Why Is Choosing Healthy So Hard?
June 24, 2015 26 Comments
When I started Snack Girl in 2009, I found that it was hard to find healthy choices.
Here we are in 2015, and McDonald’s is serving kale – probably nationwide. I saw the Asian salad with baby kale outside of Boston and I heard it was in Texas so maybe it is next to you. McDonald’s did not answer my e-mails about their salad.
There are great salad choices in Wendy’s and of course, you can find healthy options at Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera.
I believe that fast food venues are listening to consumers who are ready to eat something other than a hamburger, fries and a large Coke. We are eating out more than we ever have. Many believe the increase in fast food, restaurant, and convenience meals is a major factor in the obesity epidemic.
What would happen if those meals were healthy? If you think about it, a salad is form of fast food. I found a salad place in the Newark airport years ago that would create a salad for me in 2 minutes flat as I ran for my plane.
Wendy’s makes the salads to order so you can ask for changes such as “no cheese” and it arrives as fast or faster than a burger.
The big issue for many is price. You pay $4 or so for a Baconator and $7 for a Strawberry Fields Salad. Chipotle’s salads are also $7, no where near as cheap as the Dollar Menu. Don’t get me started on how much a fresh sandwich is at Panera!
The healthier choices cost about twice as much when compared to the high salt, high fat, and meaty burgers that you probably would like more. You have to use willpower and not look too closely at your bank account to choose the healthier option.
Why should you choose it? These are a couple of ideas to help you on the way to the healthier choice:
- Think about how you feel after you eat that burger. Do you feel good or a wee bit sick to your stomach?
- Watch open heart surgery videos on YouTube and picture the cost of medical bills and medication to deal with your clogged arteries.
- Be a role model for your children as you take care of your health as they demand a Frosty.
You deserve the higher priced item because it will support you in your goals to be healthy.
Buy higher quality food and you will feel better, look better, and I promise you will save money on your long term health.
What stops you from ordering the worst choices when you are eating out?
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