and stopped when they were full a lot of weight problems would be alleviated!

  • emily
    January 9, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Sara F-

    Hi! I made your biscotti and they taste great! However, I must have done something wrong because instead of being hard like biscotti they were very soft like a normal cookie (I even baked them 12min longer than suggested!). I put them in a plastic zip lock about 45min after coming out of the oven…do you think they absorbed their own moisture or..?! I dont know! lol Anyways, they still tasted good! they are all gone, except for the half that are safely tucked away in the freezer! Thanks!

  • Sara F.
    January 9, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I’m not sure what happened with the biscotti…i’ve never had them come out soft before. Usually after cutting the individual slices and baking them the second time, I let them cool for several hours before putting them in the bag, so they may have absorbed their own moisture, who knows? Were they golden brown colored when you took them out after the second time in the oven? Anyway, not sure what to tell you except give it another try. The best thing about that recipe is that you can vary the add-ins…maybe try pecans and raisins or apricots and macadamia nuts…you can also drizzle the final product with chocolate…the possibilities are endless. Happy baking!

    Thanks for the advice. Its so nice to hear someone tell me to listen to my body instead of telling me I have to eat some set number of calories. When I was running cross country I had a nutritionist tell me to eat 2,800-3,000 calories a day. Granted I got hungry, but I have never been that hungry in my life! I think I’m just going to keep eating when I’m hungry, getting lots of fruits and veggies, and cooking the foods I love…atleast until I go back to school and my little dorm room where not much cooking goes on 🙁 Thanks again

  • Rachel
    January 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Jenna, I tried a yoga class today! Is the type of yoga you do in a heated room? I loved the class, but I found the heat to give me a headache, unfortunately the studios around me are only heated. You said that for a while all you did was yoga. Did you build muscle through that- in your marathon pic you looked pretty muscular?

    This question is for Jenna and anyone (Sara maybe since you run), I find that after I do a cardio no matter what I ate before I exercised or what I eat after the entire rest of the day I am starving and always have to nap! But at most I am burning like 100-200 calories (I simply don’t exercise that intensely or for that long of time period). What weird is this never happens with weight lifting. Any recommendations? The naps are cutting way too much into my day considering I always get enough sleep at night!

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 9:20 pm


    I’m 99.99% positive the reason you got a headache from bikram yoga (hot yoga) is because you MUST drink plentyyyyy of water prior to going and after you come out. I, too, have had a headache because I haven’t had enough water to drink that day. Those classes are very very intense and you sweat buckets. It’s wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but it also can dehydrate you if you aren’t careful. Also, you probably just weren’t used to it. I think you should try it again after planning for it by drinking tons of water. Those classes are so great for your body! And yes, yoga does build muscle!!! It builds core muscle and leans and tones your other muscles…I love it!!! I’ve always had a thin/muscular frame but I don’t lift weights that often….probably only once a week and not very strenuously. I used to much more, and I also worked out with a personal trainer in college, but I have found for me that running and yoga is all my body really wants and needs to be at its best.

    Are you eating before your cardio session? You might not be eating enough if you are. I dont know what your schedule is like but try waking up, eating breakfast, then doing cardio about 1-1.5 hours later. Then, eat a snack or eat lunch. If you are hungry your body is telling you that its running on low fuel and needs more! This also might be why you have headaches….if you are hungry-EAT. That’s what your body is screaming for! Fill up on nutritious, fibrous foods and make sure to incorporate healthy fats (runners need this very much!) such as nuts, olive oil and eggs. I am also willing to bed you are burning much more than 100 calories during your cardio session. Heck, I just went for a WALK for 40 minutes and my heart rate monitor says I burned 245 calories! You might not be eating enough food to compensate for your workouts.

    Hope this helps!

  • Rachel
    January 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    sorry for the long post, but I should I add that I def alot more calories on cardio days-to the point of where I more than defeat the purpose of doing cardio.

