It Tastes So Good Once It Hits Your Lips

Wow, we are getting a late start today! I’m definitely blaming it on the A/C breaking last night, resulting in a late night trip for Ryan to Home Depot only to find out that they were already closed. So what do you do in a situation such as that? Two words my friends—Duck Tape. The A/C is now working temporarily because its duck taped together and apparently the guy is coming out at sometime today to fix it for real. Let’s hope so because you do NOT want your A/C to break during a Florida summer. Sometimes I think we could totally run our own reality tv show over here. God help us.

In other news, thank you all so much for the amazing weeknight dinner recipes!!! Everything looks SO GOOD! Keep ’em coming….if you didn’t get the memo send your easy weeknight dinner recipe to before Sunday, June 21st for it to be included in my next e-cookbook to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Ryan and I both made big Green Monsters for breakfast. It was sort of funny because we stood right next to each other and Ryan used his blender while I used the VitaMix. Ryan is not allowed to use the coveted VitaMix yet unless its a special occasion. Anyways, I think my GM was the BEST yet!


I used:


It might look like sewage but I SWEAR it tastes amazing. If Ryan likes it you know it has to be good. And he is waaaay more liberal with the wheatgrass than I am! I use maybe a half a scoop and Ryan likes an overflowing one. He says he has more energy than ever before that way! 🙂
Of course after gulping this down this cool concoction I needed something to thaw myself out.


I LOVE bergamot. It just tastes so “dignified”…..this is my absolute favorite type of black tea! The tannins are minimal so you really don’t need sweetener at all. Try it for yourself!

To-Do List:

  • Mail cookies to Amy (!!)
  • Write True/Slant article
  • Lunch with Ryan?
  • Run 2 miles while watching Oprah
  • Work on E-Cookbook
  • Special projects!!

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  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I hope you get the A/C fixed soon! I am so lucky to live in the mountains where it’s relatively cool most of the summer – especially since my house and vehicle don’t have A/C!

  • MarathonVal
    June 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I was wondering how you ensure that you are productive during the day since you don’t have a regular 9-5 job? I just began my summer vacation (I’m a school social worker) but I still have a gazillion things on my to-do-list (to get ready for the next school year, etc) and it’s a bit of a challenge of me to get to them. Not having that structure during the day is tough for me! I’d love to hear how you make your own schedule and yet still get everything done – obviously you are doing something right! 🙂


    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 9:14 am


      I write to-do lists every night before I go to bed on a yellow legal pad and then just cross things off as I go! I’m a big to-do list fan….it has always worked well for me!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 16, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Alright, I’m determined to try this green monster. What’s the best one for a beginner who is very, very afraid? LOL

  • amber
    June 16, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Ha! Love the title! Best movie ever!

  • VeggieGirl
    June 16, 2009 at 9:16 am

    My mom would love all those teas!! Please keep reviewing them so that I can order the best flavors for her 🙂

  • lauren
    June 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    hey jenna!

    did you ever share that secret project you were working on a few weeks ago? did i miss it? i was so curious!!

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 9:22 am


      Nope—haven’t shared anything yet! In good time 🙂

  • Katie
    June 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hi Jenna, a friend showed me your blog and I am loving it so far! I’m from Orlando (Winter Park, actually) and I’ve been enjoying hearing about your wonderful eats. I have been thinking about ordering some of the chocolate Amazing Meal — have you tried that kind, or just the regular one? Anyhow, you’ve inspired me to try it! Also, good luck with that Murphy-Goode gig…I saw an article about it awhile ago. It sounds amazing! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. 🙂 (I’ll also keep my fingers crossed on the a/c — that’ no fun in tampa in june!)

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 16, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Good luck with everything! Have a great day!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

    YIKES! Sorry to hear about the AC. Two summers ago, mine broke down on THE hottest day of the summer. Unfortunately, it was on a Saturday morning and the AC guy couldn’t come and fix it until Monday. It was pure torture at night! Try to stay cool today! 🙂

    Sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you. Enjoy it!

  • Natalie
    June 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

    No A/C will definitely make you suffer from heat laziness! I’m in Ft Lauderdale…and the A/C at my office breaks down about once a month. It makes things unbearable….especially now that it’s in the 90’s!

  • Meggilizz
    June 16, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Sounds like a great day ahead of you! 🙂 I have a question for you about hemp milk–have you tried both brands Manitoba & Living Harvest? I’m making the switch over to either almond or hemp milk & will decide when I go to Whole Foods tomorrow. I don’t have any allergies or anything, I’m doing Paleo and switched from cow milk to soy (not realizing that soy was NOT okay on Paleo). I am loving the GM’s too and totally agree that the scoop of Amazing Grass really IS AMAZING!! 😀 Hope you have a great day Jenna! ?

