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The Best Things to See and Eat in Paris … or At Least Just All The Things I Loved :)

We started out our European adventure in Paris, which was beyond all expectations I had for it. After flying for about 15 plus hours, through the night, and feeling a little ragged…the jet lag was real. BUT, everyone I talked to told me it was best to just stay up and soldier through until it was night there, so that is just what we did. I for sure think that it helped us to get adjusted.
We ended up staying in an AirBNB in Le Marais, which we learned later is considered one of the quarters where the fashion/art students live. It has such a cool vibe, and it felt really safe. It just so happened that this tiny bakery was right next to where we were staying. I’d had a lot of people tell me to try the almond croissants while we were there, and to try and find the chocolate ones if possible. We decided to wander into this little bakery, unaware at that point that there are bakeries on every single corner. I saw that they had the almond croissants, but had already sold out of the chocolate ones. We decided to split one, just to see if it was good. It is probably in the list of top 10 best things I’ve ever had. We devoured it, and ended up going to back to this bakery every single day we had in paris. The next morning i tried the chocolate croissant for breakfast, and it blew my mind. The name of the bakery is Willy’s Boulangerie. The croissants are called “ Pains chocolate amandes.” Get them.
Let me just say that we made it a point to try a lot of different pastries while we were there, and nothing could beat the croissants from Willy’s.
That night, despite our jet lag, we had planned to do a night bike tour of Paris. This is another thing I’d %100 recommend. It was so helpful doing it the first day because we got to see a lot of the major landmarks up close, we were able to experience some of the city, the night tour made a stop at Berthillion’s Ice Cream (amazing), and you end on a boat cruise down the Seine. It’s pretty dreamy.
On the bike tour we saw the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, the love lock bridge (although there are no longer locks on it), we rode past Saint Chappelle, past the ferris wheel, and by a lot of other museums and buildings I can’t remember now…My family told me this was a MUST, and I was so glad we listened. Do it. We did it through Fat Tire Tours, & I’d highly recommend them. We met some others who had done their daytime bike tours, and they said they were awesome as well, so I’d highly recommend them!
The next day we took the train to Versailles. This was probably one of my favorite things we did in Paris. Versailles is HUGE. If you are planning on going there, plan on spending at least half a day there. It is amazing. Explore the palace, because it’s gorgeous. The hall of mirrors is unreal. Whatever you do, do NOT skip the gardens. Marie Antoinette’s gardens were the best part of the grounds.
They have a Lauderee’s on the grounds of Versaille, as well as an Angelina’s. We got some macaroons at Lauderee’s, which were delicious! The shop itself is so darling. We were planning on going to Angelina’s for dinner, but it closes early there, so be aware of that if you have the same plan. We didn’t ever make it to Angelina’s, but if you do, I hear the hot chocolate is out of this world.
Also, if you are interested in seeing the Paris Temple, know that it is right by Versailles. So, see it while you’re there!
Just another note, if you want some delicious macaroons, but don’t want to pay the price they are at Lauderee’s, they have some amazing macaroons at all of the McDonalds in Paris. I know that sounds weird, but they are pretty bomb.
Some other places we hit while we were in Paris…
Sainte Chapelle – This was probably  one of my favorite buildings we saw the entire trip. This is a quick stop, and is worth every minute. The stained glass windows are out of this world. It’s beautiful.
The Louvre – We actually just saw this from the outside, & didn’t end up going in. We rode our bikes around it at night, and it was delightful. Even if you aren’t going to go in and see the artwork, go walk around outside. It’s stunning.
Arc De Triomphe – Climb up into it. Worth it. The view from the top of the Arc is so amazing. You have a 360 view of all of Paris. It’s pretty legit. 
Notre Dame – We didn’t actually end up going in to Notre Dame because the line was insanely long, but walking around the grounds was amazing. It’s such a beautiful building! Something you for sure have to see.
Shakespeare & Company Bookstore – This book store is absolutely the cutest thing ever. If you purchase a book, they will stamp it saying you bought it there. It’s right next to Notre Dame, so stop in if you are close!
