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Dining Out Guide

Eating Healthy at Ruby Tuesday

From SparkPeople’s Editors
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Most Ruby Tuesday restaurants feature a large salad bar, but unfortunately, it contains many high-calorie items. In general, fat and calories are lurking in unexpected places here, so be specific about order requests and alterations to ensure a healthful meal. If you're watching your sodium, exercise caution. Their online nutrition information doesn't include sodium; assume all foods are high in sodium.

  • Like at most chains, the salads here are high in fat and calories. The Club House Salad has 840 calories and 53 g of fat--without dressing. Try the Smart Eating Grilled Chicken Salad (489 calories, 28 g fat) instead. While it is still on the high side, it has about half the calories and fat of the other salads. Light Ranch Dressing is one of your best dressings, but request it on the side.

  • Most of the sandwiches have more than 800 calories and 54 g of fat; several have as many as 1,300 calories and 90 g of fat. Lighten yours up a little by asking for a dry bun, as Ruby Tuesday butters all buns.

  • Select a wrap instead of a burger to save half the calories and fat. The Smart Eating Turkey Burger Wrap (551 calories, 19 g fat) and Smart Eating Grilled Chicken Wrap (436 calories, 17 g fat) are better options.

  • Dinner selections can be quite high in calories and fat, too. Selecting items a la carte saves calories, but not money. Remember to avoid the fried entree options, and ask for sauces or gravies to be left off or served on the side.

  • There are many healthy side items, such as green beans, brown rice pilaf, a plain baked potato, steamed broccoli, and mashed cauliflower.

  • Soup can be a filling, lower calorie meal, so be sure to check on the soup of the day. One of the better choices is the White Bean Chicken Chili (318 calories, 11 g fat, 11 g fiber).

  • Look for menu items marked "Smart Eating" to save calories and fat.

  • Seafood and chicken provide lean protein, but avoid fried varieties, gravies and sauces. Some of the better choices include the Smart Eating Creole Catch (320 calories, 16 g fat), Smart Eating New Orleans Seafood (443 calories, 25 g fat), Smart Eating Grilled Salmon (365 calories, 23 g fat), Smart Eating Chicken Bella (387 calories, 17 g fat), and Smart Eating Grilled Chicken (387 calories, 17 g fat).

  • If you're craving steak, choose the Smart Eating Petite Sirloin (206 calories, 5 g fat) or the Smart Eating Top Sirloin (256 calories, 6 g fat).

  • Ruby Tuesday has limited nutritional information on its website.

 

 
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Ruby Tuesday White bean Chicken Chili* 238 calories 6 2 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Chicken Fresco* 426 calories 6 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Chicken Fresco* 426 calories 5 3 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Creamy Mashed Cauliflower* 153 calories 4 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Broccoli* 103 calories 3 8 Vote/Comment/
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RUBY TUESDAY NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD (includes protein amount)* 443 calories 3 2 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Herb Crusted Tilapia* 402 calories 2 1 Vote/Comment/
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ruby tuesday salmon (1/2)* 182 calories 2 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Premium Baby Green Beans* 85 calories 2 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Roasted Spaghetti Squash (per website) 54 calories 2 1 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Turkey Burger* 812 calories 1 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Fresh Avocado Quesadilla* 185 calories 1 1 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Brown RIce Pilaf (with cheese & tomatoes)* 226 calories 1 1 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Salad* 112 calories 1 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Jumbo Crab Cake (1/4 serving)* 69 calories 1 3 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Tomato and Mozzarella Salad* 112 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Petite Filet* 222 calories 0 1 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Smart Eating Chicken Wrap* 452 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday Smart Eating Turkey Burger Wrap* 418 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Chicken Fresco* 426 calories 0 1 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Chicken Fresco* 426 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Chicken Fresco* 426 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Lemon Grilled Salmon* 504 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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Ruby Tuesday's Chicken Bella* 626 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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