Did you know there are plenty of ways to eat healthy at the food trucks without giving up great taste? The food trucks located all along Church Street offer a special kind of convenience and price but can also be a healthy option when you know what to look for on a menu! Here’s how:
Just like on a regular restaurant menu, there are certain key words that can give you a general idea of the calorie, fat, and nutrient content. Here are some examples:
Grilled versus fried. Choosing a grilled chicken sandwich versus a fried chicken sandwich will cut down the calories and fat. Fried contains extra breading while grilled does not. Therefore, when going to the Lunch Box food truck, order the grilled chicken sandwich!
Whole grain versus white. Choosing whole grain bread adds more vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your diet. For example, choose a whole grain wrap or whole grain bread. So next time you are at the food trucks ask if they have this option!
Vegetable dish versus meat dish. Did you know we should be eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? This is because they are high in vitamins and minerals, and low in calories and fat. Meat on the other hand, can be high in fat and calories. Therefore, making sure to get enough vegetables is very important. For example, for breakfast order a vegetable omelet rather than a ham or sausage omelet at Lulu’s Café food truck.
Of course once in a while we want to treat ourselves, and that is perfectly fine! But moderation is the key. Therefore, when you are craving pizza from Sabatino’s food truck, only get one slice and get a side salad with it instead of fries.
So, next time you are at the food trucks, see what healthier option you can come up with!
Written by Jennifer Ryan, Peer Educator