I have had quite the epiphany over these last couple months as I've been exercising and trying to make healthier decisions all-around. Like I had mentioned earlier I have never counted calories before. Occasionally I remember glancing at the nutritional facts of certain foods a handful of times but it never meant much to me. Now that I have to watch every little thing that goes into my mouth, I'm learning more than I ever have about calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc. I've also made some harsh realizations. Let me just say I LOVE Red Robin. I worked there after I graduated high school and just loved their steak fries and would dip them in ranch dressing. My favorite burger of all-time was the Royal Burger. I remember many times sitting at the restaurant with friends or family and shoveling down a royal burger, fries, ranch, and a strawberry lemonade. I would be stuffed but my plate would be empty at the end. I wish I would have known I was eating 1931 calories at that one sitting. CRAZY! That is nearly 500 calories more than I eat in a day right now. How was I not obese?!
Another favorite of mine is the chicken fettuccine alfredo at Olive Garden. I could down a whole plate, small salad, and a couple breadsticks and that adds up to nearly 1500 calories (more than I eat in one day!)
While my parents were here visiting we went to Costco for lunch. I thought I was being good by ordering the turkey wrap. It's made with a whole wheat tortilla, turkey, tomato, cheese, lettuce, and a little bit of mayo... 810 calories! Who would have thought?!
Now I don't mean to be such a downer, but just hope this might open your eyes a little, like it did to me. This isn't to say I won't ever go to Red Robin or Olive Garden again, what a sad life that would be! I definitely won't be wolfing down my food any more though and I will be much more careful about what I order and my portion size.
I don't want to end my post on a negative note so figured I would write down some of my favorite low-cal foods. (Feel free to comment and add your own to give me more ideas!)
1) fruits (watermelon, bananas, grapes)
2) grilled chicken (add lemon juice and a little garlic)
3) Wishbone Italian dressing spray (1 calorie/spray)
4) orange-banana smoothie (1 C. light orange juice, 1/2 banana, 8 ice cubes)
5) grilled salmon
6) vegetables (green beans, corn, asparagus)
7) fiber one breakfast bars
8) lean cuisines
9) McDonald's fruit parfait
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