All-Inclusive Vacations

I’m back!  Sorry for the delay in postings.  My husband and I were off on a little babymoon, one last vacation before she arrives!  We went to Florida for a few days to visit his family and my grandma and then to Mexico for some relaxation!

We stayed at the beautiful Royal Hideaway in Playa Del Carmen, and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision.  It was an all-inclusive resort, with fantastic food, great service, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

On vacation, I think it’s important to relax and do things you wouldn’t normally do, however, I think it’s important to keep some of your priorities in mind.  For example, it’s ok to splurge a little more than you wouldn’t normally, but if you eat too much at each meal you will start to feel lethargic and not enjoy yourself as much as you could.  Therefore, maintaining a balance is key.  Here’s how I did it.

Exercise: Even though it’s vacation, I think it’s important to continue being active, especially if you’ll be eating more than you normally do.  Dan and I went on daily walks on the beach (1-2 hours each), which I think is one of the best forms of exercise on a beach vacation!  I hit the gym two times.  The resort offered a 30 minute daily yoga or pilates (it switched every day) which I fit in three days.  They also had a daily pool aerobics class that I took one day, which was fun but I was shivering the whole time (the pool was too cold for me!) so I didn’t take it again.

Food: All-inclusives can be challenging, ours was not as hard as some, since the only buffet meal was breakfast.  Here’s how I handled it:

Breakfast: Everyday I had a bowl of muesli (oats, dried fruit, nuts and seeds) mixed with plain yogurt and fat free milk plus a large bowl of fruit (honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, grapes, and kiwi).  On the first two days I also took some eggs, but realized it was too much food!  The muesli was incredibly filling, and very tasty.

Lunch: I started out each meal with a salad of some sort, each restaurant had different options.  If it came with cheese and/or avocado, I tried to leave most of it since it was just my appetizer and I don’t normally eat multiple courses for lunch!  But it was a nice way to get in extra veggies.

Three out of the five days I had chicken fajitas.  I ordered them the first day and loved them so much that they become a staple!  The chicken wasn’t greasy at all and it was served with their delicious guacamole.  They were served with three flour tortillas (whole grains at lunch were not an option), some days I ate two some days all three.  Here’s a photo:

One of the other days I went with plain grilled chicken, vegetables and corn.  And one day I had a personal pizza, it was small about the size of a pita bread topped with lots of vegetables and mozzarella cheese, not the best pizza, but it hit the spot!  Even though dessert was an option with lunch (and free!) we never had any, because we knew we would be getting some with dinner.  Again it’s all about balance.

Afternoon Snacks: We actually didn’t snack much, I think it was because our lunches were larger than normal.  But if I did it was usually on fruit (they stocked our rooms with lots of fresh fruit) or nuts (which I found readily available throughout the resort).

Dinner: This was a really fun part of the vacation because we ate at a different restaurant nightly and they were all delicious!  Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures – but what I can say is that I almost always ordered a salad for an appetizer, then for my main dish I had beef tenderloin two times, sea bass once, and a combo of salmon/chicken one night.  We enjoyed dessert but thankfully the portions were tiny – for example 1 Tablespoon of ice cream on top of a 1″ square slice of cake.  They had an asian restaurant with a hibachi grill that made for a really fun night since we sat at a table for 8 people!  That’s the night that I got the combo of salmon and chicken.  We went to a dinner theater one night and the options were fish or beef, so I got the beef since I had already had fish two times (I limit it since I’m pregnant), and the beef was incredibly tasty.

Even though we ate 3 courses every night, I never felt stuffed because the portions were small.  Here’s an example of an appetizer I got the first night – I thought it was going to be more vegetable heavy, but again it wasn’t an issue since there was maybe 1/4 cup of pasta!  This was sliced portobello mushrooms, linguine with a light pesto and shrimp, it was so delicious!

Alcohol: Obviously I did not partake in the alcohol part of the all-inclusive but it’s possible to drink as much as you like!  Alcohol can leave you dehydrated, tired, and more likely to overeat.  I took advantage of their free bottled water, and guzzled it all day long.  When drinking alcohol, stick with light beer and wine, since the mixed drinks can add hundreds of extra calories.  Balance out the drinking with water, and limit how much you have during the day.  Remember, even though it’s all-inclusive you don’t need to go crazy!

So it’s possible to splurge a little but still feel good about yourself.  I left feeling like I handled the all-inclusive aspect very well, indulging here and there but not leaving stuffed.

