While cooking at home isn’t always an option, there are a variety of cleaner choices at popular restaurant chains. Here are our suggestions to help you stay on track.
Know the Ingredients
Here’s the reality: eating clean while dining out can be difficult and confusing. Here's our advice on how to eat clean and how we define a "processed" food. Even the healthiest-sounding meals are loaded with sodium, refined sugars, and preservatives. Before you step foot inside a restaurant, check the restaurant’s website for an ingredient list beforehand. If you aren’t able to find that, basic nutrition information should be available for most chain restaurants. In fact, in 2014 the FDA released new labeling requirements for chain restaurants giving them until the end of 2015 to make all nutrition information available to consumers. To help you make the smartest choices, we’ve looked at practically every type of restaurant out there, from fast-casual to steak houses, and offered our best tips on making wholesome choices.