5.25.2010

Calorie Outrage

I'm disgusted with what I ate for lunch.

Here's why.

My nutritionist wanted me to try food journaling for the 2 weeks until my next appointment with her. I'm using this website to help me. It's great. You can enter in all the specifics from the nutrition labels on your food which helps keep track of ALL the ingredients going into your body and not just fat and calories.

ANYWAY, most of the foods I'm entering as "custom" rather than selecting the foods they've already calculated information for. It just makes me feel like it's MOST accurate, plus, they don't have every fast food in the book listed.

So today we go to Quiznos. I order the Chicken Taco Salad. It's listed as containing chicken, cheese, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, tomato, and tortilla strips. It comes with a chipotle dressing. The picture in the store looks like this (I ordered the bottom salad):
I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture of what I ACTUALLY got, but I'll attempt to describe it to you. Picture a salad of 80% shredded iceberg lettuce. Then add a tablespoon of guacamole on top, then about 2 tablespoons of salsa, then maybe 2 tablespoons of chicken - but it's the kind where it's diced into 1/4" chunks - then a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese. That's IT. No pretty green lettuce, no tortilla strips, not much of anything. They gave me 2, 2 ounce containers of the dressing and I was proud of myself for using just one. After looking up the nutrition info, I'm INFINITELY more glad and here's why.

THIS SALAD HAS 880 CALORIES! (What?!) and this is the kicker - the DRESSING is 520 of those calories. The salad also has 71 grams of fat, 56 of which are from the dressing. NOW. The nutrition info isn't specific about how much dressing is 56 grams, but I googled "56 grams to ounces" and wouldn't you know it's 1.97534187 ounces which is practically 2 ounces which is precisely the size container I used on my salad.

I'm disgusted. That's just wrong. That makes me feel like 100% of my dressing was made from LARD. What do they put in that stuff? SURELY, my actual salad wasn't THAT bad for me since they made it using short cuts and left off the tortilla strips. That saved me 70 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. It also claims to have 27 grams of protein, but I HIGHLY doubt my meager serving of chicken and cheese contained that much protein.

It's just sad when you can't even be health conscious and go out and get a salad without some place totally ruining it by loading you up with a fat and calorie laden dressing. I didn't have much choice, though. NEXT TIME (if there is one), I see now that with this salad there's really no need for dressing. It comes with salsa and guacamole which provided plenty of extra moisture, and certainly flavor, on their own.

I KNOW that dressings are the killer, but this just seems WRONG. I mean, I feel like you sort of have to TRY to make something so small that high in fat and calories. If I recreated that dressing at home, I bet it'd be less than 1/3rd the same fat and calories - even using full fat ingredients.

UGH!

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