What I Ate Wednesday (Spring 2014)

Hello, friends!  I’ve recieved many requests to share my daily nutrition since posting my fitness routine late this winter, so here it is!  Today I am sharing a look at what I typically eat during the week right now.  I am definitely a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch and tend to stick to the same things for months at a time, generally changing things up seasonally.  My husband Don prepares dinner for us and while we do not eat the same thing each night, we do rotate within a regular series of meals on a weekly basis.  What I am sharing today is a typical weekday menu for me.

Breakfast

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I don’t like to eat right after I wake up.  Lately I’ve been getting up around 6:30 (I tend to wake up within 20-30 minutes of sun rise, so my waking time gets earlier as the days get longer into summer).  I then get in my workout and shower before making breakfast.  I try to eat by 9:00 AM.  I like to eat a hot breakfast in the colder months and it really hasn’t warmed up a lot here yet, so I am still enjoying eggs every morning.  I simple sauté a large helping of baby spinach in a little olive oil, then scramble in two eggs, a bit of water, a healthy amount of Tabasco sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.  I enjoy this with a slice of my favorite bread called Seeduction from Whole foods toasted with a bit of butter.  I also take Chinese herbs every morning as given to me by my acupuncturist who I see on a regular basis for general health.  They don’t taste very good, but they do make a noticeable difference in my general wellbeing!  The herbs I take change weekly so I’m afraid I cannot tell you exactly what I am taking at any given time.  I like to read a magazine and my daily entry from the Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  This is also when I update my Food & Fitness journal with an entry from the previous day.  You can see more about what I keep in this journal in target=”_blank”>this video if you’re interested.

Morning Tea

OJ_MHWL_04-16-2014_02 I’m usually pretty well sated after breakfast and feel full until lunch.  In lieu of a midmorning snack I have a cup of tea with a bit of honey around 10:00 AM after I have returned from my morning walk with my dog, Winnie.  Lately I’ve been enjoying the Republic of Tea Decaf Vanilla Almond Black Tea.  I don’t drink teas or other beverages with large amounts of caffeine anymore, because I’ve found I function better on less caffeine.  This decaf blend still gives me the taste of black tea without the caffeine.  I like to add a splash of milk to black tea for an extra creamy flavor.

I really love this special edition Emma Bridgewater mug sold exclusively at Fortnum & Mason in England.  A very lovely lady sent me this along with some mint tea and handmade chocolates.  I get the loveliest things in the mail!

Lunch

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We’ve been eating a lot more fish this spring and have salmon about once a week.  My favorite preparation of Don’s is his dill yogurt salmon.  We’ve gotten lots of requests to share the recipe for Don’s dill yogurt sauce, which also doubles as a dip.  Don shares how he makes this in the coordinating video (posted below).  Here is the written recipe for the sauce:

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We generally eat this about once a week and Don always makes a lot since he knows I like to use the leftovers for my lunch.  I’ve been really enjoying a simple salmon salad made with leftover dill yogurt sauce on my favorite Back To Nature MultiSeed Rice Crackers for lunch lately.  I add a small amount of provolone cheese to cut the tartness of the yogurt sauce.  It’s delicious!

Afternoon Snack

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One of the things I’ve noticed is that I tend to fare better both physically and mentally on days that I eat an afternoon snack.  I spend most of my weekday afternoons in front of the computer and usually get pretty absorbed in what I am doing.  Without a snack I end up feeling quite ravenous and a little bit cranky come 5 o’clock!  Also, my digestion is generally better when I eat every few hours.  Don has been helping me out lately by making me a snack around 3:30 each day.  I realize this sounds a bit childish, but it was his idea and I am very grateful for it since it has made a big difference in just a couple of weeks!   My snack of choice right now is celery and carrots with hummus, a pickle, and some Veggie Puffs (purchased from Whole Foods).  It feels very well rounded and fills me up perfectly in the long wait between lunch and dinner.

Dinner

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We generally eat dinner between 6:00 and 6:30 PM.  As I mentioned before, Don cooks for us most weeknights (I know, I am a lucky girl!).  Lately we’ve been incorporating more fish and seafood into our diets.  Don’s added a lovely garlic and dill sautéed shrimp to our menu rotation.  We usually have either a couple of veggies on the side of our dinner or a vegetable and a starch of some type (such as sweet potato or brown rice pilaf).  Steamed brocoli is a favorite of ours.  We probably have it three times a week.  Don prepared balsamic roasted portobello mushrooms to go along with the shrimp, which was a nice compliment.

