Creamy, Peanut-Buttery, Almondy Oats!

Good Morning! I woke up early this morning to have something to eat before I go to a Bikram yoga class at 9:00 with my mom. I’m just going to let everything sweat on out because tomorrow really starts a new page in my life! No more nights at Roy’s (well except for the next couple Saturdays) and no more “culinary” school! I just love how I feel after Bikram yoga. All clean and “new”.

This morning I made a reallyyyy good, creamy bowl of oats. I used 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup old fashioned oats and about a tbsp of peanut butter. The result was a creamy bowl of bliss. A little sweet and absolutely amazing! We are out of bananas so I had a small red crispy apple instead.


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  • linds
    February 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Hi girls! ok so I need help- my playlist is seriously uninspired as of late. What are your favourite songs to run/workout to? Right now my 2 favourites are (don’t laugh) Miley Cyrus- See You Again (I know she’s like 5 yrs old but I can’t help liking her lol) and Incubus- Anna Molly. The Incubus one is awesome, pounding beat and just angry enough ๐Ÿ™‚
    SO what are your faves so I can steal them and revamp my playlist??

  • Heather(II)
    February 17, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think they call that “yoga stoned.” HAHA Have a great Jenna and all readers!

  • sperly
    February 17, 2008 at 1:53 pm


    Another good oatmeal combo is stirring in a container of yogurt into your cooked oats! I like to stir in vanilla yogurt and a bit of cinnamon.. it’s amazing!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    With the new breakfast combination (as with hempmilk, I drink almond-milk everyday; and I love both bananas and apples, and eat THOSE everyday as well! haha!), and new classes/activities (can’t wait for your baking class to start!), you certainly ARE off to a fresh, new start! Embrace the change, and enjoy! :0)


    Have you heard the new song “Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna? Or “Take You There” by Sean Kingston? Those songs have INCREDIBLE beats – highly recommended! :0)

  • Moni
    February 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    For music check out this page:

  • Becky
    February 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Just realized I should have posted this here-

    Hey guys, random question- Iโ€™ve had the flu for the past 4 days and I have no appetite. Iโ€™m not eating too much, but Iโ€™m not really exercising (aside from a little abs) either since I sort of feel like Iโ€™ve been hit by a truck, haha. Should I be forcing myself to eat? And what effect will this have in my metabolism?

  • VeggieGirl
    February 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm


    I was in the same predicament recently (flu, no appetite, no energy) – the mere THOUGHT of eating was nauseating; however, I knew that I had to eat because otherwise my body would not be able to heal itself, and my metabolism would basically shut down (not good at all, since that would mean that your organs would start to shut down as well – you need to keep your body up and running!). I highly recommend Larabars, since theyโ€™re easy to eat and supply a good source of nutrients, high-quality fats/protein, and calories in a smaller amount (so, as I said, itโ€™s easier to eat). I also recommend bananas (easy to digest/eat; good for managing your potassium levels), oatmeal with nut-butters mixed in (another easy way to get a lot of nutrition into your body without having to eat a huge amount), and drinking a lot of fluids (especially water). This all helped me, and I was back to my healthy self in no time (it took four days to fully recover). Also be sure to get a LOT of rest – this was hard for me, since Iโ€™m very active, but I knew that I had to just tough it out, get enough nutrition, and let my body rest/heal.

    Hope these tips are helpful!! Get well soon, Becky!

  • Erica
    February 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Jenna, I don’t know if you saw my question (so many comments!), but I was wondering if you had any snack ideas for me between breakfast/lunch that wasn’t fruit, a 1/2 a bar (i eat clif, lara and kind bars), or yogurt that was around 120 calories. Thank you!

    Another quick question, what color agave nectar do you use? The lighter one or the amber?

    Have a great Sunday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Courtney
    February 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    *Linds -These are some songs I love to listen to when I work out! Hopefully you’ll like them!

    A-ha – Take On Me
    Coldplay – Speed of Sound
    A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran
    Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
    Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
    Michael Jackson – Beat It
    No Doubt – Hella Good
    The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
    Pussy Cat Dolls – Buttons
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hump De Bump
    Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistable
    Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
    Stevie Knicks – Edge of Seventeen
    Tom Petty – Life is a Highway
    U2 – Vertigo
    Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line (a good song to cool off to)
    The Shins – New Slang (another good song to cool off to)
    Magnet – Where Happiness Lives (cool off song)


  • Stacy
    February 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    They might sound silly but here are a few that get me going:

    I will Survive-Gloria Gaynor

    anything old school Paula Abdul (may not be the best music ever made but it’s catchy)

    Shake That-Eminem

  • Annie
    February 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    If you look under the FAQ secions at the top of the page, Jennas listed a whole bunch of snacks right around that calorie range. Most people say to try and incorporate fats, proteins, and carbs. You could have a cheese stick and fruit, or cheese and crackers. I love the laughing cow cheeses spread on either apples or crackers.
    Or hummus, 2 Tbsp is usually about 50 cals, with crackers or vegies dipped in.

