Brand New Low Calorie….. Salads?
I work in downtown Chicago, so lunch generally finds me in any one of a million overpriced sandwich/soup/burrito/chines shops downtown. Today I stopped in Au Bon Pain (Pronounced Aww Bon Pan… though after today I think Pain may be more appropriate.)
While standing at the register I noticed some tiny little 4×4 takeout boxes that contained some lettuce and a few bite sized peices of chicken, what looked like tuna salad, and another that may have involved some kind of tomato…. mayonnaise… thing. There wasn’t very much food in them, so I wondered if they were some kind of antipasti plate or something (Corner Bakery, a similar place has those, they are quite tasty.)
It turns out no, while I was waiting for my food I saw a chalked sign, advertising their “New Salads!” 200 calories or less per serving. 200 calories or less. That explains why these salads (for around $4) looked like a few mouthfuls of something surrounded by lettuce. I’m sure they even suck out all the extra carbs in the air inside the package. At this point people are literally paying this company NOT to feed them.
For comparisons sake the 6′ Subway Subs are all over 200 calories except the vegetarian. (For obvious reasons.) And who gets a subway sub without at least some chips, or some apples… or something.
I know that it isn’t the first company to come out with diet diet diet foods just for you not at all fat people who are constantly starving themselves. (all of downtown Chicago) But the 200 calorie or less “salads” (which were so small I wouldn’t even keep them for leftovers) just pushed me over the edge today.
For the record, it’s only a salad if you employ MULTIPLE pieces of lettuce and maybe even go hog wild with some other ingredients. Otherwise, it’s just a piece of lettuce.