Enjoying Healthy Eating at Macaroni Grill in Roseville

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I enjoyed a lovely farewell dinner with good friends this week! We met at what is considered one of the best restaurants in Roseville CA, Macaroni Grill. One of the couples is heading off for lovely and saltier air and we will all miss them! A great time was had by all along with a variety of delicious dinners.

Eating Healthy at Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurant

I have to confess. Before I ¬†headed to Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurant, I felt a little challenged! I wasn’t sure what in the world I was going to eat and still maintain my healthy eating goals! Thanks to my diet, I’ve lost 38 pounds and I am so excited! I only have 10 more pounds to go to get my ideal! And I don’t want to get stalled midway. After I hit that goal, THEN I can go back to eating normally. Well, not normal the way I was eating. I’m looking forward to a new healthy eating normal. The goal is to continue with a higher, but still healthy, 1600 or so calories per day. That, along with walking at least two miles a day, should enable me to have more variety in my diet without gaining any weight back.

Needless to say, I was very happy to find out that there were¬†a couple of different options to¬†enjoy at Macaroni Grill. First, a delicious looking Chicken Caesar salad that is 650 calories. Still a bit high but do-able. ¬†I thought about it seriously. But¬†I’ve had Chicken Caesar salad many times in many places. I decided¬†it would be more fun to try something different that Macaroni Grill specializes in. After a ton of research, I ordered¬†the 720 calorie¬†Pollo Caprese with Grilled Chicken Breast and Capellini Pomodoro (Capellini Pomodoro is basically spaghetti with a tasty tomato sauce and, I believe, mozzarella cheese). I also ordered¬†a Side¬†Fresh Greens Salad that is 190 calories.

The dinner arrived looking gorgeous! (Sorry – I didn’t think to snap a photo there but even the leftovers look tasty ūüôā ). As one person commented online, their helpings are quite generous. I cut the chicken and popped half¬†into the aluminum bowl. Then I added about half the Capellini Pomodoro along with all the cheese. That probably turned the 720 calories into a bit less than 340 calories. I enjoyed the salad without the dressing meaning it¬†was probably less than 50 calories. And as hard as it was, I left the yummy bread to my friends. Though I did tuck¬†some in with my leftovers for my senior mom to enjoy with the rest of my meal. And yes! She is definitely looking forward to it.¬†Especially since I told her¬†the dinner was absolutely delicious! The Capellini Pomodoro had a bit of a spicy bite to it – enough to make it taste very flavorful but not so much it bothered my stomach. And the chicken’s flavoring was equally delightful in a whole different way. The salad tasty¬†and the tiny tomatoes were the best I think I’ve ever tasted. All in all, I have to give this dinner a straight A in general AND all A’s for being a healthy, low calorie dinner for two people – one on a diet and other not (who will greatly appreciate all the yummy bread!). ¬†And did I mention the beautiful music, inside and out! A grande night all around!

Healthy Eating Tips Dessert Kaye Swain Roseville REALTOR

Healthy Eating Dessert Tips

During the course of the¬†evening, as we chatted, I mentioned my fave popsicles. They are tasty, healthy, all-fruit, and low calorie! I couldn’t remember their brand name. I looked it up on my blogs and was shocked to discover I hadn’t written about them earlier. So I made sure to buy some new ones at Raley’s, as well as take a photo to share with my friend who asked about them and y’all! They are by Outshine and come in a large bar that’s 70-80 calories. There is also a small single bar that is about 25 calories. Plus they have a healthy frozen yogurt option. I especially love the¬†Black Cherry, Strawberry Kiwi, Berry in the small bars and the Pomegranate flavor in the bigger bars!

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Links

Are you interested in visiting Romano’s Macaroni Grill? Here’s the scoop!

Un delizioso di notte (A delightful night!)

A great night with good friends and a delicious dinner at Macaroni Grill, a great healthy eating diet that I didn’t break, and great progress on my weight loss goal! A win-win-win, don’t you think?

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