Breakfast/ Lunch

Holla Back!

Hi guys!

I’ve had a headache all day but am trying to make the best of it…..I think its the change in weather that has spawned this. Yesterday it was nice and warm and sunny and today it is COLD and gloomy! When I went to a neurologist to have my headaches checked out awhile ago he told me that change in weather is the number one cause of migraines in people.  Crazy, huh?!

Anyways, this morning I had some overnight banana oatmeal


It consisted of 1/2 cup oats soaked in a half cup water overnight and then mixed with 1 tbsp almond butter, 1/2 cup Fage, 1/2 mashed banana, tons of cinnamon and topped with pom seeds and agave! It was deeeelicious!

It held me over very well also! Around 9:45, I snacked on my favorite hot bar!


Mmmmmm I’m pleased to report that the cinnamon roll flavor was just as good or maybe even BETTER than the chocolate chip. I just can’t get enough of these, now that I have learned to warm them up (10 seconds in the micro). A-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!! And very filling!

For lunch I had raw veggies with Sabra’s hummus:


And a baked sweet potato with a half cup of whipped cottage cheesy and cinnamon!


This lunch is always so satisfying. Yum yum yum 🙂

I ran errands after work and and just got in around 4:00 to have a quick snack of a strawberry chobani with 1/4th cup Quaker oatmeal squares


Today at work we switched up the breads so that was exciting! We switched the white “parker house” rolls to a honey wheat roll (!!) and switched the beloved olive focaccia to an equally yummy and decadent cinnamon raisin challah


For the challah, I made a basic challah dough, let it retard in the fridge overnight and then this morning scaled out 1 lb portions and filled each with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins and toasted pecans!!


Deliciously decadent! Or at least it smelled that way—I didn’t get to try any yet!


So puffy and golden out of the oven, it makes you wanna shout HOLLAA!!! That’s the joke I said at work today except no one else thought it was that funny except for me. Hmmm…..

I also did other fun things like bake chocolate cakes and made chocolate mousse to stuff inside of the cakes later this week (picture to come then with the finished product!). I also made all the doughs for tomorrow (honey wheat, cinnamon raisin challah and an olive baguette) which took a good amount of time.

I’m going to go cook my dinner for tonight (SO excited) and get ready for spin class at 6:00. I wasn’t going to go since I have a headache but randomly exercise actually helps my headaches a lot of the time. I’ll see how I feel in an hour I guess!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

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  • polly
    December 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    hi girl! Hope your head gets better soon. Yuck. You have such a great outlook and never seem sick I think you could have your leg cut off and still be smilin. : )

    Could you add my to your blog roll? I am now doing comments on my blog and so I better get my blog out there so friends can stop by! Have a wonderful spin and din. We’ll call it sweat and supp. 😉

  • Sara
    December 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    This may be my first comment on here (can’t remember, actually), but I’ve been reading your blog for a while; I even mentioned it on my blog. Anyway, just wanted to say two things: 1) I laughed at your challah/holla joke (I’m a pun nerd!) and 2) about the headaches: do you have diagnosed migraines? My (twin) sister has a constant migraine (I get them irregularly), and she’s tried so many medications, and I’m always telling her that she needs to eat better and exercise and that will help. I’m wondering if you find that when you stay on your healthy eating schedule (timewise as well as what you eat) if that helps.

    Sorry for rambling!

  • BethT
    December 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t worry Jenna, I always yell HOLLAAAA! when I eat challah. Weirdos.

  • hk
    December 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Love it all, hate the headaches- yuck! Enjoy spin 🙂

  • Shelby
    December 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Mmm, I love putting yogurt in oatmeal. It makes it so creamy and delicious. And that hummus, yum!

  • Kelly L.
    December 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jenna- Do you eat your sweet potato cold?

  • blueberrybabe
    December 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Hey this might be a stupid question but i see that you have a lot of measurements in your blog like “1/4 cup of cereal” or “1/2 cup cottage cheese” etc. do you measure all of this stuff? i am asking because i think you have such a wonderfully healthy relationship with food and i think a lot of people view measuring food as restrictive or unhealthy. so do you measure and if your answer is yes, then why? you are an awesome role model, thanks!!!

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Ok, I’m going to spinning tonight. Done.

  • Moran
    December 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    The changes in weather make me feel bad too.I’m sure spinning will make you feel better!

  • jenna
    December 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm


    Yep! I’ve been diagnosed with migraines….for me, its genetics. My grandma and mom also get ’em horribly. No fun! I do have Rx for them but prefer not to take them unless its TOTALLY necessary because they make me feel very very very sick and crappy for the rest of the day.


    Of course!! Thanks for asking 🙂

    Kelly L,

    Nope—I zap it in the micro at work for 5 minutes and it bakes it perfectly every time.


    I have measuring cup scoops that I use to portion out my cottage cheese and cereal, so yes I do measure it. I don’t see this as unhealthy—I see it as practicing portion control when I could easily down an entire box of quaker oatmeal squares, which is naturally pretty high in calories for a cereal. Also, since I do have a food blog and people might emulate my recipes, I try to give exact measurements so they can make what I make at home! If I just said “I threw some cottage cheese on there” they would have no idea how much I used and since I might be looked at as a role model figure, I like readers to know exactly how much I eat and what I eat. This is just what has worked for me in a year of blogging. Thanks for asking!

