Too Hot

Happy Humpday!

Just as I suspected, I cannot move my arms this morning from yesterday’s yoga bootcamp. Seriously. They do not go above my chest. For that reason, I shall not work them at all today but instead just bike and walk on the treadmill. Sounds good to me!

For breakfast this morning I had oatmeal. I feel like I haven’t had oatmeal in weeks and now I remember why—midway through the bowl I was sweating bullets. It just too dang out in the summer for this!


It was good, regardless! Today’s mixture included:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • cinnamon + sea salt
  • 1/4 cup wheatberries
  • scoop of Naturally More

While I was eating (and drinking my hot English Breakfast tea, which I’m sure did not help) I was thinking how much better a Green Monster would be right now. So nice and cool and creamy…..

Do you change your eating routine seasonally?

I’m off to get some notes straightened up—I’m being interviewed for SELF magazine at noon! How exciting! 🙂

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  • SmA033
    June 3, 2009 at 5:44 am

    hey jenna– i was thinking of making my first Green Monster today! i was wondering what your fav. combo was so i could try it out…

  • Matt (No Meat Athlete)
    June 3, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I definitely change my eating seasonally. More salad-meals, light ‘sauceless’ pasta dishes, more eating outside, and the wine is white instead of red. In the winter, it’s soups, chilis, heavier, comforting food. And of course I honor the seasons in between 🙂
    Seasonal eating is the way it’s supposed to be done!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 3, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I don’t really change my breakfast routine in the summer. I love oatmeal so much, I’ll sweat it out in the summer! Dinner in the summer though ususally involves a lot more salad, and dessert is usually fruit salad.

    Self Magazine?! That’s awesome! Good luck! What issue is it going to be in? I’m a subscriber.

    • jenna
      June 3, 2009 at 6:01 am


      I think they said the November issue—I’ll keep you guys posted!


      My favorite combo is 4 cups spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp almond butter and 1 scoop protein powder!

  • Heather
    June 3, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Jenna! That is so exciting! I am a deeeevoted SELF lover. It’s such a great pick-me-up magazine. They made a lovely choice!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    June 3, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I’m eating oatmeal as I write this… and sweating! HAHAHA Good luck on you interview!

  • Chocolate Covered Ka
    June 3, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Hey Jenna,
    You’ll probably think I’m super-weird for this, but I love eating my oatmeal cold! It reminds me of rice pudding that way… sometimes I even eat it cold in the winter!

    Good luck on your interview; that really is exciting!!

  • Kat
    June 3, 2009 at 6:11 am

    This is so random but after seeing all of the watermelon on your blog, I figured i you would enjoy a laugh. As i was driving home from work yesterday (I live in Atlanta), I was stopped at a red light and I looked over to my left to see the guy in the car next to me cutting a watermelon that was sitting in his lap. Strangest thing that i have ever seen in rush hour traffic. He was apparently cutting off huge slices for his kids in the backseat!

  • Tammy
    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 am

    No way!! You’re being interviewed for Self?? That is so cool!! What issue are you going to be in? Could I be more excited? That is one of my favorite magazines! Go girl!!!

  • Tammy
    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Sorry, just saw you said the November issue!! Super cool!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 am

    I never realized that I change what I eat seasonally until I started blogging. A few weeks ago the thought of having anything but oat bran for breakfast sounded insane. Now it’s cool fruit and smoothies!! Can’t get enough!!

    Have a great day! I love that sore yoga feeling =)

  • Hannah Hawley
    June 3, 2009 at 6:33 am

    I know that I do tend to eat lighter in the summer, but since I am not on any type of habits for eating right now, other than BAD HABITS, I haven’t noticed a huge change.

    Congrats on the SELF article! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Ashley
    June 3, 2009 at 6:33 am

    oh wowww! you are famous miss jenna! that is soooo exciting! I definitely tend to want cooler meals in teh summer time, i’ve been loving my green smoothies lately, i CRAVEEE themmm! I’ve been adding the chocolate amazing grass powder to my green smoothies and it is officially my FAVORITE combo now! absolutely delicious!

  • Robyn
    June 3, 2009 at 6:34 am

    That is so awesome you’re being interviewed for Self! I guess in a way, Self magazine (via Cristin’s “Eat Like Me” blog) is what turned me on to food blogs in the first place!

    And I am definitely glad that I’ve discovered Green Monsters and Breakfast Cookies now that the weather is warming up (although I say this while wearing a sweater. Canada still hasn’t received the memo that it’s almost summer!).

