Olive Garden....HELP!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ok SparkFriends, I need your help with something. My husband I are going to Olive Garden for dinner this evening after work. And I really, really don't want to hinder my weight loss this week with this one meal, considering the past 2 weeks have been less than stellar...Lol.
So, does anyone have ANY suggestions for Healthy options at Olive Garden??? My fave is a big time No-No (Shrimp Alfredo)
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So I'm willing to try something new that I can make my "go-to" meal the next time I happen to go there. I've never even tried anything else, because I'm sooo in love with their Shrimp Alfredo

Any helpful suggestions are appreciated!
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    First of all, honey I live at Olive Garden at least 3 times a week! But, in stead of my usual Chicken Marsalas, i have moved to the kids Spaghetti w/meatballs. But, do ask when you get there for their low-fat menu, they have one and it's awesome with awesome choices (not that i've ever tried any, i just like the way the words look), and I just found out that they have the low-fat dressing. THIS MAKES ME REALLY HAPPY! BON APPETIT!
    3651 days ago
    When eating out, I try to check the menu online. A lot of places list the caloric intake and ingredients online - it seems to be the "in" thing right now.

    Once you find what you want, eat half of it and take the rest home for the next day or lunch. That way you are sure to be under whatever they have listed or within your numbers. Drink plenty of water and skip the extras like bread sticks, etc.

    3668 days ago
  • KITKA82
    I could definitely fill up on salad and breadsticks alone-- yum!!

    Why not get the Shrimp Alfredo and box up half of it immediately? I'll message you some links too.
    3678 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6465553
    Oh hun I wish I could help but I'm not a fan of Olive Garden, lol, so I can't recommend anything. But I'm sure you'll make the best healthy choice. Good luck!
    3678 days ago
    I have eaten at Olive Garden before and I do believe they have a nutrional website. However, I don't recall anything being low in sodium. It seemed like most of the dishes were high in sodium which can lead to water gain. However, the last time I went, I just ended up sticking with the salad and the soup. It wasn't a great choice, but it seemed better then all the other choices that were there. I checked the nutrional info for you, and for example: One serving of garden salad w/dressing is 350 calories but the kicker is it has 1930 mg of sodium. I think in a day we are only supposed to get 2300 mg of sodium. Also, they have some low fat options for example: Shrimp Primavera which has 510 calories but the kicker is it has 1130 mg of sodium. I guess some choices are better then others. Well hopefully this helps you out. Have fun at Olive Garden! Maybe you could just eat a really light breakfast and a very light lunch and that way you will still have plenty of calories for the day to tide you over. emoticon
    3678 days ago
    Thank you all! I thought they were one of those companies that didn't list their nutrition information, so that's why I was fretting...thanks for the info!

    3678 days ago
    You want the capellini pomodoro with chicken - but their entire nutrition information is online. Watch out for their salad, it's deadly, get the potato soup instead.
    3678 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5128667
    Hmmm....if OG is an issue, perhaps you may want to suggest an alternative place?
    3678 days ago
  • no profile photo OVERWEIGHT90
    Yeah like swell10 said... go to their site and look up their nutrition info that should give you an idea of what to order... Additionally I think the last time I went there they had a weight watchers menu... Goodluck!
    3678 days ago
  • SWELL10
    I went to Olive Garden and had their parmesian crusted tilipia and it was awesome! Look up the calories. I googled Olive Garden Nutrition info and found it. It was pretty good. Good luck!
    3678 days ago
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