The Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich at McDonald's comes in at 300 calories IF you have them leave off the mayo dressing and substitute a bit of mustard.
I've also had good luck at Chipotle (Veggie Burrito Bowl with black beans, no rice, vegetables, salsa, and a 1/2 order of guacamole) and Panera in the past month. The trick is to visit the company's website BEFORE you go and look at the nutrition information online; then figure out what option is best for you so that it's not a guessing game when you're hungry and standing at the counter to order.
Finally, last month during a business trip I ended up eating at Applebee's and observed that many of the entrees that it labels as "healthy" are unreasonably expensive. I settled for the salad and soup, but I wasn't very happy with the company and hope I don't have to go back!
Why can't there be a restaurant that serves healthy food, in a reasonable portion size, for a reasonable price?
I also agree with the reader who said that sodium levels are often too high at all of these restaurants.
The article talks about Fat and Calories, but here is my problem when eating out, SODIUM!! The Grilled Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's has 810 mg of sodium. I have had Items that are very good calorie and fat wise, to only find out they have a lot, more than 700 mg per serving., of sodium.
Hardee's Lowcarb options (sandwiches wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun) are a pretty good option, as well as their turkey burgers. We currently offer four kinds all under 500 cal. And if you lowcarb those as well, you'd save even more! :) (I've worked there for nearly seven years now, and I can vouch that we have good food -- and if you are careful, it can even be reasonably healthy.) We also have a side salad that you can add to combos instead of fries. And at the time of this post, we offer coleslaw as a side option too. (Limited time though.) Just some suggestions. Hope it helps. :)
Olive Garden has a "Garden Fare" menu with tons of healthy options including Venetian Apricot Chicken and Shrimp Primavera (yum!!). I also love the Ruby Tuesday's salad bar. My favorite Panera sandwich is Mediterranean Veggie and it's one of the healthier ones there, too :-) And while it's not healthy -- when I crave take-out pizza I get a personal pan veggie pizza with light cheese from Pizza Hut -- less than 550 calories for the whole thing and it can usually last me two meals if I eat a big salad with it. I get the personal pan to help me control portions because if I get a medium pizza there's no way I will let it last for many meals!!!
I have such a hard time at restaurants. I went to an Italian restaurant last night and ate less than I usually would have before I started the spark but it was still crazy high in fat and cals. The temptation of bread and good olive oil was too much!
One never knows where a resturants food comes from or the quality being used. So I usually do not eat out but on occassion I may have to for business and typically stick to chicken and salad...I steer clear from breads and wraps.
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