Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, friends!!

I truly LOVE this holiday. Let’s take a brief tour down memory lane of LAST Easter, just for kicks.

I can’t believe another year has gone by…..crazy! I was just joking with my mom and Ryan the other day that this was the first birthday I wasn’t looking forward to because as of June 11th, I will officially be in my MID TWENTIES!!!!!!! Gahhhhhh! Ryan gave me the evil eye and huffed away. Haha 😉 It was also a year ago this weekend that I adopted Dexter, our furry child!


I recently told Ryan it might be time to get Dexter a little friend but the idea was vetoed. Our next pet will definitely be a puppy but it will come in time. I want one SO BADLY right now but I know it doesn’t make logical sense when we don’t even live together yet. We already have a name picked out and everything though! 😉

Anyways, unfortunately I went to sleep last night AND woke up this morning with a MIGRAINE! I have not had a migraine in months and don’t know what brought it on. There’s some factors that might have played in though: sudden lack of caffeine, not enough protein yesterday, wine, stress…….I don’t know. I went to sleep with a cold pack on my head and thought it might go away but this morning when I got up at 5:30, it was still quite bad. So, I had to pop 2 excedrin migraine (I HATE to do this) and hope for the best. I wanted to get something light in my tummy when I took the pills so I had half a naner with almond butter:


And then I began my Easter morning with a 30 minute compassionate yoga practice dedicated to the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us. I followed along with Yoga Download’s Power Yoga #4 donation only class, which focuses intensely on universal love and compassion. I love this yoga class because it is so focused and slow. Dawnelle, the instructor, leads us through a seated meditation on compassion and I used that time to pray and meditate on God’s love and sacrifice for us and how we, in turn, must be living examples of universal love and compassion to the world. Very inspiring and beautiful, and got rid of my migraine asap! 🙂 This was the absolute perfect way to begin my Easter morning.

After my practice, I made some breakfast. Oats, obviously!



This combo was velvety smooth and consisted of:

  • 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 banana
  • cinnamon and sea salt
  • last scoop of almond butter
  • pure maple syrup

I have never used egg whites actually IN my oatmeal before and did so today for an extra boost of protein since I am out of protein powder and my new stuff should be here in a few days. I have to say I really actually liked the addition though! I added the egg whites when I was cooking the oats on the stove and it made the oats super creamy and smooth. I couldn’t taste any “eggy-ness” at all and the bowl was very filling. I don’t think I will do this too much in the future though since I make my oats usually at work and don’t want to lug the container of egg whites with me every morning in my lunchbox. It was yummy though today!

Enjoy your Easter morning and I will see you for lunch!

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  • VeggieGirl
    April 12, 2009 at 5:50 am

    WISHING YOU A BLESSED EASTER, GIRL!!! Hope your migraine is 100% gone.

  • jperonto
    April 12, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Happy Easter!

  • Lina
    April 12, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Hi Jenna, love your blog, but it sucks that you get so many migraines. I used to get migraines 5 days a week and basically slept through high school and my first two years of college because I was always in so much pain. I know yours may be triggered by foods, but I just wanted to give you another idea to check out because I hate to hear other people suffering the way I did. Have you ever had your vitamin levels checked? My b-12 and folate levels were so low the bloodwork actually came back with a warning that these levels cause depression! Scary! I got one b-12 shot and took 3 months of a folic acid/b-12 combo, and turned to a whole foods lifestyle and I haven’t had a migraine in four years! Every morning I thank god that I have another pain free day because living for 8 years like that was a nightmare and I didn’t know if I could keep on going. Anyways, I hope you feel better!!!

  • Alison
    April 12, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Happy Easter! I got a dog after having a cat for a few years. It’s taken 6 months, but she’s finally starting to get used to him. But I don’t think she’ll ever be quite the same. At least she figured out that the dog is too stupid and friendly to hurt her – he just wants to sniff her rear all the time. But I have heard that if you bring a second cat into the household, a lot of cats will never ever forgive you. A dog is something they can handle.

    Glad your migraine got better and here’s to hoping that it stays gone!

  • polly
    April 12, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Happy Easter my sweet friend. I am thankful for you, today and always Jenna. Jesus is so sweet not only to give his LIFE, but friends like you to share this life with. How precious!

