The “Keys” to a good day.

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 2, 2008

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone! I had a good one – here are some of the “keys”…

1) I had good food (well of course this is #1!)

2) I had a good, productive day at work.

3) And the third “key” to my good day is…


But more on that one later 😉 First things first – the food!


I gave the Cerealoatmix another try this morning! I used the last of my instant oatmeal packets (I stopped buying it in hopes that it would inspire me to wake up early enough to make stove-top oats when I want oatmeal – gulp!) combined with 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes. I took it out of the microwave and found, to my surprise, that the almond milk was having some trouble cooking the oats all by itself. Sometimes when this happens and it seems as though the oatmeal is becoming too runny, I’ll add in my flax and wheat germ to give it a thicker consistency, which works well. Today I decided to go ahead and add in the TJ’s High Fiber O’s to thicken it up. I then stuck it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds.

The result? The cereal was slighty softer, but still crunchy – in other words, perfect! Of course, I added the Nutz Over Raspberries and Chocolate trail mix on top, and a spoonful of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter to enjoy with every bite! Unfortunately, when it came time to photograph, I realized my camera battery needed to be re-charged :( The good news is, I charged it up for the rest of the day! The bad news is, I’ve got to use a “stock” photo from yesterday for today’s breakfast. I’m all about the pictures, so I figured it would be the best option – here it is again!

I did manage to nab a picture of my Coffee Cocoa after my camera had charged for a few minutes :)


I was given a lot of work to do this morning, which kept my mind busy – making the morning go by a lot faster! I pulled out some David Pumpkin Seeds around 10:45 when my stomach finally started growling louder than my “work thoughts” 😉


I took a break to get some fresh air and take in some warm sunshine while deciding what I wanted for lunch. I ran out of time to pack myself something, so it was time to get creative. I figured I would pass something, get a craving, and go for it. Eventually I decided I couldn’t pass up the joy that is the $5 foot long from Subway. I know, I know – you’ve seen it before. But you know you want to see this again:

Ahh…freshly baked honey oat bread with veggies. Fluffy, doughy, flavorful…FOOT LONG! Ladies and gentlemen, this is not just the bread basket – it’s more like the bread basin or extra large bread Tupperware container or something. Anyway, it’s massively delicious :)

My sandwich included lettuce, black olives, green peppers, banana peppers, pickles, and honey mustard. I had half of it and saved the other for later!


I knew I didn’t need an afternoon snack because I was going straight from the office to meet up with my mom. She brought me dinner in the form of – why, yes – another sandwich! This time from Cosi – the seasonal Pasilla Lime Shrimp.

This was my first time trying out this sandwich. If you have a Cosi nearby, you should definitely check it out! The delicious Etruscan whole grain bread is filled with guacamole(!), tomatoes, and freshly grilled shrimp. I usually have a go-to salad when I go to Cosi, but this sandwich was so light and fresh that it was too good to pass up!

So I’ve been eating out a lot so far this week and probably will continue to do so for dinners based on what my mom and I have planned. I’ve decided to make sure to pack my lunch as much as possible for the rest of the week, in order to cut down on cost and to make sure the majority of my meals are homemade. Luckily, I’ve got all of you to keep me motivated!

I leave you with a picture from the Alicia Keys concert! My mom and I went to see her last night because we are both huge fans! She is so talented in many ways – I am usually not quite so moved by a concert, but I will admit to you that I actually cried during one of her songs.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

1 Erica July 2, 2008 at 6:25 am

What a great day! I <3 Cosi but always get their greek salad (minus the olives). I will have to try that sandwich- sounds awesome! Concert looks like a blast! Enjoy the rest of your week!! :)

2 VeggieGirl July 2, 2008 at 8:53 am

Best Tuesday ever – especially with key #3!! ;0)

3 Allison July 2, 2008 at 9:10 am

Thank you!! I’ll add you to my blogroll as well :0) Ah you’re SO lucky you went to the Alicia Keys concert…it looks like it was a blast! And my mouth is watering over here looking at those delicious sandwiches!!

4 Julz July 2, 2008 at 9:40 am

O.M.G. That picture of Alicia Keys is amaaazing! But I’m kind of bummed you didn’t invite me. I thought we were tight. I D.I.D. add you to my blogroll, but now I’m starting to think that may have been a bad move… haha, JUST KIDDING! 😉 Is that okay with you though (that I added you?) Let me know girl!

5 blueberryhil July 2, 2008 at 9:44 am

That’s so exciting! I’m jealous!

6 annaalstondonnelly July 2, 2008 at 10:41 am

Jenn, the concert sounds AWESOME! Actually, I think I may be more excited about the sandwich though. Hooray for bread!

7 Every Gym's Nightmare July 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

yeah- im going to go get subway now…

exciting day! im glad you had a good time! sounds weird, but i like having really busy stressful days at work cause then when i go home i can just sit and do nothing and love every minute of it. being productive is one of my favorite things to be

8 thattallgirl July 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I love the $5 footlongs from subway but i never can eat more than 6″ and no one is ever there to finish the other half and it always gets soggy :(

I’m jealous you got to go to that concert- I’m trying to twist someone’s arm to go with me to the American Idol concert come late august. Get to see my Jason Castro, baby!

9 ChocolateCoveredVegan July 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Wow, I’m so envious you got to see Alicia Keys!

10 sweetsandsweats July 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I am OBSESSED with Cosi. Happy to see someone else who has an appreciate for that tasty little place!

I haven’t tried the Pasilla Lime Shrimp but I think your post has motivated me to potentially go there this upcoming weekend.

11 lindzakins921 July 2, 2008 at 7:29 pm

wow – what an awesome day of eats and fun… the concert must have been amazing – she is so talented!!!

i haven’t been to cosi’s in a while – you’re making me have a craving 😉

12 Kristie July 2, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Mmm nothing like a great sandwich. Or TWO great sandwiches!
That’s so cool that you got to see Alicia Keys!

13 Heather July 2, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Ah! Wasn’t the concert amazing though?! My sister bought me tickets for my birthday and we went in Chicago. It was hands down, one of the best –if not THE best — concerts I have ever been to! I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as we did!

14 Jenn July 3, 2008 at 10:53 am

Erica ~ Definitely give the sandwich a try. I usually stick to salads too but was pleasantly surprised by this one!

VeggieGirl ~ Heck yes :)

Allison ~ Awesome! Thank you :)

Julz ~ Of course it’s ok :) Next time, you will be the first person I call with those tickets! 😉

blueberryhil ~ It was a lot of fun!

Anna ~ The bread is always the most exciting part of my life, I swear 😉

Kelly T ~ I definitely agree with you – I’d much rather have too much to do than too little!

thattallgirl ~ Oooh I’ve always wanted to go to the American Idol concert!

ChocolateCoveredVegan ~ She was great :)

sweetsandsweats ~ You should definitely give it a try – I don’t think you could be disappointed!

Lindz ~ Answer that craving!! :)

Kristie ~
I know. I think at the rate I eat sandwiches I should change the blog name to “eating sandwiches”

Heather ~ It was great! I completely agree – one of the most enjoyable concerts I’ve gone to!

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