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Healthy options for kids meals

Trying to feed your kids healthful options when dining out can be stressful. Most restaurants offer the usual chicken fingers, mac ’n’ cheese, hamburger with fries or grilled cheese, but the calories, fat and sodium in these items is through the roof. Here are the healthiest options at popular restaurants.

Chili’s. The grilled chicken is the way to go at Chili’s. You can order the Grilled Chicken Platter, which has 160 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 170 milligrams of sodium, or the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, with 230 calories, 5 grams of fat and 230 milligrams of sodium. Add a side of celery sticks with ranch dressing for an additional 80 calories, steamed broccoli for 30 calories or mandarin oranges or pineapple for 35 calories.

Red Lobster. Some of the more healthful options include broiled fish, with 200 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 350 milligrams of sodium, or the garlic grilled fish, with 60 calories, 1 gram of fat and 580 milligrams of sodium. Good accompaniments are the fresh broccoli with 45 calories, garden salad with 90 calories or fruit with 40 calories.

Panera Bread. Although the deli sandwiches may be tempting, they have over 1,000 milligrams of sodium each. Instead, opt for the PB&J sandwich, with 410 calories, 18 grams of fat (mostly unsaturated) and 550 milligrams of sodium.

– Toby Amidor, FoodNetwork.com

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