Thursday, June 14, 2012


Scenario: You are out and about. You know you are not going to get home for a few hours. Your stomach is threatening to eat itself. If you drink any more water to prolong the hunger you'll drown. You've already eaten the emergency stash of almonds in your pocket. Sound familiar?

Fortunately there are fast food options to you 'IN CASE OF EMERGENCY' only! Fast food is still fast food. BUT, some fast food is better than other fast food.

These are my go to's when I feel like I have no other choice but to eat my arm:

Chick-Fil-A: Did you know their tasty nuggets come grilled?  They are pretty good on their own. You can get an 8 piece for less than 200 calories and only 5 grams of fat. Chick-Fil-A also wraps their grilled chicken sandwiches in lettuce if you need them to. They have pretty tasty salads but the dressings all have added sugar.  Just resist the temptation to smother everything in the delicious magical Chick-Fil-A sauce. They also have applesauce and fresh fruit in the kids meals (for week 3 of course).

McDonalds: You can eat a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun. With the bun and cheese and mayo it is 350 calories. If you just ate the chicken breast, lettuce and tomato you'd come in way under that. There is always salad (but in my opinion they are grody!). My brother in law told me going to McDonalds for a salad is like going to a hooker for a hug.

Carl's Jr: They have pretty good turkey burgers and they'll wrap them in lettuce for you. This burger with the bun and everything else has about 500 calories. Skip the bun, mayo, and 'special sauce' and you'll be able to get it down. The bonus is you will get a little roughage with your lettuce.

Subway: They may be sandwich artists, but they make pretty good salads, too. All of their sandwiches can be built on a bed of lettuce. Use salt, pepper, & vinegar on the side.

Making this list makes me feel like a fast food connoisseur (embarrassing) and really the best option is just to quit eating it. But life happens, and making sure you know how to control the situation is what is going to help you succeed, right? Your friends will ask you to eat out over 20 times during the course of the next 8 weeks. Just be prepared and do the best you can.

NOTE: My friend Bev left a great list in my last posts comments. I wanted to share it here. BTW - the chicken and turkey sausage is pretty lean and offers a lot of flavor when you need to switch things up (we are having it for dinner tonight). I love the Costco peppers and the small cucumbers, too!

so, i'll just post some of the stuff i've been eating...probably the same as everyone else, but if not, maybe some new ideas.
-chicken sausage (a little more fat than grilled chicken, but i got sick of eggs!)
-mexican scramble with egg whites, peppers, onions, salsa, and could add avocado.
-lettuce wraps with meat inside
-lean ground turkey cooked with a can of fire-roasted tomatoes
-stir fry
-taco salad minus everything good! haha!
-shish kabobs (yup, still chicken and veggies, but it's in a fun disguise!
- celery with almond butter (you can make your own at Sunflower Market--it's just ground almonds)
-turkey pepperoni for snacks --only 70 calories in 17 pieces!
-and i'm loving the mini sweet peppers from costco. easy snacking.


Terra Bingham said...

So I had an emergency, OK it wasn't a total emergency but I tried the turkey burger wrapped in lettuce today from Carls Jr. and I was surprised how good it was. I had to watch my kids eat fries but I left that place feeling good and not weighted down like I usually do. Remember the Burger King that we went to once a week. I miss hanging out with you. We will have to come to find a Carl's Jr. that has a play place. So I give the burger a two thumbs up.

Suzanna LeCheminant said...

today was the hardest by far. I'm not really hungry (i am, but it's not killing me) the hardest part is that i really don't feel like eating more veggies. i feel like i will choke if i eat another sugar snap pea or cucumber.
i'm going to the grocery store tomorrow for different veggies and some spices!
i did try chick fil-a's grilled nuggets today. pretty good actually. thanks for the suggestion :)

bev said...

another quickie/emergency meal--- jimmy john's! the unwich! you take any sandwich, get rid of the bread (and mayo, of course) and then you have a delicious sandwich wrap. my dinner= #12 unwich with no mayo, no bread, no cheese, plus mustard = 127 calories!!
you can go online and check out the nutritional facts and add and subtract items on the sandwich to find out how many calories and how much fat. i looked up the tuna----it was still a disaster- so many calories and fat even without the bread--but the turkey unwiches seemed to all be under 200 calories!!

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