Friday, July 8, 2011

Heart Attack Salad

I had an AWESOME day with my family today! I enjoyed every minute of it. I am really happy!

Tonight we went out together for a birthday dinner. My usual way to handle eating out is to look at the online menu and decide ahead of time what fits my plan. However, this was a new place with no website or menu available ahead of time. I was hungering for a salad. A nice big salad. And boy, did I get my wish!

Out of the available dinner salads, I looked for one with enough protein and no carby stuff like croutons, tortilla strips, etc, but enough variety to be enjoyable. I chose one of my favorites: a Cobb salad, with dressing on the side. The waitress said, "we do have half salads available if you'd like." I was pretty hungry and wanted a lot of veggies and protein to fit my nutritional needs, so I opted for the full salad.

Whoa. I have never in my life seen a salad that big, except in a serving bowl at a potlock! This thing was massive! It was piled up like a volcano! I had to ask for a second plate in order to take some of the stuff off to be able to eat it!

It did have some off-plan-but-not-carby stuff that I occasionally allow myself in small quantities: bacon pieces, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, and black olives (which are on plan as a healthy fat). I used a spoon and scooped off about 1/3 cup of bacon, 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles, a WHOLE sliced avocado, and what looked like one small 4oz can of sliced black olives. It was insane!! I left a couple tablespoons of bacon bits and blue cheese crumbles and a few olives on my salad, and took a bite of the avocado too. What was left on my plate was about 3 cups of Romaine, half a cup of tomato, 1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms, 3 ounces of cubed chicken breast, and one sliced hard boiled egg (I took the yolk out and set it aside. There was enough fat in this salad without a yolk!) I got blue cheese dressing on the side and used about 2 Tbsp of it.

It was very, very good and super filling. I could not finish it. But it was incredible the sheer volume of food I was given! I came home and logged the salad on Sparkpeople to see how it added up. The portion that I ate came up to 559 calories, 13 g carbs, 46 g protein, and 37 g fat! That is pretty high on the fat and calories. But get this: the salad as it was served, including all the stuff I did NOT eat, would have contained 1,251 calories, 36 g carbs, 67 g protein, and 99 g fat(!!!!!). WOW. That is SOME salad. I am glad I had the sense to scrape off most of the fatty stuff! Lesson: pay attention to your food. And if it looks like a volcano on the plate, scale it down a little!

Anyway, all is well and I am feeling wonderful. I have a full weekend of dog sports starting tomorrow. I can't wait! And I have not set foot on the scale since the 4th of July, so I am wondering what the scale will show on Sunday when I finally weigh in.

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

okay now I want a freaking salad and it's 10pm at night..

Oh Cabana Boy!!! This patient needs a salad..

Great Job Lyn!! :)

DiZneDiVa said...

Those salads are deceiving... And you can only absorb about 40 grams of protein at a time so why would they make them that big. But it's 2 meals... and if you got the half salad, you would probably have ate the whole thing.

Diandra said...

Hehe, that was a full-grown salad, it seems... ^^ In most restaurants around here, if you order a salad, it's meant to be a starter and really tiny. :-(

Dawn said...

Wow I've never heard of anywhere in UK making a salad like that! I could even enjoy salads in US...but at those calorie levels, maybe better not, You did a great job of cutting it back and not just eating away

andria said...

I have to know--where was this? I never know how much to order in restaurants any more. Sometimes you get a salad the size of a car, and other times you go home hungry. Gah!

Lyn said...


40g at a time? I never heard that before but I am interested in where you got the info. Always looking to learn something new.


it was just a local, one-of-a-kind (non chain) place. The crazy thing was EVERY person at the table got a huge huge portion: burgers with 4 slices of bacon and half a large dinner plate piled with fries, the biggest soup bowl of clam chowder I have EVER seen, and the desserts? I kid you not, my son ordered cheesecake and got TWO slices on his plate! TWO! with berries over them! And the other kids got a brownie sundae that would have fed the whole table. The brownie in one dish was about 4" by 8". I have never seen anything like it. It really must be their claim to fame... giant portions. They need to have a motto on their sign: where your dinner is bigger than your head!

Marshmallow said...

This is what I struggled with when I was in the USA - the size of the meals. I used to say to the waiter 'Show me with your hands how big it is'. I got puzzled looks from a couple, but the majority of them were happy to oblige.

Lori said...

I am so glad you are in a good place mentally. That makes everything easier somehow.

I did some on line research with a local hamburger place and discovered that the burgers are better nutritionally than the salads. We have to be diligent all the time.

Darcy Winters said...

I have decided that salads are evil. One of the previous times I was on Weight Watchers I had a pecan chicken salad figuring that was the healthiest choice. I got home and did the points - it was 48 points total and I only had 31 points for the day! Evil I tell you. Evil. Evil!