Summer isn’t over yet, and we’re taking every chance we get to enjoy the hot weather by meeting up with friends on a terrace. And when it’s time to order from the menu, we wonder which choices are the healthiest. Some are no-brainers: like choosing grilled salmon over a burger and fries, for example. But when we’re trying to make up our mind between a fish taco and a pulled pork sandwich, things get a little more complicated. We decided to compare popular menu items to help you make more informed decisions!
Pork dumplings VS beef tartare
Pork dumplings and beef tartare are calling your name at the start of the meal. Know that a single dumpling contains 408 calories, 29 g of fat, 646 mg of sodium, 12 g of carbs and 29 g of protein. On the other hand, 100 g of beef tartare contains 190 calories, 14 g of fat, 492 g of sodium, 1 g of carbs and 15 g of protein. So even if the dumpling is steamed, the beef tartare is still a healthier choice.
Fried calamari VS cod fish cakes
Then, you’re tempted by fish and seafood. But which choice is the healthier one between fried calamari and cod fish cakes? For 100 g of calamari, you’re intaking 125 calories, 8.5 g of fat, 335 mg of sodium, 10 g of carbs and 15 g of protein, whereas cod fish cakes contain 195 calories, 4 g of fat, 539 of sodium, 23 g of carbs and 10 g of protein. The calamari is therefore healthier.
Fish tacos VS pulled pork sandwich
Two menu items seem delicious. But should you choose fish tacos, or a pulled pork sandwich? Two fish tacos contain 376 calories, 14 g of fat, 262 mg of sodium, 24 h of carbs and 36 g of protein, whereas one pulled pork sandwich contains 560 calories, 1 6 g of fat, 780 mg of sodium, 58 g of carbs and 43 g of protein. The fish tacos are therefore the better choice, since they are healthier on pretty much all fronts.
Sweet potato fries VS baked potatoes
As a side dish, you can choose between sweet potato fries or a baked potato. For 100 g of fries, you get 218 calories, 7 g of fat, 124 mg of sodium, 37 g of carbs and 2 g of protein. On the other hand, a baked potato contains 330 calories, 10 g of fat, 49 mg of sodium, 53 g of carbs and 11 g of protein for the same quantity. The fries contain less fat, carbs, and fewer calories. However, the baked potato gives you more protein and contains less salt. It’s up to you to choose what is most important to you, nutrition-wise.
Gelato VS S’mores
When dessert time rolls around, you hesitate between two options: gelato, or S’mores? In 100 g of gelato, you’ll find 150 calories, 8 g of fat, 620 mg of sodium, 14 g of carbs and 12 g of protein, whereas one S’more (graham cracker with marshmallow and melted chocolate) contains 130 calories, 4 g of fat, 123 mg of sodium, 21 g of carbs and 1 g of protein. And because we didn’t account for the cone, the s’more is surprisingly a better choice when you look at the calories and fat content. However, when it comes to protein and carbs, gelato is the winner!