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Chia My Oats and Best Ice Cream Ever

HEY girls and boys! Happy Thursday to you! I am SUPER busy around here….can’t tell you exactly why yet, but its comin’!

This morning I began my day with my new favorite snack-


an ounce of raw goat cheese on Ezekiel toast. This is SO satisfying and filling. And it makes me think I’m in France again, eating yummy bread and cheese for a snack! I also had one of Abbie’s amazing TJ’s fruit leathers. Love apricot!


Around 8:15, I broke for breakfast….oatmeal with chia today!


Last night I mixed together 1/3 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond milk, a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp Ruth’s Chia Breakfast mix. I let it all soak overnight and this morning before heating, I added more water and half a sliced banana. The chia seeds made the mixture very filling and fluffy….especially when topped with a generous spoonful of raw almond butter! 🙂

This breakfast held me over a looong time. I might even like chia seeds in my oats instead of protein powder now…it was THAT filling!

After work, I raced home to grab a quick bite before biking over to Sarah’s. For some reason, I was having a major hankerin’ for a yogurt bowl….I envisioned it all morning long and could almost TASTE it. That’s how badly I wanted it! Anyways, my wish came true and I gobbled down this lovely mess:


It contained:

  • 8 oz nonfat Voskos Greek Yogurt
  • serving of cinnamon puffins
  • small handful Zoe’s Honey Almond Granola
  • a drizzle of raspberry preserves
  • and THIS:


HOLY YUM. This almond butter, by Naturally Nutty, was fabulous. There were huge chunks of cherries in it and it was unbelievable.

I biked the 8 miles to and from Sarah’s house and originally had planned on yoga, but I was too busy over here so I just dropped down and did 20 man push-ups instead 🙂

Dinner, of course, was delicious leftovers!


A heaping serving of my chana masala and half of a warm, floppy whole wheat naan. Perfection.

Speaking about perfection…………..


A warm VitaMuffin topped with a scoop of the new love of my life (sorry, Ryan!):


It might have been the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had. And I don’t say that lightly, folks. Ice cream is serious business and I am a vanilla lover at heart. This coconut milk ice cream by Turtle Mountain was the creamiest, richest, most decadent vanilla ice cream I’ve ever bought at the store. Of course the Tahitian vanilla bean gelato I had in the streets of Paris and Nice were better but that’s, well, France. Different league. Anyways! This was truly amazing and only had 150 calories per 1/2 cup serving. I literally could NOT put it down and kept going back for another spoonful after I finished my dessert….oops! 😉

I can’t wait to make a SUNDAE with this!


I’m stoked, as usual. I can’t WAIT to get my hair done!!!!

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  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    that nut butter looks delish!!! Can’t wait to hear about your big life change secret! 😉

  • Kristilyn
    April 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I so wish we had some of this good looking food in Canada! Everything looked delicious from today. 🙂

  • Sandy
    April 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    As usual your food look’s Awesome!! Can’t wait to read about your “Big Life changes” this weekend..
    Enjoy your Day’s off!!

  • life coach jen
    April 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I still have not found any of that coconut milk stuff, but it looks good! Can’t wait to hear what’s going on!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    April 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I see you got your coconut milk goodies. Oh my gosh, that ice-cream is seriously the best ever!!! I want to get some more, but it is so freaking expensive. Haha – maybe that’s a good thing. Otherwise, it would be in my freezer at all times.

    I love how filling Chia seeds are – they make such a great addition to oats. I love being satiated for hours after my breakfast! Have a good night. 🙂

  • Audrey W.
    April 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    ahhh suspenseful..i need to find some of that naturally nutty almond butter asap!

  • fitforfree
    April 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I just bought some chia seeds; I’ll have to try them in oatmeal! Sounds yummy!

  • polly
    April 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    oooooh Coconut milk ice cream! Heather started my love affair with that.. in fact, I am thinking that needs to be on my list to go get tomorrow! YUMMMMMM.

