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My rule of thumb is to start with a solid protein source and then pair it with a low calorie side like a salad (no croutons and dressing on the side) or raw, grilled or steamed veggies.

BBQ Places

  • Grilled chicken breast or grilled turkey

  • Green beans

  • Beans

Steak Restaurants

I usually go with grilled chicken, grilled sirloin, grilled fish or grilled pork and then I’ll pair it with a low calorie side like green beans, grilled or steamed asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and things like that. Potatoes are higher calorie so plan ahead if you get them.

Burger places

I get a regular burger or a grilled chicken sandwich but I would avoid the fries unless you can make them fit.

Mexican Food

Tacos or fajitas with corn tortillas and I try to stay away from rice and beans because they are high calorie and all carbs. Have a snack before you go so you aren't tempted to overeat chips and queso.


  • Market salad with grilled chicken and light balsamic dressing

  • Regular nuggets

  • Grilled cool wrap

  • Grilled nuggets

  • Grilled chicken sandwich

  • I usually go with a fruit cup for a side since waffle fries are higher calorie and all carbs


  • Barbacoa or chicken burrito bowl

  • Light rice or no rice

  • Light sour cream

  • Light cheese

  • Lettuce

  • Salsa verde


  • 5 blackened chicken tenders

  • Green beans


  • Bacon and eggs for breakfast

  • Egg McMuffin

Taco Bell

  • Chicken or beef crunchy tacos


  • Grilled Avocado BLT Chicken Sandwich

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich

  • Chicken nuggets

  • Grilled Asiago Ranch Chicken Club

  • Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

  • Parmesan Caesar Chicken Salad

Dairy Queen

  • Tacos

  • Grilled chicken sandwich

  • Grilled chicken salad with light ranch

  • Hunger Buster


  • Grilled chicken sandwich

  • Grilled chicken salad

  • Apple and cranberry chicken salad

  • For dressings I use fat free ranch, herb vinaigrette, honey pepper vinaigrette or balsamic vinaigrette 


  • Half Chipotle Avocado Melt, and vegetable soup

  • Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich

  • Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken

  • Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken

  • Caesar Salad with Chicken


  • The chipotle chicken, herb chicken or salmon for protein will be the lowest calorie. 

  • I get the low fat mango dressing, balsamic vinegar or sun dried tomato dressing and add all the veggies and fruit.


  • Cauliflower rice bowl with salmon or chicken

Taco Cabana

  • Crispy or soft chicken or beef tacos


  • Crispy beef or chicken tacos

  • Fiesta chicken salad


  • Grilled sirloin

  • Ancho Salmon

  • Margarita Grilled Chicken

  • For sides I usually go with asparagus or grilled veggies


  • Hatch green chili chicken tacos but I think they only serve them on a certain day as one of the specials

  • Soft tacos with either chicken or ground beef

  • Chicken fajitas with corn tortillas without the rice and beans. Rice and beans are high calorie and high carb so I only get them if I know I can make them fit.

Texas Roadhouse

  • Sirloin steak

  • Grilled salmon

  • Grilled shrimp

  • Any of the grilled chicken options!

  • For sides we usually go with fresh vegetables, sautéed mushrooms or green beans because they are the lowest calorie. 

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