3 Grisly Facts about Restaurant Food That Will Make You Want to Cook

Yes, you can order your baked salmon, sauteed spinach,quinoa salad and applause yourself on the way home. Guess what: restaurants are trying to kill you.

Dramatic, but partly true. News: restaurants do not care about your health. You know what they care about? MONEY. They want you to enjoy the food. They want you to return. They want you to refer other people. They want your positive Yelp review. Every restaurant is adulterating your food.

Don’t squawk at me, “WELL I ONLY EAT AT VEGAN PLACES!” Okay, friend, do you know how many calories a typical acai bowl has? Instagram doesn’t usually depict this nasty truth… anywhere from SIX HUNDRED TO EIGHT HUNDRED CALORIES. In your 12 dollar bowl of LIES.

Trust me, they’re adding extra salt, oil, sugar, butter, agave nectar, honey, mayo, and cream wherever they can. You’re ALWAYS better off prepping your own food; YOU control the amount of olive oil in the pan, drizzled on the veggies, coating the salad, etc.

Here are some common perceptions of “healthy” choices which may shock you:

  1. Chipotle: SALAD with chicken, brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, salsa, and guac.
    Calories: 795.
    Sodium: 1860 mg (you’re supposed to get under 2000 mg a day!)
    Carbs: 73 grams (that’s about 6 pieces of bread’s worth)
  2. Panera: Chinese Cashew Salad With Chicken
    Calories: 560.
    Sodium: 930 mg.
    Carbs: 50 grams. In a SALAD?!
  3. Equinox Juice Bar: PB and Whey Smoothie (almond milk, banana, peanut butter, cacao, date, organic whey protein)
    Calories: 482.
    Carbs: 51 grams – nearly ALL SUGAR.

More grisly than a bear.

Want #essenceapproved recipes curated by a dietitian? Head to pinterest.com/feedyouressence or gatheredtable.com/essencenutrition

Essentially Yours,
Monica