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TINABINA5 Posts: 67
2/17/12 5:43 P

Panera bread chicken noodle soup and a Greek salad with chicken. YUMMY.

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2/17/12 5:34 P

Sushi! Now I want some.

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2/17/12 5:31 P

Islaomorada Fish Co. inside the Bass Pro Shops...nice sea food restaurant...get the Ahi tuna w/dbl salad...bring your own balsamic v/o dressing...@ 400 cal...really good food and really good FOR you!!

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2/17/12 3:43 P

I like that the Denny's Create Your Own Slam has some lower-calorie options. You can get fruit, Egg Beaters, chicken sausage, turkey bacon, etc.

Outback is good, too. You can get the Outback Special or the salmon with double veggies or veggies and a side salad... and they even have some kind of corny code for nixing the butter.. unfortunately it escapes me at the moment.

Ruby Tuesday has some great lower calorie sides now! They have grilled zucchini, mashed cauliflower, tomatoes with balsamic dressing. And the salad bar is cool.

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2/17/12 3:42 P

My family doesn't like going to restaurants, so we only take away some fast food.
My favorite is McDonalds Cheeseburger Menu, and I eat a large portion of steamed broccoli with it. That balances it out at tastes perfect for me. (about 600 calories).


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2/17/12 3:14 P

I really enjoy the Applebee's Under 550 meals. My favorite is the Portabella mushroom one. Ruby Tuesdays also has some great calorie conscious entrees.

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2/17/12 3:03 P

Corner Bakery- avocado-spinach panini thin and cup of tomato basil soup.

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2/17/12 2:59 P

We have a small restaurant/coffee shop by us and they make an outstanding veggie wrap, with a thin wheat wrap and tons of chopped veggies with hummus. It is sooooo yummy!

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2/17/12 2:38 P

The new Asian Shrimp & Broccoli at Applebee's

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2/17/12 2:11 P

There's a local chain in NJ called Surf Taco. Their Garlic Shrimp Burrito is awesome and huge and it's only 364 calories I can even add a Terriyaki Chicken Taco at 163 and I'm just over 500 calories for a totally satisfying meal. Great fresh ingredients too.

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2/17/12 1:33 P

Hot and Sour Soup.

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2/17/12 1:16 P

panera bread black bean soup.

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2/17/12 12:55 P can make two meals out of a footlong and you control what goes on it. I load mine up with veggies and chicken breast no cheese, easy mayo....

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2/17/12 12:17 P

I love HuHot Mongolian Grill.

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2/17/12 11:50 A

There is a place near me that has the absolute worst food for you but has a couple of really good options. I mean they keep a soup pot full of melted butter and ladel (yes ladel) it over a loaf of bread as gralic bread.

Anyway they make this asian salad full of spinach, dried fruit and nuts. Spicy dressing. Soo good

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2/17/12 11:45 A

I love Wendy's small Baja Salad with a sour cream and chive baked potatoe!

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2/17/12 11:45 A

I love Wendy's small Baja Salad with a sour cream and chive baked potatoe!

SUEK24 Posts: 1,139
2/17/12 10:57 A

The Marinated Mediterranean Salad with Bronzed Shrimp addded, at Burton's Grill. It's an awesome Zoen balanced meal!.


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2/17/12 10:52 A

I love Applebee's Grilled Dijon Chicken with veggies. The whole meal is only 490 cal and so yummy!

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2/17/12 9:42 A

One of our local spots has a Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad on their happy hour menu. They season it just right, and it's delish!

Just the other night I tried Applebee's Sirloin with Garlic Herb Shrimp from their Under 550 Calories menu. It was the first steak I'd had in over a year, and it was delicious.

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LINDOKAS Posts: 7,978
2/17/12 9:25 A

Grilled of baked fish with lots of veggies, lemon, and a dash of olive oil... YUMMMM!

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2/17/12 8:21 A

I love Ihop's light and fit veggie omelet. It is topped with sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor and comes with a side of fruit. emoticon

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2/17/12 8:11 A

grilled chicken salad

I went to Red Lobster's last night and orderd blackened tilapia, asparagas, and brocolli---no added butter. The fish was the half portion. I think I did pretty good. I had a house salad with balsamic vinegrette for an appetizer. I did splurge on 1 cheddar biscuit. Overall this was good compared to what I would have done a few years ago, plus I had saved the calories for it.

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2/17/12 8:00 A

Subway is always great. dennys has a great healthy options also

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2/17/12 7:25 A

Thank you for the great suggestions. It is very possible to eat high fiber, low calorie meals at Sweet Tomatoes, Panera Bread, and Ruby Tuesday. I like to visit local places because they are very acommodating in cooking food the most healthy ways. sbb

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2/17/12 4:14 A

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2/17/12 1:25 A

Greek salad and pita and hummus (easy on the pita! though)

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2/17/12 12:13 A

Il Vicino small margharita pizza...mmmm


2/16/12 10:28 P

Panera bread half sandwich and greek salad

SEATTLE58ANEW Posts: 6,679
2/16/12 10:18 P

Mongolian Restaurant's that are popping up everywhere. I love them and you can be completely in control of what's on your plate! Such a variety of good, healthy food!!

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WANABHOT2 Posts: 136
2/16/12 10:06 P

Sushi is number one - but also love a good steak and creamed spinach for good 'ol comfort!

