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Love it, Like it, Hate it: Restaurant Appetizers

It can be tough to keep things light when we’re dining out, but who knew that some restaurant appetizers can have as many calories as 10 slices of pizza!  In today’s Get the Skinny with Molly, we’ve got the best & worst of popular restaurant appetizers!

 

Love it!

 

Tuna Tataki / Ahi Tuna / Seared Ahi Tuna / Tuna Tartar

e.g. PF Chang’s, as well as Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Japanese/Chinese restaurants, steakhouses, etc.

180 calories, 7 grams fat, 1 gram sat fat, 9 grams carbs, 19 grams protein, 720 mg sodium

Shrimp Cocktail

Less than 25 calories per ounce, with no carbs and almost zero saturated fat.

Caveat:  just watch out for cocktail sauce (sugar can quickly add up) and crackers (typically just white carbs).

 

Other Love it favorites: mixed greens salad with light vinaigrette, grilled artichoke, ceviche, oysters on half shell….

 

Like it!

 

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (e.g. P.F. Changs/Sushi/Japanese restaurant)

220 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 0 saturated fat, 31 grams carbs, 17 grams protein, 500 mg sodium

 

Crab & Avocado Stack (e.g. Outback Steakhouse)

480 calories, 32 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 36 grams carbs, 18 grams protein, 1196 mg sodium

Best split between two people, or just one person minus the chips, for approximately 280-300 calories

 

Hate it!

Of course Cheese Fries (as much as 1730 calories) and Bloomin’ Onions (nearly 2000 calories) fall into the ‘Hate it’ category, but these next two tend to slip under the radar a little more:

Spare Ribs (.e.g PF Changs): 1230 calories, 64 grams fat, 18 grams saturated fat, 67 grams carbs, 3750 mg sodium

A day’s worth of animal-based saturated fat, two day’s worth of sodium, plus the carb-equivalent of 4 slices of bread.

 

Spinach Dip with Chips:

1520 calories, 99 grams fat, 38 grams saturated fat, 124 grams carbs, 36 grams protein, 2060 mg sodium

Two day’s worth of animal-based saturated fat, a day’s worth of sodium, and the carb-equivalent of nearly 9 slices of bread – it’s fairly safe to say these offset the health benefits of the spinach.


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