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What to Eat When Eating Out

Eating healthy doesn't alway mean having to cook every meal at home. Choosing better options when eating out is possible by following these tips:

When You Order

  • Order foods that are steamed, broiled, grilled, stir-fried, or roasted.
  • Order first so that you will not be influenced by others’ choices.
  • Choose seafood, chicken, or lean red meat rather than fatty or processed meats. Remove all visible fat from any meat. Order meats grilled or baked instead of breaded and fried.
  • Ask for steamed vegetables or side salad instead of fries.
  • Ask for the sauces and dressings on the side so you can control how much you eat. Always look for vinaigrettes instead of creamy-based dressings.
  • Any time you can add in veggies, add them in. Most restaurants include extra veggies for no charge!
  • Always get water as your drink. Add in lemon for more flavor or even get the carbonated water!
  • Watch portion sizes. Ask for a takeout box right away when and cut your food into the right portion sizes to take the rest home.

Salad Tips

  • When choosing from a salad bar, avoid items like grated cheese, potato salads, cream dressings, bacon bits, and croutons.
  • Use a squeeze of lemon instead of dressing on salads. Or try rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
  • If you opt for dressing on your salad, order the dressing on the side. Dip your salad fork into the dressing, then into the salad. You will consume less dressing if you just get a taste of it on each mouthful of salad rather than pouring it over the salad.

- Adapted from webMD