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!
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!