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A chat with Jared the Subway guy and a $25 Subway gift card giveaway

Does Jared the Subway guy only eat Subway sandwiches? Where did he buy those cool geek specs? And is he allowed to chow down at McDonalds? Find out the answers to this and more in PastaQueen’s interview with Jared the Subway guy.

Jennette and Jared

I got to chat with Jared last Thursday on a conference call with four other bloggers: Courtney from My Dallas Mommy, Julie from Wii Mommies, Mindi from Moms Need to Know, and Jessica from Fringies…Knitting with One Needle. I also want to apologize to them because I was the moron who kept accidentally hitting buttons with her cheek for the first 10 minutes. As I said, I’m thirty now and can no longer operate technology.

The roundtable nature of the interview created a nice conversational atmosphere, and we got to learn a lot about Jared, his foundation, and his training as he prepares to run the New York City Marathon on November 7. (Good luck, dude!) Jared seems like a nice, down-to-earth guy, who’s still grateful for all the opportunities Subway has given him. Here’s what he had to say on a variety of topics, based on my notes and questions he answered from all the bloggers. (And I admit, I stole most of my questions from your comments on my last Jared entry.):

How do you maintain your healthy eating and training schedule while traveling for Subway gigs?
“It is by far the hardest challenge,” Jared said. When you travel, especially for business, you have to remember you’re not on vacation. You have to make healthy eating a priority. Jared tries to ask about what restaurants he’ll be eating at so he can prepare in advance. He orders sauces and dressings on the side, but the key is to stay “mentally strong.”

You’re very recognizable as the Subway spokesman, but do you ever eat at competitor’s restaurants like McDonalds or Pizza Hut?
Jared laughed and said he doesn’t go to any quick service restaurants because they don’t serve food he wants to be eating. He also said that he’s aware that the Subway spokesman probably shouldn’t be seen at those places. “You don’t want to see me under the golden arches.” However, he wanted us to know he doesn’t eat Subway for every meal. When he eats out, it’s at sit-down restaurants.

How did you become the Subway guy?
Believe it or not, Jared didn’t have a 5-year-plan or 10-year-plan to become the Subway spokesman. He was a business major at Indiana University when a friend wrote an article about his weight loss for the paper. That led to more articles and television interviews until the Subway spokesperson opportunity came up. When he graduated, he had to decide if he wanted to keep pursuing the Subway gig or get “a real job.” He decided to stick with Subway as long as it was still fun and he wanted to do it.

When I trained for a half-marathon, I had to take some days off for injuries. Have you faced any obstacles like that in your training?
Yes, running is completely new to Jared, but he knows you have good days and bad days. The important things is to have the mental will to push through the bad days. He’s fortunate that he hasn’t had any knee problems like I did from damage I did when I was overweight. He’s come to like running, and plans on continuing to run 5-8 mile distances after the marathon. He’s never gotten the runner’s high, but he loves the feeling of accomplishment he gets at the end of a long run.

What has training for the marathon been like?
“Twenty-six miles is a very, very, very long way to go.” Jared has been building up to the distance and has successfully completed several shorter races, including a half-marathon. He says he breaks it up mile by mile. He allows himself 20-30 seconds of walking at each mile. That’s time he uses to drink fluids and mentally recharge. He’s also got a watch with GPS, heart monitor, and pace intervals that he uses to monitor his progress. He’d like to finish the marathon in about 5 hours, but his real goal is to simply complete it no matter what his time.

What advice do you have for other who want to lose weight?
Phase 1 is losing weight. Phase 2 through infinity is keeping the weight off, which is much harder than Phase 1. “Until they create a carrot stick that tastes as good as a mozzarella stick, it will be difficult.” The key is to find exercise that is fun to do and not a chore.

Congrats on your recent marriage! Is your wife a runner? Does she go on training runs with you?
Jared’s wife is not a long-distance runner, but she leads an active life. Sometimes she’ll run a mile with him on a training run and then turn back home. She’s been very understanding of his training schedule. Jared admits, “I’ve seen my trainer this year a lot more than my wife.”

What are some of the best experiences you’ve had as a result of being the Subway guy?
Jared’s gotten to attend the Superbowl for several years, which he loves as a big sports fan. He also enjoys meeting with Little League teams. He got to meet President George W. Bush when he was in office, and Bush told him that at the Texas ranch he’d often ask the secret service guys to run out and get him Subway sandwiches. Jared also got to meet President Obama before he was president, but after the Democratic Convention speech that made him famous. Jared was walking down a hallway and recognized Obama, but wasn’t going to bother him. A few seconds after they’d passed he heard Obama say, “Jared?” They then had a conversation and Obama said he likes how Subway is toasting their subs now.

