Breakfast/ Lunch

She Really Loves Her Food

hello! Monday!

I’m so glad y’all enjoyed my latest Propel piece. It means the world to me! 🙂

I woke up this morning and am having a bit of trouble going up and down the stairs….my legs are so sore!!! Not in a bad way….just sore. I was going to do yoga but decided to just give my legs a total break today instead….it was a good decision.

The first image that popped into my head this morning was honeycrisp apples and almond butter. Naturally, breakfast centered around that.



I used a cup of plain Voskos yogurt (which I loved because it was so THICK!), 1/2 cup Nature’s Path optimum cereal, a sprinkle of Udi’s and of course, apple and almond butter. Love.

Midmorning I snacked on ANOTHER apple and MORE yogurt! Noticing a trend here?



Oh! and grass 🙂


Ran some errands, came back for a stroke of genius lunch. Seriously, this was the best idea I’ve had in a very, very long time.


Leftover Annie’s mac & cheese with broccoli, a black bean burger and HOT SAUCE!!!


I think I was grinning while I ate just because it tasted soooooooo good. Sometimes I grin and moan when I eat because I get really excited about food. Want to go to dinner with me? 😉

And yes, dessert:


These were sort of meh. I like my gummies incredibly chewy and these….weren’t. Didn’t wow me by any means.


Working this afternoon at the studio. Back at 8!

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  • christie, honoring health
    September 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Have fun at the studio!

    For some reason, I can not see comments on your posts anymore 🙁 Am I the only one having this problem?

  • christie, honoring health
    September 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    ha. of course that one shows up. *blush*

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    September 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I love spicy mac n’ cheese! I like mixing mine with cajun seasoning… so good!


  • Sarah
    September 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Black bean burger with hot sauce…GENIUS! I will have to try that 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Maggie
    September 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Mmmm apples and nut butter and yogurt are all fave foods of mine. I love this breakfast!

  • Breanne
    September 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Your lunch looks yummy! And i’ve been meaning to try those Annie’s fruit snacks! I love gummies!

  • BethT
    September 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Can’t WAIT to grin and moan in wine country…

    Oh wait, that sounds a little perverted.

  • Shelly
    September 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Ooh I love adding stuff to my mac n’ cheese! My favorite addition is broccoli, peas, chopped up cooked chicken and hot sauce! (This is actually my traditional night before a race meal!) It’s also good with a fried egg on top. 🙂
    I’ve also gone skiing in Switzerland and they are big on adding veggies and stuff to macaroni and cheese (they call it Alpine Macaroni)- some places even add applesauce to theirs, which is surprisingly good.

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I am so happy apples are in season again! they taste so much better right now don’t they?

  • allijag
    September 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    OMG – that Annie’s Mac/Broc/Veggie Burger/Hot Sauce combo?!?!?! TDF! 🙂 Yum!

  • Steph
    September 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been craving apples all day too! I’m getting ready to have a bowl of apple oats with fresh ground peanut butter…YUM!

    I love good food too and get super excited for my meals 🙂

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    September 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Your lunch looks like such good, healthy comfort food! What kind of black bean burgers did you use? Such a great combo!

  • Jenna
    September 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    You are killing me with that lunch. I am sitting on a conference call right now and my stomach is rumbling. I’m STARVING and your lunch looks good.

    Enjoy the studio!

  • Jessica
    September 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    ooo honeycrisp apples! i haven’t had one in forever, they are so hard to find in nebraska at certain times of the year.
    looks delicious!

  • Marina
    September 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I would love to go to dinner with you 🙂 I am sure the food would be great, the wine fabulous, and the company amazing 🙂
    Hm, that bunny looks cool, is it pink? 😀

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    September 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I’m loving fresh, crisp, apples right now too. Our farmers market has literally 20 varieties. It’s so fun picking out new ones to try… although, my faves are the ones that are crispy and tart!

  • Marina
    September 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    hm,I don’t know why, but my comments seem to not appear on the page. anyways, I would love to go to dinner with you 🙂 Is that bunny pink? 😀 It looks cool

  • Lizzy
    September 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    so glad that its apple season again! I can’t wait to go to the orchard and pick dozens of them! have you ever had a pink lady?

  • emily
    September 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I had a stroke-of-genius lunch today too, I love those!

  • Leianna
    September 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Love Honeycrisp apples, such a great taste, especially with almond butter!
    What a creative great lunch combo!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    September 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I’m with you on being so happy Honeycrisp apples are back in stores! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and had my first one this weekend.

    That breakfast looks SO good…and that lunch is genius!

  • Jess
    September 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve been going to a yoga class the day after my long runs and they do help me stretch out a little.

  • Matt
    September 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Yum! I have been loving Honeycrisps as well. I bought a huge bag at WF yesterday!

  • Samantha
    September 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    That lunch looks amazing!! I haven’t had mac n’ cheese in ages!!

  • Kristin
    September 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Hey, I just found your blog randomly a couple weeks ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! I think it’s because we have a lot of similar interests, but also because you’re inspirational. I really enjoyed your post about how you got to be doing what you’re doing now and about really going for your dreams and LIVING. I ultimately want to write for a living, and I’ve been working on the beginnings of making this a reality for myself over the past few months. Thanks for that little bit of encouragement! I know you just put your thoughts out into the universe, but I wanted to let you know that what you say definitely matters and can inspire others to do what they really love and to make life better for themselves.
    On a lighter note, I also am OBSESSED with honeycrisp apples and was delighted to have one with my breakfast this morning. 🙂
    I’m also a runner. Your post about realizing that you’re running not just for yourself was very powerful to me because I’ve been through the same thing. It took me a long time and a lot of trial and error to make running less about times/ego and more about doing something I simply love to do and which feeds my soul in a way. So I’m glad you’ve realized that and hopefully you’ll continue to love running and take care of that leg!
    Ok last thing…If I remember correctly, last time you went to California, you were in Northern California? I grew up in Sonoma County so if you want tips on where the stellar running and eating spots are, I’d be happy to provide an insider’s view!
    Anyway, thanks again for just doing what you do and being you. Best of luck with everything!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    September 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I didn’t know Annie’s made fruit snacks — I will have to try those at some point. Good idea to take it easy today; rest is always nice.

