10 Tips For Dining Out Healthy

Portion sizes are much larger in most restaurants. Try ordering an appetizer as your entrée, or split a meal with a friend. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Portion sizes are much larger in most restaurants. Try ordering an appetizer as your entrée, or split a meal with a friend. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Dining out doesn’t have to expand your waistline. Here are 10 tips for eating healthy when you’re out on the town (via The Biggest Loser Resort):

  1. Don’t arrive starving. It’ll make you more likely to eat too quickly and overeat.
  2. Drink water. Water helps keep you hydrated, and fills you up without calories. Add lemon, orange, lime or cucumbers to your water for a splash of flavor.
  3. Look up nutrition and calorie information beforehand. Be knowledgable!  These days, most restaurants provide nutrition facts online, and many offer lower calorie meal options.
  4. Watch your sodium intake. Sodium makes your body retain water, which can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. 
  5. Read the menu. Be sure you know what you’ll be eating. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, ask your server. They’re there to help you!
  6. Order lean protein options ‘dry-fried.’ This means cooked with no oil or butter. The flavor will still be there!
  7. Get creative. Try ordering an appetizer for dinner or an entrée from the kids menu. These portion sizes are healthier and can be just as satisfying.
  8. Order your food selections ‘undressed.’ This means without the creams, sauces, dressings, etc. Then you can add low calorie condiments like salsa, mustard or balsamic vinegar.
  9. Socialize. Take your time while eating and chew each bite thoroughly, socializing while you eat. You can even get extra social and share your meal with a friend.
  10. Substitute. Opt for mixed greens, tomato slices, extra veggies or fruit salad in place of fries, coleslaw or mashed potatoes. Your stomach will thank you!
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