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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Eat’n Smart at Eat’n Park

The start of a new year inevitably brings resolutions (just click here to read mine and those of my fellow blog contributors), and for many people, that means vowing to eat healthy in the upcoming year. We all know it can be difficult to keep that resolution when dining out, since it can be hard to find meals that are healthful AND delicious. To further complicate matters, figuring out just how healthy a meal is can be downright impossible.

But not at Eat’n Park. We’re proud to say that we cater to our guests’ dietary needs, whether that means offering celiac-friendly options, reduced-sodium choices, vegetarian items, or meals that are what we call “Eat’n Smart”. We have 20 items on our menu that fit our Eat’n Smart criteria of having less than 500 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 150 milligrams of cholesterol. So, whether you’re joining us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’re sure to find a healthful, tasty meal at Eat’n Park.

Best of all, it’s easy to know which of our items fit these guidelines, because every one of them is marked with our “Eat’n Smart” logo, AND they’re all listed on the back of our menu, along with the calories, fat, cholesterol, and fiber content. Pretty easy, huh? Even better, if you’re looking for detailed nutritional information, just turn to our online nutrition calculator. You can pick your favorite meal and then customize it to see how it affects the nutritional content.

Personally, my favorite custom meal is our chicken fajita salad. Ordered normally, this item has 734 calories and 43 grams of fat, but I can quickly convert this item into less than 400 calories. And, if I can resist eating the tortilla shell, I can cut it down to 250 calories and only 6 grams of fat.

Here’s how I do it: Most of the calories and fat are in the Cajun Ranch dressing. OK, it is really good, but if you’re looking to cut back, you have to make some sacrifices. I cut the dressing and the sour cream and ask for some extra salsa. I use the salsa as my dressing and now I’ve got a great tasting, Mexican salad with only 246 calories and 6 grams of fat. It’s one of my favorite menu items.

At Eat’n Park, we love to serve it your way. Customize anything you want to fit your needs. It’s no problem.

Just click here to try the nutrition calculator for yourself. Once you’ve created your customized meal, you can even print it and bring it to the restaurant with you!

No matter what your resolution is this year, I wish you the best of luck in sticking to it. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2010!

Kevin Share

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