FNCE Day #4

Monday morning I woke up with some extra time to spare before heading to the conference.  So I decided to make my breakfast out of the swag I got at the conference the day before:

Breakfast

I had a chocolate vitamuffin topped with a packet of Barney Butter (almond butter) and a packet of dried plums (4 in the packet).  While the breakfast tasted good, it was a bit too sweet for me and would have been better as an afternoon snack.  When I left the hotel I got a medium soy latte to pump up the protein content of my meal:

Latte

I covered all the nutritional components: fiber (vitamuffin & dried fruit), protein (soy milk & almond butter), and healthy fat (almond butter).

The breakfast held me over really well.  Lunch was eaten again at the expo 🙂  I tried to have different foods than the day before – it’s always fun trying new food products!!  And there were tons to try.

In the afternoon I went to two fantastic sessions, the first was blogging & beyond and the second was treatment techniques for eating disorder patients.  I learned a lot during these two sessions.

After these sessions I went to more NE specialty group meetings.  The first was the Author’s meeting and the second was the Internet & Business Technology meeting.  These were some of the most useful sessions.

After the sessions, I met up with my roommate Pam, her brother, and his girlfriend for dinner.  We were staying with them that evening, and leaving the next morning.  The group chose the steakhouse: Capital Grille.  They all love the calamari there so that was the appetizer for the table.  It had spicy peppers in it, and was really delicious!

Here’s my portion, plus I took a little more 🙂

calamari

For my entree, I decided to have steak, especially since I had fish the last few nights and we were at a steakhouse.  However, I was disappointed they didn’t have a petite filet on the menu.  The normal filet mignon was 10 ounces, I asked Pam if she wanted to share and she was very pleased to do so.  The table also ordered steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes.  Here’s my plate:Dinner

We decided to order 2 desserts to take home: cheescake and coconut pie.  I had a small sliver of each when we got back to their house (sorry forgot the photo!).

I felt good about my choices on this day, obviously it’s a little different than I eat normally.  But I made good decisions, and enjoyed all my food!

Nutrition Tidbit:  Steakhouses

  • Start with a house salad, with the dressing on the side to take the edge off your hunger.
  • Choose one thing to splurge on: fried calamari, mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, bacon or creamed spinach.  If you are having more than one, make sure to keep portions small.
  • The portions of meat are too large, opt for a lean cut such as a filet mignon and share with a friend!
  • Aim for 4-6 ounces during the meal.
  • Load up on a healthy green vegetable such as steamed asparagus or spinach to bulk up the meal.

FNCE Day #3

Sunday was the first actual day of FNCE.  The conferences go on for 3 days (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday).  The first lecture was at 8am, so I woke up early to get ready and head out.  The walk from my hotel to the conference center was about 8-10 blocks, and I asked my hotel if there was somewhere to get breakfast on the way, they suggested Caribou Coffee.  I thought the options would be similar to Starbucks, but all they had were pastries.  So I walked out and figured I would find something on my way!  I saw a 7 Eleven, and decided it was probably one of my only choices, so I went in.

7 Elevent

I was pleased to see lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  By the checkout they also had whole apples and bananas.  Then I spotted some hard-boiled eggs!

Eggs

I was pleased with my overall healthy breakfast choice from 7 Eleven: 2 hard-boiled eggs, yogurt parfait, and a banana.

Breakfast

The yogurt parfait had real blueberries and strawberries in it, the yogurt was vanilla flavored (they didn’t have any plain) and there was a little granola on top.  It clocked in at 210 calories, 3 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 5 grams fiber, 27 grams sugar, 7 grams of protein and 25% calcium.   Not bad for a prepackaged parfait.  With the yogurt I had 1 whole hard-boiled egg and 1 egg white.  Afterwards, I was full so I saved my banana for mid-morning which I enjoyed between sessions.

I first went to a session on Organics which was quite interesting, and then on to a session about Prebiotics and Probiotics.  After the two sessions, I went to the NE booth to help market our fantastic DPG.  I stayed there until my stomach was growling, at which point I headed to the Expo for lunch!!  Since there are so many food samples you can make a meal out of it.  In past years I had lunch first and then went, and didn’t have room to try much.  Amy’s had delicious pizzas plus mac & cheese and tamales.  I tried a few types of new healthier chips, some soups & chili, cheese, strawberries, and kiwis.  Lean Cuisine had a lot of food to sample – 2 types of their frozen dinners in addition to Bertolli ravioli, so I had a plate of their food too.   I ended with an oatmeal cookie made with Promise spread.  Overall I covered all my basis – had some fruits & vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.  There was a lot of delicious food to sample, and I was very full by the time I walked out of the expo!

