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We can't turn a blind eye to some of the lunch items on the brunch menu. If you're a fan of the patty melt, you may want to reconsider. "A traditional patty melt includes fried onions and grilled Swiss cheese on top of a burger sandwiched by rye," says Lauren O'Connor, a registered dietitian and owner of Nutri-Savvy in Los Angeles, Calif. Most patty melts pack in more than 1,000 calories and 80 grams of fat! "I consider this one a grilled cheese meets greasy burger—a double-whammy of artery clogging material!"
What to order instead: A plain hamburger (or cheeseburger) on rye with mustard and ketchup. "You'll save yourself considerable fat and calories but still get in some the flavors of the burger and rye," O'Connor says.
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How to enjoy brunch without blowing a full day's worth of calories
And what to order instead.