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Although we don't have these restaurants here in Calgary, I still ask for information on foods. Thankyou for the tip... Ray
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Thanks for the info. I always ask even at the convinence takeout section at the grocery store (they usually don;t gave a clue, however I just discovered that Swiss Chalet has a listihg of all nutrient, including sodium so you can make a wise choice.
The other day, the Food Showdown email from SparkPeople was between two entrees from Lone Star Steakhouse, a chain restaurant I had never eaten at. The Showdown was concerned with total calories and fat. As I try to do, I went to see if I could find out more about the restaurant online, and see if they had nutrition breakdowns for more of their dishes. I found the web site quite easily, and the nutrition page:
The surprising thing here is how many of the dishes fall within a low-sodium diet! Quite a few of the entrees are under 400 mg of sodium; of the sides, the Texas Rice is 207 mg of sodium, or a baked sweet potato is only 37! (Don't get the regular baked potato though; they must roll it in salt before they bake it, or something, because it's got OVER 1600 mg of sodium for one baked potato!!)
So, I wasn't sure whether to believe it or not, so we went over there for supper this evening. And you know what? Not bad! I got the chopped steak, which is a bit big, and 900 calories, but one could easily cut it in half, and take half home for the next day; the remaining portion would be a more reasonable size portion of meat, and would be only 450 calories and 120 mg of sodium!! And, I had the Texas Rice, and it was good, and it was indeed far less salty than most restaurant rice pilafs. It's got peas and little bits of mushroom in it. (I had rice at a Red Lobster a few weeks ago, and it tasted so salty right off the bat that I couldn't even finish it. Red Lobster doesn't give sodium info in their nutrition page on their web site, either. Another web site, Diet Facts, www.dietfacts.com, puts a serving of Red Lobster rice at 790 mg of sodium. I believe it!)
Anyway. While of course a steakhouse isn't going to be the lowest fat and cholesterol place around, it is nice to find a place that has several choices that fall within a 600-mg-sodium-per-meal diet, and it seems to be a nice place, too - casual (we wore t-shirts and jeans, and fit right in) but with good service. One quibble: their iced tea is way overpriced at $2.50.
By the way, baked sweet potato is a good choice for another reason: one baked sweet potato has about 700 mg of potassium in it, more than twice as much as a banana, and something you need a good dose of if you're taking diuretics.
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