Sacre Coeur – Getting here is about a 25-30 min ride on the metro because it is on the edge of the city, but it was the most incredible view of paris. The basillica itself is incredible to look at, but you are at the top of the hill in Paris, and can see over everything. It’s breath taking. It’s an awesome place to sit, and chill on the steps and take it all in. SO worth going here. I’d totally recommend it.
The Catacombs – I didn’t really know what to expect with the catacombs, but it was really cool. You get to walk the tunnels of Paris underground, which is lined with the bones of over 6 million bodies that died during the time of the plague, & the french revolution. It’s pretty cool!
Disneyland Paris – We actually didn’t plan on going here initially, but because we had a change in our plans we decided to do so. It was super fun. It is definitely different from Disneyland in America. It’s smaller. BUT, it’s still fun! It’s cheaper to get into, and they have two parks you can go to. They have some rides that are different than the ones in America. If you have spare time in Paris, it is a really fun place to see. However, if you are trying to hit as much as you can in a little bit of time, I wouldn’t put this at the top of your priority list. Also, one thing I LOVE about Disneyland/Disneyworld is the food experience. I think that is part of what makes it so fun & magical. The ice cream, the special mickey treats, etc. This is not a big thing at Disneyland in Paris. The food options are actually pretty slim, and not that great. You may want to bring some of your own food, or buy some baguettes & crepes before you go to take in with you.
Food…
Crepe a Ding – There are a million places to get crepes in Paris, and I’m sure a lot of them are the same. We had a lot that were so-so. However, this place was BOMB. The owner is super fun. If you can beat him in connect 4, you get your food for free. If you don’t, you get your picture taken for the, “wall of losers.” There are all sorts of different combos. I had the banana nutella crepe, because it’s my favorite. Whit got one that had white chocolate, pears, raspberries, and speculous. It’s a super fun, hip place. They serve the crepes HOT and fresh. So good.
Ober Mama – This was an AMAZING italian restaurant. When we ate there we actually saw that there are 4 connecting restaurants all over Paris, so you may want to look that up as well. It took us two tries to get in here because it fills up QUICK. We got there right when it opened, and got in. I think they may have taken reservations. The pizza there was awesome, the salad I had was delicious, & the desserts all looked unreal.
Au Petit Grec – This would be the other crepe place that I’d ABSOLUTELY tell you to go to. We stood in line for an hour here. It’s a tiny little place that you order and take away, or eat at their little bar stools. If you go here, I’d recommend getting both a savory, & a sweet crepe. The savory crepes have meat/cheese/egg/veggies. The sweet ones were pretty normal as far as what goes in them, but they were so good. I think if you go here a bit earlier the line isn’t quite so long.
Willy’s Boulangerie – I already mentioned this place, but go here. Just do it for me. 
Gaston’s – This was Whitney’s favorite place we ate. She ordered the Croque Monsier, which is a typical french meal. It’s like a ham & cheese panini. She had hers with an egg on top, and she also loved their hot chocolate. I had french onion soup there, which was good. This place is right by Notre Dame as well.
La Brioche Doree – I actually saw these around Paris, but didn’t eat here until we were leaving the Paris airport. They have a selection of baguettes stuffed with different things, and then they pop them into the oven to make it into warm/melty goodness when you order it. I had a sandwich with ciabatta, tomato, mozzarella, & basil. It was out of this world. I don’t know why I thought it was so good…but it was SO GOOD. So, If you are looking for a quick bite in paris that isn’t as expensive, stop at one of these spots. Whitney also had an eclair from here that she loved.
Paul’s – I had a lot of people tell me to try stuff from Paul’s. It’s a bakery chain that they have everywhere. I wasn’t a huge fan of everything I tried. I think my chocolate croissant from Willy’s was just hard to beat. 😉
Berthillions – I mentioned this was on our bike tour. The ice cream here is amazing!! I had the chocolate and the salted caramel, and I loved both of them! The people with us said that this place claims to have the, “best ice cream in the world.” I don’t know if I’d go there…but, it was good!
I’m sure I am leaving out some details, but the truth is you really just can’t go wrong. Paris really is just so incredible. I can’t wait to go back!!