Dessert

OJ_MHWL_04-16-2014_06 My dessert of choice during the week is herbal tea with honey.  While I am not opposed to having a little sweet here and there during the week, I generally prefer to have treats in the afternoon when I am better able to digest and process sugar.  We’re trying to be super good for the next couple of months to lose our winter weight and I am doing my best to save treats for the weekend when I’ll usually have one or two bigger desserts.  I find that a lightly sweetened cup of tea is a nice alternative and does satisfy my sweet tooth sufficiently.  My favorite nighttime cuppa right now is the Numi Organic Moroccan Mint Tea.  It is lovely!

Isn’t my new Cath Kidston mug darling?  It was a special surprise gift from Don last week.  I love my mug collection! 🙂

Beverages

Aside from a few cups of tea each day, I don’t really drink any beverages aside from water.  I’ve never been a big beverage lover, to be honest.  I try to drink anywhere from 80 to 100 ounces of water each day, and sometimes more if I am traveling by air or put in an especially butt-kicking workout.  I use my LifeFactory 22 ounce water bottles so I can easily keep track of my water consumption on a daily basis.  Staying hydrated is key to my general health and particularly good digestion.

I share What I Ate in the vlog-style video below, if you’re interested:

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat on any given weekday at the moment.  I’d love to know what some of your go-to meals are this spring if you care to share.

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127 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday (Spring 2014)”

  1. This video made me smile 🙂 Miss seeing you both! Hey if you feel up to it, seeing the 20% portion of your week would be interesting. Hope you’re doing we’ll :))

  2. Hey Jen!

    Loved this video! Please make more if you feel like it!

    Btw, since you are a @ToneItUpGirl ( I discovered K&K last February through you! ;-), did you get their nutrition plan? Did you follow it for a while? Could you do a video in a same you did, telling us about it?

    Love this type of videos, it mixes two of my favorite things: food and vlogs 😉

    Thanks Jen, take care!
    Marta

    1. I did follow their plan when I first purchased it several years ago to help me with some digestive problems I was dealing with at the time. It really worked for me 🙂

    2. I was also wondering about that. I saw when you did the seven day shape up. But I was wondering if you have ever followed their nutrition plan? I was wondering because I was considering wether to buy it or not.

      1. I did for a little while years ago when I first signed up and was struggling with some digestive issues. Their plan helped me a lot!

  3. Hi Jen! I loved seeing what you eat on a healthy day…I’d also love to see what you eat when you’re not watching calories!!! That’d be interesting as well. I really miss your daily vlogs! Hope you can come back soon!!! xxxooo

  4. I normally don’t come to your blog since it is a lot of the same info in your videos. But since I couldn’t comment on YouTube I jumped over here to tell you that I hope you (& Don!) keep these up! I really enjoyed this because when you try to eat healthy sometimes a food rut is inevitable (for me at least). Thanks for a fun video!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing I really enjoyed this vlog! I was so excited to see something from you today as I have a whole day to myself while my son is off having a bit of respite care for the day!!

    I forget completely to eat breakfast and usually end up with my hubby following me around with a bowl of cereal feeding me as I clean the house lol.

    Hope to see more soon!!

  6. I am sure your eggs are delish with ” tobacco sauce”….. I feel sure you meant tobasco, which the highly annoying spell check changes to tobacco :). It is a comfort to know that other people are losing their winter padding along with me !

  7. I would love to see a video of a ‘less healthy’ foodie day as you mentioned at the end of your video. I love how structured you are, on days when I don’t HAVE to be up, I stay in bed until at least 11am. I would love to be the type of person that gets everything done but it just seems like so much work to me lol! I guess I will just watch you do it all instead!! XX Candy

  8. I really enjoyed this video Jen and the recipe of salmon looks great (thanks Don!) – gonna try it this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us – you are such a creative and posivite person – it’s very inspiring 🙂

  9. BTW, you always mention being so lucky to have such a wonderful hubby (true) but I think he is pretty lucky too because your awesome Jen!

