Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner

The Rattling In My Head


Sorry I wasn’t around last night. It was all I could do to lay in my dark room listening to Pride and Prejudice with my eyes squeezed shut (one of my favorite movies EVER–I’m a huuuge Jane Austen fan). Anyways, this morning I STILL have a headache but I’m feeling alright…must.forge.onward!

To start, I had a big blue smoothie for a snack:


Using 1 cup soymilk, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 scoop chocolate superfood, 1 tsp maca, 1/2 tsp xantham gum, handful of frozen blueberries and a few ice cubes.

And then for dinner I had a piece of salmon that I seared in a little coconut oil, Trader Joe’s couscous blend (mixed with 2 tbsp goat cheese) and roasted brussels sprouts:

However, after dinner my head REALLY started to pound and I decided to go with my approach that “frozen yogurt heals everything”

Mint yogurt with butterfinger and oreo. This + P&P made me sleep like a baby 🙂
This morning I dug into some overnight oats:

And now I’m just laying in bed watching the sun rise. I have big plans this morning that involves me driving over to “the other valley” 😉 You’ll have to wait and see!
And now a question to my NorCal readers, anyone excited for Sonoma County Restaurant Week??! Basically all next week you can enjoy meals at some awesome local restaurants for a fixed price—either $19, $29 or $39. This is a BIG deal, seeing as some of those restaurants are super fancy (ahem, dry creek kitchen!). I may or may not have a few surprises up my sleeve!

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  • JessicaE
    February 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

    It sounds like you may suffer from migraines… have you even tried to take Excedrin Migraine? It has saved me MANY times.

  • caitlin
    February 17, 2010 at 7:37 am

    youve had a headache for like 24 straight hours! i feel so bad for you 🙁

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I luuurve restaurant weeks!! Such a great deal that I end up spending wayyyy too much money – but I just can’t resist all those great places at such a good price! Can’t wait to see what California has to offer 🙂

  • Brooke
    February 17, 2010 at 7:44 am

    What does the xantham gum do? I always see it in ingredient lists.
    That couscous looks so creamy!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    February 17, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Aw, I’m sorry you still aren’t feeling better. I sure hope you do soon.

  • Lizzie
    February 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I love Restaurant Week!! Always an excuse (and opportunity) to try a place that you wouldn’t normally go to (read: afford!). And so many participate in it all around the country.
    Hope you feel better soon Jenna – headaches are the worst. I think the cure is Restaurant Week .. . and plenty of it!! 🙂

  • Ashlei
    February 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Yum your blueberry smoothie looks great! And I love brussel sprouts <3 Yum

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    February 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Restaurant week = my love! We have 2 weeks of restaurant week in Boston twice a year. 🙂

    I hope that smoothie taste delish and keeps you feeling well!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

    restaurant week sounds so fun!

    i hope your head feels better…that dinner looks like it could heal just about anything 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Ugh– headaches are the worst 🙁

    Maybe restaurant week will cure it? 🙂 Hope your day goes well!

  • Freya @
    February 17, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Oooh the cous cous/goat’s cheese combo sounds fab! I stir sheep’s milk cheese into oatmeal sometimes for some savoury oats – the inclusion of cheese gives such a melty gooey texture! Love it 😀
    Hope your head feels better soon 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Ugh– headaches are the worst 🙁

    Maybe restaurant week will cure it? 🙂 Hope your day goes well!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I wish could go to Sonoma County Restaurant Week!

    I hope you feel better!

  • Amanda, another priorfatgirl
    February 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

    that smoothie looks amazing! why am i not using my magic bullet??? you might have inspired me to get it rolling.

  • Tiffany
    February 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I also believe that frozen yogurt heals everything. 🙂 Hope you feel better soon!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Yikes I hope that wretched migraine leaves you alone today. Maybe your head will get distracted with your adventure today!

  • Evan Thomas
    February 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Ahh that dinner and smoothie make me wish it were summer again

  • Ally
    February 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Jenna, What is an air squat? How do you do the dips?
    I hope you don’t get sick!! Feel better soon 🙂

  • abbi
    February 17, 2010 at 8:11 am

    headaches and migraines are the worst.
    a little caffeine works for my migraines, however ironic it sounds.

