Good news for Italian-food lovers: Fazoli's, a mid-western family restaurant chain, now offers healthier menu options. The chain boasts economical meals for picky eaters and health-conscious parents alike. Here are some of our favorite nutritious picks:
When total calories matter, look for the 400-Calories or Less options first. Great choices would include the Chicken Penne & Peppers (with whole-wheat pasta) (340 calories, 12 g fat, 920 mg sodium), Three Cheese Baked Ravioli (340 calories, 19 g fat, 940 mg sodium) or the Chicken Mushroom Alfredo Bake (400 calories, 17 g fat, 1,070 mg sodium).
You can also build your own pasta dish with the Pick Your Pasta options. Three of the better choices would be the Ravioli with Marinara (450 calories, 15 g fat, 1,500 mg sodium), Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Penne, or Bowtie Pasta with Marinara Sauce (560 calories, 2.5 g fat, 970 mg sodium) or Whole Wheat Penne with Marinara (560 calories, 2.5 g fat, 111 mg sodium).
Breadsticks are always a hit, especially with children. If you have room in your meal plan for a fun extra, check out the Pepperoni Stuffed Pizza Sticks (280 calories, 9 g fat, 560 mg sodium), Cheese Stuffed Pizza Sticks (270 calories, 8 g fat, 480 mg sodium) or the Toasted Ravioli Sticks (six) (340 calories, 8 g fat, 1,220 mg sodium). You could even eat these as your full meal for built-in portion control. You can also go with plain breadsticks as a side, but order them dry without the garlic butter (100 calories, 2 g fat, 160 mg sodium).
Flatbread Pizza provides another tasty Italian alternative to pasta. Good choices would be either a Tuscan Chicken (480 calories, 17 g fat, 1,570 mg sodium) or Chicken Broccoli Florentine (500 calories, 19 g fat, 1,440 mg sodium), but keep in mind the high levels of sodium.
Kid's Meals focus on healthier options, too. Steer children in the direction of the Fettuccine Alfredo (290 calories, 8 g fat, 470 mg sodium), Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (260 calories, 4 g fat, 560 mg sodium) or Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce (220 calories, 1 g fat, 330 mg sodium) for better options.
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