Eating Healthier When Eating Out

March 24, 2014

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As spring approaches it is nice to spend some time outdoors enjoying the warm weather. I often find myself walking around Durham or Portsmouth with some friends where we like to catch up at our favorite restaurants. Eating out at a restaurant can be challenging for someone who is trying to eat healthier because of the large portion sizes and the added condiments and dressings. However, there are many ways to maintain healthy eating habits while enjoying time with friends or family at a restaurant. The following are some helpful and simple tips provided by the USDA to make your meals healthier:

  • Substitute white for whole-wheat bread
  • Start your meal with a salad to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner
  • Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side
  • Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of fried or sautéed
  • If you’re with friends, share appetizers instead of ordering entrees
  • Ask the waiter or waitress for a takeout box with your meal

Visit the USDA website for more tips on healthy eating while at restaurants. After practicing some of these suggestions you will no longer have to worry about sacrificing your healthy eating habits when going out to eat!

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