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Grilled Cheese, Gnocchi & Green Smoothies

First things first, thanks for the comments on my Monday post. It feels really good to know that I can open up and write from the heart and be supported in that. It’s even better when you tell me it resonates with you and that it even helps out in any small way. I am really lucky to have this space to share.

If you though my post topics for the week have been all over the board, wait until you see what I’ve been eating! It’s been a strange week of eats. As I talked about in my stress and the stomach post, my digestion is the first thing to get crazy when life gets crazy. So I’ve been all about the intuitive eating this week and letting myself have whatever I feel like I need…which is a strange mix between juices, smoothies and soups and all the cheesy, carby, comfort food I can get my hands on! 😛



Banana oatmeal in a peanut butter jar and tea. I’ve been all about tea in the morning this week. I haven’t had coffee once. Ever since the juice cleanse I have cut back on coffee so much. When I have it now it’s usually later in the morning or early afternoon and just one cup.


Green, green, green smoothie! I seriously tried to see how much spinach I could get into it (at least 2 cups, thank you Vitamix!). I think I did a pretty good job getting this thing ultra-green and I couldn’t taste the spinach (swear!). This mix was banana, frozen peaches, frozen mango, protein powder, almond butter, ice and almond coconut milk. Yummy.



Black-eyed pea and collard green soup at Whole Foods with a side of vegan cornbread and kombucha. The soup was just okay. It was really salty and made me thirsty for the rest of the day. I heated up the cornbread a bit though and it was awesome.


Quinoa lunch bowl! It’s been forever since I made one of these. I cooked some quinoa in chicken broth and then served it on a bed of spinach with cherry tomatoes, avocado, goat cheese, plain greek yogurt, hummus and a drizzle of basil olive oil and red wine vinegar. Yum.



I picked up this Evolution Harvest bar at Starbucks a couple of days ago. It was my first time trying this brand and I really liked it so I wanted to share since I’ve seen them in Starbucks and Whole Foods. It was packed with nuts and fruit.



Roasted cauliflower, baked tofu and roasted acorn squash.


Grilled cheese with gruyere, mozzarella and white cheddar with spinach and pepper jelly on sourdough. Be still my heart…so good.


Tapas with a friend last night. We split mussels and this awesome gnocchi dish. Seriously, this was inane. Gnocchi in a parmesan cream sauce with brussels sprouts, mortadella (a type of Italian sausage) and pistachio pesto.

To wrap it all up. 


My sweet girl loves to prop her chin on any and everything. Last night it was the couch as she was begging for attention and she fell asleep like this.

Are you a total coffee addict or can you skip days? 

Does your appetite change when you’re stressed/emotional? 

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  • Madison January 15, 2014, 3:30 pm

    I have 1 cup of coffee in the morning and 1 cup of tea in the afternoon.

    My appetite changes–when I’m stressed: I eat more and when I’m happy/not stressed: I eat less!

  • kaitlyn January 15, 2014, 4:30 pm

    First off I am going to have to replicate your quinoa lunch bowl because just looking at it made my mouth water and my stomach growl!
    I’m not a total coffee addict, but I do enjoy my morning cup of joe. I think I do tend to eat less when I’m stressed/emotional. Also, when I’m feeling that way what little I do eat tends to be more comfort style food- nothing like some good mac & cheese to cheer someone up!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 15, 2014, 4:31 pm

    mmm,GRRReat photo of the green smoothie.

  • Kiki January 15, 2014, 4:43 pm

    I love a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning, tastes good but something comforting to me about it as well. I have seen the baked tofu in your posts over time… Was wondering what the steps are in preparing/cooking it. Although I am vegetarian I have never cooked tofu!

  • Hayley@healthyregardshayley January 15, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Have you felt different since cutting back on coffee? I am a total coffee addict, I could drink it at all times of the day, not only does the caffeine help but I love the fast. Appetite totally changes depending on my stress/anxiety level. Or actually I am not sure if it is my appetite that changes to be honest, but I eat more if I am stressed.

