Tuesday, August 21, 2012

No Boston Market Why!

Was disappointed to read this article in today’s USA Today about Boston Market planning to lower sodium in their menu offerings. Am I the only CF mother that gets anxious reading stories about making food healthier? From a proposed junk food tax to healthier school lunches, I’ve become paranoid that when Lil Guy is older, he’s going to be overtaxed for his nutritional needs and labeled as the kid with the “special lunch” at school.
Don’t get me wrong, understandably the vast majority of the U.S. population is facing an obesity epidemic while just 30,000 CFers are trying to maintain a good weight. Just another example of some of the paradoxes CF patients face in their daily lives.


Boston Market is still an excellent place for CFers with lots of calories, fat and sodium in their meals, especially their kids meals. Check out their easy-to-use
nutrition page.

Go with:
  • Fried chicken; the dark meat in particular packs a lot of fat and calories
  • Meatloaf
  • Creamed spinach or squash casserole
  • Salad options – most are high-fat, high sodium
Stay away from:
  • Chicken pot pies, they are high in fat and sodium but also pack a lot of carbs
  • Sweet potato casserole, with almost 90 g of carbs. Not every CFer may agree with our decision to shun carbs but even I think that is a lot for a side dish.
  • Watch the sandwiches too, some of them seem carb-heavy.

All is not lost – was very happy to see this quote from Chief Brand Officer Sara Bittorf at the end of the article:  “We don’t want it to be misconstrued that Boston Market is becoming a healthy fast-casual chain. We’re never going to have the healthiest mac and cheese on the block.”

Thank goodness for that!

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