Eating Out Healthy

Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich and More

I always tell my weight loss coaching clients that eating out can absolutely be part of your overall healthy lifestyle--it's all about the choices you make.  Well Chick-Fil-A has just made healthy eating on the run just that much easier with its new grilled chicken menu items.  Best choices are the Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Bites and Grilled Market Salad.   Chick fil a logo

The Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken sandwich is just 320 calories and 5 grams of fat with a powerful 30 grams of protein.  If you choose mustard, fat-free honey mustard or just enjoy the seasonings of the grilled chicken itself and skip the

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Burger King Satisfries - A Healthier French Fry?

Burger King is trying to make it possible for you to say "yes" when asked if "you want fries with that" by coming out with healthier french fries called Satisfries.   Satisfries_Main

A small portion of Burger King Satisfries are 270 calories, 11 grams of fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), zero grams of trans fat and 300 milligrams of sodium.  To put that in persepctive, a small regular Burger King fry order is 340 calories, 15 grams of fat (2.5 grams saturated fat) and 480 milligrams of sodium.  So you're saving 70 calories, 4 grams of fat (1 saturated) and 180 milligrams of sodium by ordering Satisfries.  Still not exactly health food, and there's a lot of other foods you could spend 270 calories on, but every bit helps.

So how do Burger King Satisfries taste?  I knew Burger King would do a free promotion on Satisfries, so

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Why I'm Not Pissed Off At Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald is the subject of a lot of controversy these days.  How did a clown get himself in the  Ronald mcdonaldmiddle of such a mess? 

On the one hand, Ronald McDonald is being blamed pretty much single-handledly for the rise in children's obesity, and there are organizations calling for his resignation.  On the other, Ronald McDonald is also the symbol of the good works of McDonald's like Ronald McDonald House. 

Here's my two cents on the matter.  No individual with a brain ever really thought McDonald's food overall was health food, although they certainly have made efforts to have some healthy choices--yogurt parfaits, fruit smoothies, oatmeal, grilled chicken, apple slices, side salads. So if a child wants McDonald's, it doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be unhealthy food. 

And who is supposed to be deciding for a child between the healthy food McDonald's offers on its menu and the less than stellar choices?  YES!  The parent or guardian. 

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Eating Out Healthy: Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon With Egg Whites

The other day after dropping my husband off at the airport on one of those early morning runs that I dread (I am so NOT a morning person), I was at Starbucks to buy yet another Vivanno smoothie, when I realized I was craving something more substantial.  Breakfast sandwich

Starbucks' new Artisan Breakfast and English Muffin breakfast sandwiches had caught my eye the other day when I was in the store, as I noticed that some of them had reduced fat labels and egg whites.  I decided to give the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin breakfast sandwich a try. 

Now mind you, I was never a breakfast sandwich type.  When I crave eggs beyond the usual egg white sandwiches and added protein in salads, I like to treat myself to a good omelet out every now and then.  But today was the day to see if a sandwich-sized egg meal could be satisfying enough as well as healthy enough.

Fairly quickly after ordering, I was handed a hot paper bag that contained my Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin breakfast sandwich.  The heat held up while I drove

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Eating Out Healthy Long John Silver's Freshside Grill

I know what you're thinking, Long John Silver's with all that deeply fried fish--how can that be eating out healthy?

Well, there is an undiscovered side to Long John Silver's that can keep you on track for eating healthy even at a fast food place.  It's called Long John Silver's Freshside Grill, and it offers three meals that are actually Boy w fish under 350 calories and nothing fried to be found.  My tester and I tried out the Grilled Pacific Salmon, and the Grilled Tilapia (also available is Shrimp Scampi).  There are premium versions of these dishes that include a bread stick and corn on the cob, but they are extra in price, and extra in calories.

Like most fast food menu items, the pictures of the food always look like there's more food, and look better than the actual food.  To look at the pictures of these Freshside Grill menu items, you'd think your plate would be stuffed with food, but the reality is that you get plates that are way less than full and certainly not anywhere near as attractive--at least at the Long John Silver's I visited here in Vegas.

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Eating Out Healthy KFC Grilled Chicken

When KFC decided to do its free samples of its new KFC Grilled Chicken recently, I decided that it would be worth a try. 

That might sound funny coming from someone who eats meatless most of the time as a flexitarian, but I eat a handful of chicken meals a year.  I usually save it for something like a great chicken parmesan meal treat at a favorite italian restaurant, but I thought if a fast food chain like KFC, known for fattening fried comfort foods was trying to extend an olive branch to healthy eaters by offering Kentucky Grilled Chicken, I wanted to show my support and give them a chance.

I didn't get in on the infamous Oprah free KFC Grilled Chicken meal, as I originally heard about the new Food sign offering from a banner on the loc al store, ironically on the way to the gym.  Instead we were promised a free piece, but that was all I needed to know if I would give Kentucky Grilled Chicken a thumbs up or not.

The trouble started with the KFC cashier who was bamboozled when he tried to charge me for one of the two free pieces of chicken my husband and I ordered.  Apparently, after a bit of a communication challenge, we gathered that both my husband and I each could have a free piece of chicken, but they had to be rung up separately.  Silly me, I thought I'd save the guy the extra effort, but I had only made things worse and backed up the line.

We were only allowed a thigh or wing, not the good breast meat, on the KFC Grilled Chicken freebie.  That was okay, that small taste was enough for me to know I was sorry that I had wasted a chicken treat on the Kentucky Grilled Chicken.

