I don’t like to be negative but sometimes looking at the “worst” is instructional.
This year, a particular advertisement caught my eye as I was watching TV with my kids. A Colonel Sanders delivers a “Fill-up” to a family on Christmas as a gift.
I suppose the family looked like a car at a gas station as they needed a fill-up.
The meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken only costs $20 (amazing) and advertises itself as a meal for 4 people.
I went and bought a Fill-up for my family because I was curious if it could be made healthy. I ordered grilled chicken (yes, that is an option) and also some fried chicken because I hadn’t had it in a million years.
Some nutritional highlights:
- One original recipe chicken breast has 1100 mg of sodium
- A serving of coleslaw has 10 grams of sugar
- An extra crispy chicken thigh has 20 grams of fat
The grilled chicken was much better in terms of overall calories and fat (9 grams of fat for the chicken thigh) but the sodium was still incredibly high.
This did not fill my family up because my children wouldn’t eat it. They HATED the coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and chicken (too salty) and only ate the biscuits. We cook most of our meals so my kids aren’t used to fast food and know what mashed potatoes are supposed to taste like. The coleslaw was too sweet and the gravy didn’t do anything to make the mashed potatoes more palatable.
I’m pretty sure I could roast a chicken with some potatoes and grab a bag of coleslaw mix and make this meal for less than $20 and my kids would eat it.
The problem is KFC is treating our families like vessels instead of people. We want food that tastes LIKE FOOD and is healthy for our children. This Fill-up fails in every respect. It is bad for you and tastes terrible.
I have not met a family who wouldn't love a meal that is economical and fairly healthy that they can pick up on their way home from work. I know that my quest to find such a thing at KFC is comical (what was I thinking?) but I had to try.
My advice is to pick up a rotisserie chicken, a bag of salad, some fruit to slice up and a loaf of bread at a grocery store instead of this insult of a meal.
What would you nominate as the worst food of 2015?