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At Home Cooking with Jenna & Antonia…

Posted in friendship, health, recipe, social media with tags , , , on May 6, 2010 by jentonelli

About a year ago, my lovely best friend and I were attending a Media Workshop. The entire workshop had to direct and produce their own short videos on varying topics: fashion, health, cooking, sports, etc. We were placed in the cooking category and made a one-episode, short series called “Quick, Cheap and Healthy” and we covered the “Breakfast Edition.” Needless to say we did not get the air-time the show deserved. Ha. I just remembered how ridiculous this entire process was but the important part was that we had so much fun while filming. I hope you enjoy ūüėČ

Quick, Cheap and Healthy


Shake what your mama gave you… or what I give you.

Posted in cheese, health, lifestyle, recipe, shopping with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by jentonelli

Ok so here it is…

I have been doing relatively well on keeping my diet clean of crap. Yesterday, I had a huge and delicious sandwich with bread and cheese and let me tell you, those two wonderful items ruin my life. Every time I eat something like that, I legit fall asleep afterwards and then feel tired, cranky and terrible. Basically, the food hangover I mentioned after my binge of cape cod chips and heluva good dip. Let me first tell you that, I did know going into the sandwich that I would enter a food coma after, but sometimes, it is worth it to give into your cravings.

But back to my clean diet discussion. For the past few weeks I have been making smoothies for breakfast every day. They are perfect for me because:

1. I can buy all the ingredients in one shopping trip and they last me all week.

2. I don’t need to cook.

3. I get a nutritious filling breakfast, and breakfast is supposed to be the most important part of the day.

4. It takes under 5 minutes to prep, cook and drink! Perfect for someone who likes to wake up and GO.

This awesome juice that you can find at the grocery store is already thick and and packed with fruits and vegetables, making it even easier:

Bolthouse Farms Fruit Smoothies! I love them.
Each is a different combination of fruits and veggies to support a healthy immune system. Each large container includes 8 1/2 servings!

The Fruit Smoothies come in the following flavors:

Strawberry Banana
Contains strawberry and banana pieces. 100% natural.

Contains camu camu and acerola cherries for high doses of Vitamin C.

Berry Boost
Contains 5 types of hand-picked berries, plus apple juice and banana puree. 5 essential vitamins!

Blue Goodness
Contains blueberries, blackberries and elderberries. High in antioxidants!

Green Goodness
Includes 8 delicious juices/purees and packed with 14 powerful nutrients!

The Simple Smoothie:

1 banana

3 large strawberries

1 tsp. of organic wildflower honey

3 ice cubes

1/4 cup of any Bolthouse Farm Fruit Smoothie you desire!

–Place all ingredients (minus the honey) in blender. Blend on high for a minute. While blending, open the small opening for adding ingredients (if your blender comes with this) and squirt the honey in so it gets completely mixed around–

Pour. Sip. Enjoy.

for my bacon-loving boyfriend.

Posted in health, lifestyle, recipe, relationship with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by jentonelli

For the sake of love, we all must admit that our boyfriends might be able to eat a lot more unhealthy than we can and feel no regret or face any consequences in terms of weight or emotion. This can pose a problem. Often, our eating habits change when we are in a relationship. It can lead to becoming unhealthy because we go out to eat all the time, bake cookies together or snack each night before bed. On the other hand, some people are missing out on all the treats in fear of becoming the fat gf. I will definitely say that my boyfriend could eat all day, every day and still look the same. He might hit the gym hard and often, but even the emotional side of eating is much different for him. He could eat bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not feel bloated, crampy and pissy…

(That SlimQuick ad puts it so perfectly….)

To work through our own lifestyles and food choices, without letting it affect our relationships, cooking is a great release. You can search for super-healthy recipes that you both enjoy. It’s a win-win: he got a meal, you didn’t feel like you were giving up your healthy diet or like you were missing out on a treat. However, don’t forget men are human. They enjoy indulging, just like we do. I found this recipe that might be on the unhealthy side of dishes but looks too good to pass up, for his sake and mine.

