Curiosity got the better of me today.  I looked up the other dinner I like to get at Applebee’s.  It’s called the Shrimp N’ Parmesan Sirloin.  After looking up the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and seeing the numbers on that, I shouldn’t have been surprised by what I found in the steak numbers.  Except I was a little.  I figured it would have more saturated fat, and it does – 8 more grams (and .5 g more of that terrible TRANS FAT) but interestingly the steak dish has less total fat and 220 fewer calories than the chicken salad dish that I assumed would be healthy.  The sodium on the steak and shrimp is out of control and 550 mg higher than the already high salad number.   I guess if your counting calories, get the steak?  If you’re watching the saturated fat, get the chicken Caesar salad?  That’s what it looks like, but I think probably it’s a good lesson in why not to count calories or fat.  I think this shows me that I need to try to look for balance and moderation throughout the week, and not concentrate on any one number per day.  That said, the best choice is to avoid going out to eat every night, because no matter which restaurant you go to, I suspect you will run into the same issues (too much, fat, sodium, calories etc.)  I will still occasionally go to Applebee’s, and I’ll still get the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, but now I’ll just know what I’m getting myself into.

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