  • RunToTheFinish
    September 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I LOVE putting mushrooms in my anne’s mac and cheese, it’s so wonderful

  • K
    September 21, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Oh yum! That mac and cheese combo sounds absolutely fantastic!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    September 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    OMG both of those meals look so yummy. Lovin’ the honeycrisps!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    September 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I LOVE honey crisp apples!! Haven’t had one yet this fall but I’m sure I will be eating quite a few very soon! Your breakfast looks so seasonal and yummy!

  • Stephanie
    September 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I would love to have dinner with you! I’m a moaner too (poor husband), and you have good taste in wine… That Cambria Pinot Noir is awesome! Tonight, I am going to try Murphy Goode Wild Card (on your recommendation). Here is a recommendation for you too – Powder Keg Petite Syrah from Lodi – try it, you’ll like it!

  • Food Makes Fun Fuel
    September 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Love the burger/mac n’ cheese. I made a burger once with mac and cheese as a topping in between the bun–carb heaven

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    September 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    That Annie’s Mac looks so good – I’ve noticed that as a reoccurring trend on ELR and now must go purchase some for myself!
    I’m glad you listened to your body, sometimes we all just need a little breather!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Glad you gave your legs a little rest this morning. You deserve it after all of your hard work lately!

    Gotta love Greek yogurt! And the leftovers seriously look amazing. YUM!

  • ashley
    September 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    This looks great– I had almost the same thing today! Honey crisp apples, almond butter, oats, yogurt– nothing could be better! 🙂

  • kristina
    September 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    hey jenna,
    your lunch is a stroke of genius! looks sooo good! i’m going to make that one tonight for dinner! i’ve got one question for you though… how do you save your leftover mac n’ cheese? do you just make the entire box and then put the leftovers in the fridge, how do you do this? i can almost always never seem to finish off an entire box. thanks in advance!!

  • Tay
    September 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Delicious looking breakkie!! And I’m definitely following in your trend of YOGURT!!! Yummmm 😀

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    September 21, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    You are making me want some mac and cheese!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Hot sauce and cheese on anything can taste good. Glad your lunch and breakfast made you happy. And that large blob of AB is envious…I have to ration mine out because it is a long drive to get more.

  • katie
    September 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    What is Udi’s? I see it a lot in your breakfasts.. 🙂

  • angieinatlanta
    September 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Oh, hot sauce – is there anything you can’t do!?

  • Lisa
    September 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I think it’s totally great to listen to your body, taking days off totally helps keep me from feeling run down all the time. Also, I wanted to say your last post was very inspirational. I’m trying to find a way to finish school and still do things that I love – and hopefully someday turn those things into my career. But, seeing someone who has done it and been successful is very encouraging and reminds me how important it is to pursue what I love in life!

  • alli
    September 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    yum! it all sounds so good! 🙂
    i was wondering what type of almond butter you use?
    i have been making mine lately with a food processor, using only almonds and it turns out a little on the crumbly side…but yours looks so creamy! do tell 🙂

  • Megan
    September 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I always, always think about topping my Annie’s mac -n- cheese with a veggie burger, but I always chicken out for some reason? But, now since you verified its yumminess I will have to give it a try! Yay for Honeycrisp!!!
    Happy Monday!

  • whitney
    September 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I love love love honey crisp apples I just wish they didn’t cost so much . Your breakfast looked awesome and your lunch looked even better.

  • Lauren
    September 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I almost died and went to heavan when I saw the reapperance of Honey Crisp Apples. I am obsessed with these in the fall! No other apple compares to the sweet, crisp Honey Crisp.

    I had actually envisioned the same kind of breakfast. Looks fantastic!

  • maria
    September 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I wasn’t aware that Annie’s made sweet treats such as these gummys. I’d love to try them!

  • MarathonVal
    September 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Haha, I’m the same way about smiling while I’m eating!! I also get teased for being the person who is constantly making moaning noises when food is sooo good!!!

    Also, I’m having a giveaway for a year’s subscription of Vegetarian Times Magazine, in case you are interested! 🙂

  • Ellen (peace in motion)
    September 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    annies and a black bean burger! So fresh girl. I’m addicted to hot sauce as well.

  • margie
    September 21, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    LOVE, LOVE Honeycrisp apples! They are my fave!
    Hey Jenna, I noticed on a previous post you were using the Blue Diamond almond butter. I think you mentioned that you got it for $4 on sale. If you are on a tighter budget, my costco has Maranatha AB(26 oz!) for about $6. They just lowered it recently about $.60! I live in the bay area also so your costco should carry it. That’s if you like that brand. 🙂

  • Jenna
    September 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    your breakfast looks amazing! i have never heard of vokos yogurt. it looks great, i love thick yogurt!!
    great lunch idea btw!

  • BroccoliHut
    September 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Yum! What a great lunch–black beans and cheese always seem to go fabulously together.

  • Ann
    September 22, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Jenna, what do you mix your grass with? Do you like the taste? I drink the chocolate superfood and have been mixing it with water – not so delicious. Recently I started mixing it with vanilla unsweetened almond milk (usually half water half almond milk) and sometimes add a banana and it is DELICIOUS.

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?)
    September 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I totally ummm, and uhhh, and make all other kinds of inappropriate sounds when eating delicious food too. It’s fabulously embarrassing! 😀