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Jun 14, 2012 12:01 PM

I hate this place!

I am SUPPOSED to be on a diet. However, I am addicted to Chowhound, and love all the great info I gather. However, I am not doing so good on the diet!
Does anybody have suggestions for salads, fish, whatever is low cal anywhere in Monmouth County? I know whatever restaurant I go to I can order carefully... I know, I know...

But just in case anyone has found anything good please suggest! I think I just need some motivation. Much thanks!

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  1. I heard a recommendation at my weight watchers meeting for juanitos in Red Bank having some type of Shrimp/seafood taco/fajita that was really good. I don't eat seafood, but I might check them out again for chicken stuff.

    Cheeburger Cheeburger will customize anything for you. The salads are pretty good, and you can get a cheeseburger on top of it or chicken. It doesn't say it on the menu, but they will put anything in it (from the burger toppings) also.

    Its actually in Middlesex County, but La Casa De tortilla on 27 has awesome Tex-Mex and as long as you go easy on the carbs and cheese, its pretty healthy. They will customize as well.

    The Korean Taco's really didn't seem so bad at all when we calculated it out.

    I assume you don't want to talk about chains?

    My enemy is the fried stuff and carbs (subs all the time).

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    1. re: coldsolderjoint

      Thank you so much coldsolderjoint! I just dropped out of WW cause I am spending the money and eating out! So your post was just what I needed. I can't give up eating out, and just ran out of ideas. I hate chains, but love carbs! I stopped eating pasta, cause that is one thing I just can't portion control. So I am figuring if I start eating different food than what I LOVE maybe I will do better. I seem to be on maintenance after loosing a few pounds, and I have a long way to go!! Thanks for your really helpful suggestions. Much appreciated!

    2. And I hate making this recommendation, but... the Cheesecake Factory has a new low-cal, low-fat menu that is pretty awesome. I crave the Seared Tuna Tataki Salad often. I feel dirty just writing that but you should still check it out.

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      1. re: Aurelie

        Aurelie, much thanks! I really appreciate these suggestions! I need to get back on the straight and narrow and your ideas were really helpul.

      2. Jesse's Cafe on Brighton Ave in Long Branch offers a killer Gazpacho that I really love this time of year. Granted I buy it by the quart and doctor it up with some diced cucumber, yellow bell pepper, minced jalapeno, cilantro and about half a can of chipotle in adobo sauce, black pepper and the juice of a couple limes... Diet? After a bowl of this stuff there is no sense of deprivation...

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        1. re: equal_Mark

          Thanks equal Mark! I just noticed Jesse's Cafe and was wondering about it. I appreciate the thoughtful suggestion, as well as lots and lots of the other recomendation you have made on the board. All good stuff!

        2. El - i know this doesn't answer your inquiry about dining out suggestions - but to try to keep on track - i find the WW posts here on Chowhound to be supportive and helpful with inspiration for cooking ideas.

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          1. re: smilingal

            Went to Houlihan's tonight, and had the grilled rosemary chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies, it was delicious. Supposedly they make most of the stuff in house, including the salad dressings and stuff..

            1. re: coldsolderjoint

              While my mother was ill a little while back I was staying at my parents Mon-Fri to help with her care. There is a Houlihans literally 1mile from their development and I found myself there 2-3 times a week. I was very impressed with the quality of their food and if I may add they will sub the mashed potato for mashed cauliflower which is excellent!

              They have a variety of low-cal options and a Ahi Tuna salad I would put up against any other!

          2. I'vw been doing WW for just a year. I've found that lean protein has worked best for me. We have a jumbo egg (often with veggies in an omelet) 2 pts, with a piece of lite toast (1) plus fruit for breakfast most days. The rest of the day I go heavy on the proteins that are most satisfying (chicken, beef, pork) with plenty of veggies and light on the carbs, If I do cook shrimp, 1 lb. = 8 oz pp = 4 pts each if you don't glop it up or add a lot of carbs. Same if you go out. In a lot of restos, a small sirloin with a baked potato and a steamed veggie will be fewer cals (& pts) than a dinner salad, and way more satisfying. Btw, I've lost 75 since I started and am still on track. I might also recommend that you sign up for the "Eat This - Not That" daily email. You'll learn some of those surprising restaurant cal count comparisons.

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            1. re: junescook

              Junescook, 75 pounds lost in one year!!! Wow! You are an inspiration! I am so glad you wrote! I have now been on/and off mosty off WW for one year also.. and have lost and maintained a whole 15 pounds! I need to loose a lot more, and reading your post I see why you are so succesful! I play games with 5 pounds... soon as I gain them I stop eating out and loose them again and again. I read your post and really saw what determination not wishful thinking can do in a year. Thanks for your wonderful suggestions and ideas. I looked for eat this not that daily email but couldn't find that instead I found the book which I will check out. I really appreciate your hard work and thank you so much for sharing and caring.

              1. re: EL7

                EL7 - your 15 lbs that you lost is still LOST! good for you! I, on the other hand, have gained it all back since leaving WW. Trying, Trying.... but I need to DO, DO!

                1. re: EL7

                  Hey EL7, like you, I am addicted to food. Unfortunately, I am diabetic, have high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. But, on the bright side, I am a 10-year cancer survivor. Recently, I have changed cardiologists, and have learned how to eat much healthier. Eating out can be a challenge to resist the fresh breads, pastas, and sweet desserts, but over time you can learn to satisfy yourself with a nice salad topped with chicken, shrimp, or any fish. Skip the potatoes or French fries in favor of a vegetable or pickle, and water instead of beer. I do this routinely at Tommy's in Red Bank, Park East in Hazlet, Charlie's in Long Branch, and Houlihans in Holmdel. All of the places are on my Friday Happy Hour favorites list. None are fine dining establishments, but u can fill your belly with heart healthy dishes that will cause you to lose weight.