How Calories Add Up

This is a follow-up to the blog I wrote on 7/30/13 in reference to how dining out increases your waist size. Lazy Dog Restaurant’s Ginger Soy Salmon with brown rice entrée contains a whopping 1050 calories. I contacted the restaurant and they gave me this break down:

  • 8 oz Salmon=471 calories
  • 1.5 cups Cooked Rice=220 calories
  • Veggies with Sauce and oil= 250 calories (Steaming the veggies would remove about 180 calories)
  • Teriyaki Glaze=45 calories

Now I know why that dish contains so many calories. The salmon they give you is a generous portion: a half a pound. I also didn’t know the vegetables were cooked in oil. If you noticed, the math doesn’t add up to 1050. 471+220+250+45 = 986, not 1050 per their online calorie chart. It’s only a difference of 64 calories, but still!

If I omit just the rice, that would still make the meal 776 calories, which is a lot, especially when that number doesn’t include a beverage or dessert! If I had steamed vegetables instead of the fried veggies and excluded the rice, the dish would come in a 596 calories which is not bad for a restaurant in terms of calories. It’s still more calories than the meals I make at home. Dining out is such a love-hate experience for me!

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