As I counsel patients about how their nutrition directly affects their health, I’m often asked questions about specific challenges.  One of the most common questions is what to eat when dining out.  I’ve decided to share some of the meals I’ve found at local restaurants that fit the low carb paradigm taught at Trinity in the hopes that it will show patients that there really are some good options when eating out.

Yesterday, I was out with my wife and son running errands and we stopped in at the Parkside Grill for a late lunch.  I had the Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken which comes with a rice pilaf and broccoli. I substituted the rice for green beans. It was an excellent meal; very flavorful and filling for $9.99.  Additionally, I had unsweetened ice tea, skipped the bread basket, and asked for extra butter.

I’m sure few patients are shocked that grilled chicken and green vegetables are a recommendation from their doctor in order to stick to a healthy eating plan.  However, in the midst of all the other options, even tempting salads with candied nuts, this meal was delicious, simple, and inexpensive.

The nutrient break down is listed below showing a net carb intake of 9.5 grams.

Fat 22.1g 41.9%
Saturated Fat 11.6g
Cholesterol 209.3mg
Sodium 486.9mg
Carbohydrates 15.9g 13.4%
Fiber 6.4g
Sugars 6.1g
Protein 53.1g 44.8%

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