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Is paying $7.69 for a salad the smart choice?

So I was making a salad the other day. I used about half a head of lettuce, a two tomatoes, some berries, a little turkey, and cucumbers. All of that cost me very little. Plus its a lot of fiber which helps you out when you’re pooping and stuff. One day when I was out and about, I saw some pre-packaged salads at a fast food restaurant and then saw the price.

WHAT?!

Poor us. Seriously.

We have doctors, health professionals, parents, teachers and peers telling us about healthy eating and about how bad french fries, burgers, shakes and all that stuff is and then we go out only to see that “the smart choice” happens to be the most expensive item on the menu. Talk about having a dilemma.

The thing that fills you up for the least amount of money is BAD for you.

The thing that does not fill you up and costs a lot more is GOOD for you.

I’ve heard that those salads have a lot of added stuff in order to keep the lettuce green and the tomatoes red. Have you ever wondered why the apple dippers from McDonald’s don’t turn brown? They’re apples! Apples turn brownish when they’re peeled and left out. They used to come with the skins on.. so it was a cool little bag with red and green apple slices. Bright green and bright red. I’m telling you, these apples looked awesome. Chemicals, yay.

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11 Comments
  1. I call those things “Un-Holy Apples”. Have you noticed they don’t taste like apples either?
    They are made of evil, I’m just sure of it.

    January 8, 2013
    • Hi!

      Hey you’re right.. they DON’T taste like apples! What are they???

      January 8, 2013
  2. Plus those salads aren’t even a low calorie option thanks to the dressings. I’m not a fan of salad anyway, but I’d prefer a fresh home made one if I was going to bother. And not from a bag either, those are bad as well. Fish and chips is nicer than a burger 🙂 just had that for dinner tonight, yummy.

    January 8, 2013
    • Yum.. I’ve been trying to eat more fish but I cannot cook it at home, something always goes wrong and then it smells like a boat for hours. Hahaha 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by,

      Edwin

      January 8, 2013
      • Oh we didn’t cook it, although my husband is very good at microwaving fish, just a couple of minutes and it comes out perfect. Or he grills salmon which is also very nice. Fish and chips is a traditional English takeaway food, big fat greasy chips and deep fried battered fish, not at all healthy but very nice 🙂

        January 9, 2013
  3. I’m all for a salad at home, but packaged salads tend to taste plastic and off to me (not to mention costing way more than anything else on the menu).

    January 9, 2013
  4. For the vast majority of the last 8+ years I have eaten both breakfast and lunch at my desk at The Grind. Both meals are modeled after Stalin-era labor camp cuisine — a bowl of cereal at my desk (usually woodchips floating in milk flavored water) and at mid-day, a crummy completely forgettable sandwich. By cutting costs on breakfast and lunch I can afford to occasionally go out to dinner at decent Manhattan restaurants, including the one I visited the other night that serves excellent organic fare that would never be mistaken for cheap chow. Therefore, I’d never buy the overpriced packaged salad that’s probably a Dow Chemical byproduct anyway, or the fast food burger packed with salt and fat. The way I see it, DIY brown-bagging is both the economical and healthier way of dealing with the grab and go type of “meh” foodstuffs.

    January 9, 2013
    • Such a simple method, but it makes SO much sense. I never thought about it that way, saving the money I’d normally spend on crappy places, I could be going to places with real food.

      Thanks for your awesome comment and tips 🙂 Had me laughing for a while, just like your lame adventure posts hahaha!

      Edwin

      January 9, 2013
      • Glad you enjoyed the suggestion of how to economize Lame Adventures-style, Edwin.

        V

        January 9, 2013
  5. The cost of health care for all the complications that a poor diet and obesity cause isn’t cheap. Eat the salad.

    January 10, 2013
    • So it will cost us more in the long run? Oh man.. I think they are waaaaayyy over priced..

      January 11, 2013

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