Due to our busy and demanding lifestyles we all find ourselves eating out several times per week or even several times per day. Most people have a tendency to throw their healthy eating protocol out the window, because who wants to eat a “boring” healthy meal. Well I am here to tell you if you don’t make better choices when dining out you will NEVER meet your goal because LET’S FACE IT as busy Americans eating out is not going to go away, we are all going to eat out from time to time, so CHALLENGE yourself next time you go out to make better choices. Saying there isn’t healthy options is NOT true in any situation, all restaurants have something healthy, especially chains. While I am going to give you some suggestions on what to eat when you eat out, you should not go on an eating out “free for all” because MOSTLY ALL restaurant food is laden with preservatives, unhealthy and inflammatory oils, proteins that contain antibiotics and tons of sodium, so do yourself a favor and try to limit eating out to 2-3 meals per week. Next week I will explain the types of unhealthy fats that you are being exposed to in restaurants and what types of fat and oils you should be cooking with at home.

  • By Nicki Hubers-Hall, MS, CNS, LDN

 

Noodles and Company

Buff Tuscan Fresca

360 calories

19 g fat

26 g protein

17 g carbohydrates

 

Chipotle

Burrito Bowl w/ Steak, Black Beans, Fajita Veggies, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Cheese, and Romaine Lettuce
460 calories
46 g protein
15.5 g fat
36 g carbohydrates

 

Starbuck’s

Protein Bistro Box
380 calories
13 g protein
19 g fat
37 g carbohydrates

 

Panera Bread

Pick two Power Kale Caesar Salad With Chicken, creamy tomato soup and apple
447 calories
25 g protein
22 g fat
38 g carbs

 

Outback Steakhouse

Victoria’s 6 oz filet (chargrilled)

Plain Baked Sweet Potato

Broccoli or steamed veggies no butter

437 calories

43 g protein

10 g fat

48 g carbs

 

Mission BBQ

5 oz portion turkey (order this as sandwich w/out bun)

½ baked sweet potato

Side green beans

471 Calories

50 g protein

15 g fat

31 g carbs

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