I can’t believe that we’re almost at the end of the school year. And with summer almost upon us, that means that many of us will be off to the beach, visiting family or just on the go…which means lots of fast food and meals on the road. It is really difficult to eat healthy while traveling but Wholesome has a new tool in its arsenal to help with summer road trips. It’s a little book by David Zinczenko, the editor of Men’s Health magazine, called “Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide”. We have friends that love this book and leave it in their car so they always have it when they are on the road. The book covers over 60 national chain restaurants – everything from Starbucks to McDonald’s to the Cheesecake Factory – and gives you healthier alternatives of what to order at each of the restaurants. Typically the book lists several “eat this” items and several “not that” items while also listing calories, fat and sodium content. For instance, it will suggest to not eat Domino’s Thin Crust ExtravaganZZa (medium, 2 slices) with 460 calories, 31g fat, and 1210mg sodium but suggests trying the Hand Tossed Chicken and Bacon Pizza (medium, 2 slices) for 410 calories, 14g fat and 940mg sodium. Each listed item will give you some of the nutritional information typically focusing on calories and total fat. This book series also includes “Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide”, “Eat This, Not That! for Kids!” and “Eat This, Not That! The Best and Worst Foods in America!”
Now we think these books can be of help when eating out is inevitable. The information can assist you in making lighter, lower calorie or fat-dense choices in a pinch particularly for those on a weight loss regime. However, the book does not touch upon some of the healthy lifestyle choices that we focus on at Wholesome – but let’s be honest, fast food is not about fresh and healthy meals. We still want you to be conscious of the preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and most importantly the heart-clogging trans fats in roadside meals. Fast meals are about quick, inexpensive and (arguably) tasty food not quality ingredients. So, in light of fast food’s limitations, we think this book is a great tool to at least not totally blow your healthy diet out of the water. The way we see it, every little bit helps.