I decided to add a new page to the blog’s headline.
Introducing: “Dining Out”
I love eating out and trying new foods. I also love that it’s completely possible to eat well at many restaurants, with new menu items popping up all.of.the.time. From chain restaurants to the small ma and pa cafe’s, I thought it would be fun to include some of the healthy options/requests/orders that are available out there.
Today, I stopped in at Panera Bread, which is one of my favorite places to eat when I’m out and about.
U-Pick-2 Option: Black Bean Soup. Classic Salad. Whole Grain Baguette (that’s a special request, as the order will automatically deliver a white baguette unless you ask.)
It’s delicious. Filling. Soul satisfying.
I only wish I knew what the secret was to their black bean soup (there’s cumin, red onions and black beans in there, and that is all I know!)
When I’m dining out, I like to include some protein (i.e., black bean soup), vegetables (i.e., salad) and a whole grain if possible (i.e., whole grain baguette.) These three combined, along with a little fat (i.e., fat used in making soup and/or salad dressing) keeps me deliciously full for hours.
It also gives me plenty of energy to shop, shop, shop. Which is exactly what I did all day.
QUESTION: What is your favorite “chain restaurant”? I’m a big fan of Panera and the Cheesecake Factory.