This post is sponsored by Noddles & Company.

The average American family eats out at restaurants or eats other commercially prepared meals four to five times per week. Although that number might seem high, it is important that no matter how many times your family eats out per week you should try to make healthy restaurant choices versus going through another drive-thru. But finding a place where the entire family can find something they enjoy can be difficult, especially if you have family members with dietary restrictions, a special diet, or simply a few picky eaters.

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Healthy Restaurant Choices with Noodles & Company

When trying to make healthy restaurant choices it is always a good idea to look up the menu items at a new place and see what they have to offer. Noodles & Company is one restaurant that not only offers a healthy alternative to your regular fast-food dining options, but some of their new menu items also offer selections for special diets and even the pickiest of eaters. Here are a few meals that are perfect for those nights where cooking just isn’t going to happen or when you just feel like enjoying a meal out.

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For the Low-Carbers

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No matter if you’re trying to lose weight or simply just trying to fit your macros for the day, Noodles & Company offers a variety of low-carb options for guests. If there is a menu item that doesn’t come with zucchini noodles that you would like to try, simply ask to substitute them.

  • Zucchini and Asparagus with Lemon Sauce
  • Zucchetti Garlic and Wine Sauce with Balsamic Chicken
  • Zucchini Pesto with Grilled Chicken
  • Zucchini Truffle Mac

For the Gluten-Free

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Noodles & Company just introduced a new gluten-free noddle, the pipette, so friends and family members can enjoy a healthy restaurant option without worrying about what to get. If you have a gluten allergy, just let the team at the register know and Noodles is happy to take some extra precautions on your dish – though they do have a disclaimer that says they cannot entirely eliminate the risk of cross-contact, so, if you have a severe allergy, you may want to check with your doctor before dining at Noodles. A gluten-free noodle can be substituted in most of the dishes.

Some of the healthiest options include:

  • Gluten-Friendly Pipette Rosa with Grilled Chicken
  • Gluten-Friendly Pipette Mac and Cheese
  • Pad Thai
  • Thai Chicken Soup
  • Tomato Basil Soup

For the Vegetarians

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There are many vegetarian options for the meat-less at Noodles & Company but if there is something you want to try that normally comes with chicken, beef, or pork simply ask them not to use it. After all, Noodles & Company is #NoodlesForAll.

  • Whole Wheat Fresca
  • Wisconsin Mac and Cheese
  • Penne Rosa
  • Pesto Cavatappi

For the Vegans

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Vegan options are aplenty at Noodles & Company- all you have to do is ask. #NoodlesForAll means that your meals can be customized to fit your diet, so simply ask to remove the meat and/or the cheese and cream when ordering.

  • Japanese Pan Noodles
  • Spicy Peanut Saute
  • Penne Rosa (without cheese and cream)
  • Whole Wheat Fresca (without cheese)

For the Kids

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The kids are a whole new set of picky eaters, but luckily for them (and you) Noodles & Company offers a variety of options for kids so everyone will be able to enjoy a healthy restaurant night out without the fuss:

  • Wisconsin Mac and Cheese with veggies and applesauce
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs with veggies and applesauce
  • Grilled Chicken Nuggets with veggies and applesauce
  • Buttered Noodles with veggies and applesauce

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Watch What You Eat

Sometimes trying to figure out exactly what fits into your daily diet or trying to make sure what you’re ordering truly is vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free can be difficult. Luckily with Noodles & Company’s new Dietary Calculator you not only can see how many calories you are consuming by ordering a certain dish, but you can also use filters to create a personalized menu.

With these filters you can find a dish that fits exactly what you need. You can filter out gluten, vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-free options and it can help you find a dish that fits into your daily macros. Body builders and “do you even lift”-ers unite! Or you can just search for something that is low in calories, gives you an energy boost, or helps you recover from a hard workout.

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Your personalized menu will help you to order exactly what fits your lifestyle without worrying about what you are really consuming– because you know what you’re getting at Noodles & Company.

Tip: If you are looking to watch what you’re eating even more, order a small size of your noodles dish and grab a garden side salad or soup for a fully balanced meal.

Making healthy restaurant choices or finding a restaurant that fits the needs of your entire family can be difficult. But with Noodles & Company and their philosophy of #NoodlesforAll, you are sure to find something that fits everyone’s needs, taste buds, and even their macros. It is one healthy restaurant choice you won’t feel guilty making.

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Lauren is a mom of three girls and a proud USMC spouse. She is the managing editor of Daily Mom Military, one half of the YouTube military spouse channel, #TheDependas, and owner of Lauren Lomsdale Creative Studios. She loves to run, lift, and do yoga in her spare time. Lauren is currently in Camp Pendleton, CA with her family and loves to meet new and inspiring military spouses.