Typically when you think of salads, you think they’re healthy. Maybe you go out to a restaurant and you’re trying to eat healthy so you order a salad. However sometimes those salads come with tons of dressing, cheeses, croutons or tortillas strips, and nuts. Those calories and fat can really add up fast.
Take the Maggiano’s entrée sized spinach salad, for example. Their spinach salad includes: spinach tossed with diced red peppers, roasted red onions, Gorgonzola cheese, bacon, pine nuts, and apple cider vinaigrette.
Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Guess how many calories that salad has? Go ahead, guess.
1,060 calories for a spinach salad. And 76 grams of fat. So much for eating healthy.
Of course, there are ways that you can cut the calories on salads when you’re eating out – ask for the dressing on the side and just dip your fork, ask for no cheese (or less cheese), skip the croutons, etc.
I decided to make my own spinach salad at home and followed the recipe for the Pecan and Pear Spinach Salad from the Tone it Up website.
This salad includes:
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup quinoa, cooked
- 10 pecans
- 10 grapes
- 1 sliced pear
- lemon juice
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
You can also add some chicken for protein.
Maggiano’s Spinach Salad Tone It Up Spinach Salad
- 1060 calories 387 calories
- 76 grams fat 13 grams fat
- 1670 mg sodium 2 grams sodium
(a little more sodium if you add salt to your quinoa)
This salad was delicious and very filling. Quinoa isn’t a grain like most people think. It’s actually a seed and a complete protein source.
I’ve only made quinoa at home a handful of times, but I need to start making it more because this quinoa was delicious. It was light, fluffy, and has a slightly nutty taste.
- Butts and Guts – 60 minutes
Today’s Butts and Guts class was great and I burned a little over 500 calories.
My hip and glute still bother me and randomly this afternoon the physical therapist that I used to see called me to see how I was doing. I told him that just lately, my hip and glute really started hurting again. So, long story short, I’m going in for a free 30 minute evaluation on Friday. He said that it probably isn’t normal for it to still hurt and I told him that I exercise a lot. We’ll see how it goes
Post workout, I had a sticky bun Larabar. I believe this is a new flavor and it was awesome.
Winner of the Van’s Giveaway:
- Allison Barra Nicholson – I sent you an email!
Have a great afternoon!
- Do you try to order healthy at restaurants?
- Favorite salad topping?