Below are 5 common salads that may make you think twice about ordering it next time you are out.

1. California Pizza Kitchen- Full Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad

You are probably thinking chicken, a few nuts and some dried fruit sounds pretty healthy?  Think again with how they engineer this delicious salad.

Calories: 1500

Carbs: 80g

Protein: 43g

Fat:  99g

99 grams of fat?! That is more than double what I eat in an entire day as a 135lb semi active female.  Remember this is also just one meal out of the entire day that you have consumed. 


2. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

This salad has more calories, fat and sugar than if you ate a cheeseburger and egg rolls at this chain!  

Calories 1420

Carbs: 96g

Protein: 39g

Fat: 99


3. Chick-fil-A Cobb Salad with Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing

Maybe you are crunched for time and thinking, “well Chick-fil-A is a pretty decent choice especially if I order a salad, right?”  Think again.  While it may not be a dense as the two salads mentioned previously, it still has the potential to blow your fat macros.

Calories: 820

Carbs: 31g

Protein: 41g

Fat 60g


4. Romaine & Kale Caesar Salad with Chicken Salad

The infamous delicious Panera.  Oh, how we love thee and feel as if we are making a “healthy” choice to eat here for lunch.  While this salad does have a decent amount of protein and looks pretty healthy stacked up to the previous 3 salads, the truth is that this salad will certainly make it hard for you to stay in your recommended macro parameters the rest of the day.  It is a slippery slope and could easily lead you into going over.  If you are cool with eating egg whites and a banana for Breakfast and dinner, than this is the salad for you!

Calories: 530

Carbs: 13g

Protein: 43g

Fat: 34g


5. Wendy’s Cesar Salad

Calories: 790

Carbs: 42g

Protein: 42g

Fat: 51g

Not too shabby for a quick drive through meal that is super affordable, right? Well, to put things in perspective you'd be better off slurping down a medium Frosty and a small soda than ordering this convenient salad-to-go (although, we do not recommend it). 

In a world of convenience and lack of nutritional education it is easy to choose one of the above.  I challenge you to do a quick google search the next time you are eating out to find out exactly what is in the food you are ordering before making a decision.  Knowledge is power.



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