    Thats what Ill usually have when I snack, Ive never really eaten bars or things like that, they dont really fill me up and feel I can usually eat more for the same amount of calories when I include fruits and vegies into my snacks. Hope hat helps, but check out the things Jenna lists too.

  • Erica
    February 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks so much Annie, that helped a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley H
    February 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Hey everyone I have been looking up vegan baking sites (inspired by Jenna’s cookies!) and I have found a winner! has alot of great recipes. Check it out!

  • Shannon
    February 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Linds: I love to work out to anything techno/rap/rock remixed. I have a whole slew of random remixes and the beat is so great! I especially the “Speedbreaker Remix” of Usher’s “Yeah” and Depeche Mode’s remix of “Tainted Love.”

    I also like practically anything from Rihanna’s newest CD, and of course, old-school Michael Jackson.

    I really want to try Bikram yoga! Right now, I’m taking a Pilates/Yoga fusion class at my gym (I’ve done Pilates before but never Yoga) and I love love love it so much! The best part is that it’s at 8:20 a.m., and it’s so nice to wake up to and get my day started with.

    Also, I just wanted to share this recipe:

    Vegan brownies! My sister and I made them last night and they were a hit! I don’t tell people that they’re vegan before the eat them, because I think it freaks them out. Although … these weren’t 100% vegan because I used real chocolate chips. Oh well.

  • Becky
    February 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    thanks VeggieGirl! I can never find Larabars in the store, but I just had a little bit of Kashi Cereal, and I’ll try to have a banana later.

  • kay
    February 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I love almond milk as well! I still have not tried hempmilk but def. want to. Is rice milk any good?

  • VeggieGirl
    February 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm


    You can order Larabars from – that’s what I do to stock up :0)


    Ricemilk is okay, but it definitely has a watery consistency. Good for people who need to follow a gluten-free diet though, for sure, which is a plus. Has a good flavor as well. I still prefer almond-milk and hempmilk, personally, since those are my daily obsessions :0)

  • Heather(II)
    February 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Some songs I like to run to right now:

    Fergie – fergalicious
    Feist – One, Two, Three, Four
    Avril Lavigne – Hot
    Pink – Who Knew
    Linkin Park – One Step Closer
    Good Charlotte – I don’t wanna be in love
    Metallica – Hero of the Day
    Miley Cyrus – See You Again
    Bel Biv Devoe – Poisin
    Kanye West – To the Wire

  • living2thetruth
    February 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Your blog inspires me more and more each time I visit it. I am so glad to see that you have made the CHOICE to show people how to eat to satisfy mind, body, and soul. Yay!

    I was googling vegan recipes and came across this website…

    On the website, the sidebar has a lot of other vegan recipe blogs. I’ve been checking it out all morning and thought you may find it interesting.

    Keep up the great work and Happy eating!


  • Annie
    February 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Hey Everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew of a recipe to make Vegi Burgers, I wanted to do like black bean burgers, or lentils or anything. I looked on, but didnt find anything that really interested me.


  • VeggieGirl
    February 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm


    Try doing a search on this website, for veggie burger recipes – it’s a great resource!:

  • Annie
    February 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks VeggieGirl, I found a recipe on that website, but it calles for wheat germ(it says for addd protein). DO you know if I can sub anything for that, like ground flax, or flour or anything? Thanks for the help

  • Paula
    February 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Anne and Alex-

    That’s so funny, we’re all in Arlington! I’m in Rosslyn (just a block from the metro). We should totally all meet up! Heck, we should go to Pizzeria Paradiso together sometime!

    Anne, you said you work for a government contractor here, right? And Alex you’re in law school at GW? My boyfriend got his undergrad at GW – we’ve spent sooo much time in Foggy! I heart Froggy Bottom Pub! We always joke that between the two of us we’ve got all the DC schools covered (I’m a senior at American University and he’s currently in the part-time MBA program at Georgetown).

    And you both live in Ballston? I love Ballston – you guys have a Panera super close to you! I love Panera.

    Anywho, my e-mail is I would definitely be up for getting together sometime! It would be fun!

    Oh, and I also just saw that M.E. is from the DC area – is that correct? If so, you should totally join us if we do something!

