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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/5/13 4:34 P

YOJULEZ: thanks for the link!

BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,966
2/5/13 4:28 P

I've never heard of Chipotle (restaurant). I just Googled locations and there's one near my sister's house, and one near where we go to the Rays games. So, I'll have to try it.

I live in a small town with very few restaurants, except for fast food.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/5/13 3:52 P

CLARK, Chipotle has a very easy to use nutrition calculator. You can play around with it very easily to figure out what will work best for you.
The worst offender there in terms of sodium is the salsas. I like the hot salsa (tomatillo/red chili) but I request a half scoop for my bowl, it's plenty, and it helps reduce the sodium.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/5/13 3:38 P

probably way too much sodium-but applebees has some under 550 selections i like.

i also like panera-they have their calories listed. they don't have them listed for the baked goods. i found out the hard way after looking up a pumpkin muffin after the fact. 590 calories and 22 fat grams! it wasn't even that great. at least i split it with a friend...

i am going to have to try chipolte. i don't think i have been there since i started tracking.

IDJ1973 SparkPoints: (8,716)
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2/5/13 2:51 P

I hardly ever eat out. I can make delish dishes at home and control the amount of the ingredients going into it.

BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,966
2/5/13 2:36 P

I haven't found it yet. I manage with a chick/fruit salad at Wendy's and an extra side of fresh fruit. But even with only the chicken being salted, I get enough salt from lunch for 2 days.

And the salt problem is worse at Panera, Applebees, and Cracker Barrel. Applebees has a weight watcher friendly section of the menu, where the total meal is under 500 calories. That's phenomenal. But again, the salt goes through the roof.

And I'm not worrying about sodium because of health issues, except for weight loss. If I eat one of these salt laden meals, my weight loss stalls for a week, even though I've eaten within my calorie range for the day.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (82,009)
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2/5/13 2:24 P

A lot of chains make an effort to have lighter options, which is great. If nutrition info isn't right in the menu, you can go online and look it up. I still prefer any local restaurant over a chain, which makes things difficult; however, when I'm eating out, which is a rare occasion, I want to enjoy my food and not worry about its nutritional content. That said, I still make an effort to order something that is relatively healthy.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/5/13 1:53 P

This will surprise some people, but Chipotle. I can get a very filling meal there for under 500 calories. As long as you get the bowls and not the burritos, and you don't load it up with tons of sour cream and guacamole, all their other options are actually pretty healthy (just don't get the chips!). Plus they have great ingredient sourcing practices and they make everything fresh.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,946
2/5/13 1:40 P

Panera. Their food is pretty fresh and you can have it made to order. Plus here in NY, all fast food restaurants post the calorie counts of their foods directly on the menu.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,540
2/5/13 1:40 P

I like Panerra, because I can see their nutrtion information and they have a meal builder. So you can see your total calories, etc.

I also like longhorn because their low calorie menu is appetizing. Many restaurants the low calorie menu is pitiful and gross at best.

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/5/13 1:08 P

Even though I don't eat gluten-free, I find that any restaurant that caters to the gluten-free crowd is usually very good at food prep techniques that don't sneak in bad things, and have healthy tasty menu options. First, if such a niche restaurant can manage to stay in business for any length of time, their food has to be extra yummy to begin with. Second, many of the guten-free types are also health nuts, so it is another layer of vetting.

PSHOWS SparkPoints: (6,492)
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2/5/13 1:00 P

What restaurant do you feel helps best to stick with a healthy food plan and why?

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