I’ll Just Have A Salad – Weekly Weigh In

This week at Weight Watchers, I was expecting a good number.  I had a good week.  It’s amazing how that works.  You do the work, you get the results.  You don’t do the work, you don’t.  It’s not rocket Science people.  But, I still have ups and downs anyway!  So…this week I was expecting a good number and that is just what I got!

Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh In

Yeah! A Good Week!

I was down 3.4 pounds!  YEAH!!!!!

It feels good to have good weeks!  My clothes feel better, I have more energy and I am in a better mood.  I just need to keep it going.

This week’s topic was all about salads.

How many times have we gone to a restaurant with friends and thought we would be good so we say, “I’ll just have a salad!”  Little did we know, we could be consuming more calories and fat than some people at the table ordering “unhealthy foods!”

We just need to be careful when choosing salads at a restaurant.  My advice would be to do the research AHEAD of going out to eat.  Then, there aren’t any surprises as to what you get when you order.

My favorite salad at any restaurant used to be the Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion salad.  I was doing so good because I was ordering a salad.  Well…my favorite salad has 1300 calories and 86 grams of fat!  It is a whopping 35 Weight Watchers points plus!  IN ONE SALAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

See what I mean?!?

Here are the Points Plus Values for some other salads at some Restaurants:

  • Applebee’s Bruschetta Chicken Salad, Regular (with dressing) – 30 points plus
  • Longhorn’s Grilled Salmon Salad (no dressing)- 22 points plus
  • Outback’s Aussie Chicken Cobb Salad Crispy (no dressing) – 22 points plus
  • Chili’s Caribbean Shrimp Salad (no dressing) – 16 points plus
  • Taco Bell Cantina Bowl with Chicken(as served) – 14 points plus
  • Wendy’s Apple Pecan Salad (no dressing) – 9 points plus
  • Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Salad (no dressing) – 5 points plus
  • Subway Black Forest Ham Salad (no dressing) – 3 points plus

NOTE:  Some of these do not include salad dressing.  Depending on the salad dressing you put on it, you should add the appropriate points plus for the dressing (which can really add up!)

If you are wanting to plan ahead BEFORE going out to a restaurant, the internet can be a wonderful resource to find nutritional information.  On most of the websites in the salads above, it was VERY easy to find the nutrition information.

However, you have to be careful.  I went to California Pizza Kitchen’s website to look up information for my leader because she loves going there.  Well, their nutrition facts are tricky because they only give you saturated fat and not TOTAL fat.  The points will be way off if you don’t know the TOTAL fat grams.  I don’t know if they are trying to be sneaky or what but they didn’t pull one over on me!

I found a great article that shows you 15 Salads Worse than a Big Mac.  You definitely want to avoid these when eating out.

Salads are not always a bad choice when eating out.  Obviously they can be a great choice if you do your research ahead of time.  Just plan ahead so you aren’t shocked when you find out that your salad is not exactly a “healthy choice!”

What is your favorite, healthy salad when eating out?  Let’s share some good options so we all know what to choose next time!

McDonald's salad is more fattening than a burger.


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  • http://profiles.google.com/anij34 Jolene O’Dell

    Taco Bell has a new Cantina menu that is veggie friendly…it is so yummy…here’s the facts.

    Cantina Bowl- 530 calories- 22 Grams of fat…tons of sodium (blech)…..but that’s for the meat version…without the meat I’m sure its much healthier! They don’t show the veggie version nutrition facts.

  • Laura

    I usually just pay close attention to the salad ingredients and I’m not afraid to ask a restaurant to “create” a salad for me based on the ingredients in the different salads. As a rule, I avoid cheese on a salad (or ask for it on the side) and pick shrimp over chicken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.sadler.3 Jasmine Sadler

    Hey Jennifer. Just tried the cantina bowl for the first time. I did a google search for the nutritional info and found you. Totally worth the calories, especially if you don’t eat it all.

  • Ksenija (health-ninja.com)

    Love that you mentioned the salad-trap. A lot of people are just not aware how sneaky restaurants spice up healthy foods with tons of cheese, croutons, fried toppings and calorie loaded dressings. Always best to explain precisely what you want to have beside the usual lettuce, tomato and cucumber – I never had a problem with that approach.

  • David Hart

    Congratulations on your amazing week. Interesting what you say about salads too – they can be very high Calorie. I’m from the UK and we are fortunate to get some very healthy pre-packaged salads too – Marks and Spencer Super Wholefood is my favourite with 345 calories. However, restaurant ‘salads’ are a joke! Good luck for the week ahead.

  • http://twitter.com/NoGymNoProblem No Gym No Problem

    WOW Jennifer!! What a great site! I just found it today and this article is a great realization to
    lots of people I’m sure. I used to be a personal trainer and I can
    definitely sympathize with you and those others thinking a salad is the
    healthier option. Those big companies love to make the salad taste great
    with extra fat! I need to ask you Jennifer, how have you kept so
    motivated all this time??

  • http://www.facebook.com/madge.cook.3 Madge Cook

    Congratulations on your success this week!!! Keep up the good work. It does pay off, doesn’t it!

    My WW leader has a good tip for ordering salads at a restaurant…she brings her own bottle of healthy salad dressing. Especially when she can’t find the nutritional info online or there are not any healthy or appealing alternatives.

    Also, Olive Garden’s low fat house dressing is almost as good as the original and WAY less points!

  • saadepunjab

    is really interesting…


  • http://twitter.com/thethingsitry antandra campbell

    Hi there. Enjoyed your post, You are very insoirational. So glad I found you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545504285 Martiel Hay

    My favorite salad is from Applebees, Oriental Chicken Salad! OMG! That salad as a 1/2 salad (size I usually order) is 690 calories! What an eye opener! Then the same salad as a whole portion is at 1390 calories?! Insane, that is a whole days worth of eating! I am blown away. Thank you for this blog post on salads.

  • KaayC

    Oh God the restaurants you mention are like a yellow brik road to obesity. I would nor eat t ny on of them, short of complete desperation or World War Z. How can you even entertain these frankenfoods?