Can you talk about your foundation?
The Jared Foundation aims to stop childhood obesity. Jared particularly emphasized that he wants to find techniques that actually work, and not just ideas that sound good but have little impact. They’re starting a pilot program in Indianapolis (where Jared lives) in which they’re handing out pedometers to school children and challenging them to reach a certain number of steps.

You’ve been doing this for around 11 years now. What question do you get asked a lot that you’re absolutely sick of answering?
Jared laughed and said one common misperception people have is that he only eats Subway. He wants us to know he does eat other foods. He also feels lucky that people still care, and he hasn’t had to get a “real job” yet.

And where did you get those cool specs?
Jared laughed. “They’re Burberry.”


Thanks to Jared for taking the time to talk to us! As part of the Subway Commit to Fit program, I’m giving away a $25 Subway gift card. To enter, post a comment below listing what your favorite Subway sandwich/cookie/wrap/salad/whatever is. You must be a US resident to enter. The contest ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, November 4, 2010. Winner will be drawn randomly. For more information about the Commit to Fit program and for a chance to win up to $26,200, visit the Subway Facebook page.

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Tabitha @ Just Weighing In • November 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

Sounds like a pretty cool guy. And I’m glad you asked the question about whether he eats Subway at every meal… I would think he’d get awfully tired of eating the same thing all the time! :)

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Denise Paul • November 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

I’m very plain. :) I like a half sub on Italian, with just turkey and American cheese. No dressings, no veggies, yes, I’m sure. I have to convince them every time that’s really how I want it!

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Lanie • November 1, 2010 at 8:34 am

How exciting! My hubby went to IU at the same time as Jared and we always wonder if we had passed him while walking to Subway (of course we were probably driving to Ryans and getting fatter at that time).

My favorite Subway meal is a 6 inch roast chicken on whole wheat with lettuce, onions, green peppers, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper. I usually get a foot long and split it with my 9 yo daughter, who prefers black olives to peppers on her half.

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Diane • November 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

My favorite is the grilled chicken on honey oat with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers with honey mustard. But when my 12 year old daughter and I are out, we usually get a foot long ham and cheese and split it.

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Amanda • November 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

my favorite is a BMT on Italian herbs and cheese with american cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions, and a little bit of mayo.

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Annie B • November 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

Great article! I have a question… were those answers to the interview questions your summary and not his words verbatim? Just wondering if he really does refer to himself in the 3rd person (which is weird).

As for Subway sandwiches, my fave is the sweet chilli chicken with lettuce, olives, jalapeños.

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Jen W • November 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

I like to get a sub with lots of veggies (no olives, thank you), and I’ll either get turkey or cheese but not both. If I do get cheese, I don’t actually eat it on the sandwich, I take it off and eat it by itself.

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Bat • November 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

My favorite sub would have to be turkey on wheat with green peppers! mmmmm

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Mami2jcn • November 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

I like the black forest ham.

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Pauline Davis • November 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

My favorite is the turkey with cheddar and all the veggies with jalapenos. Yum!

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Amy • November 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

I love the grilled chicken with lettuce and pickles on wheat or sometimes the flat bread!!

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Lisa S. • November 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

I always order turkey on wheat with spinach, red onions, cucumber, pickles and yellow mustard.

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Julie L • November 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

I love the oven roasted chicken with spinach, tomato, onion, banana peppers, vinager and oil. Sometimes with provolone cheese, but most of the time no cheese. Yum!

All this thinking about Subway makes me want to go there for lunch today.:-)

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Lindsay • November 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

While I really love the veggie pizza, my favorite sub is the chicken breast on wheat with lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper, sometimes pickles and mild peppers, and honey mustard or sweet onion sauce. I wish I could get a non-real job like Jared…thanks for interviewing him!

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Teresa D • November 1, 2010 at 11:09 am

Great interview with Jared. My favorite sub is the Turkey on wheat with Pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, banana peppers, and red wine vingar.

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Kate • November 1, 2010 at 11:12 am

My favorite is 6 inch ham and turkey (no cheese) on wheat with lettuce, tomato, green peppers, extra onion, extra banana peppers and yellow mustard. I want one now!

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SkippyMom • November 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

What a great interview. He is still as cute as ever.

