I find that when I go out to eat at a restaurant, it throws my sodium off. But just as important, I don't reach my goals for fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Most salads at restaurants around here are a cup, maybe 2 of a green. Then 1 slice of onion pulled apart into rings, 1 slice of tomato. Then whatever animal protein you've ordered.
No fruit. And I figure the salad gives me one serving of veg.If I add a potato, whether fried or baked with toppings, my calories are gone, usually for the whole day,
An option of throwing on some chickpeas or edamame would be nice.
Or some steamed veg like green beans, carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, or even some fruit like orange slices, banana, apple, or berries and sliced raw almond, walnuts, or cashews or seeds would go a long way toward providing a healthy option for diners.
If I were younger, I'd start a restaurant where you pick a certain # of items from 3 columns:
Column 1 The base of your dish:
baked grains: rice, quinoa, oats, pasta
Greens: spinach, chopped kale, mixed greens
Column 2: Fruit/Veg add ons
Fresh fruit Salad
Fresh Veg. salad
Veg. stir fry
Column 3: Protein topping
chopped nuts or seeds
animal product: egg, cheese, meat/fish
Column 4: flavorings
choice of oils, vinegars, juices, etc.
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