Food Showdown: Which Shrimp Dish is the Better Catch?


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If you're a health-conscious seafood lover, you probably know that shrimp makes a tasty, high-protein and low-fat dish—when prepared the right way, that is. Restaurants across the country incorporate the little crustaceans into hundreds of dishes, from popcorn shrimp to creamy shrimp fettuccine Alfredo. Applebee's includes shrimp in several of its dishes, but not all are created equal! The Signature Sirloin with Garlic Herb Shrimp from Applebee's includes a 7-oz. sirloin steak topped with shrimp in a light cream sauce, and comes with potatoes, veggies, and sliced almonds on the side. The Grilled Shrimp 'N Spinach Salad features grilled shrimp on a mound of fresh spinach, topped with bacon, peppers, onions, and bacon vinaigrette. Of these two shrimp dishes, which one contains the least calories and fat?

 The Winner: Signature Sirloin with
Garlic Herb Shrimp!

The Signature Sirloin is actually on the ''Under 550 Calories'' menu at Applebee's, and clocks in at a reasonable 500 calories and 20 grams of fat. Though the Grilled Shrimp 'N Spinach Salad may sound innocent enough, that bacon really boosts the calories through the roof—this salad packs a hefty punch with a whopping 960 calories and 65 grams of fat! This goes to show that a restaurant salad may not always be the best choice. When dining at Applebee's, stick to the Weight Watchers and ''Under 500 Calories'' menus. For an even lighter shrimp catch, the Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp from the Weight Watchers menu is just 300 calories and 6 grams of fat!

For more healthier choices at Applebee's, check out SparkPeople's Dining Out Guide.

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