6 Best and Worst Bar Foods

November 13, 2009 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

As the weekend approaches most of us will naturally plan some fun things to do. For some of you that fun thing might be hitting the bar on a Friday or Saturday night. Which is great, as the bar is a good social place to unwind or catch up with your buddies, or even catch a hot date.

But the food and drink that you will consume may not be so great!

Unfortunately a lot of your favourite foods and drink contain crap and extra calories that you could really do without as a part of your weightlifting diet. So in true stayfitbug.com fashion, I’m going to give you the low-down on the crap that’s in your bar favourites and the better alternatives to go for.

1. Chicken starter

The Worst

6 chicken wings
– 650 calories
– 32 g fat

We all love to eat chicken and it is a great food addition for your weightlifting diet. But chicken wings aren’t ideal. They are fat and calorie heavy. Instead go for chicken fingers, they contain half the fat and calories than chicken wings.

Better

3 chicken fingers
– 310 calories
– 17g fat

2. Dipping sauce

The worst

Creamy ranch dip
– Creamy Ranch Dip (2 tbsp)
– 60 calories
– 5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat)
– 240 mg sodium

Now, your going to want to add some flavour while eating those chicken fingers, but you will want to stay away from cream based sauces as most of them contain loads of empty calories. Instead dunk your chicken into some barbecue sauce. Check the stats.


Barbecue Sauce (2 tbsp)
– 30 calories
– 0 g fat
– 120 mg sodium

3. Starter

The worst

Cheese Fries
– 750 calories
– 50 g fat

This is ‘no brainer’ bad (although a tasty fave). FRIED potatoes covered in CHEESE! Do I even need to elaborate?

Instead go for,


2 Slices of Bruschetta
– 380 calories
– 17 g fat

4. Burger

The worst

Hamburger (1/3 pound) with one slice of Cheddar cheese and Mayo
– 883 calories
– 61.5 g fat

This is quite an open choice, as different places will natural offer different types of burgers. But the above is the worst type you can go for. Instead cut out the mayonnaise and cheese and shrink your burger.

Better

Hamburger (1/4 pound) without cheese, with Original Barbecue Sauce (2 tbsp)
– 533 calories
– 31 g fat

5. Beer

The worst

Guinness Extra Stout (1 bottle)
– 176 calories
– 14 g carbohydrates

Yes this is a people’s favourite, but this could prove to be calorie heavy and kill your efforts for maintaining a good weightlifting diet. Swap it with this.


Guinness Draught (1 bottle)
– 126 calories
– 10 g carbohydrates

6. Mixed drink

The worst

Long Island Iced Tea
– 700 calories
– 40 g sugars

I’ll let it be known that this drink is a long time favourite of mine. It tastes great, but what I’ll always remember it for is that it is famous for getting you drunk silently. Just don’t sit down and drink. You’ve been warned! As much as I like this, I don’t recommended making this drink a regular. It is the best tasting but worst drink you could have. It will stack your guts with 100’s of calories in a flash because of all the different liquors contained within it. Check the stats.

  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Triple sec
  • A huge shot of high-fructose corn syrup from the sweet-and-sour mix
  • Coke

I love you Long Island Ice Tea, but I simply cannot recommend you to my stayfitbuggers! But I will recommend this as an alternative.

Mojito
– 160 calories
– 15 g sugars

When you go out to bars from now on be sure to keep this in mind and I’m sure you’ll get back to reading articles on stayfitbug.com in one peace.

See you in the comments.

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