I avoid fast food as much as possible for my family and I. However, as you all know, it is pretty much impossible to avoid it 100 percent these days. We are always running around, and we travel a lot visiting family, and sometimes it just has to happen.
With that being said, there is a short list of fast food chains that I will go to. Besides Dunkin Donuts for my coffee, we will eat at Chipotle, Moe’s and now Subway….AND maybe Five Guys for a cheat meal every once in a blue moon!
Last week I had the pleasure to attend a Fitfluential event in New York City and got the opportunity to meet with Lanette Kovachi, who has been the Corporate Dietician for the Subway brand since 2000.
I joined a few other fitness bloggers for a a fun lunch and informative chat with Lanette about all the positive changes Subway has made to continue to be the leading healthy choice in fast food.
First up and most important, Subway has made big changes to their chicken strips. The new and improved chicken strips are lightly seasoned and grilled. They are all white meat, have no artificial preservatives, no artificial colors, and no artificial flavors.
I was able to try the chicken strips and I was pleasantly surprised. I had the chicken on the toasted flatbread with a ton of fresh veggies and avocado…it was really good!
Salads are also available at Subway and the chicken strips will make a great addition to any salad!
Lanette also shared with us that part of her job at Subway is to consistently research the latest nutrition trends and to keep the restaurant up to speed with every way they can lessen the ingredient list and to improve the quality and taste of their food.
Subway has also removed the partially hydrogenated oil and has reduced the sodium by 30 percent across the board on their menu.
Also, I was pleased to hear that their bread recipe was revamped. Last year, if you recall, Subway got a lot of negative press about their bread because it included ADA (azodicarbonamide) on its ingredients list. The ADA has been removed and the bread recipe has been simplified.
I feel comfortable feeding my family the 9-grain wheat bread that has 24g of whole grain in a 6-inch sub, which is half of the daily recommended value of whole grain.
It’s always my first choice to cook as many meals with fresh ingredients as I possibly can for my family, but sometimes our busy life gets in the way and we need to stop for something quick. Subway is now on the list of approved fast food restaurants that I feel confident feeding them!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential.