KFC just debuted its Double Down, a sauce-smothered, bacon-cheese heart attack sandwich wrapped in two pieces of fried chicken instead of bread. (Oy. Just writing


Eat Your Heart (Attack) Out, KFC: Seattle's Top Five Healthy Chain-Restaurant Meals

KFC just debuted its Double Down, a sauce-smothered, bacon-cheese heart attack sandwich wrapped in two pieces of fried chicken instead of bread. (Oy. Just writing that makes this writer feel bloated.)

But you don't have to gorge on offensive quantities of grease just because you're dining at a chain-restaurant. In fact, you can get by on 600 calories or less if you eat the meals listed below at your favorite burger, pizza, and pasta joints. Disclaimer: You will have to substitute a side salad for the fries. Suck it up, your body will thank you for it.

Olive Garden's Linguine alla Marinara
5. Rock Bottom's Grilled Steak Salad (522 calories) Even the appetizers at this restaurant-brewery contain more than your daily caloric intake allows for. The ball park pretzels? A whopping 2,571 calories. Stick to the steak salad, a lush bed of spinach topped with medium-rare sirloin slices, Gorgonzola cheese, and almonds, all tossed in a sweet balsamic dressing. It's a safe, satisfying bet in a place ideal only for feeding linebackers.

4. Olive Garden's Linguine alla Marinara (430 calories) Is pasta your comfort food? Olive Garden's got you covered. Its menu features Garden Fare® Options for the health conscious, divided according to fat, carb, and gluten concerns. The Linguine alla Marinara is a sweet, simple spaghetti dish, accompanied by a ripe tomato, onion, and herb sauce. Indulge in this and stay away from that awful all-you-can-eat breadstick deal.

Red Robin's Arctic Cod Fish Filets
3. Red Robin's Arctic Cod Fish & Chips Salad (461 calories) Red Robin is one of the easiest joints to eat healthy versions of American classics. Consider the fish and chips. Laced in a light-tempura batter and fried in zero trans fat oil, these succulent cod filets are loaded with protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Ditch the tarter sauce and swap the bottomless steak fries for a side salad, and you've got yourself a healthy meal that still feels fun. Craving a burger? Request yours wrapped in lettuce instead of bread for another guilt-free indulgence.

2. California Pizza Kitchen's Cobb Salad (540 calories) They may be famous for serving up California-style pies, but CPK deserves credit for their awesome salad selection. A half-portion of their signature Cobb is so big that they recently decided to dub it a "regular" size - which it is. This salad is loaded with grilled chicken, smoked bacon, chopped egg, avocado, tomato, and Gorgonzola cheese. If you like to drown your salad in dressing, rejoice: the above calorie count includes blue cheese. Better still, ask for it on the side.

Denny's Moons Over My Hammy
1. Denny's Moons Over My Hammy (590 calories) Everything in moderation, including moderation. We all slip. We drink too many, stay up too late, and end up at Denny's at 3 a.m., at which point nothing sounds better than the Moons Over My Hammy, a ham-cheese-scrambled egg sandwich on grilled sourdough, served with hash browns. (Hey, it beats going through the Jack-in-the-Box drive-thru.) All you need to do is request the half-portion - you can still keep the hash browns! - and there's your favorite "bad breakfast" fix sans the guilt. Besides, haven't you heard an egg a day keeps the doctor away?

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