Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We Did It!

Susan and I had our lunch out TOGETHER today and managed to eat at a really delicious restaurant where pastas and pizzas galore are served, but still stayed under 450 calories. 

Here's how we did it:  First, no soda!  Just water and a lemon, much to the chagrin of our waitress.  Then we each ordered the house salad {a large even!} with the dressing on the side.  I added a grilled chicken breast, Susan added shrimp. 

When the salad came I exclaimed that it was too big to be 450 calories and wondered how I was going to stop myself from licking the plate!  But when I came home and actually entered all of the ingredients of the salad and the amounts I estimated were there, I came up with 430 calories, which gives me an extra 20 to play with if I misestimated.  The good news is that the salad was so tasty  with its ingredients, that it really only needed a tiny drizzle of dressing.

Here's what it contained:
Cheese, Goat, Soft Type - 1 oz, 75 Cal
Chicken - breast - 1 portion, 140 Cal
Cranberries, Dried, Sweetened - 0.125 cup, 46 Cal
Nuts, Pine Nuts, Dried - 0.0625 cup, 56 Cal
Salad Dressing, Home Recipe, Vinegar&Oil - 1 tbsp, 71 Cal
Spinach & Mesculin Lettuce, Raw - 3 cup, 20 Cal
Tomato - 1 unit, 22 Cal

The biggest surprise to me was the pine nuts, which were 56 calories for maybe 15 nuts.  And even though I only used a tad of the dressing, it ate up 71 calories! Yikes.

Audrey would be proud of me - I ate every last tomato because I needed the fruit and I was starving. :)  Yay for us!


  1. The first thing I thought when I was reading your ingredients was...she ate the tomatoes! Wow! That's Awesome! Sounds really yummy! I'll have to try that myself would be really hard not to have a pizza though!

  2. Salad really is a total ripoff meal unless you have the chicken. You end up hungry 30 minutes later. So, good choice on the chicken! I'm hoping to make a trip to Evanston over the weekend so I can eat out. No restaurants here in Cokeville (unless you count the Flying J with their corn dogs and burritos. Super low fat!).

  3. You ate tomatoes? What is this world coming to!?

  4. It was a very yummy salad and great company as well.