  • Julie
    June 3, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Congrat’s on the SELF interview! That is SO exciting 🙂
    Inspired by you, I had a green monster this morning with 2 cups of spinich, a frozen banana, a cup of soy milk, and a dash of vanilla extract! yum 🙂

  • Lauren
    June 3, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I definitely change what I eat according to the season. In the winter I crave oatmeal, but in the summer (especially after spinning or taking a run), the only things I can handle are either cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit, or a protein bar. (Thank God for all the delicious Odwalla ones!) My lunch stays the same (usually a veggie burger in a whole wheat wrap), but my dinners mainly consist of salads with fish, tofu, or grilled chicken in the summer. I am addicted to soup and eat in all the time in the winter, but have no desire to make it in the summer. Unless it is chilled, of course!

  • Stacey
    June 3, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Ugh! I know exactly how you feel! I’m without AC and a hot breakfast just throws me over the top! I can barely stand coffee anymore!
    How exciting that you are being interviewed by SELF!! Good luck! Enjoy your bike ride 🙂

  • Coco Knudson
    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I usually don’t change my eating routine too much, but it seems to just naturally happen with all the good summer produce and fresh ingredients.
    BUT today instead of eggs or oatmeal…I finally made a GREEN MONSTER thanks to you!!!! It did not disappoint. it is delish!

  • Tanya
    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I usually switch it up but. More soups in the winter, more fruits in the summer.

  • Kri
    June 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I try to change up my eating but I find I go through more phases than anything else. I’ll discover something I really like and just eat it till I’m sick of it (ie. butternut squash, sweet potato) and then move onto another favorite.

  • Jenna
    June 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

    I definitely eat seasonally! Its just too hot in the summer to eat steaming oats. Also, my coffee craving dissapates in the summer as well.

    Good luck with your Self interview.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 3, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Hahahaha I was sweating during my morning bowl of oats too! I was actually just thinking about your question yesterday. It’s so crazy how much my eating changes with the seasons. I eat so much fresher in the summer – obviously because produce is more abundantly available. My recipes overall just tend to be lighter than in the winter time. Love summer eats!

  • Lesi
    June 3, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Ah you are lucky to be in the heat! Its 50 degrees here up north and oatmeal sounds perfect..

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 3, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Congrats on the interview!

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    June 3, 2009 at 7:03 am

    WOW Jenna that’s fabulous news!!!
    I cannot wait to hear how the interview went!

  • brandi
    June 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Congrats on the interview – that’s so exciting! I love SELF.

    I’ve been switching up my breakfasts lately, too. I really WANT oats, but if I’m already hot in the house, there is NO way I can finish a bowl 🙂

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 3, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Congrats on the SELF interview! Can’t wait to read it!

    Have a great day 😉

    I find that I do switch up my eating depending on the seasons — mainly because I love to eat the fruit and veggies that are in season – SO MUCH more flavorful!

  • Leila
    June 3, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Congrats, the interview is super awesome. I don’t think I’m conscious of changing what I prefer to eat by season, but I think it’s just natural with temp changes and all. I usually change between cereal and oatmeal.

    have a great interview!

  • Jenny
    June 3, 2009 at 7:31 am

    haha sometimes I sweat through a hot bowl of oats just because they are that good!! But I’ve definitely noticed myself reverting to cereal, toast, and yogurt for breakfast more frequently.

    Good luck with your interview, so exciting!!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 3, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Congrats on the interview, that’s fantastic!

    I have noticed that lately the only thing I want for breakfast is yogurt with cereal and fruit, when normally I’m a hardcore oatmeal-addict. I also have been enjoying green monsters for meals and snacks, since they’re nice and cool.

  • Katherine
    June 3, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I find that I naturally crave lighter foods in the warmer months and heavier, more fortifying foods in the fall/winter. Lately, all I’ve wanted to eat is a big salad with cucumbers, endive and radicchio with some green goddess dressing. In fact, I think I might make that for dinner!

    To be fair though, I actually had oatmeal AND a Green Monster for breakfast – 1/3 c. oatmeal with a spoonful of almond butter and a slightly smaller Monster. They balanced each other pretty well and I got some hot and some cold.

    Have a great morning and good luck stretching out your arms!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 3, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Yeah, I don’t think oatmeal sounds very appealing in the summer. I’ll try it again once the weather gets cooler.

  • Laura wants sprinkles
    June 3, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Good luck with the interview!

  • Kati
    June 3, 2009 at 7:42 am

    WOW- an interview with Self! That’s awesome. I agree about the oatmeal too- I’ve been having green smoothies- just blogged about it last night!

  • Rose
    June 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Wow! Congrats on getting interviewed for Self. Very cool!

  • Kiersten
    June 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I don’t change my eating routine entirely, but some things change from season to season. Since it got warm out I have been eating a lot more salads and meals that are quick to prepare. Sometimes it’s just too hot in here to spend a lot of time in front of the stove.

