I have to be completely honest here… eating out is a chore for me. I am one of those difficult customers that want the grains from here, the vegetables from there, the sauce from this dish and cooked like this other dish.
That said I typically try to do my homework before eating out and make sure I understand the menu before I get there, this way I am not asking too many questions and can quickly place my order.
Last week, I was meeting a friend for lunch and she chose PF Chang’s . They have vegetarian options or you can get any of their other dishes without meat. As always I checked out their menu to see what options I have, the first thing that caught my eye was the Lo Mein … hmm I haven’t had it in a couple years.. I pulled up PF Chang’s Nutritional Info to see how the nutritional info for the dish….
to my horror…
Veggie Lo Mein – lunch portion 1470 cal, 102 g fat, 14 g sat fat, 1200 mg Sodium – YIKES I have no idea which is worse the amount of fat and sat fat or sodium, non-the-less I was turned off.
Then I looked at Vegetable Coconut Curry – Lunch Portion 1020 cal, 72 g fat, 24 g sat fat, 1300mg sod- not any better
Next option Veggie Chow Fun 1000 cal, 5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 2800 mg sodium – HOLY SODIUM
Moving on to Stir Fried Eggplants (4 servings in the dish, this info is for one serving)
270 cal, 22 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 760 mg sodium – the sodium is still alarming
I finally found Buddha’s Feast Lunch Bowl
This dish comes steamed or friend, I chose the steamed option with brown rice and asked them to omit the tofu (I don’t eat tofu). I got brown rice with steamed veggies… SCORE. No sauce no added salt it was PERFECT.
420 cal, 4 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 160 mg sodium – I can handle this.
Do you look at the menu and nutritional info before you go out or do you just pick your meal on the spot?