Finally Clean

Good morning!

**Don’t forget to send your weeknight dinner recipe to! I’ll be accepting recipes for the new e-cookbook all week long—don’t forget to include a picture if you have one!

We didn’t end up going to bed until around 11:30 last night. Just when I thought everything was perfectly cleaned I caught glimpse of the seven wine glasses that were still dirty sitting on the counter. I HATE going to bed with a mess in the kitchen because then you have more work when you wake up!

This morning I made a big bowl of oat bran!


This bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup oat bran mixed with cinnamon + sea salt
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 spoonful raw almond butter
  • assortment of fresh berries!

It was good but soooo dense. I just cannot seem to handle hot cereal in the summer. I always think this next time will be different but I always end up feeling overheated and heavy afterwards. Enter Green Monsters, cold cereal and almond butter toast……the summer breakfasts of champions! 🙂

Today I have articles to write, cookies to bake and yoga to do. I think its a Dave Farmar kind of day!

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  • Jocelyn
    June 15, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Dave Farmar…could scare the pants off of any beefcake type of guy lol… After doing a beginner power yoga from him (60 min) the next day…every joint, every muscle ANYTHING that could hurt on my body…did

    have fun with that! lol

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 15, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Hmmm I’ll think of a good recipe to contribute 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!

  • Stacey
    June 15, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I know exactly what you mean about having a messy kitchen! Sometimes I get up like 30 minutes before work just so I can clean it, haha.

  • kim
    June 15, 2009 at 8:37 am

    how about a ‘cold’ oatbran? Cook it the night behind, freeze it so you can have it cold for breakfast! 🙂

    Have you stopped drinking dairy now? I don’t see you use it in your breakfast.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 15, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I know – eating hot oatmeal is tough for me in the summertime when it’s hot out. I like to mix it up with cold smoothies sometimes 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I always feel like I should be eating cold cereal in the summer, but I love my oatmeal and oat bran so much I usually just sweat my way through it!

  • Susan
    June 15, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Funny, I basically lived off oat bran this winter, but I have no desire to eat it anymore! Now when I wake up in the morning the first thing I want is fresh fruit 🙂

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    June 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

    cold cereal is soooo perfect for summertime 🙂 Have a great day baking those yummy cookies girly

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I so feel you on the hot breakfasts in the summer – I ate oats with pb this morning and couldn’t finish it because I ended up feeling all hot and sweaty! Back to the GM’s for me.

    I’ll see if I can think of an easy weeknight recipe…

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I WISH it was that hot here in PA — not yet! Jenna, do you make oat bran the same way you make oatmeal?

    • jenna
      June 15, 2009 at 9:23 am


      Yep—I just cook it on the stove…takes only about 5 minutes!

  • brandi
    June 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    hot cereal has been making me hot lately, too, but I was ready for it today because I was freezing for some reason!

    dinner last night looked awesome!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

    OMG, I am the exact same way… I just have NO appetite for warm breakfasts in the summer! Bring on the green smoothies! 😉

    Have a wonderful day! And definitely try out the lastest Dave Farmar podcast. It’s not as strenuous as the previous one and much more of a total body workout.

  • Meg
    June 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I have been feeling that way with my oats lately too…they are quite hot for the summer…maybe I should do some cold overnight oats.

  • K
    June 15, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I can’t stand a messy kitchen either! It’s much more refreshing to wake up to a clean, orderly house 🙂

  • Ada
    June 15, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I know what you mean about the hot breakfast. In the summer I never feel like oatmeal so i usually have yogurt in the morning. Have a nice day!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    June 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Amen to the hot cereal issue! I can stand it on days I don’t work out in the AM. But on workout days!.. forget about it!

  • Emily
    June 15, 2009 at 10:00 am


    I just mailed you my submission. Hope you like it. 😀

    Oat bran + sea salt is my favorite combo. Sweet and salty together gets me every time!

    With Love,


  • ballerinaeats
    June 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I know what you mean about having hot cereal during summer. It just doesn’t sit right in the tum. Smoothies are definitly my brekkie of choice!

