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Tips to Eating Healthily at Restaurant

Aug 11, 2008
Eating out at a restaurant is a pleasurable experience as far as getting waited on and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. But the other side to it is that it can wind up being more fattening than just enjoying a meal at home.

You can still enjoy dining out and observe healthy eating habits. When making choices as to what to eat, stick with the foods you know are low in fat and sodium, stay away from anything deep fried or smothered in gravy, and you should be ok.

Choose a healthier restaurant - Try going to the places that advertise healthier menu choices. Some restaurants have special sections on their menus specifically for low calorie or low fat food choices. Don't be afraid to speak up and request something off the menu.

When ordering salads, another option is to use one of the new spray-on dressings. You can purchase these at your local grocery store and carry it with you when you dine out. These are just another one of the great options available for the healthy minded consumers of today.

Olive oil is a more healthy choice than cooking with butter or lard. Olive oil is used to fry or lightly sear some menu items and is can also be used to make salad dressings. You can save yourself unneeded fat calories by skipping the more fattening options; it is an easy option that makes a big difference.

While we are talking about salad dressing on the side, and skipping butter and lard, another option that can save unwanted fat and calories is to skip out on the heavy gravies, creamy sauces and smothering things in cheese and oil.

Avoid Buffets - The foods that you see in the buffets are ones the restaurants can easily make in bulk. These usually turn out to be fattening fried foods or pasta dishes. If you think you can easily steer clear of the fattening items and stick with healthier salads and foods, then go ahead and enjoy the buffet!

Eating out is a nice treat once in awhile, but do not over do it. Only go out on special occasions and when you go out take care to observe portion control. You should be able to dine out and enjoy yourself without busting a gut in the process.
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