I just order salad, fish or chicken that isn't fried or doesn't have heavy sauce over it ... It's nice to go out to eat once in a while even if I can't have steak and mashed potatoes or whatever.....my husband cuts a small piece of his steak for me just to taste...
Seasons 52, all their meals are under 500 calories and they really know how to prepare tasty and healthy food! We don't go too often because they aren't the cheapest either, but they are nice for certain occasions (we don't eat out that often anyways).
I can usually find something healthy to eat at most any restaurant. Grilled chicken or fish (tilapia is a favorite, with lemon pepper) and a lot of times I will skip the potato and just ask for a double order of vegetables. No bread. No dessert. Start out with a dinner salad with Italian dressing.
Even at fast food places I have a list I keep in my purse for "better" choices to make. I can't say they are real "healthy" choices, but "better" ones that are the lowest in calories. Like a regular hamburger instead of a Big Mac or Whopper. Apple slices instead of fries. A big salad. Iced tea instead of soda. Etc.
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Sushi places. I order sashimi and perhaps a seaweed salad. But the basic problem is you also lose your wallet... :(
Inexpensive: Panera's. At lunch I'll order the Cobb salad, hold the chicken. I've discovered it is enough for two meals, and I don't even take the accompanying bread. Or, I'll buy the black bean soup. (Panera's is the ONLY chain I ever eat at.)
I found ordering wisely at a good Lebanese or Thai restaurant is a good idea, as well.
Chili's, Applebee's, many chains offer "lighter" menu choices. And I've found restaurants will always try to help you (hamburger without the bun), fruit or veggies instead of fries. Just ask "could I have .... instead of...." "dressing on the side please"....it really does work. Most importantly check out the nutritional info on line BEFORE you go. Believe me...salads are often not the best choice.
Bon appetite !!
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I like all the restaurants. Anymore they all have something for people that made lifestyle changes.
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I like the Black forest ham at Subway.
The soup (either Minestrone or Pasta Fagiole) and salad (I ask for non-fat Italian dressing) and maybe one or 1/2 breadstick at Olive Garden.
The pick 2 at Panera-- small veg or black bean soup with 1/2 smoked turkey or tuna with mustard.
I'm traveling and found McDonald's has a great Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad with Paul Newman dressing that is delicious and has around 400 calories. It's an easy, healthy stop on the highway.
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I find I'm going to McDonald's more often to get a yogurt for breakfast or a salad with grilled chicken for lunch or dinner.
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I find I can eat out almost anywhere... Most all restaurants have 'low cal' specials or choices. I just choose not to order appetizers or desserts!
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CUBKATIE - I like avacado on my sub, too (I can't stand mayo). If you're bringing the sub back home, you could always buy an avacado to keep at the house and put your own slice on (just remember to store it with plastic wrap tight to the cut side so it won't brown and use within a few days)
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any - you can find something that won't derail you anywhere
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Salad Stop, Applebee's, Actually I can't think of a single restaurant (including McDonald's) I don't go to - I find a healthy choice at all of them
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Panera has a lot of salad choices and Bonefish Grill is mainly a seafood place. But I'd say ANY restaurant (other than Olive Garden) that puts their calorie info on their website. Because I can find something at almost any restaurant where their info is readily available.
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All things being equal, I would select Subway. Denny's has a great cranberry and apple salad as well.
P.S. Also, order Chinese steamed cooked only (nothing added...no fat, no salt, no msg)! It is delicious! I usually get Chicken chop suey (measure out 1/2 cup of rice) or Chicken sub gum chop suey! Also you can do beef or shrimp! Vegatatian dishes are great this way, too! Try it...I usual order this once a week!
I have lost my weight using restaurant food! Forty some pounds on Spark and sixty some on my own! You can do it and since I had no choice I did it! I mostly went (carry out) from a family home cooking type restaurant! I made sure I was specific on what I wanted...anything from grilled fish (haddock, orange roughy, cod), salad, baked potatoe, vegetable or slice tomatoes. Also grilled chicken breast, baked chicken, meatless cabbage soup, and sometimes a hamburger...no bun, extra lettuce, tomatoe and onion and made a salad! Turkey dinner, no stuffing or gravy, with baked potatoe. I also ate Subway, Wendy's baked potatoes, small chili, and salads! I would even eat veggie pizza with thin crust...two slices with garden salad! It can be done!
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I know while living ahealthy lifestyle and keeping with weight loss goals, it's best to cook and prepare and measure outt meals and foods at home, but when you do go outto eat, what restaurants do you choose that have some good options for those losing weight?
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