Healthier Choices

Monday, May 09, 2011

I have gone to fast food places many times and ordered food that is supposed to be a healthier choice food for myself. At Wendys, I will order a plain baked potato, a small chili and a side salad. I have to watch the person doing the baked potato..... When I say plain, I don't want that butter stuff squeezed on like they do on a plain potato.... that is not plain. My entire filling dinner comes in at less than what the calories etc are for a single quarter pounder.
I take my small chili and pour half of it over my baked potato and the other half over my salad... skip the dressing, it isn't necessary. The results are as follows:
small chili = 220 calories, 7 grams of fat, 35 mg cholesterol,870 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 6 sugars, 18 g protein
Garden Side salad no dressing = 25 calories,0 fat,0 cholesterol,30 mg sodium,5 g carbs,2 g fiber,3 g sugar,1 g protein
Baked Potato = 270 calories,0 fat,0 cholesterol,40 mg sodium,61 g carbs,7 g fiber
3g sugars,7g protein
Dasini water = 1 sodium

My total dinner is 520 calories,8 g fat, 35 mg cholesterol ,941 mg sodium, 87 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 27 g protein

Now let us compare that to what would normally be bought....
1/4 pound single burger with cheese =550 calories, 28 g fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 1220 mg sodium, 43 carbs, 2 g fiber,10 sugars, 31 protein ( I did say my total meal would be less than a single burger)
medium fries with ketchup = 430 calories,20 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 57 carbs, 6 g fiber,3 sugars, 5 protein
medium coke = 260 calories, 10 sodium,70 carbs, 70 sugars

Total meal = 1240 calories ,48 g fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 1830 mg sodium, 170 carbs,8 fiber, 83 sugars, 37 protein..

Sooooo if I choose the regular meal I am within my caloric range of 1200-1500 calories ( as long as I don't want to eat for the rest of the day). I am well within my carb and fat goals however the protein I will consume is too low for the day.... if I have anything else to eat that contains lots of protein, I will wind up being over on sodium and calories for the day and possibly fats and carbs too.... Nutrition wise , there isn't enough on a hamburger to make up even one vegetable for the day.....whereas if I choose my baked potato, salad and chili meal, I have plenty of room for at least two more satisfying meals in the day plus snacks and I will have consumed a minimum of 5 vegetables in that meal alone.. 2 for the large potato, 2 at least in the salad and at least one more in the chili with the tomatoes in that..
Well I know what my choice will be.... what would be yours?
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    Great choices!
    3249 days ago
    What a great choice and so much better for you.
    3249 days ago
    Oh it is really good, and very filling too I find emoticon
    3249 days ago
    What a great idea--to put chili on a baked potato. I had never thought of that. I LOVE baked potatoes, but never eat them, because of the calories, especially when I go out. At home, I could spray on some of the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter non-calorie spray, and I bet it would be good. I haven't done that yet, and I don't know why. But when you go out, that spray is not available, and the thought of a completely dry potato is not very appealing. Now I know what I'm going to eat next time I go to Wendy's. Thanks for the great tip!
    3249 days ago
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