Surviving the Drive-Thru Line

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This blog post has been bouncing around in my head for awhile. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself eating out more often than you’d care to admit. 😉 I thought I’d piece together a few of my favorite low-point meals from a couple of my favorite restaurants. If you have any ideas/suggestions, PLEASE put them in the comments! I’d love to hear them.

My first order of business is to link you to this article from Hungry Girl, cuz- let’s be real- she really nails it! These are most of your major restaurants and food chains. The ones I’m going to add are some of my favorite staples to pick up when I’m in a rush or to order when we’re out. Here is HG’s Guide to fast food and her Guide to eating out.

So, some of my favs.

Olive Garden

Ravioli de Portobello: Um… Yes ma’am. Yes. Let’s just take a minute to thank the cheese-loving Italian that created this dish. Because this is just #allthehearteyes. Here’s the thing about this dish. It’s 15PP. Which, I know, is high-point for dinner. But let me tell you. They give you a Crap. Ton. of food. So, what I do is ask them to bring me a box with my food. I immediately put half in the box so it doesn’t tempt me and eat the rest for about 8PP. I always leave plenty full since there’s so much food. (and cuz of that Olive Garden side salad. Yes please.) Just a little trick I’ve learned. You know how they say that goldfish will eat as much as you feed them? Like literally until they explode? Uh, yeah. Goldfish, here. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. So if I only see half of the dish, I feel like I’ve eaten the whole dish since it was the only thing in front of me.  

OG also has a light menu that has some fantastic options. You’d be safe going with just about anything on that menu. Corrinne swears by the Salmon. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of Olive garden nutrition that might help you make your choice there.

Chick-Fil-A

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Can I have this framed and put in my house? We’ve talked about my feelings for         Chick-Fil-A in the past, and I’m here to tell you that they haven’t changed. If anything, they’ve gotten stronger. It’s the kind of love that just grows and builds. So here are some of my favorite things to get at my favorite restaurant.

12 pc. Grilled Nuggets: Ok. So I used to be staunchly against the grilled nuggets. How could I eat grilled when the regular nuggets taste like little bites of heavenly perfection? But, the point difference was enough to sway me to try them out. Luckily for me, CFA knows their nuggets-grilled or crispy, and they marinate and season these babies juuuust right. A 12 pc. Grilled Nugget meal comes in at just 5PP! I pair mine with a fruit cup (And you know it’s the freshest dang fast food fruit cup you ever ate) for 0 PP and you have fantastic healthy lunch with room for one of CFA’s amazing sauces! Win-win-win-win-win. Win.

Chargrilled Cool Wrap: This baby is another one of my favs. It’s got enough packed in there that it fills me up, and for 9PP, it’s not a bad lunch or dinner. I pair this one with a fruit cup as well. I use their fat-free honey mustard dressing for 2PP with the wrap. Delicious!

Really any of Chick-Fil-A’s salad options are good. I like the Market Salad, Corrinne likes their Southwest Salad. Just be careful of the dressings you use!

Those are just a few of my go-to meals to grab when I’m out. Hopefully in the future we can add more to this guide- with some of your suggestions! What are your favorite meals to grab when you’re out? We would love to hear your ideas that you use to stay on track!

See you back here on Friday for Friday Favorites! Happy Hump Day, Friends!

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  1. Corrinne M. says:

    Ruby Tuesday has a great fit and trim section of their menu. I love the Chicken Bella entree. “Roasted baby portbella mushrooms and artichokes in a Parmesan cream sauce over a fresh, grilled chicken breast. Served with your choice of two sides. 426 Calories.” Yes please. I recommend the zucchini or broccoli for your side, both are delicious.
    Also another tip for Olive Garden is to ask for their lowfat dressing on the house salad. One serving of the salad with the regular dressing is 140 calories, but one serving of salad with the lowfat dressing is only 100 calories. And there is NO difference in taste. Winning!
    Last tip – if you unfortunately find yourself somewhere where there is not a Chick Fil A (tear), Wendy’s has pretty good salads for a fast food restaurant as well. They have an apple pecan chicken salad that is not bad at all for a 2nd option.

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