Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thumbs Down to Subway (and Starbucks), but I Made It Work

Yesterday was a very long day for me. My little one and I spent hours on dance stuff, and we didn't have time to go home for dinner (nor did we pack one). I really wanted to stay on plan so I thought, "hey, Subway salads are supposed to be fresh and good, and I can get whatever veggies I want on it!" So off I went to get a salad from their drive thru to eat at dance.

Well, it looked good on the menu, anyway...

I ordered the Grilled Chicken & Baby Spinach Salad. A layer of baby spinach, some grilled chicken, and I asked for tomatoes, olives, green peppers, a little bit of red onion, and "extra" cucumbers with Ranch dressing. I asked about mushrooms but they didn't have them. Well... okay. The spinach was fine, and so was the chicken, but come on, people. 2 tiny thin tomato slices with huge white cores? 4 slices of olives? a hunk of green pepper the size of a cookie? And so much onion I had to pick a bunch off? And excuse me, is 6 cucumber slices "extra"? Yes? Okay then, can someone please explain to me why a "fresh" cucumber slice would have a brownish yellow ring around the middle?? Dry, discolored. Far from "eating fresh." I don't think I have ever thrown a cucumber away before. And then, I went to add the dressing and guess what they gave me? FAT FREE Ranch. Which has something like 26g carbs instead of the 3g carbs in regular Ranch. I was so annoyed but I threw out the dressing, picked off the pepper hunk, brownish cukes, and most of the onions and ate my plain, boring, dry salad. Hardly worth the $6 price tag. You flunk, Subway. Salad FAIL!

Today was another good, on-plan day. I had a trigger moment at a party where hot dogs were being served and I was trying to negotiate to myself, "oh I can just eat a plain hot dog on a plate, and not eat the bun, and it will be low carb!" But I didn't fall for it and stayed away. I also had a trigger moment when I saw a big Starbucks sign advertising its new drink: a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino. Oh wow. But I managed to come home and make my own frap with a Medifast chocolate pudding packet, a cup of water, a half cup of ice cubes, a teaspoon of instant coffee, and a few drops of coconut extract in the blender. It was soooo good. Loved it. You can make one, too, if you have a favorite chocolate protein powder shake. Just mix up 8 ounces of protein shake and add the ice, coffee, and extract. Yum. Starbucks' version has 210 calories and 48 grams of carbs in a 12 oz, nonfat with no whipped cream. Mine had 110 calories, 15 g carbs and more than 3 times the protein. I'll stick with homemade.

(p.s.... a grande Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream has 550 calories, 18 g fat, 95 g carbs! Way to drink your dinner... a Big Mac has less calories!)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

16 comments:

Ali @ A Serendipitous Life said...

I've found that with subway, too! Not the best option. That's my plan tomorrow - make a week's worth of lunches and put them in the fridge! Might blog it - I love seeing what others eat!

Anonymous said...

I more I eat out, the more I enjoy making my meals at home. How fast food joints can screw up salads so badlly always amazes me.

Princess Dieter said...

And the chicken at Subway ain't just chicken. I eat there less and less (it's still okay if one is pressed), but I don't like the fillers in stuff. I NEVER get the dressings. When you take out GOOD and pricey fat, it's sugar and crap and chemicals and bad cheap oils.

I consider the meats and cheeses the dressing and I ask for extra olives and avocado for healthy fat and flavor. Fortunately, the one nearby gives me lots of whatever I want, and I always ask for extra green pepper, spinach and olives. And double avocado sometimes. Only use pepper from the condiments. No bread, only salads. I used to like the meatball salad best, then read what was in the meatballs (soy, sheesh, plus sugar). I stick to turkey, ham, cheese variations now.

But I used to go twice a week, now it's more like once a month.

Starbucks--I only get iced Americanos. I bring my own liquid sucralose (Splenda packets have carbs) and my own cinnamon (true cinnamon, not the fake stuff), and I might splurge on a splash of half and half. I don't buy the food or treats anymore (not for a while). But I do love an iced venti decaf Americano with cinnamon after a workout. Mmmm.

mrs darling said...

