Top 5 Foods Healthy Restaurant Foods That Probably Aren’t

You’ve learned so much about eating right that you probably feel confident when you go out to eat.

But are you sure you’re making healthy choices?

Turns out, a lot of menu items that people think are healthy really aren’t.

These 5 foods may sound good, but stay away from them when you’re dining out.

1. Spinach Wraps

What could be bad about a wrap made of spinach? As it turns out, a lot!

As much as we all love the green stuff, you won’t find much of it in that green wrap. It’s mostly made of enriched white flour and green food coloring.

You’re much better off choosing a salad with the same ingredients as you planned to have inside the wrap. Remember to ask for the dressing on the side.

2. Artichoke-Spinach Dip

When you’re trying to choose an appetizer, it’s easy to be fooled by one that’s full of vegetables. Unfortunately, this one is also full of unhealthy fats and salt.

If you really want to dip, order hummus with raw veggies. It’s loaded with nutrients.

3. Fast Food Salads

We know, when you pass up the burger and opt for the salad, you feel like you’re doing the right thing. But read the label and you’ll find that the croutons and toppings add up to lots of fat.

Want an unbelievable example?

McDonalds just introduced a kale salad in Canada that has more fat than a Big Mac!

If you’re in a rush, opt for chili at Wendy’s with a side salad. This is a protein rich and low fat option. Again, I would only consider this in a serious pinch. I usually keep some fresh snacks or protein bars on hand for emergencies but life happens.

4. Veggie Burgers

It’s natural to think that a veggie burger is going to be a healthier choice than a regular burger, but it may not be. Though they’re made of vegetables, they also have fillers binding them, as well as oil.

The fat and salt content on most veggie burgers is high, so if you’re not a vegetarian, ask for a turkey burger or grilled chicken instead.

If you are vegetarian, ask them to use pan spray instead of oil or butter to cook it up.

5. Sushi

Though sushi rolls feel healthy, a lot of them contain sauces or fried ingredients, and sushi rice is loaded with sugar.

When going out for sushi, skip the rolls and order sashimi instead. It’s an excellent source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

3 Quick Tips For Dining Out  

  • Do your homework before you go. Most restaurants have their menus online. Take a peek before you go so that you can make smart choices.
  • Exercise portion control, even if the restaurant doesn’t. You can cut the meal in half before you start eating and ask for a carry-out container to put it in.
  • Stick to grilled chicken, lean meat or vegetables and ask that the kitchen not use sauces or butters.
  • Enjoy your food. Eat slowly and don't feel guilty if your meal isn't 100% what you strive for.

Strive for a balance of 50% vegetables, 25% healthy fats and 25% protein, and you’ll be on the right track.

Yours in Health,


P.S. Please share this info with your friends who like to dine out. I welcome your comments below. How often do you dine at a restaurant?