Starting The Week Off Right

ahh Monday again…and I fear this week will be a long one! It’s the busiest week of the entire year at the restaurant I work at…being Valentine’s week and all. And of course I am working on Valentine’s Day! Ryan and I are celebrating on Friday night instead. Its the LAST week of my hospitality class though and a week from today I begin my new baking and pastry program at night!

To start off this busy week (that I hope won’t be toooo stressful), I made a big bowl of peanut butter/flax/banana steel cut oats with a splash of hempmilk and maple syrup. Totally hit the spot. Now that I use hempmilk and flax, I can’t imagine life without them! I’m also sipping on a cup of english breakfast tea with cane sugar.

Have a wonderful Monday!


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  • Becky
    February 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I can’t wait until you start baking again! I loved looking at all the wonderful treats you make! Have a great week!

  • Kath
    February 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    We had the same breakfast!!!

  • Kelly
    February 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Jenna or others! I havce a hemp milk question….

    Kath mentioned that hemp milk tastes just like marshmallows. LUV THAT! Anywho, I posted this on her blog but I’m looking for yours or any others opinions on this. I use yogurt in my cereal because I don’t like milk. Taste wise do you think I would like hemp milk if I don’t like regular milk?

    Does anyone else not like regular milk but like hemp milk? Also, as I said, Kath thinks it tastes like marshmallows. Do you agree?

  • VeggieGirl
    February 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Jenna, that bowl of oatmeal is a scrumptious way to tackle the beginning of a busy week (trust me, I know the feeling – at least my classes were canceled today, due to the below-zero temperatures!!! ahh!!! haha). Happy Monday to you, and everyone!! :0)


    Try to think of hempmilk as just a beverage, not as an equivalent to milk – I have a feeling that you would like it even if you don’t have milk, because they can’t really be compared (aside from the fact that they’re both opaque beverages, haha). The vanilla hempmilk definitely has a smooth, creamy, pleasantly sweet flavor (so Kath’s marshmallow description isn’t far-fetched); the original flavor is a little less sweet; I’ve never tried the chocolate flavor, but I’ve heard that it’s quite delicious as well. I hope you will give it a try!! :0)

  • Natalie
    February 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I can’t remember whose blog I saw this on, so I’ll just ask here.

    Is the already ground flax (I buy Bob Red’s Mill kind) not equivalent in terms of health beneftis as the kind in packets or the kind you grind yourself?


  • Tina O.
    February 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    My family loves milk-I hate it. I haven’t tried Hempmilk yet, but I plan on it as soon as it thaws out here. I have tried almond & rice milk. The rice milk is ok, but I don’t love it. The almond milk is better, I like the chocolate and usually warm it up for almond hot chocolate which is really good!

  • Whitney
    February 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Where can I get Hemp Milk? Whole Foods? What brad do you people think is best?

  • Ashley H
    February 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I just found out that Trader Joe’s has ground flax with blueberries. So those that have a TJ near them go check it out!!

    Jenna- I totally know how you feel about Vday. It always seems like I am the busiest on Vday and never get to do anything. We always end up doing something a few days later.

  • Amy C.
    February 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I’m officially inspired! I’m going to try to find Hempmilk today. If Trader Joe’s doesn’t have it then I’ll look for it at Whole Foods on Thursday. I can’t wait to give it a try! Totally making the cookies soon too. They look so good!

  • JennS
    February 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Jenna, I have to ask, you and Kath. How do you keep such a variety in your diets? and on a budget? Please provide any advice. Its so hard sometimes haha. Thanks!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    happy monday ladies! all this hemp milk talk is making me wanna try it! so speaking of valentine’s day i decided i wanted to COOK for my boyfriend this year instead of us going out. he likes this chicken and peppers dish that his mom used to make him so i was wondering if Jenna or anyone else had a (healthy of course!) recipe. just something with chicken and peppers but more of an italian dish than asian if that makes any sense!! thanks! have a great day everyone!

  • Kay
    February 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Hello everyone,

    I am going to have to try hempmilk! Are there any other hemp products that are tasty as well??