I am going to attempt this meal next time we have breakfast together (basically because he loves bacon and eggs at all hours):

Bacon & Eggs in Toast Cups

‚Ė™6 slices of bacon

‚Ė™6 slices of bread

‚Ė™6 eggs

‚Ė™1/2 cup of shredded cheese

‚Ė™salt & pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with butter non-stick spray.

2. Using a cookie cutter, cut circles out of bread slices about 3 inches in diameter.

3. Take bread circles and press them into the muffin pan, set aside.

4. Heat a large skillet on medium-high. Cook bacon on the skillet until partially cooked but still pliable, about 3 minutes.

5. Shape bacon strips into the toast cups, fill with 1 Tbs of shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 5 minutes, allowing the bacon to toast just a little more. Remove from oven.

6. Crack your egg and separate out most of the egg white. Drop eggs into the cups, sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Place back in the oven and cook until white begins to set, about another¬†8 ‚Äď 10¬†minutes.¬† The yolk should be creamy.

7. Remove from oven when done and pop out using a spoon, serve warm.

(Recipe credit to

Whole Living Action-Plan….

Posted in fitness, health, lifestyle, recipe, shopping with tags , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by jentonelli

Helllooo … happy rainy day. I would like to invite you all into the next 28 days of my life. It is going to be terrifying…

In addition to applying for jobs, writing my senior thesis and completing the rest of my semester as well as planning for any summer moves; maintaining my health needs to be a priority in a stress-filled time. For all of us, we get bogged down by papers and job searching, taking tests and trying to have fun since apparently college is the only time for that?? Not true. Our whole lives are going to be filled with work and fun… College does NOT mark the beginning and end of this.

We need to find a way to balance our health with this stress, or we will always find some excuse not to exercise and eat right. You know you’re exhausted so you skipped the gym, but the endorphins released from exercise are proven to give you energy…. You don’t have time to cook so you go for fast food. Bad. We need those healthy and natural nutrients to keep our energy levels up and avoid crashing after a shit-load of sugar and dairy.

I proudly announce the Whole Living Action-Plan! And I invite you to join. I was reading Body + Soul magazine last night and found this 28 day plan to purify and assess our health, moods, food intake, exercise, energy, fitness etc. It offers recipes, steps and motivation for all who choose to do it. They have broken the plan down into 4 weeks. The first is a Detox Cleanse. The last is a full and healthy lifestyle. In between are two weeks to get you there. This is not the type of plan that ends in 28 days, it is 28 days to get you to your best self and help you stay there!

Today marks my ¬†first day of the cleanse. The cleanse calls for a liquid-based diet. Wait, before you run, listen up. They say the best way to cleanse is to have liquid-based meals for breakfast and dinner complete with a hearty and filling lunch. For breakfast they offer delicious smoothie recipes and for dinner, tasty soups, you can obviously mix and match, but keep that thought in mind that liquid is your friend. Also, drink as much water as you can… 8 glasses!! And lots of tea will benefit your cleanse and your life.. For the lunches, try to avoid sugar, wheat and dairy. Go for salads filled with proteins, legumes, and hearty veggies. Below is a complete list of foods to INCLUDE and EXCLUDE during week one of the plan: The Detox.

Foods to Include

  • Dairy substitutes:¬†Rice and nut milks such as almond milk and coconut milk
  • Non-gluten grains:¬†brown rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, potato flour, quinoa, gluten-free oats
  • Fruits and vegetables:¬†unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, water-packed canned fruits, diluted fruit juices and raw steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
  • Animal protein:¬†fresh or water-packed fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
  • Vegetable protein:¬†split peas, lentils, and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds:¬†walnuts; sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds; hazelnuts; pecans; almonds; cashews; nut butters such as almond or tahini
  • Oils:¬†cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, canola, and pumpkin
  • Drinks:¬†filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer or mineral water
  • Sweeteners:¬†brown rice syrup, agave nectar, stevia, fruit sweetener, and blackstrap molasses
  • Condiments:¬†vinegar; all spices, including salt, pepper, basil, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric

