The fact is that Americans are demanding fresh vegetables when they go out to eat. And restaurants are responding with a range of options. According to one study, it is millennials who are leading the charge.
Here are the numbers: Vegetables dishes on restaurant menus have jumped 11 percent nationally over the last 3 years, and kale has seen a 400 percent increase in menu items. LongHorn Steakhouse, a symbol of the “meat and potatoes meal” if there ever was one, now serves Brussles sprouts and butternut squash, as well as other veggie dishes with its steaks. And California Pizza Kitchen now features a Brussels sprouts and bacon pizza.
A word of warning though: Just because it is a vegetable doesn’t mean it is healthy. For example, the Cheesecake Factory now serves Parmesan Roasted Asparagus with balsamic glaze, which is high in calories and fat. But, to be fair, they also now serve a fresh kale salad, sautéed spinach and fresh broccoli.
The key to ordering vegetables in restaurants is to order them steamed or grilled with as few “additions” as possible. Veggies that are coated in oil, butter or cheese are loaded with calories. So, you may benefit from the added vitamins in vegetables, but you likely don’t need the added calories too.
Take a good look at the menu of your favorite restaurant the next time you dine out. See what new vegetable dishes they offer. If they don’t have what you want, ask for it. Better restaurant chefs are happy to prepare veggies just about any way you want them.
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