I would opt for just-meat entrees (no sammies!) and some veggie-type sides. Maybe the green beans or a salad or coleslaw. Skip the cornbread and fries. Some places already pre-cook their proteins in their sauce - but others have them just smoked and you put your choice of sauce on at the table. If that's true with your place, try to portion out just a bit of sauce, since most of them have lots of sugar in them.
BBQ is one of the few fast food items that are fairly "safe" for my restricted-carb lifestyle. You could do a lot worse!
....and now that I've finally read your "after" post! it looks like you did just about what I'd have done. Good job!
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10/23/13 9:37 P
Well I think I did the best that I could. There were literally no vegetables offered except cole slaw. So I went with the grilled chicken and portioned out the sauce in a little cup and dipped my chicken in it. I skipped the roll and ate the cole slaw. I was satisfied and came in under for the day.
Thanks for all your advice!
Edited by: MOM24CHICAS at: 10/24/2013 (13:41)
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1,751 10/23/13 4:29 P
It depends on the BBQ place. There's one in town where everything is a sure fire way to have cardiac arrest. NOTHING is healthy. There's another where I can get grilled chicken fingers, green beans, boiled cabbage, a tossed salad, sliced tomatoes, vegetable soup, etc.
Is there a vegetable plate? So long as it's not fried or swimming in mayonnaise, it's a safer bet. Beware of the slab of bread they bring to you with your meal. I always request no bread.
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2,322 10/23/13 3:01 P
Since it's lunch I would go with chicken and a side of greens. I might have a little mashed potatoes too. If they have a bean option that isn't baked beans, that is a good choice as well. If the corn is corn on the cob, that's ok too. I just try to stay away from baked beans, corn in a cup (they add sugar and/or lots of butter), ribs are very high in calories and fat. I always try to think of my meals as courses of 3: 1 protein, 1 starch/carb, 1 or more vegetables w olive oil or butter. When I eat this way, I am most satisfied and don't feel over full. I also get great ratios on the food tracker when I eat this way. So I translate that into BBQ as 1. chicken or brisket, 2. mashed potato or cornbread (not both!), 3. greens, green beans, broccoli, side salad, etc. be careful with the sauces.
I would choose the chicken with no BBQ sauce...steak sauce instead...no sugar in the steak sauce... I would have 10 French fries.....100 Calories approx. with mustard or a splash of vinegar, no sugar in the mustard but there is in ketchup
No Baked beans because of the sugar, instead a house vinegar and oil salad.
Unless the coleslaw is vinegar based with no mayo....I would skip that too!
Make sure to pre-portion any sauce you use and stay away from sides with mayo or lots of cheese. These are my suggestions. Good luck and enjoy!
10/23/13 1:41 P
If you like brisket get brisket... there's several entries in the spark nutrition database that put a 5 ounce portion of "brisket in bbq sauce" at around 250 calories (plus packed with protein, and delicious!). That's not bad!
The danger lies in the sides. A bun will add another couple hundred. Cornbread will add more. A side of fries will add many hundreds (plus tons of fat). Coleslaw typically laden with mayonnaise, not the best "veggie choice." Maybe get a side of beans and a side of green salad? I would recommend really trying to focus on the delicious meat and shun/limit your consumption of the sides. The sides are there to "fill out the plate," beyond a couple of bites for the flavour of it, they don't really add a lot to the meal.
10/23/13 11:44 A
Pulled pork, brisket, or chicken can be good choices. BBQ joints are notorious for a lack of healthy sides, but see if you can get a salad, or greens, or maybe some corn. Moderation will be key in this. I have found many BBQ places will tell you how many ounces of meat they put on a plate with no issue, so you can track it pretty accurately.
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10/23/13 11:29 A
I am just starting again and have a work lunch at a BBQ restaurant. This is a little mom and pop place. They do not have a website and I cannot find their menu anywhere. If I remember correctly, they have the typical - pulled pork, brisket, sausage, probably some sort of chicken. Honestly, I have never paid much attention since I have only eaten the pork or brisket. My question is - what would be the best to order and still stay on track? Is the chicken always the best choice? What about sides?
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