Red Lobster is one of America’s favorite spots for seafood, and plenty of people gather their whole families there for birthdays and celebrations. What happens when you have to join the family at Red Lobster while you’re on a diet?
Lobster on its own is perfectly diet-friendly, and fish can be healthy, too. But, once that seafood is buttered, fried and dunked in cocktail or tartar sauce, you can kiss your weight loss success goodbye.
Follow these tips for navigating Red Lobster’s menu like a pro.
Taste your seafood. Really taste it. That means steering clear of the sauces and toppings that not only make your selection much less healthy, but also mask the true, fresh flavor of the seafood you came for in the first place. Try your selection with a squeeze of lemon, and let the real flavor come through.
Pass on the platters. Even the best of intentions fall by the wayside when you’re faced with one of Red Lobster’s feast-sized options. Keep in mind that no one ever went hungry ordering a regular-sized entree, and resist anything with “platter” or “combination” in the name. Those triple-sized plates have triple the calories and fat, too.
You’re the customer, so customize. Ensure that your meal is just right for your diet by asking for the worst items to be left off. Sauces can be served on the side, and any seafood choice can be simply broiled. Just ask. You can also look for menu items that let you exercise choice, like the Pick-Two dinners.
Fire up the grill. Red Lobster’s wood-fired grill turns out delcicious, smoky seafood flavor, while saving calories at the same time. Cruise right over the fried menu items and choose one of the grilled items for a feast with far less fat.
Think green. It’s easy to overlook the greenery on the Red Lobster menu, but it’s there –and well worth seeking out. Add nutrition to your meal with a side of crisp asparagus or fresh broccoli, or make a meal out of an entree-sized salad (dressing on the side).
Examiner’s recommended healthier menu items at Red Lobster
- Hand-Tossed Caesar Salad with Wood-Grilled Shrimp (dressing on side)
- Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
- Wood-Grilled or Roasted Maine Lobster Tail
- Peppercorn Salmon with Soy-Wasabi Sauce
- Steamed Snow Crab Legs
Red Lobster Locations in Knoxville, Tennessee
305 Merchant Drive
8040 Kingston Pike
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