The afternoon session I attended was called “Child Care Provider’s Role in Preventing Obesity.”  I loved this session!  It’s not an area I work on, but I do love kids and was interested in hearing what the experts had to say.   This session ended at 4:30 and then I went to on of our NE (Nutrition Entrepreneurs) meeting about Private Practice.  A cool thing about NE is that they have 6 specialty groups since people in the group work in many different areas.  The groups are: private practice, authors, speakers, coaches, corporate health & internet/business technology.  The private practice meeting was very inspiring.  At this point my roommate, Pam and I went back to our hotel to get in more comfortable clothes and head to dinner.

We went to a restaurant called: Vesta Dipping Grill, which was recommended by a local herself.  All the food comes with 3 dipping sauces, sounded like a fun concept!  I actually wasn’t starving by the time we got there, I guess I ate more at the expo than I realized?!  I decided to order 2 appetizers when the waiter told me the entrees were “generously sized.”

First, they put delicious bread on the table with roasted garlic!  Yum – I had 1 slice.

Bread

Then the waiter gave us an amuse bouche: southwestern soup

amuse bouch

It was about the size of a shot glass, delicious way to start the meal.

For my 1st appetizer I ordered:  Red and Yellow Beets with humboldt fog goat cheese, sage tempura, candied walnuts, and pumpkin vinaigrette.

Beets

This was amazing!  Beets and goat cheese are two of my favorite foods, but the quality of the goat cheese put it above most I’ve had and the beets were roasted to perfection.  Definitely goes down as one of my favorite beet & goat cheese salads!

Next up: Golden Ponzu Shrimp with soy butter, jalapeno ponzu and sambal (the 3 dipping sauces).

Shrimp

I was a surprised when this dish came out deep-fried!  But it was my fault since I didn’t ask – something I tell all my clients to do.  But after the first bite, I wasn’t really disappointed.  It was incredibly delicious.  If I had known it was fried, I wouldn’t have ordered a salad with cheese since both are high in fat – but once in a while it’s no big deal.  I ate every bite of both appetizers and enjoyed the dinner immensely.

My friend Pam ordered: coconut masala grilled tofu steak with pistachio-apricot rice, roasted-tomato spinach salad (I’m not sure which sauces she got).  But here’s a photo:

tofu

She loved it – and said she had never had a “tofu steak” before!

All in all it was a great day.  We crashed that evening, and knew we had another big one ahead of us.

Nutrition Tidbit:

  • Even when you are confident that you know how a restaurant dish is prepared – still ask!
  • Just say “can you describe how this dish is prepared?”
  • Then there will be no mistakes of what you will get.

FNCE Day #2

Saturday morning I woke up after a very restful night sleep, bright and early to head to our Nutrition Entrepreneurs board meeting.  Our room was reserved from 7:30 – 3:30, where we would have breakfast & lunch and go through all our agenda items.

I walked in to this spread:

Breakfast

Juice, Bagels with cream cheese, jam & jelly

Breakfast

Yogurt (yoplait sweetened), dried fruit, milk, cereal (cheerios, multigrain cheerios, total, wheaties) and fruit (berries, honeydew, cantaloupe & watermelon)

Here’s my plate:

My Breakfast

I decided to go with a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with 1/3 less fat cream cheese (I was surprised to see that as an option!); plenty of fruit, and a glass of skim milk (for protein).

My colleagues either went for cereal bowls or bagels.   I knew a simple bowl of cereal, would not fill me up, and I was hungry!

Mid-morning I snacked on a little more fruit.

Around 12pm, our lunches were delivered.  We had ordered ahead of time, and I got a veggie sandwich.  Here was the box:

Lunch

My sandwich included: grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato and boursin cheese on focaccia bread.  The bread was huge!! I think it was close to 4 ounces.  I immediately got rid of the top half of the bread, and ate the sandwich open faced:

Sandwich

The veggies were surprisingly not very oily, and I loved the combination with the boursin cheese.  I ate the apple with the sandwich.  I tried the pasta salad, but did not like it.

