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Red light restaurant foods

May 21st, 2012 | no comments

The next time you dine away from home, pay special attention to the words describing the menu items. You can make healthier choices by simply avoiding certain options altogether! While most of us probably know Alfredo, fried, buttered and cheesy make for higher fat and calorie counts, here are some other unhealthy menu terms that might not be so clear:

Bearnaise (or hollandaise)

  • Means: A sauce made of butter and egg yolks; contains 14 grams of saturated fat per 1/4 cup!
  • Example: Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise sauce
  • Alternatives: Beef Tenderloin in Au Jus Sauce (au jus means ‘cooked in juice’-the juice of the meat itself)

Bisque

  • Means: A smooth, creamy soup made from butter and heavy cream; contains about 13 grams of saturated fat per 1-cup serving…yikes!
  • Examples: Lobster bisque; tomato bisque
  • Alternatives: Chicken noodle; chili

Breaded

  • Means: Rolled in bread or dough, then fried
  • Example: Breaded fish
  • Alternatives: Poached or broiled fish

Crispy

  • Usually means: Fried in oil
  • Example: Crispy chicken
  • Alternatives: Baked, roasted or grilled chicken

Tempura

  • Means: Food that has been battered and deep-fried
  • Examples: Tempura shrimp; tempura vegetables
  • Alternatives: Grilled shrimp; steamed vegetables

White Sauce (or Béchamel)

  • Means: A sauce made of milk, butter and flour
  • Examples: Pasta with white sauce
  • Alternatives: Pasta with marinara sauce

Remember- it’s OK to treat yourself to these foods once in awhile, but just like birthday cake, you wouldn’t want to eat them every day!

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