Dinner with Friends aka reality check on restaurant calories

Saturday, May 01, 2010

So I'm going out to dinner this evening with a group of friends. Trying to plan todays activites I went out to their web site to see whats on the menu since I'm not familiar with their menu. Luckily this restaurant is great enough to put the nutrition information on their site (kUDO'S TO THEM).

Basically I need to find some new things to eat! OMG - most of the items I would have ordered in the past are almost my ENTIRE DAYS WORTH OF CALORIES!!! Depending on the portions I'm not even going to try to full myself into thinking I'll only eat half and take the rest of it home with me (that may work on some things but I can't depend on that). All I have is a visual of me taking half of it home and then keep asking for more bread to eat there!

Soooo.... With that said - does anyone like Salmon (lowest calorie item on the menu that I would consider)

Oh yeah - did I mention alcohol was going to be involved as well (at least that I can add water and iced tea during the meal to help out.
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    I think I'm the only person in the free world who HATES salmon. Ugh. I think it's so gross & I love fish. Don't stress too much about what's on the menu because I eat out a lot & most places will cook thing specifically how you want them. If you want a steak not smothered in sauce they'll leave it off for you or steam your veggies instead of cooked in butter. Don't be afraid to ask! I went out a couple nights ago & ordered the tuna dinner. I had them grill my tuna and give me a double side of steamed mixed veggies instead of a side of herb buttered mashed potatoes. It was delicious & low-cal. You can eat out without blowing out your calories or eating something you'll feel bad about later
    2882 days ago
    I love salmon. One thing I would suggest you do; makes sure you tell your waiter to not add any additional oil or butter on your salmon (or whatever else you order). Tilapia is also very good and low in calories (a lot less calories than salmon). Shrimp are low in calories too, but you'll have to order these grilled, otherwise they'll be baked in butter or fried.
    There's those low calories beer (if you like them) 55 calories or whatever they are.
    Get veggies on the side of your meal to fill you up. Like broccoli. Make sure you tell them no oil or butter on veggies too because they tend to add that.
    Good luck. I know you can do it.
    And have fun!!!
    2882 days ago
    I love Salmon when it is cooked right, moist and seculant. Not when it is dry and over cooked. What if you have a glass of milk to fill you up before you arrive then have just a side salad with a lite dressing? Or soup and a side salad. Leave the bread for your friends! My I ask how many cals in the salmon?

    I do feel your pain. I just had to pick a banquet meal. The over priced choices were prime rib w/twice baked spud and green beans (40), Salmon w/rice and yellow squash(38), or vegetarian pasta(30). I love salmon but worry about it being over done since they are going to be cooking for many.
    2882 days ago
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