EAT THIS – NOT THAT
So winter is officially here, and it’s that time of year where you just want to grab something quick or order in instead of grocery shopping and making something actually healthy at home.
I’ve seen a few of these “Eat this – Not That” articles lately and it’s always interesting to me to see it strictly based on calories. Also – a lot of them are so obvious like… “Eat a single patty instead of a double.” Wait… what?! Eat ONE burger instead of TWO? Thanks!
Another one of my favourites is, “Eat a doughnut instead of a breakfast sandwich” because why? There are less calories? Even though the doughnut will keep you full for all of 10 minutes and the breakfast sandwich will hold you over at least until lunch?
Over the course of my (almost 25 year) life, having friends and boyfriends who all seem to always be able to eat anything they want, I’ve realized that I have found some of the best of the worst when it comes to having to grab something quick, or you want a “treat”.
I’ve found a way to cut out as many empty carbs as possible at all the places I go to. I am in no way suggesting that if you eat these things all the time, you will lose weight (although some of the options are actually quite healthy). I’m saying that if you need to make the best out of eating out or ordering in, these are some options you may not know about!
Eat SCRAMBLED EGGS
A BREAKFAST SANDWICH
Did you know McDonald’s will give you just plain scrambled eggs? And FYI a Bacon N’ Egg Sandwich on a Multigrain Bagel is OVER 600 CALORIES! I couldn’t find a picture of just the eggs, but you get the point. Plus, If you get 4 scrambled eggs, it’s so filling, has less calories than a breakfast sandwich as well as less fat, and more protein so you’ll stay full longer.
ANY OF THEIR SWEET TREATS
Again – I’m talking health, not just calories here. Sure, some of their smaller treats may have less calories, but this is going to keep you full and healthy. I tend to ditch the bread and give it to someone else
If you’re looking through their breakfast sandwiches, the spinach feta egg white wrap at 270 calories is their best choice so far. This is one of those times where I personally go for the 30 calories more, knowing that it’s better for me with less sodium and less cheese. But if you’re going strictly for calories the feta wrap has a few less.
Eat A CHICKEN SALAD
There might be healthy sub options, but I’m talking HEALTHIEST option here. Subway has salads – and they are delicious and full of protein. It’s just like their sub, only no bread! (so at least 150 calories less). Plus, you can get the dressing on the side, so you can put as much or as little as you want on. This was a staple for me in university when I was trying to lose weight.
Side note: Subway is one of the few restaurants that actually give accurate nutrition information:
Although Tim Hortons Bagels are delicious, they pack up to 450 calories! That’s without butter or cream cheese. The soups stay around 150-200 for a large. I try to stick to the broth and chicken/veggie based ones, but even the cream based soups have more nutritional value (for the most part), and less calories than the bagels.
Eat THIN CRUST VEGGIE PIZZA,
So this is my favourite new find. I have never been a fan of Dominos pizza, UNTIL I found their thin crust pizza. You can even get it with “light cheese” or no cheese if you want to be even healthier (but thats almost taking it too far).
It is seriously the thinnest crust, and you can PILE on veggies. They tend to have amazing deals too with $12.99 for a large pizza with as many toppings as you want!
At 150-200 Calories for a large slice, you can easily fill up after 400 calories and get in all your veggies!
This isn’t a chain, but basically any greek place, you can get amazing healthy food that is seasoned to perfection and great for take out! I go to a great place called Mykonos in Toronto, in case you live here and are looking for a great place! Dressing on the side? Cheese on the side? So many combinations!
So there you have it. Some of my Eat this Not that’s that I’ve come across in my day.
And please. Just avoid doughnuts in general for breakfast. I don’t care who says the have less calories than a breakfast sandwich, you are not making a healthier choice.