    Can’t wait to hear the big new life change, girl!!

    Love and really big hugs, sweet Jenna sunshine! XOXO

  • Marissa
    April 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    That ice cream sounds amazing!

  • hk
    April 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Heaven!! Toook the survey- can’t wait to hear more deets 🙂 happy soon-to-be-friday…I, too, love getting my hair cut!

  • Run Sarah
    April 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Your yogurt bowl looks fabulous!!

  • Fitzalan
    April 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I am on the hunt for the Purely Decadent Coconut Milk desserts and I cannot find any anywhere!!

    Happiness Awaits

  • K
    April 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Yogurt mess + cheese and bread + Indian = YUM!! Hope you have a great evening!!

  • Sharon
    April 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    OH wow, everything looks sooooo good!

  • Abi
    April 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    does this have anything to do with someone’s birthday?! 🙂 okay maybe not… haha.

  • Shelby
    April 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    WHOA, those oats and yogurt bowl are unbeliveable!!!

  • Matt
    April 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I had chana masala at an Indian buffet a few days it ago. It was awesome! I think I’m going to have to attempt making it at home with some garlic naan.

  • Kiersten
    April 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I love the coconut milk ice creams. I had the mocha almond one not too long ago and it was SO good.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm


  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    April 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I’m excited about hearing about the life changing secret!!!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    TOLD YOU!!! Chia oats rock!!!

  • Megan
    April 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I read this today and thought of you!

  • Alison
    April 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I will have to try that ice cream. It looks SO GOOD. Ice cream is probably the dessert I crave more than anything else.

  • Help Meghan Run
    April 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Yum! I might need to pick up that ice cream, looks amazing.

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Lisa D
    April 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    what a delicious day. i really want some of that almond butter and coconut ice cream, you make it look so TASTY!

  • meg
    April 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    That ice cream sounds so good! Love all your eats! Can’t wait to hear why you are so busy!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    April 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    awesome day of eats! can’t wait to hear what you’re working on 🙂

  • Bec
    April 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I love bread and cheese for a snack!

  • Mrs. A
    April 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Hi There,
    I was recommended your blog by one of the women who reads mine. I posted recently about considering going to culinary school and she recommended I check out your blog. I love it I’m totally bookmarking it. Any tips for a lover of baking on attending culinary school? My goal is to eventually have my own specialty bakery.

  • brandi
    April 23, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    that almond butter looks so good!

    yay for friday!!! I’m so ready for the weekend 🙂

  • Kelly
    April 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Hey man, you left Washington, District of Columbia off the drop down list of our location in your survey!! What’s up with that?
    -Long time reader located in DC

    • jenna
      April 24, 2009 at 1:07 am


      I didn’t get to pick the locations…..sorry!!

  • Melissa (Nibbles and Wiggles)
    April 23, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    You sure are selling me on those coconut products ;). Leftovers look great!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 23, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I once had the BIGGEST craving for fage. I got home from being out, and could not stand not having any, so drove out AGAIN to buy my fage. Maybe I was lacking in protein? But it tasted OH SO GOOD when I got it.

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    April 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    20 man push-ups?! Awesome Jenna!
    And yep, I’ll second your Friday cheer 🙂

