Eating healthy on the road has got to be one of life’s greatest challenges. Navigating a menu leaves me with my head spinning, and I’m lucky enough to have a nutritionist. This week, my grandfather and his wife were in town, and we decided to take them to their favorite restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL…Outback Steakhouse. No, I’m not kidding. They love that place and they can’t get it in England.
Outback isn’t really known for it’s stellar health food options. They have an appetizer with a whopping 1949 calories*. Yes, they even have “to share” in the name, but who shares an appetizer with five of their closest friends?
Fortunately Outback has a great steak and seafood menu. Without a doubt, a steakhouse is the easiest place to find healthy food options. Seafood and steak are excellent protein sources, and generally you can find a grilled or steamed vegetable on the menu.
I ordered the Filet and Lobster Tail. The filet that’s served in this dish is Victoria’s Filet, which has 218 calories and a whopping 36 grams of protein*. A plain steamed 4 oz lobster tail without butter has 110 calories and 24 grams of protein. Outback’s website’s calorie counts account for everything served with the plate (in this case, the large amounts of butter to dip your lobster in), which is why it says there’s 448 calories and 27 grams of fat. Remember that you can customize your menu. Simply ask for the butter on the side.
Side options can be tricky as well. Outback has some great selections and some really horrid ones. I opted for a side of steamed green beans and a side of grilled asparagus. However, I asked for them to be cooked without oil and not salted. I’ve been taking a bit of time off from my workout to recover from the 12 Hours of Sebring, so I don’t need all the extra salt that can come in a restaurant meal.
All in all, I was able to navigate the menu and customize it to my needs as an athlete. This meal turned out to be high in protein and I got two servings of vegetables.
Filet Calories: 218; Carbs: 0g; Fat: 9g; Protein: 36g.
Lobster Tail Calories: 110; Carbs: 1.5g; Fat: 1g; Protein: 24g.
Steamed Green Beans Calories: 55; Carbs: 6g; Fat: 3g; Protein: 2g.
Grilled Asparagus Calories: 52; Carbs: 3g; Fat: 4g; Protein: 2g.
Totals: Calories: 435; Carbs: 10.5g; Fat: 17g; Protein: 64g.