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Eat This, Not That! When You Dine Out

Whether grabbing a meal on the run or hitting the town with friends, here are 12 healthy (and not-so-healthy) options

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    Less Healthy Option for Breakfast at Starbucks

    En español | Starbucks Ham & Cheese Savory Fold-Over
    250 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated), 480 mg sodium, 13 g protein

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    Best High-Protein Breakfast at Starbucks

    Starbucks Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap
    290 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 830 mg sodium, 19 g protein

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  • Jill Richards

    Worst Food for Your Blood Pressure

    P.F. Chang’s Hot & Sour Soup Bowl has 7,980 mg of sodium. Too much sodium in a diet can lead to high blood pressure.  

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  • Claire Benoist

    Perfect Meal for Controlling Blood Pressure

    Red Lobster’s Broiled Walleye With Baked Potato and Sour Cream, and Garden Salad (no dressing)
    715 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 680 mg sodium and 56 g carbs

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  • Claire Benoist

    Worst Food for Your Mood

    Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion
    It ought to be called Wiltin’ Onion. We haven’t seen another food with as many depressing omega-6 fatty acids as Outback’s signature appetizer. Even if you split a Bloomin’ Onion with your partner, you’d each be consuming more than a full shot glass of unhealthy oils at one sitting.

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  • Claire Benoist

    Best Appetizer for a Better Mood

    Outback's Crab & Avocado Stack
    582 calories, 37.5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 g protein

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  • Claire Benoist

    Best Meal for Controlling Blood Sugar

    Chili’s Seared Shrimp (full order) and a Fresco Salad
    230 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 1,050 mg sodium,
    4 g sugar

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  • Baskins Robbins

    Worst Smoothie for Blood Sugar

    Baskin-Robbins Mango Banana Smoothie (large, 32 ounces)
    880 calories, 3 g fat (0.5 saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 192 g sugar

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  • Claire Benoist

    Best Meal for Weight Control

    Outback Steakhouse Grilled Chicken on the Barbie (lunch) and House Salad (no dressing)
    308 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated)
    The calorie level for Outback’s meals climbs quickly at dinner, but the chain offers several solid lunch options.

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  • Claire Benoist

    Best Meal for Brain Health

    Olive Garden Herb-Grilled Salmon
    460 calories, 28 g fat (8 g saturated), 570 mg sodium, 3 g sugar.  

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  • Carrabba's Italian Grill

    Worst Sodium-Heavy Meal for Your Brain

    Carrabba’s Italian Grill Calamari With Marinara Sauce
    619 calories, 43 g fat (9 g saturated), 1,262 mg sodium, 7 g sugar

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