Cheryl over at Yahoo! Health's Eat Right, Stay Fit blog has some tips on "surviving the food court." Surviving in terms of trying to eat healthily, that is.
I have to give her props for consistently recommending that vegetarian options will keep you on a better path.
Chinese food? Stick to the veggie dishes.
Sandwich stand? how about a veggie sandwich?
Pizza joint? Veggie toppings...and even recommends asking for "less or no" cheese!
Good recommendations all.
I confess that as a vegan it's even tougher to find choices a most food courts...it's pretty much salad or nothing. So my number one recommendation is always to be prepared and avoid the food court if you can. Eat before you go, first of all, since shopping can take a lot out of you. And carrying around snacks in your bag is never a bad plan.
Cheryl brings up one last point that's worth noting: "skip the fried tortilla chips and refried beans because they're often fried in lard." (I have to confess I rarely think of the chips being made with lard!)
But the bigger point is this: you can't always know what you're getting when you're eating out and about. And sometimes I'm not even sure I'm being told the truth, even as I'm being assured those veggies weren't grilled with butter, or that bread isn't made with eggs.
Yet, I'm also one of those people who gets a little cranky and foggy if I go to long without eating. Or you may be someone who doesn't avoid eggs for my reasons, but because you're deathly allergic.
The best way to survive the food court is probably to be prepared, and merely supplement the food court with snacks you know and trust!
Does that sound paranoid?