Tea For A Warrior


I did not sleep well last night. Well, I take that back. I slept okay once I fell asleep but it took me about two and a half hours to get to that point! I’ve always been a weird sleeper and wish I was one of those people that can just fall right asleep as their head hits the pillow…but no. Oh well. I slept in till 7:30 so I’ll be fine.

Today’s oats featured chia seeds!

I used to play a lot with these little nutrient dense seeds but don’t think I’ve ever put them in my oatmeal! So today I used 1/3 c oats, 1/2 c soymilk, 1/4 c water, 1 T chia seeds, 1 banana and 1 T almond butter:

I liked the end result…the chia seeds sort of “fluffed up” the oatmeal and gave it a nice little crunchie crunch.
I also had some new tea that the lovely Cynthia sent me! Thank you, Cynthia, I LOVED it! I miss Teavana SO MUCH.

I have this neat little teapot that I got at a spa out in Arizona when I was 18. I rarely use it but really should more often because it rocks and makes the perfect cup of tea!
It has a little basket where you put the loose tea and then you just add the water, set a timer (or not) and let it brew! If you fill up the whole teapot it equals one mug of tea…perfect for one person! I really need to expand my loose tea collection. I have about a million tea bags (Anne thought I was running a tea salon out of my kitchen) but no loose tea…and I LOVE loose tea. Especially from Teavana.
I have an important (and exciting!) phone call at 9:00 then I think I’m going to hang out on my mat with Dave for awhile. Random question: is anyone going to the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco at the end of the month?! I’m dying to go and practice with Shiva Rea and Seane Corne. It would be aaamazing!

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  • courtney
    January 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Do chia seeds have a flavor? I bought some but have been holding off on trying them because I am such a picky eater… they look so good and healthy though! Have a great day and good luck with the phone call!

  • skinnyrunner
    January 5, 2010 at 8:28 am

    where do you buy chia seeds? whole food or tjs? i think im ready to take the plunge and try some.., slightly nervous..

    • jenna
      January 5, 2010 at 8:32 am


      whole foods!

  • Ameena
    January 5, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Teavana is the best…check out their Earl Grey Creme which is seriously amazing.

  • Bridget
    January 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I have the same tea! The Samurai Chai Mate….so good!! I love that it has a little caffiene kick to it too, great for an afternoon pick-me-up!

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    January 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I hate when I can’t get to sleep! You lay there trying so hard to get to sleep and that just makes it worse – blah! Don’t think I’ve every had Teavana but I adore loose leaf tea. Good luck on your call – hope you have great news to share!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    January 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

    OMG. I would totally love to go to that but alas, my yoga budget is too small right now 🙁 I went to Dallas and practiced with Baron Baptiste in November and it was nothing short of amazing. I really want to practice with Sean Corne, too. The lady that owns the studio I go to has and she said it was phenomenal.

  • Caitlin in MD
    January 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Do you still work at the winery???

    • jenna
      January 5, 2010 at 8:53 am


      I do still work for the winery. The winery is closed for the holidays right now.

  • Sarah
    January 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I hate those hard to fall asleep nights – used to happen all the time when I lived in Cali – not so much anymore, I think because Seattle is so gray 😉 But, while we may not have sun often at least we have Teavana!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I can’t find chia seeds anywhere! 🙁

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I can’t find chia seeds either 🙁 Is there a good place to order them online?

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    There must be something going around with the sleep thing! I haven’t been getting too much sleep either!

    Have a great day!

  • Kristen @ Simply Savor
    January 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

    i have been dying to try chia seeds! i love that tea kettle and looseleaf tea is definitely the best. my favorite Teavana combo is Matevana Chai and Roobios!

    Good luck with your important phone call today! 🙂

  • Anne P
    January 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And your tea. 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    January 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I have yet to try chia seeds. The tea kettle is so delicate looking – I love loose tea!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    January 5, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I haven’t been sleeping well either!
    I’ve been meaning to try loose-leaf tea because I like that you can pick your own herbs. Your tea pot is cute!

  • Mama Pea
    January 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Let me just apologize first for the inappropriateness of this comment. Okay, ready?

    You like your tea like Tiger Woods likes his women.

    Yeah, sorry again.

