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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Top 10 Best Fast Food Restaurants for Healthy Eating

It may seem like an oxymoron to mention fast food in the same breath as healthy eating, but it seems that some fast food restaurants in America are finally getting the message. Not everyone wants to eat junk food, so many are offering healthy food that is actually good for you.

The top 10 list of healthy fast food restaurants was developed by Health Magazine after surveying 100 fast food chains around the country. Here are the ones that made the top 10 list.

  1. Panera Bread - organic yogurt, natural peanut butter and jelly, whole grain breads, soups and sandwiches made this fast food restaurant number one on the list.
  2. Jason's Deli - came in second with its healthy fare of organic food, including whole wheat wrapped sandwiches and fresh green salads. They also offer reduced portions.
  3. Au Bon Pain - kudos for their low-calorie soups, their whole grain entrees, salads and chicken free of hormones.
  4. Noodles and Company - is known for their whole grain linguine. Their food is cooked in soybean oil, and their chicken, beef and shrimp is free of hormones and antibiotics.
  5. Corner Bakery Cafe - the name sounds tempting but the food is low on calories and high on fresh fruits and vegetables. Even breakfast is safe with a healthy bowl of rolled oats and green apples, bananas, currants, dried cranberries, low-fat yogurt, and skim milk.
  6. Chipolte - is a favorite for those who like to create their own burrito, taco or salad. It lets them add healthy toppings, including the meat which is free of hormones and antibiotics.
  7. Atlanta Bread - some of the favorites include the grilled wild Alaskan salmon fillet on greens with fire-roasted black bean and corn salsa and a pineapple-mango vinaigrette. They also have whole grain bread, fresh sandwiches, soups and salads.
  8. McDonald's - yes, McDonald's made the list. They are much more than hamburgers and french fries. McDonald's has come a long way to include healthier foods on their menu, especially for children who can order apples and fruit juices with their Happy Meal instead of soda and fries.
  9. Einstein Bros. Bagels - are known for their Good Grains bagel that has 4 grams of fiber, and they have hummus and peanut butter for alternative toppings on their bagels instead of the high-calorie cream cheese if you prefer.
  10. Taco Del Mar - they bake their fish and taco shells instead of frying, and you can order whole-wheat tortillas as an alternative in your burrito.
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