Audrey Aveaux, Jacques Fricker

Delicious, Healthy and Inexpensive Publication date : May 17, 2010

Eating delicious, healthy and inexpensive meals: theoretically this should not be difficult. All you need is a little know-how and a bit of time. But the problem is we all lack time. Our current lifestyle means that many people take only a ten-minute break for lunch and generally consume some sort of fast food: sandwiches, quiche, pizza, hamburgers, salads. So does this mean that eating a balanced meal is an impossible goal?

Instead of feeling guilty about our poor eating habits, let's learn to eat healthily even if we don't have much time. We must learn how to select tasty, good quality, satisfying food that we enjoy, but that is not fattening, and that follows the rules of balanced nutrition — and that is not too expensive.

This unique guide explains some of the nutritional advantages and disadvantages of a number of fast foods and tells us which to choose from; it offers tips on how to associate, or complement, fast foods to make balanced meals, and it shows us how to create smart, healthy menus.

A highly useful book for tight budgets!

• For millions of people lunch generally consists of a sandwich or some greasy fast food — and many of them then feel guilty about the unhealthy meal they have just eaten.

• In this guidebook to good lunchtime habits you will discover:

how to reconcile speed with nutrition how to create healthy menus, put together a nutritious meal, or complement a fast-food lunch a qualitative analysis of the food on offer at the main fast-food and sandwich chains lists of ingredients contained in various foods and a comparative table with a nutritional analysis of 400 products (sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, etc.) to help you make better choices.

Jacques Fricker, a physician and nutrition specialist, is the author of many highly successful works on nutrition and slimming. Besides working as a nutritionist at Hôpital Bichat, in Paris, he teaches at several medical faculties and was for many years a research fellow at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM).

Audrey Aveaux is a dietician with extensive knowledge of the fast-food sector.