Pei Wei – Vegetarian Friendly but is it healthy?

by jmichael614

My husband’s favorite restaurant used to be PF Chang’s and when we found out that the fast food version, Pei Wei, was coming to Miami we were ecstatic. Lamentably, this fast food chain did not quite meet our expectations.  The hectic atmosphere did not translate into good fair, it was hit and miss; mostly miss.   However, because Pei Wei has so many vegetarian options I end up eating there every couple of weeks anyway, I’m a slave to my vegetarianism (or my laziness).

A little about their food: Their edamame is good, it can be too soft but for the most part it’s crisp, tasty and nutritious.  Just be aware that what you get is actually two servings at 160 calories each (you may be eating healthy but it’s almost worth a whole meal if you eat both servings) and be careful with adding the salt (paired with the meal, you might keel over from sodium overload).  I do usually love their Mongolian Tofu with Vegetables and brown rice.  Seriously, how can that not be healthy? Beware that when they serve you, they are serving you two (2) yes, TWO servings at 360 calories a serving and whopping 1350 mg of sodium – this is heart attack food! Maybe healthy is too much to hope for in a  $7.99 meal?

Warning: Pad Thai dishes have an astounding 2500 mg or above Sodium Content.  Mayo Clinic online recommends 1500 mg or below for those ages 51 and above per day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat here but after reading their nutrition information, it will be less than once a month and I’ll probably get something with lower sodium.

For nutritional information on Pei Wei go to http://www.peiwei.com/downloads/PeiWei_Nutritional_Allergy_Menu_Guide.pdf

 

*****Update June 2012
Pei Wei now has “Diner Selects” meals that are supposed to be about 1/2 the portion size so as to reduce the calories and at only $6.50 including an appetizer, how can you go wrong?  Unfortunately they have yet to change their sodium content:

Mongolian Vegetables & Tofu Servings: 1 Calories (this is not including rice) 200 Fat Cal 60 Fat g 6 Sat Fat 0.5 Trans Fat 0 Cholest 0 Sodium (EEEK) 1630 Carbs 27 Fiber 2  Sugars 18  Protein 10

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