My daughter asked if we could go to Cracker Barrel. Using her big, blue eyes and her best dimpled charm, I couldn’t say no.
So, off to Cracker Barrel we went. I’ve been watching my calories pretty closely, so I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous at the thought of eating out at a place that specializes in Country Fried Steak and Gravy.
But, when I opened my menu, I was super surprised to see this:
A whole breakfast meal for only 360 calories. Hallelujah!
The Wholesome Fixin’ breakfast had scrambled egg beaters, turkey bacon, fresh fruit and cheese grits.
Now, honesty here – this was no where as good as what I would have made at home. It tasted a bit microwaved, but nevertheless, it was a breakfast of 360 calories vs Cracker Barrel’s “Momma’s Pancake Breakfast” of 1,200 calories. Yikes.
So, today’s blog is very simple – you can eat healthy at a restaurant. It’s possible. Here’s a few simple tips:
Do Your Homework: If you can, check the restaurant’s website to get the calories and healthy options.
Be Picky: It’s okay to ask for special orders and things that aren’t listed on the menu. Ask for the salad dressing on the side. Ask if you can get a side of fruit, even if it’s not listed as an option. If you explain to the waiter/waitress that you’re watching your calories, most will be more than happy to help out (and it sure doesn’t hurt if you tell them you’ll tip them well for their troubles.) Don’t worry about what the people at the table think – they may laugh at you ordering, but they won’t be laughing at your abs come summertime. THIS clip is a fairly accurate depiction of me ordering sometimes…
Don’t Get Bread For the Table: If you’re at a restaurant that brings bread to the table before dinner, ask them not to bring the basket of bread to your table. No one can resist a basket of warm bread. Just skip the temptation completely.
Make Smart Decisions: You know (even without seeing the nutrition facts) that the fried option is going to have a million calories. Stay away from the tempting food and make sure what you order is leading you toward your fitness and weight loss goals. Think before you eat. No one wants the Biscuits and Gravy with a side of food regret.
So, if you find yourself out at a restaurant while you’re working on your weight loss and fitness goals, do your homework, make smart decision and skip the cheese biscuits.