  • katherine
    January 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I’m planning to pick up chia seeds this weekend and can’t wait to try them out!

  • Kerri
    January 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love teavana, my favorite is spice of life white tea. I have consumed this tea daily for over two years and I swear by it’s health benefits. I just found your site and love it, thank you!

  • caitlyn
    January 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

    AH! I have that teapot! 🙂

  • Ashley
    January 5, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I love Teavana! We spend toooo much money when we shop there, so we limit our trips to once every other month =P
    I was really sad that they did away with my favorite though, Mrs. Earl Grey =( One of our recent favs is the Sour Cherry Serenade, its a black tea but is really fruity, and kind of tart. Mixed with an earl grey is a great combination! I have some of that chai, its delicious!
    I tried your almond butter in oatmeal idea last weekend, and it was really good! I never would’ve thought to try that on my own.

  • ellen eats beets
    January 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Ditto on the sleep thing. I got into a fight with my blankets last night, and I barely came out alive. Looooove loose tea!

  • kim
    January 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I have that same teapot and don’t know how to use it. Can you tell me quantities of that wonderful Teavana tea (which I also love and have plenty of)

  • Kristi
    January 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I have that tea and I love it. I’m also in love with that lululemon remix hoodie in blue! My lululemon store has free yoga classes sunday mornings and I had my mat next to the rack of hoodies and kept checking them out during the class. I may make the big splurge and buy in next week instead of groceries and just live off the food in my freezer.
    xo k~

  • Gracie
    January 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I loooove Teavana! Going in the store is such a fun, relaxing experience. I love making my own mixtures of tea there because the workers put so much attention and love into it, haha!!

    What’s your exciting phone call about? 😉 Sorry, I tend to be a bit nosey, haha!

  • mary ann
    January 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I have a similar pot… but what no one told me was that you’re not supposed to put it on the stove/burner!!! I don’t think i did any real damage… but my meditation teacher informed me after a few tries, haha

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    January 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I WISH I were going to that yoga conference! But sadly I am not 🙁

    That tea pot looks amazing! I’m about to go make myself some right now, but it involves a microwave, not a fancy teapot. Sad.

    Enjoy your yoga!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    January 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I love love love tea! It is the perfect drink 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

    That oatmeal looks delish! I’ve never had white chia seeds before. Or Teavanna for that matter. I’d love to try both, though!
    That conference sounds amazing. If only…

    Have a great day!

  • Kristine
    January 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’ve always been a weird sleeper too and when I have too much on my mind I can never fall asleep. I definitely sympathize with you on that one!

  • Amandamoo
    January 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I do the Yoga conference in Colorado (where I live) and love it! I highly recommend going, especially if you can find cheap/free logding, it’s worth every.single.freakin.penny. Let me know if you have any questions about the conference or the teachers (since I’ve taken from just about all of them) : )

  • Aileen
    January 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I am not going to the San Francisco conference, but I am pretty sure I will go to the April one in Boston (where I live). I agree it looks awesome! I haven’t gone to a YJ conference before but I’ve practiced with some of the teachers presenting (including Shiva — she is as amazing as she seems!!) and I like to take any chance I get to see them again. But, it is pretty expensive. That is the only thing holding me back from pulling the trigger right now and signing up.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Nothing I love more than tea pots with infusers! Ack!!

  • Jil
    January 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

    The oats sound delicious, and I lovvve Teavana. It’s perfection (although, I’ve had some unpleasant experiences with overly pushy sales people). However, that aside their tea is WONDERFUL and their teapots/cups are gorrrggeous! I want them all…but they are so expensive! haha

  • Chelsea
    January 5, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I think I only like chia seeds in oatmeal or in baked goods. They make smoothies too crunchy and sour(? that’s not the right description, but just off in some way).

    I, too, am a craptastic sleeper and it SUCKS. It is SO hard to fall asleep and if I get woken up in the middle of the night? ugh.

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    January 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

    What’s the deal w/ Chia seeds?? I read about them in Born to Run and want to test them out! Do you feel any different when you eat them???

  • Lauren
    January 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

    A crunchie crunch? You have a way with words. 😉

  • lindsay
    January 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I love loose tea too. Maybe it’s time to get a teapot?? Yours is so cute!

