I swear the days have just been flying, I mean it felt like yesterday was Saturday, and now it's already Thursday? Yeesh.
Anyway, here's something I wrote yesterday and just forgot to post here. Enjoy.
So today I decided to treat myself to lunch, but I wasn't sure where I wanted to go and also wanted to eat something that was healthier for me. I didn't really feel like Subway (which at the moment seems to be the only fast food restaurant that offers low-calorie lunches), so I was really thinking about chicken or a hamburger for my lunch.
After visiting the websites for Burger King, Wendy's, and Hardee's, I was pretty surprised that in all three cases, the meal I would be eating would be about 1,000 calories! Chicken nuggets came out to be around 350-400 calories, a medium order of fries added about the same amount, and with a drink being 100-160 calories, I was already going above the amount I should be eating (600 calories for lunch when i searched online). The best option I had was having a 5-piece chicken nuggets at Wendy's with a small or value-size of fries, which would put my total to around 700 calories.
Instead, I decided to go to a local favorite sushi restaurant called Konnitiwa. I ordered six pieces of nigiri sushi, and it came with a bowl of miso soup and a salad. I ate everything (I normally don't eat salad, but the dressing they put on it is very good. I believe it's a seseme-ginger dressing), and now am calculating what my calories should come out to be (I searched calorie count for Sushi and found a website that breaks down all the varieties):
2 Octopus Nigiri – 53 x 2 = 106 calories
2 Mackerel Nigiri – 59 x 2 = 158 calories
2 Eel Nigiri – 63 x 2 = 126 calories
Miso Soup – 40 calories
Salad – roughly 40 calories
Sweet Tea – roughly 40 calories
Grand total = 510 calories
So the good news is that I halved the calorie intake I would have had if I went to a fast-food restaurant. The only downside is the price – I spent $10 not including the tip on sushi, where at a fast-food restaurant I would have paid $5-6 for my meal. Surprising, isn't it?
Well, no matter. Instead of going to a fast-food chain and eating pretty much grease for lunch, I had a healthier, more delicious meal. And on top of that, I not only got my oriental fix for the day, I also supported a local company rather than a big business, which for me is always a plus. I may have spent twice as much as I intended, but I got so much more out of my meal. I think the saying, "You get what you pay for" is appropriate here.