Not What I Was Craving

Good Morning and Happy Friday (even though my weekend really doesn’t start til tomorrow morning because I have to work tonight!)

This morning I raided my pantry for something to eat since (gasp) I’m out of pb. Of course on the morning that I’m out of pb I was absolutely craaaaving peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel, but after staring longingly at them for a minute I instead got out some yogurt and cereal. I had a trio of yummy cereals in my dannon plain lowfat yogurt this morning–I had 1/4 cup of each muesli, granola and fiber one, along with a sliced banana in 6 ounces of yogurt. I also had a homemade cappuccino! It was pretty good even though it wasn’t what I was craving (hate that!). I really need to get to the store!


About 425 calories (including the cappuccino)

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  • T
    February 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    This is in regards to when you were saying a few weeks back about not being able to run because of your ankle. You just hurt it right – not sprained or anything? I hurt mine and it is so bad that I can not walk or anything right now. It is not swollen or bruised though. I hate not being able to run and that is why I was wondering how long before you could run on yours after hurting it.

  • VeggieGirl
    February 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    oh goodness, I hate it when that happens – I’ll be in the mood for a particular food or ingredient, and it’ll end up being the one food/ingredient that I just happen to be out of!! ahh!!

    however, it seems like you were able to substitute your desired breakfast with a great one, filled with quite a bit of variety; but I do hope that your peanut butter craving is satisfied soon – go make some homemade pb at Whole Foods!! :0)

    happy Friday!!

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm


    I finally figured out that I had the wrong shoes while running such long distances…they werent supporting my foot enough and because of that I had a little sprain. But, mind you, I was able to walk AND do other cross training activities like the elliptical and such and I could run, just not the long distances like I had been doing. If you can’t walk on it you NEED to rest it. Ice it 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, elevated. Seriously, if you keep pushing it it will never get better and escalate into something much worse!

  • Katie R
    February 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Jenna, just out of curiosity… I actually have the same problem with my current sneakers (I keep getting injuries running long distances)… what sneakers did you find that finally work?! I’m in the market for some new ones!

  • Kelly
    February 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Morning Jenna! Okay, I despise (make me gag despise) sour cream, mayo, plain yogurt, etc; basically anything with that acidic sour taste. The problem is I LOVE flavored yogurt. Is there any hope for someone like me who hates plain yogurt to like it? What’s a girl to do? Sheesh!

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Katie R,

    I havent bought new ones yet because I can’t afford them right now 🙁 I just have been wearing another pair that supports my foot better (Nikes). I NEED new ones but they are so $$….maybe next month!


    Try adding some jam to your plain yogurt or honey and see how you like it then!

  • Lisa
    February 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    Do you have an expresso/capp machine? I don’t, but wondered how you made your cappiuccino if you don’t have one of those?

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I do have a cappuccino maker! I got it for christmas and LOVEEEEE it! it wasnt that expensive though—I think my grandma got it from target for only 100 dollars (rather than 3000 from williams sonoma!)

  • Sara
    February 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Jenna (or other readers who have suggestions)-

    I am a college student and am trying to minimize my spending at the grocery store. I remember in an earlier post you mentioned a meal/food item that was your college staple because of its affordability. What was this meal or food item? Also, does anyone have suggestions about other affordable grocery staples? What got you through college on a minimal budget?? Thanks!


  • Jessica
    February 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Dear Jenna,

    I’m in the same boat as Sara. I’m a college student on a budget and super busy. I also would like to know some of yours (and other readers!) college staples. Here are some of my current favorite snack and meal items: Kashi Heart to Heart, Bob Mill’s Hot Cereals (just add hot water, walnuts, cinnamon, and blueberries or a banana), Apple Cinnamon Rice cakes (with Whole Foods homemade almond butter! delish!), Wasa crackers, and Newman’s 94% fatfree unsalted popcorn.

    I was also wondering what types of multivitamins y’all take. I am taking Women’s One Rainbow Light Just Once (got it from WildOats) and (as gross as this sounds, i apologize..), it makes my urine a bright yellow color!! What is up with this?? Does anyone have any recommendations for allnatural multivitamin thats easy on the stomach? :-/

    Thanks Jenna and everyone for making this an AWESOME blog!!!

