I decided to expand on my previous post with a list of dinner recommendations and tips on how to make the most of your meal experience at T.G.I. Friday’s.
-Avoid anything deep fried. I know this is a large portion of their menu but you still have options.
-Water should be your #1 choice of beverage. I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t like the taste, add a slice of lemon, lime or your favorite fruit to create a natural flavor.
-Consider portion sizes. T.G.I. Friday’s serves larger than life portions. Dish out half and box up the rest for later.
Below are my recommendations for a healthy, three course meal. I’ve outlined a mini dinner menu that is not only good for your health but delicious! All tried and tested by yours truly.
Tuscan Spinach Dip
Start off with the Tuscan Spinach Dip. A combination of spinach, artichoke, onions and peppers topped with cheese. Not only are big, leafy green vegetables a good source of carbohydrates and high in Vitamins A and K, but a little fat from the cheese will also enhance iron absorption from the spinach. Spinach in general is a good source of many vitamins and minerals including manganese, iron, calcium, folate (B9), riboflavin (B2), and Vitamins A, E, K. Throw in artichoke, onions and peppers; you are raising the nutritional value of your meal. Served with colorful chips, this is an excellent way to start off dinner.
Shrimp Key West
One my favorite dishes! You will not be disappointed. Seasoned grilled shrimp skewers with steamed broccoli florets, topped with fresh lime. Broccoli is high in Vitamin C, iron and chromium. Additionally, a squeeze of lime adds flavor and enhances the absorption of the nutrients. Seafood is grilled to perfection and seasoned with cayenne pepper to add a distinct taste. Often used as a home remedy, cayenne pepper clears away congestion and contains other medicinal properties.
Santa Fe Chopped Salad
Not a salad lover but this salad takes me back to Chipotle and is just as filling as an entree. It’s delicious and nutritional. Loaded with diced tomatoes, onions, black beans, corn, tortilla strips, chicken, black olives, avocado and topped with shredded cheese and chipotle ranch dressing. Has a high nutritional value; just make sure to go easy on the dressing.
Note: You may not have the salad with the Shrimp Key West. You must choose one.
You have three options when it comes to dessert. Either you:
a) Skip dessert, as most desserts at T.G.I. Friday’s are loaded with refined sugars and processed ingredients.
b) If you must, get one dessert and split it between three to four people. This sounds ridiculous but the amount of sugar contained in a fudge brownie sundae, for example is enough to skyrocket your blood sugar levels. I need you to understand that sugars aren’t all bad for you. There are “good” sugars and “bad” sugars. “Good” sugars from whole foods are the way to go. So the next time you have a “sweet tooth,” instead of reaching for a piece of chocolate cake, go for a bowl of fruit instead. Sugars from complex carbohydrates like fruits will not make you “crash.” On the other hand, refined sugars will after the initial “rush.”
c) Go For The Strawberry Fields Salad
For the strawberry lover and who doesn’t love strawberries? Complex carbohydrate that’s high in Vitamin C, iodine and perfect for satisfying a sugar craving. This fruit salad consists of strawberries with parmesan cheese, pecans and greens topped with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, cheese will give you the calcium your bones need and greens will provide the rest. Delicious, nutritional and won’t put you to sleep or make you crash.
Remember, a good diet is balanced, varied and consistent.