The SparkPeople Blog

Diet Friendly Dining: LongHorn Steakhouse

0SHARES

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/7/2011 2:00 PM   :  8 comments   :  9,706 Views

LongHorn has been serving great tasting grilled steaks for more than 30 years. Today, you can find many other great tasting grilled options as well in their 350 restaurants located in 33 states. LongHorn has a stated commitment to sustainability and reducing businesses impact on the environment. Some ways they support that commitment is by building efficient restaurants as well as increased energy, water and waste management efficiency.
 
Grilling can enhance the flavor of meats, poultry, fish and even garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Since marinades, spicy rubs, or tangy glazes are frequently used to enhance the flavor, it is important to pay attention to the calories and sodium content when selecting a grilled favorite when eating away from home.  When ordering meals away from home, we suggest aiming for a complete meal containing 500 calories and 15-20 grams of fat or less.
 
Portion size is always a key when dining away from home and keeping your nutrient intake in check. One way to enjoy your favorite dish while saving calories and fat is to eat at lunchtime instead of dinnertime. If dinner is when you decide to eat out, plan on only eating half of the entrée and taking the rest home or sharing your entrée with a friend.
 
Appetizers here are typically high calorie and high fat "extras" that sometimes can be used as an alternative to an entrée but are best avoided as the start to a meal. Be sure anything you select as an entrée alternative is baked, broiled or grilled and does not contain sauces. Potato skins would be your best choice but of course without the cheese, bacon, or sour cream. Ask if they will top them with steamed broccoli instead.
 
Salads can be a good option but you have to pay attention since many are tossed in dressing and then topped with the other ingredients like meat, nuts, or raw veggies. Skip the Caesar salad that is higher in fat, calories, and sodium. Ask for the dressing to be included on the side and since portion sizes are on the large side, don't be afraid to take part of it home.
 
Here are some of the better options from LongHorn that you might enjoy next time you head out for a grilled favorite.

Best Lunch Options
 
Mixed Green Salad with Grilled Salmon
Calories – 490
Fat - 24 grams
Sodium – 600 mg
Carbohydrate – 28 grams
Protein – 40 grams
 
Mixed Green Salad with Grilled Chicken
Calories – 470
Fat – 21 grams
Sodium – 750 mg
Carbohydrate – 26 grams
Protein – 46 grams
 
Grilled Chicken & Portabella served with choice of a side item
Calories – 430
Fat – 23 grams
Sodium – 1,370 mg
Carbohydrate – 9 grams
Protein – 46 grams
 
Sierra Chicken served with choice of a side item
Calories – 310
Fat – 9 grams
Sodium – 930 mg
Carbohydrate – 2 grams
Protein – 54 grams
 
Cowboy Pork Chop served with choice of a side item
Calories – 200
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 800 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 34 grams
 
LongHorn Salmon served with choice of a side item
Calories – 290
Fat – 13 grams
Sodium – 300 mg
Carbohydrate – 3 grams
Protein – 40 grams
 
Redrock Grilled Shrimp served with choice of a side item
Calories – 90
Fat – 1 gram
Sodium – 1,120 mg
Carbohydrate – 2 grams
Protein – 18 grams
 
Grilled Rainbow Trout served with choice of a side item
Calories – 280
Fat – 15 grams
Sodium – 460 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 37 grams
 
Citrus Grilled Chicken
Calories – 390
Fat – 13 grams
Sodium – 880 mg
Carbohydrate – 33 grams
Protein – 35 grams
 
Renegade Top Sirloin (6 oz) served with choice of side
Calories – 380
Fat – 23 grams
Sodium – 520 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 43 grams
 
Best Side Item Options
 
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Calories – 90
Fat – 4 grams
Sodium – 350 mg
Carbohydrate – 9 grams
Protein – 3 grams
 
Fresh Steamed Asparagus
Calories – 80
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 55 mg
Carbohydrate – 5 grams
Protein – 4 grams
 
Mixed Green Side Salad
Calories – 110
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 200 mg
Carbohydrate – 12 grams
Protein – 4 grams
Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Calories – 45 grams
Fat – 0 grams
Sodium – 560 mg
Carbohydrate – 11 grams
Protein – 0 grams
 
Dinner Starter Options for Selection as an Entrée
 
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail served with cocktail sauce
Calories – 190
Fat – 1.5 grams
Sodium – 1,010 mg
Carbohydrate – 14 grams
Protein – 31 grams
 
Bowl of Authentic Ranch House Chili
Calories – 210
Fat – 14 grams
Sodium – 390 mg
Carbohydrate – 9 grams
Protein – 14 grams
 
Bowl of Shrimp & Lobster Chowder
Calories – 250
Fat – 10 grams
Sodium – 870 mg
Carbohydrate – 31 grams
Protein – 10 grams
 
