I talked in my last column about our new diet book, Swap & Drop, which is full of ideas for small changes you can make that add up over time to lost pounds.
This week, I want to let you in on some details in the book’s section on dining out.
We all end up in a drive-through, a mall food court or a family restaurant at some point during the week.
These places can be danger zones if you’re watching your weight, so we thought it would be super helpful to provide nutritional information about restaurant menus to help you choose what to order.
We studied the menus at 10 chains across Canada — Boston Pizza, East Side Mario’s, Harvey’s, The Keg, KFC, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Tim Horton’s — and made some surprising discoveries.
For example, one of these places has a bruschetta that contains 1,145 calories and 59 grams of fat.
The swap at that restaurant?
A shrimp cocktail with just 127 calories and 1 gram of fat.
At a coffee chain, the raisin bran muffin has more than 400 calories and 13 grams of fat. The swap, if you’re looking for a treat with your coffee, is the cookie with fruit and nuts; you’ll cut the calories and fat almost in half.
And then there are breakfast sandwiches. At one chain, a sausage, egg and cheese on a biscuit has almost 600 calories and 37 grams of fat. Choose a ham, egg and cheese on an English muffin and save 300 calories and 25 grams of fat. That kind of change really adds up to make the difference on your bathroom scale.
These are just a few highlights of the Swap & Drop Diet book, which is $29.95 and available wherever books are sold, and at besthealthmag.ca/swap.
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