The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices
California Pizza Kitchen
California -- the land of fruits and nuts and avocados. Surely their kitchens are healthier than, say, Big Al's New York Pizzeria? Yes and no. California Pizza Kitchen has some eye-poppingly caloric pastas, salads, and specialties -- though they are introducing lower-calorie salads in November. In the meantime, stick with what they do best: thin crust pizza. And try not to eat too many slices!Calorie Bombs Thai Crunch Salad
If only they'd stopped at the shredded cabbage, grilled chicken, cucumbers, edamame, carrots, green onions, and lime-cilantro dressing -- this would be a healthy, crunchy salad. But the peanuts, crispy wontons, crispy rice sticks, and peanut dressing (yes, again with the double dressings) turn this salad into three meals' worth of calories.
Note: California Pizza Kitchen plans to reduce the calories of this salad down to 1,253 by November 2009.Avocado Club Egg Rolls Appetizer
The avocado, chicken, tomato, and Monterey Jack cheese sound good. But then you see the rest: bacon, deep-fried wontons, and a double whammy that is the ranchito sauce and herb ranch dressing. You don't even want one ranch, much less two.Blue Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are usually small enough to make for a reasonable lunch entree. But not when they come extra-large and are served with remoulade sauce and an accompaniment of "spaghettini in a creamy lemon-caper sauce." Don't let the word lemon fool you into thinking it's light -- this is what the Center for Science in the Public Interest would call "discomfort food."Healthier Alternatives Sesame Ginger Chicken Dumplings Appetizer
With this app you get a unique mix of flavors along with the heart-healthy omega-3s in sesame seeds and the vitamin A and cholesterol-lowering properties of green onions.Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza
(1 slice) 188 calories
Here's a pizza you won't find at Big Al's in New York - vitamin C-rich pears, chopped hazelnuts, caramelized sweet onions, and fontina, gorgonzola and mozzarella cheeses. Not only do the hazelnuts provide vitamins E and B, but among all nuts, they also have one of the lowest percentages of saturated fat and are one of the best sources of heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Just be sure to ask for the Gorgonzola ranch dressing on the side when ordering this pie!Pesto Chicken Thin Crust Pizza
(1 slice) 155 calories
Pesto and pine nuts are rich in calories and fat, so be careful how much you eat. The trick here is to share the pizza with at least one other person -- there are six slices in each pie, or 900 calories total for this one.
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