On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 9 chain restaurant desserts under 400 calories, that won’t blow your calories.
That’s right, I’ve visited the top 5 most popular casual dining chain restaurants to see if I could find any dessert options under 400 calories.
Why did I do this?
Well, most of us love dessert.
However, let’s be honest.
A dessert is usually a calorie filled meal, immediately consumed after another big meal.
Most of the time the amount of calories in the dessert is actually higher than the main course.
However, I get it.
Most people like to have something sweet after a meal.
Fortunately as a kid growing up, my family never ate dessert at home.
We also rarely ordered dessert at restaurants.
Due to this upbringing, I’m not really a big lover of desserts.
However, I realize just a small percentage of you may like desserts.
Ok, probably a lot of you actually like dessert.
Does this mean you can’t have dessert while eating out?
More often than not, I’d say skip the dessert.
However, everyone once in a while, like a cheat meal, a dessert can be enjoyed.
Be careful because desserts are usually loaded with calories!
With that in mind, I decided to visit the top 5 most popular casual dining restaurants, to see if I could find any dessert options under 400 calories.
Do you think I had any luck?
Let’s find out.
Here are the top 5 highest selling chain restaurants.
Do any of them have a dessert under 400 calories?
Unfortunately, Chili’s did not have any dessert options under 400 calories.
The lowest calorie dessert option at Chili’s was a 750 calorie cheesecake.
Yes, 750 calories for your after dinner meal.
Unfortunately, Red Lobster did not have any dessert options under 400 calories.
The lowest calorie dessert option at Red Lobster was a 580 calorie key lime pie.
That’s not as bad as the 750 calorie cheesecake from Chili’s, but come on.
For some people 580 calories is 1/3 of the calories they require in a day.
Imagine consuming all those calories in one piece of pie.
Fortunately, Applebees did have a dessert option under 400 calories.
I want you to check out Applebee’s Dessert Shooter Strawberry Cheesecake.
Dessert Shooter Strawberry Cheesecake Nutrition Facts:
It may not be the best macronutrient breakdown, but from just a calorie standpoint, it’s actually a decent option, if you have a sweet tooth.
Fortunately, Olive Garden did have a dessert option under 400 calories.
I want you to check out Olive Garden’s Chocolate Mousse Cake.
Chocolate Mousse Cake Nutrition Facts:
Olive Garden also provides the 5 under 400 calorie dessert options from the Dolcini Mini Dessert menu.
I love the idea of offering these smaller desserts:
They also have a Kids Sundae which is under 400 calories.
All of these Olive Garden desserts are under 400 calories, which is just big enough to fulfill the sweet tooth, but not big enough in calories to blow you into fat storing mode.
Don’t be too shy to order from the kids menu.
The cool kids are doing it.
I have to admit, I was surprised that IHOP was a success.
I want you to check out IHOP’s Ice Cream Sundae with Hot Fudge.
Ice Cream Sundae with Hot Fudge Nutrition Facts:
Or, check out the Ice Cream Sundae with Strawberry Topping.
This was the best overall dessert option from all the chain restaurants.
Ice Cream Sundae with Strawberry Topping Nutrition Facts:
You can portion out your dessert by:
This will help you reduce all temptations.
While you’re Living Lean, it’s not about depriving ourselves.
Living Lean is about making smarter choices.
Most times after your meal, a nice soothing tea is all you need to fix the sweet tooth cravings.
Give these tips a try the next time you’re craving a gut blasting dessert.
You can thank me later.
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