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ITSABSURD SparkPoints: (18,393)
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1/7/13 1:20 A

Go to a giftcard exchange website (google it) and get a giftcard for some sort of clothing store. Because you're going to need a new wardrobe with all your healthy eating choices!

LTULLIS Posts: 27
1/6/13 10:52 P

Good thing to look at the menu

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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1/6/13 8:27 P

I have a dinner tomorrow night and Olive Garden will be served. Perusing the menu, it looks like Steak Tuscano is my choice. One of the lowest calorie foods on the menu!

NALA0672 SparkPoints: (1,393)
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1/4/13 7:25 P

Really? Good to know. Staci

SUZANNE65203 SparkPoints: (31,313)
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1/4/13 12:36 P

You can use this card at Red Lobster as well (or Season's 57 or Longhorn Steakhouse). I eat at Red Lobster often and they have some good choices if you like fish or shellfish.

NALA0672 SparkPoints: (1,393)
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1/4/13 10:36 A

I turned the apricot chicken into peach chicken at the Olive Garden and it was delicious, but only ate half.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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1/4/13 4:11 A

I adore the Apricot Chicken. I always get the lunch portion.

I also like their minestrone soup. As one poster said, it is high in sodium, but it isn't really a concern for me.

SASSYRUNNERGURL SparkPoints: (73,319)
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1/2/13 6:57 A

I dont care for Olive Garden, However they do have healthy choices, like apricot chicken and mussels from the app menu!

SAFEHARBOR1111 Posts: 56
1/1/13 11:30 P

I don't like Olive Garden, but if I received a gift card for there, I would hole on to it and re-gift it to someone who does like that restaurant.

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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1/1/13 10:27 P

I do the soup and salad special, then get a garden salad with dressing on the side and minestrone soup. I guess the soup might be considered a little high in sodium (I don't really keep track of it because sodium isn't an issue for me), but it's low in fat and calories and very filling.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,685
1/1/13 10:06 P

"because LOVE to cook know how to cook italian food and my family says its way better then Olive Garden."

Then don't do Italian... Darden has other choices!

BEACHMOMMY1105 Posts: 43
1/1/13 8:42 P

I know this may sound tacky but you could always regift the gift card...

1/1/13 8:38 P

take a friend go for a workout befor split a meal take time to enjoy it and then move on. perhaps end with a walk

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
1/1/13 8:30 P

Place an order TO GO. Bring it home and divide it up into two meals if you have to.

Their Minestrone soup is good and only 100 calories
Venetian apricot chicken is 400 calories - eat half and save half for another meal
Get their salad but use your own fat free/low cal dressing

PAAAANDA_42 Posts: 16
1/1/13 6:50 P

I think there are some websites and maybe even local places that buy out gift cards. We have several places in my hometown that do so. You may consider this to be an option if you can't find something worth indulging in at Olive Garden, though personally, I'd use it, enjoy it, and keep on doing everything I can to make my weight loss goals.

Indulging once in a while isn't wrong. emoticon

BARBIE66 SparkPoints: (82,879)
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1/1/13 6:17 P

got lots of great ideas here thanks love your advise it just that I really do not ike to go out and eat because LOVE to cook know how to cook italian food and my family says its way better then Olive Garden.. I can say its my problem they do not want to go out to eat anywhere.. but I was given this gift card and did not seem right to not accept it I did not want to hurt thier feelings..well anyhow I already know what to do with it thanks

DIANE7786 Posts: 5,063
1/1/13 5:04 P

I won't eat at Olive Garden because there are no healthy choices. The minestrone soup suggested by a previous poster has 1020 mg sodium for one serving. The food doesn't taste good enough for a special treat. You might consider the gift certificate as any other gift you don't like and can't return. Many people like Olive Garden. Give it to someone as a gift. Go to Olive Garden’s parking lot and give it to someone walking into the restaurant. Drop it in a Goodwill or Salvation Army box. Someone will appreciate it. .

Edited by: DIANE7786 at: 1/1/2013 (17:13)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (199,970)
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1/1/13 2:50 P


Get the minestrone soup ! Soups are low cal and very yummy. Just watch the cream based ones. those are the ones that are loaded with extra calories.

I also recommend the pasta di mari i.e. seafood pasta. That's got a fairly reasonable calorie count.

As long as you are mindful of the portion size, you really could have whatever you wanted. Eat half there and take half home to enjoy the next day for lunch. Most restaurants typically have portions that could feed 2-3 people. So, if you're given a huge plate, eat half and take half home. No one says you have to clean your plate.

Enjoy your meal ! Try not to fret about the calories. If you do eat a bit more than you want, that doesn't make you a bad person or a unhealthy one. You just do your best to eat more mindfully the next that, that's all.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/1/13 1:59 P


I get the whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and have them add grilled chicken. The calories aren't bad, however, I am not too sure about the sodium content.

Coach Nancy

CECISMOMMY09 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/1/13 12:01 P

salad dressing on the side and soup lol Or grilled chicken!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,685
1/1/13 11:44 A

If you really don't like what you see at Olive Garden, please know that the gift card can be used at any Darden restaurant.
Maybe you will find something more appealing there...

BARBIE66 SparkPoints: (82,879)
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1/1/13 11:27 A

I was given a gift card from olive garden.. I looked at the menu online everything is either high on sodium or calories .. does anybody eat there if so what do you eat.. so confused !!!!!!

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