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The Healthiest Entrées at Your 10 Favorite Chain Restaurants

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Chain restaurants tend to get a bad rap from a nutrition standpoint. For the most part, this is justified: Burgers, ribs, and salads bogged down with fried chicken and mayo-heavy dressings are going to be unhealthy wherever you order them. But more and more chains are making a real effort to have healthy options on their menus, and we’ve tracked down the healthiest entrées at 10 of the most popular chain restaurants in America.

The Healthiest Entrées at Your 10 Favorite Chain Restaurants (Slideshow)

Within the past five or so years, just about every major chain restaurant has added some sort of “healthy choices” section to its menu in response to serious pressure to get with the program and do something about the rampant obesity in America, and to compete with new health-oriented chains. Whether any of these menu items are decent sellers isn’t public knowledge, but just the fact that healthy entrée options are available is a good thing. Cracker Barrel has added a “Wholesome Fixin’s” menu, Olive Garden has a section highlighting “Lighter Italian Fare,” Chili’s offers “Lighter Choices,” and even Applebee’s has a “Lighter Fare” menu.

If you’re looking to eat healthy at a chain restaurant (or any restaurant, for that matter), it’s best to just use common sense. Avoid fried foods or anything covered in cheese or dripping with visible grease, opt for fresh seafood and chicken breast instead of a big steak or ribs, avoid large servings of pasta, avoid creamy and oily salad dressings, and ask for your side of vegetables steamed. And if you feel yourself getting full, take half home for a second meal! Thankfully, many chains have already done the work for you by segregating the healthiest options into their own menu section; all you need to do is make sure to order from it.

Read on to learn what the healthiest (if not necessarily attractive-looking) entrée options, without including side dishes, are at 10 of America’s most popular chain restaurants. Even though the temptation may be hard to resist, visiting a chain restaurant shouldn’t be an excuse to pig out on greasy, fattening foods. Eating healthy at a chain is possible; you can do it!


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant&mdashThese Are The 10 Best Desserts

Two years later and over 20 restaurants down, I've found the best desserts at the most popular chain restaurants. These are worth saving space for&mdashsome are so good, I recommend skipping the entrée altogether.

This towering dessert is a mix of a flaky croissant and doughy donut. The salty caramel and hot fudge dip send it over the edge.

If you're obsessed with a salty-sweet dessert, this one is for you. The toffee chunks and the warm buttery cookie go perfectly with the salted caramel drizzled ice cream.

Of course Olive Garden would have a dessert lasagna. The eight-layered brownie tower has thick cream cheese to break up the chocolatey-sweetness of the brownie. P.S. We have a copycat recipe of this one because y'all love it that much.

Looking for a crispy dessert? P.F. Chang's has just the thing for you. Bananas are sliced, rolled in spring rolls, fried, and then drizzled with a caramel-vanilla concoction. My favorite part is dipping the rolls in the coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Look, we could've put the molten chocolate cake in here for Chili's, but I think we all know about it, and to be honest. it's overrated. Switch it up and get the paradise pie next time. It's full of butter, coconut, walnuts, and chocolate. This baby's got layers.

I've never dreamed about a dessert more than this moist, soft, fudge cake. If I could have this for my birthday every single year I'd be content.

Not a chocolate fan? I hear you. The tart and sweet key lime pie at Bonefish Grill is light enough for you to eat the entire slice yourself. The graham cracker crust is addictive.

Out of all of the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory, I've got my eyes set on this peanut butter dream. It's dense, chocolatey, and the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'll need a glass of milk with this one.

Remember how I fell in love with Cracker Barrel's chocolate cake just a few seconds ago? Well, meet the denser, sexier version. The Great Wall of Chocolate is sensual. I highly recommend you buy this to-go and eat it alone in your bed.

In English, this means "chocolate dream" and honestly, Carrabba's nailed it. It is the perfect balance between dense and light the brownie is thick while the chocolate mousse layers are fluffy. This picture should go next to the word "decadence" in the dictionary.



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