Review: Carrabbas Gluten Free Menu

I have teamed up with the people at Carrabbas to try out their gluten free menu. There are a lot of people with special allergies or dietary needs that worry about eating out because of cross-contamination, or a lack of options. I LOVE when restaurants will cater to people’s dietary concerns, allowing individuals to eat with out any worries at all. Carrabbas has done just that. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThey have created an entire gluten free menu. You can click HERE to see the full online version. There are a TON of different options, all of which can be ordered directly off the menu, without any alterations at all. I saw a lot of things that I want to try, and definitely will try. However, I started off with a simple dish that I found to be very tasty, and right up my alley. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI went with the wood-grilled chicken, served with a side of steamed spinach. I loved that this was simple, lean, & green. The chicken was delicious and flavorful. There is an option to order the 5 oz portion or the 10 oz portion. I went with the 10 oz, so I could take half of it home for leftovers. I can’t wait to go back & try more of their gluten free options!

Healthy Disneyland Food: It’s Possible.

Disneyland is the best. It just is. The wonderful rides, the nostalgia, the scent of churros, the magic of it all, and every other amazing detail that makes Disneyland fantastic. I love it. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when you are walking right down the middle of main street USA. munchercruncherdisney3I write all the time about moderation. I think that eating healthy the majority of the time and indulging in something you love every now and again is absolutely fine. However, most people live with the opposite mindset; eating whatever they want the majority of the time…occasionally dipping into the healthy stuff every now and again. I can promise you, if you want to see any type of progress in your health and weight loss you HAVE to consistently eat well. It is just the way it is.

With that being said, I thought I’d give you some tips on how to be healthy at the happiest place on earth.

1. Pack your own goods. If you are worried about finding healthy options that you will like in the park, or if you just want to save some cash on food…bring your own food! We brought a small cooler pack with our own lunch. I had turkey, hummus, and veggies. It was delicious. I also brought a Questbar, fruit, nuts, popcorn, and water to snack on throughout the day. munchercruncherdisneylandIf you don’t want to carry your cooler, put it in a locker outside the park. It’s like $7, and you won’t have to worry about lugging it around. I would also suggest Larabars, apples, bananas, nuts, dried fruit, turkey jerky, and cut up fresh veggies if you don’t want a cooler because they are easy to carry around.

2. Seek out the healthy restaurants. Believe it or not, there are actually some good finds in the park as far as eating is concerned. munchercruncherdisney2I had grilled chicken and veggie kebabs that were at the restaurant right across from the Indiana Jones ride. These were delicious, and moderately priced as well. Amanda found a similar option with Mediterranean skewers in California Adventure at the Paradise Garden Grill, located on Paradise Pier. Hers came with a cilantro sauce that looked divine.

3. Look for the healthy snack stands. There are kiosks all over Disneyland and California Adventure that offer snack sized fruit bowls, packs of nuts, pineapple spears, apples, bananas, hummus, cut up vegetables,  and vitamin waters. The key here is looking for these options. It is very easy to find yourself starving and reaching for the quickest, (and most heavenly smelling) option that is close by. Plan ahead. Set yourself up for success, not failure.

4. Choose your indulgences wisely. If there is something that you can’t live without at Disneyland, the dole whip, the churro, the chocolate dipped banana…whatever it may be…choose to make the majority of your day as healthy as you can and then enjoy every bite of that waffle cone. Instead of feeling sick after your day of fun, you’ll be proud of yourself for walking like a fool and practicing some self control. It will make your indulgences taste that much better!

Oh…and FYI: On average…Park Hoppers who spend the whole day at Disneyland walk between 15-20 miles, burning 180-350 calories per hour, depending on how much you are walking. THAT is awesome.

