Happy Saturday!

Good morning!

I wish I could have slept in a little later this morning since I got home so late from work last night, but you know me….always up early! ugh! I debated a long time about working out this morning before breakfast then showering and hitting the road to get home….I thought about it…I pondered it…but then, I didn’t. I probably should have seeing as I haven’t really had a “good” workout yet this week, although my run yesterday was very refreshing. Sadly, I think I missed my chance to work out today now because I just ate breakfast and will be getting in the road soon then ryan and I are thinking of going to the BEACH!!! (jealous??!) for the afternoon…and we are going to a friend’s house for a BBQ and to watch football tonight. Maybe I can squeeze a quick workout in if it doesn’t take me very long to get home…but the interstate has been closed all week due to a 50-car pile up (terrible, I know!) and I think even early on a Saturday morning it’s going to be quite hectic. Oh well. I ran my butt off last night at work because it was SO crazy. I think I even broke a sweat at one point! I should try wearing my heart rate monitor under my clothes one day for the ultimate test at how many calories I burn by running around for 5 hours. It might be surprising!

For breakfast this morning I finally ate the blueberry kashi waffles I’ve been meaning to get to all week. I had 2 of them, toasted, with a smear of promise light and a tbsp of pure maple syrup with 5 grams of toasted walnuts on top. On the side I had 4 ounces of cottage cheese and a nice ripe orange. Oh, and also a homemade cappuccino! It was great!  I’m about to get ready to leave and I’m going to make a big mug of herbal tea to bring with me in the car. See you in a little bit!



This breakfast (including cappuccino) was about 416 calories

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  • Hayley
    January 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I just wanted to let you know that I looove your blog. I think it’s great that you have such a healthy relationship with food and that you’re following your dream career-wise. Keep up the good work and have fun at the beach! (We’ll try to stay warm up here in Michigan :/)

  • Becca
    January 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    You have discussed that you lived in France over a summer (I’m so jealous, I would love love to visit there). I have a question about their dietary habits. I understand that they eat “real” food with fat, but still how do they not snack?

    Also, you mentioned that you loved the yogurt in France, how big were their yogurts and were they typically low fat or fat free? I don’t understand how French women will simply eat a small yogurt for breakfast and stay full until lunch. What was a typical day for a French women food wise? Sorry for the millions of questions!! Don’t worry about answering until you have time.

  • jenna
    January 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm


    I could talk all day about the food in france because it was amazing! You’re right that french women typically do not snack and that their food is higher in fat. A typical day might be a cafe creme (coffee with milk–whole milk) and a croissant and fruit for breakfast, an omelet, crepe or salad for lunch and a large late dinner such as chicken or fish. This dinner was usually at around 9:00 and you are right when you ask how could they possibly not snack?! It took me a few weeks to really get in the swing of things because my body was used to eating the american-way when we eat about every couple hours but after eating the french food for awhile my body got used to their eating times.

    Typically in late afternoon, around 4:00, french women go out and get coffee and a little “pick-me-up” such as a small (and I mean SMALL…not american sized at all!) pastry. They sit and drink espresso and share something small.

    The reason these meals keep french women satisfied a long time is because there is more fat in them. whole milk, egg yolks, butter…..its not a secret that fat keeps your tummy full. But surprisingly french women don’t get fat! how….because they WALK! everywhere! They walk for hours and hours…no one really drives in paris, everyone just walks. when I lived there I probably walked a good 5 miles every single day. And the women there do a lot of yoga. I know because there were yoga studios everywhere and the classes I attended were always completely packed. Even though they consume a lot of fat in their meals, breakfast and lunch are relatively small and dinner is much larger. But the secret is walking…trust me!

    oh, and the yogurts are NOT fat free or low fat. They are full fat! I dont think anything there is low fat…but I ate a yogurt every single morning with muesli and fresh fruit from the farmers market near my apartment, as well as crepes and omelets for lunch, a sweet in the afternoon and a heavy dinner + dessert and I actually lost a couple pounds while I was there!!! amazing!

  • Sara F.
    January 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    It’s so easy to be hard on yourself for skipping a workout, or slacking off a little. But I really admire your ability to relax about exercise and take good care of your body (especially when you’ve been sick). I’m such an avid runner that sometimes I run even when my body could use a break. It’s never good to push it, even just a little further. Knowing what your body needs isn’t always easy. Its awesome that you can have a week with a little less exercise and not let it phase you. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now! Enjoy your weekend…and just for the record, while you’re at the beach, those of us in St. Louis will be experiencing a windy 32 degree day. No fair 🙂

  • Becca
    January 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for such a detailed response. I love the idea of the French way of life……..I think new york is the closest thing we have in regards to the walking! Enjoy the sun, like Sara its cold and rainy up north!

