Eating Healthy Eating Out

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Eating Healthy Eating Out

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute obesity guidelines say that whether or not you’re trying to lose weight, eat healthy eating out can be done. So, if you’re treating yourself to a meal out, here are some tips to help make it a dining experience that is both tasty and good for you.



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Ask! Will the restaurant:

  • Serve fat free (skim) milk rather than whole milk or cream?
  • Trim visible fat from poultry or meat?
  • Leave all butter, gravy or sauces off a dish?
  • Serve salad dressing on the side?
  • Accommodate special requests?
  • Use less cooking oil when cooking?

Act! Select foods which are: Eating Healthy Eating Out

  • Steamed
  • Garden fresh
  • Broiled
  • Baked
  • Roasted
  • Poached
  • Lightly sauteed or stir-fried

Practice These Guidelines for Eating Healthy Eating Out

Restaurants are becoming more willing to serve salad dressings and mayonnaise on the side than ever before. Do not eat at one that does not.

Most restaurants will now prepare your food broiled or baked instead of fried when you request them to do so, especially the better restaurants.

If you have a question regarding substitutions, talk to the manager directly and do not deal with the waitress.

What Can You Order for Eating Healthy Eating Out?

  • Grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs.
  • Broiled or grilled fish.
  • Corn on the cob.
  • Low sodium vegetable or bean soup.
  • Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with cranberry sauce or mustard.
  • Steamed vegetables over rice or noodles.
  • Steamed shellfish in wine or tomato sauce.
  • Chicken or whole bean burrito or tostada.
  • Chicken tandoori.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing