Appetizer Menu Calories Quiz: Applebee’s, Chili’s & Red Lobster

Quiz Yourself

You probably know that skipping appetizers when eating out is an easy way to cut back on calories. However, there are several healthy, guilt-free appetizer choices on the menu. By the same token, some menu items have enough fat and calories to completely sabotage your diet. Quiz yourself to see if you can figure out which one is the healthier alternative. The answers are at the bottom of the page. No cheating!

#1 Chili’s

One of these items on the appetizer menu is loaded with more calories than most people should eat in one day. Can you guess which one?

A. Awesome Blossom

B. Classic Nachos

C. Triple Dipper Southwest Egg Rolls

#2 Applebee’s

Any guesses as to the worst offender on this list?

A. Onion Soup au Gratin

B. Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese

C. Tortilla Chicken Melt

#3 Red Lobster

None of these choices are extremely high in fat or calories. See if you can figure out which has the most calories.

A. Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

B. Lobster Pizza

C. 2 Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Quiz Answer Key

#1 Chili’s Calories

A. Awesome Blossom 2710 Calories 203 grams of fat

B. Classic Nachos 1570 Calories 115 grams of fat

C. Triple Dipper Southwest egg rolls 550 Calories 35 grams of fat

#2. Applebee’s Calories

A. Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail 138 calories 2 grams of fat

B. Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese 1724 calories

C. 2 Cheddar Bay Biscuits 320 calories 18 grams of fat

#3 Red Lobster Calories

A. Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail 138 calories 2 grams of fat

B. Lobster Pizza 612 calories 43 grams of fat

C. 2 Cheddar Bay Biscuits 320 calories 18 grams of fat

How Did You Do?

So did you do as well as you thought you would? If not, don’t worry. Read below for some tips to use the next time you’re eating out.

Tips for Combating the Appetizer Menu Calories

Now you see how easy it is to eat a whole day’s worth of calories before you ever get your entrée. Here are some things you can do to cut down on your pre-meal calories.

  • Order a cup or bowl of soup with a clear or tomato-based broth. For example: Italian Wedding, Vegetable, Chicken Noodle, Minestrone. Avoid soups with a cream or cheese base like chowders.
  • Avoid cheesy bread. Avoid dipping your bread in oil or butter.
  • Have a large glass of water before your meal arrives.
  • Don’t arrive at the restaurant starving.

Sources

Chili’s Menu Items

Applebee’s Menu Items

Red Lobster Menu Items