Rainy Morning

This morning I just made a big bowl of steel cut oats with honey roasted peanut butter and banana in it. It was great! I haven’t had steel cut in a couple weeks and I missed it! To me, the texture and taste is superior to any other kind of oat and it really keeps me going for hours on end. I’m also bringing 2 more clementines with me as a mid-bake snack again! love these!


About 377 calories

Off to school in the rain!

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  • VeggieGirl
    January 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    did you happen to make the honey-roasted peanut butter at Whole Foods? I’ve seen that variety available in the nut-butter-making machines :0)

    be careful in the rain – I’ll be trekking through snow!

  • Megs
    January 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Awesome blog! So down to earth and oyu really help me stay focused on improving my eating by being balanced, treating myself, and not stressign about every calorie!

    How did you make your steel cut oats?

  • Ashley
    January 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Hi again, yesterday I asked you what you try to compose your meals of and you said grain, healthy fat, and protein. But you didn’t say anything about fruits, vegetables or dairy. So do you just add those on to your meals to make them more filling? Thanks! Oh and I know you have the different pyramids on your website is there a certain one you use as a guideline?

  • Eliza
    January 23, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    hi , I was just wondering what you thought about Skippy peanut butter. My mom bought me two huge containers and I wasnt sure if it was ok nutritionally..what do ya think???

  • Joanne
    January 23, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Jenna- same exact breakfast as you today! ok, just not with steel-cut, not quit there yet πŸ™‚

    Why do people add milk to eggs? I asked on Kath’s blog, b/c I noticed they didn’t in their frittata and the husband said as a “stretcher” so you can use less egg, but I always thought it was to make the eggs fluff more? Is there a reason you wouldn’t use it in a frittata?

  • kelly
    January 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I was just wondering what kinds of things you have done with your nutrition and wellness certification? What are your plans post culinary school? I was thinking of getting my nutrition and wellness certification but fear that people won’t take it seriously. Keep of the blog. You are such an inspiration!

  • alex
    January 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    What exactly is a nutrition and wellness certificate? and how do you get one?

  • Evie
    January 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Jenna! Yea, I hate rain too, but it’s way better than the kind of weather I’m getting here (it’s 1 degree outside and it’s gonna get worse later on!).

    Sorry, you’ve probably answered this question before, but:
    Where did you get your nutrition and wellness certificate?

    I’m in nursing school right now, so I’ll be an RN in two years, but I am really interested in nutrition, and this seems like something I may want to do, without having to go into dietetics and becoming an RD (which I may end up doing after becoming an RN, who knows? hehe..) So if you can provide more info on that type of certification, that would be really appreciated, thanks!

    Also, keep up the good work with this blog… you do an amazing job, in both eating and keeping up with your readers. Know that it’s appreciated! Thanks!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Yep! I def. got it from whole foods! Love it! πŸ™‚


    Check out the recipe section for a full steel cut oats recipe. Yummy!


    yes, I always either have fruit or veggies or both with my meals. Grains, healthy fats and protein form the basis then I add to that by adding fresh produce. Makes for a very nutritionally balanced meal! I don’t follow a certain pyramid exactly but my eating habits seem to fall under the Mediterranean diet or the Harvard Nutritional source’s pyramid the most rather than the USDA’s.


    rarely will I say something is “bad”. But i classify skippy as “bad”! I would give it away then go by something else because all skippy really is is processed sugar, hydrogenated oil and some traces of peanuts. Yuck! Not something I want to fuel my body with!!! I like to grind my own peanuts for max flavor and nutritional benefits. πŸ™‚


    Some people add milk, some dont. I whip my eggs very very very much before making an omelet and this makes them incredibly fluffy….I don’t need milk. I make my omelets and eggs the way I was taught in school which is the classical french way—no milk, no nothing but just eggs! Its not bad to add milk…I just never really see the need and it doesn’t do anything for me!

    Kelly, Alex and Evie,

    i got certified through a home study program offered by the AFPA. My plans post-culinary are to work in a bakery for awhile and write cookbooks, which was my original plan since I also have a degree in writing. I like having my certification though because I can legally “counsel” people on weight loss, exercise and nutrition. If i wanted to start my own business, I could…the certification gives me a lot of flexibility. It all just depends on your personal career goals though!

    go to for more info!

  • mel
    January 23, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Hey eliza,
    I bought natural skippy pb and I love it! it’s better for you bc no hfcs, but prob not as good as griding your own(like jenna does) but good wnough for me! haha!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Oops! sorry girls—did not mean to bash skippy—mel probably knows better than I on the ingredients since I don’t have any on hand. I sort of inferred the ingredients, which clearly you should never do! Skippy seems like a better choice than other commercial pbs…although I would still recommend a natural pb with less sugar!! πŸ™‚

  • mel
    January 24, 2008 at 2:27 am

    hah you didn’t bash skippy! I don’t care even if you do! some day i will work up to grinding my own!! Thanks for all the jelp jenna