Healthy Eating Guidelines : How to Eat Healthy at The Melting Pot

Healthy Eating Guidelines : How to Eat Healthy at The Melting Pot


My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic and I’m going to talk to you about how o eat
healthy at the Melting Pot. Now the Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant so fondue in and
of itself is high in fat so this type of restaurant should really be used as a treat. It is not
something that you want to make a habit of going to regularly because the vast majority
of the choices are very high in fat and therefore very high in calories and the primary source
of fat is saturated fat and excess saturated fat really can increase your cholesterol level.
So the Melting Pot again should be used as just a treat, something that you go to occasionally
but not something that is on your list of restaurants to go to on a regular basis. One
of the first ways to try and eat healthy there is to limit how many courses you choose. They
have up to four courses. The first one is a cheese fondue, the second is a salad, the
third is the entree fondue and then it ends with a chocolate fondue. All of the cheese
fondues because they are made with cheese are going to have a lot of saturated fat.
Of these the lowest fat one would be the Swiss option s that could be an option if you are
choosing a cheese fondue. The salads, all of the salads have lots of cheese on them
so again even though they are a salad they have cheese as well in large quantities so
the salad if you do get that at least for the dressing choose something like a vinegarette
that is not going to add even more saturated fat, it will be an unsaturated fat that you
are adding to it. If you are going to have the entree you do have some better options
with the entree because you can actually choose as far as the cooking method you can choose
to prepare your entree fondue without added fat. They have a couple of options where you
are actually just using something like a vinegarette or a wine to cook your entree in so that is
the good option when you are choosing the entree and then for the desert. As far as
the chocolate fondue the healthiest chocolate would be the dark chocolate variety. The thing
to keep in mind again you don’t want to get all four courses, try to get only one or two
and at the max three so for example you may consider starting out with a salad, have your
entree and end with the chocolate. Or if you are really a cheese lover you cold start with
the cheese and skip the desert. The best thing would be to have two things, maybe the salad
and the entree, that would be your actual healthiest option. Because again with the
salad even though there is still a lot of added cheese on there it is a little bit easier
to limit how much of that cheese that you are consuming because you are not dipping
anything there, there is a method of moving some of that cheese off to the side. So those
are just a few tips for how to eat healthy at the Melting Pot.