Oats to Start

Good morning,

No fun pictures to show you this morning of last night because we only made dough last night and stuck it in the fridge to finish today. We are in the process of making pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants) and cinnamon buns, both which need to rest in the fridge because the dough is so sticky and buttery. I’ll certainly have photos tonight though!

This morning I made a bowl of steel cut oats with pb, my last flax pak, banana and hempmilk. Topped with a squirt of agave nectar and it hit the spot as usual!

Have a wonderful Tuesday morning everyone!


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  • SawSaw
    February 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I just bought vanilla hempmilk. I may be the only person on earth who isn’t in love with it. I AM A SOCIAL PARIAH!

  • Mom
    February 26, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Good Morning! I promised my daughter that I would post the recipe for the yummy Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage that I made the other night. It is from Melinda and Robert Blanchard’s Cookbook “A Trip to the Beach”. They have a FABULOUS restaurant on the island of Anguilla. Here goes:

    2 Tbl unsalted butter (try canola oil)
    2 red onions thinly sliced
    1 head of red cabbage
    1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Melt butter (or oil) in large pan over med heat. Add onions, cover and cook untilsoft (about 5 min)
    Add the cabbage, vinegar, and brown sugar, and mix well. Cook, stirring often, until the cabbage turns bright purple and is crisp tender. 8-10 min.
    Add salt and pepper (if you wish. I do not) and serve immediately, or at room temp. ENJOY!!

  • Melissa
    February 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    What exactly is in hemp milk and what does it taste like? Is the taste/texture similar to soy milk?

  • rae
    February 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    jenna–i love seeing your baking photos. i am not a professional baker–yet! i experiment quite often though and hope to take some baking classes next fall. if you have time–would you write down the steps for making pain au chocolat? i’d love to learn!

  • SawSaw
    February 26, 2008 at 1:38 pm


    According to the Living Harvest vanilla hempmilk packaging:

    “Living Harvest Hempmilk is a delicious and nutty tasting non-dairy beverate that provides essential and balanced nutrition for the whole family. A fantastic alternative to soymilk and dairy, our Hempmilk is made from the protein-rich hem seed nut and has a naturally occurring well-balanced ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids. These are the “good fats” that help maintain a healthy heart, a sharp mind, a strong immune system, and glowing skin.”

    The taste is vanilla-ish and has sort of a chalky residue. I can see how most people would like it–it has great benefits (though a high sugar content). I wish I liked it, but I guess it is good that I’m not smitten because one 4 cup carton cost me 3.99–so I guess there is a monetary upside to not being in love with the hempmilk..

  • Patricia
    February 26, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Continuing with the Dinner Post…

    Yeah… SCAD people are very interesting to me! I have a lot of friends there though! One of my good friends is a Fibers major… I went to the open house last Friday, it was amazing!
    Savannah is very different than El Salvador, and I’m not very crazy about the crime either (I live on the Southside).
    Good luck with your paper!

  • Romina
    February 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Mm… pain au chocolat. I miss that dearly. I’ll have to veganize it so I can eat some myself!

    I would like to thank Jenna’s mom for posting that recipe!! It sounds very delicious. I can see why it’s such a hit =)

  • hk
    February 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    just curious because your nighttime class schedules now resemble mine…are you still brigning a snack with you to classes to hold you over after dinner?

    breakfast looks great, I need to restock on my flax packs, too!!!

  • Cara
    February 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Mmm chocolate croissants! Mmmmm. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Wow, that pain au chocolat sounds quite enticing – I wonder if “pain au carob” is a possibility… :0D

    **Jenna’s mom: That red cabbage recipe sounds even MORE amazing than it already looks!! Yum!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

  • Sam
    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Jenna, your mom sounds so nice 🙂

    Question for everyone. What is everyone’s favorite nectar and lara bar flavors?

  • Sam
    February 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Oh and favorite cliff z flavors.

    Also, Jenna, whenever you get a chance can you let me know about your yoga mat.

  • VeggieGirl
    February 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm


    – My favorite Nectar bar flavor is the Cherry-Pomegranate one.

    – My favorite Larabar flavors (I eat Larabars everyday!!) are Apple Pie, Banana-Cookie, Pistachio, Cashew-Cookie, Pecan Pie, and Gingersnap.