I have to say my favorite sub is the veggie sub [no olives] with oil and vinegar, s&p but no mayo or mustard. I love the way it all melds. I am not a vegetarian, but I have to adhere to a low sodium diet so I only treat myself to deli meats on occasion, but I do DREAM about a turkey sub often…..yum.

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lauren • November 1, 2010 at 11:21 am

6 in turkey on italian herbs and cheese or tuna on wheat. YUM!

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Colleen • November 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

My favorite sandwich is the roasted chicken on whole wheat, and I toast it WITH my veggies, so it’s all nice and warm–extra spinach, green peppers, red onion, olives, and tomato, with just a litlte sweet onion dressing. Now I’m craving it, so I better win that gift card!

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Jessica • November 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

Seafood sandwich on Honey Oat. I almost never order anything else!

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Annie • November 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

I actually like the Veggie Delight with vinegar and olive oil. I like how crunchy it is.

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auntjone • November 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

My current fave is a 6 inch wheat Subway club with lots of veggies (except tomatoes, bleh!) and either yellow or spicy mustard. I’m on Weight Watchers (lost 8 pounds since 8/30!) and when I found out how many Points a flatbread has I nearly wept. I really like the flatbreads but I’ve learned to live without them- for now!

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Lisa • November 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

My favorite Subway sandwich is a Spicy Italian on wheat bread. Loaded with veggies of course!

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Pam • November 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I used to love the Spicy Italian or Italian BMT, I would get it with plenty of mayo and vinegar and oil and all the veggies. I always held the cheese, however, and that helps some. I mostly did it because I don’t like cheese that isn’t melted, but now it is a good excuse to save the calories of cheese. I usually still get the Spicy Italian with a little bit of LITE mayo, and all the veggies except hot peppers (extra banana peppers though), spinach and cucumbers. I have cut back to the 6″, where I used to get the 12″. As nearly as I can figure, it’s about 550 calories, which is do-able for one meal. I LOVE Subway!

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Lola • November 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

6″ veggie on honey oat with honey mustard.
Yum.

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Brandy E. • November 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I loved the orchard chicken salad that they had over the summer, but now it’s back to the sweet onion chicken for me. :) I love Subway, but I couldn’t eat it every day either.

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Ashley H • November 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I love the Subway Melt.

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Cynthia • November 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm

6″ roasted chicken breast on whole wheat with all the veggies except jalapeno. Pepper, no salt. Sometimes I do the jalapeno too, but not always. Sometimes I hold the cheese. Usually I opt for either honey mustard or sweet onion sauce, but tell them not to put much.

Also quite fond of the roasted chicken breast as a salad! With a side of apple slices.

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy • November 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Cool interview! Can you imagine people thinking that he STILL eats Subway everyday. They have good sandwiches but every day?

I love the chicken sweet onion teriyaki. Toasted, no cheee. I just had one the other day. We don’t eat out a lot and when we do, I like to avoid grease. I usually get the salads when I go there because the bread is so high calorie but this time I got the bread and ate the whole thing! Yum!

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Julia • November 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

While out doing boy scout popcorn sales I got to eat more Subway than I have in a while and tried there buffalo chicken which I enjoyed :)
Good luck on your Marathon Jared :)

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Monica • November 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I’m definately a Subway Club girl!

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Jessie C. • November 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I like teriyaki chicken sub
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PJ • November 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I love the sweet onion chicken teriyaki on italian. Yum!

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Pattiey • November 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

My favorite is the double turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tom, onion, pickles, green peppers, mayo, on wheat. Tasty:>

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Caroline Calcote • November 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I love the veggie sub, because they have such a good variety to choose from :)

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Mindy • November 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Well my friend turned me onto the veggie delight with avocado and the sweet onion sauce.. It is satisfying and sweet.. love it..

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Melinda • November 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I’m lovin’ the new breakfasts!

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lee • November 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

the cold cut trio used to be the cheapest, so of course it HAD to become my favorite. i get it on italian cheese bread with everything except pickles. i love oil & vinegar instead of mayo & mustard. i pull off the jalapenos and banana pepper rings (i eat them like potato chips!).

i miss the sub club card!

great giveaway, great hostess!

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Jaimie • November 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

My favorite is a toasted 6 inch turkey sub on honey oat with fat free honey mustard, provolone cheese and a TON of lettuce (like a big ‘ol salad). Yum!