  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 15, 2014, 4:48 pm

    I love, love, love coffee. I lived in Seattle for three years, and I (fortunately/ unfortunately) turned into a serious coffee lover. As for the stress/ stomach stuff, I am also very prone to an upset stomach if I’m stressed, and I tend to really gravitate towards carbs (for some reason, I’m convinced that carbs settle my stomach) and bubbly things (kombucha or Zevia). Crunchy vegetables and beans are definitely no-go.

  • She Rocks Fitness January 15, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Coffee addict! I love the taste, the routine, and how it warms my belly on those REALLY early morning. I keep it simple though…coffee + skim milk. When I get stressed I actually get bloated. It’s uncomfortable and annoying. Can you make me that grilled cheese and we’ll split a bottle of wine? XOXO

  • Melanie Allen January 15, 2014, 5:49 pm

    Jen, last night I literally researched online “best green smoothies” because I want to start making sure that my diet is as balanced and strong as possible — and then you posted this this morning! If you don’t me asking, how do you make that yummy looking green smoothie? Thanks so much!

  • Amanda @Fitforgloryfoundbygrace January 15, 2014, 9:31 pm

    you’re grilled cheese sandwiches always look AMAZING. When I stress i definitely go for just that; carbs and cheese.:D And peanut butter. But that’s a given! 😉

  • Cameron January 15, 2014, 10:38 pm

    This post totally speaks to me! I am a major stress eater which is one of my biggest diet downfalls! I wish I could be someone that doesn’t have an appetite when I’m stressed

  • Cameron January 15, 2014, 10:41 pm

    This post totally speaks to me! I am a major stress eater which is one of my biggest diet downfalls! I wish I could be someone that doesn’t have an appetite when I’m stressed

  • Cameron January 15, 2014, 10:42 pm

    This post totally speaks to me! I am a major stress eater which is one of my biggest diet downfalls! I wish I could be someone that doesn’t have an appetite when I’m stressed

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 16, 2014, 4:33 am

    I really need to get back into making green smoothies! Do you have a “formula” for how much of each ingredient you add in? I know I used to, but it’s been WAAAY too long since I’ve made one haha!

  • Anne January 16, 2014, 7:27 am

    Do you know that mortadelle is like a “chic” version of baloney 🙂

  • Christianna January 16, 2014, 9:02 am

    Coffee is my best friend! Between early mornings, and long days at work, it is my must have drink. Black is best, but I also have a Nespresso maker, which I love making cappuccino’s with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. As for green smoothies, bought a Vitamix a few months back, got my husband hooked, and then I kinda got off that kick. So good, fresh, and really simple – always love that you share your recipes! Beware though, recently tried making date puree/jam with the Vitamix, and it suddenly stopped working for me (eeekk!). Thought that thing was indestructible. Thank goodness for warranties…

  • Courtney F January 16, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Oo, I love that harvest bar too. Whenever we go into Starbucks, my husband asks if I need a “pepitas” !! So tasty!!

  • Emily L. January 17, 2014, 11:31 am

    I have a green smoothie every morning for breakfast and I can’t get enough! It’s my go-to, even on cold mornings. I used to be a big coffee drinker but found that switching to green tea made me feel better. Coffee tends to make me really hungry and I used to snack more mid-morning because of it. Your grilled cheese looks amazing!

  • Amy January 17, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I had to switch to decaf after doing a cleanse. I still love coffee, but caffeine sends me through the roof now. Unfortunately, it seems like decaf just doesn’t taste as good 🙁

  • Laura January 19, 2014, 10:31 am

    It all looks yummy!!! Where did you go for the tapas? I live in Charlotte and am always in search of new restaurants to try 🙂 thanks!

  • Jessica January 28, 2014, 6:58 pm

    LOVE this post, thank you! It’s my first time to your site but I’ll definitely be back. I pinned the pic of the quinoa spinach salad, love it! Came across your post while searching for green smoothie recipes 🙂 I found 2 more decent looking green drink recipes that I am going to try along with yours later this week. Kale and Banana for one and Chard and Berry for another… Here they are — http://www.ivlproducts.com/all-day-energy-greens-drink/fitness-and-nutrition/Green-Supplement-Green-Smoothie-Recipes-to-Keep-You-Fueled-Throughout-Your-Day.aspx

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