Throughout the afternoon I snacked on the chips (not typical for me to eat regular chips, but they were yummy!) and the cookie.  Definitely some boredom eating…but I didn’t feel bad about it.  Sometimes chips & cookies are fine, if you normally eat healthy foods.  And if you were wondering if the others ate the chips & cookies – well I didn’t stare and analyze what others ate but I’d say a good majority had at least one of the treats, if not both!

The meeting wrapped up around 4pm, and we headed directly to the opening session where both the ADA President and Suze Orman spoke.  Wow – Suze Orman was inspiring to listen to!  I think tons of dietitians were taking notes on how they can have more money 🙂 The opening session finished at 6pm, and we had to go directly to a networking event that our group (Nutrition Entrepreneurs) was hosting with another DPG (dietetic practice group) called DBC (Dietitians in Business & Communication).  We hosted a joint networking social, and it was a blast!  There were 300 people at the cocktail party and there was tons of food!  I took photos for you to see.

Chicken Skewers

Great presentation, right?  Sesame crusted chicken skewers with asian coleslaw.

Chicken Skewer

I had one, and ate all of the coleslaw which was light & refreshing.  I had one piece of chicken which was good, but there were too many sesame seeds and it was a tad on the dry side.

bruschetta

Assorted Bruschetta

Cheese

Cheese

Vegetables

Vegetables

Mashed Potato Topping Bar

Mashed Potato Topping Bar.  They had mashed yukon gold potatoes, purple potatoes, and yams that they put in a martini glass and you added your own toppings.  Loved this idea!  I was full after my first plate of food though, so I didn’t have any.

There were some other things I didn’t get photos of: more cheese with crackers, smoked salmon appetizer, 3 types of dips with pita, cajun chicken skewers and probably a few other things!

Here’s my plate of food:

My Plate

I had 2 triangles of pita with some hummus (the hummus was one of the best parts, not sure what they put in it!), 1 cajun chicken skewer (I did not like this at all, and left it), vegetables (grilled asparagus, white asparagus, zucchini, pepper, a few pieces of cheese (pecorini & cheddar), bean bruschetta, and fruit.  It doesn’t seem like a lot but with the chicken skewer and coleslaw from earlier I was full and knew I wanted to save room for dessert!

Dessert

They had a lot of mini desserts to choose from plus fruit.  The berries were so delicious!  I also chose the mini chocolate chip cheesecake and a chocolate mousse.  Both were fantastic, I finished the event full but satisfied and not overly stuffed.

Just to let you know I did not drink this weekend.  Being 1 mile in the sky, you are already prone to dehydration and some “icky” feelings; I didn’t want to add to that!

FNCE Day #1

I’m back from Denver, Colorado and boy was it an amazing weekend!  I learned so much, networked with amazing colleagues, and am back completely pumped to be in the field of nutrition.

I flew to Denver Thursday evening and got in around 8pm (10pm Eastern time).  Knowing my flight was over dinner time, I packed food with me.  That afternoon I picked up a salad from California Pizza Kitchen, since it is very close to my office.  I got a half BBQ chicken salad, without the tortilla strips.  I ate the salad, plus the bread and a honeycrisp apple on the flight.  I know some people are embarrassed to bring food on a plane, but personally I think it’s better to bring something that you will enjoy and keep you full than being starving!  I met my friend Pam at the airport.  Her brother and his girlfriend picked us up and brought us back to their house to spend the night.

Friday morning, we ate breakfast and decided what to do for the day.  They thought we would enjoy the Rocky Mountain National Park, I agreed!  For breakfast, they had 2 flavors of Special K cereal with skim milk as well as fresh strawberries and grapes.  I have never had Special K before, and while it was tasty, the lack of fiber left me hungry soon after.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Between the hours of 11:30 – 12:30 my stomach was rumbling so I ate a Luna bar and a mini box of raisins:

raisins

The Rocky Mountain National Park was gorgeous!!!  Here’s a photo of Pam & I:

We saw lots of Elk, did you know the males are about 1,100 pounds!  Check out this photo up close:

Elk

Here’s another photo:

We left the park around 2pm, and were all rather hungry.  In Colorado there are tons of Mexican restaurants, so we decided to try one out.  Since I wasn’t starving from my snacks, I ordered the Chicken Fajita Salad without sour cream.  It had chicken, peppers, onions, cheese & guacamole.  I asked for the dressing on the side too.  But the “fajita” was cooked in quite a bit of oil so that was the dressing.