The problem is that the grilled KFC Chicken pieces all have skin on them.  Now when I think grilled chicken, I think no boneless chicken breast or tender with no skin, so I was disappointed to find Kentucky Grilled Chicken did have skin.  Now I may give in to have a tiny bit of chicken on rare occasions, but I never eat the skin.  So I immediately removed the skin.  And when you do that, there goes the seasoning for the most part, although the chicken itself is juicy (although not much of it on a thigh or wing).

You also need to watch the side dishes that you'll inevitably order with your meal.  The mashed potatoes with gravy are not as bad as many out there as it is a small portion (130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat). Cole slaw, which might seem innocent because it's got cabbage in it after all, is not so much so at 180 calories and 10 grams of fat.

So the verdict for me was not so good on KFC Grilled Chicken.  However, I do applaud KFC for thinking outside the fried--something most fast food places are reluctant to do.  And if you are someone who would eat their fried chicken anyway, the Kentucky Grilled Chicken is by far the better healthy eating choice, so it's nice that they have that option.  In the future, I'd like to see tenders or boneless chicken breasts that are grilled too.

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Eating Out Healthy The Burger King BK Veggie Burger

I know Burger King and eating out healthy in the same title seems to be a typo, but while I'm not big into eating fast food, when you're traveling, sometimes one of the few food choices you can count on is from one of the major fast food chains.  And, as a flexitarian, one of my core fundamental healthy eating beliefs is that you can eat pretty much any food you like, as long as you make it over to its healthiest, and preferably plant-based, form. 

So here's an easy way to keep your healthy eating aspirations intact at Burger King:

The BK Veggie Burger

I have to give Burger King credit, they are the only fast food chain that offers a meatless burger (you can get them easily at many casual dining chains including Denny's, Johnny Rockets and Fat Burger (ironically).  They use the Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Burger which I personally am not as much of a fan of as I am of a Boca Burger (because soy-based meatless burgers always taste more like the real thing to me than veggie burgers), but it's certainly an option. 

My husband is totally hooked on them.  I even gave him a Burger King gift card for Christmas as a stocking stuffer just for him to buy a BK Veggie Burger when he's traveling on business, or I'm busy giving a teleseminar and am not cooking dinner.

TIP:  Leave off the mayo to bring the fat and calorie content of the BK Veggie Burger way down.  It may be hard to find this menu item when you first look, because it will usually be buried on the menu board, but it's there.  We recently traveled in a pretty remote area on a road trip, and this Burger King in no man's land even had them. 

TIP:  You can pair the BK Veggie Burger with a side salad that unfortunately is 99% iceberg lettuce, unlike McDonald's who actually does a pretty good job with their side salad contents.  Plus, the light dressing choices at Burger King while better than the full fat versions, are much more fattening than the Newman's Own light salad dressing line offered by McDonald's, so you have to drizzle the dressing on at best.  Still, it will make you feel fuller and keep you away from making your side order fries.

Attn Burger King:  Do you have something against whole wheat rolls?  We appreciate the meatless choice provided by BK Veggie Burger, but hate the white flour bun.  And there are more vegetables in life besides iceberg lettuce. Study McDonald's side salad and boost the nutrition in yours for higher sales!

Have you tried a Burger King BK Veggie Burger?  What did you think?

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Eating Out Healthy Starbucks Vivanno Nourishing Blends

Update May 2011: Starbucks has stopped calling this drink a Vivanno, and simply refers to it as a smoothie.  Possibly because I was the only one who ever asked for it by that name.  Even the Starbucks workers would say "chocolate smoothie" when taking my order.

Update July 2010:  Still a huge Vivanno fan--in fact I'll sometimes have 2 a day when it's hot outside and I want to cut down on my calorie intake for the day.  Here's another tip on Vivannos--Starbucks makes them with 2% milk.  I now make sure I ask for nonfat milk to make my drink even lighter.  Why not?

Hi All,

So I'm at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas early last Saturday morning, and as much as I was into the material, I am not a morning person--especially a weekend morning person.  Fortunately, the Las Vegas Convention Center did have an on-site Starbucks, so relief was at hand.

I went on line thinking I would have my usual Mocha Light for the caffeine boost without a lot of calories, but my gaze fixed upon a large sign that was promoting something new from Starbucks called Vivanno Nourishing Blends.  Two varieties were offered--chocolate banana (need I say more) and Orange Mango Banana. 

What's a Starbucks Vivanno nourishing blend?  In the case of the chocolate banana Vivanno, it's a whole banana, bittersweet cocoa, 2% milk, whey protein and fiber powder with no artificial sweeteners.  The result is a trim 270 calories, one fruit serving, 21 grams of satisfying protein and 5 grams of fat.  So much more nutrition than just coffee.

But how does it taste?  Freaking delicious!  What a joy to behold on a dragging my butt Saturday morning!  I had it with a Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bar I brought along at the keynote session, and that held me all the way through mid-afternoon.  The chocolate banana tastes is like having a full fat treat shake, but it's actually good for you comfort food.  Kudos to Starbucks, you should promo the heck out of the Vivanno.  Way to think out of the box!

Have you tried other flavors of Starbucks Vivanno?  You are welcome to leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

And now I'd like to invite you to learn the secrets of how it is deliciously possible to achieve healthy eating and weight loss without giving up ANY of your favorite comfort foods by getting free access to two chapters from my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Download them for free here:  http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com/BookExcerpt.html

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