  • MJ
    April 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hey Jenna –
    Man pushups – wow, impressive! I can’t remember if I’ve seen a ProBar on your blog, was wondering if you’ve tried them (I haven’t) – was on their site and saw they now have one now called Superfood Slam with the Amazing Grass and hemp as well as lots of other yummy stuff (and no soy protein or soybeans !! I can handle a little soy oil or lecithin) Whole foods and about 70% raw, 100% vegan. High cal (a meal’s worth of calories but not quite enough protein for that, so might split for 2 snacks) and look high in fat but should be the good kinds. The cocoa pistachio also looks yummy, and they say they’re recall safe.
    Okay, since I’m an oat girl myself (breakfast 5-7 days a week for YEARS now), I must order chia seeds to add. And since my ability to eat dairy even with help is not good, must try the coconut milk ice cream – a great vanilla is worth a try, though the 100 calorie ones may be safer. What type of oats do you use when you let it sit overnight? I’m starting my last box of McCann’s quick cooking (2 min in micro) and looking at WF bulk oats (5 min in micro supposedly) as they’re much cheaper but not sure if they’ll get too mushy if I let them sit overnight. See you eating raw goat cheese – I didn’t know there was any kind besides the soft yummy spreadable kind – does the raw taste the same? Also, I have to ask what that raspberry preserve we see so often is – I’ve yet to find one that wasn’t overly sweet. Happy almost Friday after one heck of a week here!!!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    That ice cream sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  • sirenjess
    April 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    What exactly is chia? What could you compare it to as far as taste?

  • Lauren
    April 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    It’s 11:05pm… I’m reading your post… and now I’m officially starving. Oooo!
    Goat Cheese on bread?! YUM!!

  • FoodsThatFit
    April 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    AHH, the suspense, I can’t wait to hear what exciting news you have to share! I hear it’s that your moving out west to Utah in June too….NO? Dang!

  • Caroline
    April 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Everything in this post looks to die for!
    Any idea where I can get chia in Alabama?

  • lora
    April 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm


    –where do you get your raw almond butter and how different does it taste to regular almond butter or peanut butter?

  • Jessica
    April 23, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Ok-NOW I can actually taste a yogurt mess and plan on having one tomorrow!! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the haircut Jenna!

  • Brooke
    April 24, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Jenna- Where did you buy your chia seeds? I wish someone sold them in smaller sizes. Online I can only find them in 5 lb bags. A little too much for my first try!

  • Allie
    April 24, 2009 at 6:15 am

    wow that yogurt mess looks awesome. i’ve never tried chia seeds before.. I do have some Bobs Red Millground flax seed in the freezer but I checked it this morning and the package had a date of 4/09/2009. eek.. is it okay to eat it still? I still have a little more than half left and I would hate to throw it out…

  • Jenna
    April 24, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I’ve never had chis seeds and I’m dying to try some!

  • weight and meditate
    April 24, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I want to find Vitamuffins!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    April 24, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I have never had goats cheese like that before… only on pizza with loads of pesto 🙂

  • Carolyn
    April 24, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Made my husband the chia oats for this morning.. Bumped the quantity up to man portion (1/2 cup oats, full banana) in general and used Nat Nut Honey Roasted Cinnamon PB… He’s hooked on the chia too. Question about the chia breakfast blend.. My store just sells the chia seeds in the bulk area, which is great… but, what is the Ruth’s Chia breakfast mix?

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    April 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

    That yogurt bowl looks AMAZING!!

    Also, I have to pick up that Naturally Nutty product. Nut butters make me happy! 🙂

  • Anais
    April 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Yesterday I had a snack: oatmeal with chia. I just wanted it to tide me over until after volleyball, so I had it around…4:30? Anyways, it filled me up until I went to bed. I was still full so didn’t have dinner, so I know what you mean…It’s THAT filling 🙂

  • Megs
    April 24, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I have commented a bunch on your blog and have taken the leap to start my own!! Do you mind if I link to yours?

  • Jess
    April 24, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Question about the “ice cream”: Does it taste like coconut? It looks delicious, but I hate coconut.

  • Lauren
    April 24, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I must try this ice cream! I’ve loved every frozen dessert I’m had by Turtle Mountain so far, and definitely want to try this one.

  • Kelly
    April 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

    That ice cream looks amazing. You’re so lucky to have gotten so many delicious samples. Now that the weather is warming up I’m thinking that would be amazing sandwiched between two homemade cookies! Mmmm.

  • girlatastartup
    April 24, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Now i want that coconut ice cream!!