The Salad Vs. The Big Mac
October 23, 2014 27 Comments
I travelled last week to Atlanta and found myself hungry in an airport. Oh dear.
You would think that as a guru of snacks that I would be prepared for such a moment with a purse full of almonds, KIND Bars, and raisins, but noooooo! My purse was empty. I blame my dog.
Yes, even healthy eating gurus find themselves standing in front of fast food venues wondering what they should have for dinner.
My airport in Hartford, CT is very small and therefore it doesn’t have many choices. I stood in front of McDonald’s, Fresh City, and a pizza place weighing (ha!) my options. Fresh City serves salads and wraps made to order.
This is a question of budget more than anything. Fresh City averaged $8-$9 for a meal while McD’s was at $4 (because I would only have the burger – no fries or soda). Was I going to pay twice as much for a healthy choice? Also, wasn’t I going to be hungry if I chose the salad by the time I arrived in Atlanta?
The salad that caught my eye was called the “Tuscany”. Perhaps it was because I would rather be taking a plane to Italy versus Georgia (sorry Georgians!).
Here are the ingredients:
Field greens, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and our own balsamic vinaigrette.
and it was advertised as 288 calories. We all know what is in a Big Mac and it has 550 calories.
It was right then when I pictured one of you, dear readers, watching me make this important decision. I decided to splurge and get the salad.
After I ate it, I felt hungry again almost immediately and contemplated eating something else. Then, I sat for a while and the feeling went away. You know how it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to recognize that you are full?
I got up and successfully strutted by a sign that said “50% off Dunkin’ Donuts after 4 PM” (it was 6 PM). I had some pretzels on the plane but other than that, I didn’t eat and didn’t get hungry.
I share this story because cheap filling food is hard to resist if you are on a budget and old habits are hard to change. The good news here is that the airport has a “freshly made” salad place instead of a Popeye’s Fried Chicken for a choice.
Even better, I decided to nurture myself and choose something much more healthy for my body if not my pocket book.
Finally, how do you think I felt after eating the salad versus the Big Mac? McDonald’s has been giving me a stomach ache for the past 10 years. Why was I even contemplating it?
Healthy food may be more expensive, but you are worth it. Yes, you are!
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