Foods to Exclude

  • Dairy and eggs:¬†all
  • Butter and mayonnaise:¬†all
  • Grains:¬†wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, most oats (oats are usually contaminated with gluten unless you can find a gluten-free brand)
  • Fruits and vegetables:¬†oranges, orange juice, corn, creamed vegetables
  • Animal protein:¬†pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish
  • Vegetable protein:¬†soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein)
  • Nuts and seeds:¬†peanuts and peanut butter
  • Oils:¬†shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, and spreads
  • Drinks:¬†alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and soft drinks
  • Sweeteners:¬†white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
  • Condiments:¬†chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki

Things to Watch For

  • Corn starch is often present in baking powder, beverages, and processed foods.
  • Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and some mustard usually comes from wheat or corn.
  • Breads advertised as gluten-free still might contain coats, spelt, kamut, or rye.
  • Many amaranth and millet flake cereals contain oat or corn.
  • Many canned tunas contain textured vegetable protein, which is from soy; look for low-salt versions, which tend to be pure tuna, with no fillers.
  • Multi-grain rice cakes are not just rice. Be sure to purchase plain rice cakes.

For the complete Action-Plan with recipes, fitness routines and steps for your personal 28 days to a better self, click here: Whole Living Action-Plan

Let me know if you have been inspired and I will be updating you on my own progress. Ciao–XoX

dear goat cheese, i love you

Posted in cheese, health, lifestyle, recipe on February 26, 2010 by jentonelli

I think I’ve probably mentioned that I like cheese. Yes, but today, today is about goat cheese. Creamy, pungent, wonderful, delicious I want to live in a land of goat cheese!

Did you know you can get it in almost any shape of cheese offered? In a wheel, in a log, in a cone or a button? You can get it so it is smooth and creamy, or crumbly-umbly. You can put it on a cracker, or a bagel. Sprinkle it on your salad. Add it to a sandwich… PIZZA… ahh I forgot about goat cheese pizza. You can buy goat cheese yogurt which seriously anything that allows me to eat goat cheese before 9 am is okay with me.

If you are like me, you might like cream cheese. Well, consider this: You can put goat cheese on a bagel, if you get it in a creamier form, it has less fat, calories and cholesterol and tastes so much richer!!

I’m not going to lie to you, goat cheese is expensive. But I believe food to be the most worthy of my low bank account. I over draft for dinner, I transfer from my savings for lunch…. I may be in college but I’d rather skip a month of drinking and eat good, tasty, hearty and delicious meals.

Here is the one thing I know how to make, it is so simple and if you buy the ingredients the way I do, it will give you a week’s worth of salad with dinner!!! Or you could share with your roommates if you’re nice:

Goat Cheese Love Salad

1 bag of Arugula Spring Mix Salad

1 bag of Craisins

1 Log of Goat Cheese *(A great fresh Petite Buche that I love)* …..

1 bag of candied walnuts

Any balsamic vinaigrette dressing you prefer

**These ingredients will last you a few salads or you can make one big bowl for a dinner party!

Mix it all up in a salad bowl and indulge…. Simple right? You can add green apple slices, grapes, or pine nuts, mandarin oranges, figs are delish, just be creative.

Let me know if you like it, and I truly hope an appreciation for the wonder that is goat cheese arises from this experience !!! ‚̧

oh wait, I love chocolate too

Posted in chocolate, lifestyle, recipe with tags , , , on February 26, 2010 by jentonelli

I know I just posted but I had to mention one tiny little wonderful discovery I made with three tiny little wonderful girls.
1. Diego’s Restaurant located in Bowen’s Warf is worth the rainy walk on Thursday nights for $2 tacos and if you get a drink, they are only $1
2. Dessert options are……. please listen very carefully

Chocolate and Banana Empanadas which are $7 for two thick pastries filled with warm chocolate and bananas, baked, covered in sugar and cinnamon, drizzled with caramel and chocolate and paired with strawberry puree. Yes, I ordered them, took them home, devoured them and it was the happiest 10 minutes of my Thursday.

The Dessert Burrito also $7 for one tortilla filled with blueberries and cream cheese, fried, and then rolled and dipped in the same glorious toppings. No, I did not get these too, I’m not a size 2 for nothing… I’ll probably hit the gym at 6 am now, but seriously, go there, go there now, well not now but soon….. Tell them I sent you. They don’t know me, but I’ll still feel cool.