Ah! The convenience of eating out for the night! No cooking, no cleaning, and no dishes makes for a happy mama. But, do we want to ruin our healthy eating habits just for a relaxing evening? Thankfully, many restaurants have added some healthy options to their menus that are actually tasty too! But beware, large portions and certain salads are a trap so be sure to choose wisely.
Consider switching to wheat linguine if ordering pasta, it has three times more fiber and fewer carbohydrates. Also, switching to wheat will increase your fiber, helping you feel fuller for longer, which means you’re less likely to snack later in the evening.
Pasta e Fagioli
Total Fat: 2.5 g
Protein: 9 g
Herb-Grilled Salmon (dinner portion)
Total Fat: 24g
Baked goods and lattes can be a very tricky situation when it comes to counting calories and carbohydrates. Thankfully, not everything on the Starbucks menu is a cellulite trap. An added bonus, there is no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring, or dyes in any of their menu items.
Total Fat: 3g
Skinny Flavored Latte (16 oz)
A regular vanilla latte does little damage to your diet at 250 calories. However, the skinny latte saves you from many extra carbohydrates and a few extra grams of fat. Not a fan of the sugar-free sweeteners? Feel free to customize the regular by asking for only half a shot of sweetener or switch out regular milk for soy.
Total Fag 4g
California Pizza Kitchen
Be aware almost every pizza at California Pizza Kitchen is over 1,000 calories. So, if you are intending to stay on track; split the pizza or take at least half home.
Dakota smashed pea and barley (Bowl)
Total Fat: 1g
Remember, split the pizza in half, at least, to reduce these to reasonable numbers.
Total Fat: 35g
Every meal at PF Chang’s is actually 2-3 serving sizes so, once again, watch your portion control.
Buddha Feast Steamed- Rice Not Included
Calories: 260 (for 2 servings!)
Total Fat: 4g
Philip’s Better Lemon Chicken
There are a few other chicken dishes with comparable or slightly fewer calories than the Better Lemon Chicken. However, this is the only menu item with a reasonable amount of sodium. At 260 mg sodium PF Chang’s has proven that it doesn’t actually require a salt lick to make restaurant food.
Calories: 900 (for 3 servings)
Total Fat: 35g
The most important tip when dining at Applebee’s is to stay away from the salads. All of the salads on the menu are around 1,000 calories. Yikes!
Roasted Garlic Sirloin
Total Fat: 18g
Total Fat: 15g