More and more people are eating out. If you are one of them, you can still eat well, if you make the right choices. Here's a checklist to make sure you eat healthy - anywhere.
- Try natural foods or vegetarian menus or restaurants.
- Watch alcohol consumption. It adds "empty" calories and can be dehydrating. If you choose to drink, remember that spritzers and light beers are the best choices.
- Check out the restaurant beforehand if possible, to make sure that high-carbohydrate, low-fat meals are available, or that it will honor special requests.
- Inquire how dishes are prepared and request that they be made without added fat and/or sodium. Most places will honor such requests.
- Look for dishes on the menu with the words broiled, baked, steamed, poached, or grilled, in its own juice.
- Go for extra breads, vegetables, rice, potatoes and noodles, but hold the butter, margarine, cream sauces and gravies.
- Ask for dressing on the side, and use sparingly.
- Eat only half- to three-quarters of oversized portions, and take the rest home or share it.
- Eat the less-than-healthiest item if you really want it, but split it with a friend.
- Trim visible fat from meat.