No one goes into a bar thinking they’re going to get something really healthy to eat. But that doesn’t mean every bit of pub grub has to be a heart-stopping calorie bomb. There are a number of traditional dishes that aren’t all that bad. Granted, not every tavern has the same exact menu, but it you know what you’re looking for in general, you can avoid the worst of bar food and just maybe get a surprisingly good meal in the meantime. WellWell has put together a list of decent options and even if you can’t find these exact dishes, maybe look for something similar.
Mash isn’t exactly a diet dish, but the mix of omega 3 rich fish, potato and, yes, some vegetables is not an altogether bad choice. Want to avoid carbs and fat event more? Swap out the mash for more veggies.
Lamb stew to the Irish is what chicken soup is to many other ethnic groups. It’s kinda like Irish penicillin with its mix of potatoes, leeks and carrots not to mention the lamb. Produced in a slow cooker, the dish is even healthier if all the fat is trimmed off the lamb before it goes into the pot.
Nothing flirts between a healthy alternative and absolute junk food than potato skins. Ultimately, their nutritional fate rests with how they are prepared. Fried skins can hold a whopping 420 calories and 40 grams of fat per skin. Baked skins, however, aren’t that bad at all, especially if they are not overloaded with sour cream.
It is always good to go green in a bar, especially when it comes to veggies and guacamole. The dip is loaded with fiber and healthy fat and raw dipping veggies are always a win-win.
Need snacks while watching the game? Popcorn is a decent choice if it’s not soaked in oil or butter. It is undoubtedly a better option than a lot of other things that bars serve up. And don’t forget the peanuts. Yes, they’re old school, but they are also tasty and if you have to open shells it slows down your consumption rate.
Fans of olives should flock to these snacks whether they’re green, black or kalamata. At 4 calories a pop, they deliver a lot of taste with very little guilt. Remember, however, we’re talking about plain olives. No bacon or cheese is invited along for the ride.
This is a good go to because a lot of bars serve it and it isn’t fried. Chances are there might even be a low-fat vegetarian option on the menu. But even beef chili is a decent choice because it will be loaded with protein, zinc, iron and Vitamin B12.
Fresh spring rolls get a bad rap because they usually wind up being served with buffalo wings and cheese fries. There is nothing really wrong with spring rolls as they are fresh, not fried and packed with vegetables.
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