Everyone has concerns when they sit down to eat at a restaurant. Most people worry about what’s going to be left in their wallet after it’s all over. Others have to study the menu from cover to cover to make sure there’s something they’ll like. Of course, many of us walk into restaurants wondering if finding something healthy to eat is even a possibility.
You deserve to enjoy your meal no matter where you’re eating. And even if the menu isn’t the most nutritionally impressive, you can still make healthy choices based on the options in front of you. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the healthiest meals you can order at Applebee’s. All the meals below are under 1,500 calories, and none exceed 20 grams of saturated fat or 2,500 milligrams of sodium.
1. Sirloin Stir-Fry
When selecting healthy options at restaurants, stir-fry is usually a safe bet. This stir-fry in particular is only 770 calories, offering just 6 grams of saturated fat alongside 44 grams of protein. It’s not the perfect entrée — it’s made with white rice, which isn’t nearly as nutrient-rich as brown rice. It also has 2,320 milligrams of sodium, which is 20 milligrams over the maximum recommended amount you should eat in a day. Still, looking at the other dishes in this category — especially you, 1,990-calorie New England Fish and Chips — this stir-fry is actually a great lunch or dinner choice. It’s filling, but not so much so that you’re going to feel uncomfortably full by the time you leave the restaurant.