  • arimcg
    February 1, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Sara, just stay away from the inner aisles of the grocery store. Everything on the outside is much cheaper than the boxed/frozen meals. And if produce or fresh meat is too expensive, buy frozen. Frozen vegetables are just as good as fresh.
    Also, if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, and don’t already know this, it is much cheaper than most regular grocery stores. And you can go to most natural foods stores and buy things like oatmeal, trail mix, nuts, etc. in bulk for cheap.
    Hope that helps a little. I remember being broke in college all too well…stay away from those ramen noodles!

  • Kelly
    February 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm


    This may be a stupid question but are there some brands of plain yogurt that are more mild than others? I once tried the fage plain and I about gagged.

  • Katie H
    February 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm


    Although I personally love Fage, it is not a mild yogurt, so it probably wasn’t the best choice for you. It has a very distinct flavor and most people have to acquire a taste for it. For milder plain yogurts, I would try Stonyfield Farm or Wallaby. Wallaby is an Australian-style yogurt that has an extremely mild flavor. You can find it at Whole Foods. Hope this helps!

  • Cassie
    February 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    In the lentil soup recipes of yours you use parsnips. I know they are supposed to be similar to carrots, but why do recipes use them, instead of just two carrots?

    Do you do group exercise classes or mostly yoga, weights, and running? Thanks!

    And Kelly, I HATE fage, but like dannon plain. And my wallet likes it too!

  • AW
    February 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    jenna, is there an email address we can contact you at if we don’t want to post on the comment board?

  • Mandy
    February 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Jenna… I hope this isn’t a weird question… but have you ever worn a heart monitor while doing your yoga classes? I’m just curious of a “ballpark” figure when doing the “hot” yoga (which is what i think you do)

    Thanks 🙂

  • Kelly
    February 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    These are kinda neat:

    They have individual packets of some fun flavored PB! Anyone try these?

  • Katie H
    February 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm


    While parsnips are similar to carrots, they have a much stronger and unique flavor. The flavor is sweet and nutty, with just a hint of spice. They are delicious roasted!

  • Lisa
    February 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    haha ramen noodles! I used to LOVE those things in college! not so good!

    When you grocery shop, Sara, always look for sale items! I don’t have a whole foods or trader joes, and the organic and health food stores are waaaaay expensive, so I shop at a super store smiliar to wal-mart for my groceries (they do have a oragnic store brand which I like for certain things). Being newley married I have a budget (and stick to it!) but I ALWAYS have chicken breasts in the freezer along with frozen veggies and fruit (for smoothies!) and I always seem to have whole wheat pasta in my pantry with PB, nuts and crackers. In my fridge I keep milk and eggs fully stocked (my hubby looooves hard boiled eggs) with fresh fruit and veggies, bread, cheese, smart balance butter, and water! Olive oil too! I think those are def my staples that I ALWAYS have on hand b/c you can easily whip up a great heallthy meal with those few things.

  • Trina
    February 1, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Katie R,
    I know you were asking Jenna, but I thought I would give you an answer about the running shoes. I realized I was having a lot of problems b/c I didn’t have the right shoes for my type of feet. If you go to an actual running store, they will watch the way you walk/run and see how your foot moves to analyze what type of shoe is best for you.

    Everyone walks/runs differently-some people’s feet move inward and some outward. Also the height of your arch matters in this.

    Anyway, I have really flat feet and they move more inwards when I walk so they picked out Brooks tennis shoes for me that are really “stable” and help to push my feet the other way. This is just an example.

    If I were you, I would definitely try to go to an actual running store where they can analyze how you move and pick the shoe that’s best for you. It is SO worth it to have shoes that are comfortable-makes all the difference in the world. You should too Jenna!!

  • mel
    February 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    hey Kelly! I hate plain yogurt too! I’ve tried to like it..but it doesn’t taste good at all to me! haha! I prefer to eat light and fit vanilla yogurt or yoplait ff vanilla. I know its not as good for you as plain but I love yogurt and want to not gag when I eat it! haha

  • JenP
    February 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Looks delicious. I’ve gotten on a banana kick myself lately, too.