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    February 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Restaurant weeks are the best!! Denver’s starts up this weekend and I can’t wait to try some fancy schmancy places. I’m excited to see what you find!

  • GurlOnA"Diet"
    February 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    i’m glad you feel better! froyo heals everything!

  • Whit
    February 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

    ah Pride and Prejudice. One if the BEST movies ever, no? I could watch it 20x and never get sick of it. Mr Darcy slays me.

  • EatPlayNLove
    February 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I hope you feel better soon 🙂
    I had a question – you mentioned in January you were reading the book of Proverbs, are you doing something like that this month?

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    February 17, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Hope you are feeling better! And fro-yo DOES cure everything…didn’t your doctor tell you that, because it’s the truth!! AHHH so jealous you get to go to all those resturants. I would DIE to live in Sonoma county! Have fun!

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini)
    February 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

    No Pancakes on Fat Tuesday!!! Guess you were suffering a bit with the head. Poor you, I’m a migraine sufferer too so I feel your pain. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried feverfew – it’s kind of an ongoing thing rather than instant pain relief but it does help.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 17, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Sorry about the headache!!! Such a bummer!! Soooo jealous of your Cali adventures…can’t wait to see what’s in store!!!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat)
    February 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I hope you are feeling better I believe froyo can make anything feel better!

  • Stef
    February 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    frozen yogurt DOES heal all! i didn’t even know it’s sonoma co restaurant week! i might just have to make the voyage up there from berkeley, such great deals!

  • Meg
    February 17, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Hope you feel better soon! Headaches are the worst! I’m battling one myself today. 🙁

    The restaurant week sounds so fun! Hope you enjoy it!

  • eatingRD
    February 17, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Hope your headache feels better, boy that restaurant week sounds wonderful!

  • Sharon
    February 17, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I’m at home today with a terrible migraine too…it started last night after cardioboxing class. 🙁
    I had no idea about Sonoma County Restaurant week! so excited! I hope Monti’s isn’t fully booked already….or maybe even Zin? Thanks for sharing this-too exciting!

  • Marissa
    February 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I am so sorry about your headaches 🙁

  • Island Girl Eats
    February 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Sorry to hear that you still have your headache. That is rough.

    Restaurant week sounds great! What a great way to try some new restaurants.

  • Adam
    February 17, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I love any smoothie that doesn’t come out brown! haha, your brussels look awesome as well!

  • Jocelyn
    February 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Hey 🙂 are u giving up anything for lent?

  • Stephanie
    February 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Some advice from a fellow headache sufferer:
    1. Chug as much water as you can. Like 3 times more than you normally do
    2. Eat peppermints
    3. Drink a coke. Not diet. A regular coke. Gasp!
    4. Get some eucalyptus, lavender, or peppermint oil- use it in a hot bath or rub it on your temples
    5. Heat on the eyes- I have an eye pillow

    Hope these help!

  • Seth @ Boy Meets Food
    February 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Are the headaches migraines? Do you get them frequently? My wife used to get migraines that were completely debilitating, probably 2-3 times per week. After working with my Dad, she hasn’t had any in years!!!!!!

    You might want to check out my Dad’s website:
    He is a therapist, and has recorded CDs to help people get over migraines, quit smoking, lower stress, etc.

    I know some people don’t have much faith in hypnotherapy, but I promise you, it works! If you want to know more, send me an email…

  • Emilyeatsclean
    February 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Couscous and goat cheese sounds like a heavenly combination!!! I just recently discovered the deliciousness and my love for goat cheese……I’ll be trying it in couscous soon!! 🙂


  • Sarah
    February 17, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Remember that if you’re going to take a pain killer for your headaches, it’s best to do it BEFORE it gets really bad. That’s just the way pain killers work unfortunately. They have to get in and disrupt your pain receptors before they really get going.

    Also, I know headaches are different for everyone, but my experience (and recommendation from my neurologist) was to get off b.c. pills. Especially with the generic ones, the hormones can come from horses and stuff and they really affected me badly. Maybe that will be a helpful tip for someone, if not for you (I have no idea if ur on b.c. pills or not, but I know most women are).

