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Hungry Girl Today: 1.15.10

Think you can survive the Outback... Steakhouse? Alright, we're talking
about a restaurant chain, not remote parts of Australia. It can be SUPER-
dangerous, calorically speaking, if you're not careful. But it can also be a
TOTAL goldmine. We're here to help...

Meal Makeovers!

No worries... You can have steak and seafood, as long as you order right!


Don't Do It... 7 oz. Victoria's Filet with a House Salad (Tangy Tomato
Dressing) and a Baked Potato (Sour Cream & Chives)
PER SERVING (total meal): 1,289 calories, 71.5g fat, 3,500mg sodium, 105g
carbs, 11g fiber, 55g protein -- POINTS® value 31*

Oh, come on! A small filet (NOT topped with anything crazy), a salad (with
FAT-FREE dressing), and a baked potato (NO butter, bacon, or cheese) --
more than 1,200 calories!? Lame. Luckily, you can get your steak with a
much lighter nutritional price tag...

Just Chew It! 6 oz. Outback Special with Fresh Seasonal Veggies and Half a
Sweet Potato (All Without Butter)
PER SERVING (total meal): 493 calories, 10.25g fat, 633mg sodium, 58g
carbs, 10g fiber, 42.5g protein -- POINTS® value 10*

Steak 'n sweet potato... and just the right amounts. (No one needs a whole
418-calorie potato as a side order. Trust us.) Add a heaping pile of veggies
and you've got a filling meal (plus half a potato to take home)!


Beat It... Shrimp en Fuego with a Double Order of Fresh Steamed Green
PER SERVING (total meal): 1,484 calories, 97.5g fat, 2,885mg sodium, 76.5g
carbs, 23.5g fiber, 77g protein -- POINTS® value 37*

Okay, sauced-up shrimp and veggies, extra veggies on the side, and no
pasta or potato... this is a BAD idea?! Sadly, so. The shrimp part alone has
over a thousand calories. And even those green beans pack about 230
calories and 11g fat per serving! There are better ways to order under the

Eat It! Lobster Tails with Fresh Seasonal Veggies and Half a Sweet Potato (All
Without Butter)
PER SERVING (total meal): 495 calories, 4.25g fat, 1,004mg sodium, 63g
carbs, 11g fiber, 52g protein -- POINTS® value 9*

Lobster becomes ridiculously guilt-free when you ditch the insane amount of
butter it's typically drenched in. And yes, we're recommending the sweet
potato again because, well, sweet potatoes ROCK. And by our calculations,
the entire spud alone weighs in at more than a POUND (no joke!), so having
half is still totally indulgent.

Aussie All-Stars!

Here are some menu items that are great choices, with practically no special
ordering required...

Appetizer: Seared Ahi Tuna
PER SERVING (1/4th of a regular-sized order): 108 calories, 6g fat, 467mg
sodium, 3g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 7g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

If there are just two of you, go for the small order -- 162 calories and 10.5g
fat (POINTS® value 4*) in half of that. Add a side of veggies or a salad, and
this shared starter could become a great meal for one. If you're not a fan of
almost raw ahi (don't knock it 'til you try it), the Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp
supposedly has some decent stats. But we're leery of anything with "beer
batter" and "fried" in the description.

Entrée: Grilled Chicken on the Barbie with Fresh Seasonal Veggies (Both
Without Butter)
PER SERVING (total meal): 388 calories, 3.5g fat, 1,211mg sodium, 32.5g
carbs, 4.5g fiber, 54.5g protein -- POINTS® value 7*

A perfect option for the red-meat-dodging, fish-loathing friend in your life.
Ken you handle it? (Get it!? Barbie... Ken... Never mind.)

Add Ons:

Lobster Tail (No Butter)
PER SERVING (total): 123 calories, 1g fat, 427mg sodium, 4.5g carbs, 1.5g
fiber, 23.5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Grilled Scallops (No Butter)
PER SERVING (total): 194 calories, 8.75g fat, 1,862mg sodium, 7.5g carbs,
1.5g fiber, 21g protein -- POINTS® value 4*

We think either of these would make a nice addition to your meal. They
kinda put the 392-calorie, 36g-of-fat Lobster & Mushroom Topping to

Tips & Tricks & Need-to-Know...

* As you've probably picked up on, Outback Steakhouse melts butter on
pretty much everything. (In fact, we're fairly certain if you stumbled into the
kitchen by accident, they'd baste YOU in butter.) The good news is that it's
super-easy to modify menu items and save tons of calories and fat grams by
simply saying, "No butter, please!"

* Beware of the seemingly innocent Mustard Vinaigrette and fat-free Tangy
Tomato dressing. The first contains an alarming 285 calories and 29 grams of
fat per serving, and even the Tangy Tomato has close to 100 calories per
serving. And those numbers only apply when you order a side salad --
DOUBLE 'em if you order an entrée-sized salad. Eeeks!

* Like many chains, the menu varies a bit by location. For example, some
locations offer crab legs instead of lobster -- that's also a good choice! So
check out your local menu on the OS site before you head in with your heart
set on something specific.

* Speaking of Outback's site, definitely check out the Interactive Nutritional
Menu Tool. It won't let you customize everything (we'd love to know how
many calories the Grilled Chicken & Swiss sandwich would contain without
the sauce and cheese), but it's still pretty helpful. There's also a gluten-free
guide, allergy guidelines, and tips for low-carb dieters. Nice!

* In our experience, the Outback peeps are super-accommodating (as long
as you're nice, of course). So if you have a special request, just ask. And
BTW, the food ROCKS!

HG Heads Up: Nutritionals have been rounded to the nearest quarter-
gram/half-gram because, frankly, the excessive decimals were making us
dizzy. Also, Outback doesn't list sugar stats, so neither did we.

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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by
Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe
or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the
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