Dining Out for Health (Heart Health)
Are you trying to eat healthfully? If you are, there’s no need to cancel those reservations. With a little planning â€” and a willingness to speak up â€” you can eat healthfully when you eat at your favorite restaurants. Here are some tips:
Remember that you’re the customer. Ask for exactly what you want. Most restaurants will honor your requests. In any case, you have nothing to lose by asking!
Order small. To reduce portion sizes, try ordering appetizers as your main meal.
Ask questions. Don’t hesitate to ask your server how foods are prepared and whether the restaurant will make substitutions.
Select foods cooked by low-fat methods. Sometimes preparation techniques can make all the difference. Look for terms such as broiled, baked, roasted, poached, or lightly sautÃ©ed.
Limit foods high in calories and fat. Watch out for terms such as fried, crispy, creamed, escalloped, hollandaise, bÃ©arnaise, casserole, and pastry crust.
Eating right doesn’t mean you need to eat at home every single night. You can enjoy a nice meal out; just be sure to make wise choices .