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LOUIE-LILY Posts: 2,053
9/26/13 3:33 P

I didn't read all through the stream . . . has anyone mentioned Applebee's? They have some good low cal options.

CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (27,235)
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9/26/13 11:04 A

I feel the key to eating out has a lot to do with intentionally choosing the healthier options on the menu and making adjustments such as replacing french fries with steamed veggies or side salads. Unfortunately, a lot of the time this means eating the same or very similiar entrees every time I eat out, such as chicken or fish. This is fine with me, because I like eating those things, but it does narrow down the options. I think a great alternative is sushi! Sometimes, I use these times as an opportunity to splurge a little bit and maybe get a burger. I love burgers and don't make them at home, so it works out for me. I'll still get a side other than french fries, though. I also try to refrain from eating pre-meal bread and apps, because that's a lot of unnecessary calories.

OMENDER Posts: 210
9/26/13 9:53 A

Is there a Seasons 52 near you? I haven't eaten there yet, but I have heard it is good and everything on the menu is lower calorie.

BAREFOOTGRL Posts: 860
9/26/13 9:51 A

If I know we are eating out I always check their website and plan ahead. If I didn't know, I try to choose something with grilled meat or fish and veggies.

JANCARD SparkPoints: (53,641)
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9/26/13 9:37 A

You might find this link to a SP resource helpful. Not only does it list suggestions from experts on many of the chains, but there are member comments too.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/sparkdining.a
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FERRET_MOMMY SparkPoints: (5,035)
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9/25/13 12:35 P

Eat n Park they have a smart menu where they include all the nutritional information right on the menu and chipotle because you can pick and choose what you want to include in your meal and they have tons of good options.

TRIPLEMWF Posts: 841
9/24/13 9:40 A

We eat at Chili's more often than I care to admit and they have quite a few options in the Lighter Choice Section. I usually also leave out the carb side dish and double up on the veggie to save even more calories.

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (81,649)
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9/24/13 5:32 A

We avoid chain restaurants. Privately owned may have smaller menu but what they do they do well and getting your meal how you want isn't an issue.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (61,224)
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9/24/13 4:49 A

Rather cook

GOALWTIN7 SparkPoints: (2,121)
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9/24/13 12:01 A

Every restaurant today has low calorie options. You can also take a plate and make it lower calories by leaving off sauces, cheeses and eating one slice of sandwich bread instead of two. My favorite fast place to eat out is Chipotle Grill. I always have the salad with rice, chicken and veggies. I leave off many of the other options to save on calories. It is so tasty and I do use their salad dressing as it is a small amount. I also get a child size chips which have 7 in the bag.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,509)
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9/23/13 11:51 P

Boston Pizza has some great healthy options and the calories with fats etc are listed.

BROWNCOFIDDLER Posts: 3,831
9/23/13 10:14 P

subway

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (37,413)
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9/23/13 10:12 P

Cracker Barrel
Red Lobster (ask for the "Lighthouse" menu)
Applebee's
Village Inn has new items on its menu that are guaranteed under 500 calories


I think it really helps if you become familiar with calorie contents of basic food items, so that you can read menus wisely. If a place has a salad with some grilled meat, and you order it w/ dressing on the side (and avoid the croutons LOL) you can eat pretty healthily almost anywhere.

INTAMERNET Posts: 1,065
9/23/13 6:34 P

Subway

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,101)
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9/23/13 6:33 P

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Panera is my favorite but it is fast food.

Cheesecake Factory has a lower calorie menu.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,493)
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9/23/13 3:34 P

honestly, I rarely eat out. When I do, I've noticed that there are often healthy menu items. I know Cracker Barrel and Applebee's have some lower calorie options.

Sheryl is right - if you know in advance, check the menu online to see what is available.

SHERYLDS Posts: 11,928
9/23/13 3:07 P

why not just check the restaurants menu online and check out their fish entrees.
You can always order it the way you want and ask what veggies they are serving.

DEBLEE33 Posts: 252
9/23/13 2:45 P

My husband took me to dinner at TGI Friday's that I had a good trout dinner was only 600 cal. Do you know of any other restaurants that have that low-calorie options?

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