Nutrition Tip January 15 2011

Restaurant Foods

At home you can probably make a medium-fat burger, with toppings (mustard, ketchup, pickles, etc) and small bun for about 500 calories without being too strict.  So, when you go out, you may think you’re getting this amount of maybe a couple hundred more.  Think again.  Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger, for example, packs 1820 calories (more than a day’s worth for some people!).  Chili’s Big Mouth Bites, four bacon cheeseburgers with sides of fries, onion strings and jalapeno ranch dipping sauce totals 2,350 calories.  And the desserts: Uno Chicago Grill’s Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae, has 2,800 calories – even if you share it, it’s still 9 times the calories of the treats on your meal plan.

Eating out is an awesome thing to do and definitely worthwhile….just be mindful when your choosing what you eat.

By Kelli Jennings of