    – I don’t eat the Z-bars, but my dad likes the Chocolate-Brownie flavor, haha :0)

  • erica
    February 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    sam –
    my favorite larabars are apple pie, banana cookie and cinnamon roll.. YUM! the cherry pie and cocoa mole are also very good. i also love the clif nectar dark chocolate mocha.. it has a very strong, distinct flavor. as for the clif z bars, i like the chocolate brownie. as you can see, i’m a bar fanatic! i always take one with me to hold me over while in school. 🙂

  • Jenn
    February 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm


    I’m not a big fan of the Larabars, but the apple pie one is probably the best tasting out of the ones I’ve tried.

    I LOVE zBaRs though! My favorite is chocolate brownie, but chocolate chip is a close second. I also would recommend the chocolate brownie Gnu bar. To me, they all taste like dessert — which I guess is a good thing because then I don’t have to eat a real brownie when a craving strikes 🙂

  • Tina
    February 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Jenna- is it true that flax has some sort of hormonal effect, similar to estrogen? Does it promote menstration?

  • Anne P
    February 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    SawSaw — I didn’t really like the taste/texture (too thick and sweet and chalky) of HempMilk either, however, I will probably buy it again because it is AMAZING in oatmeal! Makes it so I don’t have to bother with brown sugar. 🙂 And, it lasts forever since there’s no dairy in it, so the one carton I buy just for oatmeal will last a long time since I don’t do oatmeal every single day and it’ll only use a half cup every time anyway. You should try it 🙂

  • Sarah
    February 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    “Yep” to what Anne P said! 😀 I had a bad experience with vanilla hempmilk as well, until adding it to some ezekial cereal, making for a nice hot and subtly sweet breakfast!! It taste great as a hot breakfast, so definately give your container of hempmilk another try! 🙂

  • Vegandancer
    February 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Sam – I am partial to the cinnamon roll and cocoa mole larabars (I love spice!), and the vanilla cashew clif bars (with Goji berries). As for the clif z-bars, I find them unsatisfying, for no apparent reason. Perhaps their texture? Instead, I would rather have half a clif bar. I could *live* on those bars! They are one of my few diet staples that are non-raw that I will always turn to. I love them; their my HG bar <3

    Does anyone have any recs for their favorite KIND bar? I love the walnut & date kind; but, I have never tried any other flavors. Or, any other bars from Whole Foods etc that people really like? I am a college senior, with a super-heavy schedule this semester – any suggestions would be totally appreciated!

    Thanks 🙂

  • Andrea
    February 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I recently went to WFs looking for flax for my oatmeal and i saw that they sell it in big bags. Does anyone use these? Where can I find the flax packs? Are they any different? Thanks girls!!

  • Amy C.
    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I have only tried the apple pie larabar. I liked it but I’m not crazy about that type of texture. I have a cashew cookie one at home that I plan to have on Thursday. I haven’t tried kind bars. I’m actually in love with Luna tea cakes right now. I prefer that texture over the dense, chewier ones.

  • Vegandancer
    February 26, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    thanks Amy C. What’s your favorite tea cake? I think I might order a box 🙂

  • Amy C.
    February 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I love the Vanilla Macadamia nut one. I forget what it’s official name is. It’s so good! I have a chocolate mint one at home that I want to try soon too. They remind me of those oatmeal square things but better. 🙂

  • Vegandancer
    February 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks so much Amy! I am definitely going to order the macadamia kind – I *love* all things vanilla (and macadamia nuts to boot). Plus, I am quite allergic to pomegranates (interesting, I know) which I think is an ingredient in an alternate tea cake flavor. What looks appealing about the tea cakes is that they have ideal specs for me, in terms of calories, ratio and so forth


  • Sarah
    February 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Vegandancer—I LOVE the fruit and nut KIND bar…simply amazing! 🙂 Have you tried the Gnu bars? Those are pretty filling and satisfying (and tasty…especially the cinnamon raisin flavor…yum!)…I also like the Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax granola bars for when I want something crunchy. 🙂 Both have some nice looking nutrition labels as well…:)

  • jenna
    February 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm


    I always bring a snack with me to night class. Usually its something like a luna tea cake, half a clif bar, some organic “oreos” or a think organic bar. I try to wait til around 8-8:30 to eat it because my nights are soo long and if I ate my snack any earlier I would be famished by 10:00 and eat all the bread that came out of the oven. Eating my snack at 8:00-8:30 gives me 3 hours from dinner, and I usually eat every 3 hours so it works out well.

  • Vegandancer
    February 26, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    thanks Sarah – the fruit and nut KIND bar sounds phenom. I can’t digest wheat, so that particular bar sounds perfect (and my local health food store carries it).