  • Karen
    June 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I don’t think I change my eating very much as the seasons change, aside from adding in some seasonal fruits and eating fewer “all year” fruits like apples. I also have the chance to eat more BBQ food like soy hotdogs and grilled vegetables, etc. during the summer, but I think my daily eating is more or less the same. (But then, I live in NYC so it doesn’t get unbearably warm here until late June/early July and even then the mornings are usually not TOO hot, esp. not after you just emerge from an air conditioned bedroom 😉

  • Still Life in South America
    June 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Congrats on the SELF interview. It is one of my favorite magazines.

    Have a great day!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    June 3, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Congrats on the interview. For some reason I like have soup in the summer and ice cream in the winter! Weird!

  • Michelle
    June 3, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Self magazine!? That’s awesome Jenna!! Good luck! 🙂
    I hear ya about the oats..I literally ate them once a day everyday in the cooler months, but now that it’s getting warmer out, I hardly ever do! It’s kind of sad actually…I miss their yummy goodness! I had a tasty green monster this morning…it’s amazing how fresh they make you feel!! 🙂 Have a great day, good luck!

  • K
    June 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Congrats on being interviewed!! I can’t wait to read it! I’ve noticed that when it summer – I CRAVE veggies even more than usual.

  • Ally
    June 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Self Magazine?? How exciting!!! Yay for you! I try not to to change my eating (at least breakfast) habits too often, I find that if I’m in a routine, I don’t look at food as a “reward” and it helps me stay healthier, but, in the winter, I really do love oatmeal, or a warm English muffin–not cold cereal! But I do usually crave fruits and veggies more in the summer because they all just smell so good at the grocery store!

  • elliebelle
    June 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Wow!!! Self Magazine!!! That is awesome! I love that magazine. I finally subscribed recently after buying many of them at the grocery store. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the article!

  • Keri
    June 3, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Is there any way to make a good, COLD bowl of oatmeal? Or would it just not be the same? Hmm… I’ll have to try some stuff out and let you know how it goes! I still need to try a green monster! Do you think you could make a list of your favorite combos of fruits and veggies to use in those things? Thanks! Oh, and maybe give your whole body a complete rest today if it’s too tired!
    Ciao, Keri

  • Colleen
    June 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

    YAY for the magazine interview! 🙂

    This is off-subject, but the other day you asked if we would be interested in anything other than food blogging…what about book reviews? I know you read a lot and when I do get a chance to read (between school and work) I want to read the best book possible (who doesn’t anyway, right?)! I’ve already finished the two books you recommended a while back…Bread Alone and The Baker’s Apprentice, I just loved them!

  • Sarah
    June 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I have not been able to eat oats for weeks, basically since we went above 80 degrees!

    This morning I really wanted oats but I had cold cereal instead. But GM’s are a big staple, I’m just all out of spinach right now 🙁

  • claudia
    June 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Yay for the interview! That is so exciting! Good luck today!

  • Ashley
    June 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

    That’s so exciting! I’ve just started changing up my morning eats and trying to listen to my body. If i’m craving yogurt then i’ll mix yogurt, berries, and fiber twigs but if I want comfort food then i’ll have oatmeal and include a banana.
    What is your #1 favorite protein brand? I think this is part of my issue as I can’t decide on a favorite that actually is pure and filling!

  • Matt
    June 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I don’t really change my eating based on the seasons, but I do eat more fruit in the Spring and Summer when it is in season. Right now I am loving blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    June 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

    WHAT! You’re going to be in SELF? If you mentioned that before, I totally missed it. But that is amazing! I hope your interview goes well!

    I’m normally that way in the summer- can’t do a hot breakfast! Luckily, it’s chilly here in SanFran, so oats are doin’ their thang. Love em. If I had a blender, though, I’d be making some monsters.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    June 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

    that’s awesome about the interview!! so exciting!

    and yes the seasons DEFINITELY influence what I eat! green smoothies are soo good in this hot hot heat

  • Michelle Hisae
    June 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Self Magazine?? How awesome! Tell us how it went/what it’s all about!!

    And yes, I definitely change up my meals in the summertime. Lighter fare and nothing hot in the morning either. My apartment is boiling because we don’t have air conditioning. Our trusty little fan will have to suffice. 🙂

  • Low
    June 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations on the interview! You would be perfect for self. Can’t wait to here how it goes!

    I agree, oats are a little too hot during the summer. My new love for green monsters came just in time!