  • katherine
    February 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Glad you’re feeling better today – fro yo really does cure everything!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 17, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Glad the headache is better, fro-yo does fix everything 😉

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    February 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

    So jealous of you getting to eat at all of those fabulous restaurants on the cheap. Can’t wait to see all the eats!

  • Linda
    February 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

    hi jenna,
    is the xanthum gum for flavor or consistency?


  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 17, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Hopefully your headache has subsided by now! Glad you were able to snag some serious shut-eye though.

    Your dinner looks beautiful! I love the idea of goat cheese infused couscous. Yum!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    February 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I am so sorry you are not feeling so hot…..Hope the headache goes away soon!

  • MMiller
    February 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

    So sorry about your headache! Hope it is completely gone soon! Glad you went for the Fro-yo! I would also try some caffeine! I usually get lines in my peripheral vision before I get a migraine, and taking ibuprofen or tylenol right away usually stops it before it really starts. If it starts overnight while I am sleeping, I wake up nauseous. Take care of yourself!

    Can’t wait to see your great finds from restaurant week! I so wish I was there to enjoy it too! Have Fun!

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I’ve only ever had a migraine once in my life and wow do they hurt! All I want to do is lay still with the blinds shut – and even then, the pounding doesn’t stop!

    Glad that you’re feeling better – frozen yogurt must be a cure all!


  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Ugh, I feel for you. A few months ago I had a headache that lasted nine days. They’re NEVER fun! Hope you feel better today.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    And for the millionth time, I wish I lived in Cali. Sounds like you have some amazing meals in store!!
    Fro yo totally heals everything. Hope you feel better!!!

  • ellen eats beets
    February 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

    aww I hope the head feels better soon!! The northeast reeeeally needs to jump on this frozen yogurt bandwagon!

  • sassy molassy
    February 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Mmm…your frozen yogurt always looks so good! I need some.

  • Karla
    February 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hope you head feels better now. Headaches suck! I get them all the time.
    I want to go to any restaurant week! Sounds amazing!

  • Tara
    February 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Roasted brussels sprouts look fantastic! Love it!

  • Leslie
    February 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Jenna, I’m sorry you’re feeling icky. That’s not any fun at all.

    I have broken down and bought my first can of Amazing Grass Superfood (chocolate) and I’d like your advice on how to try it for the first time. I’m not a fan of greens (I know, I know!) so I’m hoping this will help me get more of them in me. Unfortunately most of the recommendations I see are to use this stuff with bananas for smoothies…I’m allergic to bananas, kiwi, papaya, mango…all the good smoothie stuff. Can I just mix it with skim milk? Any other suggestions to ease me into this stuff?

    Feel better!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    February 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Love the color of that smoothie–yum! I hope your headache goes away!

  • Cole
    February 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

    That smoothie looks so thick and delicious!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    February 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    We’re having restaurant week here in Chicago next week too! I’m super excited… got some fantastic places (Gemini Bistro, Mirai sushi and Blackbird) in mind!

  • Melanie
    February 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I am soooo excited about restaurant week! We have reservations for two places so far, Willi’s wine bar and River’s End. I can’t wait!!!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    February 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I am so sorry that your headache hasn’t gone away – you must be miserable *hug*

  • Ally (Exercise and Pies)
    February 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

    headaches suck, hope you feel better soon! I love the couscous, that’s a great combo! My boyfriend refuses to try it because it “looks like fish eggs” picky boys…

  • Megan
    February 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Lovvve restaurant week in nyc, but I think it’s an even better idea to separte it into 3 price ranges–at some places in NYC it’s not much of a bargain!!

  • eatmovelove
    February 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I heart you. That you still eat REAL even if not feeling well. I had salmon too and am still tasting it – yikes – perhaps like a full fish was too much ;)…now let’s swap for ice cream and were good girl!

  • Katie @Run This Life
    February 17, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Oh, Jenna! I hate that migraine has brought you down- I had my first one a couple of weeks ago and they are THE WORST! I am super jealous of not being in CA for restaurant week! ‘Bout that smoothie- where do you get xantham gum? I am a little bit scared of the concept 🙂

  • Ellen
    February 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Frozen yogurt stores are popping up all over Austin. I have yet to try one, but I’d like to after seeing all the yummy fro yo on your blog!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Restaurant weeks always make me drool. Too bad I don’t live near a big enough city to enjoy one.