  • erica
    February 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    regarding the bars, some of my favorites are:
    – KIND banana and oatbran, walnut and date, fruit & nut delight
    – GNU banana walnut and cinnamon raisin
    – Kashi GoLean crunch chocolate pretzel (it’s INCREDIBLE), cinnamon coffee cake, and chocolate caramel. I also like the cherry dark chocolate chewy bar and the honey toasted crunchy bar.
    – Clif crunchy peanut butter, maple nut, oatmeal raisin walnut, chocolate brownie, chocolate chip, and chocolate chip peanut crunch
    – thinkOrganic chocolate coconut

    I think one of my favorite bars ever is the 365 Organic Whole Foods Brand Honey Roasted Granola Bar.. it’s SO yummy.

    I also have some bars at home that I haven’t tried yet such as a chocolate crisp bumble bar (vegan!) and some of the thinkthin/organic/green bars.

    I LOVE BARS! 🙂

  • jenna
    February 26, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Bars are so incredibly handy in a pinch. I just pop on in my school bag and it makes my nighttime snack so easy and portable! I love all the larabars, all the kind bars (fruit & nut is my favorite though!), the chocolate-walnut think organic bar, all luna tea cakes (my new obsession) and chocolate chip peanut butter clif bars. Yum!

  • Ryane
    February 26, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I really enjoy the think organic bar in chocolate coconut – I’ve seen Jenna eat this flavor a lot too. It’s really satisfying for a snack!
    Also – Gnu Bars!! My fave is the Banana Walnut. Sometimes I put a smear of peanut butter on top… sooo good and totally filling with all the dang fiber they’ve got!

    Is there anyone in the Boston area who drinks Hempmilk? I’ve tried looking on the website for places to buy it after I couldn’t find it at Trader Joe’s. Apparently the Whole Foods around me don’t carry it either. I actually live in souther New Hampshire but am in and around the city a lot. If anyone knows of any other stores that sell it, that would be helpful. I’m not sure if I’m ready to mail order it yet seeing as to how I haven’t even tried it yet!!

  • Vegandancer
    February 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm


    I attend school in the greater Boston area, and eat in the dorms, so I personally have never ventured to find hempmilk. However, oftentimes if you ask WF or TJs to order an item, they comply. Then, the next time you visit, it could be waiting for you. Almond milk is very good too! I hope this helps, even just a little =)

  • jenna
    February 26, 2008 at 6:21 pm


    This is the mat I have:

    its a bit on the expensive side, but it was a christmas gift and yoga is very important to me. You def. don’t need an $$ mat to practice well though–for years, the mat I used was like 15 bucks from target. But I do love this one!

  • Terrormisu
    February 26, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I bring a bar every day for lunchin’ so I am well acquainted with them.

    Favorites are these:

    *Clif bars- Black cherry almond (my favorite!), carrot cake, oatmeal walnut, and peanut butter rock.
    *Luna bars- vanilla almond sunrise, iced oatmeal raisin, and chocolate peppermint.
    *Larabars- cashew cookie and banana cookie are my favorites. Apple pie and cherry pie are good too.
    *Jocalat bars- chocolate mint. =)
    *Kind bars- fruit and nut delight is the only one I’ve tried but it’s yummy in a sticky, nutty, fruity sort of way.
    *Kashi tlc pumpkin flax, trail mix, and cherry dark chocolate.

    I really wish we had the coffee flavored jocalot or nectar bars here. COFFEE IS AMBROSIA FOR MY SOUL. A mocha flavored, all natural bar would be great…someone should create a tiramisu-inspired one =) (Luna people, are you listening?!)

  • babycakes
    February 26, 2008 at 11:30 pm


    I live in the Boston area and have bought the living harvest hemp milk from all of the Whole Foods here (I like to shop at them all!). I am 100% positive that they all carry this product, so maybe you were looking in the wrong section? They are not refridgerated, but instead are located in the aisle with the rest of the shelf stable alternative milks. Next time you are here and shopping at at Whole Foods, just ask someone who works there to help you find it. Good luck! 🙂

    I’ve also been loving the ezekial cereal lately. My personal favorite is the flax (blue box) followed by the original (orange box). So delicious soaked in soy/almond/hemp milk for about 30 minutes (it gets nice and soft and absorbs the flavor of the soy/almond/hemp milk).

  • babycakes
    February 26, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Terrormisu (cute name!) You can always order those Jocalat and nectar bars online (directly from the Larabar and Cliff bar websites). They aren’t exactly cheap, but if you’re desperate for those flavors and can’t find them in your local stores, online shopping is always an option. Just wanted to make sure you knew!