  • polly
    June 3, 2009 at 9:18 am

    yes, for sure. Green smoothies rule in my house now for breakfast. But i just moved my oats to other meals. 😉

    SELF magazine, Jenna?!!?! WOWZA girl, you go-juss and fame-us!! 🙂 XOXO

  • Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    June 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

    wohoo self magazine! that is AWESOME! good luck 😉

  • SarahF
    June 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I have a question for all those yoga lovers out there.

    I usually do power yoga and absolutely love it-but my sister is coming into town next week and wants to go to a Moksha class (which from the website I’m gathering it’s another form of Bikram?). However, I tried Bikram yoga once before and HATED it. The room made me feel like I was dying and I couldn’t breathe deep enough and afterwards I felt really tired and nauseous for the rest of the day. So I’ve agreed to go to this Moksha class with my sister (I figure I should try it at least once more and hope that maybe the first time was a fluke). I don’t want to end up feeling the way I did after my first experience with hot yoga- so what’s the best way to prep for a hot yoga class?

    Any recommendations or suggestions would be amazing! Thanks 🙂

  • Danielle
    June 3, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Self magazine!? That’s amazing congrats!
    I always switch to yogurt in the summer time I can’t stand warm cereal on hot days.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

    That IS exciting! What is the article about and what issue will you be in? Awesome!!

    I tend to stray away from warmer things in the winter too but since they keep the air conditioning way up at the office, having oats in the summer isn’t a problem.

    Have a great one!

  • Anais
    June 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love SELF! Can’t wait to read your interview! Is it going to be published in SELF?? 🙂

    Since you’ve mentioned wheat berries not long ago I’ve been trying to rack my brain because I remember trying them somewhere, I just couldn’t remember where! And I just remembered: it was in a polish drink!! I can’t remember what it’s called, but it was delicious! I’m definitely going to look for some, hopefully I find them at a normal supermarket 🙂

  • Taylor
    June 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I used to have oatmeal EVERY morning regardless. And coffee. I’d just suffer through in the summer! But now I rarely have oatmeal, and when I do I notice I’m sweating like a workout! But I do drink hot chocolate at night year-round, regardless of the temperature. It’s just too dang tasty!

  • Menden (SkinnyMenny)
    June 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Oh my goodness, good luck on your interview! That’s awesome.

    I don’t think I ever used to change my eating seasonally, but this year, I’m definitely noticing a change – smoothies for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch…yum!

  • Becca
    June 3, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I definitely change what I eat through the seasons.. like others have mentioned, more fruit, salads, and grilling out during the spring/summer and more soups, stews, and “heartwarming” meals during the winter. I made a green monster this morning and it was fab – so refreshing! I’m officially addicted to them.

  • Michelle
    June 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

    oh wow that IS SO exciting to be interviewed by SELF!!!! 🙂 I look forward to reading your interview!! Oooh and I definitely do switch up what i eat depending on the season. Cereal and milk becomes SOOOO attractive during summer when oats just seem so…sweaty. 😛 heheheh glad you stuck with your guns this morning though! So did I!! (Put i topped mine with cereal and milk. :P)

  • The Healthy Apple
    June 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Good for you to be interviewed by SELF…I agree with you…the warmer the weather gets, the more I want raw, crisp, fresh veggies and cooling smoothies and desserts!!!! It’s not quite that warm up here yet in Manhattan but I’m sure it’s boiling down in Florida…good luck on your interview and have a fabulous time tnite at the steakhouse…
    The Healthy Apple

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I do tend to change with the seasons. Smoothies just aren’t too appealing in the dead of winter! But I always have the stable bagel w/ pb or cereal all year round.

    Good luck in the interview! 🙂

  • Tina
    June 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I talked to Erin at Self too! Let me know how your convo goes!

  • Ellen (Peace in Motion)
    June 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I did the EXACT same thing with my oat bran and coffee this morning. The weather definitely changes what I eat. I go for a lot lighter, cooler meals in the summer, just like most people. Eating warm foods just makes me that much hotter. I know that drinking something warmer than the outside temperature is supposed to cool your body down, but it just does not work for me.

  • Debbie(Green Apple A Day)
    June 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I hope that the interview went well!
    I change my eating patterns during the year. Right now I am on a huge avocado kick.

  • Lane
    June 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I cannot eat any hot soup or “hearty” food in the summer. I too live in Florida and it heats my body from the inside! Alternatively, I cannot have cold foods like soy ice cream in the winter.

  • Caroline
    June 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    That happens to me all the time–I eat my hot oats despite the 90 degree weather. I also drink smoothies year-round–even in the dead of winter! I really should change up my eating patterns by season to avoid situations like that, but I like what I like:)

  • Emily
    June 4, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hi Jenna!
    Congratulations on the Self interview ~ I’ll look forward to reading it 🙂
    ~ Emily.