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Hard to eat healthy when dining out

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 09:14 PM

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.

Healthy Habits 2013 is a partnership among Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and St. Mary's Medical Center. We are a community working together to improve our health. Our goal is a simple one: to inform and encourage area residents on ways to improve their health. Join our conversation and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthyhabits2013.

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