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 10:11 am


      I have not tried Manitoba hemp milk but I do live the living harvest! I don’t buy it though because its so expensive and to me, almond tastes (almost) as good. I think its almost $4 for a small box of hemp milk….crazy!

  • Shelly
    June 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Mine broke twice last summer (and I live in New Orleans) and the second time it didn’t get fixed for a week because a hurricane disrupted the delivery of the part. It was awful! At least duct tape works temporarily for you! Ours was something electrical so there was no jury rigging it!

  • brandi
    June 16, 2009 at 9:54 am

    sounds like a fun day ahead! I LOVE Earl Grey tea 🙂 Probably my favorite.

    I love putting pasta right on raw spinach, too. I saw your dinner from last night and that’s one of my new favorite things to do – especially if I’m too lazy to put together a salad on the side!

  • Lori
    June 16, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I love Earl Grey tea as well, the floral citrus note is just perfect!

  • Meg C.
    June 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

    glad you were able to fix the A/C with Duct Tape! Sleeping while sweating is the worst!!

  • Erin
    June 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I can’t believe I still haven’t tried a GM – I must get on that ASAP! It looks delicious!

  • Emily
    June 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I’m so impressed with your green monsters! I am way too chicken to give them a try yet. Since I’m starting to think about these kinds of things now, don’t you think they would be an excellent breakfast for a pregnant woman since they are filled with fiber, nutrients, protein, and folic acid from the greens?!

  • April
    June 16, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I think it’s cute how every green monster is the best one yet 🙂 I love them too!

    Question for you. How long does you PB jar last? I’m just wondering because I use to have a problem and I would eat the whole jar in a day or 2. I just made a jar last for 14 days and i’m pround of myself 🙂

  • Jocelyn
    June 16, 2009 at 10:28 am

    mmm…sewage water. lol LOOKS GOOD!!!!

  • Jenna
    June 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

    oh goodness I hope you get your AC fixed!! yummy GM! I just started drinking them this week and the first one was meh, then i woke up the next morning wanting another one?!? I’ve had one ever day of the week!!! lol!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Glad you were able to duct tape the A/C and cool off with a green monster! Is there a noticeable difference between GM made with a vita mix vs. a regular blender?

  • Jess
    June 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience where the AC broke, but I bet it would be horrible! I’m so glad you were able to temporarily fix it 🙂 Love your GM!
    <3 jess

  • Danielle
    June 16, 2009 at 10:34 am

    That’s more the color of all my green monsters. It might look gross but they always taste delicious!

  • Rachel (
    June 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I use greens in my smoothies and whenever I tell people what’s in my smoothie they always turn their nose up at it! They don’t understand that you don’t taste the greens at all! Green smoothies are the best!

  • Rose
    June 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jenna! I didn’t get a chance to say it sooner!

  • Amanda (My Summerizations)
    June 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Duck Tape is the solution to all of life’s problems! 😛

  • Mia
    June 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

    DOUBLE bergamot?? Seriously? This is going to the top of my to-find grocery treat list.

  • Michelle
    June 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

    hahah nooo it doesn’t look like a sewage!! The ingredients you put inside sound really tasty actually!! Amazing grass is really pretty awesome!! Thansk for sharing your “recipe”!! I’ll be sure to use yours when i fianlly have the courage to make my own GM! hahah

  • megan
    June 16, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Hi Jenna – Random question. I know you are an avid reader and have posted your favorite books before, but I was wondering what are some of the best books you’ve read in the past year or so? Thanks!

  • april
    June 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I always need tea after a smoothie! They are so darn cold!

  • Johanna B
    June 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I’m looking forward to my first green monster this weekend. I have to get a blender. Hopefully I’ll be able to find one with a powerful motor cuz I love fruit juice smoothies.

    Hope your a/c gets fixed today. I remember how it was in New Orleans without air. No fun!!

  • Maria
    June 16, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Hi Jenna, I was wondering how long green smoothies keep you full and what elements of the smoothies do you think give that fill-factor? Thanks!

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm


      Usually this smoothie combo keeps me full for about 3-4 hours. Smoothies never USED to keep me full….you sort of have to get used to it I guess. Now, whenever I have something else (like oatmeal) I feel TOO full and incredibly bloated all day. I think the combo of the healthy fats from the nut butter (I use a large scoop!) and the protein in the Amazing Meal really helps keep me going for hours!

