Du and I went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch today. I always order the sliced sirloin Petite Lunch Plate, it comes with delicious mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli, for a grand total of 360 calories. I love it, and although the portion of steak and potatoes is quite small, it's pretty good for a lunch. I try to fill up on the broccoli, which while edible, is not my favorite veggie!
So today, they had a new promotional menu, and I saw they had a new appetizer called "Thai Phoon Shrimp." The description read: "A half pound of tender, crispy shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy chile sauce." Now I wondered about the "crispy" part of that description, thinking that probably meant they were fried. So I got my iPhone out and checked their nutritional guide. https://www.rubytuesday.com/as
l/nutrition.pdf WOW--the shrimp is only 269 calories. I figured I could get a salad bar with it, and be set.
I got to reading however, AFTER I ordered, while the waiter was still at our table taking Du's order, and the fine print, off to the side, states: 4 servings per appetizer. They're called "shareable appetizers," and each of the 4 portions is 279 calories. I almost ordered a 1000+ calorie lunch! YIKES. Quickly I changed my order to the sliced sirloin.
I know that mistake happens quite often. I am always checking the caloric content listed on the side of boxes and cans at the grocery store when I'm shopping, and have finally realized it's necessary to check for portion size per calories listed. Usually the calories listed are NOT for the whole can or box, but for only a small portion. I remember back when I still was working, one of my friends grabbed a sweet treat from our candy drawer (it was on the honor system), and checked the calories. "Only 135 calories for this," she proudly stated. I looked at it, and said, "No, it's 135 calories for only 1/3 of that treat." She had no idea. Unless you are a true calorie-counter, you can get easily fooled. I am a calorie counter from way back, and I almost got fooled today. That fine print, on an iPhone is REALLY FINE and my eyes aren't that great anymore, but I caught it just in time.