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Oct 30, 2009 12:36 PM

Suggestions please - minimizing calories/fat

Hi everyone,

I love to eat, and I especially love to eat rich food in large quantities. It's caught up with me, and lately I've been trying to significantly lower my calorie and fat intake. As a result, I usually order only a salad or grilled chicken when I go out, or else I take only two bites and eat something else when I get home. Any suggestions for restaurants in Boston or Cambridge where I can get yummy and interesting food that's on the lighter side, and where I won't leave the restaurant sill hungry?

Thanks so much!

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    1. Kaze or ShabuZen in Chinatown would be a good start. You can get a platter of vegetables and some thinly sliced chicken or lean beef or seafood. Cook it all in a delicious broth and dip in some soy or chili sauce. If you avoid the noodles, it's a pretty light, healthy and low fat meal.

      41 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. I find it's not too hard to eat light at most places - some kind of raw fish or broth based soup as an appetizer, seafood entree with sauce on the side, and a veggies side with olive oil instead of butter. It is hard to choose a restaurant based on eating healthy since most offer such a wide variety - when i am dieting i just make sure to look at the menu before I go to decide on the healthy options and then not tempt myself by looking again when I get there just ordering what I already decided on. Good luck!

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        1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

          Brown rice sushi is always a good option (no tempura rolls of course). I have found brown rice sushi at Snappy Sushi on newbury street, douzo on Dartmouth St , and Samurai on Boylston st.

          131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

          Snappy Sushi
          144 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

        2. I can't really suggest a restaurant because I am not in your area, but I have been cutting back for the past 5 months and lost around 18 lbs. I did this by eating 3 meals a day, always including a protein and avoiding too many carbs. When I dine out, I usually order a meat based app and a salad and that is enough to satisfy me. I try to stick to 1500 calories or less and write down everything I eat.

          If I can do it, anyone can!

          1. Posted about Erbaluce on several threads here, but that is an excellent choice for dining out if not focused on salads or sashimi and the like. The chef tries to avoid using animal fats as flavor enhancers; he uses vegetable, fruit, and herbal flavorings instead to heighten flavors, and it works fantastically in most cases. Had a few lean-protein courses there (and plenty of vegetables) that were incredibly satisfying and left us feeling sated but not overfed. Much lower on the fat scale than most restaurants I think.

            69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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            1. re: Zatan

              I second Erbaluce. It's one of the few restaurants around where I feel confident that my meal isn't drowning in fat.

              It's eye opening to check out the nutritional information that's available for some restaurants (mostly chains are the ones that post this info on their websites, but one can assume the data could be applied to most restaurants).

              When I dine out I focus on vegetables, shrimp, and fish.

              I also eat VERY leanly for the majority of the time so that I can be a wee bit more relaxed when dining out. High fiber cereals (cascadian farms clifford crunch), soup, vegetables, gardenburgers, etc.