    Everyone’s opinion would be appreciate:
    I read Jenna’s, Kath’s and Eatlikeme blogs and I was just wondering…because everyone has different eating styles. I usually eat smaller meals and have mini-meals in between sort of like Jenna and Kath (although not quiet that good,working on it!!) but Cristin/Eatlikeme usually has only 3 meals with some expeptions, of course. So my question is what your eating styles are like. Thanks!

  • Sara F
    February 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I definitely eat through out the day, I can’t usually do the three big meals, no snacks thing. Because of my class schedule I snack/ eat at slightly odd times, but it works for me. An example would be today, I had a bowl of sliced fruit topped with plain yogurt and a little granola around 9:30. I will probably have a snack around noon, like a latte and a piece of fruit or some almonds or something. Usually this holds me over until lunch at 2:30 when I get out of class. Lunch is kind of medium sized, maybe a bowl of soup with a whole grain roll or some cheese and crackers. Dinner varies, but is usually around 7:00. I definitely eat a little large meal at dinner because I’ll be up studying till 11:00 or midnight. I don’t usually snack between lunch and dinner because Its not that much time and i’m just sitting at my desk studying. Tonight I might eat a little earlier though because I have yoga at eight. Oh and I should probably mention that dessert is involved pretty much every day! Hope that helps! Have a great day.

  • Kelly
    February 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Sorry to bring in a non vegan question but I’m so not one and I know there are many on here who aren’t either….

    I bought some buffalo steaks. We typically grill them, but I’m looking for some other ways to cook them. Any suggestions?

  • melissa
    February 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    KAY: Hi and Happy Monday! I like to eat somewhat smaller meals and have snacks in between. On a weekday, I typically eat like this:

    Breakfast: Oatmeal and my much needed cup of coffee

    Morning Snack: Dannon Light and Fit yogurt – sometimes with a piece of fruit (either half a banana, handful of grapes or clementine)

    Lunch: Salad with a cup of spinach leaves and carrots, cucs, artichoke hearts and some kind of protein. Usually my protein is fish or chicken chopped up and mixed in with my salad. I also have an apple for my side.
    OR …
    I’ll do lettuce roll-ups. These consist of bib lettuce wrapped around a slice of turkey, carrot sticks, celery and red peppers. They’re fantastic. I’ll have an apple for a side.

    Afternoon Snack: Kashi Chewy Trail Mix Bar or carrots.

    Dinner: Chicken or fish with steamed vegetables. A salad or sweet potatoe for my side. I love sweet potatoes and have recently discovered mini-sized one’s at my local market.

    Dessert: Sugar-free, fat-free pudding. I typically do a couple small spoonfulls in a glass with one small spoonfull of Fat-free CoolWhip to top it off. Clearly, my most favorite part of my day!

    I really find that smaller meals and snacks keep me going and give me something to look forward to. What does everyone think?

  • Kay
    February 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Ladies, thanks for the responses so far and so quick! Jenna, your site must get so many hits a day!

    Smaller meals work much better for me too. I did not like the hassle of preparing my snacks or having the time to eat (I have to take them to work) so I tried swiching to 3 bigger meals a day but it just did not work out for me, I got too full and still got hungry; my tummy works much better with smaller meals and mini-meals/snacks. I guess my husband is more like Cristin; he eats bigger meals and can keep going for hours without getting hungry!

    Have a great day everyone.

  • AW
    February 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    what exactly is the difference between hempmilk and regular milk? what’s the draw?

    sorry if we’ve discussed this already…i must have missed it! 🙂

  • Ashley H
    February 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I hate that full feeling so I eat small meals throughout the day including a pre run snack first thing in the morning and then breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. I am very active so I keep eating to keep my energy up but never get too hungry or too full. I used to regularly check Crisitn’s blog and I felt it gave me a really unhealthy outlook on what eating. I always felt that since I needed a snack or dessert I was doing something wrong. Jenna and Kath have really helped me get over that and feel much healthier!

