Eating out in some places, check ahead of time!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I can find the nutrition information for just about everywhere I eat out. Today will be the third day I've eaten from some restaurant or another. I've been going with the things that I've gotten used to eating out with the family, but today will be the third day we'll have eaten out and it's really really hard to find anything that meshes with my calories for the day.
I can easily do Chinese food. I can easily do any fast food joint with just a burger. I could do Subway and feel stuffed.
Today we're going to Perkins, courtesy of the choice of my brother in law who will be leaving today. I could easily just not eat there and sit sipping a glass of water, but look dumb doing it. I was contemplating their eclaires, but that in itself is 500 calories. You'd think a salad would be the way to go, but the one that looked tasty with dressing and fried chicken bits is 1200 calories.
If I am choosing something that kinda fits into my calories for the day, then I'm guaranteed a lot of sodium. I wish that these places would make things equal up to what, in my mind, should be a low calorie choice, but it seems they cook things in such a way that it is no longer tasty or fits into a real diet. I one time had their "steak", which was both under my calorie count for one meal and within my required sodium specifications. It was not tasty and not the type of steak I would have chosen in a real steak place.
Today, with the help of their nutrition calculator, I did find something that won't kill me and I figure that I've been over in my counts all weekend since the in-laws have been here, so today I doubt will be that great either. One meal won't kill me and I'm not being required to eat out twice today. It will fit into my day, since I'm NOT having the pancakes that come standard with the breakfast meals and I'm NOT having the potatoes that are also a standard choice. What I AM doing is creating my own meal with their "build your own omelette" with no additional meat, just cheese and spinach, with the sides being fruit and an English muffin.
So I'm glad that I do have the choice to look things up before I go to these places so I can make more desirable choices than the "standard" choices that most people would make. If I couldn't do it ahead of time, then I would not have made the right choice because I don't have on the go internet and they don't have the nutrition guide there for us to look at (yes, I asked last time).
Today's lunch will be under 600 calories, still a lot more than I usually have in one meal as it's about half my allotted calories for the day, but still manageable for the day.
Here's to getting fruit and veggies to cleanse the rest of my day! I'm glad the hubby and I are going to Target afterward for some yummy nibbles.