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Ugh, miserable on the headache front! I get awful headaches all of the time but when they are all day like that, it’s just frustrating! So sorry girl!

  • Jil
    February 17, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I’m glad the froyo helped you sleep like a baby! And that salmon looks fabulous!! Gorgeous color.

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    February 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I love restaurant week! Such great deals at fine eateries! I was in NYC for their r.w. Last year!

  • Laura
    February 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Glad your headache is much better… I was thinking when you mentioned having really vivid, bad dreams, then waking up with a headache that it could be a migraine- I know nightmares are linked to high seretonin levels, and the subsequent drop in seretonin is thought to be a primary culprit in migraines… I sound like a nerd, but I should know, having hemiplegic (stroke-like) migraines with permanent visual auras and tried everything under the sun ;( I think B vitamins are supposed to help some people? If you love Jane Austen, have you ever seen the BBC versions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey? They’re really, really good- and true to the plots too. I bet you could find them cheaply online or on Amazon too… you should come and visit Bath if you ever stay in England!

  • skinnyrunner
    February 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    cant wait to hear about your surprises, im sure it’ll include some good eating!

  • Erika
    February 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I hate to even mention this, but I get those headaches from soy. And when I quit soy (a VERY sad day), they went away completely.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Even though I’ve lived in Sonoma, I’ve never heard of Restaurant Week until now. I sense a possible giveaway =)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    February 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Hope you feel better soon 🙂 haha I agree that frozen yoghurt fixes everything 🙂

  • annalee
    February 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm


    Jenna, I thought you might enjoy this list of 100 gastronomic delights to try in San Francisco!


  • Kate
    February 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    It is a proven fact that Mr. Darcy cures all.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    February 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Like everyone else, I also concur that frozen yogurt works miracles.

  • katie anne
    February 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    hey! i commented a few times before but was curious a to uve ever been to the downtown bakey and creamery in healdburg. they were on food tvs “best thing” for their ingenious donut muffin! ha!

    • jenna
      February 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      katie anne,

      I HAVE….I love that place. No donut muffin but I have tried their sticky buns and they are pretty fab 🙂

  • Stacey
    February 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Headaches are the worst, hope your better today. And yay for frozen yogurt

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I wish I lived in sonoma valley so I could enjoy nice weather and restaurant week!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    February 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I have found that an ice pack or just something cold on my head helps with really bad headaches. I have a “corn bag” (cloth bag filled with corn made to be heated up) that I keep in the freezer now bc I don’t have a microwave so I can’t use it hot- I put that on my head for headaches. It works like a charm!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    February 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I have found that an ice pack or just something cold on my head helps with really bad headaches. I have a “corn bag” (cloth bag filled with corn made to be heated up) that I keep in the freezer now bc I don’t have a microwave so I can’t use it hot- I put that on my head for headaches. It works like a charm!

  • Leena
    February 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    i hope your head feels better! i suffer from migraines sometimes too, and the only thing that helps me is sleep, extra strength tylenol, and a warm pack over my eyes.
    that frozen yogurt combo sounds fab by the way! butterfingers are the best! 🙂

  • Tyler Ramey
    February 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Smoothie looks yum, I had a variation in it today! I swear I could eat brussel sprouts (roasted) 24/7.

  • Jenny
    February 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hope you got to feeling better today!!

    I love Pride & Prejudice, it was my first Austen novel to read! 🙂

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    February 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Boo to your headache. I’ve never had a migraine before, but I hear they’re painful in a major way 🙁
    Hope you feel better, sweetie!

  • Janna
    February 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    How do those blueberries taste? I just bought some, and they are really bland. I guess that’s a lesson in seasonal eating.

  • amanda
    February 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Interesting combo with your frozen yogurt since your base was mint. 🙂

  • J
    February 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    You’ve probably investigated a variety of causes since I know you’ve mentioned your migraines have plagued you for years, but I just wanted to share my experience since there’s a tiny chance it could help you. For about two years I suffered from totally debilitating migraines until I learned one day that headaches are a symptom of dairy intolerance. I cut dairy, my headaches disappeared, and I’m living pain-free again. Just wanted to mention the possibility and sympathize with the migraine misery…