Eating Out & Eating Clean.

Eating out always seems to be something that people concerned about when they are trying to clean up their diets. I have clients who will text me asking what they should order from one restaurant or another, all of the time. I thought I would share some of my favorite cleaning eating/paleo options that may help you when you are eating out!party2

Local Utah Options:

  • Carrabbas: Order the Sicilian Chicken Soup with no noodles. I get the bowl so it fills me up!
  • Cafe Rio/Bajios/Costa Vida: Order a salad w/no tortilla, rice, or beans. Get the meat, lettuce, as much pico as you want, guacamole, and if you MUST have the dressing get it on the side, and only dip your fork. The dressing has a TON of fat and calories in it.
  • In-N-Out: Skip the bun by asking for it “protein style”, and ask for Double meat mustard fried, no cheese, grilled onions, chopped chilies, extra tomatoes, and hold the spread.
  • Jimmy Johns: order the “unwhich” It’s a sandwich in a lettuce wrap, without the bun. No cheese, and all the veggies and meats you want! Go for mustard and guacamole instead of mayo/dressing.
  • Which-which: Order your sandwich the same way you would at Jimmy Johns.
  • PF Changs: Order Buddha’s Feast, steamed. Sub chicken for the tofu. Get the lettuce wraps as your entree.
  • Chipotle: Order the salad or burrito bowl with no rice or beans. Choose the meat and grilled vegetables instead. Skip the cheese, go for lots of salsa & some guacamole. (Although, they put a TON on there, so you may want to tell them to go light.)
  • Chick-fil-a: Get the grilled chicken nuggets. They are an awesome protein source that is quick!
  • Pizza Factory: Squash noodles with marinara and grilled chicken. This dish is AMAZING. The salad bar is a great option if you can manage to load up on the veggies, and avoid the pre-made salads and dressings.
  • Cubby’s: Order the salads with no cheese, dressing on the side. Be sure to just dip your fork if you are needing the dressing.
  • Blue Lemon: (My favorite place ever) The mint mango chicken salad, raspberry chicken salad (no cheese), oriental salad (with no wontons) all with the dressings on the side. Get the sun dried artichoke chicken with the seasonal veggies subbed out for the fingerling potatoes. The sweet potato fries here are bakes, so they are a thumbs up!
  • Olive Garden: Venetian Apricot Chicken or Grilled Chicken Spiedini (sub out the potatoes for another serving of veggies.)

Other general options:

  • Thai: Order curry with vegetables and protein, no rice.
  • Steakhouse: Order grilled chicken or beef with steamed veggies or a sweet potato. Ask to have all vegetables cooked with no butter.
  • Mediterranean: Order protein kabobs with vegetables.
  • Breakfast joints: Eggs, omelets, bacon, no cheese. Go for the fruit as a side.
  • Italian: avoid the pizza’s and pasta. Go for grilled fish or chicken with veggies.
  • Salads of any type: lots of veggies and protein, avoid cheese, pre-made salads, creamy dressings, croutons, etc.
  • Mexican: go for the salad type options that were mentioned above or fajitas without the tortillas and cheese. skip the chips and salsa.

Generally speaking…

  • avoid the bread/chips & salsa/bruchetta/and other starters
  • avoid deep fried anything
  • don’t be afraid to make alterations or ask for substitutions
  • ask to see the “gluten free” menu if there is one available. It is usually a good place to start!
  • look menu’s up online before you go. If you go with a  plan in mind you won’t be found starving and frustrated.
  • stop feeling sorry for yourself. If you want to eat healthy, it’s YOUR choice. Don’t sit looking at everyone else’s food, wishing you had a pizza. If you want to eat clean, be empowered by your will power.
  • stop thinking that everyone is staring at you. If people are giving you grief about your healthy eating choices, it’s probably because they are feeling guilty that they aren’t making the same choices. Don’t let it make you feel like you are sticking out or that you should cave to peer pressure. Do your own thing, and let others do theirs! Not everyone will be on board with your choices, and that is their problem.

