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Eating Healthier at Fast Food Restaurants : La Madeleine

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La Madeleine is a French bakery and café that has mostly located in Texas and across the Southeast and Southwest. The original location has its roots in France, with the first American restaurant opening in 1983. There are now over 80 locations, and as chain food restaurants go it remains closer to its roots of being French than a manufactured restaurant such as Olive Garden (which bears almost no relationship to Italy).

As such, there are some reasonable choices for you to order in their restaurants.

They are a pretty good choice for breakfast. Their quiches come in at over 700 milligrams of sodium but that's not too bad for a chain food restaurant. They do have one of the best oatmeal options with little added sugar and a great variety of healthy oatmeal topping selections.

Their breads do have a fair amount of sodium so that makes sandwiches higher in salt. The best choice is a half sandwich and while this may seem like a cop out, those sandwiches come in at between 400 and 500 calories for a half sandwich – more than enough for lunch.

They also have options for smaller servings of soups and salads alongside the option of ordering only a half sandwich. This might bring you in at moving towards 1,000 milligrams of sodium, yet you can put together a relatively healthy meal by comparison to other chain restaurant choices.

  Cal. Total Fat (g) Sod. (mg) Fiber (g)
BREAKFAST
Fresh Fruit Salade Bowl 130 0.5 35 3
Fresh Fruit Salade Cup 60 0 15 1
Oatmeal, Bowl 120 2.5 5 3
Oatmeal, Cup 60 1 0 2
Quiche Florentine 750 48 740 2
Quiche Florentine - Breakfast 750 48 740 2
Two Eggs Any Style 330 29 440 1
BREAKFAST - EGG OPTIONS
Eggs 330 29 440 1
OATMEAL TOPPINGS - BOWL
Almonds (Oatmeal Bowl Toppings) 70 6 0 1
Blueberries (Oatmeal Bowl Toppings) 10 0 0 1
Brown Sugar (Oatmeal Bowl Toppings) 45 0 0 0
Pecans (Oatmeal Bowl Toppings) 160 16 0 2
Raisins (Oatmeal Bowl Toppings) 100 0 0 1
Strawberries (Oatmeal Bowl Toppings) 5 0 0 0
OATMEAL TOPPINGS - CUP
Almonds (Oatmeal Cup Toppings) 30 3 0 1
Blueberries (Oatmeal Cup Toppings) 5 0 0 0
Brown Sugar (Oatmeal Cup Toppings) 20 0 0 0
Pecans (Oatmeal Cup Toppings) 80 8 0 1
Raisins (Oatmeal Cup Toppings) 50 0 0 1
Strawberries (Oatmeal Cup Toppings) 5 0 0 0
SALADE SAMPLER
Chicken Salade 390 32 730 1
Country Potato Cup 240 18 950 1
Cream of Mushroom Cup 210 18 450 0
French Lentil & Kale Cup 90 2 590 3
Fresh Fruit Salade Cup 60 0 15 1
Mediterranean Kale & Quinoa Salde - Cup 190 12 300 2
Petite Caesar with Fat-Free Dressing 90 4 370 2
Petite Caesar with Original Caesar Dressing 260 24 380 2
Petite Cranberry & Pecan Wild Field Salade 160 12 30 2
Petite Strawberry & Bacon Spinach Salade 130 12 130 2
Strawberries Romanoff Cup 80 2 25 3
Tomato Basil Cup 270 25 300 1
Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salade Cup 370 26 650 2
ENTRÉE SALADES
Cranberry & Pecan Wild Field 470 34 180 6
Strawberry & Bacon Spinach 360 32 340 5
SALADE ADD - ONS
Side of Chicken 150 6 480 0
Side of Salmon 230 15 270 0
Side of Shrimp 80 3.5 320 0
HOMEMADE SOUPES
Cream of Mushroom Cup 210 18 450 0
French Lentil & Kale Cup 90 2 590 3
Tomato Basil Cup 270 25 300 1
CAFÉ SAMPLER
Mediterranean Kale & Quinoa Salade - Cup 190 12 300 2
Petite Caesar with Fat-Free Dressing 90 4 370 2
Petite Caesar with Original Caesar Dressing 260 24 380 2
Petite Cranberry & Pecan Wild Field Salade 160 12 30 2
Petite Strawberry & Bacon Spinach Salade 130 12 130 2
Tomato Basil Cup 270 25 300 1
CAFÉ CLASSIQUES
Quiche Florentine 750 48 740 2
SANDWICHES
Half Chicken & Pesto 430 23 750 2
Half Chicken Caesar 480 24 760 3
Half Chicken Salade Croissant 340 24 530 2
Half Mozzarella & Tomato 440 10 410 2

Updated: June 8, 2020