  10. I really, really enjoyed this video. I really like all of your videos, I recently found them and you seem like such a warm, genuine, kind person. Anyways, As the weather gets nicer I find I like to have more cold foods, sandwiches, salads. fruits and smoothies. Less pasta with red meat sauce and more primavera kind of pasta dishes. I have a four year old so our dinners stay pretty simple!!

  11. Hey Jen! Just watched the video that accompanies this blog post and I just wanted to say that you look great! You seem so happy lately and you just shine!

    1. I agree and so nice to have Don in your video, the food looked so delicious. Did you blow dry your hair today? I really liked it 🙂

  12. Hi Jen! I really enjoyed this video! We still get a taste of a vlog type video without being too invasive on your life! The food was always my favorite part of your vlogs anyway. I would definitely live to see more videos like this in the future 🙂

    1. I was thinking of doing these seasonally since people seem to like them. That’s how often I change up my breakfast and lunch anyway 😉

  13. Jen I loved the video. I really miss you daily blogs 🙂
    Hopefully the what I ate Wednesday become regulars thanks 🙂

  14. Hi Jen! Thank you for this vlog! I love seeing the healthy food that you eat on a daily basis and it gives me insight on how to incorporate new things into my diet! I just have a question though…Do you eat any fruit on a daily basis? I was just wondering. I am insulin resistant and watch my fruit intake and I noticed that you didn’t have any in this vlog. Again, thanks for the great vlog!

    1. I eat more fruit in the summer between berries, watermelon and pineapple as I seem to digest fruit better in the warmer months for some reason. In the cooler months I enjoy citrus such as grapefruit and oranges, but not on a daily basis. I also like bananas.

  15. Jen first of all wanted to tell you how amazing you look! You look so glowy and beautiful! Thank you for another awesome vlog. Loved the whole thing! So glad to have Don back too! Whenever you’re up to it can you please show us some of your less healthy meals too lol I just love all your food and drinks… and even maybe go with you on a Tuesday errand day! That would be awesome! Thanks again for sharing! Take Care!

  16. Hi Jen! Thank you so much for filming this, I really enjoyed it! Thank you so much to Don also for showing us his recipe!

  17. Hi Jen, I did enjoy this =) By the way which brand of veggie puffs are you enjoying now? The eggs look so delish!

  18. hello jen! i just wanna to ask something, you don’t eat fruit regularly? i as just wondering (and sorry for my english)

    1. I tend to eat more fruit in the summer (berries), but not every day during the other seasons as it can sometimes be tricky for me to digest. Lately I’ve been loving oranges.

  19. I loved watching this video. I have been a long time follower of yours, and enjoy all your videos but this one made me very happy. I hope it becomes a series. Isn’t it weird that as humans we like seeing what other people eat. But for me it really helps to get out of my dietary funk and try something new so I really appreciate it. I especially love that you tell the viewer where you purchased the items, really helpful. Which kind of honey do you prefer in your tea? I’ve been tiring to give up the teaspoon of sugar in mine so this might help.

  20. loved this new video! A refreshing new spring meals…definitely needed some ideas and this helped. I really like that you have pretty tasty foods but in portion control, and I am big fan of tea, so if you could do a tea time again in the future, that would be awesome. I was thinking about getting out of the warmer tea flavors, and contemplating on what to purchase for spring. Although, it was very nice and summery few days ago, but it snowed a little last night. hehe..extended winter.

    You guys are too cute, thanks for sharing the recipes!

  21. Hi, Jen. I discovered your channels about a month ago. I’m having a great time watching all of your vlogs. They get me through my late night feedings of my newborn baby girl. I just wanted to tell you that you are truly inspiring in so many ways. I started taking better care of myself (eating really well, painting my nails, etc). I’ve also started lots of organization projects around my house. My biggest project is the garage. (I’m taking before and after pictures of it all too). Thank you for all of your many wonderful and useful ideas. They’ve truly inspired me to be a “better” me. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  22. Your food looks tasty & healthy, a great combination! I noticed you are enjoying a lot of British brands at the moment. For clothing I would suggest you take a look at boden & joules. I especially think the alexi tunic from joules would look great on you. They are such a staple in my wardrobe. It is always fun to browse new fashion sites in my opinion. Take care x

  23. Jen…I LOVED this video!! You were always such a big inspiration to eat healthy….One of the main reasons I miss your daily vlogging. Thanks for such a great vlog today… and maybe every once in a while you can do a DITL vlog?? BTW you are looking sp pretty and happy….Love the casual make up you did too!! Have a wonderful week Jen!! : )

  24. Hi Jen 🙂 I am also interested in seeing a surge day. I miss your daily vlog s, as I would end my day with them. Hope someday you will start vlogging again. Even if it’s just less frequent. Hope you are well.