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I hate when I make jokes no one else thinks are funny 🙁
    That challah bread sounds so good, I know I would love it.

  • Nicole
    December 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I hope you feel better!

    I haven’t been able to find those oatmeal squares anywhere, boo! I must have missed it if you’ve mentioned it before, but where do you find them? Do you also happen to know if they are vegan or not?

    Have fun at spin!

  • Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    December 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I feel your pain Jenna! Although I don’t get migraines, I tend to get sick whenever the seasons change. I’m an overall healthy person (knock on wood), but when it starts to get cold, or when it starts to get hot, I get a runny nose/sore throat combo. very glamorous indeed! haha.
    I hope your spin class blasts away your headache!
    The challah bread looks delish; I’ve never tried ’em before.

  • Juli
    December 2, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    HI Jenna,

    Got stuck at work and missed spin 🙁 Hope you had/have a good class! We need to get together soon!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Hang in there with the headache!!

    Have fun tonight!!

  • Jenny
    December 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I bet those hot snack bars are perfect for a warm snack in the winter, I wish I could find them!

    Hope you feel up to spin tonight! 🙂

  • Katie
    December 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Haha I also love the “Holla” joke! It’s funny because my college has a wildly popular program called “Challah for Hunger,” where students make DELICIOUS challah and sell it weekly; the proceeds go to a fund to end hunger. But I never knew how to say “challah” (thought you pronounced the “ch”!) so I didn’t get it. Well maybe a year after they started the program, someone told me I was saying it wrong…and I finally got the joke! Ha. Anyway, just so you know it’s not lame, I think it’s kind of a clever pun. 🙂

  • Lindsey
    December 2, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Jenna, I have a random question – do you think if a person has severe nut allergies, they’d be ok working in a bakery? I just applied at a bakery, and seeing your challah bread w/ the pecans made me think that could be a problem (I have a severe tree nut allergy). Hope spinning went well and your migraine goes away!!

  • Meghan
    December 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm


    I REALLY don’t want to come off as annoying or anything, but I’m just curious. I once asked if you measured things and you said you “eyeball” portions. I may have specifically asked about nut butters, though, but even so, do you measure EVERYTHING out? I ate REALLY restrictively for about 2 years (even though I definitely didn’t need to…that’s disordered eating fo ya’) and I’m just beginning to feel comfortable not measuring ANYTHING. I think it’s because I’m pretty much pro at knowing what measurements look like. Do you think it’s possible to maintain one’s weight eating completely intuitively and just guessing portion sizes, especially if one doesn’t count calories (which I don’t believe that you do, but I could be wrong).

    Thanks for the great blog, Jenna. I get so many good meal ideas from your blog and the commentary and photos are so lively!

  • caroline
    December 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Hmm.. I suffer from migraines as well, but they have been pretty few and far between lately. But the past two days I’ve felt the beginning of them again… The weather must be the culprit, FL definitely had some crazy shifts yesterday and today. Feel better, hope you can spin it away!

  • jennk
    December 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I worked at a bakery for a while and we would always go around doing the ‘holla’ thing when the challah was baking. Really, how can you not? My favorite challah variation is to add orange juice to the dough as well as chocolate chips and maybe even some rum soaked raisins….AHHH. Now that makes me wanna holla!

  • Victoria
    December 2, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    That challah sounds so so good. Enjoy spin! Can’t wait to see what the “fancier” dinner is!

  • Erin
    December 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Challah back!

  • Cassidy
    December 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for posting your cardio curcit (sp). I did my own today and it was great. I get bored easily and this definitely fixed that. Thanks!

  • jenna
    December 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm


    Sorry to confuse you! I don’t measure nut butter out with a tbsp measure, I use just a regular soup spoon. I’ve found what works for me and it might not be the same for everyone. You can definitely maintain your weight by eating intuitively and guessing portion sizes unless you really can’t control yourself and would eat the whole box of cereal or crackers! Then, it is best to portion out a serving and hide the box! 🙂

  • Mara
    December 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    OMG! I shout “CHALLLAHHHHH” every single time I make challah… and being the designated bread baker in the family, I do that a lot!

  • AshleyH
    December 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    hi jenna how long do you micro your sweet potatoes for?

  • K
    December 2, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    The weather thing makes sense I guess – changes in “outside” pressure (weather) would cause changes in “inside” pressure (body) . Okay enough physics talk haha!

    Everything you baked looks divine as usual – CHALLAHHHH! 😀

  • jenna
    December 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm


    Usually for 5 minutes.

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    December 2, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Jenna!! those buns look heavenly!! have a good night!

    I cant find those warm bars you love-hopefully when i come down to FL this christmas i’ll find some at a nearby Publix!

  • Sonja
    December 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    haha! i always think challah whenever i hear someone say ‘hollaa’, and i’ve always wondered if other people did too! i’m glad i’m not the only one who does that.

  • runjess
    December 3, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Do you eat breakfast really early? I never do the mid-morning snack thing, but I’m assuming that I just have less time between breakfast and lunch than those people who need one.

  • Kassie
    December 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    fyi: I think the HOLLA joke is funny 🙂

    also, I made another overnight oatmeal cookie and ate it with a spoon this time…delish! thanks again!

  • jenna
    December 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm


    Yep! I eat breakfast usually at around 6:15-6:30.