Eat or Not to Eat?

Amber Robinson, Staff Writer

     With bathing suit season just around the corner, the time has come to shed those last few winter pounds. So, for those who prefer the quick trip to the closest fast food restaurant, what does this mean? Forget the burger and go for the salad.

     Who doesn’t love Chick-fil-A? For a delicious meal, you can’t go wrong. But as for finding something healthy, it becomes a little more tricky. For the conscientious calorie counter, the best meal you can find is a 180 calorie Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad. It comes with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, red cabbage and carrots, as well as a bag of croutons and dressing on the side. Granted the 180 calories do not include salad dressing or croutons, but that’s still not a bad deal.

     Another classic place that students tend to go is Chipotle. While everything Chipotle serves may be organic, that does not mean it isn’t greasy. However, there are ways to avoid another fattening burrito: a Barbacoa Salad. While four ounces of meat may not seem like a lot, after it has been heaped with mountains of pico de gallo and beans, it is a fairly filling meal. With the meat itself only possessing 170 calories, and the lettuce only containing 10 calories, it’s not that bad. Two things to avoid at all costs: their chips and guacamole. While it may taste delicious each one of the items contains almost the same amount of calories as the rest of your meal combines.

     Subway makes everything easier. With their Fresh Fit Menu, you can see their healthiest sandwiches. Obviously their Veggie Delight sandwich is going to be the healthiest at only 230 calories. However, for those who like meat, for only 50 calories more, the Turkey Breast & Black Forest Ham sandwich is a nice alternative. These pre-counted-calorie sandwiches include a wide array of veggies as well as all of Subway’s fat-free dressings.

     So, for those who feel the need to curb their fast food cravings, but are still wanting to shed the pounds remember one thing: think before you eat. Those last few calories could be the difference between a medium and a large bathing suit.