For the second year in a row, Gold's Gym has partnered with celebrity chef Robert Irvine for the "Golden Plate Awards" to reveal the best bets – and bites – when it comes to dining out. The Golden Plate Awards recognizes ten of the healthiest food choices – including appetizers, entrees, and to-go options – at some of the nation's most popular restaurant and cafe chains to help consumers make informed decisions about "eating clean."
The submissions were collected from Gold's Gym members and consumers across the nation who shared their favorite meals at restaurants. Then Gold's Gym Fitness Institute Expert and Celebrity Chef, Robert Irvine, sorted through hundreds of nominations to determine which meals made the healthy cut – and which got chopped. The 2015 Golden Plate Award winners represent the best options for the body and the palate.
The winners are:
Applebee's – Sizzling Asian Shrimp and Broccoli
Boston Market – Skinless Chicken with Steamed Vegetables
Chipotle Mexican Grill – Steak Salad or Chicken Salad
Corner Bakery Cafe – ½ BBLT and Mixed Green Salad Combo
Denny's – Fit Slam
P.F. Chang's – Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps
Panera – Half-Sierra Turkey Sandwich on Focaccia Bread with a Bowl of Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
Ruby Tuesday – Spaghetti Squash Marinara
Starbucks – Chicken and Hummus Bistro Box
Zoës Kitchen – Protein Power Plate
"Today's consumer is much more empowered to make smart and healthy decisions about dining out than the generations before them, thanks to a growing awareness and concern for personal health and wellness. To chefs and culinary professionals dedicated to quality and nutrition, this is a wonderful thing," said Chef Robert Irvine. "I love partnering with Gold's Gym for their Golden Plate Awards because it is yet another great example of the power of nutritional education, as it provides millions of American's with a cheat sheet on how to dine out wisely."