Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Zac and I had an eating contest tonight (because we're crazy like that over here.) I put a Jenny Craig meal in a head to head battle with a Gerber Graduates meal. Both meals were pre-packaged in didn't require refrigeration, which is just a little freaky if you consider that they both included a meat product. Both meals involved some kind of pasta with a tomato-based sauce and both meals needed to be heated up in the microwave to become edible to those not legitimately starving.

Let's meet the contenders! On my right hand, I have a Jenny Craig Chicken Parmasian meal weighing in at 200 calories: On my left hand, I have a Gerber Graduates Microwave, Spaghetti with Mini Meatballs & Sauce, weighing in at a light 80 calories:Just to give the Jenny meal a fighting chance in the beauty and fitness category, I'll show you what she looks like with a side of steamed green beans with 2 tablespoons of margarine:

It's really no suprise that JC recommends that you serve their meals on plates. She looks so much prettier this way.

In the first round, JC went down fast and hard. I was finished in under 10 minutes and hungry again in under an hour-and-a-half. The meal tasted like a more adult version of Spaghetti-O's with the tell-tale smell that accompanies a canned tomato product. Zac on the other hand, enjoyed smearing his meal over every available surface for a good 25 minutes. At the end of the fight, here is what each contender looked like:

Notice the green beans in the bowl that clearly weren't eaten at the end of this very colorful meal. Notice also that he somehow avoided getting spaghetti sauce in his eyes, leaving him looking like some kind of toddler raccoon.

It's clear who the winner of this competition was:

He looks so much happier than I do after eating.


Caroline said...

I love all your post and look forward to reading your blog daily. But I have to tell you that this post is the funniest one I have ever seen. I love the pictures of Zac and I love how he avoided getting food in his eyes. I even had Laura stop the show we were watching to read it. We sat here for 2 minutes laughing. Again thanks for sharing.

formertxmama said...

Ahaha! Thanks for the laugh!! That is one covered baby.

Anonymous said...

Em looks the exact same way after eating spaghetti these days, minus getting quite so much in her hair. She's 2 1/2 now. Bathtime always coordinates with spaghetti night. LOL. And I'd have left the jenny craig in the container. It looks like a lot mor ein the container then on an actual plate.


CruiserMel said...

OMG, this is hysterical! Makes ya wonder.....maybe babies have the right idea. Have some fun at dinnertime!

Just for grins - did you taste the Gerber version? I mean, if it's 80 calories and tastes better than the JC entree - well, you see where I'm going with this.

annab said...

thanks for the great pics of zac. he is so funny!

Williebee said...

To quote Garfield?

"Don't play with your food. Unless, of course, dessert is boring."

Great pix. I have one of my munchkin from her first birthday when she wore the birthday cake.

(btw, found my way here from CruiserMel.)

doow said...

Maybe attacking your Jenny Craig meals with similar fervour would make them more interesting?! Though of course, they'd probably be even lessing satisfying appetite-wise if you were wearing half the food rather than eating it ;-)

Melanie Marie said...

That is just awesome! How adorable is he?