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 healthy 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 fruit or 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)