    Sidenote: Just for clarification, this is the Jen who has been posting here the past few days. I am not the Jen who just left the critical remark on Kath’s blog. Therefore, from now on, I will be JenP. Thanks!

  • Sara
    February 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you arimcg and Lisa!

    Those are some great suggestions!

    Trader Joes here I come!

    Ramen noodles are so tempting because of the low price but the high sodium and nutritional emptiness is totally unappetizing..

    HARDBOILED EGGS!! I forgot about those! Thanks for the advice!


  • Trina
    February 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Just wanted to say Happy Friday! Thanks for all the great work you do with this blog-I felt like I just needed to thank you b/c it is such a fun page to come to and read while I am (bored) at work!!

  • Carrie
    February 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for your sensible, fun and engaging blog! You are doing a great job.
    I posted a question on but there are soooo many comments before mine so I think it may not get answered … Since these two great blogs have several of the same readers, I am going to ask you guys too!
    Does anyone know if canned pumpkin will work in Kath’s pumpkin pie cake recipie? I can’t find a fresh pumpkin anywhere.

  • Lisa
    February 1, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    haha I read this blog when I’m bored at work too!

  • Carrie
    February 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, silly me … My question was answered on katheats after only a few minutes! Thanks anyway, and keep up the good work, Jenna.

  • Amy
    February 1, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Jenna, I know you love your gruyere cheese. I looked it up and it said it is a type of swiss cheese. If I hate the swiss cheese with holes, do these have similar flavors? I love most cheeses, but never have liked swiss.

  • Vegandancer
    February 1, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I wanted to firstly say that as someone around your age who is still in school and who loves nutrition, your blog has been truly been an inspiration.

    Secondly, I was curious as to what your favorite or most common brands/types of coffee were, as well as their preparation (splenda, soy milk and so on). I have just recently discovered flavored coffee, and if you had any suggestions, I would really appreciate them.

    Thank you so much Jenna – I really appreciate it! <3

  • Katie R
    February 1, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Trina– Thanks! That’s a great suggestion!! Something I will definitely do this weekend 🙂

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 8:29 pm


    I hate swiss too but LOVE gruyere—not sure how to quite explain the taste so you should just try it! The only downfall is that its sort of pricey….ugh!


    I think my tastes are way too expensive…..I really only drink Illy coffee, its imported from Italy and you can find it at whole foods and specialty grocery stores. I do sometimes have a starbucks craving because it reminds me so much of college and is just comforting and nostalgic to me, but when i make espresso in my cappuccino maker I use Illy. For regular coffee that I sometimes brew at home, I buy the “New Orleans Coffee + Chicory” kind…its in a yellow tin at the store. I had it once in New Orleans and was instantly hooked! Plus, I think it tastes more European. I do have splenda in my coffee, although I’m trying to wean myself off of it because I like to be as natural as possible…I like either milk or soymilk in it as well! 🙂

  • Tina
    February 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Your urine is bright yellow because of the B vitamins. It’s totally harmless.

  • jenna
    February 1, 2008 at 9:58 pm


    Ive actually never worn my heart monitor then! Maybe next time I will just to see! I usually just save that for cardio!

    I like the idea of group exercise but can never seem to fit it in my schedule. I mainly do yoga, weights and running (or other cardio). I wish I could fit more group exercise in!

  • Alicia
    February 2, 2008 at 2:35 am

    You guys should just try ramen at japanese restaurants and not instant ramen as those are just too full of sodium. Get to a speciality ramen place and the experience should be way better. 🙂

    And yes, I do love this blog as it’s so friendly.

  • Lauren
    February 2, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Sara…I’m also in college/on a budget. I always have black beans and fat-free/vegetarian refried beans on hand. I get oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, etc. in bulk. Bananas are super cheap so I get a bunch and freeze them when quite ripe and eat them as a frozen treat that’s MUCH cheaper and healthier than ice cream. And I can’t be caught without my frozen veggie mixes b/c they’re so quick, easy, and won’t spoil. I also make homemade broccoli soup (puree it so it feels/tastes creamy) and for a few dollars it will last me a week. Hope this is helpful!