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Eating can be healthy, fun family event.

Posted on May 07, 2008 by Maggie LaBarbera

Restaurants are evaluated for healthy food choices.

It's nice to go out to eat with the kids and of course then there's no clean up, which is also a perk. But it can be good family time, something the kids remember. But picking the right restaurant can be a challenge.

The magazine looks at a variety of criteria in determining how healthy it is. For example, does it use trans fats (a no-no for the heart- for more information on trans fat-you can go to our nutrition dictionary) how about the grains are they whole grains like brown rice, or wheat pasta? Is it organic? Okay, good thing they did the work for us.

Here we are trying to give our children more nutritious meals and that does not always align with eating out. So here you have it, Health magazine's top restaurants to go to for a healthy bite.

Top 10 chain restaurants for healthy eating:

1. Uno Chicago Grill 2. Souplantation (also called Sweet Tomatoes) 3. Mimi's Cafe 4. P.F. Chang's China Bistro 5. Bob Evans Restaurants 6. Ruby Tuesday 7. Romano's Macaroni Grill 8. Chevy's Fresh Mex 9. Olive Garden 10. Denny's

Top 5 fast-food restaurants for a healthy lunch:

1. Noodles and Company 2. Chipotle Mexican Grill 3. Cosi 4. Panera Bread 5. Au Bon Pain

(Source: Health magazine)

Hope this helps going out to be a fun family event and still be a nutritious one!





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