I don't like Olive Garden, but if I received a gift card for there, I would hole on to it and re-gift it to someone who does like that restaurant.
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I do the soup and salad special, then get a garden salad with dressing on the side and minestrone soup. I guess the soup might be considered a little high in sodium (I don't really keep track of it because sodium isn't an issue for me), but it's low in fat and calories and very filling.
I think there are some websites and maybe even local places that buy out gift cards. We have several places in my hometown that do so. You may consider this to be an option if you can't find something worth indulging in at Olive Garden, though personally, I'd use it, enjoy it, and keep on doing everything I can to make my weight loss goals.
Indulging once in a while isn't wrong.
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got lots of great ideas here thanks love your advise it just that I really do not ike to go out and eat because LOVE to cook know how to cook italian food and my family says its way better then Olive Garden.. I can say its my problem they do not want to go out to eat anywhere.. but I was given this gift card and did not seem right to not accept it I did not want to hurt thier feelings..well anyhow I already know what to do with it thanks
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I won't eat at Olive Garden because there are no healthy choices. The minestrone soup suggested by a previous poster has 1020 mg sodium for one serving. The food doesn't taste good enough for a special treat. You might consider the gift certificate as any other gift you don't like and can't return. Many people like Olive Garden. Give it to someone as a gift. Go to Olive Gardenís parking lot and give it to someone walking into the restaurant. Drop it in a Goodwill or Salvation Army box. Someone will appreciate it. .
Edited by: DIANE7786 at: 1/1/2013 (17:13)
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Get the minestrone soup ! Soups are low cal and very yummy. Just watch the cream based ones. those are the ones that are loaded with extra calories.
I also recommend the pasta di mari i.e. seafood pasta. That's got a fairly reasonable calorie count.
As long as you are mindful of the portion size, you really could have whatever you wanted. Eat half there and take half home to enjoy the next day for lunch. Most restaurants typically have portions that could feed 2-3 people. So, if you're given a huge plate, eat half and take half home. No one says you have to clean your plate.
Enjoy your meal ! Try not to fret about the calories. If you do eat a bit more than you want, that doesn't make you a bad person or a unhealthy one. You just do your best to eat more mindfully the next that, that's all.
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I get the whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and have them add grilled chicken. The calories aren't bad, however, I am not too sure about the sodium content.
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salad dressing on the side and soup lol Or grilled chicken!
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