  • shred
    February 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    here’s a great veggie burger recipe from _simply vegan_, which is a book of easy recipes, but pretty hit or miss as far as taste. this recipe is great. modify spices to your own tastes:

    2/3 C rolled oats
    2/3 C chopped walnuts
    1 large onion
    3 stalks celery
    2 carrots, grated
    1/4 wh. wh. pastry flour
    1/4 C water

    (I add nutritional yeast, cumin, salt and pepper etc.)

    mix together and season to taste. shape into 6 burgers and fry 10 minutes over medium-heat on each side until brown.

    calories per burger: 156 protein: 6 gr. carb 16 gr. fat 9 gr. calcium 33 mg iron 1 mg sodium 27 mg fiber 3 gr

    also, i wanted to throw some questions out there for discussion:
    how much of a motivation to eat healthy is being thin? (i don’t mean healthy-thin, i mean fashionably thin)
    in addition to being healthy, do you restrict quantities in order to maintain a certain weight? do you feel like you would be less interested in “health” if it didn’t facilitate a fashionable weight?
    do you desire thinness, and if so, do you feel like it is an oppressive desire?

    these are things I wonder about other women, and things that are hard to talk about, i think. so it’s easier digitally . . . be well today, all.

  • M.E.
    February 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Hey Paula yeah I’m from the DC are, and I actually did an internship this summer in Rosslyn. Currently I’m doing my undergrad at UVA but I’m looking forward to going home in a few weeks for spring break. l ooooove Pizzeria Paradiso! Have you been to Sunflowers Vegetarian Restaurant in Falls Church or Vienna– it’s amazing!

  • Annie
    February 17, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Shred, that looks really good, I Think i might try it tonight!

  • Courtney
    February 17, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    hey Jenna and everyone! I have a question about the Quorn cutlets.. I’m having one for dinner tonight, and I was wondering what you thought was the best way to cook it! one of my friends told me that they taste nasty if you cook them in the microwave, but I don’t want to use olive oil to cook it, so are there any other ways you could suggest without adding so many calories (olive oil)? could I just bake it plain or maybe use Pam non stick cooking spray? Thank you!!

  • Nicole
    February 17, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Courtney –
    Marinate it in terriyaki (or whatever marinade you like) for a little while during the day. Don’t have them plain, as they’re really quite bland, but they absorb flavors really readily, so marinades work well with them.

  • alison
    February 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Shred, those were some really interested questions posed… It makes me think. If i hadn’t had an ED, then I really don’t think i’d be so interested in healthy eating. I mean, now that I’ve tried it and see that my body responds better when I fuel it with good healthy foods rather than processed junk, I would probably countinue to eat healthfully even if it didn’t have anything to do with weight. I don’t know though, if i would have tried it to begin with if it wasn’t tied to fashion and weight and stuff.
    Right now, I’m kind of struggling w/gaining the weight that my doctors want me to. I mean, i’ve gained alot back (i lost 35-40 lbs, and i’ve gained back more than half). But anyway, I do restrict foods, even healthy ones, in order to not gain all that weight back. It’s not right, but I do it anyway. For instance, olive oil is good and healthy but i try to avoid it at all costs…
    What about other people? especially those who have/had ED’s…

  • Lynn
    February 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Jenna or anyone,
    I was going to try and make the chickpea cutlets tonight, but cannot seem to find wheat gluten? what brand did you use? or is there anything i could sub for it? Thanks so much and have a great rest of the weekend!!

  • Anna
    February 17, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Current workout playlist:

    “Clumsy,” by Fergie
    “Shipping out to Boston” by Dropkick Murphy’s
    “No One” by Alicia Keys
    “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
    “If” by Janet Jackson
    “Boyfriend” by Ashlee Simpson
    “The Way I Are” by Timbaland
    “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand
    “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
    “Around the World” by Daft Punk
    “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
    “Move Along” by All American Rejects

    cool down:
    “Paris 2004” by Peter Bjorn
    “Heart of Life” by John Mayer

    It’s pretty good! A nice mix…

  • Melissa
    February 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Do you think yogis are born or made? Did it take you a while to love yoga or was it instant

    Here are some of my favs. Also if you type in pod runner on itunes they have free running mixes, a bit techno, but worth checking out.

