I was recently part of a panel that was on the Fox News show Cavuto discussing why the high fat, high salt McRib sandwich has become so popular. The “mystery meat” in the McRib is full of ingredients. I poked fun at the “fake bones” in the molded meat concoction. But it doesn’t seem to bother many Americans as the McRib flies off the shelf when it’s available and has been credited with improving McD’s bottom line. You can watch the whole video here, but below are a few highlights from my more serious arguments:
Problem: people are short on time and money
I completely understand that people’s lives aren’t getting any less busy, anytime soon. Finding time to cook can seem daunting between work, school and extracurricular activities. There are times when convenience foods will win out and swinging through the drive through may seem like your only option.
Solution: choose smarter convenience foods
My philosophy has always been moderation, so if you are going to choose fast food, then limit the number of times you go in a week/month, and consider ways to balance it out. Maybe you opt for the sandwiches for your family and pair it with a bagged salad from the grocery store instead of springing for the extra-large fries. Make it a goal to keep other healthy convenient foods on hand, like canned beans and tuna fish which are inexpensive and high in nutrients.
Where Does Rebecca Recommend You Should Eat?
I was not about to fall into THAT trap and pick the “healthiest” of the fast food places — that’s not fair for a nutritionist to play “favorites” so I chose the fast food place I wish everyone visited a little more. It’s closer than any place else. Your own kitchen. Who is with me?
What are your healthy convenience foods you keep on hand?
Leave a comment and let me know what foods you keep on hand for last-minute, quick meals.