Breakfast/ Product Reviews

Birthday Week Begins!

Haaaaaappy Monday!

Yay for my birthday being on Thursday! I’m getting so OLD though! I wish I was 18 again….now that would be perfect. šŸ˜‰

I had my favorite cold cereal combo this morn’—-a cup of Nature’s Path Optimum with a sprinkle Quaker Oatmeal Squares in almond milk with a naner.

I bought new almond milk at the store the other day because now that Ryan drinks it too we just burn through it at rapid pace. I’ve always drank the Pacific Brand Organic Almond Milk but this time I tried the Almond Breeze Vanilla and LOVE it even more!! I bought this kind because it comes in a half gallon jug so you get more for less $$ and I think it tastes even better than Pacific brand. Very creamy and delicious. I know that the vanilla kind has more sugar than original but its a sacrifice I’m willing to take because I love the taste!
I also had a cup of citrus white tea, from Jo in the UK!


I decided against my usual spin class this morning because I want to get some work done this morning before working out. I’m having lunch with an old friend from high school today so I want to get as much done before I go! Plus, my doctor really wanted me to focus more on walking/starting to jog rather than cycling. I’ve got to get my endurance back!!
I hope everyone has a great start to their week!

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  • Kristin
    June 8, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Hey Jenna,
    I’m curious as to why you don’t drink soy milk anymore. Is it just the taste preference of almond milk? Because I know as a milk substitute soy has more protein and therefore is more comprable to milk… although I LOVE almond milk too, so I switch it up! Just wondering. Have a wonderful start to your birthday week!

    • jenna
      June 8, 2009 at 6:21 am


      Its just a personal preference of mine—I try to stay clear from as much processed soy food as possible. I love my veggie burgers and soy dogs but I don’t like to have soy every day.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 8, 2009 at 6:09 am

    What a yummy start to Birthday WEEK!!! We need to get together to celebrate soon!!! Hope your day is fabulous =)

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    June 8, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Yay for birthday week! I’m trying to get my butt to the gym too. It will happen. It’s just a matter of when…
    Speaking of Almond Milk. I made my own the other day. It is super simple and DE-LISH! Here the link to my post.

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 8, 2009 at 6:54 am

    I’ve been using Almond Breeze for a while now, since I was told to stop having dairy. I like it. It’s great to cook your oatmeal in. It comes out super creamy. I use the unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze. I prefer that sweetened, but I figured I didn’t need to start my day by pouring sugar over my cereal. šŸ™‚

  • april
    June 8, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Happy birthday week! Does that almond milk have protein in it? All of the brands i’ve seen have been quite low in protein which is what has steered me away from it. I’d love to find some with it though!

    • jenna
      June 8, 2009 at 9:01 am


      It doesn’t have hardly any protein in it. I don’t worry about it. Actually, I don’t really worry about protein at all anymore. I know I am getting enough and don’t need to have a ton at every meal. I am feeling great, strong and energized!

  • brandi
    June 8, 2009 at 7:04 am

    looks like you had a great weekend! Enjoy your morning and start to your birthday week šŸ™‚ Yay for June birthdays! Mine is the 24th

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 8, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Yaaaay, Happy Birthday week! I’m going to have to give Almond milk a try one of these days…I just can’t get over thinking that it’s going to be super thick and coat my mouth/stomach…which I really don’t think I’d like!!

  • Jenny
    June 8, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Great way to start off your birthday week!! I always consider my birthdays week-long events as well šŸ˜‰

    Have a great day!

  • Katherine
    June 8, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Happy Birthday Week!!

    I love Almond Breeze, especially the unsweetened vanilla, in my smoothies!

    Have a great, productive morning šŸ™‚

  • Nicole
    June 8, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Have a fun day! Birthday weeks are the best šŸ˜€

  • Lindsay
    June 8, 2009 at 7:10 am

    You and my husband have the same birthday!! In my town Walmart was the only place that carried almond milk of any kind…and they have stopped! I am missing it and need to stock back up when I am in “civilization”. Have a good Monday!

  • Jenna
    June 8, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Happy b-day week!! I love that brand of tea! so good! Your cereal looks great!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 8, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Happy birthday week! Can’t wait to see what you have planned! šŸ˜‰

  • Low
    June 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Happy early birthday! Can’t wait to read about all your birthday adventures!

