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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Calorie Contents - Chili's

I made plans to meet a friend for dinner.  Since we live in opposite directions, finding a common ground to meet is sometimes a challenge.  This time for the sake of convenience we decided to meet at a chain restaurant in a (somewhat) convenient town.

We're meeting at Chili's.  In anticipation of our dinner I decided to check out the nutrition facts.  Wow.  I'm saying wow not because i'm truly surprised but moreso because I know I have eaten some of those 1000+ calorie meals.  Lovely.

To their credit, they do have a Guiltless Grill section and these choices are by far the way to go.  The most caloric option on this menu clocks in at 610 calories.

Guiltless Grill
Asian Salad - 360 calories
Caribbean Salad - 450 calories
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Veggies - 610 calories
Santa Fe Chicken Wrap with Veggies - 610 calories
There are two other GG options which both clock in under 550 calories. 

Guilt-ful Grill (that's my name for it) - where to start?
Boneless buffalo wings with Blue Cheese - 1200 calories
Texas Cheese Fries with Jalapeno Ranch - 1930 calories
Yes, those are both appetizers so one person likely wouldn't eat the whole thing, but still.  Now on to the entrees...
Large Asian Salad with Salmon - 1120 calories
Large Caribbean Salad with Shrimp - 920 calories
Pulled Pork Tacos with Flour Tortillas - 920 calories
Oldtimer burger (the best of the worst) - 1260 calories

Fajitas aren't bad if you just get the meat and veggies.  The condiments and tortillas add 610 calories to any meal.  So the 360 calorie chicken fajitas become 970 calories once all is said and done.

Margarita Grilled Chicken - 380 calories (and not on the Guiltless menu)

I think you get the idea here. 

Buyer (or eater) beware!

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