  • Jess
    June 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I LOVE dave farmar. He’s amazing and has a sense of humor. Haha! I actually love my warm breakfasts in the summer, I just don’t eat them as often. But when I do, YUMMM!
    Have a wonderful day Jenna!
    <3 jess

  • Maya
    June 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I know what you mean about hot oats–which is why I make overnight Swiss muesli a lot, I can have all the same flavors I use in my oatmeal but without the heat. Plus I save about 10 to 15 minutes of cooking oatmeal in the morning.

  • Kori (All Things B.)
    June 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Hey Jenna! You may have answered this, but do you have a format you prefer for the recipe submissions? Or does a standard Word Doc do it for you 😉 Thanks a bunch!

    • jenna
      June 15, 2009 at 10:48 am


      Yep—if you can just copy and paste the recipe into the body of the email that would be the easiest for me! Pictures are a great bonus if you have them! Thank you!

  • april
    June 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I know what you mean about the hot oatmeal! Lately I’ve been adding cool items to it like a splash of milk or yogurt and it helps cool them down quite a bit!

  • Coco Knudson
    June 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I love oat bran!!!!!!! Those berries looks so vibrant, great addition to the oats!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 15, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Good luck with everything you have to do today!

  • Bec
    June 15, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I feel the complete opposite, I keep meaning to give up my oats for smoothies/breakfast cookies but I miss my hot oats too much!

  • Rachel (
    June 15, 2009 at 11:01 am

    mmm, those blackberries look so good!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    June 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Thanks again for participating in my S4AC I know you are SO busy and it means the world to me that you donated your cookies. 🙂

    PS- Your dinner was nothing short of amazing yesterday!! Wow girlie you outdid yourself!

  • Courtney
    June 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I just started a blog, and I’m not sure how to get people to visit/read it! I know your blog is supppppper popular (and it should be, seeing as it’s great!) but how did you get started with it?

    • jenna
      June 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm


      Just stick with it!! Keep posting daily and invest in a great camera because it will get you far. There was a time when I only had about three readers….Ryan, my mom and Kath! The food blog world is a small one and if you are dedicated, you will get noticed! Don’t give up!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 15, 2009 at 11:09 am

    When the weather gets warmer I live on breakfast smoothies. A few summers ago, I made a Stonyfield yogurt-fruit-ice smoothie every single morning! I love how a drinkable breakfast cools me off, fills me up, but doesn’t leave me feeling heavy.

  • MarathonVal
    June 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I’m with you about the hot cereals. Now I literally crave GMs ALL DAY LONG!!! But the weird thing is that once it’s really late at night, like after dinner and the hour before I go to bed, I begin to crave carb-y comfort foods!!! Hmm, wish I could kick that habit. GMs are good then, but don’t seem to be as satisfying! Maybe I need to experiment and tweak the ingredients I’m using.

    Congrast on a fabulous-looking dinner last night!!! I love the way you cooked the fish I will for sure be trying that soon!

  • Matt
    June 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Cookies to bake? I expect some recipes!

  • Still Life in South America
    June 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I hear you on the dishes. I really hate cleaning wine glasses for some reason, but I’m too fussy to leave them next to the sink! 🙂

    Is it still possible to purchase the dessert e-book? I couldn’t find a link to that information.

    Enjoy your afternoon!

  • Danielle
    June 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I agree with the hot cereal… a winter time favorite but I’d rather something else during the hotter summer months. Green smoothies, yummm 🙂

  • Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    June 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Totally hear you on not wanting to go to bed and leave a mess behind. For me there is no bigger downer to getting up in the morning than seeing the pile of dishes from last night that I inevitably forgot about while in dreamland!

  • Run Sarah
    June 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I love hot cereal in the summer but only if they are paired with a cool drink!

  • Lizzie
    June 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    L-O-V-E oatbran, Scottish porridge oats etc. I usually drop off during the summer, but can’t seem to stop this year (not that that’s a bad thing of course!). I just throw in some honey and flax seed, but I like the idea of peanut or almond butter and fruit.

  • Maria
    June 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    That big bowl of oat bran looks lovely– but I totally know what you mean by wanting a cooler breakfast when the weather is warm. When it gets 80 degrees+ it’s hard to eat even a delicious bowl of oat bran when it’s that hot!

    Have fun doing yoga! Check out the giveaway I’m having from Yoga Downloads if you’re interested :).

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The bowl looks so yummy