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Team Night Out 2009

My team members and I look rosey checked after we enjoyed a healthy night out at PF Chang’s.  This asian inspired restaurant offers wonderful options in vegetarian, spices and flavors, and side dishes that are easy to share amoung a group of diners.  Important to note, their entrees are generally 3-4 servings for each plate, so diners must be cautious about over-serving themselves. 

Our choices were based on the sodium and low calories; therefore, the team decided our splurge this night was the lettuce wraps considering we had plenty of food with spliting three other entrees and side dish.  Cholesteral and saturated fat was fantastic  – something to commend when you consider it could have been sky high with a normal loaded potato skin or nacho appetizer. 

 Its the bid picture that counts! PF Changs offers a web-based and in store nutritional guide that provides details on your meal.  Here is a snapshot of ours:

                                                                          *Cal    Fat  Sat   Chol  Sod   Prot

Snap Peas, Garlic side 1/4 plate            50     2       0       0       81       2   

Brown Rice, Steamed, 1/2 cup             109      1    0          0         1       2

Sweet & Sour Chicken, 1/4 plate         207     10   2       0       210    8

Lettuce Wraps, Vegetarian 1 each      135     7      1        0      535     6

Lemon Scallops, 1/4 plate                    188       3       0       0      257      20

Hot and iced tea                                           0        0       0       0         0        0

Totals                                                           689      23    3      3     1084      38

Does this still seem high to you?  Our  4 party team made the decision to split only 3 entrees and a side.  Additionally, we declined all other splurges such as wine, sauces, and desert that many agreed they would have normally included to their night out to dinner!  

 Be sure to check menus or even call before you go to determine how you can manage your nutrition, ask to split an entree or take some of it home,  forgoe the sauces, chips, and breads, and you can still enjoy a healthy night out.

* Calories, Fat, Saturated (bad) fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Protein.  Go to the restaurant website for more information.

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