10 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Aren’t

Many popular restaurants offer healthy-sounding dishes that are packed with calories, fat and sodium. David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding of Yahoo Health compiled this list of 10 “wannabe” healthy foods that may fool you when it comes time to order, taken from the forthcoming Eat This, Not That! 2012 Edition.

#10 Worst “Healthy” Sub

Quiznos Large Veggie on Wheat (Large)
1,000 calories
54.5 g fat (17 g saturated)
2,300 mg sodium

The 400-calorie bun certainly doesn’t help. Neither does the thick layer of cheese and generous splashes of oil. The guys at Yahoo Health recommend that you should only order the large sub if your goal is to become large yourself.

Eat This Instead!
Small Turkey Ranch & Swiss on Wheat
395 calories
16.5 g fat (2 g saturated)
1,100 mg sodium

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#9 Worst “Healthy” Chicken Salad Sandwich
Boston Market Whole All White Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwich
1,050 calories
64 g fat (10 g saturated)
1,700 mg sodium

The culprit on this item is the full-fat mayo and lots of oil. Otherwise, this thing would be pretty good for you! The guys at Yahoo Health recommend you go with the half size of a lighter sandwich like their Rotisserie Chicken Carver and shave off about 700 calories.

Eat This Instead!
Half Rotisserie Chicken Carver
380 calories
18 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
880 mg sodium

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#8: Worst “Healthy” Smoothie
Smoothie King Cranberry Supreme (40 oz.)
1,108 calories
2 g fat (0 g saturated)
192 g sugar

Smoothies CAN be a healthy treat, but the mega-sized cup and 200 calories of extra sugar turn this smoothie into a belly bomb.  Instead, the experts at Yahoo Health recommend smoothies that contain only fruit, protein powder and maybe a little honey for natural sweetening.

Eat This Instead!
Blueberry Heaven (20 oz.)
325 calories
1 g fat (0 g saturated)
64 g sugar

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#7: Worst “Healthy” Appetizer
Red Lobster Lobster, Artichoke and Seafood Dip
1,200 calories
74 g fat (20 g saturated)
1,950 mg sodium

Mmm, everybody loves dip – creamy, cheesy, fatty dip.  Just a few bites of a cream- or cheese-based restaurant dip and you’re quickly at your limit of saturated fat for the day… even before your entree arrives at the table!  Instead, Yahoo Health recommends you get the pan-seared crab cakes and save yourself about 1,000 calories.

Eat This Instead!
Pan-Seared Crab Cakes
280 calories
14 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
1,110 mg sodium

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#6: Worst “Healthy” Chicken Sandwich
T.G.I. Friday’s Captain Morgan Caribbean Chicken Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries
1,250 calories
47 g fat (18 g saturated)
2,900 mg sodium

It’s GRILLED, it’s gotta be healthy right? Well, it would be if not for the triple dose of high-fat sauce (spicy rum sauce, sour cream and “extra dipping sauce”.) Go for their Jack Daniel’s Chicken with broccoli and fruit and cut your calories in half.

Eat This Instead!
Jack Daniel’s Chicken with Broccoli and Fruit Cup
630 calories
5.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
1,845 mg sodium

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#5: Worst “Healthy” Burger
Ruby Tuesday Avocado Turkey Burger with Fries
1,313 calories
73 g fat
3,221 mg sodium

Just because it says turkey doesn’t mean it is necessarily the healthiest choice. Restaurants often serve fatty, dark-meat turkey burgers that are just as fatty as their regular burgers!

Eat This Instead!
Top Sirloin with Roasted Spaghetti Squash and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
669 calories
39 g fat
1,693 mg sodium

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#4: Worst “Healthy” Salad
California Pizza Kitchen Full Waldorf Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
1,347 calories
28 g saturated fat
1,994 mg sodium

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the quickest way to make an otherwise healthy salad a big bowl of fat is to drench it with blue cheese dressing. The guys at Yahoo Health recommend CPK’s Field Greens salad with grilled shrimp instead for about a third of the calories.

Eat This Instead!
Half Field Greens Salad with Grilled Shrimp (Half)
498 calories
5 g saturated fat
521 mg sodium

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#3: Worst “Healthy” Seafood Entrée
The Cheesecake Factory Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon
1,400 calories
48 g saturated fat
1,240 mg sodium

Cheesecake Factory is notorious for frying or breading many of their dishes or coating them in fattening sauces. But they have added a low-calorie version of the classic Herb Crusted Salmon that is good for your waist.

Eat This Instead!
SkinnyLicious Herb Crusted Salmon
570 calories
9 g saturated fat
687 mg sodium

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#2: Worst “Healthy” Grilled Entrée
Applebee’s Sizzling Skillet Steak Fajitas
1,410 calories
55 g fat (25 g saturated)
5,630 mg sodium

Grilled meat and vegetables, what’s the problem? First, the flour tortillas are a few hundred unnecessary calories added onto the dish. Then, the common practice in restaurants of grilling with tons of oil, butter and salt convert what could be a healthy dish into a not-so-healthy one.

Eat This Instead!
Asiago Peppercorn Steak
380 calories
14 g fat (6 g saturated)
1,520 mg sodium

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#1: Worst “Healthy” Pasta Dish
Ruby Tuesday Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
1,500 calories
96 g fat
2,768 mg sodium

This chicken and broccoli pasta dish has 1,500 whopping calories and most of them can be attributed to the fatty “parmesan cream” sauce they put on top.

Eat This Instead
Fit & Trim Spaghetti Squash Marinara
355 calories
18 g fat
862 mg sodium

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