If you have any other restaurants you are curious about let me know! I would love to give you my two cents!

Restaurant Review: Aubergine & Company

This past week I was able to visit a new restaurant that opened up in Orem called Aubergine & Company. My friend’s parents were actually the ones that opened the restaurant, and I have been WAITING for it to open. IMG_7430This place is everything I want in a restaurant. They use all fresh, natural, and whole ingredients. Their DIVINE soups have a cashew base instead of a cream base. Their dressings are made from scratch. They sweeten their desserts with agave, and everything is made FRESH. IMG_7417This is a little sneak peak of some of the menu. I had the “Dream Salad.” I substituted julienned beets for the cheese, and traded the walnuts for almonds. IMG_7421Doesn’t this just look AWESOME? IMG_7424I went with my darling friend Whitney. She ordered A pita stuffed with chicken, hummus, and some Mediterranean veggies. She also got a fresh strawberry lemonade (not sweetened with sugar), and a chia pudding. I’d never had chia pudding before, and I had a taste of hers. It was AMAZING. They use coconut milk, chia seeds, agave, and some fresh raspberry on top. YUM.   IMG_7425The fabulous owners also gave us a Thai acai bowl to try. I had never had an acai bowl until now…hello…Where have you been all my life?!? It’s basically a parfait-ish type smoothie in a bowl. OH MY. Try one of these ASAP ok? IMG_7428If you aren’t getting the vibe that I LOVED this place, let me just tell you that I went back two days later. Run, don’t walk to Aubergine and Company. It’s located 1365 S State Street in Orem (right next to Sprouts, and it’s absolutely amazing!

 

Try This! Salad and Go

If you live in the Gilbert, AZ area, or if you plan on visiting there soon, you need to pay a visit to a new lil’ joint called, Salad and Go. It’s seriously awesome. My mom and sis have been telling me about it for a while now, so I was excited to try it! salad1All salads are to go orders, and the food is prepped fresh while you wait. HOWEVER, it is super fast! All of the ingredients and nutrition facts are listed right on the menu, and you can add protein to every salad. salad2They also have a lot of gluten free options which I thought was fabulous. An on-the-go food option that is quick, healthy, delicious, inexpensive, AND allergy friendly? Believe it. They use local, natural, and organic products which is awesome. I would totally recommend it. I went with the BBQ chicken salad, with no cheese, and I took off the tortilla strips. salad4  Salad and Go is located at 743 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234. To check out their website click HERE. As far as I know this is the only location, but I’m hoping they keep growing! Check it out if you get a chance. salad3

The Get Back At It Workout and a DANG Good Salad

If there is one reason I love coming home from vacations…and there is probably only one…it is because I really like to get back into my workout/eating routine. I have been out of my normal routine, and that was made clear to me when I became very sore after my Monday circuit workout. It was the perfect little boost towards getting me back into the swing of things, and so I thought I’d share.

One mile run to warm up OR 10 minute elliptical intervals

3 sets of the following alternating between exercises
15 squat, curl, presses with 20 lb db’s
15 burpees with a push up
20 walking lunges with 20 lb dumbbells
2 minute plank hold (1st plank no weight, 2nd plank 10 lb plate on your back, 3rd plank 25 lb plate on your back)

and then…

3 sets of the following alternating between exercises
15 bent over rows with 20 lb dbs
15 squats with 35 lb dbs
2 minute plank hold (1st plank no weight, 2nd plank 10 lb plate on your back, 3rd plank 25 lb plate on your back)

finish with
1 mile run OR 10 minute elliptical intervals

DONE. I think it was the walking lunges that got me. I guess walking around New York City in boots uses different muscles.

So, while I was in the Big Apple I ate at a place called Chop’t that I guess is a chain restaurant? Have you eaten there? I’m probably just out of the loop on this one, but I am a HUGE fan.
Basically you go through and pick your lettuce, your protein, your veggies/toppings, and then they chop it all up into one HUGE salad.

