After browsing through the menu at The Melting Pot, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would dine here while on a diet. However, if you do find yourself heading to this restaurant for dinner just one too many times during the week – and are concerned about that extra notch in your belt – a few healthy items present an opportunity for your to stick with your healthy eating plans.
The Melting Pot has not published its nutrition facts at time of publication, but you can determine a general calorie count and nutritional overview by taking apart the menu and calculating the amount for each item.
First, you’ll need to choose the ‘healthiest’ cheese fondue on the menu. In this case, the swiss cheese offers the lightest assortment of ingredients made with Gruyere and Emmenthaler swiss, white wine, garlic, and Kirschwasser. A recipe from Cookingfor2.com with similar ingredients yields 310 calories and 19 grams off at per 1/3 cup serving. The other flavors are plenty tasty, but contain as much as 1,000+ calories per cup.
Secondly, order the salad with dressing on the side, and make it a vinaigrette instead of the standard cream and mayo-based dressings. You do have options with your dressing, and all you have to do is ask.
Next, choose only white meat for your entrée. There are some vegetarian options available on the menu, but if you must have meat for your main course, go ahead with the chicken. These are lean cuts of meat that offer plenty of protein for your meal; take your pick of The Vegetarian (tofu and veggies), or the Featured Breast of Chicken. Since you have a choice of cooking styles, pick the vegetable broth for the lightest of the pack; you’ll still be cooking your meat fondue style, but not letting it sizzle in pure fat.
Since it takes a very disciplined person to skip dessert at The Melting Pot, go ahead and order your favorite chocolate flavor, but enjoy yours with plenty of fruit and marshmallows, instead of the assortment of cookies, brownies, and cheesecake. These extra ‘bites’ can quickly add up, and you can still enjoy the fondue experience with wedges of apples, strawberries and other fruit assortments available.
Eating at The Melting Pot is a unique experience, and it’s becoming a popular place for restaurant goers who want an interactive experience for the night out. If you do end up eating here during diet season, a few careful decisions is all it takes to enjoy a fondue dinner without the extra pounds.