Posted by LauraLovesFitness
I thought I’d wrap up the work week with a post about something I haven’t written about in awhile: food.
If this isn’t your first time visiting LauraLovesFitness, you know I’m a big believer in the everything-in-moderation rule. As far as I’m concerned, life’s too short to deny yourself something you enjoy. For me, that includes red wine, chocolate and the occasional bacon cheeseburger. (However, I should point out I’m typing this post while enjoying a quick lunch break featuring a turkey sandwich on Weight Watchers rye bread, celery sticks, orange pepper strips and an iced green tea.) Since I do my best to strike a balance between eating healthy and enjoying the occasional treat, it’s an extra bonus when I find a place that lets me do both at the same time!
I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I recently discovered an “Energy Kitchen” in my neighborhood. Everything on the menu is either baked, steamed or grilled and everything is under 500 calories. It’s become my favorite place to get something when I’m on the go. They have everything from salads to varieties of bison burgers on whole wheat buns to chicken and veggie whole wheat or multi-grain wraps. Then there’s my favorite “treat” on the menu: the baked fries. They’re the best “healthy” fries I’ve had! (Maybe the fact that they come in at only 151 calories and 2 grams of fat makes them taste even better!) Right now you can only enjoy the fries and other non-fried treats if you live in New York, New Jersey or Florida, but something tells me you’ll soon find Energy Kitchens in other parts of the country, too.
Of course, the kicker for this yummy and better-for-you food is that it’s a bit pricier than some of the other “traditional” fast options out there. This seems to be a general problem with healthier food alternatives. When you compare the cost of a meal combo at one of the big greasy fast-food chains to the cost of buying fish or chicken, fresh produce and whole grains to prepare your own healthy meal at home, it’s no wonder many people choose the less expensive but unhealthy option.
There’s no doubt we’re all working harder than ever to be cost-conscious about every expense in our daily lives. But if you’ve made a commitment to take better care of yourself by exercising, remember this: you need the right fuel to keep your body moving so you can have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!