I had baby spinach and mixed greens, lemon pepper chicken, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, and sunflower seeds. Maybe it sounds strange to you…but it thought it was bomb. I ate every last bite. And I’d do it again. I love when I find new healthy options of places to eat that are good. Now, if they could just bring one of these to Utah…

Weekending and Tips for Eating Out

About 15 of my fabulous friends and I decided to take off to St. George this weekend to enjoy some care free sunshine. I am a huge fan of road trips, especially when they include all of my favorite people.


After we arrived to our condo we took all watched a movie/took a nap, and then I talked my friend Amanda into doing a circuit workout with me. We headed down to the resort gym and this was our view…not bad, right?

Amanda and I made it through a series of cardio intervals with burpees, pushups, squats, and some weights. I absolutely love having people to workout out with me. It makes getting through a workout so much more fun.

A workout is always by some good relaxation and a good meal…both of which we nailed perfectly.

Group gaming on the Ipad followed by some Texas Roadhouse.

I am usually not a huge Texas Roadhouse fan…GASPS…I know. Probably because I knew I was going to have to smell those cinnamon buttery rolls without delving in. However, I ordered a baked sweet potato and some fresh veggies and it hit the spot. Just another reminder to me that if you are willing to put some effort forth, you can almost ALWAYS find something healthy to eat on the menu. The safest bets when eating out…

– Dishes that are NOT a combination of lots of different things. AKA…noodles covered in cream, doused with fried shrimp and cheese. A better option? A grilled cut of meat with veggies. Ask to have your veggies steamed without butter.
– Avoid the pre-meal binge fest that can get a little out of control. With restaurants that serve appetizers before your meal like a loaf of bread, chips, or rolls, it is SO easy to sit down and dive in out of sheer starvation. If you feel like you are lacking self control, ask your waiter to skip the appetizer and order your meals right away.
– Watch your portions. Ask for a lunch portion, or ask your waiter to bring a to go box with your meal. As soon as you start to eat. take half of your food and box it up so you don’t overeat.
– Remember that eating out doesn’t have to mean taking a vacation from the healthy lifestyle you are trying to live. You can eat out and be healthy too! Far too many people use eating out as their excuse to choosing foods that aren’t a great option. Using this excuse every now and again is fine, but when it happens ALL the time you are only stopping yourself from making any progress! A few healthy choices can go a LONG way!

I hope your Memorial Day Weekend has been great so far!

Do you tend to choose healthy options when you go out to eat, or do you fall victim to the vacation eating mentality? What helps you to make good decisions when you are ordering at restaurants?

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Looks can be decieving…All In a Day’s Work

I always joke with the people that know me well that those who don’t know me very well think that I do nothing all day. My schedule is so opposite of everyone else’s that people tend to not see what I am actually doing all day, which I think leads people to make up their own ideas. I would. 😉

Instance #1: I work as early as 5:45 AM some days, and I usually work until 10 or 11 AM. This means that I am gone and back from half of my work day before some of the people I live around even wake up. A lot of them will see me get home or see my car at home once I am there and just assume I’m chilling at home all day.

Instance #2: I LOVE Elevate, the gym that I work at, and sometimes if I have a break between clients I will workout there. However, as I have expressed before, most the time I go to the Gold by my house on my way home. I know it’s weird. I work at a gym, and I pay for a gym pass, BUT it is somewhat therapeutic to me to go somewhere other than work. You get that, right? Well the same crowd of people tend to always be there at the same time as me…around 10-11, and I’m pretty sure they think I just rolled out of bed and finally made it to the gym.

Instance #3: I go back to work in the afternoon usually around 4, and so in the middle of the day my car will be home. I am also a freelance writer on the side, and so when I am at home in the day I do my writing. Those who live around me will often come stop by because they see my car and I’ll be in the kitchen working on my computer…I’m fairly certain they think I’m just facebooking.

Instance #4: People see me in gym clothes always…which unless they actually know what I do they often equates to…oh there is the girl who never gets dressed. So lazy that girl.

