Saturday, February 18, 2012

Menu De-Constructed!

I am going to try my *hardest* to do this this once a week for everyone. My goal was to have this posted on Friday (you know, the night typically people go out to a restaurant and ruin their diets), but I figured Saturday was the second best. So, I am going to pick a chain restaurant...and completely SHOCK and AWE you at the calories that you may be consuming! I will help you to pick the healthiest meal option..and which ones to completely avoid!
This week...cue the music..."I want my baby back, baby baby, baby back...riiiibbbs"---CHILI'S!

WORST APPETIZER...weighing in at 2120 calories.....Texas Cheese Fries with Chili and Ranch. Ew.
Texas Cheese Fries

BEST APPETIZER.. Tripple Dipper Chicken Crispers with no dressing..only 340 calories! (this beat out chips and salsa!) Believe it or not, a close second were the dang mozzarella sticks! Who would've known?!

Jalepino Smokehouse Burger
WORST MEAL...there are so many! But, the worst in terms of calories and fat is the JalapeƱo Smokehouse Burger with Ranch. Just GUESS how many calories..::gulp:: 2210! That is more in ONE MEAL than you should be eating in a day! And it has 144 gm of FAT! GROSS!! Hands down, doing my research, it looks like their burgers are the worst items on the menu. I would also avoid the Quesadilla Explosion and Buffalo Chicken Salads (BEWARE...just because it is a "salad" doesn't make it good for you!)

BEST MEAL Margarita Grilled Chicken. This has 550 calories, has a lot of protein in the chicken and the beans and only 14g of fat. Other great options are the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Broccoli & the Classic Sirloin with veggies (Lighter Fare Menu items).

If you **must** SHARE dessert (sharing is caring!) then go with the cheesecake. Believe it or not, it has the least amount of calories.

P.S. I felt REALLY good about myself while writing this blog. I can tell you all that I always get the margarita grilled chicken when I eat at Chili's. It is really good..and a good option! Just because you go out to eat does NOT mean you have to ruin your diet! Also, be sure to drink water or unsweet tea (or, if you must, diet soda). AVOID regular soda...what a waste of calories!

Please let me know what restaurants you would like me to review next...leave a comment!

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