February 22, 2010

Chain Restaurants

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:11 am by savorencyclopedia

I do not eat out often.  Proximity to chain restaurants, along with the cost of eating out frequently are major factors in this decision.  In that regard, I am lucky.  When I lived near chain restaurants, there was always the temptation to grab a quick and easy meal simply by hopping in the car and driving to the nearest location.  That temptation is much easier to resist when I have to drive at least 15 miles to the nearest chain.  Suddenly the quick and easy part are not so valid.

For the rare occasion when I do eat out, I like to research the dishes and find the best options.  I like to have a few meals in mind (along with their nutritional values) before I step foot through their door.

Here are some of my picks for some basic chain restaurants.

Subway (Nutritional Info)

6” Turkey on wheat bread with provolone cheese and veggies

6” Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki on wheat with American cheese and veggies

6” Oven Roasted Turkey Breast on wheat with shredded Monterey jack cheese with veggies

Baked Chips, Apples or Yogurt

McDonalds (Nutritional Info)

Southwest Salad with grilled chicken

Culver’s (Nutritional Info)

Cheeseburger Kid’s Meal (smaller portions go a long way)

Wendy’s (Nutritional Info)

Side salad with any low-cal dressing


Baked Potato

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Olive Garden (Nutritional Info)

Salad (ask for low-fat dressing)

Capellini Pomodoro with grilled chicken

Venetian Apricot Chicken

Applebee’s (They do not offer their nutritional info online)

These items are on the 550 calories or less menu

Asian Crunch Salad

Spicy Shrimp Diavolo

Grilled Shrimp and Island Rice

Chili’s (Nutritional Info)

Caribbean Salad

Asian Salad

Salmon with Garlic & Herbs

TGIF (They do not offer their nutritional info online)

Dragonfire Chicken

Shrimp Keywest

This is clearly a very limited list.  I often just google the restaurant’s nutritional information.  If they do not offer the info online, there are a few websites that I have found to be helpful, Dietfacts and Calorie King.


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