So, what many individuals see is….
Megan rolling out of bed at 10 or 11 to get to the gym and then she sits home and Facebooks in her sweats. Ummm, I wish? 😉 (Not really, but maybe the rolling out of bed at 10?)

When in reality…it’s more like
Roll out of bed at 5.
Train until 10 or 11.
Write, write, write until 4.
Back to work…

I guess sometimes what we see can be deceiving, no? 

(This is Colston…he doesn’t like to be deceived!)

Sometimes the foods we think are, “healthy” at restaurants can be just as deceiving…

Eating out and making healthy choices can be tricky…

Some prime examples?

Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad
1310 calories
93 grams of fat


Blimpie Veggie Supreme (12”)
1,106 calories
56 grams of fat (33 grams saturated fat)
2,831 mg. Sodium

Quiznos Chicken Caesar Flatbread Salad
1,020 calories
69 grams fat
2,120 mg sodium 

Macaroni Grill’s Seared Sea Scallops Salad
1,320 calories
91 g fat (25 g saturated)
2,860 mg sodium

Cheesecake Factory French Toast with Bacon2,494 calories
71 g saturated fat
3,542 mg sodium
182 g carbohydrates

Cheesecake Factory Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club
1,752 calories
28 g saturated fat
2,309 mg sodium
85 g carbs
 
Cheesecake Factory Grilled Kid’s Meal Pasta with Alfredo Sauce1,803 calories
86 g saturated fat
876 mg sodium
70 g carbohydrates

Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad
1,390 calories
89 grams fat
2,710 mg sodium

Cafe Rio Pork Salad
1,260 Calories

CPK Full Waldorf Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
1,570 calories
25 grams of saturated fat
2,082 milligrams of sodium.
  
T.G.I. Fridays Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
1,360 calories

T.G.I. Friday’s NY Strip & Shrimp
1,660 calories

Quizno’s Tuna Melt (large)
2,090 calories
175 grams of fat (31 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats)
2,190 mg. sodium

IHOP Colorado Omelette 1,890 calories
47 g saturated fat
4,200 mg sodium
130 g carbohydrates

P.F. Changs Crispy Honey Shrimp
2,110 calories
70 g fat (10 g saturated)
1,815 mg sodium
290 g carbs

 Kinda Scary? YES. 
Just some food for thought…
 If only every restaurant posted their nutrition facts on the menu like Panera does
Click HERE for some help with your salad choices

Are any of these nutrition facts surprising to you?

We Shop. We Eat.

If there is one thing that we Smith women know how to do it is shop. My mom is a shopping extraordinaire and the apples did not fall far from the tree. Today we ventured out to get our shop on. We started out at Nordstrom Rack.
I ventured over to women’s active. Let’s be honest…I’m just naturally drawn there. One of my sister’s in-laws started cracking up as she walked by and said, “we would find you in the work out clothes.” What can I say. I wear them all day. Every day. I should probably stop buying real clothes. I ended up with a fabulous black Nike hoodie, (three favorite things all in one…black clothing, Nike clothing, and hoodies.)

After The Rack we headed over to the delicious Panera, for lunch.

I wish there was one in UT. They list the calories of the items ON THE OVERHEAD MENU. I wanted to take a pic, but I thought that might be going to far. As you know I am obsessed with knowing nutrition facts, and this made me so dang happy.


I ordered a salad with chicken, fruit, and a fat free poppyseed dressing with some whole wheat bread on the side. It was quite tasty, and the menu listed this item as 300 calories total. I got the dressing on the side and only used about 1/3 of it, so I assume my salad was a bit less.

My darling sister and her lil’ guy are always great sports when it comes to my picture snapping. 

  

 He will even play the game…”make the face you’d make if you were…”

  
I can’t get enough of this little man. I really just love him. 
Do you like to know the nutrition facts of the foods you are eating? I think a lot of people feel better about not knowing…HOWEVER…I also think that people make better choices when they do know. Knowledge is power people.