Hubs loves the Olive Garden. So do I. So two weeks ago when he wanted to eat there I was hesitant. Wheat-free living was new to me (actually, it’s still new to me). I mentioned our upcoming jaunt on Facebook. Gerri Helms mentioned that she and her husband eat there often. Sean Anderson told me to ask for the Garden Fare Nutrition Guide (I’d never heard of that). Armed with knowledge and hope, off we went.
I explained to my server that I’m detoxing from wheat. Wouldn’t you know it…she used to compete in figure competitions and she trains others to do the same. She had a wealth of nutritional knowledge to share. There was a time when I would have found that to be a wonderful coincidence. I’ve since learned that my Higher Power takes care of me where ever I go. I was amused at how He helped me with this restaurant trip.
My main objective was to avoid wheat. In other words I ate the salad, complete with dressing. Hubs got to enjoy all of the croutons. I ordered the Apricot Chicken, with the glaze on the side. It was delish. Two seasoned chicken breasts were served with broccoli, tomatoes and asparagus. I raved about the meal and our server seemed so happy to have helped me meet my goals. Hub seemed happy to know we can continue eating at Olive Garden.
Fast forward to last night and we returned to the scene. I ordered the same meal. This time I decided one chicken breast was a perfect portion. I brought the other one home and will enjoy it for lunch today with a side of spaghetti squash and red sauce.
Now about that Garden Fare Nutrition Guide. Yowza. I understand why one has to request it. It lists the calories, protein, carbs, AND FAT content contained in the various dishes. Based on what I read, my future trips to OG will include getting my salad without the dressing. There’s a lot of fat in that healthy salad.
I’m interested in your experience. If you have a food allergy or you’re just trying to eat clean, what are your tips and tricks for navigating restaurants? Leave a comment here or on Facebook.