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I used to pride myself in ordering a Club sandwich when travelling, usually at the hotel restaurants. The other options were burgers, pizza or overcooked pasta.
As an athlete, I tried to stay healthy. Even as a coach, I try to be role model in front of my hungry athletes (good thing I like bubbly water, instead of Coke or Fanta). I save the Pliny the Elder for after track meets.
On my last business trip to the Bay Area, I ended up at the famous (chain) The Cheesecake Factory.
And yes, they sell food other than cheesecake.
Just for fun, I noticed Cheesecake Factory Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Club…
Guess how many calories are in it? Fat? Sodium?
Cheesecake Factory Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Club
28 g saturated fat
2,306 mg sodium
Okay, so you think their seafood pasta is any better?
Cheesecake Factory Bistro Shrimp Pasta
78 g saturated fat
1,737 mg sodium
YIKES! That’s a lot of calories, fat and sodium, and we’re looking at just a single meal! Not the full day’s supply.
So what I eventually ordered isn’t the point of this article (hey, it was a business meeting). It is to be aware of all the hidden calories, fats, salts, and sugars that exists. And that includes liquid meals like shakes and smoothies, too.
Remember, the 3 golden rules at a French restaurant to make any dish taste better are:
- Add butter
- Add cream
- Add butter and cream
Just make smart decisions when eating out.