Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of SCARY Restaurant Meals!

Written by lisa lillien on 9/4/2009 11:32 AM | COMMENTS (20)

Now that the government is getting behind this "disclose your nutritional info" movement, many chain restaurants are reluctantly showing us the numbers, even if it's just calorie counts. And the news isn't pretty, people. Here are some of the most offensive recently-revealed calorie counts from chain restaurants. Prepare to be horrified...

IHOP
Spinach & Mushroom Omelette

What's lighter sounding than a spinach and mushroom omelet? Heads up! According to IHOP's Web site, their omelettes are made with "a splash of buttermilk and wheat pancake batter for extra fluffiness." That's right. There's pancake batter in your veggie-filled egg breakfast. And it's also loaded with Swiss cheese and covered in hollandaise. There's no hope.

Each order has 980 - 1.620 calories, n/a fat, n/a fiber, and a POINTS value of at least 20-32.

Outback Steakhouse
Alice Springs Chicken

As one of the only things on the menu that’s neither beefy nor deep fried, one  would think this chicken dish was a smarter, lighter option. Wrong! Yes, it's a  grilled chicken breast, but it's buried under bacon, sautéed mushrooms, honey  mustard sauce, and two kinds of cheese, and it's served with fries. Somewhere, many Australians are likely feeling misrepresented.

Each order has 1,674 calories, n/a fat, n/a fiber, and a POINTS value of at least 33.

The Cheesecake Factory
Bistro Shrimp Pasta

I saw this number and wondered, “What on Earth could make this
higher in calories than the Pasta Carbonara?" Turns out the shrimp are battered,
deep-fried, and served over a huge bed of cream-sauce covered pasta that no
amount of tomatoes and arugula can make up for. Ahhhh! Stop the insanity,
Cheesecake Factory! Try that Seared Tuna Tataki Salad and top it with one of
their low-cal dressings, and you’ll come in under 500 calories.

Each order has 2,285 calories, 73g saturated fat, n/a fiber, and a POINTS value of at least 51.

California Pizza Kitchen
Thai Crunch Salad

What!?! This salad has more calories than an entire CPK
Cheeseburger Pizza with bacon and avocado added on. Hello, Salads Gone Wild! The culprits? Crispy wontons, peanuts, crispy rice sticks, and that Thai peanut
dressing. Everything else looks not-so-bad. Just goes to show how a few
dangerous ingredients can sink your salad and fast!

Each order has 2,115 calories, n/a fat, n/a fiber, and a POINTS value of at least 42.

More About Hungry Girl

Hungry Girl, aka Lisa Lillien, distributes her tips, tricks and takes on new food products through her daily emails and Web site. Check out www.Hungry-Girl.com.

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  • Post Image pamelajudy1

    9/11/2010 8:45 PM
    wow, any idea of the points of Tuna Tataki from Cheesecake Factory?


  • Post Image sexiphatgirl

    7/23/2010 12:50 PM
    Wow... we can't catch a break can we. Thanks for posting this.


  • Post Image tallgirl63 (nancy)

    7/18/2010 8:51 AM
    OMG!


  • Post Image aprilm1968 (april)

    7/15/2010 7:15 PM
    Thank you for the post........for our anniversary weekend I ate at IHOP and had hash browns and cheese omlete with avacodos(hope I spelled that right). Just ate at Baja Fresh today and I hoping that it wasnt to bad and no I didnt check ahead of time ,shame on me, but I have went to the gym every day for the past 7 days so hopefully I am working it off!


  • Post Image col854

    7/15/2010 7:11 PM
    Speaking of the Cheesecake Factory, beware of the Turkey Burger! Though one would think it would be a decent choice, it comes in at 30 points, and I mean just for the burger, didn't have fries with it!! I don't know what they do to make what should be a healthier choice so high in fat and calories. I could have had a slice of cheesecake for less points!


  • Post Image kiw1fruit

    7/15/2010 5:26 PM
    I went to Jasons deli thinking Id get a nice healthy salad -was SO proud of myself for making a good food choice under pressure.got home to count points&it was 25!!I couldnt beleive it - their advertising has words like 'healthy'....the point of WW is to teach us to make good choices.. how on earth can we be expected to take 'healthy' options and attempt to enjoy a meal that ISNT prepared by ourselves when restaurants and food chains cannot commit to ACTUALLY giving REAL healthy options??


