By Pamela Ofstein
Director of Nutrition Services
We know you won’t always have time to prepare a proper lunch or cook up a healthy dinner, so we’re going to make eating right anywhere much easier. eDiets has teamed up with Healthy Dining Finder to bring you the best meals at your favorite restaurants each month.
Who doesn’t love a great sandwich? Well, one of the newest restaurants to join the Healthy Dining Program is famous for them! Not only does Schlotzsky’s offer fabulous sandwiches, but wraps, pizzas and even salads round out the offerings at this popular eatery, which has more than 350 locations worldwide.
While I love saying their fun name, I have been enjoying Schlotzsky’s sandwiches for a long time! People who know me can attest that when I want to grab something for lunch or dinner, my usual comment is I want something healthy, like a sandwich or wrap – not anything fried. Schlotzsky’s has more than sandwiches, of course, so there is an option for anyone – but regardless of menu choice, their quick, fresh, and healthy dining experience can’t be beat.
One of my favorites is the small Chicken & Pesto (I love pesto) sandwich with roasted chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and a basil pesto sauce. You can enjoy the delicious combination of pesto, chicken and vegetables for only 370 calories, including 24 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber — add more lettuce and tomato and that number will increase! It is the perfect meal to grab and go for lunch or dinner.
Now for you Panini or wrap lovers out there, you might not want to pass up on the Mozzarella & Portobello Panini or Parmesan Chicken Caesar Wrap. Ranging from 490 to 560 calories, the Paninis or wraps are perfect to split, or save half for later. Add in the Garden Salad as a side (additional 50 calories) and you will increase your vegetables two-fold.
Schlotzsky’s is all about the taste and has plenty of healthy options. Don’t be shy about toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, and onions; simply go easy on the sauces and higher calorie condiments that can add extra fat or sodium to your meal. With these better choices, you can enjoy the freshness of Schlotzsky’s food without the guilt!
To see the full menu of Schlotzsky’s Healthy Dining fare, visit Healthy Dining Finder and pick your own favorite. Enjoy!