Top 5 Healthy Restaurants
#1 Panera Bread
Over 1,230 locations nationwide & Canada
This bakery-café-based has a menu of healthy choices for every meal. “Variety makes it easy for everyone to choose healthy,” praises registered dietitian. What does that mean for you?
For starters, you can pick from two whole-grain breads for your sandwich and have an apple with it instead of chips (though the chips are fine, too—they can be baked!).
The half-size soups, salads, and sandwiches options makes it easy to stay on a well-balanced diet. Most of the chicken is antibiotic- and hormone-free, a rarity for large chains.
Panera also won top honors for kid meals, offering healthy great tasting dishes like; squeezable organic yogurt, PB&J (with all-natural peanut butter), and grilled organic cheese on white whole-grain bread.
The half–Turkey Artichoke on focaccia bread with a bowl of black bean or garden vegetable soup is a favorite!
Danger zone: Sticky buns and cheese danishes areon display at the counter.
#2 Jason’s Deli
206 locations in the West, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South
This restaurant is devoted to organic food:
Most of its ingredients are organic, from the whole-wheat wraps to field greens and spinach. Plus, its healhty low calorie salads—like the Nutty Mixed-Up Salad with organic field greens, grapes, chicken breast, feta cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins, and organic apples—make you actually want to order the greens.
It is applauded for the portion-control option: Reduced sizes of, say, a stuffed baked potato, are $1 less. Jason’s menu also highlights ultra healthy sandwiches and provides the nutitional info.
We love: Being able to build any sandwich on an organic whole-wheat wrap.
Danger zone: High-sodium counts on some sandwiches; if sodium is a concern, stick to the ultrahealthy choices.