  • Allison K
    January 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Next time you are in the city you should to El Balazo in The Haight (I guess that actually have other bay area locations) but this is locaiton is the best, the food is good and the atmosphere can’t be beat!

  • brandi
    January 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I love that teapot! and I’ve never seen white chia seeds, but I love what they do in oatmeal, too. You should use them in your overnight oats!

  • Kelly Michelle
    January 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I was just thinking I needed to get looseleaf tea since I saw that it is usually cheaper and I read better quality tea since they can’t hide it in the bags. BUT first I need a. a teapot and b. to use up some of the 20 something boxes of Celestial tea bags I have, I swear I had three and they just multiplied….

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Yeah I’m so glad you loved it. I asked for a tea pot like that for my birthday so I’m hoping to have one in a few days. I love loose tea. I learned it from my grandma and pick some up everytime I’m in there. Enjoy it!

  • Richard
    January 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

    You could try some “Natural Calm” for the sleeplessness. It’s a pure magnesium citrate powder supplement, that you spoon into hot water like a tea. Sometimes sleeplessness is a biochemical thing, and the Natural Calm adds more magnesium for the right calcium-magnesium balance. We often get enough calcium in our diet, but not enough magnesium. I know you know all these things, but I’ve found that the Natural Calm works for me as a gentle sleep aid. It comes “plain” (kind of a citrusy taste), or in a few other flavors like raspberry.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    January 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Do you think there are any nutritional benefits to having loose leaf tea over bags? Does it taste better? I’ve been drinking lots of tea to warm up after running in the frigid New York weather. Brr…

  • Amanda
    January 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I love that tea pot! I have the teavana loose tea steeper that you put over the mug when it’s done. Teavana is a dangerous place to go when I get paid…. haha.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    January 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Teavana is the best! I’m sipping their “good life” blend right now!

  • Rosey Rebecca
    January 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I love Teavana!! And loose leaf tea! That tea pot looks perfect. I need one!

  • Stef
    January 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

    such a great teapot!

  • Ellen
    January 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

    A lot of nights I have a tough time falling asleep. I’m usually really tired, but my mind is always racing!

    If it’s because you have stuff going through your head, it might help to write a little bit in a journal before you go to bed, whatever that stuff may be. I actually do that in the morning (should take my own advice and try it at night), and find that once I get my worries or humdrum thoughts or whatever onto paper, I don’t give them a second though afterwards. Clears the head!

  • Leigh
    January 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I read your blog often and enjoy your adventures and pictures, thank you. Can you tell me where I can find the Hot n Healthy Oatmeal squares? They looked yummy!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    January 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love that tea pot!! I have plastic one that you click onto a mug and the tea seeps out leaving the leaves. I love it loose leaf tea! I need more tea though, and I LOVE Teavana! I need to head there soon. On that note, I am going to go brew some tea. 🙂

  • Lizzie
    January 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I love Chia seeds in my Oatbran – it makes it thicker and gooier and like you point out, kind of crunchy! Didn’t know there were white ones .. must try and find some!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    January 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I just drank of cup of Garden Aria tea from Teavana. Love it!

  • Karla
    January 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    What a cool looking tea pot!

  • Jenna
    January 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Tea pot is cute!

  • Stephanie
    January 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I know it’s a pretty common tea, but Republic of Tea has some AMAZING flavours. My faves are the holiday blends.

  • eatmovelove
    January 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    So jealous about the conference…you should definitely go – you are actually GOOD at yoga…I’m an embarassment 🙁 oye…very much a “tea-filled” post 🙂
    What’s this exciting phone call now….?…;)

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    That tea pot is beautiful! I miss teavana– we had one in Charleston, and I used to LOVE getting iced tea there!

  • Ashley
    January 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Fabulous tea pot! How fun =)

  • Kati @ Living Well
    January 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I love that tea pot! My bff and I were looking at teapots and finding the cutest little sets. It’s so weird. Last year I remember being just another year where I didn’t really like tea! It always just tasted watered-down to me and kinda blah. This winter, I can’t get enough hot tea! I love it 🙂 Tazo Calm and Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile are 2 of my faves.