    Lovesong-Sara Bareilles
    Breaking Dishes-Rhianna
    Don’t Stop the Music-Rhianna
    Master the Treadmill Workout-Ok GO
    Paralyze-Finger Eleven
    Kiss Kiss–Chris Brown
    First Time-Life House
    Mary Jane’s Last Dance-Tom Petty
    Wall to Wall-Chris Brown
    Stronger–Kanye West
    Gimme More–Britney
    Shut up and Drive–Rhianna
    Run It-Chris Brown
    I Did It-DMB
    Thing Called Love–The Darkness
    Eye of the Tiger-Survivor
    Suddenly I See-KT Tunstall
    Smooth Criminal–Alien Ant Farm
    Give It To Me–Timbaland
    The Way We Get By–Spoon
    Family Affair–Mary J Blige
    On the Way Down–Ryan Cabrera (I have no shame)
    Not Ready to Make Nice–Dixie Chicks
    Like a Boy–Ciara
    Find a New Way–Young Love
    Short Skirt, Long Jacket–Cake
    Get it Shawty—Lloyd
    The I Way I Are–Timbaland
    Before He Cheats–Carrie Underwood
    Strong Enough–Sheryl Crow
    Makes Me Wonder–Maroon 5
    Been Caught Stealin–Jane’s Addiction
    Pump It-Black Eyed Peas
    Love Don’t Cost a Thing-JLO
    Harder to Breathe-Maroon 5
    Tainted Love-Soft Cell
    We Can Work It Out–Beatles
    We Got More Bounce in California-Soul Kid
    New Shoes–Paolo Nutini
    Lighters Up-Lil’ Kim
    Crazy–Alanis Morisette
    Upgrade You–Beyonce
    Kriptonite–Three Doors Down
    La La–Ashlee Simpson
    I’m a Hustler–Cassidy
    Rockafeller Skank—Fatboy Slim
    Fast As You Can–Fiona Apple
    Come and Get Me–Timbaland
    You Spin Me Right Round-Jessica Simpson (or the better version from the real band)
    It’s a Wonderful Night–Fatboy Slim
    Come to Me–Diddy
    So Much to Say–DMB
    Life is a highway–Tom Petty
    Blister in the Sun–Violent Femmes
    Beautiful Liar–Shakira
    Cupid’s Chokehold–Gym Class Heros
    Party Like a Rock Star–Shop Boyz
    This is Why I’m Hot Mims
    Going the distance Cake
    Like This Kelly Rowlins
    Body Movin’ Beastie Boys

  • Annie
    February 17, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Alison, I completely understand what your saying about avoiding some foods, even healthy ones. I didnt loose as much weight as you did, but I lost about 25 pounds really quick. Ive gained some back, but like you am stuggling putting the last amount back on. I know things like olive oil, avacado, grains and things like taht are all healthy, but its still stuck in my head that I “cant” have them. Its part of the healing process and getting back to a normal eating routine. I think it comes in stages, because I have allowed myself a lot more freedom with foods, and Im sure you have too. I think it just takes time to really completely, if ever, get over an ED and restrictive eating. I think Ill always be really strict with the things I eat and what I put in my body, wether its five years from now or fifty. Just how I am I guess, good or bad. Everything will fall back into place for you when you are ready and want it, thas how I see things.

  • linds
    February 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    ahh! Thanks so much for ALL the suggestions girlies!! I will be running for hours on these lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    February 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm


    I’m pretty sure that ground flax CAN be substituted for the wheat germ – try it!! :0)

  • shred
    February 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    thanks for responding alison
    i can relate to a lot of what you’re saying

    i was into cooking way before i was into health
    and i started getting into health at the same time that i realized i am someone who has to be conscious input/output in order to have a fashionable body (which i probably don’t, but who am i to judge ;))

  • Erin
    February 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Linds – I LOVE that Miley Cyrus song! It’s a little embarassing, but I can’t help it…it’s so catchy haha!

  • Courtney
    February 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    veggie girl, what is your name!? are you in the facebook group yet!?

  • VeggieGirl
    February 17, 2008 at 11:03 pm


    I am!! :0) Here’s a link to my Facebook page:

  • jenna
    February 18, 2008 at 2:26 am


    usually I do have 1/2 clif bar in between breakfast and lunch…its just so easy and it actually fills me up if I pair it with hot tea. You could also do trail mix…make your own with raw nuts and dried fruit. I love that! Sometimes all I need is an apple or an orange but when I’m really hungry I’ll either eat dry cereal or 1/2 bar. Try eating a more hearty breakfast though if you are “starving” in the morning!! Hope that helps a bit! Sorry for the delayed response!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    February 18, 2008 at 2:36 am

    I’ve always loved yoga…its a very deep practice for me and goes much further than just a good workout. I used to do it, though, just for the “workout” and found myself not as satisfied. When I really got into the practice and focused on meditating and my breathing it worked wonders and I became addicted. it’s helped me sleep, help me deal with stressful situations and just be a more compassionate person, i think. Its the only workout that exercises your body and your mind ๐Ÿ™‚