The salad was ok – I’m not a fan of green peppers and as I mentioned it was oilier than I would have liked.  But I still ate it.  I had a few chips with salsa before the salad came and a few more dipped in my guacamole, probably about 10 in total.  I avoided the green peppers, had some of the cheese and ate the chicken & onions with the lettuce.  Wasn’t my favorite meal, but it did the job of filling my tummy 🙂 And I didn’t leave super full, which can happen too quickly if you’re not careful at Mexican!

Later in the day we checked into our hotel in Denver.  We had a Nutrition Entrepreneurs board dinner that evening.  They are always so much fun, and a great way to kick off a fun weekend. We met at the restaurant Twelve, which serves Modern American food and changes their menu monthly to accommodate for seasonal ingredients. They first brought out the most delicious bread. I had a slice of each with a shmear of butter – the brown bread was absolutely amazing.

I wasn’t starving for dinner (the late lunch really held me well!).  So I skipped an appetizer and ordered a main dish only.  I went with the Scallops:

Diver Scallop, Red Beet, Celery-Root Fuji Apple Salad

The scallops were fantastic, perfectly cooked.  And the salad was light yet refreshing and paired really well with the scallops.  It was a filling meal, but didn’t leave you weighed down.

If you’re curious what the other dietitians ordered.  Some had 3 appetizers: salad, squash soup & mussels (that was a popular order).  Several people ordered the beef, which was described as:  slow braised beef shoulder, barley “risotto”, king trumpet mushroom:

By the time we finished our entrees, it was 10pm and I was fading.  Instead of staying for dessert, I called it a night with several other people and I went back to my hotel.  Even though the dessert menu was very tempting, my sleep won over.  Especially with our board meeting the next day starting at 7:30!

So, in case you were wondering, dietitians eat white bread with butter, beef and dessert 🙂  This is where moderation fits in.  None of the portions were extremely large either, so even if some dishes were heavier, you didn’t have to eat a huge quantity.  If you are in Denver, I highly recommend the restaurant Twelve!

Prezza Review: The North End

Last weekend for our night out in Boston my husband and I decided to try the restaurant Prezza in the North End.  After reading great reviews on Chowhound and Zagat I made a reservation.

Here’s what the chef Anthony Caturano says of Prezza:

“Today, Prezza, my restaurant enhances this peasant style by incorporating foods from other Mediterranean regions. With old-world-style and a heavy emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients, Prezza offers overflowing dishes of robust flavors and rich portions.  The menu is constantly changing to include seasonal dishes, so the guests will always find unique additions alongside house favorites.”

The waitress was competent and friendly, without being annoying.  As I’m sure you’ve learned at this point, I love to share food so I can have many different tastes.  We decided to share one appetizer and two pastas.  The pasta dishes sounded more appealing than the entrees to us.

I started with a perfect piece of foccacia – doughy with just enough salt and caramelized onions.

FoccaciaNext up was our appetizer: 

Wood grilled squid and octopus, braised white beans and toasted parsley

Octopus & SquidThis dish was fantastic! It was light yet incredibly flavorful.  The wood grill added a slight smoky flavor without overpowering the delicate flavors of the beans and shellfish.  I loved this – and it was a healthy option too!

Our first pasta was:

Ricotta ravioli, rabe, sweet pork sausage, rosemary, roasted tomato with parmesan cheese.

Ravioli
Pictured is my half of the dish, the restaurant was nice enough to split our food in the kitchen for us, and as you can see this is a very generous portion!

I love filled pasta, so of course I enjoyed this dish.  There was just enough sausage to enhance the overall flavor of the dish without making it too heavy.  The sauce was light, and allowed the flavor of the fresh ricotta to come through.  All in all it was a successful dish, but nothing that knocked our socks off.

At this point, we could have been finished, but we had another course on its way.  Usually pasta portions at upscale Italian restaurants are smaller since they are meant to be served before the entree, but not here!

Our last pasta was:

Sweet Corn Raviolini tossed with toasted corn, pancetta, rock shrimp, butter and wine.

Raviolini

As you can tell the dishes got progressively heavier, and less healthful.  But once in a while that is ok!  The combination of corn and pasta may sound funny to you, but I was blown away by a preparation I had at the restaurant Po in NYC and knew we needed to try this dish.

The corn, shrimp and pancetta go together incredibly well.  The saltiness of the pancetta balances out the sweetness in the rock shrimp and corn.  All together with the velvety butter, wine sauce it was quite the dish!  Even though I was full, I did manage to finish it all!  However, we were too full to look at the dessert menu.

