Oklahoma’s Charlie’s Chicken and Barbeque Offers Rotisserie Chicken as Alternative to Fried

Oklahoma’s Charlie’s Chicken and Barbeque Offers Rotisserie Chicken as Alternative to Fried

Driving Route 66 through Miami, Oklahoma, looking for someplace to eat a late dinner, we stumbled across Charlie’s Chicken and Barbeque.

Charlies Chicken-3075Charlies Chicken-3071Barbecue is my favorite cuisine, but we’d already eaten several barbecue meals on the trip. Chicken would hit the spot. However, I’d been doing real well in keeping my calorie count down, and I really didn’t want to blow it with fried chicken. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Charlie’s Chicken and Barbeque offers rotisserie chicken as an alternative to fried.

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White meat is leaner than dark meat, but dark meat is my taste preference, so I went with the two-piece dark meat rotisserie dinner served with two sides and a dinner roll. Skip ordered the same but with white meat. I ordered mashed potatoes without gravy and corn on the cob for my two sides; Skip, who is not counting calories, had mashed potatoes with gravy and baked beans.

Charlies Chicken-194451Removing the skin from my chicken reduced the calories by about a third. I found the corn and roll both sweet and tasty enough without added butter. The chicken dinner satisfied my taste buds while keeping my calorie consumption within my target range.

Charlie’s Chicken is a regional Oklahoma franchise chain. Not all of them offer barbecue. Sides range from the healthier, like green beans, to not-as-healthy but tempting mac ‘n cheese and fried potato wedges. The Charlie’s Chicken and Barbeque that we visited is located at 2400 N Main Street in Miami, Oklahoma. Visit their Facebook page for further details.

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  • Removing the skin from chicken cuts fat and calories tremendously no matter how the chicken is prepared, but even more so with fried. However, some complain the skin is the best part. When I have fried chicken I eat just a little of the breading to satisfy my taste buds and leave the rest.
  • If you have a big preference of a less healthy item over a healthier option, like my preference of dark meat over white, go for it but make up for it by ordering healthier sides.
  • Taste your sides before adding butter and salt. You may find they taste fine as they are.

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Choose Wisely: Soup and Salad bar at Shrine Restaurant, Belleville, Illinois

Choose Wisely: Soup and Salad bar at Shrine Restaurant, Belleville, Illinois

I once had a coworker who ate almost nothing besides soups and salads for lunch and dinner. Her breakfast was always a banana and yogurt. She never ate a donut or indulged in birthday cakes. I never once saw her eat a hamburger. Yet she always seemed to struggle somewhat with her weight. Then one day she discovered that the salad she’d occasionally order from Taco Bell had over 700 calories and more than 30 grams of fat! Read more

Complimentary Hotel Breakfasts: Choose Wisely

Most mid-range hotels and motels these days offer a complimentary breakfast. Buffets range from only coffee or juice and grains like dry cereal, oatmeal, pastries and breads to huge spreads of breakfast foods, including hot dishes, fresh fruit and yogurt. Make-your-own waffle machines have become ubiquitous. It’s easy to fill your plate with empty pastry calories or fat-laden biscuit gravy on these buffets. The key is to think about whether the extra calories are worth consuming.

I stayed at three different accommodations over the weekend. Each of them offered a complimentary breakfast. Now in a weight loss mindset, I was determined to choose healthier options at breakfast and save the extra calories for tasty restaurant meals later in the day.

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I was disappointed when the “traditional continental breakfast” at the first property really was not much more than a true continental breakfast, typically coffee, juice and rolls. In this case there weren’t even good pastries. The choices were dry cereal, waffles and bread for toast. I found packets of instant oatmeal, which I would rather have had, after I had already started cooking a waffle. I put just a drizzle of syrup on the waffle because I’m a syrup snob. At home I use only real maple syrup since most bottled pancake syrups contain high fructose corn syrup, something I try to stay away from. Pleasantly surprised at finding a container of cinnamon, I sprinkled a little on for extra flavor. Not being a coffee drinker, I had a small glass of orange juice. While my meal wasn’t that exciting, and the orange juice was the only real nutrition, it was enough to stave off hunger for a while and the total calorie count wasn’t horrible.

At the next property I chose a hard-boiled egg over the scrambled eggs because scrambled eggs on a buffet are usually made from a powder or liquid with additives. I also had yogurt, and I chose an English muffin spread with honey, a lighter alternative than a muffin or a bagel, and once again, a small glass of orange juice. My meal was similar to what I might have for a weekday breakfast at home.

The third motel offered a wider choice, including whole fresh bananas (overripe), apples and oranges. That’s what I should have had, but it just didn’t look appealing. Instead, I splurged on a biscuit with a small sausage patty to make a sandwich, as well as yogurt and a bottle of water. My real downfall was taking some of those scrambled eggs that I usually avoid. Not only did they not have good flavor, but I was already over my breakfast calorie limit without them.

Overall, I thought I did pretty well on my four-day trip, and the scale proved it. By paying attention to what I ate at the complimentary breakfast buffets, I was able to splurge on foods I really enjoyed later in the day. My goal was to come home after four days weighing no more than when I left, with a stretch goal of losing. I lost a half-pound, and I’m patting myself on the back.

TIPS:

  • When choosing foods at a complimentary breakfast buffet, consider what else you’ll be eating throughout the day. If you’re planning on a calorie-laden meal later, go with lighter breakfast choices. On the other hand, if there is something you really want that is calorie loaded, don’t deprive yourself. Go for it, but watch your portion size and balance it with lighter options later.
  • As with all buffets, look over all of the choices before taking any food. That way you won’t go back to get something that looks better than what you’ve already eaten and end up consuming double the amount.
  • Keep in mind the basic food groups to keep balanced throughout the day. Since I don’t usually have much dairy when I’m on the road, I opt for yogurt whenever it’s offered on the breakfast buffet.

Share your own tips for eating healthy at breakfast buffets in the Comments section below.

Disclosure: I am not a dietitian, nutritionist or in any medical or health-related field. Please consult your physician before beginning any weight loss or exercise program.

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