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WIAW: Fast Food and Packaged Perfection

Posted Aug 22 2012 12:37am

Its Wednesday and I really don’t think I have to tell you what that means.

But for those of you who live under a rock, the third day of the work week is a time when the blog community unites in sharing their latest food finds, recipes, and treats.

It is NOT however, meant for people to compare or judge, but rather to inspire and celebrate a very necessary aspect of all our lives; FOOD

Which is exactly the theme I am going with today…

No more labels; food is not good or bad (unless you are referring to the taste, of course). It is something that is essential to survive.

We all need nourishment, and when practicing moderation and balance, who cares if meals and snacks aren’t the most perfect breakdown of macro-nutrients.

Where is all this coming from?

After reading a few recaps of HLS, and some of the negative comments that resulted from a few of my friends posts, I got to thinking….

A lot of the criticism was based on the pictures posted of meals.

I guess from these photos it appeared that those in the healthy living blog community restrict, don’t ever eat anything but vegetables and lean protein, or portray an unrealistic depiction of what a days worth of food should actually be, but we are only viewing a SMALL portion of the writers’ lives.

Regardless, I will admit, and I have discussed this before, I too have been triggered by the posts of others as they show in the virtual world.

How can these girls eat so little, exercise so much and still be considered “healthy.”

But like I said, in their defense, a blog is a tiny, tiny, corner of someone’s existence, not a complete documentation of their day, and sometimes you don’t get to see the entire picture, so it is best not to compare oneself the to the actions of others as seen on their posts, BUT I know this is easier said than done.

And not that I am a great example for people to follow by any means, but since it is WIAW I want to share the food I LOVE that most people in the “healthy living” world would most likely frown upon.

Let’s talk fast food.

I will go ahead and say, I don’t ever order burgers at fast food restaurants. I make them at home…in fact Laura’s lean beef makes AWESOME frozen patties (as well as Trader Joes) that are always in my freezer, but a thin patty that is overdone on a bun with no texture, not appealing.

BUT there are certain times when a craving for something specific will occur, that only a place like Wendy’s can satisfy….

Last night my mom was visiting and she texted me saying Linds wanted a frosty, and asked if I want anything so I didn’t have to cook when I got home.

To me, Wendy’s is probably the best legitimate fast food there is. It has a lot of good options, including the new basked sweet potato they offer!, but I tend to go back and forth between the Grilled Chicken sammy and their chili.

Since I can easily grill up some chicken at home (thanks to my favorite Perdue!), I almost always go with the chili.

It makes the BEST BEST BEST taco salads, and as soon as she asked I couldn’t help but envision the perfect dinner of the hearty beef stew, accompanied by some Wholly Guac and a Corn Vita.

I was right. It totally hit the spot.

I am also a pretty big fan of KFC mashed potatoes.

Normally I don’t care for mashed potatoes due to the texture (I would so much rather have a baked…with ketchup ;-) ), and I do not like fried chicken at all, but if my sister wants a bucket of the crispy breasts, I am all for a side of their starchy veg.

I think it is because they are still somewhat lumpy and perfectly salted? Whatever it is, they are delicious.

I also have no shame in admitting my college years were spent devouring Arby’s Market Fresh Turkey Sandwiches (which I will add are always on the Eat This Not That, “NOT!” list) too many subs from Subway and Panera Bread sandwiches as big as my head.

Maybe you will criticize that I don’t make the most “calorically dense” choices at any of these establishments, but I feel like any sort of fast food has gotten the wrap that it is processed, totally laden with chemicals, and out of the question.

Maybe those things are true, BUT, it is cheap, it is easy and it tastes pretty darn good sometimes.

AND if you want a double cheeseburger from Micky D’s , so what? Isn’t moderation the best definition of health, anyway?

Speaking of conveniently delicious and “no-no” foods, there are a ton of other things I don’t document on here that I really like partly because I fear being labeled as lazy or gluttonous.

Heaven forbid we don’t all cook three gourmet meals a day, right?!

I have to start with one of my all-time favorites.

Uncrustables

( http://www.smuckers.com/products/group.aspx?groupId=3 )

Please tell me you have had an Uncrustable?

Obviously I could make a peanut butter and jelly on my own, but I have difficulty doing that.

When left up to me I would probably bust out a measuring spoon or smear on a tsp of nut butter, use sugar free jam and low-carb bread.

Just an FYI, the PBJ described above is nothing like the gooey good elementary school kind…not even close.

This is where Smuckers comes in handy.

It is already made for me! No thought necessary…just unwrap, grab a glass of So Delicious Almond Milk and enjoy.

(That is my new fave milk, by the way….5 grams of protein, baby! and perfect for dipping my little round sammy!)

I understand the peanut butter is not all natural. I get that the jelly is not just pureed fruit without added sugar, but it tastes amazing and is portable and for a rushed morning or an afternoon snack at work.

Yoplait Smoothies

( http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/yoplait-smoothie )

This is another one I could easily make myself.

I keep greek yogurt in my house.

(Yay for Chobani being on sale again!!)

I have fruit.

But I strip my blended drinks down to the least amount of calories possible and I would be lying if I said it tasted half as good as the Yoplait variety.

Try the chocolate banana.

I promise it is AWESOME.

PS…That bag may be labeled for two servings, but I drink it all myself.

A little cup of chocolaty good-ness is not big enough for me!

There are a million other things we keep in our home that would probably be frowned upon by someone who eats cleanly 100% of the time, but I am telling you, sometimes it is easier, tastier, and much more satisfying to go with options such as those listed above.

AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

If someone told me to bake up a yam when I was really craving Sweet Potato Popchips, I would tell them they were nuts.

I love my orange potatoes, but the body knows what it wants.

Listen to it and ignore what you think you SHOULD do just because you see it on a blog (or a magazine, or tv, or some other form of media that is not appropriate for giving the end all and be all of diet advice…)

Do you have any packaged items that you think are better than the homemade variety?

What is your favorite fast food? If Chipotle counted, that would hands down win for me!


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