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Chris • November 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

My go-to sandwich is a 6 inch ham and turkey on wheat with pepperjack..toasted of course…with lettuce, tomato, pickles, black olives, banana peppers and light mayo. YUM. I’m hungry now….

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Ruth • November 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

My favorite Subway sandwich is the tuna on wheat, with everything but hot peppers.

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Brenna • November 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

My favorite is Turkey on 9 Grain Honey oat with mustard and all veggies except olives & onions! I have then burrow out the bread so its more veggies less bread – yum.

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she overflows • November 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I like a footlong Subway club on Italian or white, American cheese, no veggies, no condiments. I eat it for lunch for two days!

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vickie • November 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Monday is a very busy night at our house. My girls (16 and 12) each get a veggie sandwich, apples and chips for dinner between events. I go into the same Subway location at the same time each week and order the same combination of things – the guy always recognizes me, which is nice.

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Jennifer • November 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I love turkey sandwiches, with cheddar cheese, black olives, tomato, and dill pickles. Yum, yum, yum.

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Ana • November 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

My favorite Subway sandwiches are the chicken bacon ranch and tuna salad. Yum Yum. Unfortunately those are not on the fit menu, so I’ve migrated to some healthier choices recently (club sandwich most of the time). But I still indulge in a tuna sub sometimes because they are super yum.

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Shana • November 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

my favorite is a steak and cheese on white with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, s and p, oil and vinegar.

I eat a 6 inch turkey on wheat, hold the cheese with almost all the veggies and a little bit of spicy mustard.

Both are delicious!

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John's Weight Loss Blog • November 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

12″ (I’m trying to got to 6″, I swear) Turkey on flat bread, no cheese, spicy mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, jalapenos, spinach, vinegar and salt/pepper.

Oh great, now I’m hungry.

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Lisa@Pickles and Cheese • November 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

My favorite is a Turkey and Pepperjack cheese on Italian Herbs and Cheese bread…a bag of salsa Sun Chips if I really want to indulge and water. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Kelan • November 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Sweet onion teriyaki on italian bread.

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Emily • November 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I love the part about not wanting to bother Obama, and then getting recognized! My favorite Subway sandwich is the grilled chicken breast, with lots of veggies.

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Bethany • November 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

My favorite sandwich is this one:

6inch Honey Oat
Turkey Double Meat (not toasted)
dijon mustard & lite mayo
lots of spinach, tomato, olives, cuke, banana peppers, jalapeno & carrot slices ( if they have them)

Sometimes I get Roast Beef though…my acupuncturist says that I need more flesh in my diet!

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Alissa • November 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

How cool that you got to interview Jared! My fave sub is the turkey and ham!

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Nickole • November 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Chicken Bacon Ranch on 9 Grain Wheat Bread with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and just a hint of the ranch dressing! :) SUBWAY ROX!

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KandJsmom • November 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Awesome interview! I love that he lives in Indy and went to IU! Makes him seem more real to me. My fave Subway sandwich is the Cold Cut Trio with American Cheese, lettuce, pickles, mayo, and banana peppers. I also love their Teriyaki Chicken..yummy!

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Jenny S • November 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Always the same…. Turkey on wheat, spinach, tomato, onion and pickle. Light mayo when I’ve been really good!

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Bethama • November 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Really? Just about any of the deli sandwiches, as long as it’s loaded with sweet pepper pickles. I also go cheese-less, but that’s more to do with calorie-consciousness than taste preference (though, until VERY recently, I wasn’t much of a cheese eater, anyway).

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Annika Q • November 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm

My favorite Subway sandwich is the Veggie Delite (I’m semi-vegetarian and used to be fully vegetarian, so it was always the way to go). I eat it with cheese, either mayo and mustard or oil and vinegar , and usually almost all the vegetables that are there. When I was a kid I always got a footlong, and one time my grandparents insisted I wouldn’t be able to finish it. They were easily proven wrong, but now I would get the 6-inch because, well, I shouldn’t be growing anymore.

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Alison O. • November 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Oh, Club all the way – and right now it’s even 5 bucks! Occasionally I’ll get the chicken breast, if I feel like mixing it up. Usually on wheat, or Italian Herbs and Cheese if I’m feelin’ fancy. Toasting is definitely the way to go, and give me all the veggies EXCEPT onions and jalapenos. (I’ll reek like them for the rest of the day if I indulge.) Throw on some light mayo and we’re set! I love that I can eat half for dinner and take the other half for tomorrow’s lunch. It makes packing lunch the next day a bunch simpler.

