Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a fair weather dieter. I eat well when it’s convenient (i.e. in the FoodCALC offices). But there are certain situations that call for certain foods: chicken wings on football Sundays, Indian delivery the day after a long night out, fast food onroad trips; some things you just have to do.
No matter how healthy we should be, and how well “good” eaters eat, there will always be a market for those things you’ve just gotta have. There are a lot of restaurants who have made their marks on the industry with their out of control portion sizes and oh so good tasting, but oh so bad for you signature dishes (The Outback’s Awesome Blossom, Everything at the Heart Attack Grill, all of the chicken wing restaurants that are gaining popularity).
Consumer pressure for healthier options in restaurants has gotten a lot of attention lately. Increased awareness from menu labeling laws and Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity has made it practically impossible to ignore the need for change. But change doesn’t have to come at the cost of our favorite splurges. What we’re calorie-laden favorites is the addition of healthier or lighter options.
What are your gotta have foods?