Health(ier) Canadian Fast Food Choices

Whenever you travel outside of your own country, you have to acquaint yourself with some of the local fast food joints, in order to make healthier choices on the road. Even in Canada. Although there are a lot of US chains up there (like Subway, which is our go-to choice for a quick and healthy lunch), there are also some uniquely Canadian chains. And just like in the US, some are better than others.

One of the ones that we steered away from early on was Boston Pizza. Interestingly enough, even though this chain takes its name from a US city, there are no Boston Pizza franchises in the states. Like other pizza joints the menu was packed with high-sodium high-calorie selections, so we passed. I was at least hoping for a salad bar (which would make it a good lunch pick) but no such animal exists there, so we crossed this chain off our list.

Now, I’m not saying we didn’t have pizza at all; in fact we had a nice lean version at Woody’s Pub at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis. We lucked out in that respect, as our food choices were limited to the lodge, but in the end we shared a small thin crust pizza with chicken a tad bit of BBQ sauce, lots of veggies and a bit of fresh pineapple. It was a very healthy and tasty choice.

One chain that I would have loved to try was Wok Box, but unfortunately we just weren’t near one at meal time. Well, we were near one at dinner, but their smaller lunch-sized portions were not available after 4 PM, so we opted for Mucho Burrito, which was close by.

Granted at first glance a place called Mucho anything might not be the best choice calorie-wise; however after a little internet research I discovered that this joint was much like Freebird Burrito, which lets you create your own burrito. And by doing that you can limit your portions and your calories.

I chose a small (10-inch) tortilla and filled it with roasted veggies, corn and black bean salsa, chicken, cilantro, jalapenos and hot sauce for a very slim 340 calories. Of course if you add rice, sour cream, cheese, guacamole and black beans and ramp the tortilla size up to a medium, it will weigh in at a very portly 841 calories. But I didn’t go that route, so all is well in lifestyle land!

In the end, no matter where you travel, portion control and ingredient selection is the key to eating healthy and keeping off the pounds while you are on the road. And that’s exactly what we continue to do!

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