  25. Please thank your awesome hubby for the dill yogurt recipe!!! Ahhhh….I am so excited to have this!!! THANKS DON!!! LOVE you both!!! : ))

  26. I cannot even tell you how much I enjoyed this video; loved Don’s dill sauce tutorial. You two seem to have mastered the right way to eat healthy; everything looks so flavorful…with the exception of the morning shag-carpet-disguised-as-herbs beverage. 🙂 I’d love to see another video showing the 20% if you want to share!

  27. I really enjoyed seeing what you typically eat during a full day. Thanks to Don for sharing his dill sauce recipe. The salmon has tempted me and I normally don’t eat salmon. I love, love, LOVE your one touch tea maker Jen! The spinach and eggs will be featuring in my breakfast sometime in the future. Best of luck with your healthy eating, winter weight is just the worst! 🙂

  28. Hi Jen,

    I love love loved this video, keep up the good work and I’ll look forward to your next one .

    Love from England
    Stacey x

  29. Hey Jen and Don 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this video. Gave me some cool tips on some meals and I want to try that Dill spread. Looks easy and yummy.
    I jumped on here before a busy 12 hour shift as a nurse . I enjoy your vlogs they are always fun and happy good pick me up before work and much better than watching the news!

  30. Thanks for the video update, Jen! It’s nice to see you and your husband doing so well. I’m interested in seeing the other twenty percent of your diet if your interested in sharing. Take care!

  31. Jen I LOVE LOVE LOVE this video and blog post!! I wish I could leave you a voice mail so that you can hear the excitement I have right now hahahaha! I hope you post more of these.

  32. Hi Jen (and Don!) I had fun watching this video. I am not a salmon lover but I’m wondering how Don’s sauce would be on chicken? I’m guessing pretty darn good! I laughed when you gave Winnie her food because our English Mastiff would swallow that in 2 seconds!lol Have a fun weekend – jeannette

  33. What a great video to post! With all the information coming at us from so many different sources you’ve given a great example of what eating healthy is. Your 80/20 rule is perfect and in my mind manageable. Although, that being said – i used to be able to live by that, but now that I’m 50 I’ve had to alter it to 60/40 😉 (I work out a little less too) 😉
    We often enjoy salmon at our home as well, being on the West coast seafood is plentyful here so we are forunate to have it very fresh & not overly costly.
    We recently enjoyed scallops & prawns for our appie (for out son’s 23rd birthday) as well as a Martha Stewarts truffel chocolate cake (hence the 40%) 🙂 It was heavenly!
    Sorry Jen – off topic – I just received my haul from Sigma 😀 and I am wondering what type of soap you use to clean your brushes. I tried to find the video you posted on that – but i just couldn’t find it 🙂 I did purchase some brush cleaning soap from Sephora which I’m sure is great – but honestly it was a bit costly. I was thinking maybe using a non fragrant baby soap? what do you think? I also purchased one of the cleaning mitts from Sigma (so cool) I can’t wait to use them, they are really, really nice! I never would have known about Sigma if it wasn’t for you! Thank you!
    I hope you are having a good week 🙂
    Best to you!
    Shaunie

  34. hey jen! i just wanted to say that i loved this video. I’m always looking for healthy eating/lifestyle ideas and also loved that this was similar to your daily vlogs (which i miss soo much!). i hope you do more videos like this, and PLEASE PLEASE continue to post seasonal hauls on TBBB. That is what got me addicted to your channel 2.5 years ago 🙂 Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

  35. I loved this video! it was such a pleasant surprise in my video feed this morning! 🙂
    this video reminds me I should start drinking more tea!

    love the video jen!

  36. Loved this video! It’s great to see Don sharing again! I’m going to try the Dill recipe this week! Looks yummy. Do you use it in anything else besides salmon? Hugs from nova scotia!

