Dear Fellow Business Traveler,
Last month, I reported on the various healthy dining
options at the major hotel
chains. Up this month is a survey of the major restaurant chains
and their menu
With one out of three Americans on a diet or trying to
watch what they eat and $50 billion spent annually on diet products,
these companies don't want to miss out! That's good news for us,
however, as it means more alternatives to the typical high fat, high
carb, and high calorie menus normally found in these establishments.
I ranked Applebee's at the top of the list for providing
balanced meals and full nutritional content. Red Lobster also ranked
highly for providing
good information, but didn't go the extra mile to create new menu
items. Friday's caters to the low carb craze, but leaves the rest of us
in the dark as to overall nutrition content.
Other chains have yet to jump on the bandwagon. Neither
Bennigan's, Macaroni Grill, On the Border, nor Olive Garden has any
special menu items nor do any provide nutrition content on their
Here's to healthy eating in your travels!
To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy Travel Network
Applebee's has teamed
up with Weight Watchers to develop
10 new menu items that are 10 Weight Watchers "Points" or less. The menus and web
site provide both the Point count, as well as traditional nuitritional
information. Menu items include Tortilla Chicken Melt, Grilled Tilapia,
and Teriyaki Shrip Skewers.
I found both the number and quality of alternatives at Applebee's
impressive, especially given my past impression that 100% of their menu
items were fried! I also liked the nutrition information that
Applebee's provides, which includes calories, carbs, and fats.
Red Lobster recently
introduced LightHouse Selections (TM)
which includes shellfish and seafood menu items, along with various
side dishes such as seasoned broccoli or steamed shrimp. A collection
of existing menu items, the LightHouse menu takes a balanced, informed
consumer approach, letting you decide what makes sense for your diet,
rather than espousing a particular focus such as low carb or low fat.
As always, it pays to read the label: the Chedar Bay
Biscuits are 160 calories each, 17 carbs, and 9 grams of fat.
TGI Friday's provides
diners with Atkins-approved menu
items that include the usual steak and bunless burgers, as well as
several grilled fish entrees. Since I am not a big burger or steak fan,
the menu seemed a bit limited, although the Fire Roasted Salmon did
Alas, Friday's doesn't provide us with any nuitrition
content beyond "net carbs" so it's tough to say how these dishes stack