  • Susan Barnes
    January 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I try to avoid using foil and using parchment paper instead. I love though the moistness that you get by baking a chicken for example with foil on top. Do you have any suggestion for how to achieve similar results using parchment or without foil. Thanks! Have fun at the beach 🙂

  • Kristie
    January 12, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    The beach?!?! Ugh, between a trip to the beach and football at night I know I’d be having a great day 🙂 Guess I’ll just have to settle with football since we’ve got a good 2 inches of wet snow here in Michigan (I wonder how close by we are, Haley?).

  • Danielle
    January 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Thanks for the explanation of a day in the life of a French woman 🙂 everything you said is completely true. I’m going to Paris mid-March for two weeks to visit my friend and I was wondering if you had any tips for adjusting to the eating habits. I’d love to healtfully adjust! Thanks so much! and enjoy the beach, I’m so jealous 😉

  • Karen
    January 12, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Don’t feel bad about skipping the gym…like you said 5 hours of running your ass off IS a good workout (just not our conventional idea of one!). If you think about it, you probably burn MORE calories during 5 hours at work. You deserve a break 🙂 Have fun at the beach, I am so jealous!!

  • jenna
    January 12, 2008 at 6:33 pm


    I’m not quite sure about using parchment on chicken because I have never personally done that. I dont see why you couldnt though. What’s really good, however, is to wrap a fish fillet in parchment, add a squeeze of lemon, some fresh herbs and some small diced veggies, wrap it up and bake it until the parchment puffs up…..its the traditional french way to cook fish and its really great and quite light and low calorie because there’s really nothing caloric in the little package! It’s really good!!

  • Anne
    January 12, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    I just bought the Kashi Heart to Heart waffles the other day… I love Kashi stuff so I figured I’d give them a try. Have you had that kind or just the blueberry ones? I’m excited to try them 🙂

  • jenna
    January 12, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I love those! The heart to heart ones are good and also are the plain go lean waffles (not the blueberry ones)…i’ve noticed that the heart to heart ones dont get as “toasty” as the go lean ones and are also lower calorie but they are quite tasty as welll!

  • Susan Barnes
    January 12, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Jenna thanks for the suggestion about the fish…….I don’t think I am talented enough to wrap the fish though!

    How do you bake a chicken (not a whole roast). For example, if you wanted to bake one with veggies so all the juices etc flow together. I am a beginner cook and have already learned so much from your site (my mom doesn’t like to cook, so I have been experimenting a lot on my own-with a scar to prove it!).

  • Hayley
    January 12, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m up in the Upper Peninsula, so chances are, probably pretty far away! However, I’m sure we’re having the same crappy weather:(


  • jenna
    January 12, 2008 at 9:28 pm


    Its not hard at all to wrap the fish!! Just cut a heart shape out of a piece of parchment paper, lay the fish on one side of the heart and put the herbs on the other side. Fold it over and then crimp the edges shut. That’s it! Its simple, trust me!

    About the chicken….you want to cook a whole chicken? What I would do is stuff some garlic cloves underneath the skin (cook with the skin on for max flavor then you can take it off after cooking for less fat) and run some olive oil all over it. Put in a roasting pan with a wire rack on top (stick chicken on top of the rack) and add some veggies to the bottom of the pan, underneath the chicken, like sliced new potatoes, parsnips, carrots, perhaps a sweet potato or squash…anything really…drizzle olive oil and salt over the veggies and stick in the oven at 350 for probably about 3 hours…you should get a meat thermometer so you can just stick it in the thickest part of the chicken to test when it’s done. The chicken should be at 165 when it’s done cooking. That’s usually after about 3 hours or so…but keep checking! you def. dont want it to be raw! After its done cooking the chicken should be golden and juicy and all it’s “juices” will have run down through the rack beneath it and marinated the veggies, which will now be totally cooked and soft.

    Hope that helps!

  • Kristie
    January 13, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Yikes Haley — the UP is a bit crappier I’m guessing then here in Holland (near Grand Rapids). However, the landscape up there is gorgeous (or at least what I’ve seen)! 🙂