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St. Patty’s Special – Eat This, Not That: Bennigan’s

Is eating at Bennigan’s testing the luck of your health?

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Bennigan’s isn’t known for serving healthy food and they don’t hide that fact. They are known for feeding people’s ‘guilty pleasures.’ However, after some investigating, we spotted some dishes that will be kinder to your health.

Eat This: Golden Options

There are small things you can change to make your meal a little healthier, like getting your dressing on the side of your salad, option for a grilled chicken breast or a turkey or veggie burger instead of beef, and having less or no cheese on your dish. The portions are generous; you might want to plan on taking half home.

  • Baby Spinach and Bacon Salad (with Chicken Breast): This salad has a lot in it for being one of the healthier choices on the menu. Sitting atop the baby spinach are glazed pecans, tomatoes, raisins, onions, hardboiled eggs, Applewood smoked bacon, grilled chicken breast, and bleu cheese crumbles tossed in sweet pepper vinaigrette. This salad, with its rainbow-colored additions, has only 428 calories, 19g of fat, 25g of carbs and 42g of protein. Healthy note: Try omitting the bacon and bleu cheese crumbles.
  • Turkey O’ Toole: Served on a pretzel bun, freshly sliced turkey breast, melted Swiss cheese and smoky honey Dijon dressing stacks up to only 505 calories, 19g of fat, 66g of carbs and 41g of protein. Order the steamed broccoli on the side to make it even healthier. Broccoli, especially steamed broccoli, is a vegetable powerhouse. Containing Vitamins A and K, it also has cholesterol-lowering benefits, helps support the body’s detoxification process, and it is a rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol – which has been found to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.
  • Kilkenny’s Country Chicken Wrap: Chicken tenders, lettuce, tomatoes, Colby cheese and Applewood smoked bacon is wrapped in a flour tortilla with smoky honey Dijon dressing. This wrap bundles up to 425 calories, 27g of fat, 76g of carbs and 25g of protein. Just like the Turkey O’Toole, we suggest opting for simple, steamed broccoli on the side.

Not That

According to Irish folklore, if a Leprechaun is ever captured by a human, he has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for his release. Should one wish be never having to consume these three dishes?

  • Cajun Chicken and Shrimp Pasta: This heavy pasta dish features Cajun grilled chicken and shrimp on fettuccine pasta with smoked vegetables and spicy lobster cream sauce. You also get toasted garlic bread on the side. In one serving it has 1,200 calories and 46g of fat.
  • The Classic Reuben: Sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing served on Rye bread comes out to 970 calories, 37g of fat, 102g of carbs and 57g of protein.
  • The Big Irish: There isn’t any nutritional information on this specific dish but, by the description alone, you can tell this is the unhealthiest on the menu. The Big Irish is your choice of any burger on the menu, but doubled. There are two 8-ounce patties with double the toppings, on a white, wheat or pretzel bun. Lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles are the toppings that automatically come with the burger. But, depending on which burger you pick, the toppings can also include American, Swiss, Cheddar, or Pepper Jack cheese, bleu cheese crumbles, Guinness Stout glaze, BBQ sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, fried onions, sautéed onions, guacamole, and jalapeños.

Click here to view Bennigan’s entire menu.

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