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Restaurant Salads.. Friend or Foe!


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

So here is another blurb from Spectrum Nutrition... One i found extremely Helpful... I will add my own tips within the post to give more insight! Thanks Christine such a helpful one!

Thinking salads are the ‘healthiest’ choice at a restaurant? Think again…

I love it when clients are looking to maximize their veggie intake, but when one is also watching their waistline, going for a ‘meal’ salad may not be the best option.

Don’t believe me? Check out the calories in the below salads as posted on the restaurant’s website (all include the dressing):

Earls Hot Chicken Caesar Salad = 1120 calories (without any bread!)
Montana’s Cobb Salad = 940 calories
Milestones Asian Steak Citrus Salad = 860 calories
Red Robin Mesa Chicken Salad = 1000 calories
Red Robin Simply Grilled Chicken Salad = 960 calories

So you see, these are just a few examples of how ‘costly’ meal salads can be. But don’t despair if you love salad: try these sure fire tips to keep the calories down:

- Ask to hold the nuts (especially candied nuts) and dried fruit
- Skip the cheese – meal salads typically contain chicken or fish so there’s no need for more protein & cheese calories can really add up
- Request ‘easy on the dressing’ or ask for the dressing on the side
- Avoid any deep fried add on’s to your salad
- Ask to Hold the Side Breads or Crutons that may come with
- Dont take the Salad for Face Value. If you wish you may ask for a lighter dressing or a different style of Prepared Meat (Grilled Chicken vs. Crispy Fried Chicken). Adjust as nessesary

Following these tips will help bring any salad down from around 1000 calories to closer to 500 or 600 calories…now that’s more like it ;)
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STRONGNFIERCE 12/6/2012 1:09PM

    Wow! It never ceases to amaze me how things can be marketed as a 'healthy choice' but have such massive amounts of fat/calories etc!

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DFOLKARD 12/6/2012 8:11AM

    Amazing what something that you think is a smart choice is not.

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