Snack Girl, the person, wants to "walk the talk" of her website. She confronts many situations where it isn't easy to follow her own advice.
Recently, I went to a restaurant for a celebration of my daughter's eighth birthday. She had requested this lunch as a gift - and my husband, son, and I were happy to comply. When we sat down, I was distracted by ensuring my five year old didn't dump his drink all over the table (etc.) so I didn't get a chance to read the menu.
My husband ordered a burger (no!), my son ordered macaroni and cheese (no!) and my daughter ordered sliders (no!). What was I going to order? "Ummmm. I will have the grilled salmon.", I stated proudly.
I would get Omega-3 fatty acids, broccoli, carrots and some mashed potatoes that I don't have to finish. Hurray!
See that photo up there? That is the picture that I took after eating one bite of my grilled salmon which was cooked perfectly. I just couldn't believe it - there was butter sauce all over the plate! One issue with being Snack Girl is that I can quote the calories and saturated fat in one tablespoon of butter (100 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat). Yikes!
How many tablespoons did they put on this lovely fish?
I asked to see the menu to see if I could claim they had made a mistake - but there it was "Grilled Salmon, Carrots, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, and Butter Sauce". Oooops.
Sometimes I feel like I have to interrogate the waitstaff to get exactly what I want. The problem here is that I ASSUMED you wouldn't put 4 tablespoons of butter on salmon and I didn't take the time to read the menu.
It was so frustrating because I had avoided the fries, bread, soda, jalapeno poppers - you name it - and managed to find something I really wanted to eat.
Here is my short list of tips to keep in mind when ordering in restaurants:
- Order grilled not fried.
- Put any kind of sauce (salad dressing, mayonnaise, butter, hollandaise) on the SIDE.
- Substitute a side salad for the fries.
Finally, when you are celebrating with your family, do your best and enjoy yourself. I managed to laugh at my mistake and YES! I had the cake and ice cream for dessert :)
How do you deal with eating healthy and restaurants?
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