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SUSANK16 Posts: 805
2/16/12 8:22 P

Red Lobster - great light memu

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2/16/12 8:03 P

I like to order salads emoticon

2/16/12 7:03 P

I actually had a fantastic healthy dinner at Ruby Tuesday. I got a "veggie plate" (3 veggie sides: grilled zucchini, baked spaghetti squash, and sauteed sugar snap peas) plus salad bar (the salad bar was fantastic - it even had edamame!) for under $10 and under 600 calories - nutrition info is available on their website.

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2/16/12 6:50 P

I like Subway also.

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2/16/12 5:49 P

I love Subway! For fancy eating out, sushi is great - low cal and lots of fiber and protein, if you don't mind raw fish!

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2/16/12 4:47 P

If anybody lives in the north east, we have a restaurant chain called the 99. They don't have too many options for people who are looking to eat healthy, but they do have this salmon dish that comes with grilled tomatoes and asparagus and it is amazing... I love it and it's only like 400 calories.

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2/16/12 4:40 P

When I do go out, we go Asian do to the fact they use fresh vegetables in their dishes they serve. And also the have a fruit bar with fresh varieties to eat.

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2/16/12 4:16 P

For around 400 calories: 6 oz Victoria's Filet at Outback with steamed veggies and a salad (dressing on the side, hold the shredded cheese). I eat half of the steak and take the other half home for a fabulous sandwich on Natural Oven's Multigrain bread with horseradish and a dab of sour cream the next day.

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2/16/12 2:53 P

Denny's has a baked tilapia dinner that is very good.

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2/16/12 2:50 P

IHOP's Fit meals for breakfast ---- specifically, the spinach and mushroom omlette

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2/16/12 2:47 P

Grilled salmon with grilled/steamed vegetables

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2/16/12 2:43 P

Believe it or not one of my favorite place to eat is Buffalo Wild Wings and I get 6 asian zing bone-in wings with a side salad with fat free dressing and it is very healthy and fills me up. At Wendy's I order their grilled chicken sandwhich and a side salad with fat free dressing. I try to stay away from red meat at fast food because they are usually fried.

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2/16/12 2:28 P

I know this is hard to believe since most of their menu items are fully loaded with all the bad stuff, but Denny's has an apple cranberry salad this is less than 300 calories and delicious.

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2/16/12 2:14 P

I tend to gravitate toward non-chain restaurants...especially those that specialize in healthier food. There's a little vegan deli I adore...they're awesome because even their desserts are not unhealthy. And non-chains are more likely to have big salads loaded with a variety of goodness.

If eating fast food I always choose Chipotle and get a salad with beans, tons of salsa, fajita veggies, and a little guacamole (no dressing, the salsa fills that spot nicely).

But my general game plan at any restaurant is to order the salad with the most variety, preferably with some nuts/seed/avocado...I specify no meat/cheese/egg and no bread on the side. And I order a side of steamed veggies to go with it. And no dressing (I bring a little bottle of awesome balsamic vinegar in my purse).

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JAYDEE16 Posts: 257
2/16/12 2:13 P

I always check to see if there is nutrition info online prior to going out to eat (although if you have indecisive dinner buddies that don't like to decide where to eat until the last minute, it makes it a little tough). Chili's has a couple of good options. I like the salmon with rice and broccoli, no butter. Outback has a very nice light menu as well. I think most chains are moving towards posting this information. Sometimes it's available at the restaurant if you ask.
SHOCKINGLY the Cheesecake Factory's Skinnylicious menu actually IS pretty Skinnylicious, but they really make you work for it because they don't post nutrition info. However, if you Google it, you can find most of them (not sure how they figure these things out but . . . hey . . . as long as I don't have to!)
If I can't find the info online, I go with whatever is cooked in a healthy way - baked, broiled, steamed, poached, grilled - not smothered in butter or sauce, and double up on veggies for sides (specify no butter). I tend to order uncomplicated items to make it easier to track later. I don't want to waste a lot of time figuring out the secret of someone's "secret sauce" recipe, or adding up a million different ingredients.
Just be sure to keep your portion-size references in mind (deck of cards, golf balls, etc), remember what condiments and fats to avoid, and order as if you were looking for a healthy recipe you would make in your own kitchen.

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2/16/12 2:04 P

I ususally check the restaurant's website for nutritional information so that I can make a healthy decision. I will also calculate it into my tracker before I go so that I know exactly where I am on calories, fat, etc. One of my favorites are the Wood Grilled Chicken and Fried Shrimp combo from Red Lobster. It is the lunch portion and it comes with rice - very good and very filling! You can be decently healthy with most restaurants as long as you keep portion size in mind and order veggies instead of fries or a starchy potato. I will usually get a 7 - 8 oz sirloin and veggies and a salad with low-cal dressing on the side at any steakhouse I visit. I know veggies and salad may not sound as good as fries or blooming onions, but you might be surprised at how good steamed green beans and asparagus are - I know I was. (I'm not a fan of broccoli). :-) Also, my biggest downfall used to be snacking on the bread before the meal. Recently, I have been snacking on some fruit prior to going out so I am less tempted by the bread and if I have to have it, I will limit myself to one piece at the end of the meal when I am less hungry.

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2/16/12 12:57 P

I have many! Some of my favorites are the black bean burger (vegetarian) from Iron Hill, dijon chicken with herb potatoes and broccoli from Applebees, and grilled salmon with pilaf rice and asparagus from Ruby Tuesdays. Yum.

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2/16/12 11:33 A

salad no dressing

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2/16/12 11:32 A

I would love to hear some feedback on this because I love going out to eat, but I struggle to find the most healthiest option besides a side salad. What are some of your favorites?

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