I'm not going to tell you to never eat out, but be careful! There are all sorts of traps like this on restaurant menus. You could get out a Foreman grill and season and grill some chicken at home, buy a head of lettuce, a tomato, onion and cucumber and make a salad with 1/3 the calories of this one, for roughly the same price. But if you have to go out to eat and get a salad here are a few tips:
- Always grilled, Never crispy I know the crispy stuff tastes good but you might as well go have KFC
- Fish, chicken, steak in that order. If your getting a salad with a protein added onto it, those are your best options however, keep in mind that even with grilled fish or shrimp most restaurants are going to add major amounts of sodium during cooking.
- Dressing on the side Put the dressing on yourself and don't drown it! One of my clients gave me the great tip to simply dip your fork in your dressing then into your salad for a forkful. You get enough dressing for taste without overloading on calories
- Beware the bread! I'm not an anti carb guy but beware of restaurants that offer the "unlimited breadsticks" if your watching your calories (Don't ask me how I know this!)