Healthy Dishes, Eat Out, Take Out, HealthyDiningFinder, Healthy Restaurants

We recently stumbled upon Healthy Dining Finder.  It is a great tool to find healthy options when eating out or getting take out.  Their team of registered dietitians and nutrition experts review restaurant menus to review and analyze calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium and other nutrients of restaurant dishes.  How does it work? Simply enter your zip code and this website lists restaurants by number of healthy dishes, price and distance.

What Qualifies As Healthy Dishes?

Healthy Dinner Finder lists the menu items of restaurants in three categories

1. Healthy Dining

  • Entrées are less than 750 calories, 25 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat and include at least two of the following: Fruits and/or Vegetables, Lean Protein, Whole Grains and Lower-fat Dairy
  • Appetizers, side dishes and desserts are less than 250 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of saturated fat
  • Deep fried items are excluded

2. Sodium Savvy

  • Entrées are less than 750 mg of sodium
  • Appetizers, Side Dishes and Desserts are less than 250 mg of sodium

3. Kids Live Well

  • Full Kids’ Meals (entrée, side option and beverage) are less than 600 calories and include at least two  of the following: Fruits and/or Vegetables, Lean Protein, Whole Grains and Lower-fat Dairy
  • Side Items  are less than 200 calories
  • All items  have less than 35% of calories from fat and less than 35% of calories from sugars
  • Deep fried items are excluded

If you try it, let me know what you think.

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