Best Restaurant Lunches
It’s a minefield of high fat, high calorie, super salty choices at some lunch joints while others offer at least a few healthy options. Here’s a quick look at the best restaurant lunches. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD and Karen Ansel, RD. By: Text: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD and Karen Ansel, RD
Our guidelines for good: 600 calories or less; not more than 6 grams saturated fat (the American Heart Association suggests a daily limit of 17g) and about 900 mg sodium or less.
Instead, go for a McDonald’s Hamburger at 250 calories, 9 grams of fat (3.5g sat) and 490 milligrams of sodium. At such low numbers, this burger leaves room for a 20-calorie side salad (add a serving of Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette for only 35 calories if you prefer) and small fry (230 calories, 11 grams fat (1.5g sat) and 160mg sodium).
Favorite lunch spot not on our list? Sorry, we had to narrow down our checklist to the top 15 best selling chains. Since some didn’t cough up nutrition numbers or weren’t open for lunch, we plugged in few staff favorites to round out of our list.