In addition to its steaks, Lone Star Steakhouse offers a range of other menu options including chicken, seafood, burgers and a variety of sides, drinks and desserts. While there are healthy items to be found at Lone Star, many menu options contain too much saturated fat, sodium or sugar to be considered nutritious. Learn to tell the difference so your dinner out is both enjoyable and healthy.
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Appetizers can significantly increase the calorie, fat and sodium content of your meal. Too much saturated fat and sodium increase your risk of heart disease. The cheese fries, for example, are low in nutrients but are also high in saturated fat, calories and sodium. The deep-fried onion and fried green beans are additional examples of unhealthy appetizers. The wings are another poor choice with 1,759 calories and 131 grams of fat. A bowl of chili or French onion soup is lower in fat and calories and supplies fiber and vitamin C.
Salads and Sides
Most of the salads sound healthy, but if they are drenched in salad dressing and topped with ingredients like bacon, tortilla chips or fried onions, they're not a healthy choice. Have a side salad with light dressing, such as the Lite Italian, which has 50 calories and 5 grams of fat. Vegetable side dishes, such as steamed green beans, spinach or broccoli, are rich in fiber and vitamin A and are more nutritious than fries.
Steaks, Ribs and Seafood
Steaks, ribs and seafood supply essential nutrients, such as protein and iron, but the large portion sizes at Lone Star add up to too many calories and fat. For example, a 12-, 16- or 20-ounce steak is far more than the 3 ounces recommended as one serving of meat, which means that these options are higher in calories and saturated fat. The same goes for 16-ounce portion of ribs, which contains 1,248 calories and 101 grams fat. The fish and chips and fried shrimp meals are also high in fat and sodium. The salmon, which contains 200 calories and 9 grams of fat, is a better option because it's lower in saturated fat and also supplies heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
Burgers and Other Sandwiches
In general, restaurant burgers are quite large, though the addition of lettuce, tomatoes and onions at Lone Star does add a bit of fiber and vitamin C to the burgers. The grilled chicken sandwich is a smarter choice because it's prepared with a boneless, skinless chicken breast and topped with lettuce, tomato and onions. Replace the fries that come with the burgers and sandwiches in favor of a baked sweet potato or a side of steamed broccoli to cut the saturated fat and sodium content, as well as add key nutrients such as fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A.
Choosing a Healthy Lone Star Meal
Skipping the appetizer at the beginning of your meal and the dessert at the end are two simple ways to cut the overall calorie, fat, sodium and sugar content of your Lone Star meal. The American Heart Association also recommends splitting a meal with a friend or boxing up half of your meal before you start eating as additional ways to make your restaurant meal healthier. Order salad dressing or sauce on the side so you can dip instead of drench your food, the American Heart Association also suggests.