  37. Loving this new feature on your blog! I can’t wait to watch the video later. 🙂 One of my favorite go-to-lunch meals is chicken noodle soup ( I prefer the Progresso Traditional brand), my favorite crackers of the moment, and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. It’s a great light meal, but it definitely fills me up and keeps my energy level up till the end of the day. Definitely will be trying Don’s yogurt dill sauce with the salmon, as well as on albacore tuna. Have a great week Jen!

  38. Hi Jen,
    Thanks for posting this! Eating healthy is something I really struggle with (I just love salty snacks!) so it’s nice to see an entire day of healthy and tasty meals! I would love to see more… Even the 20% days! Thanks for posting!

  39. Hello Jen!!
    As always I enjoyed your video! I would like to if you can post a video on the pots and pans you and don use. I’m in the process of purchasing a new set and I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have! Thanks so much! Have a Happy Easter

  40. Hi Jen! Seeing you pop up in my feed today was awesome! I really miss your vlogs, what a treat to see this video. Thank you for posting the dill salmon recipe, I will try it soon.

    Krystal
    P.s. I won one of your Xmas giveaways (teavana holiday tea collection) and wanted to let you know I passed it on to my tea loving sister in law and it made her day. Thank you for all the effort you put in to your videos and blog. They make me happy, as simple as that 🙂

  41. Yeah, I am sooooo happy to see you back in action, you remind of the old Jen so bubbly and happy. I missed you! and Don too! I love all your videos so whatever you want to share….I’m there!

  42. Hi Jen, really great video. Thank Don for sharing his salmon recipe. I am going to cook, it for dinner on Good Friday. Cheers Fleur x

    1. Actually i couldn’t wait and i cooked it last night. Super easy and totally delicious recipe. I will definitely make this again.

  43. Hey Jen! Loved the video. I agree with the 80/20% rule and that 20% is pretty delicious! Took your advice and introduced donut Saturday!

    1. Just read the blog post. Snacks are super important and it is fantastic that Don does it for you in the PM. Snack time is one of my favorite times of the day!!! And it’s not childish at all!

  44. Hey Jen! I loved the video! I would love to see your unhealthy eating day, this video did motivate me to try to eat healthier. I think I am going too start drinking more tea and less coffee also. My husband suggested today that we start a vegan diet. I don’t know if I will be able to stick with it, I am willing to try. Thanks a lot I love watching anything that you post.

  45. Loved this video and blog post! 🙂 I would love to see a video on your favorite items from Whole Foods! I’ve recently started shopping there and would love to know what to look out for. Have you already done one?

  46. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for sharing! I was one of the people who asked about Don’s Dill Salmon recipe so I’m glad he made it. 🙂 When you buy fish do you get the farm raised salmon or do you get the wild? I heard farm raised doesn’t have as many nutrients and is actually dyed pink so that’s not good, but on the other hand isn’t the wild salmon really thin and bony? I also do the 80/20 thing but lately I’ve been 60/40 due to my late night sugar and chocolate cravings.

  47. Thanks so much for sharing Jen! It was such a good idea and once again your healthy habits are so inspiring! I have been also trying to be healthier. It just makes you feel great! By the way, you look so good, happy and relaxed. This Jen is the one I like to see 🙂 I hope she sticks around 🙂 Seems like your new way of doing things is suiting you. Keep up the great work! Love seeing you on vlog. Its a nice way to do Wednesday. Take care Jen and hope to see you around.

  48. Hi Jen,
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    I was so happy to see a video for MHWL in my feed today. Loved this video, and loved Don’s tutorial. It made me miss your Vlogs, and I am so grateful for this video today. Also on another note, Your hair looks very pretty today. I think an unhealthy day might be a fun video. Thank you so much for all you do. I have learned so much from your videos over the years. Also, thank you for the Winnie shots today, I always love seeing him. Have a great day!

  49. LOVED this video so much! What a nice surprise!! And Don’s yogurt sauce–been wanting that recipe since the first time I saw it! Thank you both!! I’ve been trying to lose weight and work on my health recently, and both you and Anna Saccone have been great examples for me on healthy eating and portion control. I would love it if this became a recurring item in your video lineup! And I’m all for seeing the 20% days too. I think it’s important to have a freebie meal occasionally. And even with those, I know you still keep your portions under control. You’re a great example Jen! Thanks for all your help!

