Something rather than nothing

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 17, 2008

A BIG THANKS to those who voiced typed their opinions on the article featured in my previous post. I agree that one of the main questions (posed by many of you) that will be need to be asked in the coming months is, “does this help the people who need it most?” Hopefully (fingers crossed) it will, and other cities and even states can follow suit. It’s true that many people still buy junk food with the nutritional information posted right on the container. Perhaps the same could happen here. Only time can tell – but I’m very glad that it’s something rather than nothing.

Speaking of somethings, there were several that went into my mouth today (stretching with this transition a bit, I know).


I started off the morning by trying out a new brand of instant oatmeal. I know I said I wasn’t going to buy instant again (to encourage myself to use the stove), but I figured I should have some in stock – just in case πŸ˜‰ This morning was one of those mornings, as I took a little extra time to say goodbye to my family :( So I brought out the Kashi Honey & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal.

I mixed one packet with 1/2 a mashed banana and stirred in 1/2 cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk. I heated it up in the microwave for 1:30, stirred, and stuck it back in the microwave for another minute. Then I added 1 tbsp. of flax and some Trader Joe’s Anti-OXidant trail mix.

I really liked the Kashi brand. It was creamy and the oats seemed pretty big for instant, so there was a lot more chew. It’s a bit on the pricier side compared to other brands, but a good buy every once in a while.

I also had the obligatory mug of Coffee Cocoa (hot today!).

But when I got into work, I was freezing! It was scorching outside, so they must have blasted the A/C a little extra. I made myself a cup of hot chocolate to fix the problem:)


Unfortunately, no picture of lunch because it was during a meeting. Today’s lunch was an entire spread of taco fixings! I made myself a “Burrito Bol,” Chipotle-style, with chicken breast, black beans, Spanish rice, guacamole (YES!), and tomato salsa. It was a great break from the usual sandwiches!

I also enjoyed 1/2 of this raspberry bar. Mainly the top part with all the goodies – raspberry jam, almonds, and sweet icing – YUM!


A few hours later, I snacked on a Fuji apple. Nothing much else to say about that!


I wasn’t in the mood for a huge to-do with dinner. I started out with microwaved poached egg whites with goat cheese and feta. I really do love this combination!

After the egg whites, I went back and spooned out 1/2 cup of whipped cottage cheese and stuffed it with some spinach. I enjoyed eating it like a salad until the spinach was gone, then spooning up everything else:)

And later, Bobby and I split a huge plate of fruit while watching Lost.

I love fruit plates! I don’t make them as often as I should. This one had blueberries, peaches and Rainier cherries. An extra sweet way to end the evening.

Only two days left until the weekend! Hope everyone has been having a great week. THANKS AGAIN for all of your feedback on the article – I really enjoyed the discussion we had going. I will try to do that as much as possible!

Have a good one :)

1 glidingcalm July 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

Yay for fruit plates!!!!! :)
Have a greaaaaaaaat Thursday Jenn Jenn!

2 VeggieGirl July 17, 2008 at 7:27 am

That fuji apple and fruit plate look RIDICULOUSLY delicious – YUM!!!

Thank YOU for creating the discussions – they’re always fun to participate in :0)

3 addicted2pb July 17, 2008 at 7:44 am

Of all the instant oatmeals I’ve tried, the Kashi definitely is my favorite. When I left for Buenos Aires I brought 2 boxes of the kind you have (GoLean Honey & Cinnamon), 2 Apple Cinnamon and 2 Maple Brown Sugar — I have to say, with my extreme sweet tooth the Maple Brown Sugar is my favorite by far! SOO GOOD! :)

4 Erica July 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

I haven’t tried the Kashi instant oats yet, I will have to give them a whirl. All that fresh fruit looks delicious! I can’t control myself around large platters for fresh summer fruit :)

5 sweetsandsweats July 17, 2008 at 9:29 am

Ummm, yum for that plate of fruit.

I am really excited by the potential of having calories on a menu so I think I failed to think about the flip side to this. I simply assumed that people tended to be uninformed or had a reason to eat high calorie meals and seeing the huge #s would change their choices. I didn’t think that all the foods at the supermarket already have calories on them and there is still TONS of horribly unhealthy things out there. So I think you may be right, for some people, this may not change a single thing. But hopefully, for the rest of us that still care, hopefully they will put the cals on the menus!

Oh yes, and I adore goat cheese so much that I can’t buy it. Otherwise I literally eat it on everything and nothing but goat cheese.

6 Allison July 17, 2008 at 10:16 am

That’s a good point about nutritional info being on products in the grocery stores, yet people seem to buy whatever they choose anyway. I think it’s a good idea to put it on the menus for those who are interested!! I love your discussions…and I can’t get over how beautiful that fruit plate looks!!

7 iameatingtolive July 17, 2008 at 11:18 am

sorry I missed your previous post, but I have to add: I LOVE what NYC is doing, posting the calorie counts! It just makes so much sense, because food you get out of restaurants are sometimes *so* deceptively full of calories. Like sometimes it’s not obvious at all – things that appear to be healthy (or are even marketed as! grrr) are really loaded with calories. The public has a right to know. It’s all about having more knowledge – knowledge is power. I don’t think it’s controlling in any way, they aren’t BANNING food, they are just being honest about it containing sometimes all of your daily calorie needs (like that onion platter at that one restaurant – Applebee’s or TGIF’s? I forget. But it was 2,000 calories!)

anyway, thanks for posting the great article πŸ˜€ and as usual, I’m drooling over your food! the raspberry bar! the fruit plate! Awesome :)

8 totaltransformation July 17, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Now I have to go back and read the last post to know what you are talking about. πŸ˜‰

9 Kristie July 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

That fruit plate is goooorgeous, yum!

I just read the article. And I have to agree with what most others have been saying in that I think it’s a great idea. It will help people who would like to be informed in what they are eating to eat healthier and make better choices, as well as encourage restaurants to take a better look at what they are serving and try to offer better, healthier options for customers. I would love to be able to see nutritional information for any meal I am going to be eating when I go out to eat.
And the people who really don’t know anything about calories or who don’t even care will continue to buy whatever they feel for regardless of what’s on the sign anyway so it’s not like restaurants will really lose that much business. Lots of people enjoy going out for indulgent meals at least once in a while without feeling guitly anyway.

I just hope they begin to implement this law in more places. Such as where I live. That’d be dandy.

10 Sharon July 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm

The fruit plate looks scrumptous!!! =D

I have yet to try Almond Breeze Chocolate. I usually get original… I need to start being adventurous!! lol

11 Jenn July 18, 2008 at 8:57 am

Em ~ Thank you, you too :)

VeggieGirl ~ I’m glad that you enjoy them!

addicted2pb ~ They didn’t have the Maple Brown Sugar when I went to the store :( That’s my absolute favor flavor too – hopefully I’ll find it somewhere!

Erica ~ Neither can I – I could seriously eat several pounds of fruit plates!

sweetsandsweats ~ Thanks for the follow-up! And I’m glad someone likes goat cheese as much as I do :)

Allison ~ Definitely – but I think you’re right that all of us foodies would really enjoy knowing what we’re eating, so all in all it’s a good thing!

iameatingtolive ~ Thanks for your feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the article :)

totaltransformation ~ Haha, now you know my secret to keep people reading – just kidding πŸ˜‰

Kristie ~ It certainly would be dandy :) I hope they start it where I am soon, too.

Sharon ~ I HIGHLY recommend Almond Breeze Chocolate. It tastes great with cereal, oatmeal and pretty much anything! Plus you can bake with it too :)

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