Food & Dining

The Healthiest Menu Additions You’ll Find in Stores

As millennials look for ways to stay healthy, it shouldn’t be too surprising that they are more inclined to enjoy eateries that can offer something nutritious. And the food industry definitely knows what’s happening. This is why more and more restaurants and fast food chains are constantly adding new healthy items to their menu.

Which chains offer healthier grub? Here are a few that might let you enjoy eating out on the cheap again:

Starbucks’ Kombucha Line

Perfectly in line with the gut-food trend that is all the rage lately, Starbucks is set to launch their new Kombucha Line. You can enjoy these fermented teas in six different flavors and will be produced by the Evolution Fresh label. They plan to sell these items as bottled drinks in store and in grocery stores all over the US but will be first available in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, New York City, LA, San Francisco, and San Diego.

TGI Friday’s Beyond Meat Burger

Meat alternatives are also getting a lot of traction recently and more and more eateries are joining the trend. One of the most noted places that offer this vegetarian alternative is TGI Friday’s with the Beyond Meat Burger.

This menu item is made from plant-based ingredients but you’ll have a hard time telling it apart from regular hamburgers. The patty may be made of veggies but it looks, cooks, and bleeds exactly like a beef patty. The best part? It contains as much protein but not the fat and cholesterol.

Pie Five’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza

There are so many things about pizza that can make it unhealthy with its carbohydrates being one of the most problematic things about it. If you really love pizza, though, but hate the carbs, maybe give Pie Five a chance. They offer a crust that cuts calories in half so you might just be able to eat more without the guilt.

Pie Five is said to be the first fast-casual pizza chain to offer pizzas that use cauliflower as a substitute to wheat flour. This lets them achieve the lower calorie count in their pizzas and attract the health-conscious crowd. Aside from being a low-cal dinner option, this pizza is also packed with vitamins and is actually good for your digestion.

El Pollo Loco’s Under 500 Menu

Another low-cal option would be El Pollo Loco’s Under 500 Menu. This line is composed of four light options including the Double Chicken Fit Plate, Shrimp Avocado Plate, Pollo Fit Burrito, and the Power Bowl. While this imported chain already offers relatively healthier meal options with their grilled chicken dishes, it’s still nice to know that they’re making an effort in offering healthier meals to diners.

Chick-fil-A’s Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap

Most people go to Chick-fil-A to get their fill of tasty chicken sandwich and biscuits but did you know that they also offer a few healthy menu items? This shouldn’t come as a surprise since they do tend to avoid trans fat when making their food.

Their Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap, however, might be a stark contrast to their very popular chicken sandwich. It’s light in calories but nicely filling, so it can be a great and healthy lunch option for you.

Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken

Panera is known for offering healthy food items but if you’re trying to stay away from carbs, this might not be the first place you head to during lunch breaks. Their bread can be really tempting even if you’re there for their low-cal fare.

If you can tough it out and avoid the baked goods, the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken is a nice lunch item you can nosh on without the guilt. Note, however, that it contains fruits so its sugar content is pretty high.

Burger King’s Veggie Burger

Not a big fan of the massive burgers Burger King offers? Their veggie burger is an interesting option but is often overlooked by the general populace. Their grilled chicken sandwich is also a great option if you want to stay away from cholesterol.

White Castle’s Veggie Sliders

If you’ve always been down for a White Castle slider but has since reconsidered your health, you might be glad to know that you now have a healthier option. They’re now serving some meatless sliders with the help of Impossible Burger patties.

These patties won’t make you feel like you’re eating a sad burger like what the earlier iterations of veggie meat tend to do. They’re made from wheat protein and potato but is made to ‘bleed’ like a beef patty when cut open.

If you want to eat better without feeling like you’re depriving yourself or you just really want better options from the chains that you frequent because of their quick service and good food, these are really good options for you.

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