Dining Out Guide

Eating Healthy at PF Chang's

From SparkPeople’s Editors

PF Chang's takes Chinese food up a notch. The portions are generous and the combos unique. The chain offers both small and large portions, whole-grain brown rice and sauces on the side to help you create a customized meal. A bit of planning can ensure your special meal is a healthy one!

  • Start your meal with a cup of hot and sour soup or egg drop soup for fewer than 100 calories.

  • Food here is incredibly high in sodium--some dishes have up to three times your daily allowance. If you're watching your sodium, bypass all sauces and ask for food to be cooked without added salt.

  • Ask your server for brown rice instead of white. They'll bring a large bowl for your table, and refill it for free. Although higher in fiber and nutrients than white rice, remember to watch your portions.

  • For your side dishes, choose small sizes of vegetables.

  • Choose main dishes from "The Grill" menu, which are lower in fat and calories than many other entrees.

  • Ask for your meat to be steamed, stir-fried or grilled without any added oil. The tofu in most vegetarian dishes is usually deep-fried (high in fat), so ask for a healthier cooking method.

  • The lunch bowls are high in fat and calories. Split one with a friend.

  • Opt for Mini Desserts as an occasional treat. They have all the flavor of the large versions, with a fraction of the fat and calories.

  • PF Chang's provides full nutritional information on its website.

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