Thursday, April 22, 2010

Worst Salads

Ok, here is my article input about the worst salads out there. Try not to get depressed, even I had a hard time a couple of them....

Worst Fast Food Salad
Wendy's Chicken BLT Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing and Croutons
790 calories
53.5 g fat (14 g saturated)
1,735 sodium
A little bacon on your salad is one thing, but this bowl of lettuce packs the saturated fat equivalent of 14 crispy strips of swine. Not the model of health most people bargain for when they opt for a pile of greens. You can improve matters significantly (to the tune of 160 calories and 18 grams of fat) by swapping the recommended Honey-Dijon for Balsamic Vinaigrette. Better yet, opt out of this salad entirely and grab the more reasonable Mandarin Chicken Salad. Or a burger; believe it or not, most burgers on Wendy's menu are considerably better for you than this bowl.
Eat This Instead!
Mandarin Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
470 calories
22 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
1,270 mg sodium

Worst Cobb Salad
Quizno's Classic Cobb Flatbread Salad
910 calories
58 g fat (12.5 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
1,890 mg sodium
61 g carbohydrates
Cobb salads are popular because they're so tasty. And it's no wonder-they're packed with bacon, egg, and tomatoes. Together they bring protein and other important nutrients to the table, but in the case of Quizno's Cobb, they team up with the pile of flatbread to bring a reckless flood of calories. When 4 Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts have fewer calories than a pile of greens, you know something is wrong. Ell entrée-size salads from Quizno's are problematic, so stick with the smaller serving or pick up a few Sammies instead.
Eat This Instead!Side Salad with Raspberry Chipotle Dressing
225 calories
6 g fat (1 g saturated)
515 mg sodium
43 g carbohydrates

Einstein Bros. Bistro Salad with Chicken
940 calories
71 g fat (12 g saturated)
810 mg sodium
Chicken, mixed greens, walnuts, raspberry vinaigrette: Sounds like good eating, right? Too bad the walnuts are candied, the leaves are strewn with hunks of Gorgonzola cheese, and the dressing alone has 14 grams of fat. All told, this salad packs the caloric equivalent of 6 Twinkies and gobbles up half of your day's recommended intake of saturated fat. As is too often the case with chain restaurants, you'll need to order a half salad just to ensure you don't blow half a day's worth of calories on what should be a stellar lunch option.
Eat This Instead!
Half Chicken Chipotle Salad
360 calories
21 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
970 mg sodium

P.F. Chang's Chicken Chopped Salad with Ginger Dressing
940 calories
68 g fat (10 g saturated)
2,225 mg sodium
The ginger dressing gives this salad a tangy Asian-style kick; it also packs in a whole day's worth of sodium. Order this salad as a starter and you'll be consuming the caloric equivalent of 3 ½ Snickers bars before your main meal even hits the table.
Eat This Instead!
Spinach Stir-Fried with Garlic (large)
136 calories
6 g fat (1 g saturated)
895 mg sodium

Worst Sodium-Packed Salad
Chili's Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad
1,070 calories
77 g fat (15 g saturated)
4,380 mg sodium
This twisted concoction earns the dubious distinction of being America's Saltiest Salad, packing more sodium in a single bowl than you'll find in 58 cups of Pop-Secret Movie Theater buttered popcorn. It's a feat accomplished by mixing fried chicken with some of the food world's most sodium-riddle conspirators: wing sauce, crumbled bacon, blue cheese, and fried tortilla strips.
Eat This Instead!
Side Salad Caesar
350 calories
31 g fat (6 g saturated)
550 mg sodium

Worst Seafood Salad
Romano's Macaroni Grill Seared Sea Scallops Salad
1,170 calories
94 g fat (27 g saturated)
2,680 mg sodium
Macaroni Grill manages to take two normally healthy foods-salad and seafood-and turn them into the caloric equivalent of 26 Chicken McNuggets. Not to mention more than 1 day's worth of sodium, fat, and saturated fat. The Caprese offers a delicious reprieve from the Mac Grill mayhem.
Eat This Instead!
Mozzarella All Caprese (3)
250 calories
21 g fat (7 g saturated)
410 mg sodium

IHOP's Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
1,210 calories
IHOP serves up plenty of savory bites beyond the breakfast hour, and unfortunately, most of them hover in the same stratospheric calorie range. (How does an 1,850-calorie plate of chicken strips sound for a nice evening out with the family?) The salad section may be the worst section of the entire menu (noticing a trend here?). Caesars, with their fatty dressing deluges and Parmesan flurries, are never a good idea, but this particular heap of greens is as bad as we've seen (blame it on the elephantine portion). In fact, hailing Caesar or any other salad at IHOP will get you into trouble; opt for a chicken sandwich instead.
Eat This Instead!
Simple Chicken Sandwich

Worst Steak Salad
Baja Fresh Charbroiled Steak Tostada Salad
1,230 calories
63 g fat (17 g saturated, 2 g trans)
2,380 mg sodium
While the charbroiled steak doesn't do this salad any favors, it's the calorie-heavy Mexican-theme add-ins that really sink it into a nutritional void. The 2 grams of trans-fatty acids meet your daily limit of the heart-harming junk, and there's as much salt as you'll find in 9 orders of McDonald's French Fries tangled up in this leafy loser. Choose a Baja Ensalada over a Tostada Salad and opt for the salsa verde as a dressing, instead of the fat-spiked Ranch or Vinaigrette.
Eat This Instead!
Baja Ensalada Charbroiled Shrimp Salad with Fat-Free Salsa Verde
245 calories
6 g fat (2 g saturated)
1,480 mg sodium

Worst Chicken Salad
T.G.I. Friday's Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
1,360 calories
Turns out Friday's monster salads aren't much better than their burgers. Six out of the 7 we analyzed topped out with more than 900 calories, which means that lunchtime can be the start of something big-namely, you belly.
Eat This Instead!
Cobb Salad
590 calories

Worst Mexican Salad
Chevy's Fresh Mex Tostada Grande Salad with Chicken
1,551 calories
94 g fat (37 g saturated)
2,840 mg sodium
Steer clear of Mexican-theme salads; they invariably suffer from the caloric impact of fried tortillas, shredded cheese, and ice-cream-size scoops of sour cream. This particular mess has nearly 2 days' worth of saturated fat and more than an entire day's sodium, putting it on part with the brackish bites that round out our list of the 20 Saltiest Foods in America.
Eat This Instead!
Santa Fe Chopped Salad (no cheese or bacon)
318 calories
11 g fat (2 g saturated)
412 mg sodium

Worst Salad in America 2009
On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef and Chipotle Honey Mustard
1,700 calories
124 g fat (37.5 g saturated)
2,620 mg sodium
The dismal dawn of the 1,700-calorie salad is upon us. With as much saturated fat as 37 strips of bacon and more calories than 11 Taco Bell Fresco beef Tacos, this abdomen expander earns a well-deserved spot on our list of the Worst Foods in America.
Eat This Instead!
House Salad with Fat-Free Mango Citrus Vinaigrette
255 calories
12 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
280 mg sodium

So think again before you order that salad thinking it's the healthier choice!!

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