Oh my goodness, I saw those coconut drinks there too. I too have not had one but I really. realy want one!

HopefulandFree said...

Next time pull a Jack Nicholson and order the sandwhich of YOUR choice, and say, "hold the bread, and put it in a bowl", pay ten cents extra for the bowl if they insist, THEN you can tell them exactly what and how much of each thing you want on your "sandwich, hold the bread"--works so much better than ordering a salad, and you get the salad you REALLY want. :)

Way to stay focused!

skinnyhollie said...

I learned my lesson about subway salads, too. Just not worth the money for a mediocre salad!

Glad to see you avoided temptation. I am trying to get back on the wagon after a couple of days of bad eating. Why do I do this over and over again?

Deb Willbefree said...

I've had those kind of negotiating sessions. I oftenfall for it. I didn't today, tho, so WOOHOO us!

Deb

Mer and Mo said...

When I do pick up Subway I have to make sure they give me just ONE strip of low fat Mayo - and would you believe I have to repeat it three or four times. It is crazy how much they do put on there - even the mustard. Good to read that you resisted the Starbucks temptation.

Staying MOtivated MO

RhubarbLady said...

Yeah! Sounds like you're doing better and at least not feeling so overwhelmed. Hope everything keeps going well with day-to-day, dog training and daughter dancing!

(I'm just glad that we're finally having spring weather here in Utah. We've all had enough of rain, snow and gray skies-we've got enough moisture now and Mother Nature can turn off the faucet and switch on the sun!)

Jennifer McNeely said...

Lyn
Our starbucks here has chicken/hummus veggie plates and fresh fruit, i have found those to be good out and about options, also panda express has a veggies plate that is great.

Jennifer said...

mrs darling..you can totally have one without breaking the calorie/sugar bank. I had one a couple days ago and asked for the sugar free chocolate and a splash of 1/2 and 1/2 instead of the milk. I like to taste the coffee anyway :) The coconut has a little sugar as they don't have sugar free coconut syrup..but it was totally worth a few carbs when you are out and about and need a pick me up while shopping/running errands..have a great day :)

Theresa said...

that home made drink sounds delish! It is true that we often choose take out because we have no inspiration at home. I'm seriously considering writing my own cookbook (just for me, using a 3 ring binder!) with foods my family loves....... and I always have ingredients for!
PS. I Like the "hold the bread" idea!

luckiest1 said...

I am a Starbucks-a-holic, but I've found ways to keep it light. I order my chai tea latte with non-fat milk or soy milk, a tea bag and no syrup, then it's up to you how I want to sweeten it (splenda if you do that sort of thing, or a pack or raw sugar if you don't). I had to try one of their half priced coconut frappachinos last week, so I appreciate that they have the 'light' option at 210 calories, even if it does still have the high sugar content. You can get 'skinny' vanilla or caramel lattes with only 140 calories, too. The Vivanno smoothies aren't bad either, at 250 calories, high protein and a decent amount of fibre.

Anonymous said...

starbucks will use soymilk in place of dairy-and i think their soymilk tastes like a big toasted marshmallow 0.0 yum

Anonymous said...

I don't know why the fast-food places all automatically hand out low-fat dressing. I usually hand the low-fat stuff back to them and ask for the real deal. I try to make my own food at home, but sometimes, it's just not practical---I travel for my job, am out with other people that want to stop at a restaurant, or I'm in a big hurry for some reason. I have looked at the nutrition info for the fast food places I am likely to stop at, and try to have at least one go-to item on the menu. As my dad likes to say, "If this was easy, everyone would do it."

Brenda in Iowa.

Christine said...

I used to live at Subway and I was still obese...not saying it's Subay as I had terrible eating habits but a lot of their food is really processed, especially the bread and so called meats. Now it is a rare treat for me...