  • Ashley H
    February 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Hi I saw your recipe request and I saw rachael ray make this recipe and thought it sounded like something you were looking for: 🙂

  • Becky
    February 11, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Kay- I sort of combine the eating styles, depending on the day and my hunger level. Most days I split my breakfast, or have two smaller ones. I’m not usually hungry until 9 or 10 am(I’m up at 5 am to get ready for work), I try to eat something small(granola bar, fruit, etc.) on my way to work because I know you’re not supposed to wait 5 hours to eat! Then at about 9 or 10 I eat my “breakfast” (oatmeal, yogurt w/ fruit, mini-bagel and pb, something like that). Essentially, I switch the time for “breakfast” and “morning snack”. I eat a regular sized lunch at noon, then in the afternoon I would say 50% of the time I have a snack. Sometimes I’m just not hungry, other times I’m starving and I will have two snacks!(at like 2:30 and 4:30,if I remembered to pack something to take to work) Then dinner is usually at 6:30-7:30, and I don’t really eat after that. Luckily, I”m not much of a dessert person!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Ashley H- thanks for thinking of me! I checked out the recipe but i was thinking more of a dinner that all goes in one bowl, if that makes any sense! (and also i don’t like breaded chicken too much) so some sort of big saute i guess? but thanks again and maybe i can work off of this if i can’t find what i am looking for!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    desserts! yum! jenna which did you like better the olive oil cake or the vegan cookies? or anyone else who has tried both! i want to make one for dessert on valentine’s….

  • Annie
    February 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    blueberrybabe I dont know if this would work, but you said maybe an italian type dish I think. I know hat my boyfriend loves chicken caccitorie (spelling sorry). It is basicly chicken, peppers, onions, tomato sauce, olive oil, and i think capers, all cooked together. You can either eat it like that, add some pasta, or serve it with bread and salad. I order it every time I go out for Italian.,1977,FOOD_9936_33618,00.html
    Thats a pretty healthy recipe, Ive never made it, but it sounds good and not that hard. Hope that works, but if not keep looking, Im sure youll find something.

  • one food guy
    February 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hemp milk seems to be all the rage, I’m going to have to get me some.

  • ktbabs
    February 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    blueberrybabe – here’s SELF’s healthy take on chicken cacciatore:

    It’s soo simple but so tasty! I make it all the time (well I used to – my fiance enjoyed it thoroughly until I made it a few tooo many weeks in a row so I’ve been asked to take a break)

  • Tanya
    February 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I bought flax seed yesterday and when I got home I realized it was roasted. The bag claims there are no nutritional differences and the roasting only makes it easier to chew.

    Can anyone comment on this? It does give the flax seed a more nutty flavour.

  • Anne
    February 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Kay!

    I do the smaller/more frequent meals thing too. On a typical work day, I get up around 7:15 to go to work… at the house before I leave (around 8) I’ll have half of a larger banana to tide me over until I get to work.

    At work around 8:45 or 9 I have Kashi Heart to Heart cereal with skim milk, the rest of my banana, and fresh blueberries and raspberries (expensive, but I LOVE them and they are good for me, so I splurge!). Sometimes in the winter I’ll do oatmeal, but just the instant kind since I can’t make the real kind at work 🙁 So I usually stick to my cereal!

    Around 11 I usually have some tea when I start getting hungry again.

    I have lunch right at 12 or so… some sort of sandwich usually (my staples are: *turkey, avocado, spinach, cheese on whole wheat with honey mustard… *a chicken “taco” whole wheat wrap with chicken, grated cheese, black beans, salsa/tomatos, spinach, and fresh cilantro… *a tuna whole wheat pita (i use miracle whip light or light mayo, celery, and artichoke hearts in my tuna salad) with spinach/mixed greens and sometimes tomato/cucumber… *PB & J if I have run out of other food… *Minestrone/Vegetable/Butternut Squash soup with Kashi Crackers and a salad… etc.!) I have my lunch with fruit (usually grapes or a pear or something).

    Then I take a nice long walk during my lunch break (I just eat at my desk and then go… unless I’m going out to eat with friends or something). I love lunch breaks 🙂

    Usually around 3 or 4 I’ll have some Kashi crackers and PB, or apples and PB, or a Kashi granola bar (mixed nut or cherry dark chocolate), or a larabar… etc. Sometimes tea or some more fruit too.

    When I get home from work at 6 I go to the gym, and then usually eat dinner around 7:30 or 8, so I have a good size snack at 4 to make sure I’m tided over until then! Dinner totally varies based on if I go out and what I’m in the mood for 🙂

    Hope that helps!

