A Nutritious Lunch Under 400 Calories?

Cathy Hamilton Health Guide
  • Is it possible to eat healthy when going through the fast food lane? MyDietExercise.com's Cathy Hamilton attempts to do just that and lets us know which fast food restaurants are "in" and which are "out" when it comes to eating healthy. Read on!


    While many Americans are taking to the skies today on the busiest travel day of the year, I'll be tooling around town in my car, attempting to finish up my shopping before the snow hits tomorrow. I'm going to need a nutritious lunch to keep me going. Can it be done under 400 calories? I think it can.


    I've decided to follow Jared's lead today and head to Subway for my noontime fortification. At first glance, Subway has one of the easiest Web sites to navigate with regards to nutritional information. I easily pulled up Nutrition page and found the "6 grams of fat or less" menu. I selected the 6" Roast Beef sandwich because of its surprising low calorie count (290, as opposed to 310 for the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast) and relatively low sodium count. The Web site noted that "subs with 6 grams of fat or less include Italian or wheat bread, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, green peppers and olives. All other sandwich values include cheese unless otherwise noted."

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    What they did not mention and what I couldn't find on the site, however, was information on condiments and other fixings. Just one dollop of mayo or a generous smattering of ranch dressing would push that sandwich into the 500 calorie range and raise the fat content MUCH higher than 6 grams.


    Fortunately, I had planned ahead. I recently purchased a box of fat-free Italian dressing packets and am carrying two or three in my purse at all times.


    So, sometime after the post office, bank, Target and music store, I will pop into Subway, order up a 6" Roast Beef sandwich (hold the mayo, chips and cookie) and a Diet Coke. I'll dress the sandwich with my handy-dandy diet dressing and be good to go for the rest of the afternoon!


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Published On: January 03, 2008