February 10, 2005
Eating Out Series: American
Most often you can find a low fat meal at an American restaurant. The problem arises with the add-ons and sauces. Here are some sensible options and tips on how to enjoy the not-so-sensible foods too.
Broth-based soups or shrimp cocktail are good starters.
Have a slice of bread if you want. If not, ask your server to take the basket off the table so you’re not tempted to indulge as you’re waiting for your meal to arrive.
Ask for your salad dressing on the side. Dip your fork into the dressing and then pierce the tomato, lettuce, cucumber, etc.
Pork tenderloin and grilled chicken breast are better choices than fried chicken, thighs, wings or drumsticks.
The leanest cuts of meat are New York, sirloin or filet mignon steak.
Grilled, baked or steamed fish or seafood with lemon juice or cocktail sauce are great choices.
If you get a burger, be aware of its weight. Most restaurants don’t use lean ground beef and it could be 2 days worth of meat.
Wise side dishes are rice pilaf or baked potato. Get the condiments on the side and add what you want.
The best desserts are sherbet, angel food cake with fruit or frozen yogurt.
If you want a special dessert, split it or get your dessert to go and enjoy it later.
Posted by Lisa at February 10, 2005 11:38 AM
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