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Comfort Food In The Cold

Good morning! I hope y’all are having a great week so far. How is it already Wednesday? It’s flying by! We had one of those crazy turns in weather yesterday where it was 60 degrees at 10 a.m. but the wind picked up and the temperature dropped quickly. It was 40 and dark by 4 p.m. and it started raining with snow mixed in a couple hours later. From what I’ve seen on Instagram it seems like several of you are getting some snow. Crazy! I did this “Run from the Snow” chipper workout yesterday at the gym before I coached CrossFit and taught yoga. It was just what I needed to get moving after a long, cold day.

Catching up on the meal front…


It may be winter weather but I’m still craving smoothies a few times a week. I made an interesting concoction yesterday that actually tasted great.

Beet greens
Plain Unsalted Roasted Almonds
Frozen Pineapple
Frozen Mango
Coconut Milk
Greek Yogurt


I have been loving this lunch. Raw kale, quinoa, chicken, golden beets, avocado, goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic. It’s full of really healthy, really nutritious foods and leaves me feeling satisfied all afternoon. I’ve never really been a raw kale kind of girl but it’s working for me in small doses here. It definitely has a kick to it! I picked up a bunch of golden beets on sale at Whole Foods on Saturday and roasted them up (thus the reason for the beet greens in my smoothie…hate to waste any part of it) and they are SO sweet and delicious.


Repeated the bowl again yesterday with salmon instead of chicken and drizzled with basil infused olive oil and balsamic.


Cold weather means comfort food and I’ve been craving it for dinner. On Monday night I made a meatloaf with ground turkey breast.


And served it with mashed sweet potatoes and mixed greens.


And after snow flurries last night, all I wanted was a bowl of soup and a grilled cheese. The sandwich was extra special because I made it on sourdough (my fave) with brie, a spanish cheese, a spread of apricot preserves and lots of butter in a cast iron skillet. There was NOTHING I wanted more for dinner last night than a grilled cheese.

I’m on a deadline for a potential project that I’m super excited about so it’s time for focus and productivity. Have a good day!

What kind of foods do you crave when it gets cold? 

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  • 1
    She Rocks Fitness November 13, 2013, 9:56 am

    I woke up this morning in Houston and it was 30 degrees…It felt so crisp and refreshing when I took Kala out. 🙂 Currently eating Oats in a Jar and it is perfect for this chilly morning before I head to a hot yoga class. Good Luck with the project!

  • 2
    Jill November 13, 2013, 10:01 am

    Looks great, Jen! Question: What do you do with leftovers when you make a dish like meatloaf? I cook for just my boyfriend and me, and if I make a “family” dish like that or a casserole, I get so sick of it by the end of the week, but I hate wasting food! Will you eat the leftover meatloaf typically, or toss it?

    • 3
      s November 13, 2013, 4:07 pm

      casseroles and meatloaf dishes usually are ok to freeze. Freeze the leftovers and pull them back out a few weeks later. I have the problem as you!

    • 4
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:16 am

      hey jill – i typically make a smaller meatloaf (like 1 lb of meat) so that it ends up being 4-5 servings. but typically i freeze things that make a ton! especially things like spaghetti sauce, chili, soup, etc. you could always consider making mini meatloaves or using a muffin tin.

  • 5
    Liz November 13, 2013, 10:11 am

    I crave warm tea when it’s cold. Not really a food, but I just love it!

    Also, random question – which blender do you have? Or do you have any suggestions? I am in the market for one and your smoothie up top reminded me of it. Thanks!

    • 6
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:18 am

      i have a cuisinart blender. nothing to write home about but gets the job done. i have access to a vitamix at work so i’m totally spoiled by that. they are amazing.

  • 7
    Harold November 13, 2013, 11:08 am

    Nothing beats Salmon Stew when it’s cold outside.

    • 8
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:17 am

      tell me about this salmon stew…this is a new one for me!

  • 9
    Elise @ 9toFit.com November 13, 2013, 11:25 am

    That sale salad looks great, also I’m been looking into different smoothies to make.. need to bookmark this one!

  • 10
    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self Discipline November 13, 2013, 12:02 pm

    That salad looks delicious! I love kale salads! Come winter time, I crave roasted vegetables…and it is definitely winter this week with the cold spell most of the country is having!

  • 11
    Katie @ running4cupcakes November 13, 2013, 3:26 pm

    I love crockpot meals when it gets cold – something so comforting about coming home to your house smelling wonderful and dinner almost ready!!

  • 12
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 13, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I crave all types of Chili and soups when it gets cold! There is nothing better than a good chili on a cold winter night!

  • 13
    Kaitlyn November 13, 2013, 5:11 pm

    i swear, i don’t know what it is about your eats, but they’re ALL ALWAYS exactly what i want! 0:) have a great week!

    • 14
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:20 am

      thank you! i love food and making it pretty! 🙂

  • 15
    Matt @ Runner Savvy November 13, 2013, 7:15 pm

    Mac and cheese is my comfort food!

  • 16
    Molly @ Mollysmusingz November 13, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Roasted veggies!! I have had brusseles sprouts, carrots and parsnips roasted together like every night, It is the perfect winter side!

  • 17
    Annie @ herightfit.com November 13, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Loving the soup right now too. I’ve had a bit of an upset stomach for days for the extra liquid is good! And nice to fight the oncoming Colorado chill.

  • 18
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen November 14, 2013, 5:20 am

    How do you add dates to your smoothies?? Do they blend well!? I’m so curious!

    • 19
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:18 am

      i just throw in the entire pitted date (pitted is important!). they chop up into tiny pieces if you have a good blender. i love the varied texture they provide.

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