    Another great article, you are super talented!

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    June 8, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Walking is just fine, hon! I’m excited to read your Twirlit article!

  • leslie
    June 8, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Yay my bday is Friday. I am excited for bday week also. I am going to the beach on Thursday – Monday. Gemini Love!

  • meg
    June 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

    What a delicious way to start your birthday week! Happy early birthday!

  • Shannon
    June 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Great article on fad diets! that cereal looks like crunchy munchy goodness šŸ™‚ have a great day!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Hope you have a nice day!

  • cupcakes
    June 8, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Happy Birthday week jenna! So exciting- can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to.

    Just a quick question re: soy (again…sorry): I don’t drink soymilk either, but not for health reasons, I just don’t like the taste. I was wondering why you suddenly made the change- I know you said it’s personal preference, but I know you enjoy the taste (you used to drink it a lot). You have also said in the past that you have not read any definitive research indicating any possibility of adverse effects caused by soy, and that you won’t decrease your intake until you see such research. (I believe this blurb is still on your FAQ, or it’s in one of your old posts). So my question is, Did you find such research? If so, do you mind sharing? If not, how did you get convinced to make the switch?

    Sorry for the long question! One last one: I read, a few posts ago I think, that you think pacific brand almond milk “blows almond breeze out of the water”. I’ve actually been drinking almond breeze for years but was tempted by pacific brand after reading you say that. But I’ve noticed you changed your mind! Are you referring to the original only? or the vanilly flavour? Just wondering if it’s still worth it to try the pacific brand!

    Thanks so much! =)

    • jenna
      June 8, 2009 at 9:00 am


      I probably haven’t had soymilk in the past eight months. I used to drink light silk vanilla but then I just really got sick of it and switched to almond milk. I don’t like to consume soy every day and I WAS when I was drinking soymilk every single morning. No research—just strictly personal preference. I like to switch things up! I think almond milk, especially the vanilla kind, tastes a lot better too! Definitely try it and let me know what you think! šŸ™‚

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    June 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Holla to the Birthday Week!! Aren’t they the best? Girl, you aren’t getting old. Perhaps just more seasoned? Nothing wrong with more flavuh.

    Shoot, I thought I wanted oat bran for b-fast until I saw your cereal. What to do, what to do?

    Have a great Monday!

  • Katie T
    June 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Happy birthday week!!
    I admit I’m addicted to Almond Breeze too, and now go through it at an alarming rate because I’ve got the bf onto it (in Green Monsters, too! He was so skeptical at first, just like Ryan!). I love the unsweetened vanilla kind, because you get the yummy vanilla flavor and none of the excess sugar.

  • Danielle
    June 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Happy Birthday Week! Birthday weeks are the best I hope you enjoy it!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 8, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I actually JUST bought some Almond Breeze vanilla to try out myself. Glad to know it has your approval! šŸ™‚

    Have a great time at spin class. What a perfect way to start out the morning with an energizing exercise!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Whoops, I read the post wrong… hope you get a lot accomplished this morning! šŸ˜‰

  • Sammie
    June 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I would love to be able to buy the half gallon size of almond milk but Almond Breeze contains soy ingredients which is not friendly to my skin or stomach. I buy the Pacific Brand which only comes as a quart. I hope you have a great birthday week – you are far from old šŸ™‚

  • Rachel (
    June 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I love Vanilla Almond Breeze too! I get the unsweetened kind and it is a staple in my smoothies. Happy bday week! I wish I could go back and be 22 forever! Oh well, growing older isn’t thaaaaaaaat bad!

  • sara.jane
    June 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Oh happy birthday week šŸ™‚ I do the same thing. It’s not just a birthDAY, it’s a birthday week. The cereal looks yummy and I’ll have to look into the tea. I’ve noticed you use a lot of PB around here, but since I’m on WW the points value is so high for me….I miss my PB!!

  • kate
    June 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I love reading your blog every morning. Thanks!
    My birthday is in June and I celebrate Birthday Month. I stretch it out as long as my husband will play along! I think he has even more fun than I do. He loves to plan little surprises and leave me goofy gifts.
    Happy Birthday week!!!

  • K
    June 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Yay for birthday weeks!! I really need to try almond milk – maybe I’ll pick some up soon šŸ™‚

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I love that Ryan now drinks green monsters and almond milk! I much prefer using almond/soy/rice milk in my green monsters. Something about spinach + cow’s milk seems a little off…

    Enjoy your birthday week!