  • K
    June 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Glad you got your GM today! OUCH – no AC would truly suck, duct tape is a cure all though 😉

  • Gina G
    June 16, 2009 at 11:55 am

    hey jenna! how are ya? im sorry to hear about the ac!
    i was jw if the suprise is that you have been mentioning has anything to do with the contest for the wine that you entered and should most definetly win and be a apart of! (its been a few weeks ;D) Im praying for ya and keepin my fingers crossed! 🙂

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      Gina G,

      It doesn’t have anything to do with wine, that I will tell you!! They announce the top 50 applicants in the next few days and I’m keeping my fingers crossed but honestly, if its meant to be, it will be. I’m not worried!

  • HeatherBakes
    June 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Oh no! Our AC was out last week- yuck. Hope it gets fixed soon.
    I’m sending you a recipe today!

  • rachel
    June 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    jenna–do you think the amazing grass is worth buying?

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm


      I do. Its help me quit caffeine all together and honestly after I have it in the morning I feel like I just had a double espresso–SO much energy. I’m not just saying that either. Ryan used to never be able to get out of bed in the morning and now he says he has soo much energy…he’s told all his friends and coworkers and they all see a difference in his energy levels as well!

  • Steph (Steph Runs the City)
    June 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    duct tape is magical 🙂 your green monsters always look so good! i’ve only tried to make one once, and let’s just say it didn’t turn out so great. however, you keep saying that yours taste so good, so it inspires me to try again one of these days 🙂

  • Laura
    June 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    What kind of blender does the boy use? I want to try the smoothies you make but was worried that a normal blender wouldn’t work as well as your Breville one and that the spinach wouldn’t get pulverized. Will a normal blender work just as well?? Thanks!

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm


      He uses a Black and Decker Crush Master. Its actually MY old blender, which I bought at Target for about $40 two years ago. It still works like a charm and he loves it!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    LOVE all these teas! I’m still working on getting off the splenda — I’m almost there! 😉

  • Em
    June 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Just a heads up – it’s “duct” tape.

  • Matt
    June 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    That would suck if my A/C broke! It’s hot here!

  • Ashley
    June 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I added the Amazing Grass meal product to my green monster. It was disgusting! I’m hoping my health food store gets more samples in of that brand. Tomorrow I’m going to try out the regular wheatgrass and am a bit nervous.

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm


      Wow..I’m shocked. Neither Ryan and I can even taste that its there!

  • Stacey
    June 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I feel ya on the AC, the only thing I have is ONE window unit in my two bedroom house! I think I have sweated at least two pounds off this summer just by sitting at home!

    That cup is so cute! The grass talk is making me a little nervous, but I can’t knock it till I’ve tried it 🙂

  • Meg
    June 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Sorry about the A/C. Isn’t duct tape amazing?

    I bet that smoothie was tasty!

  • Run Sarah
    June 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Smoothies dont usually keep me full but I wonder if the PB would help? I’ll have to try it out!

  • Amanda
    June 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I hope that A/C gets fixed soon! A few summers ago, Jeff and I’s A/C went out in our apartment in Columbia, MO in the dead of summer. It was 90 degrees by 10am and being the crazy person I am, I did Tae Bo in the heat! haha

  • Katherine
    June 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I HAVE to try this Amazing Grass stuff soon!

    I’m worried that my blender might be on its last blend. How much did your Breville cost, if you don’t mind me asking?

  • kat
    June 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I’m in love with your tea stash!! Did you put that together youreslf? what else do you have in there??

    • jenna
      June 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm


      Nope—read my previous post and you will see that the entire stash was a gift from a friend! She bought me the box and stuffed it with an assortment of awesome tea for my birthday! 🙂

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    June 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I love green smoothies!! There’s nothing, nothing, nothing like ’em! 🙂

    Yours sounds really delicious. And I totally know what you mean about feeling more energetic with a lighter breakfast such as a green smoothie. It’s amazing how much lighter and more energetic I feel when I don’t have a heavier breakfast!

    aka Raw Juice Girl

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Glad the GM made you feel better.

  • Lauren
    June 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Aww, our AC broke over the weekend too. We’ve been dying in the heat, but luckily just got it fixed today. 200$ down the tube, but it was worth it because I hear it is going to be super humid this weekend.

    Glad you had a much better day!

  • Angela
    June 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    mmm that tea is the best!!!

  • Lizzie
    June 17, 2009 at 6:09 am

    isn’t it called ‘Duct Tape’ not ‘duck’?!!!


    • jenna
      June 17, 2009 at 9:47 am


      LOL i don’t know! hehe