That four-letter word.

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 3, 2008


That four-letter word is all it takes to make everyone just a little bit crankier. It was cloudy, windy, and rainy on Wednesday. The weather definitely puts a damper on my mood, but at least it looks like the long weekend is going to be pretty nice! As long as there will be fireworks, I’m happy :)


I decided to go for something quick and cold for breakfast. I have some perfectly ripe bananas I want to use up, so I decided to slice one up on top of cereal.

I used 1/2 cup of TJ’s High Fiber O’s, 1 cup of Nature’s Path Puffs, 1 tbsp. of Nutz Over Raspberries and Chocolate trail mix, and 1 large sliced banana. Topped with 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk. It’s nice to break up the oatmeal pattern – but somehow regular cereal just isn’t as filling.


I had every intention of packing my lunch – until I realized that Wednesdays are the days that the interns get free lunch! One can’t pass that up, right?

Today we got boxed lunches a la Corner Bakery. I chose the chicken pesto sandwich, which came with a fresh fruit salad, potato chips, and a cookie. Here’s a look at the inside of the box – it’s actually a great way to cater a business lunch because it’s a lot less messy!

I ate about 3/4 of the sandwich (I pulled the chicken out at the end because it wasn’t very good), all of the fruit salad, and about 1/4 of this guy:

Oatmeal raisin is my favorite type of cookie (hm, wonder why?) so I couldn’t help but sneak a few bites. This one was soft and chewy – nice work, Corner Bakery!


The rain got in the way of the plans my mom and I had for Wednesday night :( Instead, we did a bit of shopping (I suppose a nice substitute, right?) and settled on Noodles & Company for dinner – also not a bad substitute!

I love so many dishes at this place. Tonight I decided to get in some veggies and protein, so I went with the Med Salad. It’s their version of a Greek saladromaine lettuce, kalamata olives, cavatappi noodles, and feta cheese with a yogurt dressing. I got the dressing on the side and fork-dipped it, and I added some shrimp on top.

This salad is deliciously light, yet filling.


I realize I’ve been eating out a lot this week – and it’s not going to change with the approaching holiday weekend. I suppose the theme for this week should be “how to eat healthy away from home.” Hopefully, I am acheiving this theme :)

One more day until the long weekend, everyone! Have a good one :)

1 annaalstondonnelly July 3, 2008 at 9:17 am

What fabulous food today. You are such a great inspiration to show us how to get balanced meals at places we all have accessible to us (Cosi, Corner Bakery, etc.).

2 Julz July 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

Jenn! You are too cute with that cookie :) For some reason the way you photographed it (awesome, obvi) makes it look as though the cookie is smiling at us :) (Or at you) Does anyone else see the photograph in this way? Lol, anyone?

Anyways, I love the soups at Corner Bakery (Tomato Basil = A.mazing and it’s dairy free! (I’m lactose intolerant…yah, nerdy mc nerd) ) and I think you totally exemplified maintaining your healthy lifestyle while eating out! Totally healthy :) Moderation IS key! Deprivation never is :) Way to go girl!

3 Julz July 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

(PS) If that was not enough of the :) faces, let me know and I’ll throw in some more next time. 😉

4 VeggieGirl July 3, 2008 at 9:49 am

Ahh, I’m enduring that “four-letter word” today as well :0( Let’s hope that tomorrow is full of sunshine!!

What a cute box for the lunch – and that cookie?? YUM!!

Have a great 4th of July holiday!!

5 sweetsandsweats July 3, 2008 at 11:00 am

Of course that is okay. I think you and I have all the exact same restaurants–i guess that is what happens when you live in a major city. I am addicted to Corner Bakery. I have learned to just stay away from there if i am expected to get into a bathing, dress or even a pair of jeans any time in the next two weeks. Pastries may be the death of me.

And I am adding you to mine!!

Happy pre-Fourth or Fourth eve…which ever works better. :)

6 Mark Salinas July 3, 2008 at 12:00 pm

YUM, yum, yum….did I say yum yet? :)

7 Allison July 3, 2008 at 12:26 pm

You are DEFINITELY achieving the theme of how to eat healthy away from home! I’m always looking for new ideas when I go out to restaurants, so thanks for the help! :0) MMM Corner Bakery!!

8 blueberryhil July 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Good call adding the shrimp to the salad! I need to remember that I can do things like that…

Also, I’ve added you to my blogroll. I check in here all the time! :-)

9 Every Gym's Nightmare July 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

psh, you shoulda eaten the whole cookie.

and i need to have a chat with my boss because i dont get free lunch. he does buy me starbucks though, so maybe ill keep my mouth shut.

its raining here in Seattle as well. but what else is new?

10 Kristie July 4, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Mm free lunch! I’d definitely take advantage of that too. Especially when they order such neat things, your lunch sounds so good! I like the container it comes in as well :)

11 Jenn July 6, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Anna ~ Aw, thank you so much!

Julz ~ I’m glad the cookie was smiling at you :) I’m going to have to try that tomato basil soup at Corner Bakery – thank you! And I always love smiley faces :)

VeggieGirl ~ Hope you had a good 4th!

sweetsandsweats ~ Thanks!!

Mark ~ Haha – yum!

Allison ~ Aw, thank you, I’m glad that the posts haven’t been too boring!

blueberryhil ~ Thanks! I added you to mine :)

Kelly T ~ You’re so right. I should’ve had that whole cookie – I’m sure there will be a next time 😉

Kristie ~ I know – the “boxed” lunch idea is great!

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