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Fact: Each day about one in four Americans eats at least one meal at a fast-food restaurant. If that number includes you, check out these healthy meal choices.
Let's start with Boneheads.
Here's what they serve: Fresh grilled fish and chicken fire-grilled with Piri Piri sauce, made with spicy chilies from South Africa.
Where you'll find them: In California, Florida, and Georgia. In the next two years, they plan to open in North Carolina and expand in Florida, Georgia, and California (eatboneheads.com).What to Order
Note: Boneheads doesn't currently offer nutrition information.
What they serve: Started by the CEO of the Stonyfield Farm dairy company, O'Naturals offers fresh, organic, and natural sandwiches, salads, soups, and pizzas. All of their meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free.
Where you'll find them: Currently, there are four restaurants: two in Maine and one each in Massachusetts and Kansas. By 2009, O'Naturals plans to add 11 more locations nationwide (onaturals.com).What to Order
You can build your own salad or sandwich, but check out these menu items too:
What they serve: This restaurant's motto is "Feel Great Fast Food" because they offer healthier versions of menu classics, such as fries -- on the EVOS menu they're called "Airfries" because they're baked instead of being deep-fried.
Where you'll find them: Right now, just in Florida and Las Vegas. But in the next year, EVOS plans to open 12 new eateries on the West Coast, with more to follow out East (evos.com).What to Order
What they serve: The leanest burgers in America, according to the company's Web site. If you don't like beef, there are plenty of alternatives: You can get turkey, chicken, veggie, or fish burgers or sandwiches.
Where you'll find them: In California, Texas, and Michigan. In the upcoming year, they'll open restaurants in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.What to Order
What they serve: No surprise here -- lotsa noodles, all Asian-, Mediterranean-, or American-inspired. They also offer salads and soups. Bonus: Every dish is offered in two sizes -- regular and small, including the delicious mac 'n' cheese.
Where you'll find them: All over the Midwest, with a few restaurants in California and Oregon, and more in the Washington, D.C., metro area. By 2008, Noodles & Company plans on opening 35 new restaurants (noodles.com).What to Order
What they serve: Mexican -- burritos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos, and salads. Vegetarians can also eat happy. Moe's offers a choice of tofu in all of their burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. Bonus: If you go to moes.com, you can see the nutrition information for meals customized to your liking (for instance, the burrito minus the guac). So take your cell!
Where you'll find them: In 35 states and Washington, D.C. (go to moes.com/locations.aspx for specific locations).What to Order
What they serve: This chain's slogan is "Built Baja Fresh," which means the food isn't frozen, microwaved, or out of a can and the tortillas are lard-free. However, read the menu carefully: A chicken quesadilla has 1,330 calories -- that alone could be more than two-thirds of your daily caloric intake.
Where you'll find them: Baja Fresh has 291 locations around the United States. For restaurant locations, log on to bajafresh.com.What to Order
This way to healthy menus at an exit near you: speedy service and smart eats.What to Order
For breakfast choose the Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories, 2g fat). If that's not filling enough, tack on a plain English muffin with strawberry preserves for an extra 175 calories and 1.5g fat.
Come lunchtime, pick the Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (260 calories, 9g fat).
A vegetarian burrito bowl with black beans, fajita veggies. and tomato salsa (255 calories, 9g fat).
A salad of chicken, black beans, and tomato salsa (374 calories, 12g fat). This doesn't include dressing, but who needs it when you've got salsa?
The Grilled Salmon Salad (340 calories and 14g fat, including the dressing).
At dinner, try the Roasted Wild Mushroom Crispani -- Panera's version of a thin-crust pizza (340 calories, 16g fat).
For breakfast, opt for the Low Fat Strawberry Flavored Yogurt with Granola Topping. Pair it with a Mandarin Orange Cup (330 calories, 6g fat).
At lunch, get a Sour Cream & Chives Baked Potato plus a Caesar Side Salad (400 calories, 8.5g fat).
At breakfast, bypass the muffins and opt for the new Peachy Raspberry Yogurt Parfait (320 calories, 4g fat).
For lunch, try one of Starbuck's latest offerings: the Fiesta Salad with chicken (320 calories, 10g fat).
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.