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Healthier Dining Out Tips

Eating out in restaurants is no longer an occasional treat. If you eat out often, it is important to choose wisely. Use these tips to help you make a healthier choice:

  • Use nutrition information when it is available. Choose menu items that are lower in calories and sodium.
  • Order menu items that are baked, broiled, grilled, steamed and poached. Avoid menu items that are breaded, fried and "crispy".
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat such as sirloin and tenderloin (filet mignon). Rib eye and prime rib are fattier cuts.
  • Choose chicken breast "white meat" over "dark meat". Remove the skin.
  • Avoid menu items that are "creamy" and described as "rich".
  • Avoid marinated, pickled and smoked menu items that are often very high in sodium.
  • Ask for dressings and sauces to be served on the side. Use just enough to satisfy your taste buds without drowning them.
  • Share your appetizer, meal and/or dessert. Don't be afraid to take half home for the next day.
  • Choose menu items that contain lots of vegetables.
  • Substitute French fries with a side salad or veggies.
  • Ask if whole grain options are available, e.g. whole wheat pasta, multigrain bread or crust.
  • Ask if lower-sodium soy sauce is available.
  • Drink water.
  • Ask for lower-fat milk in coffee drinks.

For more information on menu labelling and how to make healthy eating choices when dining out check out Savvy Diner


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