Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Myth: You can’t eat healthy in restaurants.

Answer: Busted!

Sometimes it is challenging, but it can be done. Here are some restaurant survival tips:

  • Go for variety. Choose restaurants that have a variety of menu choices, including healthy ones.
  • Get two meals for the price of one. It’s easy to overeat if it’s in front of you. Get a “to go” box before you start eating and put half the meal in the box. You avoid temptation and get a meal for another time.
  • Share a meal, appetizer or dessert. Ask for an extra plate or have the server spilt it before it is served.
  • Ask for the lunch portion. It’s usually smaller than a dinner portion.
  • Order off the appetizer menu instead of an entrée for your meal. It’s enough food and if you splurge on a higher calorie item, you won’t be tempted to overeat.
  • Beware buffets. Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets and supersize specials. The temptation to overeat is just too great!
  • Understand the menu.
    o Less fat: Baked, grilled, broiled, steamed, poached, roasted, stir-fried, lightly sautéed.
    o More fat: Creamed, buttered, breaded, fried, sautéed, au gratin.
  • Have it on the side. Order gravies, sauces and dressings on the side. You can control how much is used and a little adds big taste.
  • Have it your way. Don’t be afraid to make special requests. Ask for a baked potato instead of fries.
  • Don’t drink your calories. Stick to unsweetened drinks or water.
With a few small changes, you can eat healthy when you eat out.

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