Early Bird Monday

Well here I go on my first day back at school!!! It was a little difficult waking up so early again…I’ll have to get my body back in it’s normal routine! This morning I had a big bowl of scottish oats made with 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 banana. I also had the other half of my grapefruit from yesterday on the side. I’m also bringing with me my typical “school-day snack” that consists of 7 almonds and 1/4 cup fiber one. I have found that that snack is the best because it’s portable and keeps me satisfied because of the nuts and whole grains. I usually have it around 9:30 when we get a break…so about 3 hours after breakfast.

See you at lunch—have a good monday morning!


This breakfast was about 430 calories.

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  • arimcg
    January 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    That grapefruit looks so good…the color is amazing. I might have to go get some now.

  • Danielle
    January 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Best of luck with your new baking classes Jenna! I hope they’re as much fun as they seem and that you’re feeling better today so you can fully enjoy it 🙂

    P.S. Oatmeal… is… amazing!

  • Kim
    January 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Your blog is great! I have a question for you (and if anyone else has a suggestion). I would like to start exercising with weights, but I find that buy the time I get to the gym, exercise, get back home and so much time is gone! Even if I get up early it still takes a lot of time and then the earlier I get up the earlier I have to go to bed (so I still lose the same time).

    Also, I noticed that if you exercise first thing you will eat a small carb before you go. How does that hold you over during the exercising? I find that I would get too weak if thats all I eat before I go, so I end up having my full breakfast and am hungry after I work out too. Do you have any suggestions (I hate having to eat so many of my calories that early in the morning). Thanks!

  • Shelley
    January 7, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    are scottish oats different from regular oats?

  • hk
    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Try eating 1/2 of a banana (or a full one…still only 100 calories for a medium sized banana) before your workout. I also really like a piece of toast with just a little bit of pb&j smeared. It’s more filling than it may look (but that’s just me:) ). It seems that I have much less of a hard time feeling fueled for an early morning workout when I’ve eaten a healthy balanced dinner the night before, slept well, and had a small snack to get me going. Good Luck!


  • Sarah
    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    What an awesome food blog!! Thanks so much for all your hard work on this site and all the creative ideas!! 🙂 🙂

  • jenna
    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm


    Scottish oats are more “jumbo oats”…. same calories per 1/2 cup (150 calories) but the actual oat is larger. I like them better because they fill up my bowl and have a better mouth-feel. Try them!

  • jenna
    January 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Did you finally try oatmeal?!!! What kind did you get? Thanks, I HOPE my throat feels better soon…not fun when you really can’t eat anything because it hurts so much! 🙁

  • jenna
    January 7, 2008 at 6:44 pm


    Sometimes I do wake up early in the morning, eat a piece of toast or 1/2 banana and work out, but my favorite time to work out is about an hour or so AFTER I eat breakfast (so my food digests) and then when I come back I either eat a snack (like yogurt) or eat lunch…depending on the time. That’s what I’ve done for years and has worked best for me because every morning I wake up completely starving!! When I was training for my half-marathon I would have to wake up and run first and to get through that run I would always eat some dry cereal before I went. Like maybe one cup of dry cereal and then run 30 minutes later. When I came back I would have my real breakfast. It all depends too on the duration and the intensity of your workouts…..If i workout first thing it’s usually only a 3 mile run or 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, so 1/2 a banana or some toast works just fine. Anything more than that though and I would say you need something bigger with more of a mix of nutrients in it. Think peanut butter crackers or toast, yogurt, half of a granola or cliff bar (my favorite), some dry cereal and maybe a little milk. Don’t worry about calories…you need these calories to last you a workout!! You will burn them off..they just give you energy!