5 New Things…

by Jenn (eating bender) on August 19, 2008

Good evening, lovely readers :) I’ve decided to change the title of this post to “5 New Things…” instead of “5 New Things I Learned” because I’ve realized with the new format that one thing I truly miss is being able to “journal” – not necessarily in the food sense, but in the sense of sharing interesting things that happen in my life from day to day. Of course, I’m not sure whether you all want to hear about my life, but I’m going to share anyway in hopes that you do 😉 It’s a good way to put the day in perspective, right?

First of all, I’m coming down to the end of my summer internship. I have just three days left – eek! It’s been a really great ride, and I’m really proud of some of the work that I have done. As a broadcast journalism major, spending the summer at a PR firm was something new and exciting, and it has definitely opened up the playing field for career possibilities…

Secondly, the end of the internship also means that I get to go home and see my family! Honestly, even though they came to visit me this summer, my life has felt like there is a huge void and I am looking forward to spending an entire monthYES! There are some benefits to the quarter system at the end of the summer, it just stinks when everyone else gets out of school in May and I get out in June – before I have to head back to school! I can’t wait…

The third thing is actually something I did learn today while reading Self magazine at the gym. Did you know that “feeling fat” could be as bad for your health as actually being physically overweight? According to the magazine, a recent study from Columbia University in NYC says that “stressing about your size may increase levels of brain chemicals linked to diabetes and high blood pressure.” The bottom line: it’s much better to focus on eating healthy to feel healthy rather than to lose weight…

But this wouldn’t be a food blog if I didn’t have something food-related to share :) In fact, I’ve got two! The first is that I finally got around to trying the orange-mango Vivanno today after the last time I saw it over at Our Kitchen Adventures. After raving about the bananachocolate for so long, I have to tell you – I’ve got a new favorite!

This flavor definitely has less of that gritty, protein powder taste, and a much more pronounced fruity flavor! I still like the bananachocolate, but the orange-mango is definitely the winner.

And finally, I found a new, albeit lazy way to eat omelettes: open-faced!!

Yes, that is an omelette on a white plate. It makes it a little hard to see, I know 😉 But seriously, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. It makes it even bigger – like an omelette pie! I made this one for dinner tonight with spinach, red pepper, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

I know I’m not technically blogging meals anymore, but if I ever do something new, you can be sure I will tell you about it! That’s why I created “5 New Things…” in the first place :) Oh, and by the way, see that barbecue sauce? Not only does it make a fabulous new omelette topping…it’s also a key player in this week’s edition of The Lazy Chef. Find out more – tomorrow!

Sweet dreams :mrgreen:

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1 Melissa August 19, 2008 at 11:04 pm

i read that same exact mini article in self when i got it on saturday…and actually i read a really good book about that exact quote and how to eliminate that kind of thought out of your head…because really, feeling fat, is NOT a feeling…so the book says! it’s called “Life doesn’t begin 5 pounds from now” by Jessica Weiner….So good, i promise!!

and love the open faced omelette…that’s actually how i always eat my eggs because i have this underlying fear that folding the omelette over when it’s still kinda raw makes me think it won’t cook…i have a funky fear of possibly eating raw eggs…don’t know why…oh well! looks good though! i love mixing my stuff in the eggs and making an egg pancake too!! nice and yummy with rice and some soy sauce on the side!!! mmm…makes me crave one now!

Melissa ~ Thanks for the book tip, I will definitely look into it! And I totally get what you’re saying about the raw egg fear – I don’t fear it as much with liquid egg whites because apparently you can drink that stuff raw. But if there is ever a yolk, I am definitely going open-faced!


2 Erin August 19, 2008 at 11:48 pm

This new format is so fun Jenn!
I’m glad you get to go home and see your fam! I used to be on the quarter system and now I’m on semester and I totally don’t like it. I’m jealous!
I like the BBQ sauce idea, too. :)

Erin ~ Yeah, I don’t know how I could handle the semester system. I guess it’s just a matter of what you’re used to, right?


3 wholefoodswholeme August 20, 2008 at 1:46 am

so glad you get to spend some time at home! nothing beats quality home time. the smoothie sounds really good, i will have to try both flavours and decide my verdict :) the open faced omlette would be perfect for someone like me – fold overs are so difficult, i find, as i was ranting on about in my last post! it looks so pretty as well, like you said, almost pie-lke 😀

wholefoodswholeme ~ I loooove home! Haha, I hope you like both Vivannos AND the omelette pie!


4 Erica August 20, 2008 at 6:17 am

I still haven’t tried the smoothies at starbucks! I need to do this! I love mango flavored anything, so maybe I will give this a whirl! Yayy for your last three days!

