A recent road trip through the Californian desert landed us at Subway and I was pleasantly surprised.
We took a road trip to Mammoth Lakes, California last week. It’s a wonderful location if ever you’re venturing around the USA. The drive back took us through the Californian desert and it was stifling hot! There weren’t many food options either, as I can’t imagine not many live in these parts! Well, the clock struck 2 pm and the kids were starving! We had to find food quickly otherwise we’d have a meltdown on our hands!
The best thing we came across was a truck stop on Highway 395 where the three food options included Astro Burger, Burger King, and Subway. We chose Subway! I hadn’t eaten Subway in years. Well the long and the sort of it, I was pleasantly surprised! I felt like we were able to order healthy food for us and the kids. The ingredients were all fresh and looked great. I took a look at the kids’ menu and was happy (and relieved) to find that they offered whole grain bread, a side of fruit, and there was no soda offered, instead, it was low-fat milk or juice. At this store, all vegetable toppings were free with the exception of 2 premium vegetables one of which was avocado. Calories were also clearly visible on the menu which allowed us to make more informed choices as well.
While writing this post, I looked up Subway’s US web site and found they employ a registered dietitian, Lanette Kovachi (RDN) who has implemented a number of global health initiatives across their menus. In the USA for example, they’ve modified their menu over the years to reduce sodium levels, remove high fructose corn syrup, and add the 9-grain bread as an option.
Ordering at Subway
If you’re ever at Subway, here’s how you can take advantage of their healthy menu initiatives and boost the nutritional quality of your sub.
- Choose the 9-grain bread roll or flat bread.
- Stick to the 6-inch sub, not the foot long unless you’re dividing it between two people.
- Select from the basic sub options from the menu. For example, the Veggie Delight sub or basic deli meats like turkey, ham with salad. Take a look at the caloric values to help you choose healthier options too.
- Load it up with lots of salad items, like lettuce, green peppers, tomato, red onions and grated carrot. The pickles and jalapenos give it a good kick too!
- For beverages, stick to water, or if you’re ordering a kids meal, the plain milk is a good option.
- If adding dressing, choose the simpler vinegar based dressings instead of creamy dressings. For example, Subway has a vinaigrette dressing or mustard.
It’s great to see a fast food chain like Subway offering healthy choices on their menu, especially the kids’ menu!
From my recent experience here, Subway healthy food initiatives can help in making more informed and healthier food choices. This is important especially at those times when there’s not a lot of choices available as was the case in my situation. I hope we see a lot more of it with other fast food chains in future.
What do you think about it? Do you feel that fast food chains provide you with some healthy options to choose from?
Please note: This post was not sponsored, it’s based on personal experience eating at Subway here in California, USA.