Yes, Subway could be healthier
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
A lot of people see Subway as a healthy food place, probably largely due to the "Jared" commercials. But they forget to read the fine print. To be honest, it's a much healthier option than other fast food out there and their subs are generally healthier than other places in my area (Potbelly and Jimmy Johns...my favorite sub at Jimmy John's has over 700 calories in it, and that's without adding ANYTHING to it!!!). But it's very easy to make a sub unhealthy...put cheese, mayo, oil and vinegar, maybe some dressing and a bag of chips or cookies and you've just eaten your fat content for the WEEK practically. Part of my nutrition challenge for this week was to eat out and eat healthy while you did it. I ended up going to Subway to get lunch and was thinking it couldn't be too much healthier, but really, it could.
I got a 6" sub instead of a footlong. That's really SO simple, and just cut my calories in half. Previously I've wanted to stuff my face mindlessly while I'm eating lunch at my desk at work. But, I don't need to, really.
So back to the sub...I kept the cheese, because I'm sorry I just cannot eat a sandwich without cheese, it's sacrilegious!! Also I'm not about depriving myself of stuff, I just want to be overall healthier.
I used light mayo instead of regular, and asked them to go light on it too. That also cut about half the mayo calories.
I haven't gotten oil and vinegar on my subs for years, but I still cringe that I used to get mayo AND oil on my sub...no wonder I got in this predicament!
And....that was it. No chips, no cookies (I would occasionally - okay, every time I went to Subway - get two cookies and a drink...each cookie has like 400 calories or something ridiculous like that), no drinks.
My lunch, which was extremely satisfying and tasty, was only 370 calories. That's completely do-able.
Still on track for a great week!