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Jennifer • November 2, 2010 at 1:08 am

I love the cold cut combo with Italian Herb cheese bread!

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Amy • November 2, 2010 at 4:54 am

I’m happy that I can get pretzels or baked chips with Subway. Way to go!

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Pat • November 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

Subway is the only lunch option at my workplace unless you have time to leave campus, so I’m VERY familiar with their menu. I really like the Sweet Onion Teriyaki, but I usually get it as a salad rather than as a sub. My next most common order is the turkey breast salad. In both cases, I get lettuce, spinach, carrot, onion, tomatoes and banana peppers. I usually don’t get any cheese–I’d rather spend my calories elsewhere, even though I love cheese.

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Nita • November 2, 2010 at 8:28 am

Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki! No cheese, lots of veggies. I adores this sandwich!

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Helen • November 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

If Jared thinks 26 miles is a long way, I wonder what he’ll think when he realizes he has to run 26.2. Believe me that .2 is jut about the longest part of a marathon.

My favorite is ham and turkey on whole wheat with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and olives, spicy mustard, salt and pepper thank you very much.

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Trini • November 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

They used to offer a chicken parm that was great! Some stores can still make it, if you give them directions (chicken breast with melted parm, red sauce from the meatball container).

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Megan • November 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

I like turkey on wheat with banana peppers, black olives, lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar, and pickles.

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Erica • November 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

My favorite is a 6″ Italian Herbs and Cheese, turkey, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, banana pepper (sometimes jalapenos), if I have enough points for the day I will add bacon and Southwestern dressing…YUM!!!

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Candi Clemence • November 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

My fav Subway is the 6″ turkey sub w/ tons of veggies, no cheese. Very filling and yummy!

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Rose • November 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

I kind of feel like a cretin because I rarely comment except to enter a giveaway. But I like the italian cold cuts sandwich and sugar cookies!

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Ann • November 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

Turkey – with honey mustard on wheat or oat bread. Loaded with veggies. Yum.

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Soraya • November 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

i adore subway because it’s a place my vegetarian daughter can get a real meal. veggie delite all the way for us.

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meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman • November 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I love the veggie delight sandwich with Italian bread
with spicy mustard,and vinegar and oil
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Beth • November 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki with all the veggies available!

(There was also a seafood salad sub that I really liked but I haven’t seen it in a while…)

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mom taxi julie • November 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Well here’s one that I could go for winning! Subway is one of the only restaurants pretty close to where I work. I love the chicken bacon ranch. It would probably be a lot healthier if I didn’t get hte bacon ranch part though ;)

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Scott • November 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I was a big fan of the low-carb wraps they used to have. Now I typically get a chicken bacon ranch sub made into a salad.

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Pat B • November 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Love the new breakfast sandwiches. Egg white & ham with lots of veggies is a great breakfast or midmorning snack.

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Sharilyn • November 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Love the white choc. macadamian cookies. Their unsweet tea is pretty awesome too.

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Sarah • November 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm

my fave is the bmt on honey oat with pepper jack, with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, green peppers, oregano and a smidge of oil. toasted of course!

and that explains why i can’t re-take of those last few pounds.

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PastaQueen • November 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

@Annie B – If a sentence is in quotes, it contains Jared’s exact words. Otherwise it’s a summary of what he said because I wasn’t recording the conversation.

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Chrissy • November 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I like turkey, provolone on honey wheat, dry..(yeah that helps w/the WL) and lots o’ veggies. If I eat it at home I put some avocado on it too.

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Stephanie • November 3, 2010 at 12:17 am

Well, I love cookies, but usually choose a 6 inch sweet onion chicken teriyaki.

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Gayle • November 3, 2010 at 2:45 am

Veggie Delight on Honey Oat with lots of jalapenos and banana peppers please!

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Lin • November 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

My fave Subway item is the chicken teriyaki. I’ve never tried the cookies, but will now that other comments say they are good.

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Jamie • November 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Love the veggie sub!!!!

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Sandy • November 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

My favorite sub is 6″ honey oat, turkey (no cheese), lettuce, cukes, spinach, green peppers and honey mustard.

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Amanda • November 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I like the black forrest ham and turkey. I’m a pretty plain Subway eater wh unfortunately doesn’t like many veggies. I wish I knew how to change that.

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Kathy • November 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

sweet onion chicken teriyaki – yum

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Jennifier • November 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Yum!!! Reading this makes me want to Subway!!

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