Week 6: Finding Weight Loss Friendly Meals at Restaurants
Educating you about your body and the food that you are putting into is a crucial component of the LiveLight Lifestyle Medicine’s weight loss program. To do this, Dr. Christy gives her “students” a little homework lesson so you can learn about making smart eating choices and developing them into habits.
My first assignment: research some of my favorite restaurants and find menu choices that fit within my prescribed diet plan.
Planning your meal and knowing what options you have ahead of time helps you make smart decisions and keep you on track! Here are a few of food options at my favorite restaurants that fit within my customized diet parameters. Ps. Cheating off my homework is ok ;)
My Grab & Go Healthy Option at Chik-Fil-A
For people with busy lifestyles, sometimes you just can’t avoid eating fast food. Chik-Fil-A has become one of my go-to options for a quick and healthy meal when I am on the go. They also offer a handy Meal Nutrition Calculator on their website to easily check the nutrition information! SCORE!
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My Low Carb Healthy Meal at McCalister’s Deli
Famous for their deli-style offerings, McAlister’s is one my favorite lazy weekend lunch spots. I have to be a little more creative with my order to make sure it isn’t high in carbs, but it’s totally worth it!
|Choose 2 -Turkey Melt, No Mayo, No Bun||130||1||14|
|Cup of Broccoli Cheddar Soup||250||13||9|
|Skinny Green Tea w/ Citrus||0||0||0|
Houlihan’s – Optimal Meal
Houlihans’ has been one of my favorite casual dining options because they always have a ton of menu choices including a “healthy” menu section with lighter entrée, sides and drink options.
(PS.. Plan ahead. nutrition information is readily available on their website)
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|Unsweetened Iced Tea||0||0||0|
Since revamping their image in the past 5 years, Ruby Tuesday’s has elevated their food offerings to include more healthy and fresh options. Even though I’m not a fan of the salad bar, I can always find plenty of healthy things to eat here.
(NOTE: Steer clear of their flavored iced teas because they are loaded with carbs!)
If you’ve followed my entire journey you know – I’m an Italian girl at heart and will always have a soft spot for the Italian flavors that I grew up with. So it a treat to still be able to visit one of my favorite Italian restaurants. Guess what! There’s a variety of low-carb options. One key point to remember at restaurants. Portions can be HUGE, you learn about from Dr. Christy and her team. View Dina’s blog on Portion control for more details.
It’s not different at Olive Garden (Hello – can you say soup, salad and no bread please). But I didn’t let this stop my Italian heart… I simply portioned out half of my entrée, box it up, and ate the rest. Plus I still felt full at the end of the meal and had leftovers for the next day!!!
|½ Garlic Rosemary Chicken w/ Potatoes & Spinach||270||15||31|
You will find that once you do a bit of research and digging of your own, that most restaurants will have low-carb and healthy options to help accommodate your diets needs. Typically chain restaurants have their nutrition information posted online so you can easily keep track, but if not, always use your best judgment to avoid consuming high amounts of carbs.