  50. Hi Jennifer,

    Can you please please please do a vlog on your sweet niece’s first birthday?? I believe the party will be awesome.
    Xoxo
    Patrícia

    1. I’m not sure if I will be vlogging Gracie’s birthday or not. It depends on how I personally feel about it and especially how my family feels about it. I appreciate your enthusiasm, tho!

      1. I understand 🙂

        Can you take some pictures of the décor theme? You ( family included) have such a good taste.. Loved the Baby shower you organised, hás everything that hás your touch on it.

        Thanks

  51. Mmm I watched this just before I went grocery shopping so I picked up a big bag of spinach to have with eggs and all the ingredients to make Don’s dill sauce. Can’t wait to try it!

  52. Everything looks sooo good!!!!. My boyfriend and I recently moved in together and since then I gained about 10 lbs!!!! I’m petite (5’2 & 1/2” thank you very much) and even though not technically overweight, that extra weight feels wrong in my body, he’s 6’1″ and he can eat. It’s been hard to try and balance our different diets, but I’m trying to introduce healthier options in his- whole grain breads and pastas, organic and home cooked rather than processed, he loves vegetables so no problems there but; his (our) undoing is snacks- potato chips, dips, cookies (which I kept under control until moving in with him). But I’ve taken tips from you and just last night we tried Hummus (Tuscan style) and whole grain crackers- he loved our healthier snacks. I just showed him the Salmon and Dill Dip and he’s excited to try it. So, anyway thank you Jen and Don for showing him (us) that healthy can also actually be delicious. More healthy ideas, please… by the way I’m not a vegetarian but do not eat a lot of meat…..Love to Winnie =)

    1. It can be hard to balance your nutrition with your partner’s. I’ve found the key for me is portion control. Don & I can eat pretty much the same things, but I eat far less of them since I am smaller than he is. You can find the right balance that works for you with a little time and patience.

      1. Jen thanks for the tip. I think you hit in the nail -unconsciously I was trying to keep up with him, trying to hard to adjust to the change. I guess sometimes you need someone else to point out the obvious.
        But now that we are more settled I can just give me permission and go back to my normal routine and just eat what I need and just be conscious of our food choices, and of course Zumba my way back to shape.
        Thanks again!!!

        1. Sorry Jen, I had such an exciting Aha! moment reading your comment about portion control, that I did not even proofread my post, it might not be clear.
          But I’m pretty sure you got that what I meant was – that I realized that I have been eating more than what my body needs (often feeling so full and uncomfortable) just because I’ve been trying to keep up with my boyfriend’s eating needs, which is ridiculous!
          I cannot believe that I did not realized that on my own.

          I think that I been trying to hard to adjust to this new chapter in my life. I should just relax and let my and my partner’s new life together fall into place.

          Wishing you a great weekend with your loved ones!

  53. Thanks for sharing you day with us. I really miss your daily vlogs. You are an inspiration to many of us. It is nice to see what someone else is eating, helps me to get out of a rut! I would love to see a “naughty” food day. I like inspiration for those days too!

  54. Jen and Don, Thanks you so much for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Would it be possible to ask how you did the shrimp??? They look delicious. I am interested in your tea maker but couldn’t make out the name of it. Could you please tell me? Thanks. Loved this video.

  55. Loved this! Maybe a seasonal video? Of course, the splurge day video would be awesome! Can’t wait to watch 🙂 Thanks for creating content that inspires us to be better ourselves!

  56. Dear Jen, I loved your video. I always thought you ate pretty healthy, except in WDW. everyone indulges a bit there! Tell Don thanks for the recipe, we miss him and would love for him to participate in the vlogs more often! Please do more of these type of vlogs, These give more ideas to me on some healthy food choices! What ever your doing your doing it right, you look radiant!!

  57. I love this vlog, thanks so much for sharing your foodie days! I agree with so many others that it makes me miss your regular vlogs all the more, but I’m just happy to see your smiling happy face! And I love the “guest star” appearance by Don with a cook nook… it’s a video “Easter Egg!” I have been wanting to make his dill yogurt sauce for ages. It’s on our menu (and on our salmon!) for next week!

