Bar foods can pack on the pounds with their delicious, diet derailing dishes. So before you head out the door, let's take a closer look at the calories in fish and chips and the other usual suspects. And when you just can't ignore the craving, consider making some of your favourite fare at home.
5 pub food faves
1. Fish and chips
Fish and chips are a pub food favourite but did you know that one piece of battered fish plus a large serving of fries can cost you about 760 calories? The fries are the real killer, so consider opting for a salad with an oil and vinegar dressing to accompany the fish.
Alternative: Make this delicious (and healthier) Fish and Chips recipe at home for 417 calories.
2. Chicken wings
Chicken wings go down the hatch so easily but the trouble is, you can't eat just one. Before you know it, you've gobbled at least half a dozen (or more, who are we kidding?). At approximately 159 calories per wing, that's a lot of calories!
Alternative: At-home Five-Spice Chicken Wings are about 56 calories per piece.
Fast food nachos with cheese, beans, ground beef, and peppers quickly add up to about 569 calories per serving. If you just can't curb your craving, ask the chef to hold some of the tasty but high-calorie sides like guacamole and sour cream. And go easy on the cheese!
Alternative: Make our Nachos at home for only 308 calories per serving.
4. Chicken fingers
You'd be shocked how the calories in a few chicken fingers can really add up. It seems like a relatively innocuous choice, but just four chicken fingers from a bar or fast food joint can clock in at around 640 calories. Opt for grilled chicken and a salad to fill you up and save your waistline.
Alternative: When you feel like chicken fingers, try this easy recipe for Pecan-Crusted Chicken Fingers.
5. Onion rings
A serving of onion rings at a pub or fast food restaurant can run between 300 and 500 calories. And that's typically just a starter – yikes! Instead, opt for grilled calamari as a yummy starter for about 172 calories per serving.
Alternative: Make these Mini Beer-Battered Onion Rings at home for about 240 calories per serving.
Note: Calorie counts are an approximation and will vary depending on ingredients used and serving size. Restaurants can provide further nutritional information if needed.
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Natalie Bahadur is the senior editor of styleathome.com and is a regular contributor to CanadianLiving.com