How to Eat Better When Dining Out

Select food carefully at the salad bar (photo credit: Natalie Maynor)

Eating in a restaurant, cafeteria, or friend’s home can be challenging if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet.  But it’s not impossible.  Master these simple skills to make healthier food choices when dining out.

Create a Healthy Plate

You can enjoy a healthy, satisfying meal if you build a colorful plate.  Try to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Red peppers, deep green veggies and bright berries will make your plate look more appealing.  Avoid sauces and look for veggies that are steamed, boiled or lightly sautéed.

When choosing meat or another source of protein, remember that a single serving is the size of a deck of cards.  Entrees that are grilled, baked, or broiled are usually lower in calories than foods that are fried or battered.

Heading to the salad bar?  Be careful.  Although there are plenty of healthy options here, there are also plenty of ways to turn your salad into a diet disaster.  Try to choose just one healthy fat, such as lowfat cheese, hard-boiled egg, avocado, or olive oil (instead of a creamy dressing) and then fill the rest of your plate with leaner options.

Use these resources to learn more about essential skills for dining out.

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One thought on “How to Eat Better When Dining Out

  1. Some really good advice here. Making meals out of colourful food does make it appealing . Having healthy options in restaurants is becoming very popular. People are becoming much more aware of the foods they eat.

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