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Eating Out? Check out Some of the Best & Worst Menu Choices

Meeting the ladies for Mexican this weekend?

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Getting together with the family for Italian? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As we always say, the best way to handle going out to dinner is to plan ahead! Arm yourself with knowledge and you will be prepared to make more reasonable (and healthy!) meal choices.

Mexican

Don’t worry, there are options! First, skip the Chicken Burrito with 1,530 calories and 68 grams of fat! Sure,in theory, chicken, beans, and rice make for healthy meals. But many restaurants serve them in a soccer-ball sized portion alongside a bowl of sour cream.

Pick Chicken Fajita: Feast on the sizzling chicken, onion, and pepper dish for just 330 calories and 11 grams of fat. Half a tortilla adds another 200 calories.

Looking for even healthier? Choose one Chicken Soft Taco that has 210 calories and 11 grams of fat. Keep an eye on those tortilla chips, however!  Just 15 of these triangles pack 192 calories and 10 grams of fat.

Japanese

Japanese food does provide a plethora of options for healthy heating. However, when including Japanese food in your low fat diet, remember that “tempura” means battered and deep fried.

What to choose?

Skip Shrimp Tempura Roll (544 calories, 13 grams of fat).

Pick Miso Soup, a Salmon-Avocado Roll, and a Cucumber Roll (525 calories, 12 grams of fat). Salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids and the avocado’s monounsaturated fats both protect your heart.

Looking for even healthier options? Pick Salmon Sashimi. Subbing this rice-free choice for a roll will save you 140 calories and 3 grams of fat.

Watch out for your sauces! Spicy sauce is not low fat. A tablespoon of this condiment has 99 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Brunch

Ah yes, bloody mary’s, mimosas and french toast. There are so many temptations!

What to do?

As hard as it may be, skip the french toast with syrup and sausage (1,260 calories, 65 grams of fat). You’ll take in 26 grams of saturated fat.

What to do? Pick  two eggs, fruit salad, and an english muffin for your low calorie brunch (470 calories, 22 grams of fat). This combo provides enough protein to power you through the morning.

Want an even healthier choice? Pick egg whites or an egg substitute. This switch trims 108 calories and 9 grams of fat.

Paying attention to fat? Watch out for butter when planning your low calorie brunch. A pat adds up to 100 calories, so ask for a dry English muffin and spread on jam.

Italian

Mmm, who doesn’t love a deep cheesy italian lasagna or huge slice of pizza? Keep it in check! Choose from our healthy Italian food recommendations.

Definitely skip the Chicken Parmesan (1,340 calories, 78 grams of fat). Although chicken is lean, it isn’t when it’s fried and smothered in cheese.

What to do? Pick Minestrone (100 calories, 1 gram of fat). Order it with a half serving of Spaghetti Marinara (410 calories, 8 grams of fat). Research shows that a soup starter can help curb your appetite – and your calorie intake.

Want an even healthier option? Pick pasta primavera with red sauce and request the dish with extra vegetables.

Keep an eye on that garlic bread. If you add two small slices to your healthy Italian food, you’ll be adding 273 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Chinese

Chinese does have options! Whatever you do, make sure you skip the Kung Pao Chicken. With 1,620 calories and 76 grams of fat, one serving has more fat than two Big Macs and a side of fries.

What to do? Szechuan Shrimp of Shrimp and Garlic Sauce (465 calories, 10 grams of fat for half a serving). Because most of the oil and sugar is found in the sauce, ask for it on the side and drizzle a little over the top.

Want an even healthier option? Order steamed chicken and broccoli. This satisfying dish has just 280 calories and 12 grams of fat. Watch out for Egg Rolls: Hold this fried extra to save 190 calories.

Sources: http://www.shape.com

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