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Don’t rack up calories when eating out

Updated: January 20, 2013 6:02AM

Q. This close to the holidays I don’t want to put on more pounds. What foods should I avoid when eating out?

A. Like many of you, I check the nutrition facts on menus when I’m out to eat. Every so often I come across such high-calorie items that it makes me shake in my boots! Check out these menu items with frighteningly high calorie counts.

IHOP: Country Fried Steak & Eggs with Sausage Gravy

Nutrition Info: 1,650 calories; 45 grams total fat; 14 grams saturated fat.

This breakfast combo includes 8 ounces of fried beef steak smothered in sausage gravy, two eggs, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. Order this and you’ll eat almost all your recommended daily calories before your day has begun.

California Pizza Kitchen: Pesto Cream Penne with Chicken and Shrimp

Nutrition Info: 1,620 calories; 105 grams total fat; 58 grams saturated fat.

Although the freshly made cream sauce sounds appetizing, drowning food in cream sauces racks up the calories and hides the flavor of all the other foods.

Cinnabon: Caramel Pecanbon, six-pack

Nutrition Info: 6,480 calories, 303 grams total fat; 121 grams saturated fat.

Although it’s a six-pack, some folks will buy the entire package and share it or slowly snack on it themselves over several days. Snacking on ONE of these Pecanbons will set you back 1,080 calories.

Cold Stone Creamery: PB&C Shake

Nutrition Info: 1,750 calories; 118 grams total fat; 64 grams saturated fat.

The PB&C shake is made from chocolate ice cream, milk and peanut butter. The largest size has an absurd amount of calories and will have you slurping close to your daily recommended amount in one fell swoop.

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Scripps Howard

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