What a GREAT idea!!!! I have a friend that never orders the special. It is designed to get you excited and all off track. You check the website and figure out what you are going to order and then all of a sudden-- THE SPECIAL. Let the waiter know up front you don't want the specials, please bring a box out when you deliver our meal, and you'd like your meal prepared with as minimal oil and butter as possible.
It would also be very good if other systems - for example TripAdvisor - were to start taking this on board. You can *volunteer* this kind of info, of course, but it would be nice/encouraging if they asked for it.
How about easy to find healthy options online? For example Chili's (the restaurant nearest our house), has guiltless grill items on their menu, but I don't seem to be able to filter out just those options.
Great idea, KGWINDER!!! I suppose we could enter the nutritional info for all menu items in the nutrition tracker's add a food option if it isn't listed there, but that would be a lot of work. It would be wonderful to set up a place on the site with links to nutritional info from restaurants that post their info online. I had to LOL when I read that you counted every component of your meal as you ate it, but it's actually a good idea. I might have to start doing that. The day job sends me on the road frequently, and I've taken to preparing my meals in a hotel room with a microwave and a fridge for the most part so I can keep track of what I'm eating.
I think it would be wonderful to be able to have an area on this site to highlight local health restuarants, or at least healthy menu items. I went to a place in Kirkland WA called Ken Zaburo's and had their Seafood Bean Curd Hot Pot, as I was eating it I placed a mark on a sheet of paper for each bite I took (eg. 1 snow pea pod, 1 bite carrot), so I could calculate the calories when I got home. There was oil on the top so I asked if they added oil to the broth, or any other high calorie items. I was told that the oil was from the fish (yea! omega-3's) and that the flavor was from all the great stuff (see my food log 2/7/09), total calories 650 and very good nutrition for eating out.
I'd love to know other "finds" for eating out that are not over 800 kcal and full of nutrition.
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