    Have a beautiful day with the people you love. XOXO Polly

  • Meg
    April 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Happy Easter! Hope the migraines go away! Those oats definitely look velvety!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 12, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Happy Easter!!! Glad you had a great yoga morning =)

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 12, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Happy Easter from your friendly neighborhood blogland Jewish girl 🙂

  • megan
    April 12, 2009 at 7:16 am

    When I gave up coffee I had a week of intense headaches(but I used to drink espresso, double americano’s!!)
    I have been off coffee 2 years,miss it, but have replaced it with about 3 cups of gunpowder green tea a day.So I do get some caffeine in there, but not as much ,and the awesome thing is if I skip my tea one days there are no headaches!
    I used to have to have my “hit” of coffee to get through day.
    I thought I would save money, but I spend quite a bit buying my looseleaf Twinings gunpowder green for breakfast and bags of Numi Temple of Heaven gunpowder green for work.(my fave kinds!)
    Best wishes re migraine, my guess is that the caffeine withdrawal may be connected…
    Happ Easter Jenna!

  • Leanne
    April 12, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I can’t believe it’s already been a year since you’ve adopted Dexter! I have seriously been reading forever lol… Have a great Easter, Jenna!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    April 12, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Happy Easter Jenna! Have a great morning!

  • Nicole
    April 12, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Happy Easter! Your kitty is adorable 🙂

  • Clean Veggie
    April 12, 2009 at 7:51 am

    looks like I’ll be adding some egg whites into my oats soon!!
    sounds awesome

    sorry about your headache :\

  • K
    April 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I think Dex needs a friend – maybe a little Boston terrier friend?! Do you guys know what kind of puppy you’re interested in getting yet?

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 12, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Happy Easter, Jenna! Hope it is WONDERFUL!

  • Run Sarah
    April 12, 2009 at 8:43 am

    What an amazing way to get rid of your migraine. Happy Easter!

  • Emily
    April 12, 2009 at 8:47 am

    happy easter, jenna!
    hope your migraine goes away soon. 🙂

  • Sharon
    April 12, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Happy Easter!!!

  • Sophia
    April 12, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I love how you use your yoga meditation time to get in touch with God…I’ve heard a lot of christians say yoga is bad, but you’re utilizing it as your spiritual quiet time! Happy Easter, and may God bless you and your family!

  • Brianna
    April 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

    wishing you a happy easter!hopefully your migraine disappears soon =) also nice touch with the egg whites in the oats!

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks
    April 12, 2009 at 9:31 am

    That sounds like a wonderful Easter morning!! I am planning on doing some yoga today, too. Maybe I will check out that podcast!

    Lovely bowl of oats! I never thought of putting egg whites in them…I will have to try that!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Glad you had a good yoga class!

    Happy Easter!

  • Kudret
    April 12, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Hey girl!!
    Sorry to hear about your migraines. I have a similar aversion to taking meds. I don’t like to a lot of the time but I know if I do, I’ll end up feeling better. I hope your easter is tons of fun!!!!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Oh the power of yoga. 🙂 Have a great Sunday, and have fun baking1

  • Danielle
    April 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    My cat looks the exact same as yours! Right down to the striking eyes. Gorgeous. Hope you have a wonderful Easter, and have fun picking out a puppy.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    April 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Happy Easter!!! I totally agree with you about the need to focus our energy on living compassionately!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    April 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you sill see him.’ Now I have told you.” -Matthew 28:5-7

  • Jess
    April 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Hi! I found your site through Kath Eats Real Food … I just wanted to say your cat is gorgeous! We have two black cats we adopted at the same time. I’m finding more and more people who have black cats and it makes me SOOO happy! (Our shelter says black cats are very hard to adopt out.)

    I get migraines too. I’ve cut out soda and switched to tea (which has very little caffeine). That has seemed to help a lot. I know how you feel about the Excedrin Migraine pills – I have battled with them for years! My doc prescribed Maxalt, which seems to be my best option right now. I’m hoping that as I transition to eating more whole foods that my frequency of migraines lessens.

    Good luck!

  • Kristin
    April 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

    How funny that I did the exact same yoga download yesterday morning and even thought to myself how “coincidental” it was that I was focusing on universal love on Easter Sunday…