If you’ve ever scanned a menu wondering which appetizers and main dishes were the healthiest, you’re not alone. Eating out and trying to eat healthy don’t always go together. Knowing which restaurants have the healthiest options is a good place to start, though. You can look through a menu ahead of time to figure out what you want before you get there. To point you in the right direction, we’ve put together a list of the healthiest restaurant chains great for a quick lunch or dinner, and a healthy menu item you can order from each one.
1. Panera Bread
Panera’s soup, salad, sandwich, and bakery selections are just the light breakfast, lunch, or dinner you’re looking for. They make their food with the freshest, most nutritious ingredients possible — and they’re very open about how they make this a priority. They also offer healthy menu options that are low in sodium and made without gluten.
Healthiest salad: Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken
While not the lowest in calories or sodium of all Panera’s salads (but still lower than most), the full version of this dish has 6 grams of fiber and 25 grams of protein. Not only does it include fresh fruit, but it’s also seasoned with herbs and spices to boost its flavor without adding calories or salt.