Stealth Junk – La Madelines

Today, we’re taking on another one of the “light” restaurants – La Madeline.  At the request of a co-worker, we’re going to see how his average lunch at La Madeline’s stacks up against our junk food icon – the Big Mac & Large Fry.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that he could do a lot better by leaving out the bread sticks.  Sheehs, the bread sticks, calorie wise, are nearly equal to the Big Mac by itself.

Entrees –

La Madeline 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken
Calories 680
Grams of Fat 37

McDonald’s Big Mac
Calories 540
Grams of Fat 29

Side dish –

Mushroom Soup
Calories 240
Grams of Fat 22

Sourdough Bread Sticks X 3
Calories 180 x 3 = 540
Fat Grams 1.5 x 3 = 4.5

McDonalds French Fries
Large Fries
Calories 570
Fat grams 30

Stealth Junk – Boston Market

Today we’re going to visit another “Stealth Junk” vendor.  It’s Boston Market.  They show ads of rotisserie chicken and fresh looking veggies.  However, once again, we’ll be comparing them to that great American icon of junk McDonald’s.

Entrees –

Boston Market 1/2 rotisserie chicken
Calories 590
Fat grams 27

McDonald’s Big Mac
Calories 540
Grams of Fat 29

Sides –  We’ll be listing 2 sides since that’s what a Boston Market “meal” comes with

Mac & Cheese
Calories 330
Fat grams 12

Mashed Potatoes
Calories 270
Fat Grams 11

Total Sides
Calories 600
Fat grams 23

McDonalds French Fries
Large Fries
Calories 570
Fat grams 30

So much for your nice healthy dinner.  Since someone asked, and in case any of the rest of you are wondering, the calorie counts and fat grams come straight off the restaurants’ web sites. 

Stealth Junk – Jason’s Deli

Today, boys & girls, we’re covering a subject that I dearly love.  There are a whole class of foods out there that I’ve dubbed “stealth junk”.  It’s junk food masquerading and something healthy and nutritious.  Stealth junk comes in many forms.  Some times it’s a restaurant serving up crap that’s loaded with hidden calories and fat.  Jason’s Deli is probably one of the worst offenders in this category and we’ll get to the nitty gritty in a moment.  Another form of stealth junk are things like the Bumble Bar and we’ll be talking about a few of those next week.  I’m upset because it passes itself off as healthy when it’s loaded with sugar and calories or fat and calories as the case may be.  The marketing ploy is trick you into thinking that you’re eating lighter than you really are.  And people wonder why so many Americans are overweight.  It’s because we don’t read the label to see what it is that we’re consuming.  We trust that the marketing people are telling us the truth. 

First though, we’re taking on some of the so-called “healthy alternatives” and seeing how they stack up against McDonald’s.  Today’s topic – Jason’s Deli

Now who here doesn’t think that Jason’s Deli is a healthier place to eat that the old American icon, the Golden Arches, McDonald’s.  Guess what?  You’re wrong.  You’re actually better off at Mickey D’s. 

Sandwiches
Jason’s Chicken Pannini
Calories 837
Grams of Fat 47.5

McDonald’s Big Mac
Calories 540
Grams of Fat 29

Sides
Jason’s Pasta Salad
Calories 1071 (357 per 4 oz but they serve 12 oz)
Fat grams 37.5 (12 per 4 oz but again, they serve it in 12 oz cups)

McDonalds French Fries
Large Fries
Calories 570
Fat grams 30

Dessert
Jason’s Oatmeal Cookie  (Just one little cookie right??? WRONG!!!!)
Calories 270
Fat grams 7

McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie
Calories 270
Fat Grams 12
Although if you get the McDonald’s Oatmeal Cookie
It’s 150 Calories and 6 grams of fat.