Maureen Fraîche

Mixing Business and Pleasure in the Kitchen

A few more swaps…

So I’m gearing up for the launch of another weight loss program and am in the midst of sprucing up the program binder.  This time around, we’ve extended the program to 6 weeks, which means I get to plan two more classes and put together two more chapters.  This is good.  Though a 30 day program was great, I felt super rushed and wished I could have covered more.  So!  For the October launch of Nutrition Makeover, I’ll be adding specific classes devoted to Eating on the Run as well as Fact or Fiction:  Diet Trends and Supplements.

For the Eating on the Run section, I imagine I’ll be writing tips for how eat out without blowing the calorie budget.  One of these handouts will be a ‘swap this for that’ sort of article to show how, even when eating fast food, what you choose can make a big difference in your waistline.  I’ve actually done a post on this topic before and will be adding to it, including more restaurants.  Here are a few of the additions…I think you just might be shocked at a few of them!

At Sonic Drive-In: Swap your Ultimate Meat and Cheese Breakfast Burrito (820 calories) for a Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burrito (480 calories)

At Quizno’s: Swap your Mediterranean Chicken Wrap with Tzatziki Dressing (1080 calories) for a Sonoma Turkey Grilled Flatbread with Cheese and Dressing (small: 360 calories or large: 610 calories)

At KFC: Swap your Original Recipe Fried Chicken Breast, Potato Wedges, Biscuit, and Cole Slaw (980 calories) for Grilled Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Corn on the Cob, and Green Beans (435 calories)

At Chick-Fil-A: Swap your Spicy Chicken Sandwich (490 calories) for a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich (290 calories)

At Taco Bell: Swap an order of Nachos BellGrande (770 calories) for a Fresco Chicken Burrito Supreme (350 calories)

At Dairy Queen: Swap a small German Chocolate Brownie Blizzard (804 calories) or Turtle Pecan Cluster Blizzard (792 calories) for a small Banana Split Blizzard (443 calories) or Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard (521 calories)

Comparisons like these really go to show you that a little research in advance can make a huuuuge difference in your caloric intake…and it isn’t always easy to tell which menu items will have you testing the limits of those skinny jeans.  Take the Quizno’s sandwiches, for example.  If I were standing in line, trying to make the ‘healthiest’ choice based on the item description, there is no way I would have guessed the Mediterranean Chicken Wrap was almost 1100 calories!  I mean, this item has almost 300 more calories than the more suspect Peppercorn Prime Rib Sub.  On the flip-side, who would have ever thought you could get a full meal at KFC for less than 500 calories?  Surprises abound in the fast food lane.  So the lesson we can all take from this is clear: Before you hit the drive-thru, get online and do some reconnaissance.  You’ll be glad you did.

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