So the other day, I was at Taco del Mar.
Now. I don't eat out very often these days, particularly not anything resembling "fast food." But I ended up needing to buy lunch out. And, having previously perused the online nutrition facts for this place, I knew that my favorite Pre-Lifestyle-Change item was actually a reasonable choice - the small-sized burrito with pork carnitas is really quite filling, and only 450 calories. If i don't "combo" it... yes, this will work just fine!
And then standing at the menu board, I see a different option, that I have never previously considered. "Alaskan Fish" it is called. Fish! From Taco del Mar! MAR = Spanish for SEA... the plan started to fall together as the obvious choice. I bet it will be delicious, and I'll save some fat and calories in the process!
Oh, what was I thinking!! What was I imagining! The server asked if I wanted beef-groundbeef-chicken-pork? And I said "what about the Alaskan Fish!"
"Sure!" she said. And she vanished into the back room.
I... I... still didn't see where this was going. I just assumed that Tender Delicious Alaskan Fish was too delicate to sit on a steam table all day, and was probably refrigerated, staying tender and moist, only to be heated last-moment before being tucked in the wrap with the beans and rice. Yes, even though I was in a Fast Food Burrito Shop, I was still imagining that the "Alaskan Fish" would look like this:
She comes skipping back out with a pair of metal tongs holding: A FROZEN FISH STICK.
Before I can say "Wait! I change my mind!!!! I want carnitas!!!!!" she has plopped it on the griller machine and lowered down the top. Turns back to me, lays out the (whole wheat) tortilla, and asks do I want the lettuce-cabbage-tartar sauce? -facepalm- I... passed on the tartar. And waited four minutes for my "healthy" Alaksan Fish to... fry.
I'll admit, it tasted alright. I suppose a batter-fried greasy fish stick would. But not as good as a nice piece of unbattered gently-steamed halibut, and certainly nowhere near as yummy as carnitas (my fave). AND... it was 510 calories. Yes, I spent 60 calories MORE of my daily calorie budget, and an ADDITIONAL 10 grams of fat, by trying to step outside the box and "choose something healthier."
That was frustrating. But lesson learned. Just because it says "fish" doesn't guarantee it will be low fat and lean... and in the case of a "fast" food place - perhaps almost guarantees it will be the opposite. At the end of the day, 60 calories? Who cares!!! But it's the principle of the thing. When I try to "choose healthy" I hate to be deceived.