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GBO323 SparkPoints: (31,201)
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4/14/15 5:41 P

I've discovered Panda Express....and WOW!

My faves are the Beef/Broccoli (150 cal) and the Mushroom Chicken (170 cal). I do a double portion of the Mushroom Chicken with a single of Beef Broccoli and I am sufficiently satisfied...and as a bonus, get some more veggies in as well. For 490 calories, it is a staple meal for me.

Another goodie is McAlister's Deli. I can get a 1/2 & 1/2 Roast Beef Melt with Country Potato Soup for 530 calories.

For that bad moment, the McD's McDouble is a great burger fix for a paltry 380 cals.

73SUPER Posts: 320
9/12/14 7:18 A

LOVE Applebee's.. go every Sunday after church. They have a list showing calorie content of everything on the menu. No excuse for consuming too much. Amazing the calorie count in some things you think would be healthy. Been very happy with their Steaks. Good place!

KOALA_BEAR SparkPoints: (18,475)
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6/5/14 12:28 A

Applebee's has a 3-4 oz steak - it's not on the menu but is in the cash register/computer so order it ala carte with a side salad.

Chili's has a soup or chili & salad deal - single serving of each or all you can eat.. I ask for (or they will assemble in the back but this way I know what's in it) a large plate then pile on the salad, top with chili and add a few tortilla chips for a "taco salad" and it is very tasty. I don't use any dressing; I use the salsa instead. You can add a small guacamole for healthy fat or just eat the shredded cheese on the salad.

The also have side of corn or broccoli with or without butter, and cinnamon apples makes a great dessert when you don't want to feel deprived if everyone else is getting the molten cake.

BJ's has lots of options starting with lettuce wraps (chicken or shrimp); pot stickers; several hearty dinner salads; and the little mini corn fritters are portion control sized or split with a friend.

FATDADDY98248 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/28/14 11:53 P

Taco Time's Baja Menu

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5/28/14 6:13 P

I have to agree with someone who just commented below me.....if you like Cracker Barrel, their new line of healthy choices are very satisfying. I've ordered the pork chop on more than one occasion, and I love they way they've seasoned it. Just make sure you don't ask for the biscuit or cornbread. They won't bring it to you, but if you ask, they will. [At least that was my experience....I didn't have one, but I asked to see what they would do].

WARMSTRONG2 SparkPoints: (404,594)
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5/28/14 6:16 A

Taco cabana black bean taco hold the rice

ZURICHMAN SparkPoints: (1,775)
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4/15/14 9:14 P

I just started eating clean foods and Subway has way too much sodium in it.

MNCYCLIST SparkPoints: (136,894)
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2/10/14 4:10 P

My local favorites are Panera, Applebees, Subway, and believe it or not, Taco Bell--they have come up with some good, healthy options.

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1/17/14 3:44 P

Cracker Barrel has a few new healthy menu options. I had a peppercorn steak with a sweet potato and salad and it was around 500-600 calories, pretty good stuff.

Otherwise, "fast food" I'm usually a Subway guy.

FITADMIN83 SparkPoints: (29,632)
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1/9/14 10:09 P

I enjoy 6 inch Subs from Subway because I can control what goes in it:)

GBO323 SparkPoints: (31,201)
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1/9/14 1:42 P

My main quick go to places are:

ChickFilA (Chargrilled Chicken Club)
McD's (Grilled Ranch BLT)
KFC (Grilled Thigh/Legs)
Burger King (Whopper JR)

BCJCPDX2012 SparkPoints: (64,958)
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12/25/13 10:11 A

I love Ruby Tuesday primarily for their salad bar. I wish that more restaurants would follow suit. I also love Soup-Plantation and their kin chains like Sweet Tomatoes. Love-Love-Love the salad bar and soups.

11/12/13 12:54 A

Panera Bread

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
11/8/13 9:01 A

wow, I did not know that.... There used to be an Outback in my city but it's long gone, sadly.
I do like the food there, but it's been a few years since I've been.

SWEETRACHEL313 Posts: 311
11/5/13 7:31 P

I had a friend that worked at Outback, and he told me that they put butter on all of their steaks. If you order it without the butter preparation, you should be ok.

Sneaky, sneaky, don't you think?

ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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10/25/13 1:31 P

The sodium point is a good one, though. I think you need to hydrate more than you may normally do after a high-sodium meal like an Outback steak. Those places use a ton more salt than anyone would making a home-cooked meal.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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10/25/13 12:06 P

Outback isn't a terrible choice. Get a steak and vegetables and you're golden.

10/24/13 8:40 P

Ruby Tuesday....Salad Bar

9/22/13 8:07 A

I'm gonna sound a bit "Debby Downer", blasphemy in the guys lounge I presume.

Guys, if we're talking healthy, we really need to look at the overall picture. The biggest issue, for me, that I see in many of the previous suggestions is sodium content. When I look at a meals nutrition data, the ratio of mg sodium to Kcal needs to be somewhere around 1or I turn away. Looking at some of the suggestions, that ratio is 4, or even more.

