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.
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.
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…
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.
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.