Dinner Salad and Entrée Options
 
Mixed Green Salad with Grilled Salmon
Calories – 560
Fat – 27 grams
Sodium – 690 mg
Carbohydrate – 29 grams
Protein – 50 grams
 
Sierra Chicken served with choice of side and salad
Calories – 410
Fat – 12 grams
Sodium – 1,240 mg
Carbohydrate – 2 grams
Protein – 72 grams
 
Renegade Top Sirloin (6 oz) served with choice of side and salad
Calories – 380
Fat – 23 grams
Sodium – 520 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 43 grams
 
Cowboy Pork Chops served with choice of side and salad
Calories – 400
Fat – 14 grams
Sodium – 1,600 mg
Carbohydrate – 1 gram
Protein – 67 grams
 
LongHorn Salmon (7 oz) served with choice of side and salad
Calories – 290
Fat – 13 grams
Sodium – 300 mg
Carbohydrate – 3 grams
Protein – 40 grams
 
Grilled Fresh Rainbow Trout served with choice of side and salad
Calories – 280
Fat – 15 grams
Sodium – 460 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 37 grams
 
Redrock Grilled Shrimp served with choice of side and salad
Calories – 130
Fat – 1.5 grams
Sodium – 1,690 mg
Carbohydrate – 2 grams
Protein – 27 grams
 
Best Side Item Options
 
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Calories – 90
Fat – 4 grams
Sodium – 350 mg
Carbohydrate – 9 grams
Protein – 3 grams
 
Mixed Green Side Salad
Calories – 110
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 200 mg
Carbohydrate – 12 grams
Protein – 4 grams
Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Calories – 45
Fat – 0 grams
Sodium – 560 mg
Carbohydrate – 11 grams
Protein – 0 grams
 
Just For Kids Best Options
 
Grilled Chicken Salad
Calories – 270
Fat – 9 grams
Sodium – 190 mg
Carbohydrate – 5 grams
Protein – 41 grams
 
Grilled Chicken Tenders
Calories – 140
Fat – 2 grams
Sodium – 150 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 30 grams
 
Kid's Sirloin
Calories – 210
Fat – 9 grams
Sodium – 265 mg
Carbohydrate – 0 grams
Protein – 32 grams
 
Fresh Fruit Side
Calories – 45
Fat – 0 grams
Sodium – 0 grams
Carbohydrate – 7 grams
Protein – 0 grams
 
Kid's Broccoli
Calories – 35
Fat – 1 gram
Sodium – 15 mg
Carbohydrate – 5 grams
Protein – 0 grams
 
1% Milk Chug
Calories – 110
Fat – 2.5 grams
Sodium – 130 mg
Carbohydrate – 13 grams
Protein – 9 grams
 
 
What is your favorite healthy meal combination?


Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
 

NEXT ENTRY >   Throw a Party Like a Pro

Great Stories from around the Web

Comments

  • CINDYRUTH1
    8
    Very helpful, thank you - 11/8/2011   5:31:35 AM
  • 7
    my hubby and i have a standing DATE every saturday night at longhorn's!! i love the sierra chicken, it is soooooo flavorful and the basil tomato salsa on top is to die for!! i usually get mine with two sides of broccoli without the seasoning (just plain ol broccoli) and i like to twist some lemon or fat free dressing on it. i highly reccomend it... and the salmon is so tender and tasty... you can't beat it for a fish dish. and the shrimp is oooooooooooh so good. my hubby usually gets the renegade and i swap him a bite of mine for a bite of his (i love the renegade too by the way)....

    bottom line... i am addicted to the place. lol

    and yes, most of the time i take half of mine home too!! - 11/7/2011   8:59:46 PM
  • JLBRHW
    6
    Not sure about ordering fish at a steak house, but the trout sounds like a good option - or maybe the cowboy pork chop. - 11/7/2011   8:48:26 PM
  • 5
    Never heard of the place. What state(s) are they located? - 11/7/2011   5:32:45 PM
  • 4
    Thank's for this info.
    It's great to have a place to go to. - 11/7/2011   5:25:40 PM
  • 3
    I love Longhorn! I have started getting a small fillet mignon whenever I go to steak houses now. They are sooo delicious that I totally don't even mind that I get less in one serving than the huge sirloins I used to eat (always with leftovers to take home). Quality instead of quantity for me now! - 11/7/2011   3:13:57 PM
  • 2
    I love Longhorn Steakhouse and usually order the Salmon and Petit Fillet Mignon. I have a baked sweet potato and brocolli. I take half of it home and am happy two meals vs. one!! - 11/7/2011   2:41:39 PM
  • LORENZOAT
    1
    This is just perfect!!! Thanks. - 11/7/2011   2:14:28 PM

Please Log In To Leave A Comment:    Log in now ›


Join SparkPeople.com

Sign up for a FREE SparkPeople account