About once a month my colleague, Donna Feldman, and I go on a fieldtrip to a large chain restaurant to see if we can find reasonably healthy choices. We turn on the recorder, eat, and reflect on what we are experiencing. We try to find the good and not so good choices. And there is a certain amount of glee in discovering just how bad some of the choices can be in terms of excess calories, sodium, trans fats, and saturated fats.
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Red Lobster surprised me. I had assumed that the fried food would have been the worst for calories, trans fat, saturated fat, and sodium. But it wasn't - the alfredo dishes beat all. The Crab Linguini Alfredo Full Portion has a whopping 2030 kcal, 4680 mg sodium (more than double the recommended daily intake), and 117 g total carbs (about 8 carb choices).
Our fave order for a healthy choice (given a budget for lunch) was Wood Fired Grilled Shrimp (340 kcal), Roasted Brussels Sprouts (210 kcal), and Broccoli (50 kcal).
If you stick to their steamed or grilled items and avoid the starchy sides, biscuits, mixed drinks, and desserts, you can definitely get a fairly healthy seafood meal at Red Lobster.
For more nutrition information at Red Lobster, see their online interactive nutrition menu.
Katherine Isacks, MPS, RDN, CDE
Brilliant Eating, LLC