Good morning!

All this talk about being motivated and what did I do this morning? Flipped off the alarm when it went off at 6:15 to run. I was sooo tired and just couldn’t do it! Now I wish I had, just to get it out of the way but I guess I’ll run my 3 miles tonight instead once it cools back down a little. Ooooh well. 😉

More steel cut oats for breakfast!



  • steel cut oats
  • splash of almond milk, sea salt
  • 1 banana
  • almond butter
  • 1 tbsp-ish Udi’s granola
  • pure maple syrup

SO good! I know making steel cut oats takes longer but it’s so worth it and once you make a large batch, you can have super quick breakfasts all week long! I made a cup of oats (4 servings) on Monday, divided each serving into little plastic baggies, and all I have to do in the morning is re-heat. Breakfast is ready in 1 minute. So quick and delicious! I love the “pop” of steel cut oats…more texture than just rolled oats and more chew.

Partaking in one of my biggest guilty pleasures this morning—getting my hair highlighted 🙂 I don’t really go shopping very often, don’t care tooooo much about shoes, purses or other “girly” things, but I will make any and all exception for good food, wine and highlights. Life’s simple pleasures, no?

Mikan is waiting by the door for his walk….I’ll be back!

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  • Megzz @ Megzz Wins At Life
    September 10, 2009 at 8:35 am

    ooohh how I love highlighting my hair!!

  • kirsten
    September 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I love how brightened-up I feel after getting highlights! I was trying to hold off for a while but I broke down the other day 😉

  • Nicole
    September 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

    One of my favorite things to do: get my hair done! I always feel revitalized and like a new woman! Have fun!!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels)
    September 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    ooohhhh you must post pics! I have not had my hair dyed or highlighted in years. I made a new years resolution almost 3 years ago to grow my hair out and donate it – had no idea it would take my hair so long to grow.

  • Diane, Fit to the Finish
    September 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I love how you just enjoy everything in your life – from the fabulous food you make to getting your hair highlighted! Have a great appointment!

  • Sarah
    September 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I’m scared to get my hair dyed/highlighted – I had a baaaad experience (think orange hair…) in early high school and have since been afraid of trying again. Also, being as low maintenance as I am, I’m worried about having to keep it up and touch up the roots, get re-highlighted, etc. Is it really worth it?! I’ve been contemplating taking the plunge for a while now.

  • Nicole
    September 10, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I know how you feel in regards to the morning workouts. The night before I’m always so motivated and know that I’ll have no problem hopping out of bed…but when that alarm goes off, it’s another story. This week I’ve been pretty good with morning workouts, but I try not to get down on myself when I want to sleep in from time to time, as long as I know I have time for a workout later in the day.

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    September 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Getting my hair done is one of my simple pleasures as well. I could leave shopping behind as long as I can get my hair done 😀

  • Leianna
    September 10, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Love highlighting my hair as well, especially in the summer where you can tell in the sun, with red hair it really stands out!
    Have a great day and run!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    September 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Sometimes its just better to sleep in! I love sleep!
    Hope you enjoy your day, and I’m sure you will fit your run in later. Have fun at the salon!

  • Julia
    September 10, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I love your breakfast, and your post…as usual!
    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Coco
    September 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Steelcut oats that look phenomenal and highlights. What could be better for a day’s plan!!!? Can’t wait to see the new highlight job! What brand of steel cut oats do you use?

    • jenna
      September 10, 2009 at 9:35 am


      whatever is the cheapest! I got some from the bulk bins about 6 months ago (pshhh) and I’m still using them…

  • ShutupandRun
    September 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Yay for highlights, it is a fun indulgence. Enjoy!

  • Jenna
    September 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I just tried Udi’s and I LOVE IT!

    I’m like you. I don’t really spend too much money on ‘girlie’ things. Every once in awhile I will go on a shopping spree, but I don’t spend my money on clothes, jewelry, make-up, etc., most of the time. I would much rather spend it on good food, wine, traveling and yes, my hair! 🙂

    Have fun!

