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Ways to Eat Healthy in the Food Court at the Mall

Food Court Survival: Part II

The mall is almost unavoidable during the holidays, and something about all that running around and waiting in lines makes me hungry. What's worse: Not only am I hungry, but I also know there is a place where food is easily accessible. That place, like the fast food holy land, is the Food Court.

Don't worry, we can get through this.

I already shared a few survival strategies, and another idea is to bring your own snacks. Healthy snacking options are limited at the food court: Think french fries, bagels, candy, and cookies. Last year user redsugar suggested carrying a zip top bag full of nuts so you can satisfy your hunger without heading to Cinnabon.

If you forget your baggie of healthy munchies, then pretzel shops are not always a bad option. The Jalapeño Pretzel without butter from Auntie Anne's has 270 calories and no trans fat (this was the best I could find at Auntie Anne's in terms of nutrition) — not horrible. If you're cutting out white flour, then try the Whole Wheat Pretzel (no butter) with 350 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.


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ktacce ktacce 9 years
oh man, that cinnomen and sugar pretzel from annie's is so friggen good / bad. oh man. anyways, that picture of that mcdonalds is scaring me.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Another good snack choice is the $1 fruit and yogurt mini parfaits from McDonald's. They're pretty yummy and fairly low in calories. I usually don't snack when I'm at the mall, but if I'm ravished, I'll grab a side salad somewhere or go to a nearby grocery store and buy an apple or something.
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 9 years
I stick with real food. Went to Sbarro yesterday and got a plain piece of baked chicken (no skin eaten) and a bit of steamed veggies. Didn't gain weight! Woohoo.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I steer clear away...
phonakins phonakins 9 years
I seriously felt like I was going to pass out with how overwhelming the food court can get with the smells and the noise and the lights!!! I went a smootie tonight. to at least get fruit into me!
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I used to work in a mall so I learned the best thing you can do is go to the Greek place and order chicken breast with a side salad.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I used to eat the sugar and cinnomin pretzel at Auntie Anne's. I know it's gross, right?
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i love the food court! but i also get something small.. and i try to wait until im pretty much done my shopping, atleast shopping for ME!... so then i dont have to try anything on after.. its like if i find what im looking for i'll have a little snack and countinue shopping for someone else!.. or soemthing else that i dont have to try on! :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That's part of shopping to me! The food court! Buuuut I just try and get somethign little like a pita or taco, not a whole meal. When i eat a whole meal I feel so sluggish and bloated after and who wants to try on clothes when you feel like that!?
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