  • Sara
    January 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Jenna-
    I was just at whole foods this past weekend and actually ended up buying some white chia seeds; but I didn’t know exactly what to use them in. Now I know at least one use! As for loose tea, there is actually a great little tea place in Chinatown in San Franciso. The owner is awesome and the tea is even better. Their website is:

  • daintyvegan
    January 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    That teapot is adorable!
    I’m a weird sleeper too.. it bothers me. Sometimes I can’t sleep at all, and I feel fine with that. Other times I sleep a ton and feel exhausted. Then the nights where no matter how tired you are, you STILL can’t fall asleep.. *sigh*

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    January 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I haven’t tried chia seeds yet, but want to. You have convinced me with those oats! I have a little tea pot like that too and I love it! I so love Teavana too! What a great selection. Good luck on the call!

  • Kasey
    January 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I heart that tea pot!!!

  • Lex
    January 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Hi there,
    Love the blog! Very very random, but have you ever tried one of those memory foams? I saved up for one since they are about $100 at target, but ever since I have passed out right when the head hits the pillow 🙂

    Haha, I love the tea stuff. I actually just got back to the States from a half year over in Beijing, China so if you ever need a tea suggestion, you just ask!

    I am curious as to how you keep such good track of your food? Do you normally have a food diary of some sort and a camera around when you go to eat? I’m only asking because I really need to get much better about this and yours seemed very thourough!

    I’ve actually been on a nutrition plan designed by a doctor who won the Nobel Prize in nutrition and biochemistry, so I’m trying to piece together the skills to have a blog like yours to track the progress. I’m working with his weight maintenance/gain program since I’m a marathon runner and looking to either stay the same or add a little muscle mass, but anyways not important to what I am asking!

    I’m curious, since you are so conscious of what you eat, if you have looked into anything regarding multi-vitamins vs. eating organic vs. cellular nutrition vitamins? I ask because I used to be on the multi-vitamins and eating organic camp but discovered the multi-vitamins aren’t ideal for your body for many reasons, and eating organic still doesn’t get you all the nutrients you need, so I’ve since been looking into cellular nutrition stuff and found some great stuff.

    Anyways I’d love to hear your take on all this! If you, or anyone for that matter, would like to offer a word of wisdom on nutrition or even just for my blog please by all means shoot me an email anytime at!

    Looking forward to talking more with ya!

  • Jenny
    January 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I’m am such an inconsistent sleeper too–I’ll get really good sleep for a few weeks, and then out of the blue it will take me forever to fall asleep/stay asleep. I’ve found out it’s related to my horomones, so at least I know when to expect sleep disruptions (to some extent).

    I WISH I could go to a yoga conference in San Fransisco!

  • D
    January 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Jenna if you like Teavana you should check out this place in Sebastopol that sells tea. They make delicious blends like coconut mango black tea. I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s in the same shopping center as Whole Foods in Sebastopol.

  • Rachel
    January 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    That’s a beautiful teapot. Confession: I’ve never had tea… I know, I know. There are so many different types that I don’t know where to start!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE teavanna

  • Cyndi
    January 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I can never fall asleep and when I do it is very l i g h t!!!


  • Cyndi
    January 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I can never fall asleep and when I do it is very l i g h t!!!


  • Misty
    January 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Mmm, I love Teavana’s teas. I have quite an assortment – I think I’ll take a picture tomorrow of my selection.

    The teapot is adorable!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    January 6, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I love your little teapot! It reminds me of the ones they serve tea in at PF Chang’s. I might have to invest in one 😉

  • Andrea
    January 6, 2010 at 7:23 am

    If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try drinking some rooibos tea before bed. Rooibos doesn’t contain any caffeine, but it is a relaxant and might help you fall asleep better. We have a rooibos tea that contains vanilla and almonds which makes it taste slightly sweet and incredibly smooth, and you can use your teapot!

  • Amandamoo
    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Oh! There was a comment about Natural Calm (calcium, magnesium supplement) above and I wanted to tell you that IT HELPS WITH MIGRAINES TOO!!! It’s on the expensive side for a supplement but it was recommended to me by my acupuncturist for my migraines and sleep problems and I LOVE IT!

  • Teapots
    February 8, 2017 at 4:04 am

    What type of tea it’s? Never seen or heard about it before.