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May 11, 2011 8:51 AM
My co-workers are going to lunch at Pei Wei today and I really want to join them, but what can a dieter eat there?

I looked at the nutrition facts online and am more confused than ever. Their serving sizes are out of this world, so I know I'll have to get half to go before I even start. What do you eat when you go to Pei Wei? Or do you just avoid eating there?

I'm trying to stay around 500 calories for the meal. I'm leaning towards ginger chicken. Or maybe a cup of soup and one of the apps. Help!
May 11, 2011 8:56 AM
I LOVE Pei Wei and I thank God there's not one anywhere near where I live. LOL

So look at what is reasonable calorie wise and take half of your lunch home with you. Not only does this show you're self control but you're also going to show your co-workers how serious you are about what you're doing. AND you have some lunch tomorrow! Pei Wei 2 days in a row - and everyone else only got it once! HAH!
May 11, 2011 8:59 AM
here's their nutrition information:

good luck and ENJOY!!
May 11, 2011 9:01 AM
Most of Pei Wei's entrees are considered 2 servings. Some decent choices, as long as you only eat half, would be:
Dan Dan Noodles - 390 cal per servings
Lo Mein dishes - most are around 500/serving
you could order a couple things off the appetizer menu and just have that as a meal. They have edamame and spring rolls, all lower in calorie. Or order off the kids menu, for more portion control
May 11, 2011 9:02 AM
Mongolian chicken with brown rice looks like a decent choice, avoid soy sauce to limit sodium intake. Also, maybe chicken fried rice or dan dan noodles would be a good choice, calories don't look too bad but sodium is kind of high. Drink lots of water! The serving sizes are large, so whatever you choose to order, pack up half in a take away box before you even begin eating.

Go out and enjoy lunch!
May 11, 2011 9:03 AM
I think the lettuce wraps would be a pretty good choice. As long as you dont go overboard on all the sauces. :)
May 11, 2011 9:04 AM
I avoid it...I don't think the food is good.
but looking at the site there are limited options.

looking at the info on the site, I would do
Small plates: wanton soup and spring roll
Curry: any of them, but the shrimp thai coconut curry looks like it has good numbers

I would skip all the sign. dishes

watch the sodium. If the calories quantity looks nice and low, check out the sodium.

and finish with a nice green or chai tea!
May 11, 2011 9:45 AM
I used to get the ginger broccoli chicken with brown rice. Keep in mind that each plate of food from Pei Wei is TWO servings. I didn't know that at first and was eating way too much. But one serving is 290 cals.

They also have edamame if you want an appetizer.
May 11, 2011 10:46 AM
Thanks. I ended up getting the ginger broccoli shrimp with brown rice. I ate all the broccoli, and put half the shrimp and half the rice in a to go container. Overall, it was a success. Now to drink a lot of water this afternoon!
July 7, 2012 10:17 AM
Thanks for the post too. I googled low cal pei wei and found this post. I love pei wei. Perhaps I can save a bunch of calories by not eating the rice? Not really a big fan of it

Brown Rice 340 calories (1 serving)
White Rice 400 calories (1 serving)

Teriyaki Bowl - Chicken (w/ Brown Rice 920 calories (1 serving) - rice = 580
Mongolian - Chicken 560 calories (1 serving)
Honey Seared - Chicken 840 calroies (1 serving) - rice = 440

Does this look right?
July 7, 2012 11:04 AM
My fave is the Korean chicken with brown rice. I either get NO sauce or sometime I ask for it on the side.

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