  • Kate
    September 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Sometimes you just gotta hit the snooze button! There’s always time for another run later.

  • sheri
    September 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Getting my hair done is one of my pleasures as well! It just makes me feel great! Don’t feel bad about not getting your run in this morning you are not the only one who hit the snooze button! I will be getting my workout in later as well.

    Enjoy your walk with your puppy! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 10, 2009 at 10:00 am

    100% agreed – good highlights are worth every penny!! I go to an Aveda salon and my Dad thinks I’m nuts for paying that much for hair – “why don’t you just keep it you own natural color?”… Dad’s – they’ll never understand! Aveda products are AWESOME – no chemicals so your hair never has that overprocessed feeling 🙂

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

    yay for getting hair did! i’ve been telling myself i won’t dye mine till my wedding, and it’s getting HARD to resist (and my wedding is 10 months away!)

  • Kristen @ Simply Savor
    September 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

    every girl has their weakness and good food, wine and hair all sound completely worth it to me–we all need a little pampering 🙂 can’t wait to see how it looks!

    i’ve never made steel cut oats for the exact reason that it takes too long, but i love your idea of premaking them in advance-thanks jenna!

  • skinnyrunner
    September 10, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I was wondering if you were a natural blonde or not…
    I love getting my hair done, you just feel better after you get the roots out of the way. Take pics afterwards!

  • Lainie
    September 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I LOVE getting my hair done. Such a relaxing experience.

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats)
    September 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

    What a great idea to make the oats ahead of time and then just reheat! I will definitely be trying that in the near future.

  • Anne Marie@her new weigh
    September 10, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I’ve never had steel cut oats, but it’s on my list of things to try!

  • Greta
    September 10, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Yep, definitely slacked off today and slept through my alarm too. I’ve had a couple of awesome night runs lately though, so I’m not even bummed 🙂 Have a fun Friday

  • Matt
    September 10, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Getting up in the morning to run is one of the hardest things for me. And I consider myself a morning person! Almost always, it gets put off until later. As long as you get it done sometime!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Sometimes you just need the sleep! I also LOVE getting my hair higlighted! Nothing wrong with that.

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    September 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I am in desperate need of getting my highlights done. I have an appointment next Friday and CANNOT WAIT!

    Sleeping in is a trend today. I did the exact same thing!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    September 10, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Haha, I did the same thing! I’ll be working out after work today – just couldn’t get outta bed this morning!

  • kristina
    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

    yea for great food & great hair!! will you be sure to post a pic? btw, i have to say that i always love the way that your food photos turn out! – great close ups and color – never fails to get my taste buds goin’!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

    My girly pleasure is my pedicures. I don’t wear a lot of fancy clothes because I’m always in uniform or workout clothes. I wear my hair up most days because I’m growing it out. I can’t wear jewelry (except wedding set) or nail polish due to regulations. So I get my toes done. They look super cute with flip flops or at yoga and are hidden in my work shoes. 🙂

  • Courtney
    September 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Mmmmm….it’s worth getting your hair done just for having someone else blowdry!
    Love the idea of packing up the oatmeal for the week in baggies, do you let it cool before you put it in the baggies?
    What a great time saver for the week! I make many of my meals in advance, but rarely think to make my breakfast in advance except for hard boiled eggs.
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  • brandi
    September 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

    eh, we all need those “snooze button” mornings sometimes – I had one today too!

    have fun getting your hair done!

  • Jenna
    September 10, 2009 at 11:14 am

    can’t wait to see the highlighted hair jenna!!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    September 10, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Sounds like you and I had similar mornings. I actually slept through my alarm, which I never do! Oh well, that’s why we have treadmills, right? Have fun getting your hair done! It’s amazing what a boost you can get from it!

