life: eating healthy on the go eating out
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
Well, I don’t know if there REALLY is a right way, but there is a way to go on trips without ruining your intestines or gaining a minimum of five pounds all due to poor food choices.
Our go-to fast food is Subway. My kids know the drill. Cy calls it the “hot chipsy place” because that is the only time he gets to eat Doritos. hah! My poor, deprived children. My favorite sandwich is the Veggie Delight. A stunning 150 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Mmmhmm.
And thing of things McDoodies (as we all so fondly call McDonalds) just so happens to share the same parking lot as our beloved “chipsy place”. We all boo and hiss as we drive by. It’s more or less a ritual at this point. If you ask my 5 year old why we don’t eat McDoodies, he’ll tell you why. Unashamedly, too.
Now, if there are some of my readers who see nothing wrong with McDoos that’s fine. This just so happens to be one of the many things our home we do.not.do. I have done a lot of research on that particular chain and both my husband and I agree that their food isn’t healthy at all and we choose to put our money elsewhere. Ok, now that that is out of the way.
Subway. It’s a great place to eat when you’re on the road. That is one fast food chain you can find anywhere in the US (and other countries too!). There is also Chipotle’s. That is our other go-to fast food love. Unfortunately, the closest Chipotle’s is an hour and a half away so we don’t get to eat it as often, but on a road trip…we’re so there. In our town there are four big restaurants and then a handful of mom and pop shops.
AppleBee’s, Damon’s, Perkins and Country Cupboard. I can’t speak for any of the others except AppleBee’s. When we eat there, which is few far and in between, I always order rice pilaf and steamed veggies for the kids. It’s about the same price as their kids meal, but MUCH healthier. Most restaurants should have this option available and if you’re eating relatively healthy at home the kids won’t balk when their meal is served. Chocolate milk is a plus, too.
There is so much more to share, but those are just a couple of ways to try and continue the trend while eating on the go. Our family has severe stomach issues if we eat out too much…this was experienced earlier this year when I took the young people of our church to a conference for a couple of nights. Oh, lord. I think it took our intestines a week to forgive us. There wasn’t a Subway close. uhg. We ate as healthy as we possibly could, and still… Just goes to show that your body thanks you for all those dark greens and wonderful low fat foods you give it.
Please, don’t take my word for it, go and research this all on your own. Each restaurant is obligated to have a nutritional guideline for you to look at. Check out what you’re putting into your body. Please.