Erica ~ You DO need to do that! Get on it, girl :)


5 glidingcalm August 20, 2008 at 6:25 am

YAY FOR GOING HOME! I am so so excited for you!!!

and sundried tomatoes on your eggs? gettin shmancy Jenn!!

I still need to try the Vivanno’s too!

glidingcalm ~ Haha, shmancy – love that word :) And yes, you definitely need to try the Vivanno!


6 C August 20, 2008 at 7:00 am

I like that vivanno as well, I had one a couple days ago and it really keeps the hunger at bay for hours!

C ~ I know, it’s really something isn’t it? I love when liquids can do that!


7 VeggieGirl August 20, 2008 at 7:06 am

Best of luck with your last few days at your internship; enjoy going home; keep learning new, interesting things!! :-)

Haha ‘The Lazy Chef” – seriously , Jenn, your blog features are the BEST!!! Love it.

VeggieGirl ~ Thanks so much! I’m really glad that people like my corniness creativity


8 Aimee August 20, 2008 at 8:04 am

I’m so have you get to go home to spend a month with your family. I am so close to my mom, and it was always hard being away at school!

I agree with the quarter system, although my school started in August but got off from Thanksgiving until Christmas, but then when until mid June. Some of my high school friends would get out at the end of April and I still had 1 1/2 months left!!

I’m looking forward to your new blog format!

Aimee ~ I hate being away at school – I wish there was a way to get the best of both worlds. Ah, well. And thanks for the feedback about the blog format!


9 Quinn August 20, 2008 at 8:05 am

I would NEVER have thought of using bbq sauce on an omelette, but it is totally appealing and I will be incorporating it into my routine.

Quinn ~ I hope you like it!!


10 eatingbirdfood August 20, 2008 at 8:29 am

Your open faced omelette looks delish. I love sundried tomatoes.

eatingbirdfood ~ Me too! Sundried tomatoes give any dish more flava.


11 Fitnessista August 20, 2008 at 8:52 am

mmmmm i love openfaced omelets aaaaand the orange-mango vivannos :)

i’m excited to see what your blog has in store for us readers!

good luck on the last few days of your internship!!!

fitnessista ~ I’m so glad you’re excited – and thanks! :)


12 HangryPants August 20, 2008 at 10:07 am

I love BBQ sauce, so I can’t wait to see what you make. Going home for a break at college was alway relaxing.

HangryPants ~ Yes, you’ll have to wait and see…hehehe :)


13 HeatherBakes August 20, 2008 at 10:42 am

That Self articles is interesting, although I wonder if the negative effects just come from stress in general rather than worrying about your size.

I totally understand the family thing, too! If I don’t see mine for a week it just feels weird.

Have a great day!

HeatherBakes ~ Great point – it probably does have a lot to do with stress.


14 Mark Salinas August 20, 2008 at 10:50 am

Those omelette’s look tasty! Thanks as always!

Mark Salinas ~ No, thank you! I adopted your technique for answering comments and am sticking to it! It’s so much easier!


15 All Vegged Out August 20, 2008 at 11:39 am

I’m about to make an omelette myself and it may just be openfaced too… yummmmm

All Vegged Out ~ Yummmmm is right!


16 jenngirl August 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm

yummy, i’ve got to make an omelette soon (i’m talking next meal soon! haha) i love open-faced things, i like to get the most “bang for my buck” when it comes to food for sure! i loved your blog before, and i love it even more now, just think, by the end of the month, you will have taught us 150 new things! :)

jenngirl ~ Thank you so much for that sweet comment. I didn’t even realize that it would add up to so many new things – that’s pretty awesome!! :)


17 Fitzalan August 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

As I lay on my couch not wanting to move, I maybe would sell a kidney for someone to hand delivery me one of those vivanno’s

Fitzalan ~ Aw, I’m so sorry you’re feeling sick :( I wish I would fly over and give you one, haha.


18 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 20, 2008 at 7:36 pm

An open-faced omelette is an awesome idea. Maybe I’ll try it!

I love the new way you respond to comments! How do you do it? Thanks!

Foodie ~ Definitely try that omelette! And for more on how I learned to comment this way, see my latest post!!


19 oatmeal August 20, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Glad your internship was a great experience and that you get to spend a whole entire MONTH home! 😀 Best feeling in the world!

And aaah you got the Vivanno smoothie!! I keep seeing these everywhere and I’m just so curious! Banana-chocolate AND orange-mango sounds great!

Hmmm maybe I should do the open-faced omelete thing instead of scrambling eggs with the rest of my veggies! The egg always disappears into grossness D:
The BBQ sauce idea sounds awesome XD

Carmen ~ It is certainly the best feeling in the world :) And you NEED to try that Vivanno and open-faced omelette. I’m sure you could do something crazy cool with both of them – I can imagine you mixing them together 😉


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