Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of SCARY Restaurant Meals!
9/4/2009 11:32 AM
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...
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.
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.
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