Saturday, March 08, 2014
Granddaughter's basketball game today was a hard loss for the kids. First, their coach promised them a really amazing treat if they won. And they lost in the second half by a lot of points. They just couldn't get it together.
So both sets of grandparents plus step-dad took the three grandkids out to lunch. The thing is, DH and I almost NEVER eat out, and we never go someplace like the Olive Garden, which is where we ended up today. Oh dear...
The good news: TOG has put together a "light" menu of entrees no more than 575 calories - that does not include the salad and breadsticks. So, I picked something from the light menu that sounded good - something called Chicken Abruzzi. Tried looking for the nutritional information on my phone, but no dice.
I had to wait till I got home to look up the nutritional data. Long story short, the breadstick is 140 calories (just in case anyone is tempted). Since the salad came with the dressing on it, I ate half a serving, for 75 calories, and the entree was 540 calories - grilled chicken, a light broth, cannelloni beans, tomatoes, peppers, and sauteed kale. It looked so good that the "pasta brigade" all asked for a taste. Even the kids loved it. I ate half for lunch and will have half for lunch tomorrow.
The scary thing was the 1700 mg. of sodium. Whew! Am I thirsty...
The really good news is that at least some of the chain restaurants are climbing on board the lighter is better train.