Whenever a special occasion takes place it seems that the family finds its way to The Olive Garden. It was only fitting then, that we took the time to visit and see the sort of Full Plate Living meals we could find. We noted that the menu at this time features some Lighter Italian Fare options, and took full advantage of those.
Like most Italian restaurants, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Minestrone soup is always a great bet at The Olive Garden. You can actually have two bowls, one salad, one breadstick and a side of grapes for 530 calories and 11g fiber. If you only have 1 bowl of soup, 430 calories, 8g fiber.
We ordered the whole wheat pasta and requested a cup of steamed broccoli and a cup of grilled veggies. Paired with a salad this meal clocks in at 475 calories and 10g of fiber.
We ordered this meal as is and added a side salad. 440 calories, 8g fiber
We added a side of steamed broccoli and a side of asparagus, since this meal was so low in fiber. In the end, we created a plate with 565 calories, and 7g of fiber.
This plate is friendly to anyone trying to eat gluten-free. The serving of salmon was huge (and way above the normal 4oz size recommendation) so we split it in half. We also ordered 2 servings of broccoli and 2 servings of grapes. We paired it up with a bowl of the minestrone soup instead of the typical salad (if you do require gluten free fare, skip the soup and ask for the gluten-free salad). 425 calories, 9g fiber.
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