Last week I was on the road for work, which meant that I ate out all week. Having been on a mission to incorporate more vegetables into my diet this week drove home to me how crummy your choices are when dining out.
Let me set my personal stage: I am a meat eater and eat plenty of that at home. I have multiple veggies with each meal. At our house we do try to do one meatless meal a week. My reason for this meal lifestyle focus on vegetables is an effort to have a more well rounded nutritionally balanced diet. I really have come to depend the variety of tastes and textures that having an assortment of veggies with a meal. It makes me full and satisfied after a meal.
I ate many of my meals at the conference center/hotel restaurant. In four days my choices for the vegetables was asparagus with a mornay sauce, or steam carrot/cauliflower/broccoli mix. Based on that I can assume it wasn’t fresh, but likely some frozen “bag veggies.” I also ate some meals at chain and local restaurants and found that my choices really no better. Vegetables were absent for the most part.
I have come to the conclusion that the public is not demanding veggies and so restaurants are not providing them. They are not inexpensive because we repeatedly are offered the same ones. Now all this has me thinking of my next business trip, when I will be on the road for a full week. What do I plan to do for myself to not go for a full week so few veggies? I am not sure, but I have a couple of months to think about what I will do. I would love to hear from others their thoughts on this challenge.