I can get in and out of Subway with that ratio at abut 1-1/2. The salad/fruit bar at Shoneys, or Ryans, 1/2 or even less. I can leave filling full, and it last, getting the protein and fat from egg, nuts, and Olive Oil.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a meat and potatoes kinda guy. It's just that these "chain chefs" are evidently instructed to throw the cap away on the salt shaker.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
9/19/13 10:04 A

There's a new chain of restaurants in town called Mucho Burrito... I went there for lunch last Friday.. it's kinda funny because it's a Mexican(-ish) restaurant run by East Indians... I even had an East Indian guy with me who thought that was funny.

Anyway, the food is good and seems healthy - I went with a chicken & rice regular size burrito... another guy with me for lunch got the Mucho size - man that would've fed a family of three!

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
10/10/12 12:15 P

Thanks for everyones great tips, I will keep on the lookout for those.

NVRDWN88 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/7/12 9:03 A

at most place you can find healthy low cal meals but then right next to those meals they place pics of steaks ribs and mouth watering stuff lol i think a good tip is to know what you want before you get there if not a new rest. or see if a menu online can help you decide before the waitress puts the pressure on ya lol.....enjoy everyone....when in doubt order the salad with dressing on the side and go very easy on the dressing or use light vinegerette

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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10/4/12 6:21 P

Looks like Applebee's get many of our votes. It has a great low cal list, very nice meals.

SECTION1RON Posts: 6,365
10/4/12 12:31 P

Applebee's would get my vote.

PLANAR Posts: 122
10/4/12 11:55 A

I like some of the offerings at Applebees and Chilis.

NSMITH112886 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/27/12 9:46 A

Applebees has a few good options on their weight watchers menu. Various grilled chicken, and lower calorie dishes. I've tried quite a few of them.

ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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9/27/12 9:32 A

What do you recommend that is not a gut-buster at Applebee's? My wife found some gift cards we won from there and wants to take the kids there this weekend.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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9/26/12 5:30 P

I am finding more and more healthy choice eateries out there. Partly due to living in California. It is one of the few things they are doing right. As far as the ones I am using right now and have no problem staying within limits are: Subway, Applebees, and CoCos. So if I'm out and about and the folks I'm out with get hungry, I will gladly go to those and know I can get a good meal that is nutritious and listed.

HDJAKE84 SparkPoints: (12,221)
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9/16/12 11:49 P

Not exactly "healthy" but at Popeyes Chicken they have a jambalaya bowl that is only 220 calories and is really filling (and tasty).

ARRREAGLES SparkPoints: (40,314)
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9/13/12 10:37 P

I travel full time for my job, so have to eat out for approximately 9+ meals a week.

I've found the sit-down places are usually pretty good. I am very fond of california these days for having to have nutritional information available all the time.

Usually, I try to get food cooked without extra fat, and with an extra vegetable replacing whatever starch is on the plate. That helps a lot.

PATTERD707 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/13/12 2:56 P

Love this question:

1. Subway fresh options

2. Taco Bell (seriously!), Fresco menu has less salt and calories.

3. Starbucks (a little higher calorie per gram, but better fats (not so much saturated fats).

In California, the above are EVERYWHERE.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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9/12/12 3:51 P

Found out last weekend that Olive Garden is actually really good to go. Just avoid the breadsticks before the meal and ask for the salad dressing on the side so you can just add a little.

They have a herb-grilled chicken that is like 600 calories and nothing but high protein and good fats. Perfect

Also an apricot grilled chicken thing that is ~450 calories with good amounts protein and very low fat. Some carbs from the fruity salsa but theres not much wrong with that. Also surprisingly low on sodium for each.

Buffalo Wild Wings even has a good grilled chicken salad, but I got heckled so much for ordering that...

ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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9/11/12 3:47 P

Yeah- it's hard. I try to limit those visits for that reason. if I do, I just try to minimize the damage, or chalk it upo as a cheat event and get back on track in the next meal. I almost always pack my lunch for work to avoid any temptation of buying a pile of junk fast food.

With that said- if you go "Subway freshfit" menu, on wheat bread, loading up the veggies, and taking it easy on the dressing, thatworks pretty well, doesn't it? If I am on the road for work, any meal that doesn't involve a business meeting would be at Subway, eating a wheat bread sub off the fresh fit list and piled high w/ available vegge choices.

GRAVELRIDGEBOY SparkPoints: (36,875)
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9/11/12 3:34 P

I rarely go out to eat, but when I do it is because I am traveling on the road so I need fast food. The healthiest place I have found is Taco Bell, order off their Fresco menu. Here is a link from CNN:

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
9/10/12 2:53 P

So I have recently been obsessed with finding restaurants with good low calorie options, that won't leave me feeling cheated when I have them for my meal. I have tried the following with good success so far, and will keep investigating more

Ruby Tuesdays - I used to loathe this place, but I feel like they have really worked to improve their offerings, and their fish options, as well as as the spaghetti squash are quite tasty, and with a little effort the salad bar can go a long way towards making sure you feel full without piling on the caloies.

Cheesecake factory.- Tried something off of their skinnylicious menu the other day, the Lettuce wrapped chicken tacos, and really liked them. the tough part is avoiding the cheesecake itself.

Moby Dick - a Kabob place in Maryland and Virginia, seems like you can get a great balance of meat in the chicken kabobs with plenty of other veggies for a good price.

Panera- their Soup is great, as is the Turkey Avocado BLT. great low cal meal that leaves me full. Just make sure you get the apple, not the baguette.

What are some of your go to's for restaurant healthier eats?

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