Healthy options at Chili’s Restaurant

YAY CHILIS IS SO GOOD! What do you eat? What’s healthy, what look healthy and what really isn’t….. They do have a menu which is “guiltless” which is supposed to be “healthier options”.. but we will look into that too….

Umm so Lets just say all their appetizers are around 1,000 calories along lol. So maybe we should all just pass on that. The chips with salsa is 480, so that would be your best bet if you really wanted one.

So now that we’ve decided all the appetizers aren’t really that great… on to the actual meals!

  • Guiltless Grill Asian Salad
  • Guiltless Grill Caribbean Salad
  • Southwestern Vegetable Soup
  • Chicken And Green Chili
  • Grilled Salmon with Garlic and Herbs
  • The grilled Chicken Fajitas aren’t bad but only if you skip on the tortillas , or see if you can get big lettuce wraps instead.
  • Guiltless classic Sirloin
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Veggies
  • Mango Chili Tilapia

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Don’t get anything fried or beer-battered

The ribs (which is what they are famous for) – No go!

The burgers- Not so much

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Olive Garden Healthy Options

So.. I love me some Olive Garden. And its safe to say that its one of my fav’s and I almost ALWAYS get a gift card to that place from a family member for Christmas or my birthday. So needless to say its a known fact that I LOVE OLIVE GARDEN! haha

But not everything there is healthy either. Just like other restaurants, they have good healthy options, and … eh, lets just go with the fact that they have poor decisions as well…So.. which do you choose? How do you know what’s a “healthy” option without bombarding the waitress about all the nutritional information and looking like a crazed, obsessed dieter.

And that my dear friends, is why  I’m here!

AMANDA to the RESCUE!!!

So being the salad and breadstick lover I am, I’m sad to say that one serving of their delicious salad (that’s drenched in awesome dressing I might add) and one breadstick is a whopping 500 calories alone. Sad, but true. And don’t go and try to blame the breadstick either! ok. One breadstick is around 150 calories, so most of the issue is actually coming from the drenched salad… ironically. So, quick fix, as for the dressing on the side! YAY! (don’t drench it when you get it on the side either- that’s defeating the purpose) Instead, dip the prongs of your fork into the dressing and, then, get a fork full of salad. Tastes the same, saves some un-needed calories.

  • Next .. say you want an Appetizer.

Stuffed mushrooms is probably your best option – 280 cal.

Mussels de Napoli which is 180 calories but extremely high in sodium so … only have a few.

Unlike the Lasagna Fritta that’s around 1,030…HOLY SMOKES!

  • Next, the main meal!

Soups and salads are always a better choice (usually) depending on where you go….

Now I know I just bashed the famous Olive Garden salad, bit its not that bad, if its your main course, just go light on the dressing.

Best Soup option – Pasta e fagioli  (it has the lowest amount of sodium)

Other options include

  • Cheese ravioli with marinara sause
  • Linguine alla Marinara
  • Parmesan Crusted tilapia
  • Plain ol’ Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Herbed Grilled Salmon
  • Apricot Chicken
  • Ravioli Portobello
  • Chicken marsalla (kind of high in sodium , so if you cut in half, that would be ideal)

And as good as that Tour of Italy dish looks , its almost your entire days worth of calories along in that one dish! oh my.. – 1.450 calories and 3,800mg of sodium. WOW

To make your dish even healthier .. you can always ask for Whole grain or Gluten free noodles. Regular linguini and penne are the other two better options.

And choose marinara over any white cream sauce.

Also – here is the link to Olive Gardens Menu and Nutritional Information if you want to look for yourself. https://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Nutrition/

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Good Morning Smoothie

1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal oats

3 ounces of a vanilla yogurt of your choice (I used Silk brand)

2 ice cubes

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup almond milk

3 strawberries

a dash of cinnamon if ya want 🙂

 

  • Blend oats alone in blender so they look like just crumbs. Add strawberries, orange juice, yogurt, ice and almond milk and blend until smooth. Fill your glass and drink up!

Tip of the Week #2 Stand or move around.

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If you sit at work all day or even sit on your days off .. your body is going to want to move around. So even when your a work , find ways to make a couple extra trips the fax machine and get in a little extra exercise.

If you do work at a desk, get a Pilates ball instead, it will help with back pain.

While your waiting for a food order at a food place, or at the doctors, stand, don’t sit in the waiting chairs. You’ll burn more calories. I know it may seem silly and not that big of a change, but it adds up if you calculate how much we actually sit over the year. Standing will burn at least 1 and a half times more calories than sitting alone. So get to standing people!

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Broccoli and garlic Side Dish

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You’ll Need:

4 – 5 garlic cloves, minced, or chopped into little chunks (I like a lot of garlic!!!)

About 2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 bag (1lb. ) of broccoli chopped up into little trees =)

1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

In a large skillet, sauté broccoli, garlic and oregano over medium heat. Cook till end of the broccoli and the garlic has a hint of a golden brown color. (3-5 min). Ta-da! Wonderful side dish that’s health and virtually goes with everything you serve.

* you can serve as a side dish, us this to top off some pasta and add some salmon to it too. Get creative!

Cal: 51     Carb: 6g    Fiber:3g    Fat:3g

Weight watcher points : 1 (per 1 cup)

Egg, Spinach, Tomato and Guacamole breakfast sandwich

Made this this morning! YUMMM

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You’ll need :

1 Sandwich thin

Guacamole (or 1/4 of an avocado) – I used about 1 tbsp. of Wholly Guacamole Spicy

1 Egg (cooked to liking)

A handful of spinach

3-4 tomato slices

 

Assemble like a sandwich 🙂

 

Total Weight Watcher (WW) Points : 6

 

HELP! I’m not used to working out and my feet hurt.

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This was a question from a reader of mine. So your all excited, your making healthier choices about life and you decide to start working out regularly. Until…. OUCH! my feet are killing me.. I’m sure you’ll probably experience this if your new to the fitness and workout world. Well here are some quick ways to help ease the pain and help prevent it too.

  • Massages always help. At night massage the balls of your feel or where ever its hurting for that matter. It will help them from cramping up at night too. Soak your feet in Epson salts.
  • Wear some decent shoes people! I know its hard to pay $50 bucks for a pair of Nikes or Asics, but do it. It will be one of your best investments, they will last longer, they have better arches and your feet will love you a whole lot better than if you were to wear some cheep shoes from Wal-Mart. Find a good pair that are good for your feet too, don’t just go off of brand names. If you need a higher arch, or wider toes.. Take the time to find the right pair.
  • If your shoes don’t have a good arch, there are inserts you can out inside your shoes to help with that as well.
  • Don’t get too excited all at once… HAha, its ok to be excited, but don’t over-do it the first week. Wean yourself into fitness otherwise you might get A. burned out too fast, or, B. hurt your feet ..and your body for that matter and you’ll be too sore to go back for like a week.
  • Elevate your feet when you sleep.

Hope this helps! Keep at it guys. You all are awesome! 🙂