Tips to Eat Healthy While Dining Out
Foods should be prepared without added salt or MSG. Avoid high sodium foods like items that are pickled or smoked. Foods that are cooked in broth, soy sause or teriyaki also tend to be high in sodium. Ask for your gravy, sauce or salad dressing to be served on the side.
For some concrete tips, here are some healthy alternatives to common fast food and snack items:
Eat this, Not that:
Eat: Small Bagel, Not: Danish
Eat: Grilled Chicken, sliced meats, or a 2 oz. regular hamburger, Not: Jumbo Cheeseburger
Eat: Grilled Chicken or Salad Bar (dressing in moderation), Not: Fried Chicken, Tacos
Eat: Chicken Fajita Pita, Not: Fried Chicken Pieces
Eat: Baked Potato with vegetables or low-fat toppings, Not: French Fries
Eat: Pretzels, Baked Chips, Not: Potato Chips
Eat: Juice, low-fat milk, diet soft drink, Not: Milkshake
These adjustments can be made with any type of restaurant food. Arm yourself with information and don't be afraid to ask your server for special requests. With this knowledge, you can enjoy eating healthy while dining out.