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The Cheesecake Factory
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The Cheesecake Factory

Thumbs Up: Arugula Salad
Even though calorie counts are nowhere to be found on the Cheesecake Factory’s Small Plates and Snacks menu, their SkinnyLicious picks (all 490 calories or less) provide some damage control. For the best of the bunch go with the Arugula Salad. You’ll squeeze in a serving of produce and score satisfying greens, raisins, Marcona almonds plus Parmesan – all for a slimming 133 calories and 9 grams of fat.

Thumbs Down: Crispy Fried Cheese
Breaded and fried, this fat-laden dish screams trouble at 516 calories and 16 grams of saturated fat.

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