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    haha, don’t we all. 🙂

  • Becky
    January 9, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Emily and Sara F.-
    My biscotti also got soft, but I made them right before I wanted to go to bed, and put them in a tupperware container about 15-20 minutes after they came out of the oven. I assumed they absorbed their own moisture as well, and decided the next time I made them to let them cool a bit longer! They still taste really good though!


  • Christie
    January 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I am wondering if you have any good recipes for baked oatmeal. I have heard it is a good switch from regular oatmeal and has a different consistency.
    Also I am so excited I am coming into Orlando this weekend to stay with my friend and we are going to go eat at Seasons 52, I am sure you have heard of it? Have you been there?

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I work right next to Seasons 52, at Roys! 🙂 I have not been there but have been dying to go because the menu looks so good! And, apparently their big thing is that nothing on the menu (entrees or anything) is more than 400 calories. You will have to let me know how it is!!

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Oh, and if you want the best hummus in the world go next door to Cedar’s. A-m-a-z-i-n-g

  • Christie
    January 9, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I will def let you know, I think they change their menu every week that is why it is called seasons 52 becuse they use all locally grown produce and that is why their menu changes (to fit the produce of that week.) I read their menu online n nothing is over lik4 450 calories and my friend told me their desserts are all these little mini desserts but are very good! You will def have to check it out.

  • hk
    January 9, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Sarah F-
    I too am 5’7″ and have been told by my nutritionist to aim for 1800 calories a day…need to up it a bit more than what I’ve been consuming now that I’m running more…etc.
    ANyways, I was wondering if you’d mind posting a normal day’s worth of consumption…1800 calories looks like, in terms of snacks, meals..etc. I have very well rounded and balanced meals, just need to up the intake a bit. I would love to see what a typical day for you looks like…let me know!? hope you don’t mind me asking 🙂

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm


    You meant sara right? Since you already see what I eat everyday 🙂

  • Sara F.
    January 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    don’t mind posting that at all…i will try to post what I ate today or what I eat tomorrow…no guarantees that it’s exactly 1800 or a perfectly balanced diet… Jenna could give some pointers on ways it could be better? I’ve got to run for now…but I’ll put up the post later

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 2:11 am


    I’ve been thinking about the baked oatmeal and I’m at a loss. I’ll have to find a recipe….when i was in high school I was a camp counselor at a camp up in martha’s vineyard every summer and the cooks always made AMAZING baked oatmeal for breakfast that was much more like a treat with brown sugar! That taste has stayed with me all these years because it was so good! I’m going to keep on the lookout for a recipe but if you find one will you lead me to it? I love oats in all way, shape and form and am always looking for a new culinary experiment! 🙂

    oh ps- i do think baked oatmeal is a little more fattening than regular though because I think in most recipes they include butter in the oat mixture before baking it (that’s why its so freakin good!)

  • Kay
    January 10, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Sara F.

    Your BMI is very low… 17.2 to be exact. To be in a healthy range, it should not dip below 18.5. Perhaps, you should follow the nutritionists’ advice and up your caloric intake. Eating 1,800 calories is usually recommended for women trying to LOSE weight, not ones who are already thin, and in fact, TOO thin. Why would you not want to eat more (food, yum!), and become healthier (more ENERGY!)?? Just a thought.

  • Sara F.
    January 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I am all about healthy eating…and not so healthy eating (cookies and chocolate) There are days when I eat more like 2000 calories if my body wants it…but I run ALOT so gaining weight is pretty difficult. It takes an effort just to maintain. I know that my BMI is low, so I do need to work on slowly putting on a few pounds (I am trying to add a bit of muscle mass) I also struggle with some stomache problems which make eating a larger volume of food or really heavy foods a problem at times. Thanks for the advice though, you’re definitely right that my intake could be higher. I just want to focus on my body’s signals more…it’s nice to talk to other women who know something about nutrition and encourage better health.