  • ballerinaeats
    June 8, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Gahhhhh, I know what you mean about wanting to be 18 again. I’m about to turn 21 and feel so OLD!
    I love unsweetened vanilla almond breeze. It’s so creamy in smoothies.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 8, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday Week! My sister’s birthday is Thursday too…:D

    I’d love to try and make homemade almond make someday. It wouldn’t be fortified like the ones in the store, but I’m curious to see what it taste like. šŸ˜€

  • Jennie
    June 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hi Jenna. I tried my first veggie burger this weekend, it was Amy’s. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it after I tried soy meatballs a few months ago and hated them. But…I LOVED it. It actually tasted wonderful. It had the consistency of a real burger, which I loved. I also tried an Oikos vanilla yogurt this weekend too, with strawberries and granola. On my list this week is a GM. I’m a little afraid. I made one a couple months ago and didn’t love it. I’m going to try again. Have a great birthday week. You are not old. I think I’m about ten years older than you, I’m OLD.

  • Matt
    June 8, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Happy early birthday!

  • Ashley
    June 8, 2009 at 9:09 am

    yayy for birthday week! i love stretching it out šŸ™‚ mines the first week in july and i’m already getting excited for it! have a WONDERFUL day! and i LOVEEEEE almond breeze! i get vanilla unsweetened and its the absolute best šŸ™‚ i was a big silk light drinker too but enjoy this taste much more!

  • emily
    June 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    happy birthday week!

  • lena
    June 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Happy Pre pre birthday Jenna!!! i am going to give almond milk a try too but it won’t be diamond brand unfortunately so i hope mine will taste ok šŸ˜› Have a great week of celebrations!!!

  • Jocelyn
    June 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

    mmm I love the almond breeze vanilla (unsweetened)..BUt sadly, can’t get the jugs here..just the little cartons šŸ™ Boo canada. lol

  • Maria
    June 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Yay for birthday week! I do love that almond breeze šŸ˜€

  • Run Sarah
    June 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love Almond Breeze – I can get the smaller cartons for 2/$3 sometimes and it’s perfect as I go through one per week! Happy Birthday week!

  • Andrea
    June 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Yay for birthdays fellow Gemini! I am celebrating mine today relaxing at home, doing hot yoga, and reading your lovely blog. šŸ˜‰

  • HeatherBakes
    June 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Happy early birthday (and yea geminis!)!
    I’m a big fan of Almond Breeze, but I’ve only tried the unsweetened vanilla. It kind of lacks vanilla flavor so maybe I’ll give the sweetened kind a shot.

  • Natalie
    June 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of the unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I use it pretty much every day for my protein shakes. Good stuff šŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    June 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Happy Birthday week! I know what you mean, I just turned 27 and wondering where the last 10 years have gone, haha. Have a great day šŸ™‚

  • Marcia
    June 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Week! My birthday is in a couple of weeks. I don’t want to hear how old you are though, because in two weeks I am officially “pushing 40”.

    I really enjoy your blog. Even though you sometimes make me feel old. Occasionally I wonder why I can’t find late 30-something and 40-something healthy living bloggers (I know they are out there!) but I figure we’re just old enough to be late to the game.

    I wish I had your healthy living lifestyle when I was in my 20’s. Man, when I think of the crap I ate and drank back then (and the money I flushed down the toilet eating out), it makes me shudder.

  • Tracy
    June 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Jenna, have you tried hemp milk? I like almond milk A LOT, but I really loooove Living Harvest unsweetened hemp milk. Talk about creamy!!!! You should give it a try!

    • jenna
      June 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm


      I ADORE hemp milk. Unfortunately my budget does not. Its just way to expensive for me to buy on a regular basis now. Sad šŸ™

  • Tracy
    June 8, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Oh and BTW—Happy Birthday Week!!

  • Emily L.
    June 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Happy Almost Old-day.
    You’re turning 24, si?
    My next birthday is 25, and I’m already hyperventilating in anticipation (not really, I love birthdays, but still; SO OLD!)
    what do you do to make birthday’s special??

  • Caroline
    June 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Happy birthday indeed! You’re exactly a week younger than me šŸ™‚ I’m still living off my chocolate birthday cake. I hope you can make yours last too!

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