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SARAHMO4 Posts: 335
6/26/13 5:02 P

For me its these places and items:
Subway, chicken bacon ranch or some kind of chicken, skip the pop and get baked chips or an apple. Great option for the sandwich and adding my own sides and drink.
Wendy's: not the healthiest, I love their strawberry blueberry salad that's seasonal and side choices year round besides fries.
Pita Pit is good and has a lot of healthy options for sandwiches.
Olive garden and Red Lobster are too pricy, so I am not there a lot.

Other than that, most of what I eat out is between classes for lunch and if I bring my sides and drinks with me, it works out well.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
6/26/13 4:30 P

We usually opt for sushi when we go out and want to eat healthy. We also eat at Subway, Pita Pit, Vietnamese or mexican.

We both try to limit the carbs in our meals, so sashimi over rolls/tempura when we go for Japanese and leaving 1/2 the noodles on the plate at Vietnamese.

I've just found it significantly easier to manage my diet and portions when I'm eating at home. And I'm lucky that I'm across the street from a sushi place at work.

Restaurant portions are out of control so another option is splitting a meal with someone. My husband and I often do that if we go to the pub and decide to eat something less healthy.

CRITCHFIELD1 SparkPoints: (6,476)
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6/26/13 4:19 P

Cathy, I like Subway too! It is one of my favs. Wish "all" my friends were as excited about it.

Those are all wonderful ideas that you all have shared. I really like the "go to" menu idea. Hope you don't mind, but I've copied it for myself. I'm not a Texas Roadhouse fan, but thanks so much for that 6 oz sirloin and veggie idea or the double veggie idea. I do have friends who enjoy going there, so now I won't have to be a wet-blanket on their restaurant ideas.

One thing I have discovered about Red Lobster is they have a "Lite House menu" It's right up my alley, so I choose from that when friends call on me to go there with them.

You all are the tops! emoticon


UWPALUM Posts: 645
6/26/13 9:13 A

I have just been avoiding going out, but usually my family will pick a place where I can get steamed or baked fish/salmon usually and lots of veggies. This has been working so far!

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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6/26/13 9:10 A

I like steak houses (Texas Roadhouse, Outback) because I can get a small steak and a pile of steamed veggies. That is my go to option.

What I started doing is picking places we go often and having a "go to" menu item at that place.

Olive Garden = Apricot Chicken w/ soup
Outback - 6oz sirloin w/ double green beans
Texas Roadhouse - 6oz sirloin w/ steamed veggies and a plain sweet potato
Local places - Steak Salad or chicken salad- no fries - house dressing on the side

Fast food I opt usually for Wendy's or Subway

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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6/25/13 6:42 P

My husband and kids like Texas Roadhouse. I'm not much of a meat eater, but they have an option on their menu that is called a 'vegetable combo" or something like that. It's basically any four side dishes. So I usually get salad, steamed veggies, a plain baked sweet potato and maybe a cup of chili. It's the perfect variety for me, and not a huge portion of meat.

CAT-IN-CJ Posts: 5,079
6/25/13 6:40 P

I live in a very small town. We have a Dairy Queen (I've never eaten there) and a Subway, which is my 'go to' when I'm having lunch.

Today I had lunch with 'the girls' at our local Mexican restaurant and of course, there is no nutritional info available. So, i ordered a taco salad (I didn't eat the shell) and approximated the amounts of each ingredient . . . and entered it in my tracker. That's the best I could do.

CRITCHFIELD1 SparkPoints: (6,476)
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6/25/13 5:56 P

Thank you all for the great ideas. I have looked at the restaurant guide SP provides, recently. I so know what you mean about Panera's. I went there with a friend in the past. OMGoodness! Had no clue about the fat and calories.

I never thought about Chipolte and just asking for a bowl and hold the tortillas. Great idea!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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6/25/13 12:15 P

For a fast casual option, I love Chipotle. As long as you avoid the burritos and tacos (ie the tortillas) and get a bowl, you can have a very healthy meal there. My bowl I get there is under 500 calories.

COCHESE321 SparkPoints: (50,855)
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6/24/13 9:48 P

We eat out at least once a week, usually more. However, we go to the same few restaurants. My standard order is Chicken Caesar salad with no croutons, no cheese and the dressing on the side. Sometimes I get shrimp or salmon on the salad, cooked without oil.

Red Lobster is a good choice if you can keep you hands out of the biscuits. So is Outback Steak House.

I have no problem asking them to cook my food the way I want it. I have never had an issue with them doing it. They know their tip is at stake - and I'm a really good tipper.

MLJSPARK SparkPoints: (27,163)
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6/24/13 9:44 P

SP actually has a dining guide for some popular restaurants which might help you select places with healthy options. I'm sure they are just pulling in information from various websites but it might be useful to see lots of choices in one place. Here is the link:

Hope this helps!

BRIGHID3 Posts: 61
6/24/13 9:16 P

Don't make my mistake! I was invited out for a surprise lunch today and we went to Panera. Rather than copy what another diner was having, I opted for the Chilled Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad, no bread and unsweetened ice tea. Then tonight entering my food for the day, I realized it's a whopping 700 calories!

Next time, I don't care and I'll order what I know is low in calories. *sigh*

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5/19/13 2:47 P

That's great advice.

I didn't think about asking them to modify the menu item.


DASHKATH Posts: 862
5/19/13 6:17 A

We don't dine out a lot either, however, when we do I always look up the restaurant beforehand and figure out what the best choices would be. Depending on the restaurant you can ask them to modify some of the dishes for you to be lower calorie.

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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5/19/13 6:11 A

Google "Red Lobster Nutritional Information" and you will get their menu listing all the NI values for their food. SP doesn't have all the information you need when you eat out. The internet is a great resource. Learn how to use it to provide you nutritional information.

CRITCHFIELD1 SparkPoints: (6,476)
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5/18/13 7:50 P

Thank you. The only one I know of out here is the Red Lobster that has what they call the "Lite House" menu. Going out to eat seems to be my friends way of entertainment. One can only eat so many salads. I usually have any dressings on the side.

I did find a SP link that showed some restaurants, so will be referring to that too.


LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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5/18/13 4:14 P

We don't dine out much. I usually cook at home. But when we do I always try to google the restaurant to find out if they posted their menu and nutritional information. If they have the menu, I try to select my dinner in advance. I love fish so I usually end up with that for dinner.

CRITCHFIELD1 SparkPoints: (6,476)
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5/18/13 3:48 P

Wondering where other people dine for low cal and low fat meals. Which restaurants do you like the best and which is your best menu items.

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