I have one rule in regards to healthy dining. When I’m grabbing a meal in a restaurant out of convenience, then I make myself choose the best, lowest-carb or healthy-carb option available. Even if it’s a good restaurant with delicious carb-freak food.
The other day I took a break from working at a coffee shop and wandered over to Community Q BBQ in Decatur for lunch. Sure, I could have had a pork sandwich with a side of the insanely cheesy macaroni. But since this was a meal of convenience, I ended up with this salad made with all kinds of fresh, local vegetables. Lady peas, green beans, tomatoes, pattypan squash, potatoes, cukes and lettuce made for a bodacious bowlful of greenery. Truth be told, it was a bit hard to eat — what with all those huge, honking lettuce leaves and tiny bits of bean and pea — and it needed a stronger vinaigrette to tie together all the disparate pieces. But I ended up adding the pork to the bowl with a few shots of the hot vinegar sauce, and I chopped it all up.
Not bad, and I didn’t feel like a stuffed piggy walking out of there.
Does anyone else play by this rule?