The New York State Health Department recently launched a new campaign called iChoose 600 to get people to choose meals, especially at restaurants, that have 600 calories or less. The average adult needs about 2000 calories a day, which can be obtained by eating three 600 calorie meals and a small 200 calorie snack.
It’s great that most restaurants now provide calorie counts for all their items, help you to make better decisions about what you eat. It does take some work to find restaurant meals with 600 calories or less, though.
The NY State Health Department’s examples of fast food meals with less than 600 calories include:
- Hamburger with small fries and water
- Grilled chicken sandwich with a diet soda
- Fish Sandwich with a side salad and water
I travel a lot and sometimes end up eating fast food on the road or in the airport. I also try to carry some health snacks, usually energy bars in my bag, in case there aren’t any good food choices.
Do you think the iChoose 600 plan would work for you? How do you eat healthy at restaurants and on the go? Tell me in the comments.