Once in a while, it’s ok to indulge in a meal like this.  During the day I knew we were going out for a meal that I would like to “splurge” a bit on – so I was mindful in my decisions.  I had an egg white and veggie omelet with a slice of toast for breakfast,  a salad for lunch and this dinner.  All in all it balances out.

Here’s a photo of me at the restaurant:

Eve

While we enjoyed our meal at Prezza, we did think it was overpriced for the food.  Personally, I think portions should be smaller and less expensive.

Nutrition Tidbit:  Eating Out

  • If you know you will be having a more “indulgent” meal balance it out with healthy meals throughout the day.
  • Do not skip any meals to save up for the big one!  This will cause you to be over-hungry and eat too much.
  • Make sure to exercise – even if it’s walking several miles, do something active!
  • Decide which parts of the meal are most important to you: wine, bread, a rich entree, dessert.  Once in a while it’s ok to have all, but you may want to cut back on a few components.  For example if you are splitting a bottle of wine with dinner, and you want to eat like I did, then try skipping out on the bread and dessert.
  • Try leaving some food on your plate.  Check in with yourself halfway through your plate and see if you’re actually hungry or not.  If you absolutely loved the food and can’t imagine wasting it, ask the waiter to pack it up so you can enjoy it the next day.  Or if it’s not that great, you can leave it or if you feel bad throwing away food, ask it to be packed up and give it to a homeless person.


Healthy Lunches in Boston

This past weekend, as I mentioned in my previous post, I was in Boston for 2 days.  For me it works well to eat mostly healthy foods full of nutrients during the day so I feel my best and save some “indulgent” foods for the evening.  It’s usually rather easy to find healthy food, particularly in a big city like Boston.

On Friday after walking around the city for a few hours we built up quite an appetite!  While strolling on Newbury Street we stumbled upon the restaurant 29 Newbury.  It looked perfect, especially when I saw the plethora of salads everyone was eating! After perusing the menu, I knew I wanted a salad, particularly one with protein since I was feeling quite hungry.

I chose the special salad of the day a cobb salad: it was a combination of mixed greens and arugula topped with ham, turkey, avocado, artichoke hearts and tomatoes.

29 Newbury SaladTypically cobb salads are loaded with fatty toppings, but this one only had 2: cheese and avocado and the portions of each were small so it was perfect.  I asked for my dressing on the side, and when the salad was served to me with the dressing on, I figured I would just eat it.  However after tasting a few bites, it was more dressing than I like, and the waiter was happy to bring me a new one (this picture is of the 1st salad with the dressing).

I enjoyed a small slice of french baguette with the salad.

Later that afternoon we were walking through Copley Square and I was delighted to find a farmer’s market!  One stand had peaches for $1.50/pound and I knew that would be the perfect afternoon snack.

Peach

On Saturday, we spent some time in Cambridge, and explored the Harvard campus.  When it was lunch time, we tried to find somewhere off the main beaten bath and were pleasantly surprised when we found Harvest. It was hidden off a small street, and I was even happier when they brought us to the outdoor patio since it was ideal weather for eating outside. I wasn’t that hungry for lunch, so I went with one of their appetizer salads.

Our waiter immediately placed a wonderful bread basket in front of us.  The cornbread was irresistible!

Cornbread

Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress, Frisée, Comte Cheese, Haricot Verts, Hazelnut Vinaigrette & Black Pepper Cracker.

Beet Salad

The salad was only ok, the ingredients were all very fresh, but I don’t think I ordered the best item on the menu.  My husband ordered a lamb meatloaf sandwich that was amazing!  There was so much that he couldn’t finish it and I was happy to eat his leftover meat for my protein 🙂

Nutrition Tidbit: Eating Salads Out

  • Salads are great for lunch time meals out.
  • Make sure to incorporate some sort of protein for staying power such as: egg, chicken, beef, fish, beans/lentils, cheese, or tofu.
  • Include a little carbohydrate.  If you have a combination of lean protein and a few vegetables your hunger will not be as satisfied.  Add some beans or lentils to your salad, or have a piece of whole grain bread (if available) on the side, or end your meal with some fruit.
  • Always ask for dressing on the side — this can save you hundreds of calories
  • Be aware of all the added fats: cheese, nuts, bacon, croutons, fatty meat, and salad dressing.  These toppings can make a seemingly healthy salad quite unhealthy.