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What You SHOULD And SHOULDN'T Eat At Restaurants

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Believe it or not, on average, family style restaurants' main dishes have almost 300 more calories than those at fast food places.

A whopping 96% of main entrees at all different types of restaurants (fast food, delivery, upscale, family, etc.) were all exceeding the U.S Department of Agriculture's recommended daily limits for calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium.

That's an eye opener!

There was an 18 month study conducted that examined the nutritional content of over 30,000 menu items from 245 different restaurants!

That must've been so much work! But we're glad they did it.

They were able to take that information and make a list of what you should and shouldn't eat at different restaurants.

It's more than just using common sense, so check out the list AFTER THE JUMP!

STEAKHOUSE
Eat This: Double Cut Filet Mignon
The leanest cut on the menu, with 345 calories in an 8-ounce portion. The next best cut is the top sirloin. But if your filet comes with Béarnaise sauce, don’t let this stuff get within 20 feet of your plate. It’s almost entirely egg yolks and melted butter. Besides, if you’re going to spend the calories on a steak, don’t you want to taste it?

Not That: Chicago Style Bone-In Ribeye Steak
There’s a reason why a rib eye is juicier than the other steaks: It’s the most heavily marbled of all the common steakhouse cuts. Registered dietitian and exercise scientist Alexandra Caspero from Delicious-Knowledge.com suggests ordering your steak of choice and asking for no butter on top, and go easy on the sides. “Enjoy the steak as a treat and save the baked potato for another night,” says Caspero. “Yes, the vegetable sides can be healthy, but all calories count and wouldn’t you rather save your calories for a filet over a side of ordinary potatoes?”

PIZZERIA
Eat This: Pizza Pie
An average slice of cheese pizza contains about 300 calories, so order a side salad to keep from overindulging—but beware of the dressing. Caspero says the serving size for dressing is two tablespoons. Those small containers restaurants give you on the side actually hold twice the amount. “Try a little lemon juice or ask for oil and vinegar on the side. The light dressings trade fat for sugar, so you’re not getting a healthier dressing, just a lower calorie one.” As for your pizza, avoid the most destructive toppings: pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, and extra cheese. (Here’s how to make tastier and healthier pizza on your grill!)

Not That: Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich
The fastest way to ruin a lean protein or defenseless vegetable? Bread it, fry it, and smother it in cheese. An eggplant alone only has 60 calories, but by the time it’s done getting parmed, it has 1,000 calories and 68 grams of fat.

BREAKFAST
Eat this: Canadian bacon
Depending on how the restaurant prepares the meat, Canadian bacon will most likely have fewer calories and more protein than ham. And at 30 calories a slice, regular bacon trumps pork sausage every time. (Click here to see the breakfast food that tops all others.)

Not that: Highlighted specials
Avoid the highlighted specials. Although you’re saving money, you’re sacrificing control of your meal, which usually means more calories. Instead, create your own “special” from the more healthful items. Think: Two to three eggs, whole grain toast without butter, and fruit on the side.

TAPAS
Eat This: Mussels
A good rule of thumb is to gravitate toward the shellfish. Whether steamed with white wine and herbs or served with a chunky tomato sauce, the protein fills you up while the shell negotiating slows you down. A portion won’t cost you more than 400 calories.

Not That: Croquetas de Jamón
Breadcrumbs are wrapped around a filling made from a mix of flour, milk, butter, and cheese or ham, and then the whole package is deep-fried. Think: calorie bomb.

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