Is That Salad Giving You Love Handles?

Choosing a salad when you’re eating out might  not be the best way to go! So we put together some other options your tastebuds and waist will thank you for!


Is your “healthy” dining-out strategy involve heading straight for the salad menu and sticking to ordering from your selection of leafy greens? Many of us are guilty of this as we try to watch our waistlines with the summer months fast approaching.
Although salads may seem like the lower calorie, fat, and carb option, looks can be deceiving. Some of the salads listed below are actually loaded with way more extras than you can imagine!

1. Wendy’s Taco Supreme Salad

Maybe you take your kids out for a treat at their favorite fast-food joint or accompany your boss on a quick lunch. You decide to order something but plan to stick to a salad to avoid the extra calories. Think again! This salad packs a whopping 700 calories, 37 g fat, 35 g protein, and 63 g carbs!!! For a few less calories and carbs, you can get the “Son of a Baconator” or “Bacon Deluxe ¼ lb. Single”. Here is how they stack up in comparison:

Son of a Baconator
650 calories, 36g fat, 36g protein and 42g of carbs

Bacon Deluxe ¼ lb. Single
660 calories, 36g fat, 35g protein and 44g of carbs

2. Joey’s Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad

It’s your friend’s birthday dinner and you plan to eat light so you can save some extra calories for a drink or two! By opting for the Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, you aren’t doing yourself any favors at 640 calories, 53g fat, 18g carbs, and 23g protein. You could just as easily go for one of these delicious entrees instead!

Steak and Prawns
510 calories, 31g fat, 4g carbs and 51g protein

Chili Chicken
660 calories, 24g fat, 69g carbs and 39 g protein


3. The Keg Cobb Salad

It’s date night and you choose a salad over steak because you wore your tightest dress and don’t want to end up with a Buddha belly by the end of the evening. Your ‘light’ cobb salad though is actually more calories than the steak at 966 calories, 74g fat, 60g protein, and 15g carbs. Here is what you could enjoy instead and for a few less calories to boot!

Steak and Lobster
913 calories, 66g fat, 68g protein and 9g carbs

Filet Mignon with Bacon
941 calories, 75g fat, 52g protein and 14g carbs

4. McDonald’s Greek Salad with Crispy Chicken

You end up in a McDonald’s drive-through because it’s the only thing around where you can grab a quick bite on the road. You think to yourself that if you just order a salad then it won’t be so bad. This seemingly harmless salad though is still 440 calories, 31g carbs, 26g fat, and 23g protein.

Bacon McDouble Sandwich
420 calories, 34g carbs, 21g fat and 24g protein

Double Cheeseburger
420 calories, 35g carbs, 20g fat and 24g protein


5. Moxie’s Seared Tuna Ginger Salad

It’s mid-week and you are at another business meeting! You don’t want to waste your cheat meal on work so you go for the Seared Tuna Ginger Salad which sounds like a super healthy and low-cal option. This salad is loaded with a lot more calories and fat than you are banking for though with 650 calories, 42g fat, 38g carbs, and 35g protein. The comparable options you could have instead are:

Fish Tacos
620 calories, 28g fat, 67g carbs and 33g protein

Classic Beef Burger
680 calories, 40g fat, 47g carbs and 34g protein

It’s easy to see that salads are not always the best option or the lowest-calorie choice we believe them to be. Your best bet is to research the restaurant’s nutritional info before heading out so you can make the best and most informed decision for your goals. Bon appetite!

By Claudia Scali, fitness expert and transformation coach. 



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