Eating out…is a mind field. Last night (Thursday) I went to dinner with a friend. We ate at Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza. They offer a menu with a handful of healthy options. I’d hate to know what the numbers are on their other items considering the numbers on the healthy menu. I ended up ordering the Chinese Chicken Salad. I choose one extra gram of fat and 17 extra grams of carbs over an extra 2600 mg of sodium. Yes, one item on the menu had nearly 3700 mg of sodium, that’s (at a minimum) 1300 mg more than the daily recommended sodium in ONE meal. Want to know more check out the article that I found on mayoclinic.com regarding sodium: MayoClinic- Sodium: Are you getting too much?
Here are the numbers for the Chinese Chicken Salad:
- Calories: 450
- Fat: 12 g
- Saturated fat: 1.5 g
- Cholesterol: 85 g
- Sodium: 1010 mg
- Carbs: 47 g
- Fiber: 8 g
- Protein: 40 g
I’ve also attached a pdf of the healthy dining menu for Sammy’s in case you want to see it. You can also find it on their website. Here’s the pdf: sammyshealthymenu
My recommendations for eating out are…use common sense, don’t be afraid to ask for alterations to the menu items, and if you know where you’ll be dining check the menu out online before you go. There is a lot of nutrition information available online for restaurants so a little research will go a long way.
The other day when I was eating lunch out with my sister and dad I asked for a couple of changes to my order and my sister told me I’d never find a man due to my being so picky. Oh my! So first of all I rebutted that I have a better chance now than I did before I started this journey and my other point was that being picky is one of the costs of being fit…yes I am quite picky.
Sadly with all I do to make sure I’m ordering something healthy I do not trust restaurants and I’m sure my estimation of calories, sodium and carbs for meals at restaurants are probably WAY off. All you can do is minimize the risk. Ask to have vegetables instead of fries. Hold the cheese! Request all sauces and dressings be served on the side. Fat free salad dressings always or don’t bother with that healthy salad. No white bread, pasta or rice…ask for brown, brown, brown or eat a vegetable instead.
Need I mention that if it’s breaded it can’t possibly be good (for you)…grilled, grilled, grilled! Oh, and if when the plate arrives your first thought is “oh my that’s a big plate” (a lot of food, etc.) DO NOT eat it all, your gut instinct is probably right. Ask for a doggie bag and only eat half. Oh, that kindof felt like a little bit of a rant. I think I’m done for now. Until next week…have a great weekend! Go Saints!!! Kathi