I’ve been a
little bit of total control freak when it comes to “real food.” I take portion control, ingredient selection, and other things very seriously. Because of this, it’s hard for me to relax and let others cook for me. Other than the one meal that I shared with my classmates at Taziki’s when we took a field trip, I’ve prepared all of my own meals. I decided to eat out the other day, so I intentionally didn’t pack a dinner meal. I decided on Panera for my meal out.
I ordered the half ham and cheese sandwich with the half-size classic salad with balsamic vinaigrette. For my side, I opted for an apple. I liked that the menu board at Panera clearly listed the calorie content of each item, which I found very helpful. For the meal, I left open two starches, 3 proteins, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, and 1 fat in my budget. I think this meal just about fills that.
Had I an opportunity to do it over again, I’d have asked for the salad dressing on the side. As it was delivered, the dressing was on the salad, and I felt that there was too much of it. By the time I got done with the two main items, I was full, so I took the apple with me to eat later.
It’s nice to be able to navigate restaurant offerings and make healthy choices. I especially like that Panera offers half portions at reasonable prices. Still, I can make a salad, sandwich, and apple at home for less than $8.00. It was worth the experience, though.
Where should I eat next?