Hard to eat healthy when dining out
Eating healthy is hard when cooking at home, but is even more difficult when dining out. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, choosing the healthiest selection is tough.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute lists healthy tips to consider when ordering at a restaurant:
Choose foods that are steamed, broiled, baked, roasted, poached or lightly sautéed or stir-fried
Ask for fat-free or low-fat milk instead of cream for coffee or tea
Pick food without butter, gravy, or sauces - or ask to have the food without it
Choose a lower-calorie salad dressing
Ask for salad dressing on the side, and use only some of it
Pick drinks without added sugar, like water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, or diet iced-tea, lemonade, or soda
Ask for healthier substitutions of sides
Choose items that have less fat or added sugar
After you have made the first step of ordering in a healthy way, there is still more that you can do by making more healthy choices throughout your meal such as:
Trim visible fat from poultry or meat
Do not eat the skin on chicken or turkey
Share your meal, or take half home for later
Skip dessert or order fruit
Split dessert with a friend
Visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov to learn more.
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