  • Run Sarah
    September 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

    What a great time saving idea – I have never tried steel cut oats before, I’m going to see if I can find them in a bulk bin.

  • maggie
    September 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Hey girl! I love steel cut oats too…they are def worth the time! I hear ya about the highlights…I’m not one to spend money on expensive clothes but food and my hair…I splurge! Have a nice day!


  • devan
    September 10, 2009 at 11:48 am

    well you will be a hot babe running with your highlights tonight!! woo hoo! 🙂

  • Lizzie
    September 10, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I try to think of getting my hair done as in investment in yourself – your appearance, how you feel about yourself .. not necessarily how other people see you (if you want to rock purple hair b/c it makes you feel awesome then do it!). I am very conscious about spending $$ so I only get them done 2-3 times a year. Enjoy it – especially if you’re going somewhere where you trust the hairdresser and feel comfortable.

  • Jessica
    September 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

    hm i have never tried steel cut!
    i love getting my hair done, but i do it rarely now. it is soooo expensive.

  • angieinatlanta
    September 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Oooh…I’ve never had steel cut oats but I think I have to try! I love chewy stuff!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    September 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I love, love LOVE going to the salon / spa. The one day every 6 weeks when I get my hair done is the BEST!

    Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness

  • Lizzy
    September 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    reheat and go is such a good way to start the morning!

    Can’t wait to see those highlights! get it girl! 🙂

  • Angie
    September 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    First comment ever to let you know of an awesome way to cook Steel Cut Oats (a modification of an Alton Brown recipe):

    1 cup Steel Cut Oats
    4 cups liquid of choice (I usually use 1/2 water, 1/2 skim milk)
    1 tsp vanilla
    2-3 whole cinnamon sticks

    Spray Crock Pot with non stick spray. Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours. Remove cinnamon sticks and divide into single-serving containers or bags. Heat in the morning and enjoy. I usually add frozen blueberries before I heat it up, so delicious!

    ** To change it up during apple season, I often dice a couple of apples and throw them in the crockpot too.

  • Paige
    September 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I hear ya with steel cut oats. I like em better than rolled oats too. Did you know they’re also called pinhead oats?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    What a great idea with making a large batch of steel cut oats. I’ve actually never tried them before, but they sure look good!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    September 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I’m the same way! The best indulgences are food, wine and hair– oh, and my brows!!

    Good luck with your run this afternoon!

  • Allison
    September 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    That breakfast looks amazing!! And what a healthy choice.. I’ll have to try this one asap!! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I’m with you! I’ll take good food and getting my hair cut over girly type shopping any day! I always eat old fashioned oats…I’ll have to try steel cut.

  • Amanda
    September 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I agree, steel cut oats are so good! They have a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor. Worth the wait in cook time.

  • Susan
    September 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I just got a slow cooker that I’ve read is good to make steel-cup oats in overnight so you wake up to them in the morning 🙂 I’m the same, I don’t spend ANY money on clothing or shoes. But I have no issue with throwing down money for some quality food 🙂

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    September 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Your pre-cook oats sounds like a great idea!! I have an early work day tomorrow so I think I’ll give it a shot. Quick breakfast is always a help!

  • MarathonVal
    September 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t get my hair highlighted anymore (too much upkeep and $$) but I love the feeling of knowing you have a haircut, highlighting, eyebrow wax, or all of the above coming up – it’s just such a good feeling!! I always look forward to my haircuts for weeks ahead of time… silly, but true 🙂

  • Liz
    September 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Love the idea to make the oats a head of time. I’ve actually never tried steel cut…for the very fact they take longer. But, now you gave me the idea to make a big batch. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    September 11, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Great tip on pre-making the oats – can’t believe I never thought of that, will definitely be doing that now. And yes, highlights, one of life’s true necessities!

  • Donna
    December 12, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I know this is an old post but I just found it and I have a quick question…what is the best way to reheat the oats? microwave or stove top? thanks