The Best and Worst Dinner Deals
Going out to eat but don't want to go out of control? Here's what to order and what to avoid at some of the most popular restaurants.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Who doesn't like going to a restaurant? You aren't cooking over a hot stove, you aren't rolling up your sleeves and cleaning the dishes afterward. It's a "win-win" situation, right? Wrong. When we eat out at restaurants, we are generally being served large portions of higher-fat, higher-calorie dishes, and guess what: We usually eat those larger portions all up (perhaps because we want to get our money's worth or because we are in a splurge mode.)
But if you find yourself at one of the top five restaurant chains, we can help you choose lighter restaurant fare. (The not-splurging part, though, is up to you.)
Here are some of their best and worst dinner deals (nutritionally* speaking, that is).
* Because neither nutritional analysis nor ingredient lists are not provided by any of the following restaurants, I chose the items based on the description of ingredients and preparation methods described in their menus.
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