better picks when dining out

Some of you might remember this post that I did on Tips for Eating Well While Eating Out.

While my general philosophy is to just enjoy eating out and get whatever you’re craving, that really only applies when you’re not eating out for every meal.  When you start eating out more days per week than you eat in, the added fat, sugar and salt can start to add up and that might start to impact your overall health.

I was recently at Disney World (as those of you who follow me on Snapchat know!) and I found myself in a situation where I was staying at a hotel and unable to make my own meals for a good week straight!  In those situations, I always find it helpful to have some sort of a guide (like this one here).  But I thought, to build on my previous post, I would highlight a few popular restaurants and my go-to choices at each!

ChipotleBurrito bowl with small scoop of brown rice, all-white meat grilled chicken or black beans, salsa, fajita vegetables, lettuce, guacamole and hot sauce

PaneraAvocado, Egg White & Spinach Breakfast Power Sandwich and a seasonal fruit cup, Seasonal Greens Salad with Grilled Chicken or 1/2 a Turkey Sandwich on Whole Grain with seasonal fruit

Chick-fil-A: Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap (sans dressing) with fruit cup

Starbucks: Classic Whole Grain Oatmeal (using 1/4 – 1/3 the packet of brown sugar) or Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal, Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Sandwich and a fruit cup, Cheese & Fruit, PB&J on Whole Wheat or Protein Bistro Boxes, Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl

Subway: 6-inch Veggie Delite (with swiss cheese, olive oil & vinegar) or Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich with a side of apple slices

Jason’s DeliSuper Slaw Salmon Salad, Zucchini Grillini or Spinach Veggie Wrap with side of fresh fruit

Papa John’s2 slices of Plain Cheese Pizza or Papa’s ‘Lighter Choices’ Chicken & Veggie 

Olive Garden: Cup of Minestrone Soup and Garden Salad, Herb Grilled Salmon

Have a restaurant I didn’t include that you’d like to see highlighted?  Let me know below in the comments and I’ll happily add it in!

You can also look at my Gilmore Girls Revival-Inspired Guide to Healthier Takeout.  Or these other articles that cover this same topic:


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