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TGI Friday's is also tight-lipped about their nutritional stats -- for good reason. Eating can be an extreme sport here. And while they do post a "Right Portion, Right Price" menu, it's intended to help the wallet, not the waistline. We could only find two items that were 500 calories or under.Calorie Bombs Jack Daniel's Ribs & Shrimp
A "full rack" of baby back pork ribs -- flinch-inducing on its own -- is basted in the chain's Jack Daniel's glaze, accompanied by "battered and fried shrimp" and fries. There are so many kinds of wrong here, someone oughta write a country-Western song about it.Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
Sure, there are good ingredients in here: pecans, chicken breast, dried cranberries. And the choice in dressing (balsamic vinaigrette) is wise. But watch out for the word "glazed," which just means the nuts are covered in sugar. And adding blue cheese to an already-dressed salad is yet another example of the "conditioned hyper-eating" referred to by Dr. Kessler.Loaded Potato Skins Appetizer
Potato skins are nothing but "fat on fat on fat on fat, much of it loaded with salt," as Dr. Kessler puts it -- and nowhere is this more evident than at Friday's. The hollowed-out skins are fried, giving the surface area extra "fat pickup" -- which is then loaded up with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.Healthier Alternatives Shrimp Key West
Two skewers of grilled shrimp with lime and Cajun spices, served with steamed broccoli florets. According to the menu, net carbs are just 12. Give TGIF points for evoking the vacation resort with this healthy option -- that's the kind of conditioning we all need.Dragonfire Chicken
They couldn't help themselves with the glaze (Chinese Kung Pao sauce), but at least this is served over brown rice with pineapple pico de gallo, Mandarin oranges, and broccoli. Compared to white rice, brown rice has more riboflavin, folate, iron, and magnesium. Moreover, it has triple the amount of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer -- and able to resist second helpings.
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