Tuesday, May 08, 2012
After reading this excellent Spark article about how little restaurant food you can consume for 300, 400, or 500 calories ( www.sparkpeople.com/reso
), I thought I'd better check out a few of my restaurant favorites.
Bob Evans is a Friday night stand-by for us. First up is their CRANBERRY PECAN CHICKEN SALAD. How bad could a salad be, right?
Doesn't that look yummy!
Now for the bad news taken directly from the restaurant's nutrition information listed on its website--and this is WITHOUT SALAD DRESSING:
Serving Size: 9.3 oz. (This is the smaller "savor size" that I get--she said virtuously)
Total Fat: 35
Saturated Fat: 9
In fairness to me, I always ask the server to skip the bleu cheese crumbles--and it has nothing to do with concern for my waistline. No matter how you spell it, the idea of something "bleu" on my plate puts me off. So I get to subtract a smidge from the numbers above.
But as a matter of full disclosure, I've never gotten this salad without my dressing of choice, BUTTERMILK RANCH. I do get it on the side and try not to use too much. That adds:
Serving Size: 1.6 oz
Saturated Fat: 3
REDUCED FAT RANCH would lower the calories to 110, the fat to 11, and the sat fat to 2, but the sodium goes up to 402, so that's not a healthy option either.
***My plan is to post a few more blog entries about my restaurant favorites and then I'll need to search for some healthier alternatives.
Perhaps I should cook at home this Friday!