Restaurants that serve healthy food?
People often ask me what are the healthiest places to eat?My answer is if you really want to eat the healthiest food possible you have to make your own food. There are not many places that serve all organic whole foods. However there are some, so you can google your area to find out where they might be.
As far as chain restaurants go there are some that are not too bad. By bad I mean compared to the garbage that most fast food chain restaurants offer. Their so called foods are of the cheapest, lowest quality possible and are loaded with calories, salt, sugar, trans fats and chemicals to get you addicted. Some of the worst are McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC and IHOP type junk food places. You know who they are. I recommend you avoid them entirely if you want to live a healthy long life.
1.Tender Greens in California
Fast, Fresh and delicious. This place is a great example of quick, casual and mostly healthy food. They say their produce is pesticide free and sometimes organic. They offer a simple menu with a open cafeteria like set-up, where you can watch as meats are grilled, veggies chopped and as your order is created.
Chipotle says they use organic and local produce whenever possible. They use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones. They also use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones, again whenever possible. They also support family farmers who farm with respect to the land, the environment and to the animals in their care.
Most of their menu items also contain refreshingly real ingredients with no hidden additives. Their guacamole contains only avocado, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, citrus juice and salt. Their meat recipes contain just real foods and spices. The ingredients in their chicken include chicken, water, chipotle chili, rice brain oil, cumin, garlic, oregano, black pepper and salt.
Panera says they have a new food policy that will remove artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, from its menu by the end of 2016. They have added grass-fed sirloin steak to its menu in lieu of its former roast beef, which contained caramel color.
They also say they are committed to purchasing livestock and poultry that have been raised without the use of antibiotics and in reduced-stress environments, as well as wild-caught fish. Most of their foods comes from North American farmers. Next they need to offer gluten free breads.
4. Noodles and Company
They offer some gluten free dishes and do not add MSG. They have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, including organic tofu. They also offer whole-grain linguine and have quite a few fresh vegetables on their menu, which is more than most chain restaurants can claim. So they are at least are heading in the right direction.
5. Au Bon Pain
They are a pioneer in healthy low calorie fast food. Au Bon Pain serves up sandwiches, soups, salads, and hot entrees made with whole grains, veggies, and hormone-free chicken. Au Bon Pain also provides on-site nutritional information via computer kiosks, so before you even order you know the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium in each dish.
6. Corner Bakery Cafe
Corner Bakery offers a variety of fairly healthy low calorie salads, sandwiches, and soups made with whole grains, fresh, lean meats, and vegetables.They have a healthy Swiss oatmeal, a chilled European breakfast cereal made with rolled oats, green apples, bananas, currants, dried cranberries, low-fat yogurt, and skim milk.
Starbucks deserves a mention because it sources only sustainably grown and processed coffee by evaluating the economic, social and environmental aspects of coffee production. They also say they’ve removed high fructose corn syrup, artificial trans fats, flavors and dyes from their food.
Starbucks also encourages their suppliers in North America to use animal welfare-friendly practices to provide ingredients such as cage-free eggs, gestation crate-free pork, and more humanely processed poultry.