  • Anne
    February 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    p.s. sorry that was so long!!!

  • Anne
    February 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    oh and i also LOVE hummus! i do hummus and veggie sandwiches for lunch a lot like jenna did yesterday, or will sometimes have hummus and kashi crackers as my afternoon snack 🙂

  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Annie and ktbabs- thanks for the recipes! i guess i never really put two and two together that what i wanted was basically chicken caccitore (sp ha) without mushrooms i guess. anyways i should be able to make something out of these, thanks for the speedy responses!!!

  • Cara
    February 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I pretty much had the same thing sans hemp milk. I really need to figure out where to buy that, I keep hearing great things!

  • Kate
    February 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to tell everyone that you may not want to take your calcium supplement at the same time you drink hemp milk because our bodies can only absorb about 600mg of calcium at a time (the rest is excreted). For optimal absorption try to space your calcium out by at least 4 hours. I take my calcium supplement before bed because I usually eat a lot of calcium earlier in the day.
    Also, I got a coupon for a new green giant product- frozen baked veggie nuggets, they come in broccili cheddar and cauliflower and are trans fat free, has anyone tried these?

  • Paula
    February 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I’m excited to answer this food schedule/pattern/style question!

    So, I’m a little bit weird or whatever because of my schedule. It often seems like I am continuously eating throughout the day. But my body seems to need a lot of fuel and my healthy foods fill up my tummy quickly so I find myself eating snacks or pieces of my meals over the course of the day.

    For example, today I got up and got ready and had breakfast (usually some oatmeal/banana/pb/flax combo!!!) around 9:15-9:25. Then I have back to back classes and travel time to my internship. By the time I get there and get to eat, it’s been a long time since my last meal. Luckily the huge oatmeal concoction has tons of calories (probably my biggest meal) and it holds me over until at least 12:45-ish.

    Typically I start eating lunch at 1:15-2:00. And this is where things get weird… I normally have a sandwich or wrap and a bunch of carrots to start. And then I get full and I wait until I’m hungry-ish again to have something else. Like today the rest of my lunch includes an apple, a Kashi bar, BBQ chips (huge weakness!!!), and a Hershey kiss. I pretty much eat this throughout the afternoon… like up until 4:30 or so I’m still finishing what I’ve packed for lunch while doing work at my computer.

    Then my dinner depends on what night of the week it is. Most times I come home and eat dinner around 7:00-8:00, but some nights (like tonight 🙁 ) I have night classes. So I eat at 6:30 or so and then take a butt-load of snacks with me to class. I munch on breaks and during the class (the professors are cool with it!) until 10:40 when I get to leave.

    And either way, I HAVE to end the night with something sweet. Usually a bit of ice cream, some chocolate, or something.

    Whew, I am so sorry this was so long! Oops!

  • melissa
    February 12, 2008 at 2:30 am

    I used to be the same way about dealing with the hassle of having to plan, prepare and pack my meals for work. Now, its become a part of my daily evening routine – and I enjoy it! I really like having a meal/snack to look forward to throughout the work day and never feeling stuffed. My next mission is to find a cute bag to pack everything in for the work day! I’m currently using a shopping bag – not the most fashionable accessory to my wardrobe!

    My boyfriend is similar to your husband and Cristin – he can eat three larger meals and be absolutely fine. This blog has been so helpful to me in that it has allowed me to see that mini meals/snacks can provide a healthy way of living!

    Have a wonderful evening!

  • melissa
    February 12, 2008 at 2:45 am

    I used to be the same way about dealing with the hassle of having to plan, prepare and pack my meals for work. Now, its become a part of my daily evening routine – and I enjoy it! I really like having a meal/snack to look forward to throughout the work day and never feeling stuffed. My next mission is to find a cute bag to pack everything in for the work day! I’m currently using a shopping bag – not the most fashionable accessory to my wardrobe!

    My boyfriend is similar to your husband and Cristin – he can eat three larger meals and be absolutely fine. This blog has been so helpful to me in that it has allowed me to see that mini meals/snacks can provide a healthy way of living!

    Have a wonderful evening!