The low fat option doesn't necessarily mean that it is healthier or lower in calories...
10/25/2012 8:25:16 AM
While I realise it may be helpful for some people, I eat out so rarely that it is a treat. I'm not a fan of the low-fat ideology either, but will eat healthy and balanced including butter in small amounts.
2/26/2012 8:28:32 AM
ah yes....all those adjectives that so often rope us in and leave us feeling sick later on...from here on out I'll prefer the b words...broiled, baked, boiled...at least the majority of the time!!
When I know I'm going to go to a local restaurant that doesn't provide nutrition info, I try to plan ahead by looking up dishes that are common to that cuisine (Italian, Greek, whatever...) and try to determine what the healthier options will be. Generally, it's the entrees with fish or chicken, grilled not fried, etc., but when it's a cuisine that I'm not familiar with (like the Greek restaurant we went to a few weeks ago), it helped to look up just what "Dolma" is so I knew what I was ordering!
What's really hard is when you go to local restaurants (i.e., not a chain store), which usually have no website and no nutrition information available.
Since I'd much rather support local independent businesses than the giant megacorps, the days when we happen to go to Frank's Pizza or El Tepehuan I just assume that it's like going to a potluck-- for that meal I've "eaten the untrackable". Back on the program the next day.
When I was in college for chef training we took a course on menu planning and were taught what words to put to make people more likely to buy a certian item.. almost all of the words on the red list are things that we were told to add to make a food seem more appealing so more people will buy it because most people go out for a night out and don't worry about what they eat.
"Stewed" - maybe also because it often comes in rich sauces?
Thanks for the list, and the disclaimer that it's not the be-all and end-all. I know I still need to do my own research. Today I went to Starbucks and forgot to check their nutrition page. Ended up with a multigrain bagel at 320 calories and that's without the cream cheese. Oi vey! But at least it was healthy (I hope).
10/1/2010 12:51:24 PM
I have also found it handy to visit a restaurant's nutrition web page and choose what I'm going to eat before I actually go there. Takes the guess-work and rush out of the ordering.
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