The first in a series of 3 blog post examining typical restaurant menu items and what you may not know you are eating! Information is Power!
By Julie Dolce, Dietetic Technician Student, Suffolk County Community College
You may already have the generalization that eating out at restaurants can be unhealthy and high in calories, but just how bad is it for us? In my recent restaurant study I’ve come to learn the importance of becoming aware of the foods we are consuming at restaurants. All three restaurant meals studied contained the amount of calories that should be consumed in one days worth of food! An excess intake of calories leads to fat storage in our tissues, weight gain, and many health risks such as hypertension and diabetes. Avoiding these health complications and weight gain can be controlled by educating yourself on smarter choices on the menu. Do your homework, research the menu online before you go and put together a healthier meal option than you would normally select to order. Thinking ahead will help save you calories as you see below that restaurant meals can be excessively high in nutrients!
The first menu in a series of three is a typical hero very popular on Long Island. The names have been changes to protect the “Innocent”. Buyer Beware!
“Seaside Deli”: Chicken Cutlet with Bacon, Melted Cheddar topped with Potato Salad and Russian Dressing on a Toasted Garlic Hero
Calories: 1,608 cal
Total Fat: 94 g
Saturated Fat: 33 g
Carbohydrate: 114 g
Protein: 71 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sodium: 4,343 g
*Providing DOUBLE the amount of Fat & Sodium allotted for one day of eating – and just think, this is only one meal!
“Lettuce wrap you”
Grilled chicken, swiss cheese, turkey bacon, tomato, & light honey mustard dressing wrapped together in a crisp lettuce cup
*Saving you 1,296 calories, 78 grams of fat, and 3,843 grams of sodium!
*Excellent source of VITAMIN A (3,175 IU) and CALCIUM (317 mg) which aids in vision and bone health!
Calories: 312 cal
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Protein: 29 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sodium: 500 mg
2 oz skinless grilled chicken breast
1 oz swiss cheese
1 slice turkey bacon
2 tablespoons light honey mustard dressing
2 slices red tomato
1 oz romaine lettuce leaf
1) Lay out lettuce leaf, remove stem if stiff
2) Layer ingredients, topping with the honey mustard dressing
3) Roll as a burrito and enjoy!