What you should skip on the menu when dining out

Restaurant items to avoid when dining out

If you're careful about what you eat, chances are you're mindful of what's on the menu every time you walk into a restaurant.

But some of the items we think are better for us may not the be the healthiest choices. According to the Cleveland Clinic, just because something has the word "spinach" in it, doesn't always make it a healthy choice.

Spinach and artichoke dip can have as many as 1,000 calories. You can blame the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise for the calories.

Order your spinach and artichokes steamed. Choosing something from the kids' menu is not better. One serving of chicken fingers can top 800 calories and 1,700 milligrams of sodium.

If you like soup, keep in mind. A bowl of French Onion soup with cheese and croutons can have up to 800 calories. Ordering a salad is not always the best option.

A Cobb salad actually has more calories and fat than a cheeseburger. 

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