Not All Yogurts Are Equal

Oh my goodness, I feel SO much better today!!! I slept for about 10 hours last night and feel 110% refreshed.

This morning I had a quick breakfast before Church at 8:00, which was glorious as well. I made another “mess” with 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt (not greek—regular organic), 2/3rds cup cinnamon puffins, 2 tbsp Udi’s granola, 1 spoonful pb, 1 banana and a little raspberry preserves.


Although I like the thickness and creaminess (and protien-ness!) of greek yogurt a million times more, you can’t argue on how expensive it is!!!! I got this 4 cup tub of Stoneyfield Farm Plain Nonfat Yogurt for about two dollars cheaper than just a 2 cup tub of Oikos greek yogurt. Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford to eat nothing but billowy greek yogurt, but that time is not yet! 🙁

When I got home from Church I was feelin’ a little snacky, so I had a small wedge of pumpkin bread:


I’m always so hungry on Sundays for some reason!!!

Today’s plans include massive amounts of laundry, running errands, reading by the pool and going on a longer run this afternoon. I’m going to try for 5 miles later on, which will be a stretch since my shin has really been acting up in the past week more than usual. Hopefully some good stretching will help and ice after, of course.

Have a great morning—I’ll be back after lunch!

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  • VeggieGirl
    October 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Hooray for feeling better!!

    Haha, I love the “mess” – Sammie from the “Running with a Recipe” blog is famous for them!! 🙂

    Oooh, pumpkin bread!!

    Enjoy your Sunday activities!!

  • hk
    October 19, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    lovely mornin’ “mess”! I’ve made personal sacrifices to buy greek yogurt, I find nothing compares and now I’m spoiled off of it and rarely buy anything but Fage 0% or TJs, talk about an expensive habit!!!!
    I, too, find I’m always hungry on Sundays, haha, odd! Have an awesome day and good luck w/ the long run!

  • Miche98
    October 19, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Jenna, have you ever thought about making your own yogurt. I bought a small container of Oikos greek yogurt from Walmart for around $1.5 and %2 organic milk for under $3. With them, I made a big container of organic semi-greek yogurt which turned out great. It doesn’t take much time. Warm milk with low-med heat until it almost boils. Let it cool until 110F. Put 1/3 c of the greek yogurt you bought. Wrap it, keep it in warm place. 4 hours later take it out. Keep refrigerated for 8 hours, then it will be ready.

  • Katie
    October 19, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Good luck on your run. Listen to your body!

  • AshleyH
    October 19, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I get really hungry on fridays isnt that funny how our bodies do that. I think its because I dont have class and I’m not runnning around my body thinks oh okay time to catch up! lol have a great run! PS those messes always look so yummy 😀

  • Katleen
    October 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I love all your cake decorating pictures. Do you feel uncomfortable asking people to take pictures of you decorating or making a cake though?

    Also, what is your favorite brand of greek yogurt. What do you feel the difference in taste is b/w chobani, oikos, and fage. I am new to plain yogurt and don’t love the sour cream aspect of fage so am hoping the others are less so. Although i tried oikos once and it seemed pretty sour creamish. Thanks so much!

  • Beadie
    October 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  • Josie
    October 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Greek yogurt is a luxury, I agree.
    Your breakfast mess looks super yummy!

  • Kath
    October 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Jenna I can’t remember if you have a Trader Joe’s thats convenient, but I really like their new European yogurt as an alternative to Greek. It’s thicker and not watery at all compared to Stonyfield (which I have proclaimed the worst plain yogurt of the kinds that I’ve tried). It’s also the $2.99 for a 32 oz tub, which I believe is cheaper than Stonyfield too!

  • Lina
    October 19, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I love greek yogurt too! but i cant handle how expensive it is. I dont know if you have ever tried it but I take a coffee filter and put a cup of plain nonfat yogurt in the paper coffee filter, then I put it into a plastic jar and let the yogurt drain for 4-6 hours. Voila you get home made, much cheaper greek yogurt!

  • polly
    October 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Jenna! Very cool job, girl. The wedding cake was fab. I also think it’s cool you are enjoying church in Vero. Nobody seems to mention church much on the food blogs (which is totally okay) but just thanks for just being yourself and sharing your life with us readers.

    Oatmeal question! Lately we have tried some new kinds in our house. (hubby, me, 12 year old daughter) and we all have different tastes. Do you like old fashioned oats best of quick oats or oatbran or scottish oats or steel cut the best? phew! And… why do you like that kind best? I have found I am loving oatbran for the creamy “make my belly warm and cozy” kinda feel. But I also love the “chunkiness” of old fashioned. I am not a fan of steel cut, since they don’t get as “big” as the others, and I like a BIG bowl, ya know? Plus, the quick kind (never flavored, but the plain instant) only leaves me hungry like in 10 minutes. ha. You can see a pic of my steaming oats on my blog today.

    Thanks for your O-ats O-pinion. 🙂

  • jenna
    October 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm


    No I never feel uncomfortable. Everyone is always taking pictures of wedding cakes and everyone around knows I have this blog and take pictures of everything! They all love it! As for greek yogurt, I equally like fage, chobani and oikos. Oikos and chobani are cheaper than fage so thats what I usually buy but there’s no where in the city of vero beach that sells chobani so I guess I’m all out of luck for the time being! I suggest mixing in some honey or jam to get you used to the taste and have it be less bitter!


    More often than not, I’m alway just making quaker old fashioned oats. I love the chew! I like steel cut oats but my lifestyle right now does not allow time for them! Quaker is cheap and delicious!

  • evan
    October 19, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    you can most definitely make your own greek yogurt from nonfat–it involves cheesecloth and straining overnight 🙂 i’m sure a google search has some recipes for you.

  • Grounded Fitness
    October 19, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I love squashed sandwiches like that. sometimes ill throw mine into the george foreman without the heat on just to get it all compressed.

    ok, someone please tell me thats not as weird as it just sounded.

    Kelly Turner

  • runjess
    October 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Ugg…know what you mean about the yogurt. I love the taste and fullness factor of Greek yogurt, but I can’t justify buying more than a few servings a week. I get the tubs of Dannon Natural non-fat, but it’s just not the same.

  • Sammie
    October 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Nice mess!!! I am already up to 2 different concoctions today : ) Enjoy your day off.

  • BethT
    October 19, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Let me tell ya…keep ICING and even do some ice baths on that shin. I went to that regiment for the last half of my half marathon training (due to another type of leg pain). The race was today, and thanks to that and some ibuprofen dosage, I didn’t feel any pain on the run!