    I guess this is as good a spot as any to share a polish find with you, but since it’s a green (dilly?) polish it’s actually perfectly appropriate! Don can thank me later!! 😉
    I wasn’t sure when Butter London’s “Trustafarian” shade arrived, but it won my heart after the second coat dried. I did my own Spring shopping haul through Lenox Mall here in ATL wearing it this weekend and I was inundated with raves from literally five different women! My husband was gobsmacked by the reaction!
    Here’s the color deets: “A golden holographic finish gives this delightful sage green nail lacquer a surprising and sophisticated edge.” I liked it so much I took the worn polish off and reapplied the same color… that’s a total first for me!
    It’s in the last call section online btw!
    http://www.butterlondon.com/last_orders/Trustafarian-Nail-Lacquer.html
    Hope you and your family have a lovely Easter holiday!

  58. I just LOVED this video Jen.. I am so happy to see the happy Jen back. I missed you and the vlogs. Hugs from Ohio. 🙂

    1. I believe the company is called Integrative Therapeutics. I take the pro-flora capsules. I was referred to this brand by a certified nutritionist about 5 years ago. You might want to consider talking to a health practitioner before settling on the right probiotics for you. I am no health expert.

  59. Great video! I Really enjoyed. The food was all fantastic. I especially enjoyed learning a new way to cook my salmon 🙂

  60. Great tips and great recipe! Can’t wait to try it … Thank you both so much 🙂 missed seeing you guys!

  61. Just want to say I enjoyed this video. It was great seeing Don in the video as well! Thanks for sharing little snippets of your life. Have a great rest of the day!

  62. Great video. I thought the little dishes you had your eggs in were really cute, too. You’ve got me thinking of healthier choices and, of course, more water!

  63. Loved this video! I don’t think I realized how much I missed your vlogs until I started the video up and heard the familiar “Good morning, friends!” 🙂 I would love to see more videos like this one, it had a nice balance of vlog style footage without being too invasive 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  64. I really loved learning what you eat. I’m trying very hard to eat healthy. I’ve tried to journal my food in the past. However, I always stop. I find that on the days I mess up I don’t want to record the bad things I eat. So, my doctor told me to eat two vegetables servings with a protein at each meal. I had such bad eating habits that I find it very challenging. I will try the spinach and eggs soon.

  65. I really liked this video Jen and I am so glad to see you doing these ‘what I ate wednesday’ videos! It was always fun to see sneak peek of your meals during your vlogs but it is so much better to get to discover them totally 🙂
    Axelle
    Style playground

  66. Can you tell me where you got the garlic paste Don used in the dill sauce? I’ve tried Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s and can’t find it. I’m guessing the flavor would be more mild than just using chopped garlic and I’m dying to try the salmon recipe. It looks yummy!

  67. Jen, I so miss your “What I Ate Wednesdays.” I would love for you to start these up again and would be particularly interested to see what you eat as a new mom. It must be difficult to prepare meals and to space out your meals properly due to the distractions of having 2 little ones in the house (Winnie included :). I think all of your viewers/readers would like to see more about your new life (day in the life, regular vlogging, what you’re eating, your exercise regimen, milestones for CC, how your relationship with Don has shifted, etc.) and less product reviews.

    1. I share a lot of what I eat in a day on my Snapchat (@prettyneatlivng) if you’re interested. As for other content, I’m soaking up this time as a new mama and keeping our daily goings-on more or less private until I feel comfortable sharing again. In the meantime, you can catch little bits on Snapchat if you’re interested 🙂

  68. Do you still keep an eating and exercise journal? Update us on how your journaling is going! Interested on your new exercise and eating routine. Do treat Tuesdays still exist?

    1. I haven’t kept a food & exercise journal for awhile now. I stopped focusing on that so much when I was TTC and pregnant. And every day is a treat day 😉 I just try to balance the rest of the day with healthy choices and not go too crazy with my daily indulgence.

      1. That is great to hear! I’m glad you’ve stopped recording everything. It seemed so restricting and felt that you were spending too much time thinking about your weight and body because you look great as is. Though food journals may be helpful for severely overweight people who need to lose weight, it doesn’t seem healthy to record such detail on a regular basis. Going with the flow and enjoying treats everyday in moderation is what life is all about 🙂 I am proud of how much you have grown and matured over the years and hope you treat yourself with scrumptious goodies as often as possible because as a new mom, you deserve it! Looking forward to more regular posting soon!

  69. Do you buy all organic? What items do you buy organic vs. inorganic? Do you have one store that you usually shop at? Can you share a typical grocery list that you’d use on a weekly shopping trip with us?

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