I’ll have a Grilled Cheese Burger Melt with a side of heart attack, please!

June 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm 6 comments

I ended up choosing option #1 and having lunch at 10:30 am.  Even though I felt a bit suspect for eating lunch so early, I was glad I did!  By 12:30 pm, my stomach was grumbling again.  I joke that this baby is going to weigh 25 pounds, but then I wonder:  should a pregnant woman ever joke about such a thing?  Yikes!

My lunch was, of course, a salad.  This time, topped with some Mexican Baked Tofu.  What a versatile dish!  It was great on the salad.  I didn’t even use dressing!

This contains:

  • Baby spinach – 25 cents
  • 6 slices of cucumber – 25 cents
  • 1/2 avocado – 38 cents
  • 1/2 tomato – 50 cents
  • 1 yummy slab of Mexican Baked Tofu – $1.15

Grand total – $2.53

Cheaper than a store bought salad!

Of course for dessert, I had four squares of dark chocolate.  Estimated cost?  40 cents.

I was reading The Toronto Star and came upon this article about a new sandwich available at the American chain Friendly’s.

Click on the link and see the picture!  You will be in for a shock.

This is basically a hamburger sandwiched between TWO GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES.  That’s four slices of bread fried with two slices of cheese along with a hamburger patty and all the fixings.  It clocks in at 1,500 calories and almost 100 grams of fat!  The article compares it to KFC’s “double down” (also unavailable in Canada), which is basically a meat sandwich sandwiched in meat.

What is up with these chains creating these horrifically unhealthy meals, meals that are often paired with french fries to boot?  I think they do it for the “gimmick factor” to get people talking.  I know my beloved husband was eager to try the double down!  But does it verge on immoral to offer such unhealthy foods?  A dietitian or anyone who’s read even a couple of books about nutrition knows how deadly unhealthy eating can be.  Is this like a cigarette company offering a new cigarette with double the carcinogens?  Is this a sign of our exorbitant, wasteful culture?  I’m sure the debate could go on for a while.  I just feel sorry for all the poor, innocent arteries out there. 

Friendly? I don’t think so!  😉


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Liza  |  June 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I am with you on the horrible things fast food places serve! They should get with the picture and be part of the solution, not the problem! How about spending the time and money to come up with really awesome healthy options??? Now that would be something!

    • 2. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  June 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      I completely agree. Sometimes on road trips I am stuck eating at McDonald’s or another fast food joint and it’s tough finding something to eat (made more difficult being vegetarian!). Often, I’ll end up with a fruit parfait and a meager side garden salad. Weak!

  • 3. Therese  |  June 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I totally believe that these types of dishes are WRONG. They’re completely marketing tools and it’s absolutely disgusting. There’s even a restaurant in the States called the “Heart Attack Cafe” or something similar where the waitresses are dressed as nurses and you get your blood pressure taken before and after your disgustingly cholesterol filled meal!!!! This is a slow form of murder that I’m completely against.

    And wow! You just got me worked up! Ha!

    • 4. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  June 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      I am with you, sister! It’s totally wrong and a slow form of murder.

  • 5. Mel  |  June 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Today at the 7-11 these people had HUGE slurpee refill cups … seriously these things were like mini-kegs. It is just so wrong. Ick.

    • 6. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  June 24, 2010 at 7:57 am

      And we’ve become conditioned for the most part, as a society, to accept that drinking a mini-keg of coloured sugar water is ok. Meanwhile, diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease – diseases that didn’t exist a couple of hundred years ago – are a main threat as a species. People don’t make the connection! It’s craziness, I say, absolute craziness!


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