It's the quick fix that you've been eating for years. Either you're loyal to your favourite subs — like the Subway club or melt — or you have your own sub with customized veggies, meats and of course, sub sauce.
And while you can get away with healthier salad choices (minus all the sauce or dressing), there are ways to cut down on fat and sodium when you want to eat a sub — because really, why go to Subway and not order a sandwich?
But instead of relying on meats, pop or sides like chips to keep you fill, opt for veggies.
"Fill up on vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and onions and limit processed meats. Also limit too many pickled or high sodium toppings like olives, hot peppers, jalepenos or pickles," says Stefanie Senior, a registered dietitian based in Toronto. "If you're getting cheese, ask for their real cheddar cheese. I am not a fan of any type of processed meat, even if they are low in saturated fat such as turkey and ham. They are still high in sodium and nitrates."
Senior adds you should also ask for low calorie, sodium and sugar sauces like light mayo, fat-free honey mustard and regular mustard.
This week our dietitians picked several subs (and one salad) that would be optimal choices if you're planning on eating at Subway anytime soon. Check out the slideshow below and let us know, what do you order?
In our series The Dietitian Dish, we ask Canadian dietitians what they would recommend as breakfast, lunch or dinner options at specific fast food and chain restaurants in the country. Please note, none of the dietitians below are associated with the restaurants we choose, and the restaurants are not paying us to dissect their food. Which restaurant would you like to see us tackle next? Shoot us an email at CanadaLiving@huffingtonpost.com or let us know in the comments below