I presonally love Ruby Tuesdays......I think they have agreat variety of choices for us. I usually have the tilapia and either a sald or the steamed broccoli (although it does have some butter in it). I also love their chicken dishes but you have to hold this and that and it is just too difficult sometimes.
At most restaraunts, I usually order a steak, fish or chicken and salad or steamed veggies. I almost always pack my own salad dressing, just in case..
At Applebee's I had a grilled teriyaki steak skewer, super good! Is the brick oven chicken skinless??? I don't remember looking at that one, I would think that is the only issue with it.....
The only issue I find at restaraunts is salt and butter or hidden oils. They cook everything in butter or oil it seems! I just try to choose wisely and am not afraid to ask my waitress if they can hole the butter and all...
The few times I've eaten out since starting MF, I didn't worry about counts and values (we're not supposed to be concerned about that anyway) and just focused on my normal portion sizes. I always choose the closest to legal I can get, and don't fret over any additives I'm SURE are bound to be there. So far, no trouble with a gain. Eat and enjoy!..
My favorite restaurant L&G is the Close Talker salad with chicken at Moe's. I get it with no shell and no chips and also no olives or jalepinos because I don't like them. I get the southwestern vinaigrette dressing. It's wicked yummy and really fills you up.
I ate at Chili's a few weeks ago and I got one of the combo grill things. I got chicken and shrimp and then asked for a double porition of veggies instead of veg and potato. I might have had too much broccoli but I think it might have been ok.
For Chinese or Vietnamese food, I usually get either chicken, beef, pork, or seafood with broccoli or with mixed veggies and for mixed veggies I usually ask them to only put broccoli and cabbage...
Yep, restaurants put a LOT more of many things than I would even if I wasn't on a diet. (I find restaurant food VERY salty for example.).
There is skin on the brick chickenand I ate some of it. I know it has some olive oil on it but I patted it with my napkin and couldn't see any traces of it so I don't think it's much..
Thanks for the ideas everyoneI have a Chili's here that I haven't been to so I'll try that the next time I have to eat out..
PAWP - I tried the Tilipia at Ruby Tues. after your recommendation - & left off the rice - - It was very, very good - (Their salad w/ ranch was great!) I mostly had just salad & the tilipia because I was so full I didn't want the brocoli (Mainly because I eat so much of it at home!! & the salad was so good there - I wanted it & the fish) Thanks..
Here's a website that I've bookmarked and used many, many times....http://www.dietfacts.com/fastfood.asp.
Hope this helps!..
For my lean and green meal I have been eating the McDonald's Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with the lowfat Balsamic Vinaigrette. I love it!!!! I take out the carrots, but I eat the cheese (it's lowfat). Anyway, the dressing only has 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbs. Perfect for on the go! HTH..
I take a different approach to going out to eat - I have my standards that I know are legal regardless of where I go. Here's my choices:.
1. Chicken Caesar Salad - dressing on side - no croutons (I bring my own Waldens calorie free, fat free, sugar free dressing when I go out to eat haha) This is the most popular meal available at a multitude of restaurants and it is my number one choice..
2. Chinese - Steamed Chicken with chinese vegetables - no rice - no sauce. I put a bit of low sodium soy sauce for flavor..
3. Mexican - chicken fajitas - no tortillas - no sour cream - no cheese - no guacamole. So basically you are left with the chicken, peppers and onions. If you have a Don Pablo's restaurant near you they even serve the fajitas in lettuce wraps which is yummy..
5. Seafood - Broiled Scallops with Vegetable of the day - no butter or sauce. Sometimes I carry butter buds with me in my pocketbook..
6. Indian - I've had to go out to lunch a bunch of times with coworkers from India - there are many meals to choose from as long as you limit the sauces and do not eat rice/bread.
These are basically my standards so I don't have to look at the menu or worry about going off plan. My husband and I have gone out to eat many times since I started in September and it hasn't affected me so far (I have other food demons to deal with at home! hehe).
#1 and 3 above are my best choices, but I also get a side salad of romaine lettuce and tomatoes to eat with my fajitas!.
Also, I love to get a nice filet (Outback is my fav, too!) or broiled fish with steamed broccoli or a plain salad..
If I get a little butter, so be it. Hasn't affected my WL..
And, I have noticed that the foods are VERY SALTY, too!!!!!.
I usually drink even more water that day to offset the extra sodium and get it flushed out!..