Whatever you heard about Caesar salads being a Zone No No somehow got misconstrued.
A Caesar salad is one of the best things you can eat.
Romaine lettuce - in contrast to the usual Iceburg - has lots of phytonutrients [ it's DARK AND LEAFY], lots of fiber, no fat, no sugar, low in carbs - correction EXTREMELY LOW in carbs, and, if you look at the nutritional analysis of the brand I purchase it's P 1g, fiber 1g and carbs 3g - in other words is virtually "balanced" out of the bag.
Now - did we mention anything about DRESSINGS ?
Perhaps this is where you heard something about a "Caesar" salad that was not compatible with The Zone. It is fashonable lately for the "fast food" establishments to offer salads and somethimes even a Caesar Salad and most if not all of the dressings are crap.
ONe of the places - can't remember which - has a dressing marked "olive oil" but when you look at the analysis it has a tinsy winsy amount of olive oil and lots of "other" oils.
The dressings on Caesar salads at "regular" restaurants come with an enourmous variety of formulations when it comes right down to it - they taste very similar however.
They "can be" not so good in that they have a LOT of mayonaise -and being a restaurant [ food BUSINESS ] the mayo is made with the least expensive ingredients possible.
Better restaurants will use less dressing and with better ingredients because they have purchased the better fresh Romaine lettuce and want to let it's natural taste come through.
They will even often make their own dressing - out of nice healthy ingredients !
So - 1. If not familiar with the resaurant order the Caesar with the dressing on the side.
Use just enough to flavor to your taste
2. If having at home CAREFULLY select the dressing. They run the full gamut at the super. Most "regular" have crappy oils and lots of sugar added.
The upscale brands almost always use olive oil or canola oil - that's what you want. Compare the sugar content and go for the least amount.
AS I mentioned Uno's has a wonderful Caesar salad as well as many other nutritional options on their menu.
Here's a link [below ]to an article in Health Magazine that evaluated "chain restaurants" from a nutritional pont of view. You will find that if you are going to have lunch at a "chain" versus a "fast food" [ burger place ] and order a salad, for example, when you analyze what you get for what you pay the "chain" item will cost about the same [ per oz.] but be far better for you all the way around - not to mention the pleasant surroundings versus the "cattle car".
for example : compare the Caesar offered at Wendys versus Uno's - the one at Uno's is way bigger. This means you will get lots more of something that is good for you and thereby tend to fill you up and NOT order too much of something else that is NOT good for you - or - simply TOO MUCH in general.
On the surface you think you are "saving" at the "fast food" place when in fact you are saving very little in price but sacrificing your health.
I don't know of a "chain" that doesn't have a lunch menu of inexpensive versions of offered dinner items that almost always offer a variety of items that are "heart healthy" or "Diet Friendly" etc., etc., - this is a plus as usually it means they are moderate in serving size versus the "super size" this or that at the "fast food" place across the street.
I have found that in the end you "save" very little at the "fast food" joint whereas at the "chain" you often save your health.
A very small price to pay. http://eating.health.com/2008/04/23...o-eat-out/
I've found this article very useful and have printed out a copy and keep it in my car.
The heart and soul of a Caesar salad is the Romaine lettuce which is extremely nutritionally good for you.
There's nothing wrong with Romaine with a vinegar or olive oil and vinegar - both ways about as good for you as it gets.