Do you ever find yourself without healthy options for eating out? It’s hard when you’re driving and see only fast-food restaurants. If you’re in an airport and want a sit-down restaurant, you’ll probably be limited to the big chains.
We all know that it’s harder to eat healthily and stick to your diet at a restaurant than at home. Chains, even those without a drive-thru window, can be extra dicey, with oversized portions, high fat, and sky-high sodium.
We’re not promoting fast food or any particular chain – but sometimes, you do get stuck in a food desert. Keep a few principles in mind, and you should be OK.
- Look for “light” offerings at places like Denny’s.
- Watch out for enormous entrees and high sodium. Split main dishes with a companion.
- Order dressing on the side, and don’t muck up a salad with chicken tenders, bacon, and cheese.
- Favor baked or grilled fish and chicken.
- Get a fruit or a side salad instead of fries.
- And, please – drink water or tea instead of soda (even diet soda).
- Arby’s: Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad. 240 calories, 13g fat
- Burger King: Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Skip the honey mustard sauce. 430 calories, 11g fat, 40g protein
- McDonald’s Classic Cheeseburger. 300 calories, 12g fat
- Olive Garden: Herb-grilled salmon and broccoli. 460 calories, 29g fat, 960mg sodium, 26g protein
- Panera: Asian Sesame Chicken Salad. 410 calories, 21g fat, 540mg sodium, 32g protein
- California Pizza Kitchen: Banh Mi Bowl. High fiber (9g) and protein (30g), low sodium (460mg)