  • Post Image kiw1fruit

    7/15/2010 5:19 PM
    I went to Jasons deli thinking Id get a nice healthy salad -was SO proud of myself for making a good food choice under pressure.got home to count points&it was 25!!I couldnt beleive it - their advertising has words like 'healthy'....the point of WW is to teach us to make good choices.. how on earth can we be expected to take 'healthy' options and attempt to enjoy a meal that ISNT prepared by ourselves when restaurants and food chains cannot commit to ACTUALLY giving REAL healthy options??


  • Post Image charmer73

    7/15/2010 4:43 PM
    All I do when we go to "Cheesecake Factory" and believe me, we will never stop going there just because of being on Weight Watchers is, split it up, or ask for the lunch portion. I also sometimes take some home, and have it over the next few days...it can be done, and it's delish!!


  • Post Image catherined62

    7/15/2010 4:35 PM
    I always check either the dining out guide or go online to the restaurants website and look up the nutritional info before I go into a restaurant and plan what I am going to eat instead of just going and getting something and then looking it up later and regretting what I ate later. Planning ahead is always a good idea. There are alot of things we can have being on WW.


  • Post Image gibbense

    7/15/2010 3:50 PM
    This information is exactly what we need to be successful! If I may suggest, sometimes we have allergies (example, mine to shellfish) so if you could share one or two different dishes, it would be great. Thanks for the info!


  • Post Image rosebud314 (roseanne)

    7/15/2010 3:44 PM
    IHop also has a Mushroom Spinach Tomato Omelette made with egg substitute that is amazing. Much lower in calories (350) and fat (14g). They don't list fiber, so I'm not sure of the points but it's got to be better than that other on :) That includes fruit! It's on the IHop for Me menu.


  • Post Image hotrdumommy

    7/15/2010 3:40 PM
    I loved IHOP's omlettes but after reading this I will certainly think twice.


  • Post Image mollile

    7/15/2010 3:39 PM
    JEEZ...i wanted to know what I CAN eat! It's depressing...can't go anywhere unless you want a slice of pizza and a drink!


  • Post Image melissa.dillon

    7/15/2010 3:27 PM
    thanks for the great info, Hungry Girl!!


  • Post Image psmith568

    7/15/2010 3:26 PM
    I wish people would start demanding healthier options be built into the menus at restaurants. most people don't take the time to figure out what they're eating before they go and end up eating way more calories than they think. on ww, we learn to think about what we're eating. I blame restaurants for the obesity problem we as a country are experiencing. i wish they would please wise up and make things healthier. healthy does not have to mean no taste!


  • Post Image macy_woman (lisa)

    7/15/2010 3:24 PM
    Ugh this makes me ILL. I eat salads from Chop'T all the time! Makes me wonder what the point values are.....


  • Post Image illustrator55

    12/6/2009 6:39 PM
    cheesecake factory makes a chopped veggie salad that you can have grilled chicken added and dressing on the side....the entire salad alone is 8 points


  • Post Image rharha3 (rhonda)

    11/18/2009 8:46 PM
    I found nutritional info for Outback on their website. We recently had a family dinner there. I looked up the points for my favorites before we went. Boy am I glad I did! So many things are simply not worth that many points. I got the small sirloin, mixed vegetables (asked for no oil/butter added) and a salad w/vinegar and oil dressing on the side. This was 12 pts. I would normally have ordered the filet, which is a smaller steak, but it turns out to be much higher in fat/points.


  • Post Image jbshipley

    11/6/2009 1:08 PM
    Outback Steakhouse's Ceasar salad was one of my favorites, and I THOUGHT not too horribly bad for you - HOWEVER - just the salad is 18 points, which of course you cannot look up ahead of time, but have to ask them to email you a nutritional guide. For shame Outback!


  • Post Image saltadonna

    11/4/2009 2:03 PM
    You should also check out the Sole on Macaroni Grill's menu - it's scary eventhough Sole is a light fish.




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