So I’ve been getting some CRAZY email advertisements for food stuff. In the vein of being healthy and avoiding these food traps, I’ll be outlining a few of these here on the blog. I don’t know how regularly or how long I can do this series…but I want to share with you that these “great deals” they email about are not typically a good idea.
Now, I believe in “everything in moderation” so if you want a splurge, go for it. But, if you think you’re ordering one of these specials just because it’s a good price, then beware!
Let’s start with a special I got in my inbox yesterday: the Olive Garden Four Course Festa Italiana.
For just $13.99, you get salad or soup, breadsticks, a small plate appetizer, a main course, and a dolcini dessert. Woah. Seems like a good deal? Well, if you split this with someone, it wouldn’t be too bad…but here’s the damage that $13.99 can do… (note: I chose dishes in the mid-calorie range for each category).
Let’s say you order the salad, risotto bites small plate, spaghetti with five cheese marinara for your entree, and a Amaretto tiramisu dolcini dessert.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Salad with dressing: 140 calories (and that’s eating only one serving of their endless salad!)
- 2 breadsticks: 140 calories each for 280 calories
- Risotto bites: 340 calories
- Spaghetti with five cheese marinara: 860 calories
- Amaretto tiramisu dolcini dessert: 220 calories
For a whopping 1840 calories total!
If you add a drink, you will be over 2000 calories!
On the other hand, if you want to eat healthy at Olive Garden, here’s what I like to get:
- Salad with low fat dressing (you can ask for this!): 90 calories
- Roasted parmesan asparagus small bite: 80 calories
- Citrus chicken sorrento: 390 calories
- And if you want dessert, any of the dolcinis are under 300 calories
That comes in to 560 calories without dessert, so you could even eat a breadstick…or dessert if you want a treat!
So there you go… just be careful when you think you’re getting a good deal, you could be doing your diet a disservice!