Tips For Making the Best Low Calorie Choices When Eating Out
Let’s face it, with our hectic schedules people are eating out more often. It’s fine to indulge once in a while when dining out, but if you are eating out more than once a week the calories can add up quickly. It’s easy to eat a whole day’s worth of calories in just one meal out. The good news is there are plenty of low calorie and even healthy options that allow you to indulge responsibly.
Pizza Restaurant Tips
• Choose lower calorie pizza toppings such as: vegetables, pineapple, chicken, Canadian bacon or ham.
• Choose a red, tomato based pizza sauce instead of a cream or ranch sauce.
• Ask for your pizza to be “easy on the cheese”; this can cut your calories by up to 100 per slice.
• Order thin crust. Less crust equals fewer calories.
• Switch out your large slices for medium. You won’t notice the size difference, yet you save 50-100 calories per slice.
• For a low calorie side, add a salad with plenty of vegetables and a
Pizza Hut (slices from medium 12” pizza)
-2 slices All Natural Pepperoni and Mushroom (420 calories)
-2 slices Ham and Pineapple Hand-Tossed Style Crust (400 calories)
-2 slices Veggie Lovers® Thin Crust Pizza (360 calories)
Mexican Restaurant Tips
• Go easy on the cheese, sour cream, and fried tortilla chips.
• Add plenty of salsa, it’s low in calories and counts as a vegetable
• Guacamole is made from avocado, it contains a high concentration of
healthy fat. Use a small portion as it also contains plenty of calories.
-2 Spicy Chicken Soft Taco’s, Mexican Rice (450 calories)
-Fresco Steak Burrito Supreme®, Mexican Rice (440 calories)
-Fresco Bean Burrito, Fresco Crunchy Taco (480 calories)
Fast Food Burger Joint Restaurant Tips
• Choose a side salad or fruit as a side when available. These are lower in calories and rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.
• If eating with a friend, split a small order of fries as a side to help satisfy your craving without adding too many calories.
• Hold the mayo. 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise adds 100 calories, and 11 grams of fat. Many sandwiches will use over 2 Tbsp. of mayonnaise.
• Opt for grilled chicken (instead of fried) on sandwiches, wraps and salads.
• Steer yourself towards a low calorie, healthy side such as baked potato, fruit (apple slices), fruit and yogurt parfait, or side salad with low fat dressing.
• Order diet soda or water, calories from soda can add up quickly. A 32 oz regular soda contains about 375 calories.
• Don’t supersize your burger, choose a single patty burger or cheeseburger instead of the large double or triple patty burgers.
-Hamburger, Side Salad, Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Apple Dippers (without caramel), Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (without granola) (475 calories)
-Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, Newman’s Own® Creamy Southwest Dressing, Apple Dippers (455 calories)
-Grilled Snack Wrap (Chipotle BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch), Side Salad, Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (480-490 calories)
Sub or Deli Sandwich Restaurant Tips
• Choose whole grain or whole wheat breads or buns when offered. Whole grains are packed with nutrients and are a good source of fiber.
• Choose lower calorie meats such as turkey, chicken, lean ham and
• Hold the oil and mayo, but use vinegar, mustard or other low fat
dressings to add flavor.
• Add extra vegetables for toppings.
• Go light on the cheese, ask for just one slice.
-Half Turkey Artichoke on Focaccia (Hot Panini) and Soup- Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable
-Half Asiago Roast Beef on Asiago (Signature Sandwich) and Half Classic Café Salad, Fat-Free Raspberry Dressing (465 calories)
-Footlong Veggie Delight® (450 calories)
-6” Subway Club®, Baked Lays, Apple Slices (485)
Casual Dining Restaurant Tips
• Know your portions. Weigh and measure your food once in a while at home so you get a good idea of appropriate portions. This also helps you control portions when eating out.
• Take half to go, ask the server to wrap up half your entrée before it reaches your table.
• Avoid any dishes that have the words fried, batter dipped, creamy, cream sauce, scalloped, au gratin, butter sauce, cheesy, or alfredo. These words generally indicate the meal is higher in fat and calories.
• Order a side salad and/or veggies as a side when available.
• Request high fat sauces and salad dressing as a side, and use as little as possible.
• Split one dessert between the table. Just make sure to take a bite or two and pass it on.
-Petite Sirloin, White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Premium Baby Green Beans (421 calories)
-Smart Eating Creole Catch, Fresh Steamed Broccoli, Sautéed Baby Portabella Mushrooms (484)
-Grilled Chicken Spiedini (460 calories)
-Linguine alla Marinara (310 calories lunch, 430 calories dinner)
Fit Fare Chicken Sandwich with Fruit (490 calories)
Fit Fare Boca Burger (410 calories)
Restaurants frequently update their nutrition information. 500CalorieRestaurantMeals.com does its best to stay current but we cannot guarantee accuracy due to these frequent changes. Check individual restaurant websites for the most up to date information.
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