Those Damned Chedder Bay Biscuits

Seafood restaurants can be one of the healthier dining out places.  If you choose wisely. So today Eat by Stars is giving a lesson in seafood restaurant dining with Red Lobster as our muse.

We’re comparing entrees and sides.  Oh, and those sinister cheddar biscuits.

Cheddar Bay Biscuit 

Per Biscuit: calories 150, fat 8g, carbs 16g, protein 3g

I haven’t been to a Red Lobster in years.  But I still lie awake at night dreaming of these things.  Man, they’re good.  And, naturally, not so good for you.  Take heart though, grabbing one isn’t going to be a horrible thing.  But stopping at one is the real problem, isn’t it?

Live Maine Lobster; Steamed 

Per 1 1/4 lb: calroies 230, fat 1.5g, carbs 0g, protein 34g

Well, it is Red LOBSTER, after all.  Shellfish is usually a safe bet at seafood places because, except for the butter dipping sauce, it comes straight out of the shell.  No smothering sauces or deep-fried breading to be found.

Snow Crab Legs 

Per pound: calories 180, fat 2g, carbs 0g, protein 40g

Like the lobster, high in protein, low in carbs, great on flavor.  One piece of advice, don’t order on a first date.  Yes, I did.  There wasn’t a second date.

Melted Butter 

per 1.5 oz serving: calories 350, fat 38g, carbs 2g, protein 0g

Ok, so here’s the problem with the shellfish.  My god, 350 calories in a tiny little cup.  Get one serving only!  Or better yet, avoid altogether.

Chef’s Signature Lobster and Shrimp Pasta 

per full serving: calories 1020, fat 50g,  carbs 86g, protein 56

Whatever you do, don’t get a pasta dish at a seafood restaurant.  Besides being kinda sacrilegious, it’s never a healthy choice.   Opt for the  half serving if you must.

Walt’s Favorite Shrimp 

per 6 shrimp: calories 550, fat 30g, catbs 39g, protein 32g

It’s breaded and fried shrimp.  Not the best choice.  Choose grilled shrimp or scampi.  And avoid jumbo coconut style.  They ring the bell at 880 calories.

Broiled Flounder 

per serving: calories 320, fat 2g, carbs 10g, protein 66g

Anything broiled instead of fried is a great choice.  This comes off Red Lobster’s Lighthouse® menu.  Stick to those choices and eating healthy is a cinch.  Adding breading gives us…

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia 

per full serving: calories 810, fat 20g, carbs 19g, protein 43g

….an added 500 calories.  Tilapia is great for you, but this style completely ruins it.  The bottom line: Avoid fried fish.

Sides…

Broccoli or Asparagus 

Steamed veggies are a no brainer.  Pick these sides and you can cheat a little more on your entree.

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes 

At 210 calories, they’re not a bad side choice.

Creamy Langostino Lobster Mashed Potatoes 

What the hell is Langostino?  No matter, it brings our decent home-style mashed potatoes up to a 370 calorie gut bomb.  Avoid.

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3 responses to “Those Damned Chedder Bay Biscuits

  1. My personal favorite….the broiled flounder. I really enjoy reading your blog!

  2. Reblogged this on Vitamin De and commented:
    One blog that I follow regularly is essentialsofnutrition.com and I couldn’t resist sharing this post with you. Who doesn’t love the Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster? Anyway, if you can resist them, there are some other healthy choices (as the author points out). My favorite is the broiled flounder. My friend (Nic) taught me to carry my own little packets of healthy olive oil or Balsamic Vinegar for my salad. Little packets of crushed red pepper to spice things up and to order salsa to top off my baked potato. I successfully spent last summer going out to eat almost on a daily basis without gaining weight and without eating un-healthy. Is that even a word? Anyway, if I can do it, you can do it! 🙂

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